Dinosaur World Live Theatre Review

So the summer holidays are in full swing and with the scorching hot sun (or rain) to escape, we headed to the theatre to see Dinosaur World Live!

Hubby had taken the day off and so we had some well-deserved family time and headed off to the Orchard Theatre in Dartford to fulfil the wishes of our toddler who is absolutely obsessed with dinosaurs!

Written and directed by Derek Bond, the show is created with some of the most impressive puppetry I have ever seen! The dinosaurs looked so real, it was easy to forget that they were being operated by humans!

The dinosaurs were introduced and directed around the stage by just one speaking cast member, Miranda, who did a fantastic job of making the show interactive but informative for such a young audience. How she remembered her lines whilst working with both children and (pretend) animals was incredibly commendable!

I was worried that Little Man would be terrified when the Tyrannosaurus Rex came on to the stage but he, along with all of the children in the audience joined in mimicking the screams and roars that Miranda encouraged them to do. I definitely expected there to be tears and parents ushering their children out of the theatre, but it wasn’t the case at all. I think the production team did an incredible job of ensuring that the potential fierce and scary situations for children were met with warm lighting, fun and plenty of distraction.

What I found really impressive was that everyone was invited to ‘meet’ some of the dinosaurs after the show to have photos and interact with them. So even if there were little ones in the audience that weren’t too happy, they could see that the dinosaurs were in fact just puppets.

This fact filled show did not just entertain, it was a fantastic educational afternoon and even hubby and I learnt some interesting dinosaur wisdom! If you have a child who is dinosaur mad, I would definitely recommend booking your tickets, because it was absolutely ROARSOME!

The tour continues on to a vast amount of other venues throughout the summer and finishes at Regents Park in London on 9th September 2018 for an open air spectacular.

Head on over to the Dinosaur World website to book!

Want to see some videos of the show in action? Head on over to my Instagram and check out the Story Highlights!

Want more ideas? Check out a throwback post:- What to do with a toddler this summer

Until next time

Charlotte x

Saying ‘Thank You’ With bakerdays

Last week I received a fabulous bakerdays letterbox ‘Thank You Cake’ to treat my parents. My mum in particular has gone through a bit of a rough time recently and myself and the little man have been going backwards and forwards quite regularly from Kent down to Brighton where they live.

So I wanted to cheer her up with a ‘thank you for having us cake’ and what a better time to celebrate than having a tea party for the Royal Wedding!

With the wooden tea set from my shop, we had pretend cups, teapot and plates but real cake! Made with beautiful Victoria sponge we chomped on our yummy treats while watching Prince Harry and Meaghan tie the knot.

We were super proud to be British that day and it was lovely to watch a live fairy tale unfold with our delicious cake!

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To order your own personalised letter box cake go to www.bakerdays.co.uk and everyone who orders from my website www.BipBopShop.com will receive an exclusive bakerdays discount too along with a free goody bag! Yay!

Until next time!

Charlotte x

Disclaimer: I was gifted this cake in return for my honest opinion and review

Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales – Theatre Review

How the weird can be wonderful for our children…

To celebrate ‘World Book Day’, Little Man and I ventured to the theatre to watch ‘Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales’, the stage adaptation of the children’s books by award winning writer, Julia Donaldson, author of ‘The Gruffalo‘.

Once again, I was so nervous about taking my boy. He is in full ‘terrible twos’ mode now and the thought of him having a tantrum in the middle of a performance really makes me anxious.

Yet, the show started and instantly he sat in his own seat, bolt upright, completely engaged in what was happening. And in all honesty, I’m pleased he was engaged because I had no idea what was going on at first! I did hear a young girl in the audience who was about 10 years old say ‘ Mum what is this?!’ Which did make me laugh as she had clearly said what was on the minds of most parents there!

That said, the 3 very talented performers, did an incredible job of reenacting well known bedtime stories including ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’, ‘A Squish and A Squeeze’ and of course ‘Tiddler’, the tale of a Fish who is always late for school.

There was singing, dancing, puppetry and a very good saxophone solo; all of which combined to heighten the imaginations of so many little minds and it wouldn’t matter if they weren’t familiar with the books.

My little boy sung along, danced, cheered and clapped throughout and it made me so happy and proud that he was enjoying the production that was in essence a little bit quirky. By the end, all of the children seemed fixated and although it was slightly weird for us adults, it was lovely to see something a bit different that was both entertaining and educational for children.

With a running time of just an hour, it’s a great excuse to get your little ones out of the house or watch as an after school treat.

To find your nearest theatre and book tickets to this weird yet wonderful show. Book here:- www.tiddlerlive.com

Disclaimer:- I was gifted these tickets in return for my honest opinion and review

Pantomime Time! Cinderella Review

We’re now well into December and Pantomime season has begun! I was very fortunate to have been invited to see our local pantomime, Cinderella at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford.

As soon as I entered the auditorium, I instantly felt Christmassy. The stage was already set up with bright lights and sparkles and there were a lot of very eager children in the audience ready to be entertained!

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One of the first performers on stage was Cinderella herself played by Jayne Wisener. For those that have seen her picture on the poster and thought – ‘Where have I seen her from?’… She was in The Inbetweeners. She’s Irish in real life (I once met her in Boots!) but she can pull off an English accent really well!

The songs were current and the script was relevant, putting a modern day twist to a traditional fairy tale.

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Well known performers in the show included a wonderfully camp Louie Spence, Michelle Collins from Eastenders but for me, Phil Butler as Buttons was the star of the show. He mimed, danced, sang and even did a really impressive magic trick. He entertained and won the audience over so well and definitely deserved the biggest cheer on the night.

The costumes were also fantastic too. The ugly sisters wore a different extravagant outfit every time they came on stage. Over the top designs included a Cornetto, Caramel Bar, Hat and a Shoe! Very impressive!

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If I was to be critical in any way, my one negative would be that at the end of the first half, ponies came on to the stage pulling Cinderella’s carriage. It looked magical and their appearance only lasted about 3 minutes but it was enough for me to feel slightly uncomfortable as I personally dislike animals being used for entertainment.

Aside from that though, all of the cast were incredible and this was the funniest pantomime I have seen in years! The penultimate song including Dandini, Buttons and The Ugly Sisters had me in stitches. I love how panto has the ability to make everyone laugh with hidden adult humour that the children don’t notice!

I would definitely recommend anyone local to Dartford and the surrounding area to book up and see the show.

We’re so pleased we made it to the ball and make sure you do too!
To book tickets click the link here:- https://orchardtheatre.co.uk/Online/kent-pantomime

Until next time!

Charlotte x

Disclaimer:- I was gifted these tickets in exchange for my honest opinion and review.