This October half-term I got the opportunity to visit Kidtropolis with my brood (an 11, 9 and 5-year-old) and some friends. If you haven’t been you’ll be wondering what an earth is Kidtropolis? Don’t worry I didn’t know anything about it either! Here’s the breakdown:
What is Kidtropolis?
Imagine the Ideal Home Show, but for children aged 4-12? But more interactive? It’s a four-day indoor event that’s been taking place for the last three years at Excel London. Different companies exhibit their products/services and kids can have a try. My kids did roller skating, trampolining and gaming, pie throwing, crazy golf amongst other things. There are also shows that you can book in advance.
What’s included in the ticket?
One ticket gets you unlimited go’s on any activity such as skating and trampolining. You have access to two shows that you should book in advance online.
What kind of shows are there?
There are shows in the two auditoriums running back to back. We saw Flawless (Britain’s got Talent fame) perform and watched Naomi’s Wild and Scary show. They loved seeing Naomi on the stage with a real tarantula and snake. My kids are not really into dancing so we weren’t too interested in seeing The Next Step. This seemed to be the most popular show as you also got to have a dance lesson with The Next Step’s Amy (I don’t know who she is either!). The friends who I went with, their kids really enjoyed watching The Next Step and got their autographs which they were very happy about.
As well as this there were magic shows, Octonauts, Peppa Pig shows, so a lot for kids up to the age of 12. Here is the timetable of the day we went.
|3.20pm||Naomi Wilkinson’s Wild and Scary Show|
|3.20pm||The Basil Brush Show|
|4.15pm||The Next Step|
|5.10pm||The Sooty Show|
|5.10pm||Captain Calamity’s Bubble Spectacular|
|6.05pm||Marvin’ Magic Show|
You can take in your own food which is a cheaper option. There is a cafe, a cake and sweet stall inside. In the foyer some of the Excel outlets are open. It varies from event to event as to which outlet will be open. Be prepared to pay £5.50 for a halal 6 inch Subway sandwich, and to be told afterwards ‘I’m still hungry’.
Tickets from £13 per person depending on when you buy them. There are two sessions so that it doesn’t get too busy. One is 9-1.30pm and the other 2-6.30pm.
ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL. Nearest station is Prince Regent on the DLR which is situated perfectly for Excel visitors.
We had a fantastic day out. It was tiring but worth it as it’s quite different to anything we’ve been to before. I liked the fact that my 11-year-old son could go off with his friends and do their own thing. The event isn’t so big that you have to worry about older children wandering off, also there was lots of security. The highlights for us were Naomi’s Wild and Scary Show, throwing pies at Captain Calamity (see below) and roller skating.
Check out Kidtropolis for more.