Actually, to say “my child has enough” is an understatement. My child has more toys than he even wants, let alone needs. After last year, Santa has given up trying to outdo my son’s grandparents. Santa would have to pawn his sled and borrow against the equity of his workshop to keep up with the grandmas and grandpas.
This wouldn’t be so bad if we didn’t have a small house, and the desire to avoid raising an entitled brat. Besides, we’ve found something my son loves as much as toys. Plays – he loves to see plays.
He may be naturally drawn to the stage, but I have to give some credit to the environments and performances he experienced for his first two dramas. We took him to see The BFG produced by StageOne Family Theatre at the Kentucky Center in early October. He had such a good time that we followed that up with “Zombie in Love” at Lexington Children’s Theatre on Halloween. A few weeks ago, we attended a dress rehearsal of “A Year with Frog and Toad.” I implore you; do not miss your opportunities to take your kids, cousins, nieces and nephews or neighbor’s kids to see this show in December.
This year, Santa is buying theater tickets. He doesn’t even have to deliver them; he can just leave them at will call. Long after the wrapping paper, ribbons and obnoxious toys have been broken or discarded, we’ll still be enjoying “Puss in Boots,” “Duck for President” and “Harold and the Purple Crayon.”
Other benefits of buying experiences instead of toys:
- No assembly (or abstruse instructions).
- No batteries (or awful, unnecessary noises and sounds).
- No cleanup (on Christmas morning or for years after).
- No late night foot injuries (I’m looking at you Legos and Barbie shoes).
A helpful tip: although they are well into their season, you can still get season tickets (i.e., discounted) for the remaining plays at Lexington Children’s Theatre. They even feature a helpful guide for picking the right performances by age group. All of their plays tie into a book or traditional story that you can share with your children before and after the play.
Arts Access Director