Travelling with a baby
Last Friday we were delighted to be invited by Zenbabytravel and Cirque du Soleil to Royal Albert Hall OVO to celebrate their 1,000th performance. My 6 year old son and 4 year old daughter already love Cirque du Soleil, so they were thrilled! My 16 months old baby stayed at home, although I regretted not bringing her too – in the row behind us, there was a little girl of the same age who had a great time!
Last time we saw a Cirque du Soleil performance was in April 2017, when we stayed at the Vidanta Riviera Maya in Mexico, where a Cirque du Soleil troupe is in residence. We 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 in London ! In fact, they had been pointing out to Royal Albert Hall OVO 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 my 6 years old gave me a piercing look and said “DO IT.” By intermission, the battery on my phone was almost drained due to hundreds of out of focus photos and videos, taken by him!
The show itself was a fantastic spectacle of light, music and cheeky humour. My children, especially my son, absolutely loved it. There were lots of “look at that, look at that,” “that is SO amazing” 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.
I think the children did not 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 show on a Friday 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. My children know already the iconic Royal Albert Hall from other events – Father Christmas 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 as a family, I would echo my son’s words: DO IT! Happy 1,000 anniversary Cirque du soleil at Royal Albert Hall ! To many more!!!
PS: Zenbabytravel team saw OVO 5 years ago in Melbourne and loved it ! Ironically enough, back then I had my own OVO – which is now keen to go in person back to his favourite concert hall in the world – aka the iconic Royal Albert Hall!
PS: Many thanks to Cirque du Soleil for the invites!!! Pictures & opinions – Stefanie, kids & Zenbabytravel.