We’ve Been On A Bear Hunt


Armed with our teddies and a copy of our favourite book ‘Were Going On A Bear Hunt’ we made our way to The Secombe Theatre in Sutton to watch the live stage show of the adaptation of the wonderful Michael Rosen children’s book.

The familiar characters took to the stage and guided us step by step through each part of the story just as we were turning a page of a story book.

We travelled with them through the swishy swishy grass, splashed and sploshed through the deep, cold river and squelched and squerched through the oozy mud.

The children were captivated from the off and loved being able to second guess what would be coming next.

Although this is a familiar story to many Sally Cookson has managed to deliver a truly wonderful interactive show that the whole family will love.

The children loved being able to join in with the songs and were super excited to see members of the cast coming down into the audience, but the top moment was getting more than they were expecting when passing through the deep, cold river!

This is a fabulous show that the whole family will love.  It really has bought one of our favourite story books to life and will be remembered for many years to come.

We were gifted tickets to this show and these are all my own honest opinions.

Bubbles And Blossoms:Craft Sessions Review

A few days before Christmas we were invited along by Bubbles And Blossoms to try out their ‘Messy Minikins’ session and a special festive session that was put on for older brothers and sisters.

I love crafts and do lots at home with my little ones but the ‘Messy Minikins’ session is perfect for people who would rather keep the mess out of their own home.  I love sessions like this as you get the fun of crafts as well as the interaction with other children.

The boys enjoyed making a large selection of crafts that could be done at their own free will which I found a welcome change to the more structured type of class.  There were also sensory bins, play dough and sand areas that the children could go to when they wanted a break from crafting.


  

The boys came away with a lovely pouch full of cards, masks, glittery pine cones and Christmas decorations.


  
  

We walked into town for a spot of lunch before it was time for number threes session.  The church where the sessions are held is on the doorstep of Sutton town centre and there is also a cafe within the church that has a good menu of well pried food.  This also comes in handy if you fancy a coffee during the children’s session!

I have always found it hard to find craft classes for older children so it was a welcome surprise that Bubbles And Blossoms were offering this session.

The children were given a large canvas and a huge abundance of paints, jewels, beads, sequins and much more to create anything that took their fancy.



Number three is having her room decorated in the New Year and wants a Hollywood theme so this was in her mind as she set to work on her masterpiece!

It gave here some time to herself to let her mind really get to work and create something she could take home and hang proudly on her wall.

Both these sessions has a friendly, laid back atmosphere that I really loved.  My boys don’t have a very good attention span so the fact they could hop in and out of activities was perfect for them.

Number three had a wonderful time at the older session and came out asking when she could go back so I will be keeping an eye out for more session in the future.
We were asked along to these sessions for the purpose of this review and they are all my own honest opinions.

‘He’s Behind You’ Pinocchio Panto Review

   

As a child a trip to the panto was something we did every New Years Eve.  I remember loving be able to stay up late and join in with all the fun and magic a panto has to offer.

Sadly it’s not a tradition I’ve kept up with my own children  so I was really pleased to be asked along to by Sutton Theatres to the Secombe to check out their production of Pinocchio.

We arrived a little before the show started which gave us some time to relax on the comfy sofas in the foyer, grab a drink and make a special wish to be placed on their Christmas tree which I thought was a lovely touch.  Number two also enjoyed spending her pocket money on the lucky dip they had made to keep the children amused.

  

We took to our seats and first to take to the stage was the traditional panto dame.  She played Mama Carla a big bubbly character who had her sights set on Gepeto, Pinocchio’s father.

The much loved story of Pinocchio a wooden puppet who’s greatest wish is to become a real boy is granted after a long journey teaching him the importance of telling the truth, friendship and love. 

Melissa Suffield who many of you will know from Eastenders does a fantastic job of playing the cheeky fairy along with the naughty cat.  Both roles she fills fantastically and much to my delight embarrassed number two by pointing him out in the audience at one point!

Pinocchio himself comes across as the childlike, fumbily character you would imagine him to be; and his singing and tap dancing were fantastic.

My favourite though was the charismatic, cheeky fox that simply lit up the stage.  He really played a fantastic lovable rogue.

I loved that the children were introduced to the massive audience participation that comes with a panto.  They loved shouting at the stage, grabbing sweets that were thrown out to them and having a little boogie in their seats!

One of the things that had made me avoid taking the children before was the running time.  I would never of imagined they could have been kept amused for two hours but I didn’t get one moan from any of them.  

Number two being a teenager is my biggest  critic at the moment but he thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and my wiggly bottomed toddler didn’t take his eyes from the stage at all.

I would highly recommend getting yourselves along to see this production that I guarantee the whole family will love. 
I was given tickets to this performance for the purpose of this review and they are all my own honest opinions. 

Checking Out Little Lambs Softplay

A while ago I was asked by the lovely Sophie to bring my little ones along to her softplay cafe Little Lambs in Sutton.

So today mine were in desperate need to let off some steam and I was in need of a good coffee so we popped along to see what we thought.

  
We parked easily in the St Nicholas centre car park which took us straight to the cafe.  I didn’t bother to get the buggy out but there is ample space to leave your buggy outside and the full glass frontage allows you to easily keep an eye on it.

We found ourselves a table and went over to the counter where we were greeted by the super friendly staff who served me my much needed coffee.

  
The boys spent a good few hours jumping on the bouncy castle, slipping down the slide, leaping into the ball pit and balancing on all the soft bricks.

   
     

Once they had built up a good appetite we sat down to a wonderful lunch.  I was extremely impressed with the large range of healthy choices that were on offer, including Slimming World options.  You can also choose from some yummy homemade cakes if you fancy something a little naughty!

The children’s menu was perfect for number four as I was able to choice from the lunchbox menu so that all  his allergies could be catered for.

     
     

Before we headed home the boys popped round to the quiet corner to do some pictures on the chalk boards and play with the toy kitchen.  This is a great addition as sometimes little ones like a change from the hustle and bustle that softplay brings.

   
 

All in all we had a fantastic trip.  The staff were super friendly and more than helpful, the play areas were well kept, safe and had plenty to amuse my youngest two, number three was more than happy to have a snack and play on her iPad whist the boys played, and finally the food menu was vast, tasty and extremely good value for money.

I would highly recommend Little Lambs to anyone with under 5’s and will be returning there very soon myself.
We were given a free day out at Little Lambs in return for this review.  All opinions are my own honest thoughts.