In The Night Garden Live WINNER Announced 

A few weeks ago I ran a competition to win four tickets to see In The Night Garden Live this year.

I am pleased to announce that June Pinner is the lucky winner and a email has been sent over to confirm her win.

If you are still eager to go and see this fantastic show than pop over ‘here’and reserve priority tickets until the 19th January and get a £5 discount.

Also for everyone that entered the competition through my page keep an eye out for an email for you to claim a In The Night Garden 2017 wall calendar. 

For all of you that do manage to get along I would love to hear what you thought and maybe see some pics of your little ones enjoying themselves!

Peppa Pig’s Surprise:Review

For me Christmas and the theatre go hand in hand and if you feel the same as me and want to take your family from as little as babes in arms then I trip to see Peppa Pig’s Surprise at thePhoenix Theatre is a must.

Walking into a sea of toddlers hop, skipping and jumping around the theatre with flashing lights in hand I knew this was gong to be a noisy affair!

The lights then dimmed and the familiar sound of the Peppa Pig theme tune came from the stage and the audience was silenced apart form a few gasps of delight.

Peppa and George have a new friend called Daisy who is a bubbly character with an infectious smile who helps to keep the children engaged throught the whole show.


Peppa and George spend the whole show going about their everyday tasks whist wondering what their big surprise is going to be.

There is plenty of muddy puddle jumping and even a chance to sing along to a Peppa classic – The Bing Bong Song.

The show is extremely interactive with singing, bubbles to catch and plenty off water to dodge!


The ever changing scenes keep things at a fast pass for restless eyes with an underwater neon one being a firm favourite.

Although the storyline is not based around Christmas there is a really lovely festive treat at the end that I won’t spoil for you.

Peppa Pig’s Surprise brings you over an hour of thrills and spills and allows a huge favourite TV character to come to life in front of your eyes.

*we were given tickets for the purpose of this review and they are all my own honest opinions.

The Snowman:Review

I don’t know one person that doesn’t know and love the story of The Snowman by Raymond Briggs.

It has been a Christmas favourite since I was a child and I have passed the love of it down to all my own children.

When I was asked along to the Peacock Theatre to see this classic on stage I had high hopes for what I was going to see, but also hoped it wouldn’t ruin the magic of the tale by swaying to far from the original storyline.

We walked into the theatre and sat down in front of the stage that was covered with a projection of continually falling snow that caught the eyes of the children immediately.

The orchestra then kicked in, the curtains raised and so the story began.

The first half was the ever familiar story of the little boy who excitedly catches sight of the snow falling and hop, skips and jumps into the garden to create his very own snowman that magically comes to life in the dark of night.

The snowman is welcomed inside by the boy and the pair get up to lots of mischief from dressing the snowman up in his parents clothes to riding a motorbike round the garage whilst trying not to wake his sleeping parents.

All of this is performed beautifully and had my youngest two transfixed on the stage.

The first half finished with the Snowman taking his friend by the hand and flying him into the sky to the classic sound of ‘Walking In The Air’ which had the audience enthralled and excited for what was to come next.

The second half was padded out a little with the journey to the party at the North Pole incepted with a battle between the Snowman and the evil Jack Frost who is trying to capture the beautiful Ice Princess.

The upbeat second half is full of excitement and lots of humour added by the chucklesome Father Christmas and his super cute reindeers.

This two hour long ballet kept my attention lacking youngest two mesmerised and the look of wonder in their eyes completely melted my heart.

This quintessentially British story has been bought to life in a truly magical way and is the absolute epitome of Christmas.

  *we were given tickets for the purpose of this review and they are all my own, honest opinion.

Kate And Mim-Mim World Premiere:Kate In Oz

Kate And Mim-Mim World Premiere:Kate In Oz

Attending a world premiere of one of the boys favourite CBebbies shows in the heart of Soho was not a bad way to start half term.

We were lucky enough to be invited along to the one off episode of ‘Kate In Oz’ at The Curzon in Soho where we were treated to face painting, magic acts, crafts and balloon animals in a wonderfully glitzy venue.

This was a little wasted on my two hyperactive boys and all I was thinking was that number three would be kicking herself for not coming along.

All settled in our seats Cat Sandion a very familiar face from Cebeebies took to the stage to introduce the new episode we were all egar to watch.

In this episode Kate and her cute purple bunny Mim-Mim have left the comfort of Mimiloo and after a terrible dream found themselves in Oz, very reminiscent of the original film.

Cat Deely the voice of the evil witch Violet has stolen the twirl magic and is trying to capture all the purple in Oz.

It is Kate and Mim-Mim’s challenge to stop her evil mission but I will let you watch it for yourselves to see if they manage to!

This fab episode aired on the 29th October and can still be seen on IPlayer.

We had a fantastic day and can’t wait for the whole new series to hit our screens in the New Year.

A Superhero Wannabes Dream:Marvel Universe Live

Two superhero clad, hugely hyperactive boys, a ten year old girl with no interest in superheroes and a moody teen with no interest in anything apart from his XBox was quite a combination to take to watch Marvel Universe Live at the O2 the other day.

My youngest two live and breath anything superhero related and have high hopes of becoming ‘the real’ Hulk and Iron Man when they grow up; so I knew the prospect of seeing their favourite characters come to life on stage was going to be the perfect treat for them but I knew the other two were going to be a little harder to please.

We arrived to a sea of mini super Heros eagar for the action to start and when it did it really went with a bang!

From the minute the lights hit the stage huge projections filled the back screens and explosions began to excite the crowd.

One by one the familiar characters of Spider-Man, Iron Man and Capitan America and some not so to me such as Loki and Red Skull took to the stage leaving a packed crowd of tiny faces and some bigger fans in complete awe.


The story of the battle over the cosmic cube which holds super power in the Marvel Universe has been shattered into pieces by the powerful Thor to prevent it from being found and used by any evil villains.

In a bid to gain back the precious pieces the powerful Marvel heroes club together facing a whole host of problems on their way.


It was hard to know where to look at points with perfectly executed fight scenes taking place alongside death defying motorcycle stunts, pyrotechnic displays and superheroes scaling walls and flying through the air there was never a dull moment.


It was action packed from beginning to end and all four of mine sat in silence through the entire show just waiting for the next bit of action.

My youngest two who have horrendously short attention spans didn’t move a muscle, number three said it was the most exciting show she had ever seen and my massively critical teen said it was fabulous and couldn’t believe how real it came across.


Marvel Universe set our imaginations on fire and sparked off that love of superheroes in is all.

*we were invited along to watch this show for the purpose of this review and they are all my own, honest opinions.

A Christmas Treat:Peppa Pig’s Surprise 

    

I know, I know it’s only September but before we know it Christmas will be upon us.

There is always so much going on over the festive months that I find it hard to fit everything in so getting prepared is a must.

One thing that we all love to do is to have a trip into town to take a look at the lights and have an afternoon at the theatre; and who better to visit over this happy time of year than Peppa Pig and the gang.

This year they are taking to the stage at the Phoniex Theatre, Charing Cross from Thursday 1st December – Saturday 10th January and tickets are on sale now.

Join Peppa and George as the try to uncover the big suprise that Mummy and Daddy pig have for them.

There will be plenty of fun, games and surprises along the way in this colourful and interactive show suitable for all the family.

I’m champing at the bit to find out the big secret and I’m sure your little ones would love to find out to!

Dancing Along At In The Night Garden Live

In The Night Garden has been a part of the bedtime routine in our house for over  eighteen years!

The cute characters and catchy songs find it a show that is hard not to like so when we were asked to come along and take a look at In The Night Garden Live I knew there would be some happy faces.

The show in running until the 21st of August and is moving around London, Birmingham and Manchester.

We chose to go and see an early performance in Richmond Park and there are still a few tickets to grab if you are lucky enough.

Upon arriving we were greeted at the huge purpose built show done by a host of super happy ushers that took our tickets and explained to us what would be going on.

We were pointed in the direction of the massive buggy park which I normally find a nightmare to navigate, but there was ample space to get buggies in and out.

We were fashionably late and the dome was almost full as we entered.  There are only thirteen rows of seating set out in a bench style format.  This makes for an intimate setting that if perfect for little ones.  The benches allow the children to move freely without annoying anyone else to much.

As soon as the characters such as Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy took to the stage there were screams of fun and laugher from the children – well and a few adults too!

Number four who is the ripe old age of four had told me the he wasn’t really wanting to go as it would be to babyish for him.  Strangely enough though he was singing, dancing and clapping along to the whole show.


The mixture of puppetry, costumes and panoramic projection were perfect, and keep tiny eyes and minds glued to the stage for nearly a whole hour.


We have been to many theatre shows as a family and this is by far the best equipped for children.  Every little thing has been thought of down to little steps and seats in the toilets to microwaves for bottle and food warning.

Sadly I didn’t realise that you could pre ok to meet one of the characters as a family which sounded like a great experience and something we will add if we visit again next year.

If you are looking to introduce your children to the wonders of the stage this is the perfect place to start.

I have come away with a fuzzy feeling in my tummy from the brilliant performance and the magic in every child’s eyes.


*we were gifted tickets to this show 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. 

The Gruffalo Review

  

A week before Christmas I was a little sceptical about taking the kids into town to fight through the Christmas shoppers but we had a surprising good journey and arrived at the Vaudeville Theatre relatively stress free.

We had a bit of a nightmare getting our massive buggy up the flight of stairs to the buggy park but once it was stored away we made our way to our seats to be greeted by the beautifully designed staging that had been made to look just like you have stepped into a page of the much loved story book of The Gruffalo.

Number five decided to have a melt down about the lack of satsumas in my bag but was promptly stopped when the lights went down and the performance started.

The cute character of the mouse was the first to take to the stage as she sets off on her journey through the woods cleverly outwitting the cheeky cockney fox, wise old owl and the super camp snake as she goes until her final encounter with the Gruffalo.

The audience are encouraged to join in with counting, singing and answering panto style questions which is perfect to keep the predominantly young audience engaged. At the end the big, bubbly character of the Gruffalo even comes down into the audience much to the delight of the children.

I had an age range of nine to a year with me and they all throughly enjoyed the whole show.  They even added a few adult friendly jokes in to keep the parents amused.

I loved that they had added a Christmas twist to the end with the mouse wishing everyone a merry Christmas under a shower of pretty snow.  For me this would make a wonderful Christmas treat for the whole family and something they will remember for years to come.
We were given tickets for the performance for the purpose of this review.  They are all my own honest opinions.

The Little Match Girl Review


A Christmassy twist on the classic children’s tale The Little Match Girl has taken to the stage of the Charles Cryer theatre in Carshalton for the festive period.

When we were asked to come along and review this show I was a little sceptical as to how they were going to turn this dark tale into something suitable for a younger audience.

Upon entering the cosy and relaxed environment of the theatre with my screaming toddler I was immediately put at ease by one of the wonderful actresses spotting us and catching the attention of number five who immediately stopped crying with a sneak preview of the match girl  herself.


The story of the little match girl who finds herself out in the cold all alone on Christmas Eve was shown to us through the use of puppetry, dance, singing and some super cute props.

The children loved being able to join in with the songs and answering the panto type questions that were thrown to the audience.

There was a super relaxed feel to the whole performance with the option to come in and out as and when you needed to.  There was even a table with some colouring set up for little ones that needed a break.  From what I could see this wasn’t needed for any of the little ones in this audience as they all seemed to enjoy every minute of the wonderful performance by the actresses of Moon On A Stick.

I would highly recommend getting yourselves along to the Charles Cryer theatre to experience this beautiful adaptation of this heart wrenching story.


We were gifted the tickets to. This performance for the purpose of this review and they are all my own honest opinions.