2010 25/06

Week 4: Get Into The Act

With Toy Story 3  hitting theaters last weekend, I thought this week would be a good time to talk about movies, theater and live stage productions as another great option in the 14 Weeks of Summer series.  Let’s get to it!

Theater

My husband and I both love the theater.  Since having kids we just haven’t gotten to see as many live productions as we would like.  We are really hoping that our kids will love it as much as we do!  Live theater is also a great to expose your kids to the arts.

Your local civic theater is a great place to start! The Holland Civic Theater will be doing productions of both The People vs. B.B. Wolf (for ages 8-13) and Romeo & Juliet (for ages 13-19).

Check with your local schools and colleges/universities to see if their theater department  does any summer productions.  Our local college hosts an amazing theater group called Hope Summer Repertory Theater.  Not only do they do some productions for adults, but they have some productions specifically for kids!  This summer they will be performing Busytown The Musical (June 23 – August 13), Katie Couric’s The Brand New Kid (July 14 – August 13), and Frog and Toad (August 2 – August 13).  I’m really hoping to take the girls to one of these shows!

You can also check with your local ballet companies and dance troupes to see if they might be doing any summer concerts that are kid oriented.

Live Stage Shows

This past year we were able to take our girls to both Disney Live and Disney On Ice: Finding Nemo.  And they loved them both! A great way to battle the “I’m Boreds” is to check for live stage shows that might be coming to your area.  Summer is a great time to see these fabulous shows, especially if you are able to catch a matinee at a discounted price!  Also keep an eye out for the circus coming to your area!!!

Go To The Movies

This summer has some really great family films hitting the theaters.  Again, check on those matinees for discounted ticket prices and think about hitting lunch or dinner before you head to the theater so you don’t have to spend a fortune on hotdogs and sodas! Oh, go ahead and stop at the grocery store, buy some candy and stuff it in your purse!

Here are some of the films hitting theaters this summer:

Shrek Forever After – May 21
Marmaduke –
June 4
The Karate Kid – June 11
Toy Story 3 – June 18
The Last Airbender – July 1
Dispicable Me – July 9
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – July 14
Ramona & Beezus – July 23
Cats & Dogs: the Revenge of Kitty Galore – July 30
Nanny McPhee Returns – August 20

Home Theater

If your kids are a little too young to head to the theater (live or movie) or it’s just not feasible to pack up the whole family and spend a small fortune at the local movie theater, consider making your own theater at home.  The greatest part about this idea is that the possibilities are endless!  Middle of the day or evening.  Use a movie you already own, borrow one from a friend, rent one, or pick up one of the many films that are making their way to dvd this spring and summer.

Here are a few ideas —

Spread out blankets and pillows in the living room, pop some popcorn, and have a theater indoors!

Invite some friends over to make it an even more fun event.

Eat dinner while watching a movie together for a little Dinner Theater.

And here is my favorite…

If you can get your hands on a projector, have a little “drive-in theater” in your driveway or backyard! First you need to find a projector (check with your friends or maybe work or church) and either attach a dvd player or laptop to the projector.  You can borrow a screen or just hang a white sheet on the garage door or back of the house.  Pop some popcorn, grab a lawn chair, and enjoy a little backyard movie night!  Invite friends or the neighbors over for even more fun! Of course you have to wait until it gets a little dark so this might not work for the little ones.  But this is a great idea if you have older kids. If my kids were older I would let them have a sleep over, watch the movie outside, and then shove them in tents and let them sleep outside!  So much fun!

Ok, now go out and enjoy some theater!

Don’t forget to leave me a comment or link up your posts about what you’re doing during these 14 Weeks of Summer.  I’d love to hear what you did this week or if you are going to check out any live productions or movies this summer with your family!  Everyone who comments or links up during the 14 Weeks of Summer series will be entered to win a super fun prize at the end!

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