Hol­i­day acts were en­ter­tain­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - PARENTING -

We were lucky enough to be en­ter­tained by two great acts in the school hol­i­days, Zappo the Ma­gi­cian and Dan and Dani, and the good news is both are avail­able for birth­day party book­ings.

While Zappo the Ma­gi­cian per­formed at John­sonville’s shop­ping cen­tre dur­ing the hol­i­days, we were priv­i­leged to see him per­form at the third birth­day party of one of Bai­ley’s friends. I thought he was fan­tas­tic and the other par­ents and chil­dren all seemed to agree.

Zappo had the kids eat­ing out of the palm of his hand with his ex­u­ber­ant per­for­mance and sense of hu­mour. He tai­lored his show to suit the age range of the chil­dren present (2 to 12 years). There were all the tricks you would ex­pect in a chil­dren’s magic show – things ap­peared, dis­ap­peared and changed; there were magic words, wands and the birth­day boy got to be a spe­cial as­sis­tant.

At the end of his show Zappo brought out his beau­ti­ful white, lop-eared rab­bit for the chil­dren to meet be­fore mak­ing an­i­mals and other cre­ations out of bal­loons for each child. I was im­pressed by his bal­loon in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Light­ning Mcqueen. Zappo cer­tainly made this party one to re­mem­ber. You can con­tact Zappo, aka Paul Bates, at zappo@ac­trix.co.nz and check out his web­site zap­poland .co.nz.

We have seen Dan and Dani’s show on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. Each time it has been an in­ter­ac­tive, mu­sic-filled one with hus­ban­dand-wife team Matt and Amalia. Their char­ac­ters, Dan and Dani, are cousins, neigh­bours and best friends liv­ing on a typ­i­cal Kiwi street.

They have fun ad­ven­tures to­gether with their friends, in­clud­ing a di­nosaur called Frankie. The songs writ­ten by Matt and Amalia are per­fectly pitched for the un­der fives. They have catchy cho­ruses and fun ac­tions. Matt plays the gui­tar and Amalia per­forms the ac­tions whilst en­cour­ag­ing the kids to get in­volved.

Bai­ley’s favourite song would have to be Di­nosaur Stomp. He loved the ac­tions and be­ing able to stomp around the room like a di­nosaur. You can book Dan and Dani by email­ing them at danand dani@danand­dani.co.nz.

They are sure to be a hit with the lit­tlies.

For more in­for­ma­tion on child- friendly cafes, ac­tiv­i­ties and events in our re­gion see tod­dler­in­tow.co.nz

Pop art: You’ve never had Oreos like this be­fore.

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