A few years ago, when my now kindergartener was still in his toddler years, he had something of an addiction to the Wonder Pets. Like most kids at that age, he had a long list of animated favorites, but Linny, Tuck, and Ming Ming (too) were at the very top.
When we learned that Nick Jr. was putting on a live show in our area that included an appearance by the Wonder Pets, we bought tickets right away. It was a long wait until the show, during which my husband and I learned a valuable lesson about clueing a 3-year-old in on something exciting months in advance and after which we considered getting matching, commemorative “I survived the wait for Nick Jr. Live” tattoos.
The experience turned out to be so much fun for Anders, since then I’ve kept an eye out for other family friendly shows in our area. I learned quickly that tickets to the really popular shows can be hard to come by. Unfortunately, we have to hope that the shows we like most travel and, to get the best seats, I make sure to purchase tickets on the day they go on sale.
Tapings of my children’s favorites are predominantly filmed in Los Angeles, and while we may not be able to take a day trip to watch, I would love to take the family to see one recorded live in a studio some day.
I’ve done a little research and snagging tickets can be tough. I was surprised to learn that most live tapings are only open to children 10 and up as the discipline to sit still and quiet is necessary for those in a studio audience. If your children are old enough, sites like www.ocatv.com and www.tvtickets.com are a good place to start if you have a specific show in mind and want to get a feel for availability.
Many shows can have a waiting list for tickets that is years long, so if your child is not yet 10, getting in line early may be wise. Some shows only release tickets 4 to 6 weeks in advance which can increase your odds of scoring tickets, but makes planning a trip in advance more difficult.
Have you ever taken your family to watch a live show? What’s your best advice for snagging hard to come by tickets?
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