Monday, March 2, 2009

Teach your kids to be culture vultures - for free

Cutbacks, cutbacks, cutbacks. There was a time when art, theatre, music and dance were crucial in your child's education. When learning or allowing SELF EXPRESSION was as an important part of the teaching/learning process as learning algebra, western history and all of the other topics that they study in school. Coming from a very strong arts background and watching schools cut out these programs one by one saddens me. Thankfully the National Arts Education Public Awareness Campaign is trying to do something about it.

In the meantime there are some GREAT programs that we as parents can get involved in, to expose our kids to the Arts.

For those in and around the NYC area (or if you plan on visiting) the Broadway Theatre League is sponsoring Kids' Night on Broadway® 2009. When you purchase an adult ticket your 6-18 year old child can go to a GREAT BROADWAY show for FREE. If you remember a few months ago, I had written about a similar program that they offer for adults once a yeat. The great thing about the children's program is that they are going to continue this on a MONTHLY basis. I believe that you can get these tickets NOW, after that you'll be able to get them 2 months in advance of future performance dates.

Here are some of the upcoming shows.

March Shows
The following shows are participating on March 3 and 4:

Altar Boyz (Off Broadway) - March 4 only
August: Osage County
Avenue Q
- March 3 only
Billy Elliot the Musical - KNOB tickets sold out
Chicago - March 3 only
Dear Edwina (Off Broadway)
Mamma Mia!
The Phantom of the Opera
Shrek The Musical
(Off Broadway)
The 39 Steps
- KNOB tickets sold out

April Shows
The following shows are participating on April 7 and 8:

Avenue Q - April 7 only
Dear Edwina (Off Broadway)
Guys and Dolls
Mamma Mia!
Shrek The Musical
- April 7 only
The 39 Steps

For those living OUTSIDE OF THE BIG APPLE, there are a few theatres who are offering the same program.
  • The Fabulous Fox Theatre
    527 N. Grand Blvd.
    St. Louis, MO 63103
    Cirque Dreams
    Wednesday, March 25, 2009 8:00PM

  • North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
    2700 East Independence Blvd.
    Charlotte, NC 28205
    Tuesday, March 3, 2009 7:30PM

  • Ohio Theatre
    39 East State Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    Thursday, March 26, 2009 8:00PM

  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center
    505 Deaderick St.
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Sunday, March 1, 2009 6:30PM

  • Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
    800 Bagby
    Houston, TX 77002
    Happy Days - A New Musical
    Wednesday, May 13, 2009 8:00PM
    Tickets go on sale: March 8, 2009
    713-558-TUTS (8887)
Watch for some OTHER great discounts, like kids eat free at Times Square restaurants, etc in an upcoming post. Please remember it's SO important to support the arts and expose your children to the good life as well.


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