Baby Loves Disco

Held in one of Edinburgh’s most vibrant and dynamic nightclubs, Electric Circus, Baby Loves Disco is no ordinary disco and describing it as such would be a huge disservice. Yes, there is a disco and yes, there is dancing but this event offers so much more. On the main dance floor, you will find a DJ playing a wide range of children friendly songs.This does not mean Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, but rather some cleverly edited versions of Rizzle Kicks and Jessie J, as well as some classic cheesy 80s hits for the adults. Despite retaining many of the nightclub features - the dim lighting, podium and bar - parents should not worry about any untoward hazards lurking on the floor; the club is immaculate and they even add some child friendly touches such as snacks placed on a child height table and nappies available in the toilet.

With a selection of small prizes and gold medals to be won, the enthusiastic staff started some games on the dance floor, such as musical statues and a particularly energetic jumping game. For those who were all partied out, there were various other rooms with a variety of activities to keep everyone entertained. A particular favourite was the dressing up room, filled with costumes of many Disney princesses and action heroes. This room really is the land of make believe.

A quiet room, equipped with soft tranquil lighting, was perfect for new parents, giving them time alone to feed their newborns. This room was also ideal for younger children in need of a quick nap and, with their favourite story books scattered around the room, they felt at home in no time. Face painting was another highlight, with children transforming into butterflies, ladybugs, and various animals. Have you ever seen a tiger dressed as Woody from Toy Story? It was quite an experience.

A creative way for some family bonding time but do be prepared to stay with your child at all times, as this is not a babysitting service. It was great to see so many families having a wonderful time together, and with the added bonus of the bar – and alcoholic drinks - there is a lot of fun to be had for all.

Reviews by Emma Steedman

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The Blurb

The original daytime family dance party with club DJs spinning retro and pop tunes. Licensed bar, private karaoke, chill-out room, face painting, dressing up, kids’ healthy snacks and much more. Details at www.babylovesdisco.co.uk. Sell-out 2009/'10/'11/'12. ****(BroadwayBaby.com).

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