Each Winter, the Play School concert is brought to Albert Hall in Yarralumla, presented by Kids Promotions. Preschool age children and families around Canberra line up with their tickets (and well-loved Jemima and Humpty toys), ready to meet their favourite presenters and of course, the toys. The doors open ten minutes prior to let everyone in out of the cold and get to their prime viewing location. There are chairs to sit at around the outside, however the majority of kids and carers sit on the floor and look up to the stage. Wherever you sit, you will get a good view of this fun and educational TV show, brought to life.
This years concert is all about Humpty and he's putting on a show - it's Showtime!
Join Humpty as he gathers together the Play School toys to help with the big spectacular. There are starring roles for Jemima, Big Ted, Little Ted and Meeka and guest appearances from other Play School favourites along the way. There will be fun songs to sing and dance along with, and plenty of fun to be had. Although there are the excitable times throughout the concert, there are also quieter times, so as not to overwhelm the children and give them some downtime to calm down in between songs.
The concert lasts for 40 minutes, which is a good length of time to keep the kids entertained and for the adults to be sitting on the Albert Hall floor. Speaking from personal experience, the floor at Albert Hall is beautifully historic, however very hard. Perhaps plan ahead and take a comfy cushion or use your thick jackets to roll up and sit on for a more comfortable experience, at this fun and interactive concert.
Make sure you give a big wave to Humpty! Source: ABC Play School website
Before the show the kids will often ask who the presenters will be, hoping for their favourite to be on the stage. In 2016, Canberra is fortunate to have favourites Teo and Rachel come to do the performance - guaranteed to excite the kids and have the adults in the audience in stitches also. Teo and Rachel were the Canberra presenters in 2014 and they were instant favourites with the crowd.
Canberra presenters Teo and Rachel. Source: Kids Promotions
In 2015 Canberra audiences were excited to see Alex and Emma, who gave a hilarious performance for their Once Upon a Time show. For kids, it may seem strange at first to see their Play School friends up there on stage, so they may sit open-mouthed for the first minutes of the concert. Before long however, the kids in the audience are up dancing, clapping and enjoying this entertaining pre-schooler show. The pianist who creates the music and background sound effects is also an amusing entertainer, so between the three of them, and the toys, the show is one not to be missed.
After the concert and all of the excitement, the kids in the audience are often reluctant to leave and go home. There is a little time to have a play with the new friends they have made and for Mums and Dads to have a good stretch and chat to the people near them during the show. There is no hurry to rush off, with plenty of people queuing up at the merchandise table and deciding on their purchases.
Prepare yourself for a little hand to drag you over to the merchandise table, with a range of Play School soft toys, books and games to buy. The prices are surprisingly reasonable, with many kids leaving with a small souvenir or two from their morning out with Play School.
This year, the concerts will be held between Friday July 8th - Sunday July 10th at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. Buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
My daughter and I love the Play School concerts. For one, they are a lot cheaper than most other shows that come to Canberra, at less than $20 per ticket. When I first bought tickets to see a kids concert, I was taken aback to find that adults and children pay the same price. I have since found out that this is the norm at these events - and the Play School concerts are certainly the cheapest.
It is a fun-filled 40 minutes for the kids and it is also equally entertaining for the adults. There are jokes made by the presenters than often go over the children's heads, which give the Mums and Dads in the audience a chuckle. From memory, I laughed harder at Alex's hilarious antics last year than my daughter did, which is saying a lot. So why not enjoy some quality time with the kids in your life and show them the magic and wonder of watching a live show, in the grand old Albert Hall.