Family picture with the Gruffalo

Family picture with the Gruffalo

Tickets are now on sale for KidsFest 2015, a festival of world-class theatre productions for children in Singapore. This year’s KidsFest will feature eight theatre productions from Australia and London’s West End for more than five weeks from 21 January to 1 March 2015.

Having enjoyed three successful runs in Singapore, the line-up for KidsFest 2015 promises an educational and immersive experience for the family. The festival is curated by ABA Productions Pte Ltd and is set to stage at SOTA (School of the Arts Singapore), located in the city centre.

Many of the productions are based on popular books and kids will enjoy seeing the characters and tales from their favourite books coming to life. Last year, Asher watched the Gruffalo’s Child at KidsFest and has since grew to love reading even more.

Rachel and Asher with the Gruffalo

Rachel and Asher with the Gruffalo

“We are heartened to see parents recognizing the theatre as an engaging platform that not only nurture a child’s interest in the language but is also a wonderful opportunity for a family to have a shared experience together. For more than five weeks, you have ample time to grab tickets to some of the best productions that enriches the imaginative minds of young children through an hour long of powerful story- telling,” said Mr Matthew Gregory, Executive Producer, ABA Productions and Founder of KidsFest.

A launch event was held for Kidsfest earlier this month at the Volvo showroom. Many parents attended along with their kids. Rachel and I  brought Asher down to meet the Gruffalo too:

Gruffalo meet-and-greet

Gruffalo meet-and-greet

The Gruffalo and Kidsfest both have a large loyal following in Singapore

The Gruffalo and Kidsfest both have a large loyal following in Singapore

The crowd at the Volvo showroom

The crowd at the Volvo showroom

Asher gets to pretend drive a Volvo car

Asher gets to pretend drive a Volvo car

Nice ride

Nice ride

Activities for kids

Activities for kids

Colour your own Gruffalo

Colour your own Gruffalo

Tickets are on sale now. Book them at any SISTIC outlet (List of Agents), official SISTIC website or call the hotline +65-6348 5555. Prices range from S$42 to S$62. A 10% discount is applicable when you book two shows and a 15% discount when you book three or more!.You can also show your purchased tickets or ticket stubs at any SISTIC outlet to receive a 10% discount on additional tickets. For more information, check out the official KidsFest website or the official KidsFest Singapore Facebook page.  

Below is a list of recommended shows:

Recommended for little ones aged 3 and up and their families

1. The Gruffalo (22 to 25 Jan)

Mouse managed to scare hungry animals away with stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagines? Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep dark wood in this magical musical adaptation of the award- winning book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

2. The Snail and the Whale (30 Jan to 1 Feb)

A tiny snail longs to see the world, so she hitches a lift on the tail of a huge humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, experiencing sharks and penguins, icebergs and volcanoes. The little snail is amazed by it all, but starts feeling very small in the vastness of the world… Then disaster strikes – the whale becomes beached in a bay… Can the tiny snail save the day? From the creators of The Gruffalo, The Snail and the Whale combines physical storytelling, live music and lots of laughs – for everyone aged 4 and up.

The Princess and the Pea (5 to 8 Feb)

Imagine a hidden castle with hidden stories… a place where the Princesses don’t know they are Princesses and the Princes don’t really want to become Kings. Then one wintery stormy night everything changes, the east wind blows through the castle of secrets, blowing away the cobwebs, lifting high the royal mattresses, ruffling feathers and unsettling all who live there. Then imagine a real Prince and a real Princess, oh and a pea! Watch this beautiful new adaptation of The Princess and the Pea.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea (19 Feb to 1 Mar)

Look who’s here for tea with Sophie and her Mummy! Following his highly successful run in London’s West End, the tea-guzzling tiger makes his Asian debut in this delightful family show. Packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos, this stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem will leave you in stitches!

Hugless Douglas (6 to 8 Feb)

Hugless Douglas is a huggable, lovable young brown bear who wakes up one morning in need of a hug. He tries to find the perfect one, but none of them seem quite right. But Douglas soon discovers that there’s only one hug that will do – a big bear hug from his mum! Join Douglas in this happy new show, full of laughter, sing along songs and plenty of opportunities to join in!

Recommended for the little ones aged 5 and up and their families

6. Erth’s Dinosaur ZooTM (29 Jan to 1 Fe b)

Get ready for a wild time at this menagerie that houses creatures from bygone eras. Watch wide-eyed from a safe distance or we dare to get up close to these awesome prehistoric creatures and cute baby dinos as our paleontologists take you on a once in a lifetime interactive experience!

Recommended for the young ones aged 7 and up and their families

7. Horrible Histories Vile Victorians (20 to 28 Feb)

Could you be a Victorian historian? What exactly did a baby farmer do? Can you escape the misery of the mines or the filth of the factories? Do your best to dodge the rotten railway and prepare for the Charge of the Light Brigade! Join the terrible team from Horrible Histories as they take you on an awful adventure into vile Victorian England. It’s History with the nasty bits left in!

8. Horrible Histories Barmy Britain Part Two (19 Feb to 1 Mar)

Prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage with BARMY BRITAIN – PART TWO! Could you beat battling Boudicca? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Will King Charles keep his head? Would you stand and deliver to dastardly Dick Turpin? Escape the clutches of Burke and Hare and move to the groove with party Queen Victoria! Don’t miss this horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in!