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Monday, 30 May 2016

Step into Wonderland...



Today we went on a family outing to watch Alice Through the Looking Glass at the cinema and combined it with a meal to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. I had spotted that Touchwood in Solihull had a free Alice in Wonderland trail round the shopping centre and so this seemed like a good choice with plenty of places to eat (we chose Chimichanga) and the Cineworld Cinema. I thought I would combine a review of the film with a look at the event at Touchwood for anyone local who is looking for something to do with the kids this half term. 

                                 


We went to Touchwood's Customer Services desk to collect the Alice 'Step into Wonderland' trail sheets and we also found a free photo booth where we met Alice and other characters who gave out free chocolate lollies and ribbons.




The kids really enjoyed completing the trail to find the various props, big and small,  which meant some fun photo opportunities- our Alice was in her element!



There were also mirrors to look out for...



We returned the answer sheets at the end in order to be entered into a prize draw and after a quick look around the shops soon it was time to go to the cinema to watch Alice Through The Looking Glass.



 We didn't have any trouble finding the right screen!



The film was visually stunning throughout and the costumes were amazing. The plot was quite basic and the film relied quite heavily on its beautiful styling which was fine by me! We all enjoyed it and it held the attention of the 4 years old - this is no mean feat! Some of the themes reminded me of other Disney films from recent years. As in Maleficent  Disney seem to be trying to show that the traditional villains are complex with back stories from their childhoods to explain how they came to be seen as evil. I like being able to empathise with them and understand that they are not simply 'evil', life is more complex than that.  I also enjoyed the portrayal of Alice who is an important character for my daughter. Along with her clear ability to make mistakes and learn from them it is her strength to realise her dreams that seems to resonate at the end of the movie.

Alice Through the Looking Glass is out in Cinemas now

The Touchwood 'Step Into Wonderland' trail is running until June 3rd. 

Hope you have had a great bank holiday weekend!
Clarex

P.S. Please comment below if you know of any other  Alice in Wonderland related half term fun!

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