When I was a toddler, my favorite movie in the world was The Lion King – I watched it weekly! My parents always knew that if they played that movie for me, sometimes even a few times in a row, they could have time to relax and take a mini parenting break. And so, I intently watched and sang along to all the songs. If I had understood that Mufasa died, perhaps I wouldn’t have liked the movie as much as I did, but that’s a story for another time.
My point is, though, that when I was about 13 and my parents found out that The Lion King was going to be on Broadway, we had a no-brainer decision to make. Of course we bought tickets! We decided to make it a night on the town, too – renting a limo, going out to dinner before, and grabbing dessert after. It was quite a fun-filled night for the whole family, a memory that will always stick with all of us.
Broadway shows present a perfect opportunity for people of all ages within a family to come together and enjoy the entertainment. Take your children or grandchildren off their phones and couch for a night of class and culture on Broadway.
Depending on the group you’re going with and their age, make sure to attend a show that is of interest to everyone. For younger audiences, shows like Frozen, Aladdin, and of course, The Lion King, may prove to be your best bet. While a “kids” show may not seem the most appealing, it’s difficult to not enjoy the talent and amusement of a Broadway show. Besides, every show is made for an audience of all ages to enjoy.
For teens or younger adults, more mature shows like Hamilton or Wicked would be a good fit. Or, perhaps you have some shows you’d like to see again. If that’s the case, take this opportunity to bring younger members of your family to share with them your favorites.
While the shows themselves are a great experience, the best bonding moments come before and after the show. Like I said, when I went to my first and only Broadway show, my family went to dinner in New York together. We walked around, did a little sightseeing, and chose a restaurant that looked delicious to all of us.
Before the show, we discussed the scenes we were most looking forward to and the curiosities we had about how different parts would be staged. We were all anticipating the night to come, trying to take in every moment of the night.
Once the show was over, we made a pit stop on the way home for some necessary treats. This gave us an opportunity to talk about the show and what we liked most about it. Over the years, my family has created a tradition that at the end of every trip or event, we go around and name our favorite part about the experience. It’s our way of recapping and being thankful for the memories we all share together.
Next time you’re looking for something to do with your family to help bridge intergenerational bonding, consider taking the gang to see a show. Everyone deserves a night out! And when it’s over, I hope you, too, share your favorite moments of the night with each other.
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