|Posted by Danny Nutt on November 8, 2017 at 6:50 AM|
Yes that's right. After spending the year entertaining hundreds (or maybe even thousands?) of kids, it's time for a little party for us. For a change.
It's been 11 years since the birth of Nutty's and I always like to throw an annual soiree for my team to thank them for their hard work, laugh about the times certain kids said hilarious things, share stories, eat, drink and be merry.
It's also a time to pause and reflect upon the past year. I honestly feel extremely proud at what we have achived: we've added more party types and themes to our roster, taken on more actor-entertainers, ran three successful holiday camps, performed at Camp Bestival for the 3rd year running, had a residency with our Nutty's Disco at the Cherry Tree pub in East Dulwich and churned out several parties every weekend.
Last year I threw a big summer BBQ in my garden to celebrate our 10 year birthday and this time around we'll be having a buffet dinner in my local pub.
So that's what we'll be doing tomorrow night. I can't wait.
So if I'm a litte slow on responding to emails on Friday morning, you'll know why...
|Posted by Danny Nutt on October 18, 2017 at 10:45 AM|
Can you actually believe it? It's nearly half term!?!
It felt only like yesterday that I spent most of the time in my shorts, enjoying the long days of sunlight and noticing how much happier people in general were.
Now the evenings are drawing in, the heating is coming back on at home and, oh, no, I hear you asking: what am I going to do for half term?
Well, help is at hand with our top 5 ideas for all the family for the autumnal break...
1- Get ready for halloween. Buy a pumpkin, or one each for all the family, and carve like crazy to create a spooky jack o' lantern. You can also have fun decorating the house with fake cobwebs, pictures of witches on broomsticks and paper cut out scary ghouls.
2- Burn off some energy at Flip Out. This great venue is packed full of trampolines so you can bounce to your hearts content AND keep fit all at the same time. Result. See here for more info- https://www.flipout.co.uk
3- Appreciate some art. Every major city in the UK has at least one art gallery that's free to visit. A particularly good one in London is Tate Modern. It's huge, has a big variety of various types of art from all over the world and the views from the top of London are spectacular- http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern
4- Take the kids to the theatre. There are so many fantastic shows for all the family available at the moment, especially in the West End. Tickets aren't always cheap but it's worth shopping around as there are often deals on to help you save a few pounds.
5- Go for a walk in the park, play and be free. This is one of the most basic and effective activities for kids. They love being outside, in all weathers. Plus it's free, so it won't break the bank.
I hope this guide has been handy? Whatever you end up doing, all of us at Nutty's wish you a lovely half term break.
|Posted by Danny Nutt on September 22, 2017 at 6:40 AM|
Nutty's has been up and running for nearly 11 years now, and depsite some of our oldest themes, like Pirate Dan's Treasure Hunt, for example, still being performed regularly, we never get bored. Why? Becuase no two parties are the same.
Obvously a Fairy party in Kensington is going to be differnet from an Explorer Party in Chiswick. A Disco party in Clapham different from Wizard Dee (Harry Potter friendly) in Hammersmith. But all of our parties can be so diffrent- becuase kids are so different. People are different.
And we can never predict if one is going to go smoothly. or with some, or a lot, of difficulty. If we know there will be 30 kids, (our maximum limit for one entertainer) often we mentally prepare for a hectic party. But sometimes those big numbers can actually provide a bit of 'safety in numners' and can go better than expected. If we know we're having only 9 kids, that can end up being a lot harder than you think. If 2 or 3 are showing signs of not realy getting it, it can steer the rest of the group in the same direction...
And we get so many differnet reactions for elements we do. Some kids find Super Dan's clumsy, haphazard nature, absolutely hilarious. Others are happy and clearly enjoying it, but not laughing out loud. Some have their mouths hanging open when we 'transform' in to Darth Jaw for our Danijel The Space Warrior (Star Wars) party, others are viisbly scared!
The great thing about all of this is it keeps us on our toes. We can't go in to auto pilot with each party, we have to guage and listen to the group in question for each and every one.
This is why we love doing what we do!
|Posted by Danny Nutt on August 31, 2017 at 12:00 AM|
The nights are drawing in, the rain is lashing down and most familes have come home from their annual holiday. It can only mean one thing; the end of summer is upon us.
Some people really lament about this and dread the impending autumn. But I personally love autumn. Especially in this country. I mean, most of the summer is spent with us all moaning it's too cold, too wet, too hot. But when the leaves start falling off the trees and the warm clothes come out of the attic, we are prepared for all strands of meteorology and so I feel we should, therefore, focus on the good things that come out of autumn: spicy homemade stews, mugs of steaming tea by the fire, beautiful colours in the trees, seasonal friuts and veggies and brillliant drama on TV. The list goes on...
It's also a real time of change. Kids going back to or starting school (hallelujah I hear some of you cry!) and new work and personal goals, for example.
So don't worry, be happy. The end of summer isn't so bad after all...
|Posted by Danny Nutt on August 9, 2017 at 12:05 AM|
What a brilliant two weeks at our Summer Sports and Drama Camp in collaboration with Moving Matters. It was super hard work (we had extended hours so we were working 8am-5pm most days) but very rewarding. Some of the regular kids started off shy and quiet but were soon laughing their heads off and really getting stuck in to all the activities.
And some of the things the kids came up with were truly inspired! From our devising day where two of them came up with an elaborate scene where they were playing two adults arguing who should drive them home from the pub (the boy or 'husband' was playing drunk!) to some superb tableaux work to seing them really enjoying the drama games we played, it really was an eventful two weeks.
We can't wait for the next one!
|Posted by Danny Nutt on July 20, 2017 at 7:35 AM|
We can't believe that the Summer Sports and Drama Camp we're running with Moving Matters starts next week!
There's been so much to do: signing off artwork, marketing via our email newsletter, regular social media posts, creating the plan of activties, meetings, taking bookings, liasing with the venue, etc etc. Phew, it's been busy!
However, we can't wait to get stuck in and if you wish to book your kids in, hurry, spaces are filling up fast! You can do it here- https://www.moving-matters.org/index.php/holiday-camps-2#sport-and-drama-camp-at-julians
Hopefully we'll see you there