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Something For The Young (And The Young At Heart) – Tan Lili

Just the other day, my colleague Vanessa amused me to no end when she asked if we had media passes to KidsFest, a three-week festival of theatrical performances for, well, kids.

“What? I really enjoyed reading the Horrible Histories series when I was a kid!” came her defence. “Fine, judge all you want; I’ll ask my mum if she wants to accompany my brother and me to the play.”

Vanessa's childhood was made of this.

Vanessa’s childhood was made of this.

Not judging at all, dear Vanessa (if there were a theatrical production adapted from the Goosebumps series, you’d probably spot me among the first few rows). I reckon that’s the great thing about KidsFest – its main audience may be children, but it also appeals to adults who wish to relive the past through their favourite children’s books.

ABA Productions’ KidsFest 2014, which made its debut two years ago, will be featuring nine international theatrical productions adapted from children’s books like The GruffaloHorrible Histories Terrible TudorsHorrible Histories Awful EgyptiansWhat The Lady Bird HeardThe Boy Who Cried Wolf, and more. Apart from the increase in the number of plays this year, KidsFest 2014 has also expanded to two performing venues – DBS Arts Centre and Drama Centre Theatre – as well as introduced KidsFest+, an exclusive meet-and-greet backstage experience where you can interact and take photos with the cast.

We spoke to three lucky mums who went for a sneak preview of KidsFest2014, as they share their experiences:

The Gruffalo's Child was a big hit among the kids during the preview!

The Gruffalo’s Child was a big hit among the kids during the preview!

Edlyn Giam
“For us, the highlight of KidsFest 2014 is being able to interact with the actress who plays The Gruffalo’s child. Usually when we see a performance, we don’t get to be so up close with the actors – let alone take photos with them! I definitely recommend parents bring their children to KidsFest. It’s so different reading a book and watching it come alive in a performance. More importantly, I think the experience would help children learn about communication, broaden their imagine, and pique their interest in reading more books.”

Debora Gifford
“We loved the new KidsFest+ segment. It really makes for a special experience for the kids to be able to meet the performers up close and interact with them. My children and I have been reading many of the popular children’s books since they were young, so it was wonderful to see their favourite books like We’re Going On A Bear Hunt and The Gruffalo brought to life on stage and in songs.

Susan Koh
“Watching a performance together gives families a great chance to immerse themselves in a world of imagination filled with songs and dance. Plus, there’s something for everyone, what with shows like We’re Going On A Bear Hunt for the younger kids to Private Peaceful for the older ones.”

Tickets for KidsFest 2014 range from $35 to $62, and are available at Sistic. For more information, visit

Win a KidsFest 2014 Family Package!

We have two KidsFest 2014 Family Packages, worth $556, to be won! Each package consists of four Category 1 tickets to Horrible Histories Terrible Tudors (February 7, 2014, 7.15pm at DBS Arts Centre) and a Nestle hamper.

Horrible Histories - Terrible Tudors, Redhill, Surrey, UK.

How to win:

1. In the Comments section, tell us the name of the new segment at KidsFest 2014 that lets you get up close and personal with some of the cast members.

2. Then Share this post with your friends on Facebook. Remember to tag “MaterialWorldSG” and “KidsFest” in your post. Set your post on Public so we can verify you have completed this step.

3. Send an email to with the subject “KidsFest 2014”. Include your name, gender, NRIC number, mailing address, and age.

This contest is open only to Material World fans on Facebook. Contest ends Tuesday, January 21, 2014.