Curtain up! Light the lights! Going to the theatre has been a treasured pastime for hundreds of years. From Shakespeare to Sondheim, there is a play, musical, ballet, opera; you name it, for everyone. It’s fun, it’s exciting and (a fact that is often overlooked) it is a fabulous venue to bring somebody you really want to impress. Here are 5 reasons why going to the theatre is a fabulous date idea.
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1. It’s the perfect mix of glamorous and casual
Like to dress up, but tired of the conversation-trumping thumping bass of a concert/club? Want a sense of occasion, rather than the jeans-and-a-cute-top movie date getup? The theatre gives you the opportunity to frock up, but still allows you time before, at intermission, and after the show to actually converse at a normal volume. Enjoy waking up with memories of show tunes and scintillating conversation, rather than with a pounding headache, a sore throat and a guilty conscience.
2. Location, location, location
Theatres are usually located right in the city centre; close to restaurants, cocktail lounges and other nightlife. Have a quick drink, or perhaps even a three course meal pre-show, then mosey on down to theatre-land, dressed to the nines, and let your meal settle through Act 1. But whatever you do; DON’T BE LATE. Most productions have a lockout period of 5 minutes to a whole act, so it’s best to arrive about 15 minutes before show time, especially if you’re picking up your tickets at the box office.
3. Avoid awkward silences
Let’s face it; we’ve all been on a date when the conversation hasn’t quite been flowing. In fact, it’s been stuttering and starting like a steam train with a sleeping driver. On a regular date, you’ll often have to delve into the darkest recesses of your ‘date dialogue’, perhaps even dusting off the time your sister’s graduation gown caught fire. On a theatre date; when in doubt, chat about the show! It’s easier to construct a conversation around a play/musical than a movie because there is far less footage online. Odds are neither one of you will have had any idea what it’s about, which leaves plenty of room for discussion. It’s even more interesting if you both decide you’re hating it…makes the second act twice as entertaining.
4. Grab an autograph at the end of the show
Loved a particular actor or actress? Moved to tears by the awesome-ness you just witnessed? Can’t bear to leave without showing your appreciation? No problem! Head around to the stage door with your date and wait until the performers emerge. They’re more than happy to sign your program/merchandise/bra and have a bit of a chat. It prolongs the experience and you’ll have something you’ll treasure forever (or lose next time you move house). It’s much easier than battling security and every teenager in Australia to catch a glimpse of Taylor Swift trying to leave the building with her entourage (yes, I’ve been there).
5. There is nothing like live theatre
Live theatre is something everybody should experience. As performers have to recreate themselves every night, you will witness a living, breathing entity that ebbs and flows with whatever energy it may be channelling on a particular day. The skill of theatre actors is extraordinary and watching them in action is awe-inspiring. There are no second chances, no opportunities to do an extra take if they forget a line and no safety net, except for their fellow performers. Whether everything goes smoothly or the set falls to pieces, a theatre date is always memorable!
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From LEGO to building blocks, puzzles and playsets being a kid is pretty damn enjoyable. But, it’s not all just fun and games through. Encouraging play through toys that are educational will leave positive fingerprints on a person’s brains well into their adolescent years – not to mention the endless amounts of entertainment it can provide for your little one.
In the first year, your baby will thrive the most absorbing absolutely everything in the world around him. The right toys are an essential part of this process and help to provide your little one with the tools to develop different skills, enabling them to discover as much as possible early on.
It’s not uncommon for educational toys to be mistaken for setting your baby up for school skills such as maths and reading. But before a child can even learn how to do these things, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done beforehand. This ‘work’ is called play. Children need to develop their own ways to express themselves and toys that are designed to educate help to bring the best of your child out. But which toys are actually educational for your children? We check out some of the top ones.
My Busy Town Wooden Development Toy
Bright, colourful and fun this development toy is perfect for little ones ages between 7 months to 3 years. It essentially combines a few toys together with 5 different sides of fun that teaches your child alphabet recognition, coordination and counting. The toy is ideal for introducing colours and shapes and helps to encourage problem solving and interaction.
To begin with, show your toddler each side of the cube to introduce the different activities. Let your child explore the rest of the cube on his own – he’ll be busily entertained and educated all in one.
Fire Station Playset
From curiosity to discovery complete with a healthy dose of imagination, the Fire Station Playset is perfect for education. Recommended for children between the ages of 12 months to 5 years old, the toys combines motor skills with the spark of inquisitiveness, encouraging your child to observe and respond.
Because the playset promotes imagination, it offers a magical experience for your little one (and you as the parent too watching). The Fire Station Playset takes thoughtfulness and practice into careful consideration and can help teach your child the importance of playing in group situations too.
Parum Pum Pum Drum
Any form of creativity skills encouraged from a young age can work wonders for educating your child. Music and art both play an important role in developing appreciation, imagination and intellectual skills. As they get older, these skills tend to be transferred and utilised into new situations involving perceptual awareness, personal, physical and social development. Check out this article for all the benefits of music for kids!
This musical drum toy is more than just a drum…it’s a whole musical set! Complete with egg shakers, a tambourine and other percussion instruments it helps young ones from 18 to 24 months utilise the magic of making music, as well as its cause and effect. Whilst it can be slightly frustrating from a parent point of view listening to your child shaking and banging different things to make a noise, it’s a fantastic development toy that encourages little ones to explore music and sounds, thus developing their music and motor skills significantly.
Le Toy Van Doctors Set
As a young child, going to the doctors can be extremely daunting and cause a lot of anxiety for both you and your little one. Doctor play sets are a great way to prep your toddler for future visits and use skills like imaginative play and role playing to educate your child in a fun and safe way.
Recommended for children aged between 18 months to 6 years old, the educational benefits of this Doctor’s set stem from creative thinking and motor skills. All parts of the toy promote a non-dangerous and innovative way to learn.
Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set
Just as much as music and the arts stimulate creativity, sports related toys help to keep your child active and educated. The Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set is a huge hit with kids… especially if they thrive on being energetic which let’s face it, most kids do! Suited for anyone aged 2 years and up, the sports set encourages healthy physical, emotional and social development.
Learning skills like confidence, balance, coordination, focus and motor skills, your child will also develop skills to assist in team working environments. In this day of age too, where so many things are influenced by the digital world – sports sets like this one promotes the importance of staying active and getting outdoors.
Design and Drill Activity Centre
Armed with grid holes, colours, tools and bolts the Design and Drill Activity Centre is perfect for children aged 3 years and above. Encouraging the use of coordination to build upon, creativity, fine motor skills and imagination, this toys set is super educational.
Because there’s so many possibilities for creative play with this toy, children fail to “get bored of it”. Complete with 20 activity card challenges for your child to use, the activity centre teaches a variety of skills that can be implemented down the track.
By Jayde Ferguson, who writes for Bubba Love, a leading provider of educational toys for babies and toddlers to help stimulate your young ones development.