When Zachy and I were invited to attend a Perform party in Central London, I assumed it was just to experience a children’s themed party where we would have such a fabulous time, that I’d be straight on the blower to book the entertainer for all Zachy’s future birthdays until the year when he stops letting me organise his parties anymore (purlease, like that’s ever going to happen).
Well it was a bit like that, but there is a lot more to Perform as well.
I had not heard of Perform before, as I am not a regular on the children’s party circuit yet (although I am told this will change around the time Z turns 3) so I was pleasantly surprised to discover, that as well as providing entertainment at kids parties, Perform is also a unique drama school for children aged from 3-months to 12 years old.
The school focuses on child development rather than theatrical skills and it uses a mix of drama, dance, singing and games to help kids with confidence, communication, concentration, and coordination.
Your child can attend weekly workshops or holiday courses in your area (there is one in my area!) and are also happy to provide private sessions if you have a group of like-minded friends and a suitable space. Or, you can just book one of their themed parties and choose from Teddy Bears Picnic, Mermaids and Pirates, Peppa Pig, Fairies & Elves or In the Night Garden as your theme.
Zachy and I attended the Mini P’s session for 1-3 year olds. The theme was ‘Under the Sea’ and our party host was a mermaid.
Classes are kept small to ensure individual attention and our mermaid was great at picking out the names on the kids name badges and mentioning them during her performance. It’s a truly interactive experience and the children are encouraged to join is as much as they want to, but the shy ones are not put on the spot.
Zachy was a bit slow to warm up and initially seemed a bit bewildered by the sing along bit, but when the parachute came out he bravely left my lap and joined in the games with the other toddlers.
The class lasted for one hour and then Perform provided lunch and party bags for all the kids. Zachy seemed to brighten up at the sight of cake and the chance to chase balloons around the tables with the bigger kids while I sat down and caught up with a few of the other mum & dad bloggers over lunch.
It was a good day and Zachy seemed to enjoy himself once he got into the spirit of it. The Mermaid was really enthusiastic and took time to interact with each of the kids individually. I’ll definitely look into whether there are any weekend drop-in classes locally.
You can find out more about Perform parties and classes near you by visiting their website.