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Tips for Taking Little Children to The Nutcracker

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If you are planning to attend The Nutcracker this season, you might want to check out my tips for taking little children to The Nutcracker.  Also learn more about Colorado Ballet and their need for new costumes

Disclosure: We are partners of Colorado Ballet.  All opinions are my own. 

Tips for Taking Little Children to The Nutcracker

Keeping Traditions

Several years back, when this little girl was a tiny baby, we took the entire family to Colorado Ballet to see a beautiful presentation of The Nutcracker.  It was a magical experience.  We had a great time getting dressed up, taking in the show and really keeping that magic alive. 

Mother Daughter at The Nutcracker

We have now been to Colorado Ballet’s presentation of The Nutcracker for 4 years running and every year, it gets better and better.  My daughter loves getting dressed up, and watching the beautiful dancers and we both love spending a bit of an afternoon together.  

Colorado Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

For 59 seasons, Colorado Ballet has put on an incredible presentation of The Nutcracker.  The story follows Clara who is given a beautiful nutcracker for Christmas.  When she goes to bed, the Nutcracker comes alive and off they go to a fairytale land.

Emily Speed and Sean Omandam by Mike Watson

Emily Speed and Sean Omandam by Mike Watson

Colorado Ballet brings to life this wonderful story with beauty, grace, athleticism, humor and a lot of magic.  It is always so amazing when the snow begins to fall as the dancers are turning and leaping and beginning to welcome Clara and her nutcracker prince to the land of sweets. 

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

Our favorite part of the ballet is always the dances of each nation.  They are so fun to watch and there is always a bit of humor. I am personally a fan of the Russian and Chinese dances but my daughter gets so giddy over Mother Ginger and her hysterical moves.  I adore the fact that we both have something to look forward to and that we can enjoy it together. 

Tyler Rhoads and Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

Tyler Rhoads and Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

Creating this tradition has become such a special aspect to our mother-daughter relationship.  Colorado Ballet does an inspiring and passionate presentation of this beloved holiday story and there are still tickets to be had, so make sure to check out their website and snag those seats!

New Sets & Costumes Coming in 2020

For the last 59 seasons, Colorado Ballet has put on at least 27 shows of The Nutcracker.  The costumes and set that Colorado Ballet uses for its production were made in 1986 and are now in their 33rd year of use.  While at The Nutcracker, we were able to take a closer look at the costumes that are too worn to be used in the production.  

Colorado Ballet Nutcracker Old Costumes

There are tears and fabric literally unraveling and the rat king head has foam falling apart as the dancers perform each day.  They have to wear goggles and other protective wear to keep the particulate out of their body and truly Colorado Ballet is in need of new costumes and a new set to continue to keep the magic alive.  If you are interested in learning more, make sure to check out their Go Fund Me page.

Tips for Taking Little Children to The Nutcracker

As I mentioned above, we have attended The Nutcracker four times and although my daughter continues to get better and better about sitting through the performances, we have learned a few tips for taking little children to The Nutcracker that we absolutely wanted to share:

1. Plan on Snacks:

You cannot bring food or drink into the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and 2 hours is a long time for a kiddo to sit through a ballet where the motions are the words.  Grab a quick snack when you first arrive and then place your order for intermission.  My daughter loves to make sure her hot chocolate and popcorn are ready when we hit intermission. 

Snacks at Colorado Ballet

2. Bathroom Breaks are a Must

You do not want to get up in the middle of a performance.  Make sure to get to The Nutcracker with at least 45 minutes of time so you can park, get through security, grab a snack and hit the restrooms.  As soon as the first half is done, book it to the restroom and then grab those snacks you pre-ordered. 

3. Booster Seats

The ushers are usually really great about making sure that you grab a booster seat, but sometimes they miss kiddos, so just check in with them, so your little one is able to really see the stage and those dancers. 

4. Coat Check

I didn’t even know this existed until we went this year.  It is winter, those coats are bulky and you would much rather your coats are hung up then being squished in the seats with you.  Believe me, just use the coat check so the little one is not squirming trying to find some comfort. 

5. Take LOTS of Pictures

This is obvious a given, but you guys, dont always be the one behind the camera.  Let your little one get some photos from their perspectives too.  We have done this a few years running and some of my favorite pictures to look back on are the silly, sometimes blurry, but always awesome photos that my daughter takes between performance halves. 

6. Buy a Souvenir

In all the years that we have attended, this was the first year that we bought a small souvenir.  I highly recommend doing so, they have some beautiful gifts and souvenirs and we are super glad to have our own little nutcracker to commemorate our little tradition. 

Colorado Ballet The Nutcracker

I hope these Tips for Taking Little Children to The Nutcracker were helpful.  Now grab those tickets and start those traditions!

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