A Dogs Purpose Screening

A couple of weeks ago I got to have some much needed one on one time with Izzy when we attended the screening of A Dogs Purpose at Picturehouse Central in Shaftesbury Ave.

Izzy is a huge dog lover and has aspirations of owning her own kennel when she gets older, so you can imagine her excitement when she realised we were going to watch a film that is based around her favourite fluffy animals.

Inside the theatre we were given ‘pic&mix’ sweets that were cleverly served in dog bowls, cleverly in keeping with the theme.


Izzy was beside herself as we realised it wasn’t only humans that were there to review the film but a whole host of dogs that had been invited along too; in fact she got to cuddle the insta famous Boo French Bulldog sisters, Coco and Boo the whole way through the screening.


A Dogs Purpose brings to the big screen a loving and devoted dog that has had a bit of a rough start to life until he is saved by his new owner Ethan that he enjoys many adventures with both good and bad until the sad moment finally that all animal owners dread and I had already preemted would happen in the film.

It then takes a real twist and sees him reincarnated over several decades coming back as different dogs that show him very varied lives.

I won’t spoil the ending for you but lets just say it was something I certainly wasn’t expecting.

This film took us through every emotion imaginable and we were in fits of laughter one minute and shedding tears the next.

It shows the huge bond between mans best friend and their owners and has got me thinking that it might not only be cats that have nine lives!

 

Peppa Pig’s My First Cinema Giveaway

As some of you may have seen we were lucky enough to go along to the screening of Peppa Pig’s My First Cinema Experience the other week and throughly enjoyed every moment of it.

With Peppa bounding through those muddy puddles to appear on our big screens today I have a fantastic giveaway to celebrate the launch.

This really is a dream for Peppa Pig fans with a whole host of fantastic prizes worth over £100.

  • Peppa Pig DVD 
  • Penguin Peppa Goes To London Book
  • HTI Electronic Bubbiliser And Drum
  • Trends Alphabetic Campvan
  • Portmerion Mug and Plate Set
  • Bladez Hop And Squeak
  • Worlds Apart GoGlow My First Torch
  • Alligator Travel Pillow
  • Tomy Doodle Bag

If you would like to enter the let me know who your little ones favourite Peppa Pig character is in the comments below. Good Luck!

*The winner will be announced on the 21st April at 8pm and upon announcing the winner will be given a week in which to claim their prize.

U.K. Entries only.


 

Peppa Pig’s My First Cinema Experience 

The cinema with preschool children is never really a combination that I relish.

The thought of small children in the confines of one seat for over an hour in my head is not a good combination so I am always eager to see if there are experiences that will keep my youngest two entertainment for that length of time.

We were lucky enough to go along to the preview of Peppa Pig’s My First Cinema Experience which I was hoping was going to be a hit with Frankie and Oscar as they are both huge fans.

Upon arriving at the Picturehouse Central in Picadilly we joined a whole host of Peppa fans just itching to see what Peppa and her friends were going to get up to on the big screen.

After some fun with face painting, ballon making and meeting Peppa and George themselves we took to our seats and waited for the start.



A cinema full of noisy, giggly children was scilenced as soon as the lights were dimmed and that familiar theme tune filled the room.

Instead of a feature length film My First Cinema Experience is made up of nine episodes that are broken up with little snippets of Peppa’s new friend Daisy that appears on the screen to really engage the audience by getting them singing, dancing and playing games.

Familiar songs such as ‘the wheels on the bus’ and ‘row your boat’ all feature and are a welcome addition to keep wriggly fingers and bottoms happy.

We saw Peppa take off on several new adventures where she has a trip to the zoo, takes a ride on a canal boat, travels all the way to Australia and our favourite  which was a visit to London which sees her taking in all the famous sights such as Big Ben, Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square that were all seen from a double decker bus that was driven by the queen!


With a running time of just over an hour it was the perfect time for my three and five year old although a few of the younger children got a little restless towards the end.

I won’t let you in in anymore secrets, I will leave it down to you to see what happens on the rest of their adventures when it hits the cinemas on 7th April.

I would love to hear your thoughts so please let me know what you and your little ones think.

A Magically Messy Afternoon With Persil And Beauty And The Beast

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few weeks you couldn’t have missed all the hype that has been surrounding the release of the new Disney film ‘Beauty And The Beast’.

A true Disney classic that in my mind would be hard to be recreated; so when we were asked along by Persil to a screening at The Mondrian Hotel on Southbank I have to say I was certainly more excited than Izzy…well just, to see how it would be played.


Upon arriving we were welcomed into a dimly lit room that just shouted “be our guest” at me with a table filled with beautiful gold candelabras and deep red roses.

It was definitely a table fit for a room full of little princes and princesses.


Lots of hungry tummies were filled with plates of scrumptious food and with a little bit of room left they got the chance to get creative and decorate their very own cupcakes.


As you can imagine after all that fun there were more than a few sticky fingers and faces around which if your children are anything like mine tend to get wiped on the nearest object, which is usually a cuff or more often than not my trousers!

This is where my good friend Persil comes to the rescue, and believe me I have put their washing products to the test over the years.

Persil have collaborated with Disney for the release of Beauty And The Beast and are giving away a £5 Disney Store voucher with every purchase of 22 and 38 wash Persil capsules.

This in turns means happy parents and happy children!

 

Full to the brim and eagar to get into the cinema we all took to our seats and were in for a very special screening indeed.


Izzy face lit up the minute Emma Watson took to the screen and I was immediately drawn into the familiar songs and spectacular cinematography. 

However it was not your run of the mill cinema viewing as at pivotal points during the film the cinema came alive with bursts of confetti, feathers and much more cascading over the audience to make it a truly interactive experience.

I left the hotel with a tear in my eye, snow in my hair and a head full of memories that Izzy and I will never forget.

Peppa Pig Is Coming Back To The Big Screen

Peppa Pig fans are in for a big treat this Easter as all of our favourite characters are set to hit the big screen again this year with ‘Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience’.

This great new interactive cinematic experience will see Peppa and her friends take a trip to London to take in all the famous sights while the audience can join in with familiar nursery rhymes such as wheels on the bus and row, row your boat.

Next up they jet set across the world to meet up with their old friend Kylie Kangaroo.

The show compromises of nine episodes linked together to create the perfect show for preschoolers.

With all the colourful images, catchy songs and of course plenty of muddy puddles this show will make for the perfect half term treat.

Take a look at the trailer below for a taster of what’s to come!

Movies In A Lost World:The Backyard Cinema

If I said to you I had taken the children to a cinema in the middle of a jungle you would probably think I had lost my mind a little, but that is exactly what we did last weekend.

Walking through South London being surrounded by office blocks and high rises I was a little unsure of what to expect when we reached the Backyard Cinema.

I was more than pleasantly surprised when we came across The Lost World nestled in the middle of a cool and quirky food market offering fabulous street food and drink in a super laid back funky area.

Our jungle experience started the minute we collected our tickets from the super friendly ushers dressed head to toes in safari outfits that really helped us to get into character.

Entering was a huge source of excitement for the kids(and me!) as we crawled through a tiny entrance into a dark and eery jungle with animal noises coming from all directions.

Just taking this in we were beckoned to enter the cinema by jumping onto the rope swing and landing in a big foam pit!


With three hyper kids in hand we were taken to our seats – or I should say bean bags where we all soon nestled down and snuggled up with our blankets while number three went to get some snacks from the bar serving your usual popcorn and sweets plus some pretty tasty looking cocktails.


The film started and I was so pleased that the children had got to watch the classic Disney film The Lion King in these spectacular surroundings; even if number four did get a little confused and asked where the boy in pants was!  Clearly the whole jungle theme had really drawn him in!

As expected my fidget of a two year old didn’t last the whole film and we had many ‘unneeded’ trips to the toliet and every other imaginable excuse but the staff went out of their way to help and nothing was to much trouble.


I am a notorious cinema hater and this has completely converted me.  It was so much more than just a cinema screening.  It was a magnificent experience for your senses and a feast for our imaginations.

They have some real classics running until the beginning of November and if you get the chance to go then take it as it really is a trip to remember.
*we were given tickets for the purpose of this review and they are all my own honest opinions.

Experience A Cinema Like No Other:Backyard Cinema

Pulling up into a shopping complex, picking up your cartons of popcorn and settling down into the hard seats to watch your film.

Does this sound like your normal trip to the cinema? 

It does mine and that is exactly why I avoid going, much to the annoyance of my family.

Thankfully Backyard Cinema have turned tradition on its head and have bought a whole new cinematic experience to London.

You make your entrance through the lost jungle whilst stumbling through the temple ruin to arrive in the extra special cinema area full of bean bags that you can relax on whist sipping a cocktail and munching on your popcorn!

Over the next few months they are showing some real classics such as The Goonies, Hook, Lion King and many more!

Below is a trailer to help you set the scene and keep an eye out for our review they will be up after our visit in a few weeks!