Theatre Kids SW19 was born out of my (not very knowledgeable!) love of theatre and the arts. Growing up in London, I have been extremely lucky to have such wonderful venues and shows right on my doorstep, 7 days a week.
At a very young age I remember going on a school trip to the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon to see The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Later on as a teenager I saw Romeo and Juliet at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre as part of a GCSE trip on a summer’s evening just as the sun was setting and I was totally transfixed. The fact that I remember both very clearly after many (many) years, reminds me how engaged I was and how magical I found both the performances and venues.
When my eldest was a toddler, I dutifully took her into central London to the must see kid’s shows – The Gruffalo’s Child, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Stick Man etc – all of which she loved, but now with 2 extra children in tow, a trip on the train and tube into TOWN town laden with snacks, water, tissues, wipes, nappies, and a buggy is much less appealing. Don’t get me wrong, I will still be making the trip for those special occasions, but I have realised that whilst London has amazing children’s shows and venues, Wimbledon itself is a hub of theatre and performing arts for kids! The Polka, New Wimbledon Theatre, and The Colour House Theatre are all within walking distance of each other and put on amazing shows for children of all ages. There are also theatre schools, dance schools, baby music classes, holiday camps, and much much more.
With this blog I intend to share the numerous shows, events, camps, classes and clubs for children of all ages in and around Wimbledon – highlighting the enormous benefits of theatre and performing arts on our children. I’ll also be looking at creative, imagination fuelled, activities for those rainy days and LONG summer holidays!
See you soon!