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TPA Kids

TPA Kids

Texas Performing Arts is committed to helping the next generation develop a love of the arts. We offer a variety of programming to engage, entertain, and inspire audiences of all ages.

Please take time to select the appropriate performance for your child’s age, interests and maturity. While there are no age requirements for attendance, children will find it difficult to enjoy a performance and behave their best if they are bored or do not understand what they are watching. 

Everyone attending a performance at Texas Performing Arts is required to have a ticket, regardless of age, even infants. Parents with crying infants will be asked to take the child to the lobby.

When you bring a child with you to Texas Performing Arts, visit Guest Services for a special "TPA Kids" pin and kid-friendly booklet with tips on how to be a great audience member, a coloring page, and a coupon from our friends at Thinkery, a local museum for children.

On select nights, kid-friendly activities are offered in The Loft, the sixth floor of Bass Concert Hall, where you can also draw on our Graffiti Wall. Please be respectful of existing artwork.

Tips for Enjoying Performances with Children

  • Arrive early and take your seats early enough for your child to look around the hall and get comfortably settled before the performance.
  • There are a limited number of booster seats available at no charge at the Guest Services desk in the lobby if your child cannot see.
  • Discuss your behavioral expectations. What does it mean to be quiet? How can you behave so you do not disturb others? (no talking or excessive whispering, sit still, feet on the floor, no noisy candy wrappers, etc.)
  • Discuss appropriate times to applaud. What does it mean to give a standing ovation?
  • Discuss the likelihood that the theatre will be dark at times and sudden bursts of sounds may happen. Quietly assure them they are safe.
  • Keep your children with you at all times.
  • Encourage children to use the restroom before the performance or during intermission and only with a parent or guardian.
  • Remember that photography is not allowed inside the theatre, but you are welcome to take photos in the lobby area.
  • If your child becomes restless, frightened, or very loud, please take them to the lobby. Once your child is calm, you may ask an usher to reseat you towards the back of the theatre if seats are available until you can return to your seats.

Enjoy the show! Afterwards, discuss your favorite parts and maybe even share your experience on social media. 

Guest Services
Phone Number 512.471.8207

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