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My name is Lily-Sue, but my mummy calls me Munchkin (or 'Munch' for short!) I am 8 years old, and this is where my mummy will help me write all about all the fun things we do together. I hope you enjoy reading about the adventures of my mummy and me, Munchkin, with the occasional appearance from the siblings - Beastie and Plumlet.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Our day at Sky Studios, London


Recently, Munch and I took a trip to The O2 in London to check out the Sky Studios experience

"Get into pole position and race on your favourite Formula 1® track, take a swing for Ryder Cup glory on the world-famous course at Gleneagles, and sprint for the finish in the Team Sky Time Trial on our Pinarello bikes in our interactive sports simulators."

Sky Studios is a free attraction, situated just inside the main entrance of the O2 in London. Before our visit, I was a little concerned that Munch may be a little young to really appreciate the experience, but knowing how much she loves to exercise her have a go attitude, coupled with her massive love for London, I thought she would certainly like to try.


So we arrived at the O2, and once Munch was done gasping in fascination at the Up at the O2 roof walk and telling me we needed to try out the O2 Emirates Airline, we made our way through the main doors. The Sky Studios is visible from the doors, with its bright lights and larger than life promotional images adorning the walls, it's difficult not to be drawn in. If we weren't there to experience the Studios for ourselves on the day, we definitely would have taken some time to go see what it was all about. 

On our approach to the main desk, we were greeted by a friendly member of staff who immediately invited us in and began to brief us on what we could expect to find inside, whilst reminding us that everything was free!


Split across 3 floors, Sky Studios has a variety of activities to suit all sorts o people!

Our first stop:
Interactive Photo Booths!


Here, there are 3 small booths which are furnished with an adjustable stool, a small touch-screen console and a large screen on the wall. Munch sat down on the stool and was able to use the touch pad quite easily (and she is short!) She was able to scroll through the vast choice of pre-loaded photos until she found one she liked. The choice is very wide too, from photos of the England Rugby Team to scenes from the popular Monsters Inc, visitors are invited to find a picture that they like, and position themselves to allow the camera on the wall screen to place their face within their chosen scene! Once the photo is taken, and displayed upon the large screen, the touch pad will ask if you are happy with your photograph. Once you are, you can use your Sky Pass (which should be handed to you as you enter this area) to scan the touch pad when prompted and you photograph will be saved. Instead of then visiting a kiosk where you have the option of purchasing your photographs at an extortionate rate, you take your Sky Pass home with you, visit the website and tap in the code on the card. Your photographs are waiting for you in your own private area of Sky's website, and from here. you can download, print, share, whatever you'd like to do with them.

Munch had 2 goes at the Interactive Photo Booth during our visit! Once with help from me, and once completely independently, just to show how simple it really is!


And these were the photographs Munch managed to create ...


Next, we made our way to the Sky Sports Challenge Zone. 


Here, there was lots to see and to look at, and many opportunities for Munch to ask questions. Since the London Olympics in 2012, she has started to show quite an interest in sport and sporting events. She likes to watch the football when she notices it is on the television, and enjoyed watching the events in the recent Commonwealth Games, so seeing pictures of sporting heroes and screens displaying various sports related facts and statistics got her very intrigued and excited. In this area, there was only the one attraction she was unable to participate in, and this was the Team Sky Time Trial.


This attraction is restricted to adult visitors only (18+) for health and safety reasons. And with the best will in the world, she wasn't reaching those pedals! We watched others try their skill at the challenge though, and Munch laughed at the Sky representative assigned to this area as he jumped around singing motivational songs to the riders and cheering them on in an over enthusiastic fashion! He was certainly entertaining!

However, whilst in this area, Munch did participate in all other challenges that were there!


One thing that really impressed me about the staff at Sky Studios, and in particular the staff in the Challenge Zone, was how accommodating they were to Munch. She was, by far, the youngest (and shortest!) visitor there when we went, but not once was she turned away for being too short or too young. She was assisted with the pedal on the F1 racing, she was shown how to hold the golf club in her Gleneagles experience and the staff member at the 60 second Batak Challenge turned it into a team game where Munch would hit the bottom lights and the rep would hit the higher ones. Not at any point was she made to feel different or that she was an inconvenience, and this made us both really happy!

Next, we entered the News Zone. This was probably Munch's favourite attraction at Sky Studios!


Here, visitors have the opportunity to experience 5 minutes in the seat of a Sky News reader - literally! Complete with TV camera, cameraman and auto cue, here you can read the news and have it recorded for you to keep forever! The experience is very authentic, as we entered the glass walled room. Munch couldn't wait to jump in the seat and get reporting!

One problem ...

... Munch can't read yet!


Yet another thing that didn't bother her. She just sang a beautiful rendition of Twinkle Twinkle instead! And the staff member / cameraman made her feel extremely special!

Finally, we made our way back to the entrance of the Sky Studios where there were three more attractions that we hadn't stopped at when we arrived. At the front of the Studios is a replica of Sky's Soccer AM Car Park Game and The Game Changers Change Your Aim Basketball Hoop Challenge. Munch loved giving both challenges a go, and was once again fully supported by the staff and didn't allow her size to cause an issue!


And to finish off nicely, there was one more Green Screen opportunity. Munch could have her photo taken with players from her choice of Premiership Football team, so naturally, she opted for West Ham to make her Grandpa smile!


We really did have a wonderful day out at the Sky Studios, and would recommend it to anyone thinking of a visit to the O2 in London. As mentioned before, the whole experience is free, and not only is it great fun, it is also a great opportunity to get the family active in an enjoyable way, and something you can do together. We saw families, we saw groups of young adults, we saw couples, so the experience is suitable for all sorts! The minimum recommended age is around 6 years, and I agree this is an ideal guide. Munch had a fantastic time.

We both did!

Sky Studios can be located at The O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX. It is free to visit and there is no need to book.

Opening hours are: 
O2 arena event days: 12-8pm.
O2 arena non-event days: 12-6pm.
Bank and school holidays: 11am-7pm.

More information can be found at https://rewards.sky.com/home/sky-at-the-o2/sky-studios/ 

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