Through a secret door in The Little Shop of Horrors Costumery Mornington, a group of young wizards and witches journey to Hogwarts to meet Professor McGonagall for a series of magical workshops.
Behind this door is where the magic begins
Potions workshop at The Little Shop of Horrors Cosumery
Classes are held every Saturday morning and for pre-booked children's birthday parties:
11:30am Potions Class. Younglings are taught to make potions following a recipe book. Non toxic ingredients such as unicorn poo, troll bogies and mermaid tears are mixed together to create a fizzy concoction!
1:00pm Charms Class (Wand Making). Future wizards and witches, teens and younger children (if accompanied by a parent or carer) will create their very own wand to cast magical spells!
2:30pm Herbology (Mandrake Potting). Young students of magic will craft their very own Mandrake using air dry clay and leafy plant like materials. All students must wear earmuffs because because remember the cry of the Mandrake is fatal!.
Junior KidTown journeyed to Hogwarts to participate in the aforementioned potions workshop last Saturday. What a treat! One of the best kid's workshops we've had the privilege of doing.
Louise aka Professor McGonagall (co-owner of The Little Shop of Horrors Costumery) met the group of excited children completely in character and I have to say her enthusiasm really helped bring a sense of enchantment to the room.
The workshop room is decked out as a classroom you'd except to see at Hogwarts. A darkened room with shelves filled with mystical jars of ingredients, spell books, a central round table, hanging candle chandelier, glass bottles and mixing sticks. Harry Potter plays on the wall mounted TV screen as the kids concoct their brew.
jars of mystical ingredients as far as the eye can see
Over the course of the hour, the children absolutely lapped up the atmosphere and secretly, I did too.
I should mention that adults are encouraged to leave children to it and enjoy a coffee in a nearby cafe, although there is the option to stay; which is encouraged for younger children or for someone like me, nosing in!
Potion done and ready to take home
At the end of the class each child went home with their very own cork topped vial of potion to put to work at home. What magical potion did the children concoct? That's for the parents to find out!
Even if you don't participate in a workshop, a visit The Little Shop of Horrors Costumery is a must. Like entering another world or perhaps the costume department of a movie set, you'll be in awe of the magnificent collection of costumery here.
The Little Shop of Horrors Costumery
Whether you're after a costume for book week, a dress-up party or that special piece for Oz Comic-Con then put The Little Shop of Horrors Costumery on your radar.
Enter Hogwarts at The Little Shop of Horrors Costumery
Where: The Little Shop of Horrors Costumery, Factory 6/1, Watt Rd, Mornington VIC
When: Every Saturday and for kid's parties.
Costs: $35 per child