PlayDate was developed jointly by Hartford Stage and Christ Church Cathedral to offer reliable, convenient childcare for parents eager to relax and enjoy a live theatre performance.


  • On the day of the performance, go directly to Christ Church Cathedral – 45 Church Street, Hartford, CT 06103 (directly across the street from the Hartford Stage Box Office). Ring to bell to be let in.  The ChildCare room is on the second floor.  A Christ Church or Hartford Stage representative will escort you and your child to the space.
  • Drop off will be between 1:30 and 1:50 pm before the 2 pm matinee
  • Your tickets and a release form to be signed will be at the Church.
  • Pick up will be within 20 minutes after the end of the show.
  • Caregivers and Hartford Stage front of house staff will have seat information for all participating adults so that we can find you in case of an emergency.


  • All participating children must be between the ages of 2 and 10 years.
  • Childcare providers are background checked and Safe Church trained.
  • Older children will have a movie and age appropriate board games; younger children will have age appropriate toys and coloring.
  • Snacks are the responsibility of parent/caregivers and should be labeled with instructions.
  • Children do not need to be potty trained but diapering supplies should be provided by the family.
  • There will be a 4 to 1 child to adult ratio with at least one CPR/First Aid trained care provider on site.