Travelling with kids (and babies)
Zenbabytravel team saw OVO 5 years ago in Melbourne and loved it ! So we jumped for joy to be invited to see Cirque du Soleil at Royal Albert Hall again! Ironically enough, back in Melbourne I had my own OVO – which was now super-keen to go in person back to his favourite concert hall in the world – aka Royal Albert Hall. Honorary contributor Stefanie and her crew also celebrated with Ovo in London Cirque du Soleil Albert Hall 1,000th performance: her 6 year old son and 4 year old daughter already loved Cirque du Soleil, so they were thrilled! Her 16 months old baby stayed at home, although she regretted not bringing her too – in the row behind, there was a little girl of the same age who had a great time!
Last time Stefanie and her crew saw a Cirque du Soleil performance was in April 2017, when they stayed at the Vidanta Riviera Maya in Mexico, where a Cirque du Soleil troupe is in residence. They saw Joya, which had a very different vibe – more story telling and traditional acting – but the kids loved it, so they got very excited about Cirque du Soleil OVO London. In fact, they had been pointing out to Royal Albert Hall’s posters scattered around Kensington for quite some time.
Things started off very well: with an announcement indicating that both photos and videos are allowed (without flash) and a 6 years old gave a piercing look and said “DO IT.” By intermission, the battery on the phone was almost drained due to hundreds of out of focus photos and videos!
The show itself was a fantastic spectacle of light, music and cheeky humour. Our children absolutely loved it. There were lots of “look at that, look at that,” “that is SO amazing”, “that is SO crazy” and “I could totally do that” – please take latter with a grain of salt. The conclusion was that they no longer want to go to university to become bus drivers but would rather go to circus school.
We are not sure the children appreciate the difficulty in the acrobatic skills, which are of a typical Cirque du Soleil ‘wow, how is that even possible’ standard. The story, however, is lovely. It gives the children an opportunity to use their imagination, to guess what the animals on stage are, to bounce to the beat of some great music and maybe even dream up a new career path. For the parents there is plenty of naughty humour and even audience participation.
We were invited to the 3pm shows and it was a very relaxed experience. The content and length of the show are perfectly suitable for young children. In fact time passes rather quickly so I would absolutely recommend watching OVO as a family. Royal Albert Hall with kids is a favourite of ours – we loved throuh the years and wrote about few events: Father Christmas , first Proms and first ballet included. It’s always such an inspirational experience to be in the magical, red and gilded, dome, recalling past events and looking forward to new ones!
If you are thinking about seeing OVO in London as a family, we would echo our sons’ words: DO IT! Happy 1,000 anniversary Cirque du soleil at Royal Albert Hall ! To many more!!!
OVO in London is now over but Cirque du Soleil Ovo Tour went also around Europe: Continental Europe up to August and thereafter back to UK & Ireland: Liverpool (August 16-19th), Sheffield (August 22-26th), Newcastle (August 29th – September 2nd), Glasgow (September 5th -9th), Nottingham (September 12th – 16th), Leeds (September 19th – 23rd), Manchester (September 26th – 30th), Birmingham (October 3-7th), Dublin (October 10th – 14th), Belfast (October 17th – 21st). And for more fabulous Cirque du Soleil at Royal Albert Hall, 2019 treats us with Totem: January 12th – February 26th.
PS: Many thanks to Cirque du Soleil Albert Hall for the invites!!! Pictures & opinions – Zenbabytravel, Stefanie, & kids.