Recently we got the opportunity to take Henry to the Arctic Monkeys / The Black Keys concert at the Wells Fargo Center. Going into this I knew that I went with the understanding that when Henry was ready to go the night was over. One of the main reasons we took was the fact that we were able to get tickets for the suite level. I would not have taken Henry if we were general admission. Being in a suite I felt that he was protected and we had a buffer incase of a meltdown.
After a long and late nap Henry threw on his skinny jeans, cardigan, fedora and he was ready to rock and roll. He loved all the attention he got from the other concert goers that were surprised to see a toddler at at rock show. We knew the one thing we did not want to do was show up early… so we arrived in the middle of the opening bands set ( Arctic Monkeys).
The suite level was perfect for Henry. He watched the show while snacking on chicken tenders, french fries and bubble water. Every time he turned around he had a huge grin on his face. He loved the lights, the sounds and the performance. I packed cars and legos as back up which he played with for a little bit. At 10:00 p.m. Henry started to meltdown and we made our way to the concert t-shirt vendor and then out the door. My husband stayed behind to watch the rest of the show and took the subway home.
Overall I would do it again. It was great to be able to share that experience with Henry and he had a great time. If you do it you have to go with the understanding that they might last 2 minutes or they might last 2 hours. And just be willing to work with what they give you.
It is important to note that at the Wells Fargo Center you need a ticket for every single person (even toddlers) that are attending the show. Most sporting events you do not need a ticket for a child if they are going to sit on your lap. Before you buy tickets for an event at the Wells Fargo Center ask them if you need a ticket for your child. If you call their 1800 number you will be on hold forever…ask them on Facebook and they will get back to you right away.