Parents can attend a theater show with kids in tow without having to force young children to sit through a performance. Instead, Victory Gardens Theater offers Sitter Saturdays, where parents can drop off children with theater staff and attend the performance in the same building.
"It's a great way of having an adult experience while your kids are able to enjoy some educational activities," says Kate Boisseau, Victory Gardens' arts education assistant.
Sitter Saturday activities often relate to the show, so parents and kids can discuss the theme of the show on their way home. For instance, when parents watched "Eurydice," a play based on Greek mythology, children painted clay pots to look like ancient Greek pottery. The children also acted out the story of Eurydice, with the help of the theater's staff.
Children age 4-12 can participate in Sitter Saturdays. Parents can make reservations when buying their theater tickets and pay $5 in cash when dropping children off. For more information, call the box office at (773) 871-3000 or visit www.victorygardens.org. Victory Gardens at the Biograph Theater is located at 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.