A must for locals and for families visiting London this summer, LolliBop is back and it’s bigger and better than ever. Created for families with young children, LolliBop is a unique 3-day fun-filled event in London’s Regent’s Park, where you can enjoy the vibe of the summer festivals but without the hassle of a long car journey or trying to pitch a tent with toddlers helping.
Here’s a little peek at what’s on for families at Lollibop 2012…
LolliBop, in partnership with John Lewis, is returning to Regent’s Park this summer, with a line up designed to delight mini festival goers. Billed as The Big Bash for Little People, the event takes place between August 17 and 19 and is aimed at children up to the age of 10.
The ‘LolliBop Live’ stage will play host to some of the hottest names in kids entertainment with musical performances from the likes of the ZingZilla’s, Jassa Aluwahlia (Art Attack) and The Mr Men & Little Miss Party Roadshow. TV favourites Dick and Dom will also take to the stage to entertain crowds with their unique blend of music and games.
Celebrating its first year in the West End, Shrek the Musical will also make a special appearance with a performance from the award-winning show (Sunday 19 only).
Global phenomenon Moshi Monsters will also be on site, bringing the UK’s first Moshi Monsters Mash Up Tournament to Lollibop. Taking place each day, children are challenged to put their Mash Up skills to the test. All players will also receive a free pack of Mash Up cards, so everyone can join in. Fans are encouraged to bring their own collections with them, as there has never been a better chance to trade with other Moshi Card collectors. Head over to the Moshi tent for lots of other fun and games including character appearances, monster quizzes and more!
In the Lollipaladium, see the story of The Gruffalo brought to life on the stage with plenty of audience interaction. CBeebies favourite, Mister Maker will be on hand to demonstrate his unique arts and crafts skills. Mister Maker is a real life character who gets inspiration to make art from everything around him. Packed full of stimulating ideas, set in his own fantasy art world, prepare to expect the unexpected!
The brand new life-size Transformers Optimus Prime Truck will also be at the three day event, giving fans the chance to get up and personal with this movie legend.
Other headline attractions include yoga sessions with Waybuloo, workshops by Horrible Histories, Roald Dahl Museum and Storytelling Centre, performances by 8ft Titan the Robot, an Alice In Wonderland tea party and a chance to meet ‘Tiny’, a 125 million years young dinosaur.
Pint sized guests (and grown ups) will notice a few more additions to the 2012 event.
The ‘LolliBop Kitchen‘ is an exciting new area, where LolliBoppers will have the chance to learn new skills from live demonstrations and interactive workshops, featuring popular blogger My Daddy Cooks.
A new ’Tween Town‘ area will feature a number of activities for older kids including street dance, hula-hooping, magic and beat-boxing workshops, plus an older arts and crafts tent and a brand new laser room!
Halfords will create a bespoke Bike City at LolliBop, which will include a Wacky Races obstacle course for under 5’s, where children can be the first to try out a brand new range of Balance and Apollo kids bikes. For older kids, highlights include a BMX stunt display and demo area.
Other new areas include: ‘LolliBop Animal Curiosities’, which features animals including a polar bear, a dinosaur and gorillas! ‘The Disco Shed‘ which will have mini boppers (and parents!) dancing the day away and ‘The Village Green‘ – the perfect spot to chill out and enjoy some street theatre.
Back by popular demand, the Science Museum are preparing for a triumphant return to Regent’s Park with an expanded area and dedicated Science Zone.
For pre-schoolers, the ‘3ft & Under’ area is also back. Confirmed activities include a mini disco, tiny play, little arts, baby ballet, yoga, teddy bears picnic and sing and sign. There will be two boob and botty boudoirs this year, and covered buggy parks and lollishade areas are also being created.
Old favourites, including ‘LolliSports‘, ‘Imagination Stations‘, ‘Itsy Bitsy Strictly‘ and ‘The Enchanted Forest‘ will all also return for 2012.
And if that wasn’t enough, there are plenty of arts and craft activities, face painting and workshops, including circus skills.
A wide selection of food and drink stalls are on offer to provide a welcome rest.
All of the activities, stages and events are included in the entry ticket price, which starts at £22 per person. For more information, including a full programme of events, visit www.lollibopfestival.com
Never been? Here’s what a London Dad had to say about last summer’s Lollibop preview picnic…
If the weather is as good on the actual festival dates as it was at the preview then LolliBop is going to be the must-attend date in the family summer calendar. The brown bear from the Bear healthy snack company was there to promote good eating through a campfire story and cake making. Competing in the animal costume stakes was a very friendly gorilla that my five-year-old daughter couldn’t stop cuddling.
There was swingball for young Andy Murrays, hula-hoops for hip swinging, and an impossibly tall bubble magician, as well as story reading by ‘Einstein’s Underpants’ author Anthony McGowan. The biggest star on show was Peppa Pig, beloved of all young children, who had her own Lady Gaga-like security team. The festival real in Regent’s Park this August will also feature stars of Cbeebies, such as ZingZillas, Charlie and Lola, and Horrible Histories, a baby disco, and a bunch more family-friendly attractions.
All they need on the day is a bit of British sunshine!