I can only describe this weekend as being absolutely fantastic! Now I'm back at work I put so much effort into making sure that weekends with my family are fun packed. The only thing is the housework suffers but when it's 25 degrees outside who cares about housework anyway?
This weekend was even better as it was the OH's long weekend off work so we had all day Saturday together which only happens every 6 weeks. I was really looking forward to Saturday as we had been given tickets to a VIP performance of In the Night Garden Live at The O2. We set off and found that the O2 is so easy to get to and any journey on the train is exciting for a nearly 1 year old and nearly 3 year old!
When we got to the O2 we made our way to the show and on turning the corner we saw these massive inflatable Ha Hoo's! Someone was really excited to see them. We entered the big inflatable dome where the performance was going to happen and were met by people handing out brilliant goody bags for the kids filled with In the Night Garden stuff to keep them occupied. There was a small soft play area for the kids to let off some steam before they went into the show and also lots of refreshments for adults and kids alike.
After a bit of playing and guzzling juice we were called to go in and see Iggle Piggle and friends. The story was about Iggle Piggle losing his blanket, which we also have as a book at home. The show was a brilliant mix of puppetry and also life size characters. It was great for Isla's age but more surprisingly it was also good for Noah. The show was 55 minutes long with no interval and I would say that he lasted a good 40 minutes before needing a little break. He was so taken with the projections of flowers, the tittifers and the Ninky Nonk and pinky ponk, all around the ceiling of the showdome. He also loved it when the Ninky Nonk came of the stage and was whizzing around. All in all I would totally recommend the show, all the kids recognise the songs and the colours are so bright and captivating. It feels really magical. After the show we got a family photo with Iggle Piggle - Noah is thinking "What the....??"
After the show we travelled home and then got ready for an impromtu BBQ with friends. It was so lovely being out in the garden with all 6 kids ranging from 7 months to 3 in age - they all behave so much better when they're able to have fun outside.
On Sunday after we'd turned a cardboard box into a pirate ship (!) we took a spontaneous decision to go and visit my sister, her OH and my niece and join them for Music in the Park. Isla loves seeing Cousin M, they're only 3 months apart in age and Noah is getting really social now too and loves joining in. They live about an hour from us, so the kids get a good nap on the way. It was another beautiful hot day and ideal for picnics. We packed up some food and lots of sunscreen and set off.
The park was steadily filling up with people surrounding the bandstand where the musicians played all afternoon. We had a lovely sunny/ shady spot and the kids just ran around and danced by the bandstand. They were so cute jigging about. Another special event happened. Noah stood on his own two feet for about 8 seconds!! The sweetest thing was that he knew he had done something special, the smile on his face is committed to memory. After the music finished we went back to my sisters, gave the kids a bath together (all this outdoor playing gets them filthy!) then PJ's and the long drive home.
This amazing sunny weather is probably not set to continue into the Jubilee Weekend so I'm glad we made the most of the glorious sunshine we just had!
If you'd like to take the kids to see In The Night Garden Live then visit: www.nightgardenlive.com or call 0333 300 0023
Tickets are £10 - 27.50 plus premium seats are available. Two separate shows throughout the run: The Pinky Ponk Show and The Ninky Nonk Show.