Everything You Need to Know About Seeing Hamilton in LA with Kids

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No need to wait for it… not anymore! You’ve heard the songs (ad nauseam) as you carpool, know every line of the show, and frankly learned more from this musical about our founding fathers than in all your history classes put together. You also queued in internet lines for hours trying to score tickets. And now, Hamilton, that hit Broadway show, has made its way to LA. With a new app, last minute tickets, and where to take the kids to eat and park for the show, there’s a million things you haven’t done…just you scroll down to find out how to make this the best night of your life.

photo: Nathan Hughes Hamilton via Creative Commons

HamCam & More
So, you scored tickets. Yay! (Or if you didn’t, that’s ok too… you’ll need this app even more. Scroll down to the next section to find out why.) But with the show running though the end of the year, your young Hamil-fans may still have to wait for it. Download the new app, just released in conjunction with the LA previews on August 11, and you will be in the know for new ticket block releases, information, messages from Lin-Manuel Miranda and the super fun HamCam, which will entertain your kids until showtime. They can take pictures of themselves as King George, the Schuyler Sisters or with their faces on the $10 bill. With sharable stickers, emojis and more to be rolled out soon, this is one app where you’ll be back (over and over and over).

For more of a peek behind the scenes of the LA production, the LA Times has been running an excellent series of articles that your whole family will enjoy reading together.

Available for iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store: hamiltonbroadway.com/app

photo: Jacob Rose

$10 Founding Father, Without a Father Tickets
If you couldn’t score tickets (or couldn’t see spending the $650 that orchestra seats would set you back), you’re in luck. Forty tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each – and the seats vary per performance. It’s not all obstructed view seats; some will even be in the front row. All you have to do is log onto the app (or online) and enter your name and email address for a chance to win 2 seats to the next night’s performance. (You can only enter once per performance date, and winners will be notified at 11 a.m. the day before the show, so be ready to drop everything and head to the room where it happens.)

Online: hollywoodpantages.com/lottery

photo: Meghan Rose

Raise a Glass
Sushi is a perfectly elegant and healthy pre-dining option that the whole family can agree on. While Katsuya is closer to the theatre, it’s also more expensive and not very kid friendly. Luckily, Kabuki is just down the street, and they have one of the most extensive kid sushi menus we’ve ever seen. There are five kids meal combinations in total, each served with rice, salad and a drink. But enough about the kids—you’ll love the signature cocktails, sushi combos and rice bowls.

1545 Vine St.
Online: kabukirestaurants.com

Stella Barra Pizzaria
While this is actually a joint known (and beloved) for the pizza, kids think of this as the cookie spot. Might be because the cookies are the size of their heads. Might be because they come in amazing flavors (Bacon Chocolate Chip and Rice Krispy Chip are kid pleasers). Whatever the reason, you can enjoy an upscale pizza (and salad and wine) dinner the whole family will love, and get a cookie to-go for intermission. (Way better than the lobby cookies!) Another bonus to eating here is that you can park in the ArcLight lot and get validation.

6372 Sunset Blvd.
Online: stellabarra.com/hollywood

photo: Jennifer O’Brien

Shake Shack
Since you’re bringing the kids, you may as well make this evening for them, and go burgers. Or at least let them think so, because the freshly ground, 100% all-natural Angus beef that’s served on a heavenly potato bun with crisp lettuce, juicy tomato and ShackSauce will make you pretty happy, too. If one of your little munchers isn’t a burgers fanatic, there’s plenty to delight them. The Chick’n Stack or one of the Flat-Top Dogs might be more their jam. Shakes and creamy frozen custards will give them the energy to stay awake through the whole show. Doesn’t seem fancy enough for pre-theater meal? Just you wait… mid burger bite you may get flashbacks to your first Broadway experience of seeing Annie and eating White Castle on the way home. (No? Just us?) It’s also, conveniently located right next to the theatre.

6201 Hollywood Blvd.
Online: shakeshack.com/location/hollywood-california

photo: Meghan Rose

Off Vine
You’re all dressed up and somewhere to go, so make a real Broadway style night of it with a nice dinner ordered off the pre-theatre menu at a beautiful sit down restaurant. With everything from simple penne pasta to Filet Mignon on the menu, everyone will find something to enjoy and you’ll feel like this is the start of an elegant evening out. Reservations on show nights are a must.

6263 Leland Way
Online: offvine.com

Greenleaf Gourmet Chop Shop
If you can’t bring yourself to do burgers before an expensive show, but want a bite right next door so you don’t have to rush dawdling eaters at curtain time, this is our pick. Right next door to the theatre is this healthy option with salads, wine, beer, a great kids menu and even healthy taco or pizza options. With more of a sit down feel, but casual prices and a most convenient location, this is a perfect pick for something that will sustain your crew. Vegan and vegetarian abound as well, so everyone can find something.

6201 Hollywood Blvd.
Online: greenleafchopshop.com/locations

photo: Mike Liu via Creative Commons

Parking – Not Giving Away Your Spot!
Yep, there are un-deux-trois-quatre-cinq-six-sept-huit-neuf lots happily waving in tourists to pay top $ for spots close to the theatre. The biggest problem with that is when everyone leaves the theatre at the same time, you sit in a traffic jam waiting to get home. That’s a bummer end to an amazing evening. We recommend parking at the ArcLight (6360 Sunset Blvd.) or Trader Joe’s (6271 Selma Ave.). You can get validation (if you get something to eat at the ArcLight – like that cookie from Stella Barra – or get some snacks at TJs), but even if you end up paying the max for the lots, you’re in covered parking, it’s still usually cheaper than theatre parking, and when you’re ready to go you zip right out to get those tired kids to bed.

Also, we highly recommend taking the Red Line, which stops directly by the theatre (get off at the Hollywood/Vine station), if you’ve a stop near your home. Avoid parking all together!

Did you score tickets? Are you trying to get $10 lottery tix? Are your kids driving you mad with lyric singing? We want to hear your Hamilton story, in the comments below.

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