Up until recently, I never thought I'd be able to take my whole family (baby included) to a theater performance anywhere. It turns out, I was so wrong! On a recent trip to St. George, my whole family attended a performance of Shrek: The Musical at the Tuacahn Amphitheater in Ivins, Utah. We had a blast! Here's what we did to successfully make our first Tuacahn theater trip memorable and worthwhile.
My husband, four kids (ages 1-7), dad, stepmom, and I arrived at Tuacahn around 8 pm. We enjoyed some pre-show singing by some performers. Evening shows don't start until 8:45 pm*. (*For the record, I was actually really nervous about taking my kids to something that didn't start until 8:45 pm. Especially my baby. Her bedtime is around 9 pm, so I didn't know how she would react.) Our first line of business: check in my one-year-old baby girl to ShowCare, the on-site childcare provided by Tuacahn. You guys, this is the secret to our successful theater trip. And the best thing any theater could possibly provide. On-site babysitting!!! We signed up for ShowCare before the show (it's recommended to sign up at least one day before to avoid a late fee for same-day registration), and it was SOOOO worth it! The cost per child is $17, which covers the three hours of care that your child receives while grown-ups and older kids enjoy a musical or show at Tuacahn. I'd say that's a preeeetty good deal for three hours of babysitting. Kids are only allowed to see shows at Tuacahn if they're ages 3 and up, so if you have anyone younger than three and are in the St. George area from out of town and are without a babysitter, this is an amazing option for taking the whole family! The caregivers were very professional and provided me (the parent) with a pager in case my baby needed me, and a badge to return when I came back to retrieve my baby. I provided them with diapers, wipes, my baby's comfort item (her pacifier), and my contact information.
After we dropped off baby, we found our seats and enjoyed the show! If you've ever seen the movie Shrek, you'll be pleasantly surprised that the musical doesn't follow the movie exactly. My kids loved it, as did the grown-ups in our party. I was particularly impressed with the quality of the talented actors who performed. All in all, the show was awesome. My kids stayed awake the whole time (aided by treats and frozen lemonade). We all loved it and would gladly see another show!
At the end of the show, I hurried back to ShowCare to retrieve my baby. Fortunately, my pager had not gone off during the show, so I felt good about the fact that my baby wasn't in trouble. In fact, the best possible scenario had happened while I was watching the show: baby had fallen asleep! Her slumber was broken when I came to fetch her. I was so happy with how everything had gone with the caregivers taking care of my baby. I would use ShowCare again in a heartbeat. In fact, I wish every theater had in-house babysitting! Imagine that!
Bonus Post! Tuacahn Saturday Market!
If you've enjoyed a show at Tuacahn in the evening, it's worth a trip back to Tuacahn on a Saturday morning to check out the Saturday Market. My family and I enjoyed perusing the vendors and wandering the wares.
From Tuacahn's website:
The Tuacahn Saturday Market is one more way to experience Tuacahn. Come enjoy its wonderful surroundings at our outdoor market in the canyon featuring local artwork, crafts, food and entertainment. You'll find something new and different every Saturday morning at Tuacahn.
The market hours are from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Admission and live entertainment is free. Patrons stroll along a tree-lined walkway next to a beautiful running water feature while browsing displays created by local painters, artists and crafters.
Food is available for purchase. From 9:00am to 11:00am stop and purchase a pancake breakfast with bacon and juice at the Snow Canyon Cafe, or from 11:00am to 8:00pm, pick up a panini and picnic with the whole family. There are an abundance of tables nearby or bring a blanket and relax on the cool grass. We have many vendors who offer a variety of food for purchase all during the market hours to accommodate hungry shoppers.
Saturday Market is a great place to find souvenirs created by local artists and crafters, and gifts for you or the special people in your life. Artists, crafters, and occasionally farmers find the weekly market a wonderful place to display and earn additional income in the current economic climate.
Come see why Tuacahn Saturday Market is quickly becoming a fun St. George tradition for locals and visitors alike.
For more information please call (435) 652-3218.
Each Child: $17
A $3.00 Showcare fee per day will be added to the order.
A late fee will be added for same day registration
Advance registration is required.
Please visit or call the Box Office at 435-652-3300 to make your reservations.
Tuacahn is an accessible venue. Wheelchair accessible seats are available.
Tickets range from $24-82 per ticket, depending on the seat.
*Ticket prices are subject to change. Purchase early for the best possible price.
Children under 3 years old are not permitted in the Tuacahn Amphitheatre. Select concerts in the Amphitheatre will have different age restrictions.
Children’s pricing applies through 12 years old. Children’s discounts do not apply in the Premium and area 1 seating areas in the Tuacahn Amphitheatre.
Thanks for this info! I have been wanting to go to the Tuacahn for a long time and take my kiddo. Your review definitely helps. Now, I might even try to get in a show before school starts.