Last night, after a heated debate on Radio Scotland about the magic we take away from our kids, I decided it was time to escape. It was time to escape a world where 6 year old kids feel pressure to shave their legs. A world that, at times, can be totally toxic. It was time for a mojo injection.
We were invited along to check out the opening night of Edinburgh theatre company, Vision Mechanics, Quest for Oz. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a classic. I was very kindly sent a beautiful box of the full book collection last year which Bonnie, our 6 year old, is almost at the age I can sit and read the full stories. Charlie loves pulling them all out and looking at the pictures on the front.
We headed out to the grounds of Drummohr House, near Musselburgh. We were collected from the Wallyford park and ride and transported by a lovely host in full character. From last night up until October 28, audiences will be challenged to reunite the warring kingdom of Oz. Using a special Quest for Oz mobile phone app, we were tasked with searching the grounds for the yellow bricks that the Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Lion had saved, to try and rebuild the Yellow Brick Road.
We checked out the Carnival of Dreams, stepped into the Bubble Garden of Glinda the Good, got lost in the Mind Maze, tested our courage in the Blue Witch Badlands and we also got to meet the Marvellous Professor Marvel.
At first Charlie, who is 3, was a little scared – bonus for me as I scored some awesome cuddles. But then he got right into it and even felt comfortable enough to allow the lovely Divine (she was Bonnie’s fave) to paint his face and put some glitter on him.
The tunnel at the start is impressive and mesmerising for kids.
The sunset was beautiful, I love dusk and this photo does not do it justice. We stayed for just over an hour and I think that was the perfect time for the kids. I love a woodland walk and it was a treat to be able to get lost in all the lighting and characters. Bonnie loved getting her magic potion and keeping it safe.
We had a really lovely night, thanks to the full team who have clearly put a lot of love and effort into this.