H finally got to the theatre this afternoon. Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt finally made it to Croydon.

We got seated, the obligatory photo taken of three toddlers (and two of us three mums) plus their new lighted windmills…

I must be hormonal as I swear I almost burst into tears through cuteness at one point – the lights went down, the curtains went up and Danny Dog, Pedro Pony and Zoe Zebra played hide and seek while H stared open mouthed at this experience unfolding in front of her like it was the most amazing thing she’d ever seen. (why have I left it this long to take her to the theatre?!)

The first half was a lot longer than the second (as it always seems to be), and she only really warmed up by the second half (maybe it was the sugar in the ice cream), but oh, she loved it. George Pig cries real tears (“he cried on my tights” she said) and we all got to sing the Bing Bong Song, could you really want any more than that? Daisy the narrator type person who keeps the story going looked a bit bored though (until the very end), but Peppa’s voice lady was excellent.

There were plenty of songs with parts you could join in with which helped keep H focused – she was joining in with the clapping and waving at the characters by the end. There’s a fabulous underwater section with fluorescent fish and sea creatures which would have been even better had I not had two adults sat in front of me blocking some of the stage for H – it wasn’t the end of the world, it was just mildly annoying. Some props blocked the map too which again, a minor annoyance, but not the end of the world.

Then there’s the money. Good job Shaun has just been paid… The real cash is spent on the merch stand though, oh my. A windmill thingummy that lights up – £7. How about a programme? £5. Oh, and a balloon at the end of course – £4…. the half time ice cream was £2.50 a tub too – but I’m not complaining, it’s just funny how it mounts up – plus we went to Wagamama afterwards for some food (there were lots of gold balloons there).

Two cheeky toddlers then gave the 154 bus a lovely rendition of the Bob The Builder theme (which was very funny, I have to say), before saying goodbye and making it home for bathtime.

‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ is on in Croydon next… and only £10… very very tempting.