Family Sundays at the Royal Opera House: Wonder Woman

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Family Sundays at the Royal Opera House: Wonder Woman

Gifted experience.

My little girl is about to turn 3 and she’s really into music and dancing, more precisely ballet, being a ballerina is her new favourite role play. So when we were invited by the Royal Opera House to join their Wonder Woman event as part of their Family Sundays, we happily said yes to coming along. Our aim is to do other things with our children than just visiting places with small or big trains, because that’s what Bobcat is obsessed with. It’s hard to find a balance having a little child with autism who has quite narrow REAL interests. But at the same time, we also need to do something for our little girl and it’s also good for Bobcat to be presented with wider options – even if at first he always rejects the idea.

Family Sundays at the Royal Opera House: Wonder Woman

Going into central London is always exciting for us, especially for Bobcat:  we normally take the train, so at least we can rely on that as something fun for him. We haven’t been to any of these Family Sundays yet, so we didn’t know what to expect.

The event was wonderful even with an adult’s eyes – and my little girl was completely mesmerised. She loved everything! Her favourite thing was definitely the dressing up station with lots of child sized costumes, ballerina tutus and she patiently waited for her turn after she picked the tutu she wanted to try on. (So unlike her!) In the meantime, we listened to famous opera arias by an opera singer and took a look at how shadow puppets are being made. We also bumped into princesses and other funny characters from popular operas.

Family Sundays at the Royal Opera House: Wonder Woman

Family Sundays at the Royal Opera House: Wonder Woman

Family Sundays at the Royal Opera House: Wonder Woman

The highlight of the day was watching the Sleeping Beauty in a shortened ballet version – both the children watched it and were remained completely focused and engaged during the 15 minutes long ballet performance. This is a huge thing for Bobcat, given his poor attention span, so I was really happy that he enjoyed something different he never really gave a go before. He likes music, but he’s not really into watching dancing or ballet. But the short, child-friendly ballet really caught his attention. It was great sitting in a big circle on the floor, relaxed and allowed to move, talk and cheer.

Family Sundays at the Royal Opera House: Wonder Woman

Family Sundays at the Royal Opera House: Wonder Woman

Family Sundays at the Royal Opera House: Wonder Woman

Family Sundays at the Royal Opera House: Wonder Woman

There were a lot of other things to do too: craft stations, learning ballet basics, a Wonder Woman trail and even more musical and ballet performances. 

Family Sundays at the Royal Opera House: Wonder Woman

Family Sundays at the Royal Opera House: Wonder Woman

The event lasted around 4 hours, starting at 11am. We also received a cute little goodie bag  with new additions from the Royal Opera House Shop, and the little mouse toy in the matchbox-like house had been a huge hit with my little girl: she just loves it so much!

Family Sundays at the Royal Opera House: Wonder Woman

Family Sundays at the Royal Opera House: Wonder Woman

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12 comments

Helen March 19, 2019 - 11:26 am

Oh wow what a magical show to go and watch! My eldest daughter absolutely loves ballet, so I should certainly take her to the Royal Opera House 🙂

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Olivia Jade March 19, 2019 - 12:11 pm

This sounds like such a lovely experience for you and your little girl. She looks so adorable in the pictures you’ve taken. That goody bag looks amazing as well 🙂 x

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Rebecca | AAUBlog March 19, 2019 - 1:32 pm

oh wow this looks fantastic! I have only ever been to the ballet before, but the fact that they make it family-friendly is really a good idea 🙂

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Michelle Twin Mum March 19, 2019 - 4:27 pm

This looks wonderful, the opera in the UK is not anything I’ve ever been exposed to, I bet my girls would like to learn more. Mich X

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dearmummyblog March 20, 2019 - 1:40 pm

What a great event and this is something I’d like to do! I love music and dressing up!

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Miranda (Anosa) March 21, 2019 - 7:46 am

What a truly magical way to spend Sundays, I like that they made the ballet short so the children can enjoy it.

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Sarah Ann March 21, 2019 - 8:20 pm

Sounds like a magical day! As a child, I loved the ballet and was engrossed watching the dancers perform. And what a cute little mouse, something she can treasure and remember such a lovely day. Loved this post, really made me smile!

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Elizabeth March 22, 2019 - 9:37 am

What an incredible experience for a little girl! I would have loved to have seen something like this when I was into ballet as a child.

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motherhoodtherealdeal March 22, 2019 - 2:31 pm

Oh how cool! I didn’t know they did this at the ROH – will definitely have to check it out one time it looks amazing!

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lporter586 March 25, 2019 - 9:59 am

This sounds like a lovely way to spend 4 hours! My daughter would love this, she is currently obsessed with dressing up & copying ballerinas on YouTube haha

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Louise x (@withlovefromlou) March 26, 2019 - 11:40 am

This looks like something I’d absolutely love. I’ve always been a fan of the ballet 🙂

Louise x

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Clare March 31, 2019 - 9:57 pm

Oh I really wish we could have gone. We love the opera house and as Freddie goes to musical theatre he would have loved this. Glad you had a great day 🙂

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