The Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour was the #BestNightEver. Like #RIPme and we had #zerochill. Tay Tay was amazing and we danced until 11:30 p.m. With our kids ages 5-9. It's a long, epic night and we put together a list of how to have the #bestnightever at the Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour with kids.
1. Plan transportation early.
This was going to be a late night and we wanted it t be as easy as possible for the kids. We booked a hotel room at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place which happens to be the taxi/limo drop-off point for Soldier Field in Chicago and the least amount of walking as possible to and from the concert venue. We arrived early to avoid the crazy traffic and blasted the 1989 album while the girls got ready.
2. Outfits are everything.
I learned this at the Taylor Swift RED tour. Swifties take their concert wardrobe extremely serious. We got the girls coordinating outfits to look like the ballerinas in the Shake It Off video. Their outfits were a huge hit from everyone in the hotel elevators to other Swifties in the stands.
3. Posters could be as big a deal as outfits.
Get out the craft box and work on your poster ahead of time. This beauty is made out of glitter glue and features the title track on the 1989 album altered to highlight our hometown. If you want your sign to light up, use battery powered light packs. Since her show is entirely in the dark, light up signs work best. Also, use the foam core board and not regular poster board. Poster board is too flimsy and will end up a mess by the end of the night.
4. Don't make your kids cry
The bracelets they pass out when you're walking in are a big part of the show. Make sure everyone in your group gets one or there will be tears. Lots and lots of tears. Concert t-shirts sell out fast, especially in small sizes. By the time we got there in the first opening act all x-smalls were sold out and there were few smalls left. Purchase souvenirs early to avoid tears.
Here's an Instagram video to show how it all comes together: CLICK HERE
5. Keep the excitement going
There are three opening acts before Taylor goes on at 9:20. Yes, 9:20! Unless your kids are huge Vance Joy or HAIM fans, by 8:30 they might start to drag. Get a concession snack, take a walk around the arena, try to meet up with friends in a different location to say hi, you get the idea.
6. Shake it off!
When Taylor comes out the excitement is so huge it's hard to ignore. Get up and dance, sing along, have the time of your life! The kids who had the most fun had the parents who had the most fun. Betsy and I had a blast dancing the night away with the girls! Also a heads up, Shake it Off is last and closes the show. Don't leave early. Just be prepared for it to take forever to exit the arena and get back to your hotel/taxi/car and be ready to walk/sit in traffic for a long time. And know that your kids will be tired and may start to melt down but it was all worth it.
8. Keep the bracelets
The bracelets still work! They are now motion activated and their favorite new accessory. Our kids wear them on their ankles and while they may look like they are under house arrest, they are really cool when you play outside at night.
Tay Tay, she told us we could call her Tay Tay, was so great. She puts on a show you are happy to take your daughter to sharing her words of wisdom on loving yourself above all else. Happy to have her as my girls' 'most favorite singer of all time for always.' Thanks for giving us the best night ever, Taylor!
Hotel: Hyatt McCormick Place Chicago
Concert Tanks: Pockets Full of Glitter, Crown Point, IN
There are our 8 tips for having the best night ever with your kids at the Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour. Have you been or are you planning to go? Leave your tips in the comment section and we'll add them in!