Flicking over to Cbeebies (channel 121 - you can tell how much we do this) everynight at 6.20 has become routine for most parents, I'm sure. It definitely has for us, it is Emily's favourite show, and it has been since she was tiny. Makka Pakka is Emily's favourite character, she absolutely loves copying his little dance. I have to admit, as much as the catchy songs get stuck in our head as parents, whenever I hear the theme tune to In the night garden I'm flooded with good memories of snuggly cuddles, and sleepy smiles. I dread the day when Emily doesn't cuddle up to me to watch In the night garden anymore.
Last year, we headed to Birmingham to watch In the night garden live (see review here) we watched the 'Ninky Nonk show' and this year we watched the 'Pinky Ponk' show. We got into the queue to go inside the dome, about 10 minutes before the doors opened, and we were already at the end of seating Queue 3, however we still managed to get a seat in the standard seating front row. Emily was really good at waiting in the line, we gave her a little Upsy Daisy light up windmill. The helpful staff take your pushchair to park it in the buggy park as you go in.
The show lasted for about a hour, and was like a extended episode of the TV program. It began with the starry night scene at the beginning, and then told the story just like they do on the TV show. They're are no scary 'dark' moments during the show, as the lights never fully go down. I love the fact they incorporated the birds from the TV show, a episode wouldn't be the same without those bird. The whole dome came to life, with a mixture of colourful projections, puppets, actors and full size versions of the main characters. Emily loved watching the projected Pinky Ponk fly over the ceiling, and it kept her entertained until the show started. The show also features the familiar narration from Derek Jacobi, the voice from the TV show.
In the Ninky Nonk show, Igglepiggle loses his blanket and all his friends help him find it. You don't have to worry about missing your favourite character, because all of the characters appear in both shows. Both me and Sam were really impressed with how well the show was put together, Emily didn't even notice the change between the life size character and a puppet. Emily loved the show, from the moment Makka Pakka entered the stage, she was transfixed. She sat fairly still through the whole show, and when she wasn't sitting she was standing in the little walk way watching the show (where most other children were standing).
It is worth noting that there are plenty of souvenirs, which are bound to catch your child's eye. Last year we purchased a goody bag for Emily, which is priced at £39, this year we opted to get her a light up Makka Pakka, and a book, as it is what she wanted. They're is plenty of variety when it comes to picking a souvenir, If you have a little one who loves In the night garden then I would definitely recommend the show.
We also vlogged the day, you can watch it here (make sure you subscribe!)