And mark the dates!
Last Saturday, our family was invited to a sneak peek to Kidsfest 2014 and we had so much fun! Since its debut in 2012, Kidsfest has enjoyed tremendous success in Hong Kong and Singapore and this popular festival is returning from 15 January to 9 February 2014 with nine international theatre productions adapted from best-selling children’s books.
Our family had a ‘Meet & Greet’ session with Henry VIII from Horrible Histories Terrible Tudors and the Gruffalo’s Child from The Gruffalo’s Child and were treated to a wonderful drama and storytelling session that got both the adults and kids excited. Faith was a little too young to be involved but no worries, the mother carried her to join in the activities.
Oh! What fun!
The children were listening attentively to the story of The Gruffalo’s Child told by a brilliant storyteller. I was captivated myself.
And the Graffulo’s child made a guest appearance. and had a good time of warming up to her audience.
After the brief performances, we were treated to refreshment (oh, lovely cupcakes!) and hand-painting.
Kidsfest will increase its family-tailored productions to nine and expands to two performing venues in 2014 – at DBS Arts Centre and Drama Centre Theatre. There will also be an introduction of KidsFest Plus (KidsFest+) – an exclusive backstage experience on scheduled dates for selected productions where fans can interact up close with the cast over an autograph or photo session. Isn’t that awesome?
Some of the shows that are suitable for kids aged 3 to 8 years old include:
:: Gruffalo. This charming production is adapted from the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler showcases Mouse’s adventurous journey into the ‘deep dark wood’ and his encounter with the terrifying Gruffalo. Though the use of sheer wit, learn how the quick-thinking Mouse evades danger.
** KidsFest+: Photo Session with the cast on Wednesday, 22 January only.
:: The Gruffalo’s Child. Find out just how brave the Gruffalo’s Child is as she ventures into the ‘deep dark wood’ to find the ‘big bad mouse’, the one thing her father, The Gruffalo is afraid of. Good to watch if your kid is at school-going age. This is one of the texts used in the Primary Three English lessons.
** KidsFest+: Photo Session with the cast on Wednesday, 15 January only
:: Some other must-watch productions includes What the Lady Bird Heard, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Snow Dragon and Private Peaceful as they grace the local stage for the first time In 2014.
There are also shows catered for older kids aged 6 to 14 years old – Horrible Histories Terrible Tudors & Horrible Histories Awful Egyptians.
Each production promises to be an adventure for the family; with catchy music, engaging scenes and even audience participation for some. There will also be surprises thrown in for the kids along the way. Do grab your tickets as they are on sale now and prices range from $35 to $62. Book them at any SISTIC outlet, official SISTIC website or call the hotline 6348 5555.
Disclosure: We were invited to the media preview to KidsFest 2014. No other compensation was received and all opinions are mine.