OVER the past few months our toddler has been getting more and more into films, and loves watching Spider-Man and The Avengers – in particular Hulk – when he’s not stomping around the house singing the Darth Vadar music, of course. So when we were invited to a Hamleys superhero party at Hamleys Cardiff there was no way I was going to turn it down.
We were lucky enough to go meet Father Christmas at the store in November, and I was intrigued to see how a Hamleys superhero party would work … so in case you were too, here are the details! The parties are running from now until August 18, so if you like the sound of it you’ll have to move fast…
The party was due to start at noon, and we were met at the front of the store by two superheroes, who got all the children straight into training by popping bubbles to show off their speed, bouncing around on a space hopper to practise their agility, and throwing hoops to test their aim. The staff were so enthusiastic that even shoppers not involved in the party were stopping to watch – I think the amount of children in fancy dress caught their eye too!
When everyone was ready to go, we marched through the shop, hunting for letters to spell out the password (Hamleys) to get into the party room. When we’d gathered them all up, the children lined up outside the room and shouted as loud as they could to open the doors. If you’ve been to a Hamleys Christmas party you’ll know the drill – the door remains locked until you shout loud enough. Usually Santi, aged three, gets a bit shy about this sort of thing, but he was shouting away with the rest of them, and was keen to go inside when the doors were open.
Once inside, we started off by doing some colouring, wearing superhero masks that had been put out along the table. The room decor was fab – bright coloured signs hanging from the ceiling, an Instagram frame, and a superhero mural along one wall. Unfortunately, Santi spotted some cardboard cups and asked for a drink … only to be told the cups would be filled with sweets at the end of the party. He was so impatient to choose his sweets that I think it took away some of the excitement about the party, which was a shame. Even during the games he was asking when it was time for sweets.
The activities were great fun – all superhero twists on traditional party games like pass the parcel, musical statues and Simon says. After 45 minutes we had a visit from Super Hamley Bear, who posed for photos with the children and parents before heading off. He was super sweet and had time for photos with all the little ones – and a few parents too!
At the end of the party each children was handed a Hamleys superhero balloon, a party bag and of course a “scrumpalicious sweet cup”. Then it was the moment all the children had been waiting for … we walked, or ran in Santi’s case, through the shop to the pic’n’mix station to fill the cups up with as many sweets as they could fit.
While we ate lunch afterwards we had a look inside the party bag, which contained a paper mask and a Batman Lego surprise bag. Santi was pleased with the Lego figure, but I was a bit disappointed considering what’s inside the Christmas gift bags – details here. For £12 per child I would expect something a bit more memorable to take away, but have been assured there is also a DC magazine for those who book a party. Santi had a fab time, which is the main thing, and he loved the chance to get dressed up as Batman and meet some superheroes.
When: Super Hamleys superhero parties are taking place on selected dates in August
Where: St. Davids Centre, 46-48 Lower Grand Arcade, Cardiff CF10 2EA
Cost: £12 per child
How to book: Click here
*We were invited along to the party for free, but with no obligation to review the event.