Review: Monski Mouse Baby Disco Dance Hall

Review: Monski Mouse Baby Disco Dance Hall

The playground circuit is a novelty, when you tour it with child number one. At sing-song time, there’s a certain appeal in witnessing a sea of little ones, sitting amidst grown-ups clad mostly in Boden-inspired outfits, all singing along to Wind the Bobbin Up.

By the time child number two comes along, the ever-present whiff of dirty nappies, and the dreariness of Old Macdonald sung for the millionth time takes the pleasurable edge off what used to be a wholly charming experience.

Which is why I loved Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall, when we went along to London’s South Bank this weekend.

Monski Mouse

Monski herself, complete with baby mouse-bump

Given that Gwen and I had such a good time at Monski’s set last year, I knew that we’d enjoy the musical environment. It’s different enough to the standard playgroup fare to please us grown-ups; but friendly and perky, perfectly pitched to get the under-fives jiggling on the dance floor.

And jiggle, they did.

In fact, as well as bopping and grooving, Austin and Gwen spent a lot of time racing around the sprung dancefloor of the South Bank’s Spiegeltent. Just like all youngsters, in the discos I remember from days of yore.

Gwen running

The pace was set by Monski’s spirited dancers, who greeted us at the door and bopped their way through everything from Sleeping Bunnies snooze to high-octane Charleston.

Monski dancers

Monski, aka Monica, an Australian DJ with a mouse-ear barnet and polka-dot frock, kept the energy levels high with plenty of new(ish) and old tunes. She somehow made it seem normal for a load of under-fives to body-pop along to Beyonce’s Put a Ring on It; and for the adults in the room to crawl around on all fours to Love Cats by the Cure.

Love Cats

I’m sure my self-conscious 17-year-old self would have been mortified by such behaviour (and, back then, I was far too cool to do anything other than slink around the room when the Cure was spinning on the decks). But it felt like a bonding moment: Austin and Gwen (who said Love Cats was her favourite part of the set), taking it in turns to ride on my back, while I flung off my inhibitions to shuffle on all fours around the floor.

If you want 45 minutes of entertainment for the whole family, Monski Mouse’s gig is a good choice. At £8, it’s pricier than your average children’s singalong session, but it stands head and shoulders above any local playgroup. You can even buy grown-up drinks at the bar outside, and sup them at the booths lining the edges of the dance floor.

family at Monski

Austin and I left the disco beaming after a rousing finale, complete with pogo-ing, of Toy Dolls’ Nelly the Elephant (Gwen, buoyed up by the conga, had already done a runner into the forecourt of the Spiegeltent). On our way out, we caught a glimpse of some of the other offerings for this summer’s festival at the Southbank – always an alluring place.

I’m sure it won’t be long before we’re back.

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Disclosure: we were given tickets to the Monski Mouse Baby Disco for the purpose of this review, but all views expressed are my own. Monski Mouse regularly tours the UK and to find out more about where she is right now, visit her website.

If you’d like to find out more about what’s on in London, check out our guide.

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29 Comments

  1. Lucie Aiston
    May 19, 2014 / 8:57 am

    Wow that looks like so much fun!! I never went to parenting groups with my 2 when they were little… I would have jumped at the chance to do something like this! Great post!

  2. May 19, 2014 / 9:06 am

    Parenting groups have never appealed to me, but this looks amazing. If I didn’t have children I think I’d borrow some so I could go along and join in!

  3. May 19, 2014 / 10:40 am

    This looks like an awesome idea! I love it! It looks like you had a lot of fun – which I can’t really say about any toddler group I’ve ever been too. They’ve had some fab cakes in the past but never grown up drinks! Yes please! 🙂

  4. May 19, 2014 / 10:58 am

    Sounds like it was worth every penny. That on the move picture is fantastic.

  5. May 19, 2014 / 12:55 pm

    Definitely nothing like this in “my day” what a lot of fun you guys had!!

  6. Lisa M Prince
    May 19, 2014 / 1:48 pm

    haha love the pics , your on the deck lol, looks like you all had fun x

  7. May 19, 2014 / 1:54 pm

    We are headed for the Southbank on Friday – and next Friday too. Makes a fun day out after/before a boring hospital trip. We will look out for this!

  8. May 19, 2014 / 2:16 pm

    Wow. Looks like you had a super time. I have said it before, but I sometimes wish we loved closer to London. There is so much more culture and stuff to do

  9. May 19, 2014 / 3:48 pm

    Your comment re by the time of number two child and the whiff of smelly nappies did make me smile!! Sounds like you had great fun, have to admit I have been far more content to stay at home with number two rather than having to face a load of small talk!!

  10. May 19, 2014 / 5:02 pm

    it looks weird and fun at the same time, would i take my kid- i will have to think

  11. May 19, 2014 / 5:40 pm

    This looks awesome! Would absolutely love to do this, the wee girl especially would have a ball 🙂

  12. May 19, 2014 / 6:05 pm

    That looks great, I didn’t realise anything like that existed. x

  13. May 19, 2014 / 6:28 pm

    What a great place to take your little ones! I may have to consider taking my little brother there, he loves dancing!

  14. May 19, 2014 / 6:45 pm

    Oh I would totally love that too! We went to the Three Foot People Festival in Chelmsford last year which had a rave tent for the tinies. Rave tunes, hip hop, totally brilliant, my son loved it and so did we 😀

  15. May 19, 2014 / 7:28 pm

    I love the sound of the event but I don’t think my children would. It sounds much more fun than storytime at the local library though!

  16. May 19, 2014 / 7:40 pm

    This sounds brilliant, really fun. You’ve hit the nail on the head when you describe the usual toddler and baby singalong sessions – they can get wearing after the first child!

  17. May 19, 2014 / 8:21 pm

    I LOVE this!! It looks like so much fun. I think the South Bank is so brilliant, they have some really great stuff on there. Will definitely look out for this.

  18. Kizzy
    May 19, 2014 / 8:25 pm

    This looks great fun. I wish they’d do more like this near us

  19. May 19, 2014 / 10:53 pm

    This looks fantastic and worth every penny. It’s so lovely to do something with children that genuinely gives you pleasure too so you don’t feel like you’re just going through the motions. I’m sure you’ll remember it always.

  20. May 20, 2014 / 5:54 am

    My kids would love this – they love to sing and dance

  21. May 20, 2014 / 9:37 am

    I so wanted to go to this, but being in London it was too hard to get to with the boys and being hugely pregnant. It looks amazing though, I love the on the move photo!

  22. May 20, 2014 / 10:33 am

    The Tiger Lillies look a bit scary! 😉 looks like a great time x

  23. May 20, 2014 / 10:54 am

    Great fun. I reckon N would love it – although he’s a bit picky on music, and I’d be concerned that he’d start pulling moonies if AC/DC was played!

  24. May 20, 2014 / 3:05 pm

    What an amazing play group!!! I wish there was something like this here. I go to the library every wed morning with a friend and our little ones for song time and it’s the same nursery ryhme songs over and over ha!!! x

  25. May 20, 2014 / 10:07 pm

    Oh wow this looks like such good fun, what a great idea. POD would absolutely love it! Seems different too which must be part of the appeal as you say x

  26. May 20, 2014 / 10:49 pm

    Now that sounds like a lovely time – what a cute little disco idea as well 🙂 x

  27. May 21, 2014 / 12:18 pm

    Looks like you guys had some awesome time out there.

  28. May 24, 2014 / 12:21 pm

    This looks ace. And how satisfying to have your children showing early signs of such excellent music taste! There is far too much studying of the Friday Download dance routines in our house …

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