Marilyn from 'What's on for the kids' visited The SSE Hydro to see The Original Harlem Globetrotters with her family. Read about her experience here!
We recently were very kindly invited along to see The Original Harlem Globetrotters at The SSE Hydro. At first we didn't know what to expect - we knew they were a world famous basketball team who were very well known for their tricks, slam dunks and getting the crowd involved, but we didn't know if the show would consist of solely tricks and such or if they would play a game too and we didn't want to YouTube it or anything and spoil the surprise as this was something totally different and new for us so we were excited to go along and watch!
Before the show begins Globey - their loveable mascot gets the crowd warmed up with some fun and games and gets some crowd participation with a game of musical chairs with the kids and a dance competition with some adults.
Shortly after the warmup the teams were introduced - first the Generals - the opponents and of course the Harlem Globetrotters. They started off showing some tricks in the 'magic circle' and then kicked off the game after explaining some of the rules such as the 4-point shot and the siren that you hear throughout the game meaning they need their 'fan power!'
Each leg of the game lasts 10 minutes and they pause it regularly for tricks, fun & games and of course to wind up some members of the audience.
The show is also really funny - the whole way through the kids and adults were where in fits of giggles.
After the game is done and the show is over The Harlem Globetrotters head into the foyer to sign autographs and pose for photographs which the kids loved - it’s ideal if you have purchased a programme or basketball too as they will happily sign these and then you have a fab little piece of memorabilia from the event.
The kids both seemed to have a few favourites including Big Easy, Torch (of course Lucy loved that there was a female in the team), Firefly and Thunder. During the meet & greet there is no queuing system in place so the team members line up behind the barrier and you pretty much squeeze in and out of the lines and go to who you wish to see - this saves a whole load of time as we were able to get a quick picture with the kids favourite players and head to the car.
All in all, the show is extremely entertaining for all the family and we didn't expect to get as into the game as we did - we wanted the Globetrotters to win!! (and we are glad they did).
They only come on tour once a year and its usually just the one night they play but we would highly recommend for a fun night out no matter who you go with or what your age. If you’re looking for something different then give it a try - I can almost guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
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