Last weekend we were invited to experience our first family theatre show: Easter Bunny’s Eggs-ellent Adventure at the Palace Theatre, Paignton. It’s one of a series of fun-packed, child-friendly performances staged by Honalee Media. We can highly recommend seeing them if they tour near you.
Easter Bunny’s Eggs-ellent Adventure
This show, which will be back next year, was a lively quest to find out whether the fluffy chocolate maker really exists. As the investigation gains pace you’re treated to seamlessly adapted nursery rhymes that get the whole family singing along. There’s also a fair bit of ‘panto’, with chocolate thrown into the audience and choruses of ‘Oh yes, I am’ and ‘Oh no, you’re not’.
Our guides through the adventure were Marty MacDonald, the farmer, and Professor Pink, the chief chocolateer at the Easter Bunny’s factory. They took us on a journey of discovery from the rolling countryside down into the secret chocolate factory beneath the hills.
This was my first theatre experience with our two girls aged four and nearly two. So, I was interested to see how much they would engage with the action. Within moments of Marty the Farmer striding onto the stage they were both transfixed.
Tin Box Tot joined in from the very first round of ‘Old MacDonald’ and pointed excitedly when the Easter Bunny – who we now know as ‘Fluffy’ – popped up around the set. Tin Box Baby also loved the songs and her pot of bubble mixture that she’d been given when we arrived. The children’s special job was to blow magic bubbles which were the secret ingredient in Fluffy’s Easter eggs.
At the end of the performance the audience was invited to meet Fluffy, Marty and Professor Pink, and collect a special treat: a chocolate egg and a craft pack. My girls were thrilled.
A family ticket for the show cost just under £40. This felt like good value considering the level of interaction the children had with the stage, the gifts and opportunity to meet the characters.
At 40 minutes long, the Easter Bunny’s Eggs-ellent Adventure was the perfect show for kids aged two to seven. I would definitely recommend checking out Honalee Media’s tour dates.
Family shows at the Palace Theatre, Paignton this summer
We loved our trip to the Palace Theatre and will definitely be visiting again. Here’s a few shows that we have our eyes on this summer:
- Goblin’s Peter and the Wolf – 11am and 2pm on 21 July. Tickets from £5.
- Aladdin – 6-8pm on 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 August. Tickets from £8.
- Dotty the Dragon – 11am and 2pm on 4 August. Tickets from £5.
For more show information and to book tickets see the theatre website.
Disclosure: we were given free tickets to see the Easter show. All views are my own and those of my two Easter Bunny experts.
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