Segerstrom Center for the Arts – delightful family fun

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As I look back at my childhood I have great memories of sports, family, vacations, and special events. I want my children to have the same type of memories. I just read an article on 25 things every kid should experience.  I loved the list, I am happy to say my children have done many of them. The best part about the article is how she explains the look on her kids face the first time they do something. Pure joy and enthusiasm. That is exactly what I say on my daughters face this weekend, when she and her friend while the watched their first live production – The Gruffalo’s Child.

I was not familiar with the story so I checked watched it on netflix.  The play was adorable, funny, extremely delightful and true to the story.  It kept the girls entertained and was very interactive.  This three person show not only kept their attention, but it kept a smile on their faces the whole time.  The catchy tunes, rhyming words, adorable costumes and stage kept me toe tapping the whole time as well.  Not pictures or video was allowed in the theater, sorry.  Sadly, this past weekend was the last show of the season (2014-2015).

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts – had two series last year  – Discovery Series for kids  4-8 years old and the Explorer Series for kids 7 and older.  Show ranging from live concerts to plays.  Clicking the link above will take you to the 2015-2016 lineup that looks to be just as wonderful as the last season looked.  Starting with The Okee Dokee Brothers and their family music series ending with Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella.  Up until Sunday afternoon, I had no idea how much the Segerstrom Center offers for families.  They guarantee that the shows will be inspiring, delightful, performed by talented international artists.

What really touches my heart is that the center has added special sensory-friendly performances designed specifically to help children on the autism spectrum or other with sensory sensitivity.  This way the can also experience live theater and all the magical moments that it brings.  I might also mention they have some shows that will be sign-language interpreted to assist the deaf and hard-of-hearing.  How could I have not known the wonderful things were going on over at  The Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Of course the center also offers many wonderful shows for adults as well.  You can chose from the Broadway/Curtain Call series, Spotlight performances, Chamber Music Series, and Dance performances.  The Segerstrom Center is located directly across the way from the South Coast Plaza which offers many wonderful and family friendly restaurants to enjoy before or after your show.

About the Segerstrom Center:

Segerstrom Center for the Arts and its venues are situated in a 14-acre multidisciplinary campus of the same name that encompasses two other major arts organizations. These include the Tony® Award-winning South Coast Repertory and the future site of the new Orange County Museum of Art.

The Center is committed to supporting artistic excellence on all of its stages and offereing unsurpassed performances and educational experiences, engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance and an array of inspiring programs.

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