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The Greatest Gift #ChristmasIsForSharing


Christmas is the perfect time for us to all spend time together and enjoy each others company, Sainsbury's has just launched a delightful Christmas Advert on the very same theme of families spending time together over Christmas. The Greatest Gift  advert is a cool animation featuring vocals by James Corden that tells the story of Dave, a hard-working loving Dad, who realises that the greatest gift he can give this Christmas is his time, Dave has a fantastic idea after seeing a gingerbread man in his daughter's bedroom.


To celebrate the release of this advert Sainsbury's has also released a The Greatest Gift smartphone animation film kit for children, the box doubles as a reversible stage, and inside is a backdrop and press our puppets, stickers to enable you can create your very own characters, also inside is Dave and his family in  press-out cardboard characters,  so  you can use to create you very own animation,the kit comes complete with an edible Dave gingerbread man. We cannot wait to get started and create our very own mini animation, we are really looking forward to seeing what we can come up with. All you need to get started is the Sainsburys Story Studio App via Apple Store or Google Play.


Sainsbury’s have partnered with Great Ormond Street Hospital to help families be together as over 50% of children treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital are from outside of London, so they are raising money to fund accommodation that means patients’ families can stay close by in difficult times. So if you buy The Greatest Gift animation kit £2 donation or if  you buy a Gingerbread Dave 50p from every one sold goes to the Great Ormond Street Charity

The Greatest Gift film kit can be purchased online or in store for £5, as can the Gingerbread Dave for £1.

Sing - Movie Review


We were delight to head to the Odeon in London's Leicester Square to watch the  movie Sing from the makers of Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets, Sing animated movie is a fun entertaining feet tapping feel good movie, Following Buster Moon the owner of a theatre, determined to put his theatre back on the map, Buster Moon comes up with a plan to host a singing competition with a grand prize, and soon animals from the entire town turn up to take part in the competition.


Buster selects five finalists, Mike a smooth-talking mouse (Seth MacFarlane), Meena a extremely shy teenage elephant (Tori Kelly), Rosita pig a loving mum who wants a break from her 25 piglets (Reese Witherspoon), and a young gangster gorilla Jonny who's defiantly not looking to follow in his father's footsteps (Taron Egerton), along with punk star porcupine Ash (Scarlett Johansson) who ditches her arrogant boyfriend and go it alone.


The story follows Buster Moon and his five wannabe singers as they set to change their lives for the better, as they all have one thing in common they all love to sing!!! and they are hoping that Buster Moon will change their lives forever. But all is not what it seems and they soon find themselves joining forces to put on an amazing show when the theatre and Buster moons dreams come crashing down literally around them.

 

This fun movie is full of catchy tunes and fun characters, each with their own story to tell, a story of following your dreams and not giving up.


We had the most amazing morning, joining in with some cool Sing themed activities, Sing is an awesome movie and thoroughly entertaining, we loved it. Sing features over 65 hit songs that you will most defiantly know and love.



Sing will be out in cinemas January 27th 2017.

Ice Skating with the stars of the show: Disney On Ice Frozen

 
We were really excited to head to an exclusive VIP skating session with the Disney On Ice skaters at the Tower of London ice rink, we were looking forward to learning a few skills as well as meeting the stars of the show who bring Disney On Ice: Frozen to life.


Once we arrived we excitedly stepped out onto the ice, the kids were feeling rather confident, but I found it ever so hard to at first get my balance, after some good advice from the skaters, I was able to slowly make my way around the edge of the ice rink.

  

My son had some advice one to one with one of the skaters who walked him through some fun and practical skating skills.We had the most amazing time getting to practice and learn from the professionals.


After our skating session we were in for a real treat, as the stars of the show showed us some of their amazing moves, spins and lifts, and after trying ice skating for myself I'm in total awe just how amazing and skillful the Disney On Ice skaters are, so much so, that  more than ever I cannot wait to watch this year Disney On Ice Frozen at London 02 Arena. Dinsey On Ice Frozen is currently touring the UK, check out the following link and see when Disney On Ice is coming to your town, as huge fans of the Movie I certainly cannot wait to see the show.


Disney On Ice Frozen is appearing across the until the 30th December visiting Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham, Nottingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Aberdeen, Sheffield, and London. For all tour dates, visit the Disney On Ice website www.disneyonice.co.uk.


Spy Missions


We were on a Mission last weekend, as we headed to Spy Missions is Croyden, we were really looking forward to the adventure ahead.

  

As we entered Spy Missions we were introduced to our guide who then told us our mission, which was to board the hijacked USN Steadfast Battle Cruiser stop the missile and save the day. We were lead by our guide through a series of different rooms, each which had a challenging puzzle and adventure, we had to solve puzzles to get clues and codes to help complete our mission and stop the missile attack.


There were lots of tunnels to crawl through, lasers to navigate and climb and crawl through, and even a slide, Spy Missions  tested our mental and physical agility, but before long we had saved the day and stopped the missile our mission was complete.

  

We loved our time at Spy Missions, although the time went by rather quick, but in fact we were there for an entire hour and the time had just flown the past, the kids said that they had a great time and they would love to do it again.

For more information and to find our your nearest Spy Missions Headquarters check out www.spymissions.co.uk.



We were given tickets to Spy Missions, however, all thoughts in this review are strictly that of our own opinion.

HYDE PARK WINTER WONDERLAND: THE NUTCRACKER ON ICE


We love visiting Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park London, its the must visit attraction to go to this time of year, full of Christmas spirit and festive-themed activities, stalls and attractions from Zippos Circus to The Magical Ice Kingdom, along with ariel views in the Giant Observation Wheel, whats more its free to enter into Hyde Park Winter Wonderland which gives you a great opportunity to explore and soak up the festivities and decide which attractions you would like to visit, the vibe inside is amazing and we quickly forgot that it was damp and wet as we explored the Christmas Market and sang along to the jolly Christmas tunes which echoed throughout.


This year we were in for a real treat as the first time there was an amazing new attraction to explore, The Winter Palace Theatre, and until Monday 2nd January 2017, it will be home to the amazing production of The Nutcracker On Ice, featuring The Imperial Ice Stars.


Whilst we excitedly waited for the show to start and had a delicious soft drink in by the bar, before long it was time for the show to start, as we entered the arena we were greeted by an amazing starry sky scene of tiny twinkling lights which filled the walls and ceiling, inside the palace there are around 950 seats giving The Winter Palace Theatre a very intimate and cosy feel, which also means that all of  the seats have an excellent view of the ice rink stage.


We sat in awe as the show started, and a dusting of snow  filled the ice rink stage and the projected scenery screen changed, then the Tchaikovsky music began, out came the stars of the show who graced the stage with their outstanding skating skills, we were treated to an hour of astounding lifts spins, stunts and illusions, all which told the scenes from the classic tale, each lift and spin and dance was perfectly choreographed to the music, it was simply breathtaking to watch

Mesmerising entertainment for all the family, a must see at Winter Wonderland.  Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is open now until Monday 2nd January 2017. For tickets and information on The Nutcracker and all other attractions check out hydeparkwinterwonderland.com and see more of the Nutcracker Here: podcats.co.uk/nutcracker. Winter Wonderland is located ar Hyde Park, London, W2 2HU, and is open from now until the 2nd of January from 10am - 10pm everyday.




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