We were invited to SKY Backstage at the O2 for the morning last Saturday. We were up at 5:30am to catch the 6:55am train to London Paddington, to attend the Sky Movies Christmas breakfast.Did you know as a SKY customer you can visit for free? I’ve been a customer for over 10 years and I was never aware of what available to us.
After a delicious and plentiful breakfast, the girls headed off to have their faces painted.Cat chose to be Thor and Mouse, Batman.Always be Batman.We all dressed up for a photo shoot, where all the photos are saved onto a special card that you’re given.The cards also save your SKY backstage experiences from Iron Man’s legendary Hulkbuster, the interactive photo suite and reading the SKY news or sports headlines in the SKY studios.You can use the special codes on the cards to view what you saved online . These are only available for a month, so download them as soon as you get home.I downloaded them onto my phone and then uploaded to a Facebook album.
Mia enjoyed the balloon fairies, who produced the most amazing creations which Mouse took upon herself to have many made for her.To say we looked ridiculous is an understatement, traipsing around London afterwards with all the balloons. The ushers in the National Gallery that we visited later on that day didn’t approve of her getting too close to the barriers in case one floated away and set off the alarm. By the time we had returned home every single balloon had sadly popped.
Sky backstage at the O2
Once we had finished with photos and balloon making we headed downstairs to SKY backstage VR suite, The Battle for Marvel Tower and Iron Man’s Hulkbuster.The VR experience is only for those aged over 13 years old, so Kip and me swung around in the chair with the VR goggles looking at amazing computer graphics from Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron film.Kip, Cat and Mouse took it in turns on the Hulkbuster interactive computer game. I really hope this kind of gaming becomes more prominent but not sure I have room for screen but it certainly got the kids moving around.
Then we went down another level to the SKY backstage interactive photo suite, as my kids are such posers we spent some time in there.Just next door is the SKY studios where you get to sit and read the news.Kip and Cat were a really good team but when I read with Mouse she got really confused and lost her confidence a bit.Then we moved down to the final level to see the Cinderella dress as worn in Disney’s Cinderella and you can try on the glass slipper made for the film too.The whole tour took just over an hour to complete, which was long enough to keep all the kids happy and entertained.
Disclaimer: We were invited along to a SKY movies Christmas breakfast to see what the Sky backstage tour entailed.I paid for our own travel there.
Opening hours are:
O2 arena event days: 12-8pm.
See when these are and what’s on at The O2.
O2 arena non-event days: 12-6pm.
Bank and school holidays: 11am-6pm.