I was returning some books at the library when the colourful brochure caught my eyes:
“Let the SSO and Uncle Peter take your babies and toddlers on a thrilling musical adventure like no other! Don’t miss out on the SSO Babies’ Proms, the one and only concert in Singapore especially tailored for the little ones!”
In the past, I would have shrug it off as a gimmick; these days, anything with the word ‘baby’ piques my interest and curiosity, naturally.
Imagine, an entire concert hall filled to the brim with bawling babies and screeching tots, wouldn’t that make for quite a sight? Given that the target audience typically has an attention span of about the time taken to swat a fly, it is little wonder that performance is only one hour long. Not too long that most harried parents cannot manage I suppose…
I wondered if we could pull this off and was somewhat jittery the night before. Upon entering the Esplanade Concert Hall, we were greeted with throngs of potential music prodigies. Some were sucking blissfully on their binkies; some looked dreamy as they clutched onto their loveys, while others drank contentedly from bottles, nonchalant to what’s going on around. The stage was cheerily decorated with colourful balloons, the various sections of the orchestra were dressed in different colours and the maestro looked more like a magician with a wand. It was hilariously cute!
My niece, who was absolutely enthralled by the whole setting, was bouncing happily to the music and conducting enthusiastically, that is until she crashed into a deep slumber in Poh Poh’s arms some 30 minutes past her nap time. DZ boy, who usually finds it hard to sleep when out of the house, did fussed a little but nothing too much that we couldn’t manage. He eventually drifted off to dreamland while having his lunch…There were plenty of parents bringing their babies outside halfway through so I’d consider us rather fortunate to be able to sit through the whole performance without much difficulty.
Although it’s meant to engage the little ones, we all agreed that it was equally enjoyable and educational for the adults as well. The entire experience turned out much more fun than I thought possible. Babies’ Prom 2012, we’ll be back! =)
We tumbled out of the concert hall with 2 sleeping babies in tow, just the perfect window of opportunity for the adults to gobble down a decent lunch. We even managed to stroll all the way to Raffles City after and did some quick Christmas shopping. Not bad at all for a day out!