|Posted by Danny Nutt on June 7, 2017 at 11:30 AM|
As most of you are aware, all of our parties are carefully scripted to give our actor-entertainers a solid structure to work with. And through our Nutty's rehearsal process, it helps give the performance lightness and shade, a sense of journey within the story and, above all else, lots of differnet activties to keep the kids constantly involved and engaged,
But what happens on the day? How much of the script do we actually stick to? And how much is improvised? Well as any live performer willl tell you, every performance is unique. But unlike a play, for example, where every line has to be delivered accurately each night to give the story the justice it deserves, we rely on the kids and what they bring on the day (imaginitively speaking) to help deliver that unque party.
For example, on a recent two hander 'Super Dans' Adventure Party with me and Jack (Vine) there was a boy who had a T Rex T shirt. As soon as I saw him during the meet and great session at the beginning of the party, I pointed at it in mock horror and shouted to Jack 'Oh my godness Super Dan 2- there is an actual T Rex on that boy's t shirt- argghhh'!!! Jack then played along and every so often throughout the party we drew attention to it. It garnered lots of laughter and enjoyment from the kids and brought an extra element to the party. And when the kids notice we've done something fresh and new for them, they know we are living in the moment and making their special day unique for them.
How does this make us feel? It feels great. If we can give that little bit extra for the kids and they appreciate it, it makes it all worth while...
|Posted by Danny Nutt on May 23, 2017 at 8:05 AM|
Apologies for the radio silience on the blog front. We've been rather busy! Right now, however, I've dealt with the inbox, done my list of things to do and it's time for a coffee and a new blog methinks! So...
Now, we do like the sun and the summer don't we? And, we do like the sun and the summer when it's half term, as there's so much to do, right? Yes, it can be expensive and as parents smugly show off about where they're jetting off to for the week's break (or two weeks for some private schools!), those with tighter purse strungs can feel a little left out. But it doesn't have to be this way.
So with this in mind, here is our top 5 list of ideas for half term, all FREE, that can take place in your local park.
1) Play some games. All you need is energy, imagination and team work. Play Hide And Seek, Tag or Grandma's Footsteps. It will help the kids use their brains, burn off some much needed energy and, hopefully, keep them amused and occupied for a whole afternoon.
2) Have a picnic (OK, technically this isn't free as you have to buy food. But, you were going to buy something for lunch anyway, weren't you?) Kids love being involved in getting it all ready: making sandwiches, choosing which flavour crisps they want from the supermarket, etc and the occasion is fun and interactive.
3) Go on a nature trail. There is so much nature in all of our local parks, wherever we live. Help the kids to identify flowers, spot different speices of birds, even guess what breed of dogs they see! Lots of fun to be had with this one and educational too.
4) Find something to paint. Take a few small pots of paint, some brushes, an apron or two, a cup of water, paper and something to lean on and pick a tree or something else and get the kids (and you parents!) to paint what you see. Kids love art and it can be very calming and therapeutic too- for all involved.
5) Make a movie. Work out a story, grab some clothing for costumes and a few props, all from home, get to the park and make your film on your smart phone! Then, later on, when the kids are in bed and you're relaxing with a glass of wine, you can edit it on a program like iMovie. Add captions, credits, music and sound effects. Then when the kids wake up, show them the result!
I hope you all like the ideas we've offered you? Whatever you do, I hope you have a ovely, sun soaked time with your families.
|Posted by Danny Nutt on February 22, 2017 at 10:50 AM|
Everywhere you go nowadays, people are on their phones. On the train platform, in the pub, on the street, in the park. It appears it’s taken over our lives. Some see this as a positive thing. It’s changed the way we can work, we get to communicate more with each other, shop on the move and see the news as it happens wherever we are. Others see it more in a more negative light. It removes you from the real world; you become more insular and less inclined to read books, walk for the sake of walking, or just be.
I think I’m more in the latter camp. Yes, I use my iPhone a lot for work on the move and use it for social media and to take photos. But it kind of depresses me when I see a father in the playground with his child, constantly looking at his phone instead of his child. Or, as I saw recently, a dad glued to his phone for the entire duration of lunch on a Sunday in the local pub- while his young daughter sat staring in to space. Or a whole family in a pizza restaurant each on their own device.
These are sad images. Humans more connected to electronic objects than their own flesh and blood.
So considering all of this makes me stick to my guns. I don’t want my children (who are 9 and 6) to have a tablet. I want them to enjoy their childhood like I did: playing musical instruments, getting in to sports, playing with friends, talking to their parents over dinner, going for a walk in the woods, throwing pebbles in to the sea and experiencing real life. I often put my phone on silent and out of sight when I’m with them. I want to be present with them, not in a remote sub-reality.
I’m sure one day I will give in and they will have one. But for now, I think I’m doing the right thing. They’re both happy, sociable and healthy. And that makes the struggle of telling them they can’t have their own iPad yet all the more worth it…
|Posted by Danny Nutt on February 10, 2017 at 4:45 AM|
Happy half term!
Stuck in London? Suddenly at a loss for ideas with the kids in without breaking the bank? Well help is at hand...Here's our top 5 list of low cost fun in London over the next 7 days...
1) Go to the Imagine Festival at the Southbank Centre. Lots of briliant actvities including meeting your favourite children's authors, taking part in creative workshops and seeing some fantastic performaces- https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/festivals-series/imagine-childrens-festival
2) Visit the Horniman Museum. Entry is free to the main museum and there's lots of fun things to check out. They have their own mini farm on the grounds, there's a huge room dedicated to musical instruments, plus there's lots of fun creaive actvities planned over half term- http://www.horniman.ac.uk
3) Take a long walk through Hyde Park and explore. One of London's biggest open green areas has so much to offer. You can hire a boat on the lake, visit the Serpentone Gallery, go for a swim at the outdoor pool or visit the briliant Diana Mermorial Playground in Kensington Gardens and release your inner pirate on the huge pirate ship
4) Go to Tate Modern and take part in a free art, theatre and puppetry workshop- http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/workshop/tate-exchange/art-and-theatre-inside-suitcases
5) Explore nature at Kew Gadrens. Take a stroll by the Thames to get there, check out the cactai in the greenhouses, take a tree top walk or have fun in the amazing adventure playground. Plus it's cheaper if you pre-book online- http://www.kew.org
Whatever you end up doing, have a wonderful half term with your family
|Posted by Danny Nutt on January 24, 2017 at 10:25 AM|
Our lovely clients often (rightly) assume it's up to them to arrange the food for the litle ones at parties- unless of course they're having it in a restaurant or a pub, where the venue will do it all for you. But sometimes, we get asked if we can recommend the best course of action (see what I did there?) for the simplest, relatively cheapest solution for a kids' party tea.
So, with that in mind, here's our essential 5 point guide to what to feed the kids at parties...
1) Firstly, be prepared. Don't use the party time to make the food, do as much as you can beforehand, so when the party is up and running, you can relax and even have a glass of bubbly. Nice.
2) Avoid cooking. If you're using a church hall, for example, chances are the cooking facilities aren't exactly state of the art. It might say 200 degrees, but it may end up being only 40, and then you have hungry kids and no pizza.
3) Keep the food simple: Sandwiches with a cheese and ham option, crisps and some carrot and cucumber sticks. Healthy too!
4) Use the theme to give the food a twist and make it more fun. Having an Explorer Dan and The Dinosaur Adventure Party, for example? Then cut the sandwiches in to dinosaur shapes or add some edible dinosuar shaped paper on top of some cup cakes.
5) Get food boxes for each child's food. This way, you can prepare everything in advance and just put them on the table ready to go. Plus, kids love the excitement of having their own box and wondering what will be inside- like opening a present.
There you go. We hope that helps!
|Posted by Danny Nutt on January 18, 2017 at 6:40 AM|
We often get asked by potential clients if we have any videos of us in action. As you all know, we certainly do. We have a promo video focusing on our Advenure Parties, for example, a dedicated Videos page with clips of us at various parties and a dedicated You Tube channel. But we could always do with more. Unfortunately, we have to rely on clients to send us footage and this often needs to be cleared by other parents. Or, like with our existing promo video, we make our own.
With that in mind , we are thrilled to announce that we’ll be shooting a Nutty’s Disco party on 28th January to help give clients a real feel about how these work- all the fun, games, dance moves, flashy lights, bopping kids and how much of a blast it is. We can’t wait to film it and to show you the final product!
Watch this space…