Tuesday, 13 August 2013
Brainiac Live 2013 - review because we had a blast!
A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to win a family ticket to see Brainiac Live 2013 at the Palace Theatre in London. The tickets were won via a blog competition on Emmy's Mummy - and they couldn't have come at a better time. Our children LOVE London - in fact that is perhaps an understatement. We try to visit during the summer holidays and so have been asked a few times by our oldest if we would be going this year. Winning the tickets and the opportunity to see Brainiac MADE us have the family day out our 6 year old had been yearning for.
Brainiac Live takes place in the Palace Theatre in the West End. It has a limited run and I am therefore even more grateful that we won - in fact without seeing the competition on Emmy's Mummy, I doubt I ouwld have even known that it was happening. Brainiac Live is of course, based on the Sky TV series. The week before we went, the children watched it every evening without fail. Sam took great pleasure in winding his younger brother up about the loud bangs - and as you will read - it worked!
The stage was set up in very much the style of the TV show and the boys were excited to see that there was a caravan on the stage. As anticipated, it was 'blown up' within minutes of the show starting. Unfortunately this quite literally 'scared the pants off Harry' and he spent the majority of the hour long show with his fingers in his ears and sat on my knee. The show is recommended for children aged 5 + and does recommend that children under the age of 4 1/2 don't watch. At almost 5 I hoped Harry would be OK - however, this is no fault of the show of course but something worth bearing in mind if your little one is of a nervous disposition (or a wuss!).
As a teacher, I can not escape the fact that I strongly believe that science should be taught in a fun and hands on way. It is one of my pet hates that in some classrooms Science (believe it or not) is quite frankly boring!! Brainiac certainly was not boring. It's a fast moving show which had something to offer everyone from the youngest in their audience to the oldest. There were inputs of adult humour as well as lots of slap-stick humour, and the scientific knowledge was offered at so many different levels using differentiated language....Harry got a lot out of it, as did we.
Sam grinned throughout the show - his scientific knowledge is very good for his age and he had a basic knowledge about all the concepts they spoke about. They crammed just about the right amount into the show - enough to maintain interest but not too much that afterwards it was all a blur. Sam remembered all the experiments afterwards and had lots of questions to ask us. When we came out he described it as 'the best day ever'. Thumbs up from Sam then.
Brainiac Live is on at the Palace Theatre until 17th August so just a few days left if you would like to see it. A family ticket is according to the Brainiac Live website is either £50 or £65 depending on where you sit. At £50 I think it's good value for money as we had excellent seats - if our seats were £65 I would say it was verging on the expensive side as the show only lasts an hour. However, it is in an amazing building and the effects were amazing and something which would be hard to replicate in a classroom or at home.
Would we go back to see it again next year? The answer is yes - but we'd love for them to make it just a little longer (perhaps with a break in the middle)....an ice cream break is an important element when visiting the theatre surely?