Creative Lithuania: Theater for Children

Friday, March 11, 2016

Sometimes living in Lithuania can be a challenge (oh those dark winter days!), so I wanted to focus on forgetting about the challenges and enjoying the positives. To do so, I've started a monthly post (the second Friday of each month) that features the more creative side of Lithuania. In previous posts I've written about Uzupis, which is truly a creative mecca. For this series I wanted to focus on creative events, unique aspects of the culture or language, and cool places that I find around Lithuania. Previously I've written about Open Kitchen, the Beer Marathon, a Cat Cafe, the Lithuanian Design BlockPottery ClassCoffee Enthusiasm, A book fair, and a felting class.  If you have any suggestions of things to check out I'd love to hear them!

If you would like to participate in sharing creative things about where you live, tag your photos on Instagram or tweets on Twitter with #CreativeLithuania or #CreativeLocale. I'd love to see the creative side of every country! I'll share my favorite tweets and photos each month on social media and here on the blog.

I never really new that theater for children was a thing before having a kid. But, it is and it is actually pretty fun. A couple of weekends ago, we took Baby ISO to a play for babies called 'Color Games'. Baby ISO was completely enthralled, and I enjoyed watching the other babies and toddlers crawl, toddle, and stare at the bright colors ribbons and balls. I would absolutely sign us up for another theater for kids sometime (I really am interested in the DNA puppet show ...).

There are three theaters in Vilnius, that I know of, that have special showtimes and performances for children. The Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater has earlier start times for kid-friendly performances, such as Snow White and Cinderella, and children under 5 who sit on your lap are free of charge. The Arts Printing House (Menu Spaustuve) has shows that are created specifically for children 0-3 years old. Color Games was at the Arts Printing House. Their facilities are nice, and there is a really nice library (with English books) as well. The Lele Theater (Vilniaus Teatras Lele) shows puppet shows of famous fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood and Thumbelina. They also have puppet performances of Lithuanian-specific fairy tales and a DNA puppet show.

Have you been to children's theater? Do you know of any others theaters here?

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