Dora the Explorer Live!

As Munchkin will be learning Spanish at school next year, I’ve been intrigued about Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer for a while now and whether this might help him pick up a few words. Munchkin is already a fan of this little explorer (it’s amazing what small children manage to talk about!), and has some Dora books and DVDs. He also loves exploring, so we were very excited when the chance to see Dora the Explorer Live Search for the City of Lost Toys at the Apollo Theatre came up!

The story is that Dora has lost her teddy bear, Osito, and goes on a journey to find him. She’s helped on her journey to the City of Lost Toys by her friend Boots the monkey, her cousin Diego and her faithful Backpack and Map; lots more friends join in the fun. Dora has to go get through the number pyramid and the mixed-up jungle before she can get to the city. She needs to get there before Swiper the fox manages to swipe all of the lost toys.

The two-act show is colourful, fun, with lots of songs, and much waving of stars. The audience are encouraged to take part and help Dora while learning some Spanish along the way. This is a great show for Dora fans, especially if your children like singing along, waving and even stamping their feet and jumping up and down! All of the characters are just like in the TV show. The dancers are energetic and used signing throughout the show. It’s a bit of a shame that the characters were dancers in big costumes, so the facial expressions were fixed, but this made it look just like the cartoon.

Munchkin absolutely loved the show, watching in wonder and joining in whenever possible. Judging by the reaction of the audience around us, everyone had a great time, the atmosphere was contagious and a good time was had by all. If only the City of Lost Toys really existed, it’d make life so much easier!

The show’s on at the Apollo Theatre until the 16th of September and there are three shows a day, so you’re bound to find a time that suits you.

Theatre: 31 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES. Box Office: 0844 412 4658.

Disclosure: I was given tickets for the show in order to write a review for a website (not this blog). My opinions are always honest and my own.

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