Here's how to bring your child 5 years and under to a live theatre...
Don’t. Lately I have been working on Shrek which has a big family audience and every single night we have families bring in children that are five years and younger and there are a few reasons you shouldn’t do that:
1) Shows are often 3+ hours and toddlers can’t sit still or quiet for that long.
2) Children that have just learned to talk tend to not want to shut up
3) The costumes and makeup often scare children and we have to deal with screaming children for 3+ hours and if we wanted that we would be working for a Justin Beiber/whatever shit people are into today’s for some unreasonable reason.
And finally, your children at that age won’t remember being there and will have no memory of it, however you will remember being harassed and yelled at in the middle of a show for not being able to control your kid and disrupting the performance.
So, please, for the sanity of everyone involved, just leave your kids at home please.