Have you taken your little one to a performance by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra?  If you haven’t, you should.  The VSO has, brilliantly, created a series of concerts designed for little kids.

Tiny Tots is geared to the 5 years and under crowd.  The concerts are 45 minutes, involve oodles of audience participation, wiggling in your seat is strongly encouraged, and crying babies are viewed as musical accompaniment.  You have the opportunity to exposure your children to classical music – delivered in a very kid-friendly manner – with no fear of shhh-ing or glares from fellow patrons.

Lisa and Linda are consummate children performers.  They lead the Tiny Tots concert series with their Let The Music Shine production.  The twin sisters re-arrange classical pieces of music into manageable snippets for the young audience members.  The concert we attend on Saturday was winter/Christmas-themed.  Skater’s Waltz, the Nutcracker and the 1812 Overture were some of the featured pieces.  The car-key version of jingle bells was a big hit!

There are two more Tiny Tots concerts scheduled in the 2013/14 season: A Garden Full of Songs (in March) and Let’s Have a Playdate (in May).  Friday performances are at the Vancouver Playhouse and Saturday performances are at the Terry Fox Theatre in Maple Ridge.

If you are looking for a VSO concert for slightly older children, be sure to check out the Kids’ Koncerts.  Fantastic events, at the Orpheum, and feature the entire VSO.  These concerts are appropriate for kids aged 5-12 years.