Marin Theatre Company to test out onsite babysitting service for matinees

MTC_Gem_Smith_Smallwood_Moore_Hall_LoResMarin Theatre Company to offer free daycare for matinee show
January 21, 2016 — Sooner or later, someone had to do it. For years (and years, and years) younger theater fans, those with families, have claimed that it was the complexity and cost of childcare that prevented them for attending live stage shows. It’s Marin Theatre Company that is stepping up to plate and offering a solution—and perhaps a bit of a challenge. This Saturday, on January 23, during the company’s 2:00 matinee of the critically acclaimed ‘Gem of the Ocean’ (by August Wilson), MTC will offer free onsite daycare for any parents or grandparents attending the show. Marin Theatre Company, the first North Bay theater company to offer such a service (possibly the first Bay Area theater company), is teaming up with Urbansitter, a kind of high-quality Uber-style, web and app-driven babysitting operation headquartered in San Francisco. The service—which allows parents to search for, book, pay, review, and recommend babysitters—has been contracted to provide childcare professionals, paid for by MTC, during the 2-1/2 hour show. The theater plans to offer this for one performance per each show in 2016, so parents can stop making excuses and come back to the theater. To reserve a childcare spot, call the box office at 415-388-5208, and make arrangements while purchasing tickets.

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