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For an alternative Easter present, consider a Beaker Creatures Reactor Pod for your child!! We were gifted* a Beaker Creatures Reactor Pod for the purpose of this review, and you can read about it below.

How do Beaker Creatures Reactor Pods work?

You need a bowl of water and lots of towels (trust me on this one!). Simply place the egg into the water and watch it dissolve. After a few minutes, you’ll end up with a toy within a small, waterproof plastic egg. Open the egg, and voila, you have your toy!!

The children loved the colour and the fizz of the egg as well as getting a toy at the end. They especially enjoyed the purple water, playing with the dissolvable egg and crunching with their fingers. They continued playing with the toy in the water which I though was a great sensory experience but it got a bit messy for the grown-ups (hence the need for towels)!!

What do you get with a Beaker Creatures Reactor Pod?

Within the box, you get a mini creature, a poster with some facts and a classification card on which monster could be in your pod.

How many Beaker Creatures Reactor Pods are there?

Within Series 1, there are 30 to collect! If truth be told, you might be fed up sooner than the children if you try to collect all 30!!

From what age are Beaker Creatures Reactor Pods suitable?

The recommended age is 5+ although younger children will enjoy the fizz and the colour of the product, there is a choking hazard. As such, children under 3 years are probably best staying away from the toy or being closely monitored.

How much does a Beaker Creatures Reactor Pod cost?

They are currently £4 and can be purchased from Learning Resources here:

* Whilst the product was gifted, no attempt was made to influence this review. Also, no money was given for this review.

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Ok, it might be a bit strange me doing a blog post about a shop. However, M&M’s World is such a cool shop, I feel as though it needs a writing about!

What is at M&M’s World?

M&M’s World is a shop over 4 floors full of everything related to M&M’s. From socks to tablewear, T-shirts to personalised M&M’s, it has everything that you could imagine.  The store is bright and colourful, with upbeat music being played throughout, it is a really positive experience going there.

M&M guest appearance!
Why is M&M’s World more than just a shop?

There are loads of photo opportunities here for young and old alike. From M&M’s cars, to M&M’s mimicking the legendary Beatles image of them crossing the road, as well as random M&M characters showing up for photos, there is more to do than just shop.

M&M’s as the Beatles

Heidi’s favourite activity in the store was doing the mood personality test. Whilst it did show that she did indeed have a personality, it did differ each time she did it, therefore, it could be a sign of temperamental teenage years to come!!

M&M’s World personality test! Our magical M&M’s World experience

The main reason for writing this was when we visited M&M’s World in February 2019, we were approached by Philip-Alexander, who worked in their marketing department. I think that this was because Heidi was wearing a cool M&M’s T-shirt bought on a previous visit!!

We were asked a few questions about various products, price points and generally, whether we liked the in-store experience.  It only took 5-10 minutes, but he was really friendly throughout. Then, the magic!! Heidi was allowed to get some free sweets from the shop! She was over the moon with excitement and it really topped off our Friday evening. 

There’s even cars at M&S’s World!

Then, Heidi got talking to some more members of staff, who again were oh so friendly. Heidi was telling them about the questionnaire that we had done and our plans in London for the weekend. Heidi then sweet-talked them (excuse the pun!) into giving her some more chocolate! It just shows how nice the staff are!

Santa in M&M’s form!
Where is M&M’s World?

M&M’s World is in the heart of Leicester Square and so it is central to a lot of things in London. You can easily spend an hour here, even without buying anything!! However, if you time it right, there is a musical display directly outside the store (look up!) which is lovely to watch and hear.

Musical display outside M&M’s World

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Even though I have written about loads of different places in Leeds, I have not done a “Best Place in Leeds” blog post before. As a result, here are a few things which are some age appropriate selections for you!

Best Place in Leeds for Crawlers

Boomchikkaboom hosts one-off events all over West Yorkshire, but quite a few are held in Leeds, with most being in Mothercare at the Crown Point Shopping Centre. You have to pre-book (and make sure you do well in advance) but their Mini Raves are a mix of upbeat music, dancing and songs which brilliant for smaller children who love sensory overload!

Boomchikkaboom take some brilliant pictures and share on Facebook

Boomchikkaboom also do messy play sessions for the younger kids, but during school holidays, they do sessions specifically for school aged children as well.

Loving a Boomchikkaboom rave!

You can read a full blog post on Boomchikkaboom here.

Best Place in Leeds for Pre-Schoolers

If your child is into creative play and imagination, the Rainbow Factory based in Farsley will be absolutely perfect. Keep your eye out for their special events during certain weekends and school holidays.  However, during term-time, they have specific sessions for pre-schoolers.

We are HUGE fans of the Rainbow Factory and whilst it can seem a bit strange concept, the work that they do really does bring children out of their shell and boost their imagination. If your child is a bit shy, it does help to join in the sessions, but you’ll enjoy it just as much as your little one.

Kids are free to be as creative as possible at the Rainbow Factory

You can read Rainbow Factory posts here and here.

Best Place in Leeds for Primary School Children

Opened in 2017, the Leeds Urban Bike Park is a really safe space for children (and grown-ups) to ride their bike. Set on the old council golf course in Middleton, it is a free venue where there are trails for cyclists of all ages to explore. The site is completely vehicle free which means that riders are so much safer than on the roads and your child can ride, and develop accordingly.

One of the trails at the Leeds Urban Bike Park

There are even bumpy trails for young and old to experience proper BMX-ing, which I am reliably told is a “pump track” (who knew?!)

Best Place in Leeds for Older Children

The Royal Armouries is a free attraction at the south east of the City Centre which gives an insight into the history of battles through the ages. Some of the artefacts are a reminder as to how deadly war can be, but it can act as a thought provoking visit for the older children. It would work really well if your child was into history and/or was learning about a relevant topic in school.

Exhibit at Royal Armouries

To make the trip more of an experience, get the free water taxi from Granary Wharf (near the train station) to the Armouries.  You get to see parts of Leeds which you would never see before although the queues can be big on hot summer weekends.  If you have not done it before, it is worth the wait.

You can read a full blog post on the Royal Armouries here.

Best Place in Leeds for Adults

Why should the children get all the fun?! Hotel Chocolat, just off Boar Lane, do chocolate making sessions for children and adults. Whilst there is some learning about the science behind chocolate, there is also the opportunity to decorate chocolate. You also get a decent discount in the shop at the end of the session, which is ideal if you’re going to do a bulk buy purchase at Easter or Christmas!!

Welcome to the Hotel Chocolat!

You do have to book well in advance for this. However, if you know you’re going to be child free, you’re probably counting down the days already!!

You can read a full blog post on Hotel Chocolat here.

Overall

All in all, there are loads of things to do in this brilliant city. I’d love to hear what your recommendations are, which will probably lead to a follow-up blog post!!

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Leedsdad by Dad - 2M ago

It might seem strange to do a blog post on a family blog about a bar, but Belowzero Ice Bar is a bit different. We went in February 2019, and as we loved it so much, I had to write about it.

What is Belowzero Ice Bar?

In its simpliest form, Belowzero Ice Bar is just a bar. It serves drinks and music is played. However, as the name suggests, the temperature is around -5oC and so it is a really “cool” experience (ok, I’ll stop with the puns!). You are given Eskimo coats to wear to keep you warm, and special gloves to wear. It doesn’t  feel too cold to be honest, and quite refreshing if it is a warm day in London.

Fancy ice sculpture!

The Ice Bar is decorated with ice sculptures with a different theme every few months, so in some respects, every visit will be slightly different. There are ice-free places to sit down (you wouldn’t want a wet bum!) but generally you’ll want to look around all the ice sculptures.

The bar isn’t especially large, which makes it feel intimate, but not busy, especially as too many people will make the ice melt! You are advised to book in advance, which helps manage numbers I imagine.

What does Belowzero Ice Bar serve?

Belowzero Ice Bar serve a range of cocktails and mocktails. I am not much of a drinker, but the mocktails were enjoyed by Heidi and myself! The best thing is that the drinks are served in ice!! As a result, you need your special gloves to be able to hold onto the “glass”!!

I can confirm that it is possible to break an ice glass, as they can be quite slippery!

Yes, these are made of ice! Is Belowzero Ice Bar child friendly?

It is as child friendly as a bar without a beer garden can be! As you are only in for 40 minutes, and people are there for the experience, rather than get drunk, then there is little chance of people misbehaving. Also, there is the usual security, to make sure no-one goes in drunk.

However, there are rules on under 18’s. They only allow under 18’s in up to 18.30 Monday to Saturday and all day Sunday. Children 8 and under are free to enter.

Having a mocktail!

I never felt that it was not safe or not appropriate for Heidi to be there.

How much does Belowzero Ice Bar cost?

There are various ticket packages, but the tickets come with a drink included. There is a family ticket, which covers 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children. We found this to be cheaper than buying the drink for Heidi separately.  However, your circumstances may mean it is cheaper to buy any under 8’s a drink separately.

Topical too…!!
Whereabouts is Belowzero Ice Bar?

Belowzero Ice Bar is located between Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus, quite close to Hamleys. It is hidden away in the Heddon Street Food Quarter, just off Regent Street. As such, give yourself a bit of time to find it, especially as you don’t want to be late!!

Yes, it is in London!
Overall

Heidi absolutely loved Belowzero Ice Bar, and it was something completely different. Yes, it is expensive and as such, it is a bit of a one-off. However, if your child is mature enough, it is a wonderful experience to have.

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Opened in 1996, the Royal Armouries is one of the jewels in the crown of Leeds. I remember when it was opened, how it was such a big thing for Leeds to have such a national treasure. However, being from Leeds, perhaps it is taken for granted somewhat.

We have visited the Royal Armouries a couple of times now and felt that it needed a blog post doing!!

What is at the Royal Armouries?

The Royal Armouries is the home of arms and armour from all over the world, both historical and modern day, held over 5 floors.

I am in no way an expert in any of these areas, and so I’ll let the pictures to the talking, but as you can see, there are lots of artefacts to view.

The most visual displays, particularly for younger children, are the animal exhibits, showing how animals were used in battles. Depending on the age of your child, they may just see them as dressed up animals, which isn’t a bad thing at all!!

There are talks and demonstrations as well throughout the day, and on the top floor, there is a paid-for activity, using a cross-bow to shoot balls. We didn’t have chance to give it a go, but it did look fun and decent value for money (2019 price: £3 for 8 balls)

The Royal Armouries also do special events as well, particularly in the summer and bank holidays, so keep an eye out for upcoming events, especially as they tend to get quite busy!

Is Royal Armouries child friendly?

It depends on how old your child is. If your child understands war and has a historical understanding of certain events, then the Royal Armouries will be very, very educational.  However, if your child is more hands-on or doesn’t understand the concept of war, then the attraction may not be for them.

However, there is lots of space for children to explore and as such, they can find what appeals to them.

There are really good baby changing facilities, with separate toilet facilities, was well as changing facilities in the men’s toilets.

Is the Royal Armouries just about War?

Pretty much. However, there is a small “Peace” section hidden away on one of the upper floors. Whilst it is important to know about the past, it would have been good to see how we can avoid wars going forward.

It’s not all about war
How can I get to the Royal Armouries?

Probably the best way to get to the Royal Armouries is via the free water taxi service from Granary Wharf. It gives a view of Leeds that you wouldn’t normally see and is very interesting. There can often be a large queue in summer, but if you can take the trip, do so.

There is a large multi-story car park about 300 yards away, which charges city centre prices (understandably), but is very convenient.

Perhaps the best way would be to get a bus/coach into the bus station and do the 10 minute walk down. This is especially true if you have older children.

To read about our experience of getting a National Express coach, check out this blog post.

How much is admission to the Royal Armouries?

Entry into the Royal Armouries is free. There are places to make a donation throughout, as it is a registered charity.

Overall

The Royal Armouries may not be ideal for your child, depending on their age and level of understanding. However, it is a national treasure and its quality is amazing. With everything undercover and free entry, it is well worth a trip and see for yourself!

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“The Sun: Living with our Star” is the Science Museum’s latest “paid for” exhibit, running from 6th October 2018 to 6th May 2019. We were invited along to check out the exhibit, for the purposes of the blog post.

What is “The Sun: Living with our Star” Exhibit?

“The Sun: Living with our Star” takes visitors on a journey through time with human’s relationship with the Sun.  Starting from 3,000 year old artefacts all the way through to modern day science and its effect on civilisation, you realise how important the Sun is to us, as well as how much we still don’t know about it.

The exhibit, in true Science Museum style, also focused on how the sun can create power. There was an excellent little game to get children to think about reflecting light to create power.

Also, it looks at future problems caused by the sun, namely solar storms, and there was an excellent quiz for everyone to learn about what we would need in the case of a solar storm.

Doing the Solar Storm quiz

For me, the best part was seeing a hi-resolution video of the sun, and marvelling about how much activity occurs. Seeing it relatively close up meant that you see things that you never see before. 

High-Res image of the Sun
Is “The Sun: Living with our Star” child appropriate?

Yes! There is nothing scary about the exhibit and so nervous children will be fine!  There are enough exhibits that the little ones can touch and play with for them to be engaged throughout.

Perhaps the part that the children liked the most was the mock beach, as it also doubled up as a little playground as well!

Beach time!!

In terms of learning, the children found learning about sundials to be particularly interesting. I think that it was because it was quite visual, as well as the fact that they don’t see sundials very often.

Learning about sundials
How much does “The Sun: Living with our Star” cost?

The best part about this exhibit is that children under 16 are free! The pricing structure is:

Adults                                 £13.50

Concessions                       £11.70

Seniors                                 £12.60

Children (under 16)         Free

What else is there to do at the Science Museum?

There is the fabulous Wonderlab on the top floor. You can read about Wonderlab in this blogpost.  Also, the Science Museum has a whole host of free galleries to view as well and you can quite easily spend all day at the Science Museum.

Top Tip!

If you’re looking for a good photo opportunity, there is a section towards the middle depicting the Sun’s ray. The provides excellent lighting for photos, especially with the cut out holes at the back!

I love this photo!!
Disclosure

Whilst we received free entry into “The Sun: Living with our Star”, this did not influence any opinion of the blog post.

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Across the UK, Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels is appearing in theatres and concert halls for special orchestral performances which are sure to entertain the whole family.

What will happen at Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels?

The interactive experience features specially created animations as well as a live orchestral accompaniment, from the Picture House Orchestra. This is then followed by a screening of “The Wrong Trousers”, with the soundtrack performed by the orchestra.

(c) and TM Aardman/W&G Ltd. All rights reserved. How Long does Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels last?

The first half is an energetic, interactive dialogue between Wallace, Gromit and the live orchestra. This last for about 35 minutes. The second part is a screening of The Wrong Trousers, with live orchestra, which lasts for 30 minutes. There is a 20 minute interval, so overall, it lasts 85 minutes-ish.

Is Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels wriggle-proof?

Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels is aimed for children aged 3+, so you know that it’s going to be a bright, breezy and lively performance!

Is there a preview for Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels?

Check out this video below:

Wallace & Gromit's Musical Marvels - YouTube
Where can we watch Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels?

There are numerous dates up and down the country, and they are listed below:

Beaconsfield – NFTS – Premiere event

15/05/2019 7:30pm

Buxton – Opera House

16/05/2019 1:30pm (schools only)

16/05/2019 6:30pm

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

17/05/2019 1:30pm

17/05/2019 6:30pm

18/05/2019 2:00pm

18/05/2019 6:00pm

Sheffield City Hall

19/05/2019 1:00pm

19/05/2019 4:00pm

Stoke Victoria Hall

20/05/2019 1:30pm (schools only)

20/05/2019 7:00pm

Leicester De Montfort Hall

23/05/2019 1:30pm

23/05/2019 6:30pm

Liverpool Arena Auditorium

25/05/2019 4:00pm

25/05/2019 7:00pm

Manchester Lowry

26/05/2019 1:00pm

26/05/2019 4:00pm

London Barbican Hall

27/05/2019 1:00pm

27/05/2019 4:00pm

Birmingham Symphony Hall

29/05/2019 2:00pm

29/05/2019 6:30pm

Bath The Forum

31/05/2019 2:00pm

31/05/2019 6:30pm

Cardiff St. David’s Hall

01/06/2019 1:30pm

01/06/2019 6:00pm

Reading The Hexagon

02/06/2019 1:00pm

02/06/2019 4:00pm

Gateshead Sage

06/06/2019 1:30pm

06/06/2019 6:30pm

Carlisle Sands Centre

07/06/2019 1:30pm

07/06/2019 6:30pm

Edinburgh Usher Hall

08/06/2019 2:00pm

08/06/2019 6:00pm

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

09/06/2019 2:00pm

09/06/2019 6:00pm

How can we get tickets to Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels?

You can follow the links by clicking on the venue above, but also, keep your eyes peeled for a competition giveaway in the next few weeks!

How do we know if Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels is worth seeing?

We have been given tickets to the Sheffield showing for the purposes of a review.  So check out the page and social media accounts around that time and see what we thought!

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Leedsdad by Dad - 3M ago

We have been to Shrek’s Adventure a couple of times now and given that the new “How to Train Your Dragon” exhibit is now open, I thought that I would write about it.

What is Shrek’s Adventure?!

I am not sure that there is anything similar to Shrek’s Adventure in Central London! Shrek’s Adventure is a walking tour through the story of Shrek, where you spend 5 minutes or so in each scene before carrying on the story. Each scene is led by a character in the story and generally something magical happens in each one, be it a witch appearing from nowhere or a toilet exploding!

Mirror Maze © Mikael Buck / Shrek’s Adventure London

After the introduction from Fiona (from Shrek) you go into a stationary bus and have an immersive 4D ride where you take in the sights of the world before crashing on top of a witch or two! It is very immersive and as such, it can be overwhelming for younger children. However, it is really good to watch and so if your little one can be brave, then they will love it.

The After-Show

After you have completed the show, there is a nice little break-out area, where the children can wind down. There are a few photo opportunities with still characters from the show and allow them to be kids again!

The new “How to Train Your Dragon” exhibit

When we went in February 2019, they had just opened a new exhibit from “How to Train Your Dragon” which will be popular with the younger children especially.

Favourite Parts

For me, my favourite memory is when Cinderella tried to get me to go out with her!! No, I’m not kidding! However, Heidi got really upset that someone was going to take me away from her, she got really upset! It was very cute indeed!!

Cinderella at Shrek’s Adventure London. © Mikael Buck / Shrek’s Adventure

My other favourite part is the Sleeping Beauty section, which provided hours of entertainment in the days/weeks to follow. However, I won’t give the secret away.

No Photos!!

You may have seen that that photos on here are professional and don’t contain Heidi or myself. That is because you’re gently told at the beginning that you aren’t allowed to take photos. Whilst that’s bad for blogging, it does mean that the experience is authentic and flows better.

There are a couple of photo opportunities at the start which you can buy, as well as one at the end with Shrek himself, which is free. However, the memories from Shrek’s Adventure will just have to be that – memories.

Meeting Shrek himself afterward
Age Appropriate?

This is a difficult one to answer as it depends on your child. There are scary parts, which means that more nervous children will find it a challenge. But then there are some really funny parts, which all children will like.

Heidi was aged 4 when we went and she loved most of it except the Pinocchio and jail scenes. As such, you might want to give extra big cuddles during those parts.

The real muffin man © Mikael Buck / Shrek’s Adventure London

As it is a walking show, there is naturally walking. However, it is all flat, inside and generally walking 20 yards or so before stopping for the next section. There aren’t many opportunities to sit down, therefore a 3 year old might struggle towards the end.

You can get a teddy version at the shop afterwards!
Grab a bargain!

As with most Merlin Attractions, there is often a deal to be had. If you want to do the Sealife Centre and, say, the London Eye (which are pretty much next-door) then there is a decent saving in buying your tickets together.  Also, there for often 2-for-1 offers run by travel companies and various household consumer brands.

The Verdict

Shrek’s Adventure is one of the things in London that you have to do at least once. As it is located on the South Bank opposite Westminster, its location is ideal and as it is indoor, can be a suitable “wet weather” activity. We have done it twice now and loved it each time and I’m sure that we will do it again in the future.

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Leedsdad by Dad - 3M ago

A cold, wet late January weekend took us to Abbey House Museum in Leeds. Heidi had been with school a couple of weeks before and so was enthusiastic to go back and show what she enjoyed!

What is at Abbey House Museum?

Abbey House Museum has 2 floors full of historic exhibits. The ground floor has a Victorian street/village with houses, shops, and a school to look in. Think of it as an indoor, smaller version of Beamish. There is nothing to “do” in the village except look around, but it is very interesting to look around.

Upstairs are more modern exhibits, which change over time. In late January 2019, there was an historical toy exhibit, which the child loved to look around. There was also the “Danger Zone” exhibit, which highlighted household items through the last 200 years which were dangerouss. There were also exhibits as how those dangers were managed and how we prevent danger in the house.

What did the children enjoy?

The children loved the space to run out in the Victorian street and I would like to think that they learned a little too!!  They also liked the dressing up section as part of the “Danger Zone” section.  They also enjoyed the toy section, especially with the chance to play with a couple of the toys.

It might sound daft, but because Abbey House Museum isn’t too big, it meant that they were able to enjoy it all, rather than be too tired from walking!

There is also the chance to dress up!

The free playground next to the car park was also a chance for the children to get some fresh air and tire themselves out a little bit more!

What did the children not enjoy?

The fact that a lot of the toys were on display, but not able to be played with, didn’t go down well! Also, a lot of the displays are perhaps for older children/adults, so they didn’t get as much out of it as other visitors would do.

What are the facilities like?

The toilets are really good and roomy, which is perfect for talking a child. Abbey House Museum also has a cafe, but it’s safe to say that the children were far too excited to go in there. However, the food looked good!

There are lifts to all floors, so if you want to take a pushchair, you can. However, as the Vicotrian street is cobbled, then it is a bit tricky. Abbey House Museum isn’t took big, therefore you might be able to get away with not taking one.

How do I get to Abbey House Museum?

Abbey House Museum is located opposite Kirkstall Abbey and there is a free car park just over the road. As Kirstall Abbey is popular in the summer, then car parking could be a problem. However, in late January, it was fine!

The postcode to find Abbey House Museum is LS5 3EH.

Is Abbey House Museum good value for money?

We paid £11 for a family ticket (as at January 2019) which covers 2 adults and 2 children. We spent about an hour and a half running about and trying to do our best to get the children to learn. As a result, it is one of the better value for money places in the region.

Verdict

All in all, Abbey House Museum is a lovely hidden gem in Leeds. It doesn’t get the publicity of the other Leeds museums, but if youre wanting to go somewhere for a couple of hours, and want your child to learn, then this could be a place for you to go.

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Over the last couple of months, we have discovered another hidden gem of the amazing creative scene in Leeds – Anything Could Happen. Before Heidi came along, it’s safe to say that I wasn’t into creative arts, but after going to the Rainbow Factory for the past few years, my eyes have been opened to a whole new world!!

What happens?

Well, anything (obviously!!)

On a serious note, there are two adult (I was going to say grown-up, but they have to be a bit childish!) performers on stage, loosely controlled by the fabulous stage director, Carla. They start off with an idea, and then get ideas from the children in the audience. The children then develop the story as it goes, with random ideas being thrown in from all the children.  After the story has reached a somewhat natural conclusion, which often resulted from mild chaos, the stage is reset and a new idea kicks off more carnage!!

As Anything Could Happen takes place in a real-life, intimate theatre, the children get experience of a professional environment and as they sit on the floor of the stage, they feel part of the action.

Every child is asked to input into the performance over the hour and a bit it is on, and whilst Heidi can feel a bit lost in the number of children and ideas, it does help her understand sharing (does that count as a swear word?!) and being patient.

There is very few opportunities for the children to be on stage themselves, so if you’re looking for a stage school this isn’t for you. However, think of it as giving your child the chance for a front row seat to a brilliant comedy show that they can help create.

However, if your child does go up on stage, get your cameras out, as it is a brilliant memory to have. In January, Heidi was “interviewed” on stage and pretended to explain why crocodiles were coming into houses through toilets. Yes, you did read that right! The best thing was that the atmosphere was so supportive that she was able to go out of her comfort zone and do it!

What age is appropriate?

This is a difficult one, but I wouldn’t expect a child younger than 5 would be able to concentrate for the whole show. It is quite fast paced, but so is the humour and so younger children might not get the jokes.

Also, as the children tend to sit at the front amongst themselves (but not every child does) younger children might feel a little overwhelmed by it all.

How do you prepare?

It might sound a really daft thing to say, but don’t wear too many clothes!! Anything Could Happen takes place in a real theatre, and as such, all the stage lights are on. This means that it does get warm quickly and whilst it never gets uncomfortable, you won’t need a thick jumper on!!

Apart from that, you can encourage your child to be creative in play, but generally, they will become immersed in the experience and develop as they take part.

What Do Adults do?

It sounds strange, but there is very little to do for the adults! You sit back in the audience and enjoy the show.  It is that simple!!!

I do think that the adults enjoy the show just as much as the children, and because the humour is so quick and well put together, there is a layer of comedy that is just for adults!

What about First Timers?

This is a note of caution. Regardless of how confident or old your child is, they are likely to be unsure about Anything Could Happen during the first visit. This is because it is quite intense on their sensors – lights, visual and oral comedy, a different environment etc. My advice would be to go with how they feel and perhaps take some sweets with you to relax them.

However, after the first visit, you’ll have made up your mind whether it is right for your child and so don’t let their first impression put you off coming back. Heidi was restless during her first visit, but I knew she would enjoy it, and on the morning of the second show, she woke up with a huge smile, realising that it was Anything Could Happen Day!!

Heidi being interviewed on stage about crocodiles
Overall

Finding Anything Could Happen has been amazing and has sparked Heidi’s creativity at home even more. However, with these kinds of activities, it is the people running it that make it so special. Without their creativity, passion and a little bit of silliness, the children would not benefit and enjoy the shows. I really hope that Heidi will enjoy the shows for a long time, as I know she will learn so much from them!

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