Oh I don’t know about you, but I LOVE SUMMER!! And you know what?! I love Summer WITH THE KIDS. Now, I know that the Summer holidays can be a really daunting time for many parents – weeks and weeks and weeks of having the kids at home. Balancing, the need for some down time, with also keeping tempers calm and the “pressure to have fun”. My approach to Summer? Break it down into bite size chunks. Have a mixture of “down days” and a mixture of “days out” planned. Have some “free days”, with visits to the parks and playing in water fountains, and have some “treat days”, where you head into town and see a show!
Once such show that we are going to see this Summer is the Alice in Wonderland show at The Vaults in London (suitable for 5-11yrs olds – check out the “older” Alice Underground version for 12yrs+, which also looks AMAZING – love that there are two versions to suit the different age groups).
We plan to make a full day of it – first see the show in the morning and then head to the nearby South Bank – may FAVOURITE part of London for kids in the Summer – for a picnic lunch and a wander. Lots of street performers and things to see and do. Brilliant.
Photo Credit – Jason Joyce
Photo Credit – Jason Joyce
UPDATE: since first writing this article, we have now been to see Alice in Wonderland. I took my son (aged 7) and two nearly 6yrs old girls. There was much excitement. It had been a few weeks of waiting for the theatre visit to arrive. And oh was the visit worth it. The whole production was simply a magical adventure. Right from the start you felt you were part of the show and not a spectator. Beginning in the amazing office of Lewis Caroll, seeing Alice flit through the mirrors, we were sent off on our adventure through the book case. I have no idea how the venue is laid out, but we were urged to march down forresty tunnels, we ducked through small doors, we met all sorts of characters along the way. We got to eat some magic sweets to become BIG and taste some the Queen’s jam tarts. Our favourite parts were possibly – the optical illusions making the White Rabbit and one of the Dad’s appear “large and small”, the room of doors, where you had no idea how and were to leave and the fabulously spooky Cheshire cat. There was lots of audience participation, without it being “too much” (especially for my shy kids!). We loved all the characters – from the White Rabbit, to Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee and of course the fantastic Queen of Hearts. A show WELL WORTH visiting!
This is interactive theatre at it’s best and we are SO SO SOOO excited to be going in August:
Wander through Wonderland in a fun-filled, interactive adventure for all the family.
Les Petits invite you to tumble down the rabbit hole in a magical experience created specifically for children aged 5+
Alice is missing in Wonderland and it’s up to you to find her – Choose eat me or drink me and pick your path; Tumble with the Tweedle twins; follow the White Rabbit and take Tea with the Hatter at the Maddest Tea party of all!
But be careful not to lose your heads if the Queen catches you taking her tarts.
Join all of Lewis Carroll’s beloved characters in this unique and unforgettable experience that truly brings to life one of the most celebrated pieces of children’s literature of all time.
I am not sure who is more excited.. the kids or me!
Disclaimer: The Vaults’ Marketing Team have invited us along to press reviews of the show this August