My family’s experience seeing Blue Man Group was incredibly fun and entertaining, and I highly recommend as a memorable outing for yours! The audience was loaded with kids, and I loved watching my own ten-year-old and twelve-year-old engaged and laughing hysterically on the edge of their seats. We were invited to attend the performance and all opinions are my own.
Review: Seeing Blue Man Group with Kids
We enjoyed every minute of this captivating and artistic show. From the creative combination of vibrant paint splattering, amazing heart-pounding beats, and the hilarious curiosity of the three Blue Men, it really is an imaginative concept that is sure to impress and entertain the whole family.
Their performance has recently been updated with new comedic content poking fun at the world of technology that we live in. We all got a kick out of their playful spoofs on our society’s over-reliance on social media and connectivity. And there’s quite a bit of audience interaction, including moments where lucky audience members were invited up on stage to dine, jam and create art with the Blue Men.
The loud, resounding drumming and cool electronic style music that permeates throughout the show gets everyone dancing right along to the beat. (If you have a child that is sensitive to loud noises, I would definitely recommend taking advantage of the headphones they have on hand to dampen the noise.)
Fun Little Details and Tips for Seeing Blue Man Group with Kids
Upon entering the auditorium, my kids were entertained, and the show had not even started yet! The use of black lights creates a very cool ambiance and my ten year old was quite pleased with her outfit selection because she glowed. (Dress in white or neon for optimal glowing.)
In addition to the neat lighting, there is an LED board continuously streaming little jokes and setting the stage for the uniquely entertaining feel of the show. At the end of the show, my kids were tickled by the propelling toilet paper strewn high overhead by powerful leaf blower-type tools directed by the Blue Men! Think confetti, but with toilet paper.
If you’re not in a big rush to leave after the show, be sure to stick around in the lobby for a few minutes afterwards. My kids were thrilled to pose for a photo with one of the infamous Blue Men! They were curious to see if they would stay in character and found that they did – no smiling for photos even!
Show Days and Times
The show is approximately 90 minutes long, with no intermission. Check out the full show schedule and ticket pricing here. They offer special tickets for the VIP experience, premium/poncho seats, groups and students. Tickets may be purchased at the Briar Street Theatre in Lakeview by calling the box office at (773) 348-4000, Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787, or online.
*Don’t forget to check the Kidlist Half-Price Tickets page, where Blue Man Group Chicago tickets start at $38.88!
We found street parking easily right across the street from the Briar Street Theatre. It ended up being around $10 for close to five hours as we stayed in the neighborhood for dinner afterwards. My husband used the ParkChicago app so we could easily add on more time. We noticed that the theatre actually has their own parking lot for $15, or I’m sure SpotHero would be another option for finding a garage nearby.
We stumbled upon a great little restaurant after the show, Drew’s on Halsted. Cozy atmosphere, friendly service and great food. It’s just steps away from the theatre, which was perfect on a cold, windy evening in Chicago! We discovered that they also have dinner-show packages available for booking. When guests call the Blue Man Group box office to buy tickets, they can also make a dinner reservation with some set pricing options. My daughters both recommend the creme brulee!
Developed through collaboration among three close friends (Chris Wink, Phil Stanton and Matt Goldman) on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the first formal Blue Man Group production opened in 1991 at the Astor Place Theatre. The show is a joyful, multi-sensory experience that has captivated more than 35 million people of all ages and cultures worldwide. Blue Man Group just celebrated 20 years in Chicago last year!
This post brought to you by Blue Man Group Chicago, but all opinions are my own.