When we think about clubbing, kids is not one of the associated words with it. As a young person, I enjoyed the night-life. I liked clubbing for the music and people just felt inhibited in dancing in that environment. Ever since having Ryan, followed by Gillian and then Megan, clubbing is like a total foreign concept. I mean, clubbing is an activity that happens usually at night and how could it be possible with kids around?
So, when I heard about Rave-A-Roo, I was so intrigued by the entire concept- being able to party with my kids and it helps that everything happens in the afternoon! So our bedtime routine is not disrupted! Perfect for parents. 🙂
Rave-A-Roo, London was held at Ministry of Sound, which is London’s No.1 Dance and House Club. I was quite impressed that Rave-A-Roo was happening at such a cool location and was real excited to check out the venue. (The fact that I was able to Facebook check-in the place makes me feel so hip already. Hahahaha. #actyoungonly) When we got to our session of the Rave-A-Roo party, doors were not opened yet. However, the organizers had entertainers around to liven up their young audience. The crew were giving out glow-sticks to the children and they even had bubble machines which we, as parents all know that the little ones love!
Rave-A-Roo also have a buggy park for our strollers/prams/buggies outside the club.
The kids, happily getting their entrance stamps on their hands. Who would have imagine this day would come? Me, with my kids going for a good music/dance session at Ministry of Sound, London in the afternoon!
Glow Chill Room
The first room that we went to was the Glow Chill Room where children could do craft work with the neon clay or get a tattoo done at the UV tattoo station. It was a great place to start off the festive fun with, to gradually ease the children into the environment before going into the Main Room where the party is at.
Ryan and Gillian tried the clay modelling which they liked. Ryan tried to make huge battleship out of the neon clay while Gillian just messed around with it. Gillian also got her first UV tatt done in the shape of a pink bow.
Other than that, we can also purchase drinks(tea, coffee, hot chocolate or even alcohol since there is a licensed bar), home-made cakes and snacks when we need the small burst of energy during the 2 hour session.
The Main Room
This is where the main part of the fun is at. Lots of dancing. Lots of awesome music. Superb performance put up by Go!Go!Go! When you are there, you will notice that it is not just the kids who are enjoying themselves, the grown-ups look like they are having a good time as well. I was talking to one other parent and she also reckoned that Race-A-Roo is a great concept. As parents, we are held by social expectations to behave a certain respectable way in public. But at Rave-A-Roo, parents can let loose a wee bit, to dance with our children, to groove with the music and no one one will judge you and your two left feet. Heehee.
We go these flashing rings that were being sold at Rave-A-Roo for £2. Both kids insisted on having the red rings only. (-_-)”’ They also sold other similar party merchandise that kids love.
Go!Go!Go! was also there with their catchy tunes and energetic dance moves. Kids were so enthralled by their showmanship!
Ryan had such a pleasant time at the Main Room. He was always near the stage, watching the performances and dancing along with the music.
Funky Softplay Room
I brought Baby Megan to this room to play and have a roll around and a little stretch at intervals. Unlike Ryan and Gillian who could be in the Main Room for a long time, I think Megan did like a little me-time with Mummy in the Softplay Room. Babies-in-arms like Megan enter Rave-A-Roo for free. The Funky Softplay room was planned with them in mind despite them not having to pay for an entrance ticket. On the mats for babies, there were also plenty of toys for the babies to play with.
When I brought Baby Megan to the ladies for a diaper change, I was surprised to see how they have proper diaper changing station, complete with diapers and wet wipes. The organisers really took many small details into account when planning for this indoor festive party for kids.
We had an amazing experience at Rave-A-Roo, London. It is clubbing with kids, in a safe environment with carefully monitored sound levels that is suitable for the little ones. 2nd July marked the end of the Rave-A-Roo events for summer and we will be looking out for future event date. I am hoping that they will hold more of such events in the colder seasons to come. It, being indoor and well-heated will be a fabulous weekend activity for kids. I have also done a short video clip of our time at Rave-A-Roo that I uploaded on my instagram- https://www.instagram.com/p/BHiJmHhBTlq/?taken-by=cloudee
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Post-event: Kids were properly tired out and slept the entire car journey home. 🙂 So do be prepared that kids will be needing some rest after their party.
Disclaimer: We were given complimentary tickets to Rave-A-Roo. Opinions are of my own and I have given honest feedback and review of our experience.