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September 13, 2008

Saturday Afternoon Fever: Our review of Baby Loves Disco

Filed Under: Washington, DC

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So we were the lucky winners of tix to this weekend's Baby Loves Disco event in DC, thanks to a contest at our favorite parenting site, Babble.com. And we had a great time!

Once a month, the scrappy Rock & Roll Hotel on H St. NE near Capitol Hill gets transformed into a kid-friendly dance party, where a professional DJ spins 70s disco hits and the little ones gnosh on muffins, animal crackers, and juice boxes. Think dance club lights, a bubble machine, hoola hoops and percussion instruments... with another level of fun upstairs, where you'll find more kids' activities (balloon artist, face painting), yummy snacks more the grownups' speed, quieter rooms for chilling out with babies. And did we mention the cash bar serving grownup beverages?

Our favorite part was discovering talented face painting artist Greta Gonzalez, who specializes in working with children. She transformed our daughter into a stunning kitty-cat, while other kids became Spiderman, puppies, tigers, butterflies, and princesses. Greta also does amazing body art with pregnant women, as well as henna - Her portfolio is something to behold! And she's available for children's parties and special events. I was blown away by watching Greta work. Plus, as a mom herself, Greta is great with young children and adjusts her speed and level of detail to the attention span of her young subject. What a pro.

The crowd at today's Baby Loves Disco was a diverse mix of parents in their 20s-40s with children ranging from infants to 10-year-olds. But our take is that the event is ideal for kids ages two to five. It may be too loud and overstimulating for some babies and young toddlers, while children past Kindergarten might find themselves too "cool" to boogie with mom and dad. But your mileage may vary - we saw many happy partiers of all ages and stages. It does get crowded, so pace yourself.

It's also DC. Be smart. Parking is a challenge. Don't plan to walk from the nearest metro stop (Union Station), as it's a long trek. (But be aware that there IS stroller parking at the event.) If you're the type who rarely ventures east of Connecticut Ave. - or into the District at all - or if you're too far removed from your bar-hopping youth to appreciate a little rock n roll grunge, this might not be the place for you. Otherwise, get your dancin' shoes on. Baby Loves Disco is a lot of fun!

p.s. In related news...We're sad to report that a similar local event, Rock-n-Tot DC, is no more. They have canceled all the upcoming gigs, due to slow ticket sales.

Posted by Sarah at 9:17 PM.