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Turn a concert at Rupp Arena into a learning experience

In the next few months, Lexington's Rupp Arena is hosting three shows that will have many youth jumping up and down in anticipation.

For four days at the end of March, Disney On Ice: Princess Classics will be here. Tickets range from $14 to $50. Taylor Swift is coming on April 29th, 2010, for one night only. And Carrie Underwood will also be performing here on June 13th.  For tickets to any of these shows, click here.

How to turn a performance into an educational experience

A lot of preparation, organization and hard work go into performances, that children are not aware of. There's the rehearsal time that the performers put in, memorizing lyrics and dance steps, but also all the behind-the-scenes stuff that we never see. To give your child an idea of the amount of work that goes into a production, encourage them to put on their own show. Give them some guidelines and expectations regarding their final performance, depending on the ages/capabilities of your children.

If you have young kids, they can lip sync along to their favorite song and do a little dance. Tell them to give you a piece of paper (your "ticket") before you sit on the couch to watch. If you have older children, offer ideas to help them create a more sophisticated show - from selling tickets at the box office to having different lighting, a stage, costumes and rehearsed blocking (where they stand/move on stage).

This pretend play is a crucial key to child development and learning. Through this particular activity, they will  practice social behavior like being quiet during a performance, working with other people and buying selling tickets. They will practice creativity, memorization, organization, problem solving and role playing, among many other skills. It's a great activity that engages all aspects of their minds, includes everyone's talents and can take all day! But be forewarned, you may have to sit through more than one production and each time clap with gusto: "Encore!"

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