Recently we were fortunate to be contacted by the lovely Marketing team at our local theatre in Stoke on Trent, The Regent Theatre, to ask if we as a family would be interested in working with them on various shows, events and experiences held there. With H being a massive fan of all things “shows” and Mrs F and I keen to get out more as a couple we jumped at the chance to work together.
One of the events held there was last weekends inaugural launch of Stage Crafts, a free event aimed at children of all ages creating a variety of crafty things from past and up and coming shows held at the theatre.
Being a free event for all as well as being conveniently held on a Saturday morning until lunchtime and in the Theatres city centre location already bought many positives in my eyes.
- Mrs F or I could go with H and the other could go off with D to complete some early Saturday morning errands. (we could all go if we didn’t have any errands)
- It was something different to the usual soft play hell.
- It was free
- It involved something which was sure to get H’s creative juices flowing, crafts.
As I’m also a lover of crafting, I went along with H to the event which included a professional artist on hand to help the children make artwork based on Horrible Histories, Gangsta Granny, Tortoise and the Hare and Peppa Pig, 4 shows which are showing at the Theatre in the coming months.
Held opposite their Piano Bar which was open, parents were able to join in if their children were not so confident in completing the craft activities alone, or relax in the Piano Bar with a tea, coffee or soft drink if they were.
When we arrived Harrison went straight for the Horrible Histories table to make his very own cardboard shield and sword with templates available to draw around and examples on display to help guide the children or wet your imagination.
Tables were armed with masses of coloured paper, sequins, pom poms, glitter, felt tips, string and both children and adults scissors. There was also the all important glue, double sided sticky tape or craft tape to help decorate ones armoury.
Following this we went and made a tortoise shell using a tin foil sandwich tray with green and yellow crate paper glued to it, my personal favourite as although it was meant to resemble the tortoise from the show, I considered it to be our very own Teenage Mutant Hero Turtle shell for when we get back home and play superheroes. 🙂
H wasn’t so keen on making a Peppa Pig pink snout so we moved onto the Gangsta Granny table creating a mini felt crown decorated with plenty of jewels and pom poms for his sister D.
We had a throughly enjoyable morning which was finished off with a drink in the Piano Bar before meeting back up with Mrs F and D to enjoy some further family time together but with all errands complete and able to relax.
In the meantime Horrible Histories is currently on now with tickets available from their website.
Thank you for a lovely Saturday morning and we can’t wait for the next one!!
Until Next Time