or should that be LolliFlop?
This year was my first year at Lollibop. P took the older 2 children last year, and although it wasn’t rave reviews they seemed to enjoy it.
Lollibop this year had moved from last years Regents Park location to a new home at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. New, bigger location means better event, right? WRONG!
The venue itself is central. Was easy to get to by train and tube and a 10 minute or so walk from the station, although a long walk for little legs.
There was plenty of event staff around showing you the way and helping you cross the roads.
As soon as we entered Lollibop we realised that you would have to queue – a lot!
We walked along and suddenly were hit by a mass wall of people. We had to fight our way through the massive congregation, trying to manoeuvre a double pushchair round people just standing there either failing to hear you shout “Excuse me please” or just being ignorant and not wanting to move.
We were rather disappointed to find that after we had battled through the masses, we’d reached the main stage – and the end of the venue.
The main stage was ok. It had acts that children enjoy, and A had a little boogie. There was plenty of food bars dotted along the back of the venue.
There was little to see down the back really, other than the main stage – unless you wanted to queue for over an hour to design a River Island t-shirt!
K really wanted to see Hello Kitty, so we walked round the Lolli Promenade to find her. We found the tent, unfortunately no one there and a sign saying she would only be there once, at 11:30am.
We had arrived in the afternoon and it seems we’d missed out on everything!
Everything was either booked up, packed out or you had to join the massive queues, which with 4 children, most of whom do not understand how to queue, in the cold (and at points rain), it just wasn’t good enough.
In our opinion, the venue was too small, there was too many people and not enough to do. It lacked organisation, atmosphere and felt like an industrial site.
If you are hosting an event for young children then make sure there is plenty for them to do, with minimal queuing times. If that means keeping activities to strict time slots, then so be it.
Also, if you are hosting an event aimed at children under 10 years, make sure there is enough for them to do. The event focused very much on under 5’s. J and K, who are both over 5, were starting to get bored after an hour.
We were there for 2.5 hours before deciding to go.
Considering the entrance fee is £28 a single ticket and £110 for a family of 4 ticket (2 adult, 2 children), it was very disappointing.
We won’t be going next year.
*Disclaimer – we received free tickets to LolliBop in return for running a competition on Confessions of a SAHM on behalf of Skylanders