Today we had our first experience of Lollibop. For those of you not familiar with the concept, it is festival aimed for children under the age of 10. As my kids are six and two, we figured they were at the perfect ages to check it out. First of all, we were all so excited about the programme for the day. The main shows we were looking forward to were Lazy Town Live and Justin Fletcher. But we were also looking forward to the various activities and just having a fun family day.
Lollibop begins at 10am and we aimed to arrive at Hatfield House (in Hertfordshire) at 9.45am. Unfortunately, it seems that half of the festival-goers decided to arrive at the same time. We were stuck in stop-and-go traffic on the road leading to the venue for about half an hour. In hindsight we would have aimed to arrive at 9.15am. Once we got to the entrance (at 10.45am), everything was smooth sailing.
The great thing about Lollibop was that you didn't have to pay for much. Obviously there are stands selling things (we left with two animal balloons) and food stalls (there were loads of yummy food on offer but you can bring your own food too). But there are many activities that are free. Moozles, who is six, loved the River Island Kids tent where she was able to design a t-shirt. They both loved the National Geographic Kids tent and the Beano area. There was a Pomme Bears tent where there was colouring and crisps--two great combinations. The Southbank Centre had several tents where you could create a cardboard robot, make woolen crafts, do yoga and watch live music, amongst other things.
We would have liked if there was one tent that played constant music. Pop songs, nursery rhymes or live music, it wouldn't matter. Although there was music, they would take breaks for talking/workshops. And sometimes my kids just want to boogie.
The Lazy Town Live show was fab. Both kids loved it. We also saw a bit of the Poppy Cat and Steffi Love shows. These shows were at the open-air theatre so there was no waiting to get in. You could walk by, or sit down quite easily. Unfortunately we missed the shows in Lollipalladium, which was a closed tent. The queues were really long and there was no way we would have been able to get the kids to wait for 30 minutes, or more, to see a show. In hindsight, we would have brought the iPad or games so that the kids would have had something to do while we waited in line. We decided to leave at 3pm as the kids were exhausted and we were as well. This meant that, sadly, we missed Justin Fletcher. But all in all, we had a fun day.
We were given tickets to attend LolliBop for the purposes of this review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.