I have some very exciting news!
I have been asked if I would like to be one of 12 official blogger ambassadors for the LolliBop Festival. As you will probably know, I love the Lollibop Festival as much as my children do and I didn’t have to be asked twice! In fact, the email I sent back to the guys from the festival saying ‘yes, yes, YES PLEASE!’ probably pinged their inbox before they’d even come out of the email they’d sent me!
This is my lovely new badge!
This will be proudly displayed on my blog from now until after the festival and it means that I, along with the eleven other official Lollibop Bloggers, will be able to bring you breaking festival news as it comes in!
I am so excited that I can write about all the exclusive news and have access to previews so that I can tell you all about what will be happening come 16th, 17th and 18th August at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park here in East London! I’m also going to have a behind the scenes look and lots, lots more!
Oh and guess what? Drum roll for this one I think… I will also be hosting competitions with Lollibop prizes, how super duper is that?!
So, for the first piece of exciting news I can reveal the line-up in full! Get your eyes feasting on this little lot, sit down and talk about it with the children! The excitement definitely starts here! You know when you build something up then it’s a bit of a let down when it actually comes around? It won’t be with Lolli – It will be better! I’ve added some of my own thoughts (in red) to the list but have SO much more to say so will write another post soon!
LOLLIBOP SET TO ROCK QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK THIS SUMMER
LolliBop, The Big Bash for Little People, is returning for 2013 to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, with an incredible line-up designed to delight mini festivalgoers.
Joining some of the hottest names in kids’ entertainment, as well as hundreds of activities, workshops and interactive demos, are the Mr. Men and Little Miss Village Green Event and Shaun the Sheep’s Championsheeps LIVE!
The ever-popular Mr. Men will be hosting a fun maypole activity area and favourite characters, such as Mr. Bump, Mr. Tickle and Little Miss Sunshine, will be meeting and greeting fans at the Mr. Men and Little Miss reading hubs.
Shaun the Sheep will be personally on hand at the Championsheeps with sheepy shenanigans, including Shirley’s Pie-athalon, the Naughty Pig’s Sack Race and Get Fit with the Flock. Kids and parents are ‘wool-come’ to get involved!
Other big names confirmed so far, include:
LolliBop favourites Dick and Dom return with their special mix of madcap games, songs, jokes and a foam pie or two…
(Even when Florence was only 1 and a half we LOVED dancing to Dick and Dom at the festival – definitely a highlight for us!)
Peppa Pig will be at the festival all weekend, meeting and greeting all her little fans
(Peppa Pig!! Wowee! Who isn’t a fan?!)
Sid Sloane and Andy Day will be hosting their very own Big Birthday Bash and everyone is invited! Expect lots of energetic songs and silliness and plenty of audience participation
Watch and learn how to ‘Copy Poppy’ with Poppy Cat on the Lolli Live stage
Straight from Nickelodeon to the Lolli Live Stage, The Go! Go! Go! Show are bringing brand new pop songs, catchy, easy-to-learn dance moves and loads of laughs
Sing and dance along with the adorable Cloudbabies mini show
(Definitely one for Jimmy!)
Older LolliBoppers will love The Diary of a Wimpy Kid activity, which include exclusive clips of the author Jeff Kinney talking about the books and a master class showing how he draws the characters. There’s also a Wimp Wars quiz
Experience the life-size Transformer Optimus Prime Truck, along with the Transformers Station; showcasing the new Beast Hunters toys, viewings of the cartoon series Transformers Prime and free green screen pictures
Witness the amazing wildlife showcase with National Geographic Kids Animal Man
(We’ve seen the Nat Geo Animal Man in-store and he’s aaaaaamaaaazing!)
Laugh along with hilarious antics from the amazing 8ft Titan the Robot
Returning LolliBoppers will also see old favourites mixed with new attractions for 2013, including:
LolliBop Live – Popular CBeebies presenter Alex Winters is comparing the live stage which plays host to some of the biggest names in kids entertainment, with live music and performances from stars of stage and screen.
(Shhh, don’t tell the others but Alex is outr favourite!)
Lollipalladiam – is a live theatre tent showcasing performances from pioneering and internationally renowned companies and artists. This year it features Spooked, the critically acclaimed Broken Rose Performing Arts first show for children – a hilarious and spectacular blend of dance, theatre and spoken word featuring skeletons Molly, Jinny and Charlie.
Science Zone – Make a rocket, hold a dry ice cube, or get messy with gooey slime in the LolliBop lab – brimming with exploding experiments for pint sized guests to try! London’s Science Museum will also be attending with live demonstrations and interactive activities.
(Science Museum is one of our best and most visited London attractions, can’t wait to see them at Lolli!)
Run wild and have fun in the LolliSports area. With activities including retro favourites like swingball, hula-hoop and frisbee to football tournaments and sports day style races.
3ft and under is also making a comeback but this time is it within the brand new Itsy Bitsy Zone. Activities for babies and toddlers will include soft play, baby massage, storytelling, mini discos and much more.
(This year Jimmy is going to have SO much fun!)
The Lolli Promenade – Situated on the River Lea! We’re very lucky to have a real river running through our new home, so why not relax and enjoy an ice lolly at the Lolli Promenade which also features beach hut crafts and bandstands.
Discovery Zone – will host a number of educational, interactive and hands on activities where kids can learn a new skill like beatboxing in one of the many workshops.
Lolli Stops – Enjoy crafts from puppet making, and customised fashion workshops, to balloon modelling, and graffiti painting, there is a something to make and do around every corner.
(Florence is never happier than with a glue stick in hand! If only we could stay all weekend, HOW are we going to do EVERYTHING?)
The Meadows – A perfect spot to chill out, enjoy your lunch and watch our special street performers.
There is also a wide selection of food and drink stalls at LolliBop. Extensive covered buggy parks, baby changing and breast-feeding areas are also available.
(Did you know, if it rains you can pick up ponchos and if it’s sunny grab some sun cream from the first aid area at Lolli – They think of everything!)
I have not been paid to write about Lollibop.