A couple of Sundays ago we headed over to the South Bank with Charlotte and family for Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall at the London Wonderground pop up venue. We had such a great time last year and were excited about doing it all again! It was also Imogen’s first trip into the big smoke! She slept through most of it of course though here is her looking slightly bemused after the disco, wearing her Monski Mouse sticker.
But first up was the huge excitement of waving at the train driver before the train journey itself. Do not underestimate how exciting public transport is to a 2 year old. I was slightly nervous about negotiating the train and tube network with the baby, pram and toddler even with Andy’s help. We survived! Not sure I’d be keen to do it on my own any time soon though. At Waterloo station we were ascending the tallest escalator you can imagine, Andy balancing the pram, me holding Seren’s hand (her first time stood on her own on an escalator) and baby Imogen in my other arm trying to get to my boob!
To fuel us through the disco, we visited the Real Food Market behind the Royal Festival Hall to grab some lunch. Between us we went for meze, pierogis, hog roasts, a duck confit burger, cakes, baklava and Turkish delight! We settled down in Jubilee Gardens behind the London Eye for a picnic.
We finished with some unexpected cakes and macarons from the BB Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour (which looks pretty awesome by the way). A couple of ladies finished the tour with leftovers and clearly thought our girls needed an extra sugar hit as they offered them to us! Which we gladly accepted, you don’t turn down free cake do you? Not to mention the cute pink box which the girls fought over.
There is so much going on on the South Bank over the summer, from the pop up beach, beach bars within the Wonderground (including a bar on a revolving fairground carousel!), the secret garden on the roof of the Queen Elizabeth Hall to the various performances as part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love. It would take days to see and do everything!
Knowing our exploratory limits with toddlers and babies in tow, we headed straight over to the vintage Paradiso Spiegeltent to grab some Pimms and wait for Monski Mouse’s Baby Dance Disco Hall to start.
The 45 minute disco comprises Monski Mouse’s unique setlist of hip jiggling classics such as Dean Martin’s Sway and Beyonce’s Put A Ring On It and children’s songs given a disco edge such as Nellie The Elephant and Sleeping Bunnies. Monski Mouse leads the dancing from her stripey DJ booth up on stage, so she’s its easy for the little ones to see her, along with her dancers on the floor, to follow the song’s actions.
Seren is very much into dancing at the moment. She will only wear skirts or dresses that will swish out when she twirls around and will sometimes insist on being called Seren Ballerina. Needless to say she was brave enough to hit the disco dance floor much sooner this year.
Here she is roaring to Dinosaur Roar and rocking to Rock-A-Bye Your Bear.
Betsy and Seren also had fun lying on the floor pretending to be worms and clambering over our booth making faces in the mirrors. How lovely to be so uninhibited!
I was pleased that it was cooler in the Spiegeltent this year and there was free water available too. The 45 minutes whizzed by and all too soon it was time for the conga and then the last dance. Monski Mouse personally says goodbye to all her guests which is a lovely touch. We said goodbye, collected our stickers and headed back out to the busy South Bank to start the trek home. We’re already looking forward to next year and watching Imogen and Betsy’s brother Arthur join in the disco fun too!
Monski Mouse has only 3 more shows left at the London Wonderground this summer! The disco is aimed at under 5’s and you can catch it either tomorrow (10th August), 27th August or the 7th September. All shows are at 3pm and tickets cost £9 per person (babies under 6 months old do not need tickets). You can get tickets here: www.londonwonderground.co.uk/whats-on/monski-mouses-baby-disco-dance-hall.
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We were given complimentary tickets to Monski Mouse’s Baby Dance Disco Hall to review the experience.