Nickelodeon Adventure Centre, Lakeside Essex Press Visit

Yesterday we travelled to Essex to check out the newly opened Nickelodeon Adventure Centre.

Having grown up watching Nickelodeon, both myself and Dominic were quite excited to visit.

We arrived early to Intu Lakeside and parked outside what we think was the main entrance. There are no signs outside for the Nickelodeon Centre so we really weren’t too sure where to go or if we were even at the right place. However, the website said the centre was in Intu Lakeside so we decided to park up and take a wonder.

We headed into the main shopping centre and saw a sign that said we needed to head to The Quays. Now, if you have not visited Lakeside before, then this could be quite confusing.

Nickelodeon Adventure Centre is situated by the lake, where the majority of restaurants are. This area is called The Quays.

Once you are outside by the lake, you really can’t miss it!

We headed into the brightly coloured building and collected our tickets. Then we headed upstairs to the play areas.

The layout of the centre is very good – very open planned with lots of space for children to explore.

The first area when you enter is Paw Patrol themed. It has various cars with games inside and on the back, a huge slide (which Ita loved) and a play area with tubes to experiment rolling balls down.

In this area, Ita met Marshall.

There is a small Dora the Explorer area close by which would be perfect for younger children because of the astronomy lights.

Afterwards, we went through to the Teenage Mutant Turtles area! This is one of the bigger spaces with a soft play type area, a balloon ride and a jungle theme style set up.

It is quite a dark space, much to fit with them theme. This area is definitely for slightly older children in my opinion but there are plenty of places to sit in case you wanted to keep a close eye on your child/ren.

In this area you get to meet the turtles. We met Raphael, I think it made Dominic’s day frankly!

One of the bigger areas here is the Sponge Bob Squarepants space. There are lots of interactive activities here and also a boat ride. Online it says that children can ride with an adult as long as they are at least 1.10 metres but unfortunately Ita was turned away and staff said she too small for this. (She is over 1.10 metres so we are unsure why). None the less, Ita really enjoyed this area!

We also went to the Slime Cafe for Starbucks coffees and a little rest. This area is nice and spacious too. It is exceptionally clean and the staff were friendly and helpful. There was a large variety of food and drinks to chose from and we noticed other parents had brought their packed their lunches too.

We also went to the 4D cinema which was a highlight of the day! You must be 1 metre tall to enter. It was a really good show – be prepared for the splashes of water!!

Before going we had read some mixed reviews. However, much of the negative comments I believe are quite unfair. Adults cost £7.50 (cheaper if you book online) and children cost £14.50 (those under 90 cms are free) and these prices are very reasonable for the experience.

In the few hours we were there, Ita met Marshall, Raphael and Patrick. The character meets alone are worth the expense in my experience. Children really enjoy them and it is unusual to meet so many characters in our outing. There are also no time restrictions so you can spend as much time as you like here.

Furthermore, you are able to bring your own snacks etc. This is something that many places don’t allow you to do.

Once you pay your entrance, then you don’t have to pay more for the rides or the 4D cinema. There is no hidden arcade inside either!

I do wonder if people’s expectations are too high sometimes.

The centre is clean and the staff are friendly. The lady who brought Raphael out (and took the professional photos) was unbelievably friendly and approachable. She really made Ita’s character meet really fun!

In terms of parking, Lakeside is FREE! This was a little bonus too.

Overall, we really enjoyed our trip to Nickelodeon Adventure Centre and would recommend it, especially as a rainy day or winter plan!

https://www.nickelodeonadventure.co.uk

You can book tickets online here;

https://tickets.nickelodeonadventure.co.uk/funnel/orderflow?execution=e1s1

Christmas Day at The Ritz, London

A few months ago I was online trying to book our annual festive afternoon tea at The Ritz. Usually, we would aim to book for a weekend half way through the month but I realised we had possibly gone over board in booking other activities… because of this we really didn’t have much spare dates in December.

However, I did spot that CHRISTMAS DAY had a few slots available and decided that actually, a trip to The Ritz on Christmas Day might just be the perfect treat!

For us, Christmas Eve is our real Christmas. We typically spend the day indoors watching movies, playing board games and will have a traditional roast dinner too.

We booked the 3.30pm slot and a few weeks later The Ritz emailed me to ask for Ita’s details (age and interests etc). I did think this was a tad odd but i replied with the details and within minutes, I received another email telling me that Santa would deliver Ita a present over our tea! I was really surprised because we didn’t pay a premium for our booking so it was a really nice touch, compliments of The Ritz.

As previously mentioned, we do visit each year and we are always more than satisfied with the service and with the staff. They always go to great lengths to make us feel welcome and the staff always pay great attention to Ita. They even greet her at the door!! Not many other places acknowledge children so it means a lot when somewhere like The Ritz can.

This year’s decorations is much like other years – I’m not complaining! I love red and gold decor and it always looks stunning. The tree in the reception is exceptionally beautiful.

When we sat down for tea we asked for some plain sandwiches for Ita. Our waiter brought Ita her own plate of identical sandwiches but without the condiments – perfect! As always, the food was delicious and we were stuffed quite quickly. At The Ritz, if you want more sandwiches etc you can simply ask and they will happily provide you with more at no extra charge. (We have been to a number of other places that will charge you more!!).

Half way through our food we would hear a bell being rung and a bellowing “Ho, Ho, Ho”!

Ita shot up from her seat to see Santa!

I can say without doubt that this was such a magical and special moment. Ita was completely enthralled with Santa, especially with it being Christmas Day!

Ita opened her present which was a washimals – a present she actually really wanted!! We saw that some other children received Lego sets and the older girls received what looked like jewellery. Such lovely and well thought out gifts.

It was so perfect that we have already decided that we will visit again next year on Christmas Day. I’m putting a reminder to book on my phone right away!!

https://www.theritzlondon.com/dine-with-us/afternoon-tea/

Breakfast at The Ivy, Chelsea (London)

Today we drove to one of the most beautiful restaurants in London, The Ivy Chelsea Gardens. We visited last year just before Christmas and the restaurant was decorated beautifully like a gingerbread house. Aesthetically it was amazing, a real life Hansel and Grettle House!

This year, The Ivy Chelsea Gardens have gone for a Narnia theme and it is equally as stunning as last year.

We always make our festive reservation months in advance, way back in August. The Ivy restaurants generally tend to book up your far in advance and we wanted to secure a breakfast slot. The Ivy do the best breakfasts and are usually a bit quieter and relaxed by comparison to lunch or dinner times.

Ita went for the pancakes (of course!), I went for the eggs royal (poached eggs and salmon on English muffins) and Dominic ordered the eggs benidict. We also had coffee (naturally), a bottle of sparking water for the table and some juice for Ita. One lovely member of staff was so fond of Ita that she brought over some cakes too for the table. This is exactly the type of kindness you want when bringing a 3 year old out to a restaurant.

Breakfasts are very reasonably priced at The Ivy and portions are really big too. We paid about £45 for our visit (for all 3 of us).

As always, we really enjoyed our visit to The Ivy in Chelsea. The food is tasty and the service is friendly. The decorations were gorgeous too!

If you visit between noon and 3pm (before 31 December) then a special faun, Mr Tummus, visits to read stories. Such a lovely addition!

We’re Off to Find a Unicorn book, Owlet Press

Owlet Press very kindly sent Ita this book a few weeks ago – We’re Off to Find a Unicorn.

The book is written by Eloise White and is illustrated by Cory Reid.

Based loosely on the famous, Were Off on a Bear Hunt, this book incorporates the fun and adventure with cleverly hidden unicorns and wild journeys to the likes of the jungle! Therefore Ita also got to learn about endangered wildlife along the way.

The book is thoroughly engaging and is so interactive. My favourite thing about this book is the diversity of the characters in their ethnicities but also disabilities. It is a beautifully subtle way of demonstrating that differences are irrelevant and totally accepted as normal.

It is so naturally incorporated too which I really liked. I wish more children’s books were like this.

Ita has enjoyed this book so much that she has memorised where the unicorn is.. on every single page!! I would absolutely recommend this book for children.

You can purchase this book via this link below

https://www.owletpress.com/product-page/we-re-off-to-find-a-unicorn

It is also available in WH Smith’s and Waterstones as well as on Amazon.

Lapland UK

At the beginning of 2019 we booked our tickets for Lapland UK and having been last year, we were really quite excited. One thing that did sting however, was forking out £300 for the tickets a few days before payday in January. (Ouch!). However, this year we invited my sister and her husband and 4 months old baby to join us, so we told ourselves it was all in the name of making memories!

A few weeks before our planned visit, a beautiful boxed invitation was delivered, personalised to Ita. The suggestion was to pop it in the freezer and tell her that it had come straight from the North Pole, so that is exactly what we did.

Lapland UK is situated in Ascot, Windsor. We had booked a 10.30am slot which meant we had to be there for 10am to check in and obtain Ita’s elf passport. However traffic was an absolute nightmare and we literally made it by the skin of our teeth! In all honestly, leaving during rush hour on a Monday morning wasn’t the best idea.

This was our second visit to Lapland UK and typically, check in is quite manic. The queues are not obvious and so you will find people cutting in, especially if they are late. This is quite frustrating to be honest, but there is no way to contact Lapland UK so if you are running late, it is quite stressful. Basically, leave with plenty of time!

Once you have your passport you enter through to an enchanted forest where you meet two elves who tell the story of Lapland UK. They explain that every pine cone grows into a baby elf, who will eventually grow up to be one of Santa’s helpers. Ita was mesmerised… as were we!

Then we are asked to recite a magical spell to open the doors to Lapland!

When the doors open, there is no denying how beautiful and snowy the scene looks. The snow covered trees really so make you think you have stepped into a cold forest. You instantly feel like you are elsewhere.

Off we went down the snowy path with fairy lights twinkling to meet the elves at the Toy Factory. This workshop does look very realistic and the elves here are so energetic!

Here at the toy factory the children were asked to help Santa by making stuffed snowmen to deliver on Christmas Eve. This year Lapland gift you a stuffed snowman upon “check out” to give to your child as a surprise at Christmas. This is a really cute touch because I know Ita will truly believe that the snowman came from this toy factory.

Next we went to meet Mother Christmas who read the children a story and invited them to decorate gingerbread men. I think this is perhaps one of my favourite interactive parts of the day. The attention to detail, again, is brilliant and I love that the spotlight is specifically on the children. You also get to take your gingerbread man away as a snack for later!

After visiting the Toy Factory and Mother Christmas, there is free time in the Elf Village. This is truly a winter wonderland and aesthetics wise, it looks amazing.

The elves here are so friendly and Ita met quite a few of them who were happy to spend time talking to her and having photos taken. The elves stay in character the whole time.

In the Elf Village you will find one restaurant (which is always very busy), a sweet shop, a post office where you can write to Santa, a few small elf huts selling warm drinks, ice skating and a chance to meet huskies!

We very deliberately did not visit the village shop this time as last year we noticed that the penguin which Ita had stuffed when helping Santa, had been on sale here for around £25. I’m glad that this year Lapland actually gift you the stuffed toy.

The ice skating is included in your ticket price and there are ample penguin skating assists available. I would really recommend doing this since it diverts children’s attentions from the shops! We spent £4.50 on a tub of sweets, only for Ita to drop them almost immediately. Now isn’t that typical?

The restaurant is quite expensive but there is plenty to chose from. 2 meals and one drink set us back £20. I do think that given the expense of the tickets, a meal voucher should be included. With that said, Lapland UK do allow you to bring your own food and drinks which really is rather fair on their part.

I would say that you have roughly 90 minutes of free time in the Elf Village. That can actually feel like quite a lot of time when you are there as the village is quite small. Plus the excitement of meeting Santa Claus really kicks in for the children.

At 1.30pm we were able to walk the beautiful snowy trail, past the elves houses to Santa’s lodge.

This walk is possibly my favourite part of the entire visit. You really do feel like you are else where and the attention to detail is brilliant. The walk doesn’t feel rushed or short either. There are lots of photo opportunities on this walk and you also get to see Santa’s reindeers!

At the end of this trail you land in a hut where you discreetly check in your children and provide some personal details that the elves pass onto Santa.

We waited about 15 minutes and then an elf entered the room and announced that Santa was ready to see Ita! She was so excited, it made me so happy!

Another short walk away we found ourselves outside Santa’s lodge. When we entered he immediately greeted Ita using her name and I could see her little face light up.

Santa had quite a long conversation with Ita and congratulated her on passing her swimming lesson and on her ballet classes. He even noted what she had asked for Christmas.

You could see how in awe she was. The setting is remarkable and seems so authentic (you know what I mean adult folk!!).

He presented Ita with a husky stuffed toy, quite similar to the one from the year before but darker in colour.

Myself and my sister laughed when he asked us what he should buy Mother Christmas – little things like this add to the whole experience.

Elsie was even given a little huskie rattle.

The way out is through a gift shop. Let’s face it, every attraction does this. In the shop they sold lots of accessories for your husky and of course, Ita wanted some! My sister bought her a little collar for about £4.

When I posted about our trip last year on social media, I was asked “is it worth the money?”. I was asked this quite a lot actually.

Let me start by acknowledging that it is expensive for what is about a 4 hour experience. In fact it cost half of what our Disneyland Paris booking cost. However, it really is a magical experience and there is nowhere like it (apart from the actual Lapland!). In short, I truly believe it is worth it.

When you are there you can see why the tickets cost what they do. From the settings to the costumes, everything is so well showcased.

I would think that it is most suited to 3 – 10 year olds. Anything younger would not benefit so much but there is still a cost. My sister felt that although they really enjoyed the day, they wanted to see the same excitement that Ita demonstrated.

Tip!! Lapland UK do days from as little as £55 but they do sell out very fast. I would suggest signing up to their newsletter so you are informed when their ticket portal opens so you have a better chance of securing the cheaper tickets.

So what is included in the price?

From start to finish; a Lapland passport, Lapland newspaper, gingerbread man, ice skating (including skate hire), meeting elves and having photos with them, meeting Santa, a toy / stuffed husky, one high quality printed photo with Santa (you can buy more including digital), and free parking. This year children also got the stuffed snowman they made in the toy shop!

So if you are lucky to grab the cheaper dates, then this does work out quite fair. Many have said that adults should not cost as much and I do agree. The adult ticket should at least include a warm drink in the Elf Village.

http://www.laplanduk.co.uk

Elf on the Shelf

This year we knew that Ita would love the antics of the festive Elf on the Shelf and when the official company contacted us to be on board, we thought it was a great idea.

The idea of Elf on the Shelf is that you “adopt” a scout elf who visits every day from 1-24 December and reports back to Santa on your child’s behaviour. Emotional blackmail at its finest you might think… and perhaps you’re right! But actually you’d be surprised how excited Ita gets to see Sparkle (her elf) every morning and discover what she has been up to during the night.

It is now the 9th of December and we are in DEEP!!

I have to admit, I didn’t expect it to be as hard as it is. Remembering to do a fun antic is one thing but keeping it interesting is even harder. To date, Ita’s favourite greeting has been this one above.. where Elsa froze Sparkle!

Because of this, Instagram has become our place to go for nifty ideas! Some lovely mums who I have met via social media have even volunteered their ideas!

First up is Jayne, aka @the_munchkins_and_me (Instagram) who is mum to three toddlers(!!!) Sebastian 3, Ophelia 2 and Rosalie 16 months.

Jayne loves this tradition because “i love to see the look on my little ones faces. They think it’s magic and it’s a great way to keep them busy on the run up to Christmas”.

Kizzy (@kizzy_mummyto2_x) is mummy to Riley 7 and Missy 2. “I love the sense of magic it brings – it’s the first thing the kids to, run around the house looking for them!”

Beth (@emiilyoliviaa) is mummy to Emily 3.

Beth loves the fun set ups and looks forward to seeing Emily’s reactions in the morning!

Elf on the Shelf is available from various stores including WH Smith’s, Hamleys and House of Frazer.

https://www.elfontheshelf.co.uk

Where you can find some very funny ideas!!

* please note, this post is in collaboration with Elf on the Shelf.

Sealife and Lego Discovery Centre, Birmingham

During the weekend, we were invited up to Birmingham to visit places that are child friendly and a good day out.

As soon as we got to Birmingham, we headed to the Sealife Centre which is located on The Waters Edge, on the canal. There is so much parking there, which was very handy and made getting there very easy, also there are a few places to eat which was also handy as after a long drive the kids were hungry.

We have visited a couple Sealife Centres in the UK and have to say this one is by far the best. The layout is striking and very pleasing. Their penguin section was unfortunately closed at the time we visited but they have seals, which you can meet close up. The girls got involved and went into a little tank and watched closely as the seals swam up close to them!

Another highlight is the 360-degree ocean tunnel, where there are sharks, giant rays and the Giant Green Sea Turtle (our favourite) swimming around you and under you too.

There are also so many different varieties of creatures, 2,000 to be exact and they range from clownfish, piranhas, jellyfish, sharks, etc.

I would highly recommend going here, the tour lasted about an hour, as it was jam packed with things to see.

You can upgrade your visit while you are there and for an extra £10 per person you can go across the road to the Lego Discovery Centre – which is exactly where we visited next.

As soon as we walked in, the girls were asked to go in front of a green screen to take their Lego themed photos

We then took our place in the queue for the Kingdom Quest, which is a laser ride where we had to rescue the Princess. We all really enjoyed it as it was a lot of fun and suitable for all ages.

At the end of the ride you are led through to the MINILAND where the staff have put together all the most famous landmarks built completely out of 1.5 million Lego bricks – which were interactive and looked amazing. We spent a lot of our time here just looking at the details and marvelling at the cars and vans driving around the Lego builds.

After this we went through to the Lego playground which is aimed for kids from 3-12 years old, and this is very accurate, as Ita loved playing and building and so did our niece Mia, who is 10 years old.

Along with all the things you did, there is also a Duplo farm, build and test zones and a 4D cinema (the queue was way too long, so we didn’t do that unfortunately).

There are plenty of activities you can do in the Lego Discovery Centre, there is a Merlin’s Apprentice Ride, character meet and greets, 4D cinema and a soft play – so all the kids can have a really good time while there.

Lego Discovery Centre is a really cool place to visit and again would highly recommend it, especially when you group here and SeaLife together.

Check out our YouTube video for our visits to SeaLife and Lego Discovery Centre:

If you want anymore information about both these attractions, check them out here:

https://www.visitsealife.com/birmingham/

https://birmingham.legolanddiscoverycentre.co.uk/

Winter Wonderland, London (Incl. Zippo Circus)

As a Christmas family tradition, we have always taken a trip to Central London to visit Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

It has evolved so much in past 10 years, from a few rides and Christmas stalls, it is pretty much a theme park now.

Winter Wonderland has so much to do, which includes Ice Skating, The Magic Kingdom, Giant Wheel, Ice Bar, over 100 rides, Santa Land for the smaller kids, and the Bavarian Village.

As extra attraction they have spectacular shows which includes Zippos Christmas Circus, Cirque Berserk, Paddington on Ice and Mr Men and Little Miss shows in the Circus Megadome, all of which can be pre-booked in advance or on the day, depending on availability.  

We arrived at the Circus tent in the morning, got out of the cold, got a coffee and waited to see the Mr Men and Little Miss show. Ita was very excited to watch the show and as we were there early, we got front row seats.

The show featured all the favourites from the Mr Men and Little Miss world, including Mr Bump, Little Miss Splendid, Little Miss Bossy and a special appearance from Little Miss Christmas, it lasted about 45 minutes and was thoroughly entertaining.

We then spent the next few hours exploring everything that Winter Wonderland has to offer.

We got some food, which was a bit expensive (but that’s to be expected), we then headed to the Giant Wheel which was so much fun. Ita and I really enjoyed it, but my husband who is afraid of heights wasn’t too keen on it 😊

Afterwards we took a trip to the Magic Kingdom which was incredible. It’s a walk-through attraction which shows beautifully crafted ice sculptures that tell the story of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. It was so cold, so do wrap up warm when you go, but it is really worth it.

Then we took advantage of the smaller rides that Ita loves going on like the carousel, “it’s a small world adventure” (not to be mistaken with the Disney version haha), etc.

Afterwards we made our way back to the Circus Megadome to watch Zippos Christmas Circus.

Zippo Circus were very kind and invited us to check out the show.

At under an hour, the Christmas themed performance is for family audiences and provides breath-taking magical moments throughout.

The Gemini Sisters started off the show as they worked in harmony and they glided and perform incredible acrobatics in mid-air.

The next breath-taking artists were Khametov’s High Wire troupe from Uzbeckstan, who performed the ultimate high wire act when an artist stands ‘on ballet points’ on her fellow artist’s head to cross the wire – we were all open mouthed and amazed.

Performed in the circus tent, the Megadome offers theatre-style comfort and a heated environment which can be helpful when it gets colder outside.

The family friendly atmosphere, complete with festive theming, ensured this is one experience not to be missed.

The shows are on daily at 13.00, 14.30 and 16:00, it is advised to arrive 20 minutes before start time to take your seats.

Tickets to Zippos Christmas Circus are priced from £7.50 for a child (2-12 years), £10.50 for an adult and £30 for a Family Ticket (2 adults / teens and 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children). Under 2’s go free when not occupying a seat. These prices exclude transaction fees.

Zippos Christmas Circus at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland runs until 5th January 2020. Tickets should be pre-booked to avoid disappointment    

www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/attraction/zipposchristmascircus/  

As we were leaving we decided to play some games, of which there are plenty at Winter Wonderland and Ita was lucky (and we were unlucky) to win a huge soft toy which she wouldn’t let go of until we got back to the car!

Giving Back this Christmas

You will struggle to find someone who loves Christmas more than we do! I promise you! However, we know how fortunate we are and so for many years now we have always included “giving back” in our December schedule.

This was a tradition that started almost a decade ago for me; when I would collect new toys from colleagues that they kindly donated, and bring them to our local children’s hospital. When I started my current job almost 5 years ago, people were less able to contribute so I started buying small toys/gifts throughout the year.

Since Ita was born she has attended the hospital drop off with us, but this year will be the year she truly understands where those toys go.

I have already started explaining to her that some children have to spend Christmas in hospital. She remains quite puzzled about this (of course!) but she has also told me how sad she thinks that is. And that there is my point.. it is sad! Ita is very fortunate and I want her to know this.

This year we will be visiting the hospital on Friday afternoon to drop off selection boxes to the children and the staff. She is quite excited about this but I know full well that it may be overwhelming on the day. Ita is very sensitive and very much in tune with her feelings despite only being 3 and a 1/2 years old.

(Dress for the hospital drop off last year!)

As well as our annual hospital visit we also donate a food shop to a food bank, donate a new toy to Home Start (a charity for families who are struggling) and put together a small care package for those who are leaving the care of the Local Authority. For the last few years I have also raffled off one of Ita’s dresses and donated the money to the Make a Wish Foundation.

I know many who put together bits and bobs for the shoebox appeals that are often run by schools but this tends to be for children overseas. Any form of charity is kind, but I do think there are so many locally who would benefit from your kindness too!!

When I was younger I remember that shops like Superdrug would hold collection points for you to drop new presents to, so they could be distributed to poorer families. Since this has stopped, I have found that the Salvation Army still run this type of campaign. Truth be told, not many places do this anymore which is such a shame.

Last year, another mummy I met through Instagram, told me that she started this tradition too with her little girl, Bella. She said this was deliberately because she had seen me doing this with Ita. I cannot tell you how much this meant to be! She had some amazing ideas such as baking cakes to hand out to her neighbours and making cards for them too. Every bit of kindness is noticed!

This year our advent calendar includes so many fun activities for Ita; Disneyland Paris, Lapland UK, theatre trips and even a trip to the zoo. We have also included 5 “giving back” days; gift drop off at the local children’s ward, making cards for our local nursing home, a delivery to a local food bank, dropping off a present at Home Start (watford always have a drop off in the Intu), and putting together a box for those leaving “care” (this is usually 17/18 year olds who now have to make their way in life having been under the care of the local authorities for various reasons).

I strongly feel that teaching children the importance of “giving back” will make them grateful for what they do have. Will you take part this year?

Ideas on how you can “give back” this Christmas;

Donate tinned items to a food bank

Make cakes or cards for your local nursing home

Ask your local authority on ways to help

Donate a NEW toy to a local hospital

Sponsor a local sports team

Hold a raffle and donate the money

Help the homeless (volunteer at food points)

Thank the emergency service (via your closest hospital) they usually have to work on Christ day day!

Donate to your local animal charity

Donate an hours pay to a charity

The Garcia Family

The Snowman, Sadlers Wells Press Visit

We were invited down to Sadlers Wells in Holborn to watch Raymond Brigg’s The Snowman, and having seen it many years ago, we were very excited.

For years now it has become a tradition of ours to watch this show on TV and last year was Ita’s first time watching it too. She vaguely remembered the story, especially the fact that there are no words, so I did wonder how she would find the theatre adaptation. Funnily enough, she was able to describe The Snowman is great detail though which demonstrates just how synonymous it has become with Christmas.

In short, she thoroughly loved it! We all did.

As mentioned, having seen this show years ago, we knew that there would be many children attending. Our understanding is that this show has become hugely popular with families so you shouldn’t expect a totally silent production. In fact, if you do not have young children yourself, then we would recommend booking a later show. With that said, we would still recommend this Christmas show whether you have children or not! The sounds from the children in the theatre didn’t take away from seeing the show at all.

The only “problem” (which really wasn’t much of a problem) that we encountered was that there were no booster seats at all and with having a small child with us, we felt she may have benefitted from one. The auditorium is slanted though which helps with viewing.

The theatre show is very much like the short film. It begins when a little boy builds a snowman that comes to life at night. The Snowman takes the boy on an adventurous night meeting the likes of Jack Frost, dancing fruits, woodland animals and Santa himself! It was so heartwarming to see Ita gasp when Santa appeared on stage!

Ita was laughing throughout the scene with the dancing fruit and was clapping her way through the scene with the ballerina and toy soldier. I personally loved the ice princess and her ballet performance.

The opening scene where The Snowman comes to life is so cleverly done. It amazes me how you can completely understand a story without words.

We were all mesmerised by the beautiful music from the live orchestra which felt overwhelming when “Walking in the Air” was played. When The Snowman and the boy were elevated into the air the whole auditorium started clapping.

The dancing and ballet scenes are stunning. The choreography has been done in such a way that it is entertaining for children whilst being complex enough for adults to appreciate to.

The Snowman is recommended for all ages. I did feel some of the children struggled to sit through the performance of 1 hour and 50 minutes (with a 20 minute interval) but Ita’s attention was completely captured through the entire performance so I do think it is dependant on each child.

If you are going to see just one festive theatre show this season, make sure it is The Snowman. This will definitely we a yearly tradition for us now.

Tickets are still available – link below.

https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2019/the-snowman/booking