My hubby and I loved to watch plays and musicals and it was one of the places we would go to when we were dating. However we stopped when we gave birth to our #1, now 3 years old. Plays do not usually allow us to bring in kids. But we have always thought about how we can expose them to the arts. Most kids plays were for 3 and above. And when my Friend invited us for this one that was suitable for ages 2-4, we jumped at the chance!
Not knowing how a play for 2-4 years old would be like and if our kids would make a fuss or enjoy themselves did not bother us. We finally could bring them for a play!
It was held at the Esplanade Theatre Studio (4th floor) and it was by Playtime! and Pip’s Club. It was a small room where all the kids with their parents were seated in clusters on the floor (blue carpet). There were walkways around the blue clusters where cast and props would be moving around. All around are the stage backdrops.
Sometimes the action the here and sometimes there. Sometimes at all 4 corners. Sometimes they speak across the room to each other. These kept the young ones engaged as they had to listen out for where and who is speaking. Occasionally you will get a couple of kids wandering around but that is ok. This play is for kids that age anyway! Kids are free to walk although parent should try to get them closer. And they are free to comment too, not like adult plays where we have to observe theatre etiquette.
Sometimes we had to stand up to dance together, sometimes we had to do some simple tasks, in this case we had to pick up some fruits and put them into the correct baskets. The kids (and adults) were very much involved in the play itself!
I heard that the next play would be in October and I can’t wait to bring them again! I went to check the website though and found out that they had 2 plays coming up in October, as part of a Children’s festival called Octoburst. It will be on 7-9 October and it includes activities like drawing/colouring contests, a dance and 2 plays. The plays are more suitable for above 3 years old though which means I can only bring my elder one for it. Good for some one to one time with my Son! I hope there will be more for ages 2-4 again soon!
To find out more information on Octoburst, you can visit their website here.
To like and follow them on Facebook for Octoburst and future plays, you can click here.
The current play “The Bird who was Afraid of Heights” is still ongoing until 28Aug so catch it while you can! (Link is here)