As someone who always appreciate a festival jolly pre-children (and still do to be honest), I’m often looking at festival options that the kids might enjoy too. Whilst most of the usual suspects do cater for children these days, the thought of trekking halfway across the country to wade knee-deep in mud with 3 little ones when you’re not sure exactly what to expect can be a wee bit daunting.
Which is why any festival that is aimed purely at children is always welcome in our family!
We’ve been asked if we’d like to attend the Monstrous Children’s Festival this July in exchange for a review afterwards, and after looking at what was on and knowing how much Freddie, Sasha AND Arlo would love it, we said a big fat “YES PLEASE!”.
Monstrous Children’s Festival is being held at the London Printworks on Sunday 29th July, and caters for all ages, from babies right through to teens. With loads of different ‘zones’ for children to explore, it’s a great first festival experience for kids.
Here is a bit more info about what’s on, and what’s caught our eye so far…
Soccer School Zone
Hosted by the Chelsea FC Foundation team, the soccer school zone will be teaching football-mad kids essential football skills. I can imagine us having to drag Freddie away from this at some point, otherwise he’d be here all day! Skills covered include speed tests, ball skills, penalty shootouts and loads more!
This is something that I would’ve loved as a child- the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course, at a whopping 272m long! This inflatable kingdom is full of Castles, Slides, Ball Pits, The Biggest and Craziest Indoor Assault Course in the world and huge inflatable board games.
I’m actually really excited for Arlo as I know he is going to love this! It’s so nice to come across a festival that caters for babies too. With two older children wanting to go off and do their thing, it means that one of us can hang with out littlest guy and he’ll still have a ton of fun too. This area is designed under 4’s and will be a nice, chilled out places to be. There will be parent and baby dancing, ball pits, mini train rides and a chance to meet and greet lots of pre-school favourite characters.
A must for any gamer, Arcade Alley will be a paradise for anyone who loves their consoles. With over 1000 classic console favourites (PS$, Xbox and Nintendo Switch), animation studios and Virtual Reality booths, there will be enough to keep everyone busy! MineCraft, Roblox, Pokemon, Fortnite, Retro Arcade Machines, Pacman, Donkey Kong and Street Fighter are just some of the classics on offer to try.
Circus Town will showcase amazing aerial trapeze artists, hilarious circus acts and Punch and Judy shows. In keeping with the circus/funfair theme, there will be Monty’s own mini Theme Park, filled with fantastic rides and activities including Dodgems, Go Carts, Tea Cups, Lazer Quest, Nerf Arenas, shooting galleries, and trampolines. Little ones are catered for with mini rides and hook a duck, plus other retro stalls.
Monty’s Monstrous Disco
Sasha in particular loves a boogie, so for the dance-crazy there will be a fab disco to groove along to! The main stage will be hosted by Monstrous Monty himself, and will feature Disco Balls, Confetti Cannons, UV face painters, Lazer show, Dance Competitions, Talent Show, Flash Mobs and Special Guests from Children’s TV channels.
Prince, Princess & Unicorn Land
Sasha will also love this area of the festival, what with being a unicorn and princess lover (we failed miserably with keeping things gender neutral in our house!). Alongside the unicorns, mermaids and princesses, there will be karaoke, mini beauty parlours, singalong booths, enchanted forests and flower walls.
Other ‘zones’ include ‘Hello Kitty Club, Raver Tots Bubble Rave, The Farm Yard, Arts and Crafts by Creation Station, Super Funk Roller Disco and Face Painting.
SO much to do!
Living in South East London, we’re not far from the festival at all, but for those who aren’t, it’s SO easy to get to, and is just a 2-minute walk from Canada Water station on London’s Overground and Jubilee lines. Tickets are currently £28.50 and are available online at www.monstrouscreations.co.uk where you’ll also find more information, or you can follow for updates on social media.
This ace video gives a great overview of the festival, and has ramped up our excitement big time- we can’t wait!
*We are working with the Monstrous Children’s Festival this summer in return for family tickets to the event- we can’t wait to review our experience!