Christmas Week: What to do with the Kids?

So as it’s the week before Christmas,  I’m going to try and get a few more Christmas blog posts up. I thought I would start with a quick blog for mum,dad, aunties and uncles on suggestions of five things to do to help to occupy the kids the week before the big man in red arrives!

  1.  I love a theatre outings and I think it’s even more fun to bring kids and watch their reaction, a trip to the theatre is always top of my list. I’ve already  gushed about local panto’s and a grown up Nativity this month . But last week I had the chance to bring my two nephews along to watch The Gingerbread Mix-up in the Lyric Theatre Belfast. This is a production with song,dance and fairy tales. I watched my two nephews shout out responses,giggle, dance and be enthralled. It’s the prefect dose of magic for this festive time of the year. And this production is soo colourful, very eye-catching for all ages.Don’t believe me check out the fabulous Christina Nelson as the lovely witchy below.wicked-old-witch
  2. Take them to see the lights. It doesn’t matter where you live and it’s free of charge but kids faces light up when they see their hometown decked in sparkly fairy lights. I reside in Belfast. And I have to say at this time of the year it is a sight to be seen.Belfast City Hall
  3. Put on a festive film or even better take them to a cinemas as a treat and let them watch it on the big screen. I’m biased when it comes to this one as I work as a cinema manager but kids big and old get so excited to come in and watch a Christmas film. Especially if it’s a classic which all generations appreciate. Here’s my favourite suggestions.christmas-movie-checklist
  4. Have some fun with an Elf. I’ve been having a lot of fun with my two friends Buddy and Belle who have come to visit me in work over the festive period but I was told by a beautician friend that there are so much more resources online. So I’ve done a bit of research and these are my favourite ones.http://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/festivals-and-cultural-celebrations/christmas/christmas-elf/3, http://crystalandcomp.com/26-elf-on-the-shelf-printables.
  5. Cuddle up drink lots of hot chocolate and enjoy the time you have with your little ones they don’t stay little for  very long so embrace the festive session even if they do get over excited, be sick are a little scared of Santa Claus…. hot-chocolate

Merry Christmas Emer D xx

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Theatre Review: The Nativity…What The Donkey Saw

Disclaimer: This is a bit of a gushing blog post. I loved this production it was HILARIOUS (and yes I did put that in capitals) the perfect anecdote to the silly season which is upon us.

From the opening song with Mary working hard in the Centra to the fearful shepherds on the hill, this production had me in stitches. Tears rolled down my face and my stomach muscles felt like they had been through a full on workout.

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Forget the kids school nativity play this year and get out and see this. The wonderful Pamela Ballentine narrates this laugh a minute production being the female voice of God and from her opening lines the mood is set.

Kerri Quinn is in the starring role of Mary, the role us ladies would have killed to have in primary school and to be honest I would love to have a go at this modern day Northern Irish version of the role too. Although the role of Mary is not for the faint hearted between none stop musical numbers and perfecting the comedy timing it looks like a lot of hard work but Kerri takes it all in her stride.

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Terry Keeley plays Joseph the gormless lovesick joiner who  tries his very best to make everything work out but he’s completely out of luck. Terry’s boyband parody performance of that Christmas classic When a Child  is Born is a SENSATION and one of the highlights of the night.

The double-act that is Grimes and McKee never fail to make me laugh and playing multiple roles throughout this production the gents shine like the Christmas star. Add in the amazing Tara Lynne O’Neil with her own physical comedy performance and a new star is born.

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So grab your gold,francancense and sudocream, pick up a dubious donkey on the way and get to the Lyric Theatre Belfast before it’s too late.

The show runs until the 14th Jan and ticket info is available at http://www.lyrictheatre.co.uk.

Emer D xx

 

 

 

Christmas Delights for young and old: Cinderella in the Grand Opera House

It’s that time of year again….This week I embraced my inner child and with fizzy pop in hand, a friend feeding me jelly sweets, I took my seat in the Grand Opera House for this years Panto the gorgeous Cinderella.

This years production was the usual mixture of audience participation, quick fire wit from the legendary May McFetridge, amazing high kicks, well known songs and laughs from all of the cast.

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As always it was mesmerising. Young and old packed the auditorium for the traditional Christmas night out and they were not left disappointed.

The star attraction this year being the handsome pop idol come West End Star ; Gareth Gates every girls dream Prince Charming.Local talent Jayne Wisner was back to play the gorgeous Cinderella. Both sang,danced and entertained the crowd leaving us all with a smile on our faces and in our hearts.

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Personally  I felt the show stopping double act of Gerard McCabe and Tommy Wallace as the Belfast ugly sisters Alesha and Amanda was a brilliant combination. Both actors resplendent in faux fur and crazy outfits played the funniest gruesome two some I’ve seen in years.

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Shout outs should also be given to the handsome Jordan Harrington for his note perfect performance and the loveable Michael Joseph with his aww inducing Buttons. Michael will you be this cinders wingman please?

As always I don’t want to give too much away as a Panto should always be seen to be believed but this year it was just the perfect balance of song, dance and stage magic. Get out and see it now the cast will be performing right up to the 15th Jan although tickets are limited  so snap them up quick check details out at http://www.goh.co.uk.

Emer D xx