Your clubbing days in the city are not over! Now you can just bring the kids. Don’t call DCFS just yet, this is strictly PG! If your shorties love to dance, then it’s time to take your early morning pajama dance parties out of the kitchen (don’t think I haven’t seen them on Facebook…), and over to Lincoln Hall in Chicago for Baby Loves Disco.
Started as a monthly event in Philadelphia by a mom and professional dancer, Heather Murphy, Baby Loves Disco is now an international event taking place periodically in major cities across the country and all over the world. Baby Loves Disco takes over nightclub space and transforms the scene into an afternoon dance party for babies and kids up to 7 years old. So many kid’s events force parents to grin and bear it, but Baby Loves Disco is just as fun for adults too.
My family attended the last event in Chicago. Don’t expect any sing-alongs to “Baby Beluga” or “Wheels on the Bus.” Actual club DJ’s spin grown-up music that kids and adults know and love. Your kids will cheer and race to the dance floor when they hear Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Macklemore on radio edit. During our BLD adventure, all the grown-ups began to belt out the lyrics to “Don’t You Want Me” and “Groove is in the Heart” while all the children exchanged perplexed looks. Whatevs!
Little dance machines need to fuel up, and I loved the healthy snack spread they laid out which is included in the cost of admission. Lots of fruit, veggies, cheese, gourmet crackers and even salami roll-ups, all from Whole Foods Market. It’s set up buffet-style, which was a little too “communal” for my husband the germaphobe, so if you like your hummus without fingers just make sure you hit the snack table earlier than later. A steady supply of juice pouches were free for all at the bar, and the cash bar is open for adults who want to sip Bacardi likes it’s their birthday. Settle down – there’s beer, soda, and water too.
When your kids need a break from dancing, there’s an area away from the dance floor set up with books and stuffed animals as well as craft projects offered by the event sponsors. The kids had their faces painted, made spin art, crafted tissue paper flowers, played with play dough, and painted. My kids were especially fond of the woman manning the Bubbles Academy craft table, who kept them in fits of giggles. They were so well-entertained they almost forgot about dancing for a while!
Here’s what you should know before you decide to go. Metered street parking is available outside the venue, so brush up those parallel parking skills! Anyone can park at Children’s Memorial Hospital, at 2316 N. Lincoln, but there is a 5 hour time limit before you will be towed. My memory of nightclub bathrooms is not too impressive, but the bathrooms at Lincoln Hall were lovely and clean yet lacking in a changing table. Speaking of diapers, while I saw babies there (and yes “baby” is in the title), keep in mind that wobbly walkers and crawlers may find difficulty navigating a crowded dance floor with bigger kids. It’s dark, there’s flashing lights, there’s lots of people and it’s loud (duh it’s a disco!) so please keep in mind your own child’s sensitivities. It would be sad to take the trouble of driving to the city, buying tickets, and spend the entire time coaxing a crying preschooler into participation.
Tickets are $15 per walking human (non-walkers are free) but a family 4-pack of tickets is also available at a discount. My husband made the comment that for the price of a video game, my kids got to socialize, see the city, hear music, and exercise while making memories with their parents. What a smart guy.
Baby Loves Disco
Saturday October 25, 2014 and Saturday, November 22, 2014
2424 N Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, Illinois
$15 plus service charges for Walking Humans (non-walking babies are FREE)
$13.75 per person plus service charges for a Family 4-pack
Purchase tickets online