We are dancing fools in this family. We have dance parties in our family room all the time and look for any excuse to dance. So, I was actively searching for some kind of a dance party or lesson for us to try as one of our New Experiences this year. Baby Loves Disco was a perfect fit- an afternoon dance party for the 7 and under crowd. It is usually held in a night club, but yesterday it was held outdoors in New York City as part of Union Square’s Summer in the Square series.
What a fabulous event! The party hadn’t officially started when we arrived a few minutes before noon, but the bubble machines were pumping and music was already playing. There were representatives from Whole Foods giving out crackers and juice. Really, you need nothing more than organic cheese crackers and bubbles to keep a crowd of young children happy. My children would have spent a couple of hours just standing in front of the bubble machine.
The MC got the party got started right on time. The DJ played kid-friendly dance music but no music written specifically for kids . No Wiggles, Raffi, or that God-awful Kids Bop. Yes, there was disco, but we also heard contemporary music, too. My kids watched from the sidelines for the first few songs. There were about 25 or 30 kids on the dance floor from the start. A year or two ago, I would have been dragging them out on the dance floor. Now I know that both of them just need some time to observe and get acquainted with the situation before they jump in.
Just as I predicted, my children started dancing as soon as they heard a song they liked. My sister-in-law and 6 month old nephew joined us. As my sister-in-law swayed to the beat, my adorable little nephew smiled and kicked in the Baby Bjorn. Leah decided she needed to dance with him while Luke was shuffling to Party Rock Anthem.
The MC for the show was a great leader. He had just the right mix of time to dance independently and games to play. Freeze Dance was a big hit with my kids. They also liked Simon Says and watching the Dance Off.
After Baby Loves Disco, we walked a few blocks to Greenwich Village. There we ate at the best sandwich shop in the city: Peanut Butter and Company. What could be better than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich after an hour of dancing? My kids devoured PB&J and big cups of chocolate milk while I indulged in a peanut butter and Nutella sandwich, washed down with an egg cream. By the way, if you’ve never had an egg cream, you should. There is no egg or cream in it. Just milk mixed with seltzer and a touch of either vanilla or chocolate. Yum!
After a fabulous day in the city, we headed back home, dreaming of disco.
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