To keep up with what seems like a month long celebration of NuNu’s birthday, we took her to get her boogie on. What better place than a proper London club equipped with strobe lights, fully lit dance floor, a DJ playing all of the hottest tunes AND for the parents, a fully functioning bar? What kind of party is this you say? Well, it’s Baby Loves Disco (UK) coined “The Original Family Dance Party”, and that is what it is and more!
Baby Loves Disco started years ago in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by professional dancer, mother and dare we say… GENIUS, Heather Murphy Monteith. It’s an afternoon dance party for babies, toddlers and children up to 7 years old. For children 4-11 years old, Baby Loves Disco UK hosts Pop Lock In events during the afternoon as well. There is a theme for each gathering ranging from Superheroes to whatever strikes the planner’s imagination. The parties are typically once a month, held in over 21 cities AND is also a big deal here in the UK and Japan. I found out about it while doing my usual search and research of “happening things to do” in and around London. I quickly had “P” scoop up some tickets which were extremely reasonably priced for such a great experience. The cost was £9.95 per walking human, so admission for NuNu was free since she has yet to take 5 unassisted steps without plopping down.
Our London disco experience is held at Sway Bar in West Central London just around the corner from Holborn Station. Easy to get to and no need to drive. The venue was fab and so appropriate for the event. There is a separate and secure storage area for prams (strollers) which came in handy for those that wheeled in their little tykes. NuNu was asleep when we arrived and was awakened by the flickering lights and the sounds of The Village People singing YMCA. She was startled at first. Surely she was thinking, “This can’t be real!”. Babies bouncing in tutus with their little faces painted, stumbling around, juice cups in hand…must of felt like she woke up in baby heaven. The theme was in celebration of Baby Loves Disco’s 10th anniversary so it was overflowing with fashion from several decades 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and the current. Can you say, “Gettin’ Down!”. Boy do these kids know how to PAARRTAAAYY!
There was face painting, balloons, staff walking around with bubble blowers and complimentary healthy snacks for the kiddos. This is the place to be for both Mums and Dads as it encourages full family participation with the occasional Mummy and Daddy dance off (needless to say I didn’t win). They also play “Action songs” where event staff lead the party goers in a routine of moves that goes along with the tunes. It didn’t take long at all for NuNu to start jumping around and smiling.
There were also several birthday parties going on which is a wonderful idea if you want to do something different without the hassle of planning a full on party yourself. Reasons to hold your child’s next birthday party here: 1) you have ready made attendees 2) no need to worry about music, venue or entertainment because Baby Loves Disco has it all.
This isn’t your typical kids party either. It is indeed fun for everyone. It is a great place to meet up and have a drink with your friends that have kids. A total home run for us parents that are still grasping on to the little bit of social life and coolness that was once in full force. We all know that when you have children you can kiss your night time clubbing goodbye but Baby Loves Disco provides a place to listen to music, socialize, get the kids together for a bit of fun, AND have them home nice and tired, just in time for dinner and bed.
Baby Loves Disco is where it’s at, bringing a new meaning to “Poppin’ Bottles” and “Gettin’ Low”….Parents bending over to grasp tiny hands, fist pumping to the beat. My back paid for it the following morning but I would certainly take NuNu back for more. Party Animals!
Interested in getting your boogie on with your babies? Got to http://www.babylovesdisco.co.uk for those in the UK and for the rockin’ parents in America head to http://www.babylovesdisco.com to get your tickets.