Family nostalgia in London: Rave-A-Roo with VTech KidiCom Max

Family nostalgia in London: Rave-A-Roo with VTech KidiCom Max

In former days, were you a Raver or an Indie Kid?

If you’re reading this as a Millennial, you’ll probably have no idea what I’m on about. But those of us who are more advanced in years will be familiar with the two tribes. I was a committed Indie Kid, and in my 20s I spurned dance clubs. But parenthood changes everything. When VTech invited us along to Rave-A-Roo at the Ministry of Sound, in Elephant and Castle, London, to celebrate the launch of their Kidicom Max, I showed a video of the family dance party to my children. They smiled, and smiled, and smiled. “Mummy, can we go? Mummy, I want to go.”

Rave A Roo

And so, off to the rave we went.


Nostalgia’s a funny old thing. I’d never been to the iconic Ministry of Sound, a place so cool it was mentioned in Irvine Welsh’s hit novel Trainspotting four times. It wasn’t my scene. But, like hindsight, the hazy glow of nostalgia made stepping into the club’s dark interior feel like going to visit a dear old neighbour. Yes, one who played annoying music, a little too loudly. But a neighbour I was still fond of, in the recesses of my heart.

Rave A Roo

Rave A Roo

In fact, the music at Rave A Roo was more varied than I’d expected. There were plenty of disco and Northern Soul tracks to accompany the electro. The club did have its fair share of grown-up cheesy quavers, jangling their glo-stick bracelets while throwing some shapes. But, despite the licensed bar and Prosecco waiters, I’d say this rave was more for the kids, rather than a party that grown-ups dragged their offspring along to.

Rave A Roo

Rave A Roo

Rave A Roo

It was fun. Shaun the Sheep did a stint as DJ, and Go!Go!Go! from Nick Jr bopped away, helping to get the crowd in the mood. They didn’t need much encouragement. There was a happy, friendly vibe, with groups of adults reminiscing while toddlers and pre-schoolers bopped away around their feet. The neon crafting area, soft play chill-out zone (complete with air jugglers – wheee) and array of inflatables strewn around the place, helped keep the kids happy. The biggest hit was the UV tattoos, which a smily woman doled out with suave efficiency, so the children didn’t have to queue too long.

Rave A Roo

I’d say Rave A Roo was most suitable for children under ten. My son, who’s almost eight, became a little twitchy after a while, until he spotted a roving VTech KidiCom Max. After he’d got his hands on the KidiCom, he was content to sit and play the six inbuilt games, and check out its features.

KiddiCon Max

VTech KiddiCom Max

VTech KidiCom Max

The KidiCom Max is designed for children aged three to seven. VTech’s a brand that places strong emphasis on learning, so all of its games are educational in some ways, exploring maths, science and spelling. The KidiCom has some pretty cool features, including the KidiConnect messaging service. So long as the user has access to wi-fi, they can send text, picture and voice messages to approved iOS and Android smartphones – like parents, or friends. Cue text messages up and down the stairs when it’s time to stop playing and come down for tea.

KidiCom Max

There’s a voice changer, to record a mouse or robot voice, and a camera, plus 8GB of memory. The child-safe web browser gives access to over 1000 pre-approved child-safe sites, like CBeebies and PBS Kids. If you didn’t want your child to access one of these, you can remove it – and you can add a website that isn’t on the approved list. Parents can also control the length of time their child spends on the device.

VTech gifted us a KidiCom Max, so we’ll be looking forward to putting these features to the test over the next few weeks. At Rave-A-Roo, though, mini ravers were testing out KidiConnect on the Ministry of Sound Courtyard Stage, where MC Porridge was inviting dance enthusiasts to text him requests.

Rave A Roo

Rave-A-Roo’s a great afternoon out, even if, like us, you never got into the dance scene. As we left, our daughter (aged five) asked if we could go back again soon.

And you know what? Even though we’re committed Indie Kids, we might just do that.

Rave A Roo

For more details about Rave-A-Roo, visit their website. Online early bird tickets are £12.10 and advance tickets are £14.85. Children of 18 months and under go free. Tickets on the door cost £25. Lone adults are not allowed into the venue, so make sure you arrive with your family or young friends.

VTech invited us to Rave-A-Roo at Ministry of Sound, and compensated us for our time. All views are my own.










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  1. October 24, 2017 / 9:35 am

    Ahh this looks brilliant! My girls would be the same about wanting to go as well, I love how uninhibited children are about dancing. The KidiCom Max looks great too, I love that it’s all educational.

    • November 1, 2017 / 12:00 pm

      It was fun, Nat. If a family rave pops up near you, it’s definitely something to try. x

  2. October 26, 2017 / 11:16 am

    That really is a rave with a difference! Sounds such fun – love how it’s been put together, with so many things to do. And look forward to hearing how your daughter likes her new toy (or is it yours?!)

    • November 1, 2017 / 12:05 pm

      Haha I’m enjoying being able to send messages back and forth!

  3. October 26, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    What an interesting day or night out with a difference. I think my youngest would love this!

    • November 1, 2017 / 12:10 pm

      It was a good one for the youngsters!

  4. October 26, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    Ahh now I did go to the Ministry of Sound once, and hated it – I was much more Indie. I must have looked really really bored, because someone asked me if I knew where he could get drugs!
    This sounds like much more my cup of tea – I bet the kids LOVE it!

    • November 1, 2017 / 12:11 pm

      Hahahe – yes, I think I would have preferred this even before I had kids!

  5. October 28, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    I was a bit of a raver, and this really took me down memory lane. I didn’t make it to MoS but visited Club UK a lot. I might just have to take the kids here for a little dose of nostalgia

    • November 1, 2017 / 12:12 pm

      Well then you’d love it, Zena!

  6. October 28, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    This looks like great fun for everyone

    • November 1, 2017 / 12:13 pm

      It was!

  7. October 29, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    This looks such a fab experience. We love music in our house, and my husband plays in a band so music is a huge part of our lives. My kids would love this so much especially the raving and UV tattoos!!!

    • November 1, 2017 / 12:13 pm

      The tattoos were a massive hit with our two, as well.

  8. October 29, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    Weirdly I was a huge indie kid, but then in my early twenties, I became a bit of a raver on the side! I had many nights at Ministry of Sound! I would LOVE this… I am so going with the kids… they’ll think I am so sad!

    • November 1, 2017 / 12:14 pm

      I bet they won’t notice, Ting. They’ll be too busy chasing round after Sean the Sheep!

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