Motown has hit Bristol town well city actually. Motown the Musical has recently started a 4-week long run at Bristol Hippodrome. The hit musical has been running since 2013 when it premiered in New York. Then it hit the West End in London in 2016 […]
Now it is December I need to get myself in the Christmas spirit. The kids certainly are singing Christmas songs at every opportunity possible. Last weekend we were lucky enough to be invited to visit to see Father Christmas at Sealife Centre Weymouth. It was the kid’s first surprise of the Christmas season, the kids thought we were just going to the seaside for a winter wall along the beach. As we travelled down to Weymouth it was a really dreary day with heavy rain. Luckily once we parked the rain eased off. Still playing along with the surprise grabbed some lunch then headed to the beach for a little walk.
After our brief walk, Aliza asked if we could go to her favourite sealife centre. She fondly remembers it from past visits, so as not to disappoint a 5-year-old I agreed. Knowing that they were all in for a real treat. We had access to the centre before our allocated time, so the kids raced to see their favourite’s. Nemo and Dory, of course, closely followed by the Turtles.
This visit was the first time we had seen the newest addition to the sealife centre, the fairy penguins. The kids loved them, so cute I could take it home my 9-year-old say. The penguins are only about 25cm. The keepers were very informative and shared lots of interesting facts with the kids. They are native to Australia and New Zealand, this group travelled all the way from a sanctuary in Manly, Australia when it closed down. We could have watched them for hours.
Our visit to Father Christmas was scheduled in for after the park closed. We sat and waited in the cafe until it was time. By this time it was dark and we followed the lights through the park to the Reindeer’s Stable. Where the jolly elf greeted us, chatting with the kids, who were already mesmerised. We followed the elf through the festive forest. Stopping to see the reindeers and the parked sleigh across the water. Then zigzagged through the real Christmas tree forest to the lamp post. At the lamp post, the kids made a wish and then it snowed!
Then onto the main event, once we were at outside the cabin the kids knocked and waited for Father Christmas to allow them to enter. We all entered and the kids were beaming by this point. So lovely for us to watch, Grandma, joined us for our festive family afternoon. Father Christmas was magical and the kids chatted at ease with him. They talked about where he would visit first and his route around the world. And of course, they told him what they wanted for Christmas.
We had time to take some memorable pictures and then it was pressie time. The kids even got a Christmas pop badge to take home too.
It was a lovely afternoon and a great start to the festive season. Father Christmas officially arrives Saturday 8th December 2018, he will be visiting Sealife throughout weekends until 17th – 23rd December. Then he will be there daily and every child meeting Father Christmas will receive a special SEA LIFE gift.
Disclaimer – We received a preview VIP invite to Weymouth Sealife Centre to review and share our honest views on the experience.
If you regularly read my blog you will know how important spending time with each of the kids on there own is to me. Well last night was Mum Daughter Date Night with the baby of the family. Myself and Aliza, 5 headed to Bristol Hippodrome to watch Madagascar The Musical.
We were both very excited and having watched the films many times, we had high hopes for the stage production. The set was bright and warm, as soon as we took our seats Aliza’s eyes were beaming with excitement.
Once the show started I found myself tapping my feet along to the beat. The opening scene in the Central Park Zoo showcased the key characters personalities. The seamless movement of the staging was extremely clever too.
Alex the Lion played by Brandon Gale, interpreted ‘The King of The Zoo’ well, his singing voice was incredible. Marty the Zebra’s moved were great. And the comedy from Gloria the Hippo and Melman the Giraffe had me chuckling along.
I would say that the show was great for the whole family, however, Aliza is a bit of a sensitive soul so was unsure of the roars. As she thought Alex the lion was real, so I think she gives the costumes her seal of approval.
The second half of the show was a laugh a minute with the ‘King Julian’ bringing such charisma to his performance. Shuffling around the stage and mispronouncing words. Then came the cast’s rendition of ‘Like to Move It’, well let’s face it it was the moment the whole audience was waiting for. And it sure didn’t disappoint. It was actually awesome and left a huge smile on Aliza’s face.
Madagascar the Musical had a real feel good factor to it. It would be hard to leave the theatre not smiling and humming ‘I like to move it, move it’.
BLOC Productions flew into Bristol this week, with their production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Bristol Hippodrome. Jolie and I were excited to see the show. I have lost count of how many times I have watched the film. It is a real feel-good […]
There are not many Thursday evenings that are spent watching men dressed as green ogres talking about farting….but last night was one of them. Yes, my 5 year old daughter and I went to watch ‘Shrek The Musical’ at Bristol Hippodrome. I can categorically confirm that we loved every single minute of it. Shrek The Musical has been touring the country since December 2017 and this month is hitting the stage at Bristol Hippodrome. It opened on Thursday 9th August and runs to Sunday 19th August.
Well, I say every minute, the show starts with Shrek jumping out of the storybook and letting out a huge ‘ROOOAAAAARRRR’! At which point she hopped up on to my lap and asked to go home! She soon warmed to him though and watched the rest of the show in awe. Shrek is a favourite in our house at the moment (all of the films, of which there are a few!). So Mila was delighted to be able to see the characters ‘in real life’.
Shrek’s makeup and costume are fabulous and Mila kept whispering in my ear ‘is that a real ogre Mum?’ However the outfits for Lord Farquad were without a doubt, amazing! So sassy!!! I have to say, my personal favourite characters were by far Lord Farquad. He threw in a few jokes for the grown ups (and stole the show with a rousing song about his absent father). The fantastic dragon had just the most powerful singing voice too!
I loved the way the stage hands made her move around and Mila was absolutely amazed by the fact a real dragon was in front of her! An act involving tap dancing rats also had the audience dancing along in their seats. The closing song ‘I’m a Believer’ was a great way to end on a high. All in all, this was a great evening out for all ages and a wonderfully creative stage adaptation of an awesome family film.
Disclaimer: We were given tickets for press night in return for an honest review.
This is a guest post by Stacey, Mum to Mila, 5
Later this week we are heading to the Lake District, with Grandma, on holiday. Looking at the forecast the weather looks like a real mixed bag. So I have been researching family days out in the Lake District and as sharing is caring here are my […]