I've taken my kid to many a show, and I love it. However, I will be the first to tell you that there are some venues that are much better than others, and some towns that are much better than others.
Shows with GA/lawn areas you can always get to are the best. However, that's not always the reserved seat GA floor deal like this tour. Eventually they want to see something ff you're on the floor, and if you're in a restricted seat, it's inevitable they need to take their stroll. Comes with the territory. Backstage can always be a fun spot...if it's open.
Saturday/Sun nights bring the most spun crowd for sure, as folks have had all day to party. Things just happen. Friday's are good since there's no school the next day, and there tends to be less time for tailgating.
I've been known to target sections in a where I think I might be able to get the first row or two of the section. Might not be the closest, but..The less they see what the crowd is doing, the better, and the more they can see.
The last year I have noticeably reduced the shows I've taken him to now that he's 9. It's the perfect storm age of being aware of everything, questioning, and not really ready to embrace the logic of a somewhat alternative lifestyle compared the the propaganda that is ofter force fed from certain school programs. Those type of talks are another couple of years away. Then again, I took him to Bear's picnic and it went smoother than smooth. However, he definitely noticed all the vendors with glass. I also have the complication of an ex wife that once threatened testing in a custody battle. I won, we share 50/50, and while the relationship is most cordial and he's doing phenomenal, discretion is the better part of valor.
Currently debating whether to take him to SCI at the United Palace. Fact is that band moved him more than even "Uncle Jerry" when he was a kid, and he still likes them now. Thanks for reminding me to fire off a letter to the UP. I just need to know how tight security is there. I have front row, and if they are pretty tight, he will see nothing but the band and dig it. If it's a free for all, he'll be dealing with wingnuts knocking him around right up front. I don't care that much either way. Would love to bring him, but not if it's a major hassle.
Not gonna bring him to any Furthur shows this time I don't think. AC is no place for a kid in the winter period. Not much on the Boardwalk and it's the hardcore gamble crowd this type of year. If I do Portland and Amherst, it's too far a haul. Maybe if I blow those off for WB. MSG is a block from my office in midtown and not gonna haul back to LI to get him. Nope, already arranging those to weekends for mom. Sometimes divorce has it's advantages big time LOL. It's like my woman and I have the perfect nanny
The folks in the "a show is no place for a kid period" crowd are absurd. It's about the parenting and attention span. To be sure, they're are plenty of wookies with their cubs that shouldn't even have a kid, no less a puppy, in the first place. Same as it ever was.