Now that you’re all grown up with kids of your own, you are probably starting to understand why your mum and dad couldn’t  take you to every stage show, concert or production that came out.

The costs are considerable for some of these productions, especially when you have more than one child.  At times it can be hard to justify spending $50+ for one show for your 4yr old. Now that you are all grown up it makes it easier to understand where your hard earned cash is probably going…

  • Children’s events usually have hundreds of children attend. Therefore, organisers need to spend big bucks to find a venue which has appropriate emergency exists, engaging lighting sequences, clear sound system, cast preparation areas, sufficient parking, allowances for multiple prams, first aide… the list goes on.
  • Event organisers have to ensure adequate security is on site. It is important that the attendees feel that they are well cared for and protected throughout the event experience. As you know it does take a long time to check parents bags, nappy bags, and prams/strollers; so the extra staff required to get through this process faster is important.  Additional to these guys are the rest of the staff requires for the event to function. There will be merchandise sellers, ticket collectors, food and beverage staff, plus then all the people involved in the show directly like sound/lightening guys, producers, costume team and most importantly the actual cast.

  • Have you ever seen the grounds of a fair after the event is over? Plastic bottles, plastic cups, dagwood dog sticks, popcorn littering the place everywhere – especially when masses of kids are around! Most likely, the grounds must be returned to the proprietors in the way that it was first rented. This will require teams of cleaning crews with appropriate equipment for expedient and thorough services. Especially if a morning and afternoon show is scheduled!
  • Event organisers also need to take care of any permits and public liability insurance. People would love to go to a place or event if they know that they are insured since they have the rights to claim for compensation if anything happens to them. No event is legally allowed to be hosted without such permits and insurance cover in place today– these alone are enormous fees for production companies to endure for these sizeable events.

It is really down to your family’s requirements, preferences and your view of value for money. Perhaps just one or two big events per year will keep everyone smiling, or maybe it is an every school holiday thing. However often you decide to take the kids out, make sure that you’re really present with them and enjoying the whole experience from their perspective – That in itself is priceless.

To keep up to date on the latest live shows and events near you, visit www.whatson4kids.com.au.

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