Monday, January 6, 2020

Immerse Yourself in the World of Dolittle: Imaginative Play and Adventure at the New CAMP Store

Look at that, the first full weekend of the New Year is behind us already! To celebrate the Dolittle movie coming to theaters on January 17th, this Saturday we were invited to immerse ourselves in a day of family fun at the new CAMP location at Hudson Yards. Despite it being an early morning, rainy day event we knew it was going to be a cool experience for my tween Tristan and my threenager nephew Q. 

We made our way downtown to 30 Hudson yards for a fun Dolittle-inspired day of crafting, balloon animals, singalongs and family photos.  PLUS we'd get to enjoy all the interactive fun CAMP has to offer! The boys and I had been to the amazing 5th avenue location twice so we knew we were in store for a good time surrounding the new adventure-comedy from Universal Pictures. 

About the Movie: 

After losing his wife (Kasia Smutniak) seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company.

But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.

Between you and me, I may or may not have finally watched the trailer of the new CGI film starring Robert Downey JR as the eccentric doctor, but don't tell my boys (Tristan was too busy making a puppet to notice) because I usually nag them and can't stand when they watch trailers without me or before we can make a new trailer reaction video! Take a look at all of the fun we had in the recap video above and the pics below.


If you ask our kids and my sister they'll tell you that downtowns' newest architectural landmark and attraction should be renamed the Honeycomb instead of the Vessel.
Once we made it to the 2nd floor of Hudson Yards the kids jumped right in to start playing with balloons that were spread out across the flip-sequin designed dance room before taking a seat in the theater for some arts and crafts. 

In Dolittle, the doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice (Dunkirk’s Harry Collett) and a raucous coterie of animal friends, including an anxious gorilla (Oscar® winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer), a bickering duo of a cynical ostrich (The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani) and an upbeat polar bear (John Cena, Bumblebee) and a headstrong parrot (Oscar® winner Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle’s most trusted advisor and confidante.

Families were invited to create paper bag puppets inspired by the wildly exotic animals from Dolittle. Lol, I was totally watching the movie trailer while Tristan was getting instructions from the craft instructor. The boys spent a good chunk of the morning in the theater room getting scissor happy while cutting out wings and smudging glue sticks across googly eyes and their little fingers, so I wandered around the whimsical space a bit to see what the other families were having fun doing. 

One of the coolest things about living in NYC is that on any given day you'll run into people you haven't seen in ages. It was pretty awesome bumping into three friends from High School who were spending their Saturday afternoon wandering around Hudson Yards, and with a toddler in tow decided to pop by CAMP.  

In addition to arts and crafts, the day encompassed animal-themed balloon art, which was clearly a popular activity because the artist could never steal a moment to sneak off to the restroom. There was an adorable photo booth and of course no party's complete without some high energy music and flashing lights to encourage Lil' monsters to get wild on the dance floor. 

I'll admit it was nice to just unplug while getting artsy with Tristan and my nephew Q who both seemed really into making their red squirrel and blue and red macaw. Overall it was really nice to see so many of the boys really into creating. 


Where: Hudson Yards, 33rd street at 11th avenue. Camp is located on the 2nd floor. 
Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 9pm and Sunday 11am -7pm

With 3 locations in New York, parents and caregivers looking for an immersive and unique shopping experience should check out Camp Stores. Not only do they stock the trendiest products to gift kids of all ages, (think glittery snot slime, green army men yoga figurines and the perfect Melissa and Doug smoothie making machine for pretend play), but they also have engaging ways to keep your kids entertained. Seriously, they've made going shopping a more tolerable experience for everyone with so many ways to keep busy. Just be warned that you guys may end up hanging out in the space way longer than you expected. 

CAMP's newest Hudson Yard location includes a cafe, spaces for interactive play, a sparkly dance room decked out in flip sequins and two fun slides, including one with an amazing view of The Vessel.  Within the theater, guests can enjoy FREE or affordably priced themed programming including shows and activities that allow them to tap into their creative side. Stop by the site to get details on upcoming Dolittle themed activities, including making your own diorama (pictured above) inspired by the movie. 

Grab the kids and roll out to a movie theater near you to experience the world of Dolittle when it's released in theaters on Friday, January 17th!

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