My husband and I love the theater, but honestly, it's too expensive at this stage in our life (I'm a SAHM and we have two small children) to see a Broadway touring show in the city and to spend $30 on the sitter just for the travel time (as well as the running time of the show.) We live in Foster City and are able to have a night out for a reasonable amount and get back right after. We saw 1776 here a few years back and Tapestry last year. Usually, there is a children friendly show (Cinderella and Secret Garden are the ones I remember). I hope to take my son and daughter to Oliver in a few months. They also do a children's conservatory program, which I think is through the San Mateo Rec center or maybe through the school district.