I’ve been really keen to take Willow to a baby rave ever since I first heard about them a. because our little
raver loves to dance and b. because it would give Anthony and I a chance to relive our mis-spent youth and get our rave on (we never go out anymore so have to grab any opportunity we can!) So on a Sunday morning we set off, at a time when many moons ago we would just have been getting in from a night out, to go to our first baby rave.
Our rave was organised by Little Ravers. They hold music and dance parties for under 8’s (and their parents) in a multi-sensory environment which stimulates your little ravers and gets everyone moving while having loads of family fun. Run by early years specialists and fundamental movement coaches the music and activities are designed to help develop your child’s sensory and motor skills. As well as being mega fun, dancing helps improve coordination and of course is a great way to exercise. Children really respond to music, it helps with brain and language development and is a fab way for you to interact with your child in a positive way.
Don’t stop moving
So that was the science part. What was the rave actually like? There was a massive dance floor with loads of room for the children (and parents) to dance, run, jump, slide – whatever they wanted to do. Willow loved the flashing lights, chasing them across the floor and I thought she was going to burst with delight when the bubble machine was switched on! As well as dancing there were loads of sensory toys, pom poms, glow sticks and soft toys to play with so if your little one does get a bit tired you can take time out and have a play. There were ear defenders to borrow for the children if you wanted to but there was no chance of Willow keeping those on and the music wasn’t too loud anyway.
The staff were fab. At the start we went through some dance moves and copied their actions then had lots of free time to dance away however we wanted. They also got parachutes out so the children got to run or crawl underneath them while the music played and there was a nursery rhyme section at the end with actions and a rave twist of course!
We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and can’t wait to go back again. We didn’t stop dancing from the moment we got there (and even won a little prize for mum and dad dancing!) The event was really well organised and I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for something a bit different to do and if you want to get the kids (and yourself) moving for an hour. Little Ravers hold raves around the North West. We went to Lytham-St.Annes. They also have them in Warrington and will soon be holding raves in Wigan too. Check out their Facebook page for more details and follow them on Twitter @littleravers
The tickets to this event were complimentary but all views are my own.