Over the last few years I’ve seen alot of bloggers write about Lollibop and as a result I had very high expectations. ‘An amazing day out, so much fun, loads to do’ etc. On Thursday I got a bit anxious that maybe my hopes were too high. And I was right. They were.
- Science Museum and Discovery Channel tent. Eldest got to play with gloop and see a real meerkat.
- Alex Winters on stage was really engaging and much better than Dick and Dom (who we’d gone to watch) to be honest I would have preferred to have watched Alex for an hour.
- Youngest found a postman pat which he stood watching obsessively for a while.
- Titan the robot. We’ve seen him at Butlins and knew he was good so I let mum and eldest go and join the huge ‘buggy-unfriendly’ crowd and me and littlest went to try and find something for him.
- Little Tikes Playhouse Village which didn’t have a queue. Possibly the only thing that didn’t have a queue aside the toilets.
- Parentdish stands where some of the ex games makers were working and mum spotted two of her friends so they had a natter. We left granny chatting and reminiscing about the Olympics and found cloud babies starting.
- Top Trumps Game Tent which eldest enjoyed.
- The Giant Little Tikes car! The boys loved sitting in it together!
- Lack of signs at Stratford international.
- For little legs its a long walk from the station to Lollibop and tbh I think seeing as that part of east London has no traffic they would benefit from a shuttle bus service!
- Staff at the gates directing you to the wrong place and then handing out wrong wristbands or no wristbands at all. They also didn’t know what the wristbands they were handing out entitled you to.
- 20 minutes into dick and Dom it became painful watching. They looked bored and it wasn’t flowing well. Eldest requested we move on which I gladly did.
- The River Island design tent was empty but we were told they were fully booked yet there were two kids in there. We tweeted about this and were told they shouldn’t be taking lists however they definitely were. Another disappointment.
- Queues queues everywhere and in some cases crowds! I’ve seen shorter queues at the O2 for the women’s toilets than they had here for the face painting, Skylanders and more. My children don’t queue. They are kids. It’s not a skill they’re learnt yet. So we skipped all that!
- For characters there was no organised queuing system. They should take a leaf out of Butlins book and have designated areas for the meets and proper queue lines, it was like a mass crush trying to reach Peppa Pig!
- No details of food places on the map. I like going places and checking on the map where I want to eat. The food places were spread out all over the place so hard to browse with kiddies. A list on the map of stalls would be helpful. And keeping food stalls nearer together. We ended up eating at Westfields because we couldn’t clearly see anything the boys would have.
Mammasaurus said this too, the venue leaves alot to be desired. I was gutted to see the Olympic Park in the state it currently is. We went to the Paralympics last year and the park was amazing. I remember walking laps of the stadium whilst the athletics were on trying to get little man to sleep. There were little canals and streams, lots of greenery everywhere, as far as the eye could see. The only concrete was on the paths. Now its a concrete jungle effectively. It is supposedly being built on but at present its just a pile of rubble in most places with the DLR tracks weaving in and out. Theres a bridge that goes nowhere. Its literally been taken half down. It just looks sad. When I heard Lollibop was going to be at the Olympic Park I thought, yay that olympic atmosphere, but its gone. All gone. I’m guessing the venue was chosen because of the location, after all everyone wants a piece of the stadium etc but having never been to the Regents Park one I can’t say for certain it is better but a bit of greenery doesn’t go amiss! The atmosphere in general didn’t feel festivally or overally child friendly or anything, if anything I’d say that was the key thing I felt it lacked, an atmosphere.
Would I pay to go again?
I absolutely wouldn’t. I was horrified when I learnt of the prices. I would probably have been even more gutted if we’d gone and spent £100+ on tickets to just spend the day queueing!
Eldest seems to have enjoyed it, he has asked to go back again. Mummy enjoyed spending time with her boys and catching up with fellow bloggers such as Fi as well as chatting with Little Tikes about all their products. But mummy didn’t enjoy ‘Lollibop’ in the way she had anticipated from such hype previously!
Disclosure: We were kindly given tickets by Little Tikes with no obligation to post anything, this post was written in view of my own opinions.