Taking toddlers to the theatre and seeing Peppa on the page and the stage!

More fun and adventures with Peppa as Ladybird mummy blogger Sarah reviews what’s new from our favourite piggy and heads off on a theatre trip with her son to see ‘Peppa Pig’s Surprise’. 

Last year, Zach’s very first trip to the theatre was to see Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play at Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank for the Imagine Children’s Festival. He loved it all – from the lights, music and puppets to the bubbles raining down from the roof.

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Last weekend combined a favourite pastime for me, venturing into central London, and a most favourite pastime for Zach, watching Peppa Pig. We were off to see her in London’s West End, for Peppa Pig’s Surprise! at The Duke of York’s Theatre (it’s touring nationwide this year and in America too).  The place was packed with little Peppa fans and their grown-ups, and as we took our seats and waited for lights down, curtain up, the kids’ excitement was palpable.

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The show is a lively, interactive mix of storytelling and songs, with an assortment of Peppa characters eliciting many giggles and shrieks of delight from their captivated audience. There was also a sing-a-long for all to ‘The Bing Bong Song’; lyrics were provided but I, like most of the parents there I suspect, know that song off by heart. I was still humming it three days later.

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The second act was as much fun as the first and overall it was a great experience for us both. Zach loves seeing Peppa on the page, stage, telly or iPad, and I loved taking him to the theatre. His enjoyment of it bodes well for us taking him to shows like The Lion King, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the West End as soon as he’s old enough to love them too.

The next day, Zach wanted to go and see the show again,  so I distracted him with his new Peppa books, Peppa’s Gym Class and Peppa Pig: Fairy Tales! Sticker Book. He loves sticker books, and this one is a great gift option for Peppa fans; it’s filled with fairy-tale themed stories and stickers, great fun for little hands. I tried asking him what his favourite part of Peppa’s Gym Class is, thinking he’d shout ‘Jungle!’ or ‘Crocodiles!’, but instead he replied ‘The blue page mummy, blue is my favourite colour!’, so we didn’t have much of a chat about that. But he did ask me to read it again and again. This was the same reaction he had to his Peppa Pig: Once Upon A Time Audio CD on several car trips this weekend; this was clearly another top pick for my little superfan and it was lovely to hear him chuckling away to Peppa and George’s stories.

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Have you been to any good shows with your children? We’d love to know what you recommend and how the outing went. Let us know leaving a comment below and we’ll enter you into a prize draw to win Peppa’s Gym Class and Fairy Tales! Sticker Book, plus the story CD Once Upon a Time. Good luck!

Enter by 5pm, 28.1.16. The prize winner will be selected and notified by 2.2.2016.
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5 thoughts on “Taking toddlers to the theatre and seeing Peppa on the page and the stage!

  1. Emma Fox says:

    In the autumn half term we went to see Mister Maker Live on Tour. I was a little unsure how they would be able to make the TV programme into a show but it was two hours of interactive fun. There was a lot of singing and dancing as well as a whole audience piece of art. At Christmas we went to the local Panto. I was surprised that my four year old sat through it but again it was very interactive for the children and the pantomime dame kept the adults entertained with several near to the knuckle jokes!

  2. karen teulon says:

    I have only taken mine to pantomimes as when they are little I feel this is a safe environment. People expect kids to shout out and join in, so there’s no tuts if your kids to speak during a show! The pantomimes at Woking Theatre are always excellent!

  3. Cassandra Mayers says:

    Ive not taken my daughter yet as she is only 1 year old but its definetly a plan for the future 🙂 She does enjoy watching Mr Tumbles panto shows on tv 🙂 I have thought taken my Niece to see Room on the Broom, and she loved it. she is 3 and was fixated on what was happening the entire show 🙂

  4. We went to In The Night Garden live. My son is 2 years old so did okay for a while but he soon got a little restless. We will try again later this year though when he’s a little older. I used to go to so many shows and Christmas panto’s when I was a child, some of my favourite memories.

  5. Ricky Salter says:

    My Wife and I took our son to Florida last year, while in one of the Disney parks my son (2) pointed out The Little Mermaid theatre show, I have never seen his eyes light up the way they did, he loved every minute of it he didn’t move a muscle all the way through the show, this coming from a child that constantly wants to move and play, one of the highlights of our holiday and of course he made us go back to see it again.

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