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A fun, art-centric group activity, concerts are becoming a popular pastime for families. Although it may be challenging to find music that the whole family can enjoy, there is good reason to explore what options are available. In 2017, Melissa Weinberg and Dawn Joseph—two psychology researchers—reported that engaging with music through concert-going, dancing, and related activities increases people’s life satisfaction or subjective wellbeing. People want the best for those they love, so why not attend concerts to make the whole family happier and healthier?
When it comes to family-friendly concerts, one of the biggest challenges is entertaining children. Often drawn to popular music, colorful costumes, and fun stage sets, there are plenty of choices on the market. Some of the best family-friendly concerts are Disney-themed and cartoon-themed, such as performances by Disney a cappella groups. These types of groups create a buzz, with children often picking favorite performers and trying to mimic dance routines. Other family members such as parents and grandparents can appreciate the nostalgia attached to many of Disney’s more popular numbers from classics such as Aladdin, Lion King, and Jungle Book. Youngsters and long-time Disney fanatics alike will be thrilled to sing along with newer releases such as “Un Poo Loco” from Coco and “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana.
Although there are tried-and-true staples in the family-friendly genre, there are a variety of tips and tricks that can be used to hone in on selections that will appeal to the whole family. For example, try to find concerts that have a young main character or group member. Similarly-aged performers will hold the attention of young audience members, encouraging them to emphasize with and care about the storylines. Plus, when younger performers are involved their parts in the performance are highly likely to be kid-focused and kid-appropriate.
Do not be afraid to experiment with different musical mediums when it comes to kid-friendly concerts. Many orchestras and concert halls put on performances of world music and classical music that are specially tailored to youngsters. For older family members who miss the formality and lure of opera or chamber music, this is a perfect way to match adult tastes to a child’s level.
To take some of the guesswork out of planning family-friendly activities, check out the family-friendly search options on this website. Music is an engaging art form and activity for people of all ages. A little browsing can help you pick what will work best for your group.