Updated August 20, 2008When the family and I lived in Brooklyn, NY we loved taking my son, Catcher to Baby Loves Disco (BLD), a dance party held once a month for the kids (and parents). Catcher rocked out in a secure place for three hours straight and my husband and I got to talk to other likeminded (as in super cool) parents, check out new styles of kid gear, and even get chair massages. We were introduced to kid-friendly musicians like Dan Zanes & Father Goose. Catcher always went home with a huge grin on his face, a full belly of yummy organic treats, and lots of fantastic prizes.
When we moved to Cleveland when we found out we were having baby #2, I yearned for Baby Loves Disco. I even tried to set the event up here, but it never happened. And then I was introduced to Naomi. Naomi Hattaway had also been to BLD and wanted the same kind of event to go in the Cleveland area. She paired up with a mom in Washington DC and Rock-n-Tot was born.
Rock with your Daddy…and Roll with your Mamma
The moms wanted to create an event that encourages families to spend quality time together, create new relationships, and educate themselves with new products (most parent-created!). The group decided to throw Rock-n-Tot once a month in Ohio & Washington DC, on a Saturday afternoon in area venues that are magically-transformed into kid-friendly zones.
What to Expect
The first Rock-n-Tot event that we attended was last fall. We walked into the venue to find rockin’ kid-friendly music, scarves, maracas, and a giant dance floor. We soon learned about the different spaces in the event.
The second floor was home to an infant area, designed with the nursing mom in mind. I found myself there for the majority of the time because my daughter Louisiana had just been born a few months before. My husband & son ventured off into the super fun floor where they discovered face painting, airbrush tattoo artists, kid manicurists, and chair massage for the big kids! As a family I would have to say that we truly enjoy the event. The dancing, the food (sometimes from my husband’s restaurant, Bar Cento) and the people make this a beneficial event to the parents & children of the Cleveland area.
Rockin’ Times Ahead
The next Rock-n-Tot is September 13th, 2008 from 2pm-5pm. It is going to be held at Swingo’s Tavern. Rock-n-Tot is free for non walkers & $12 for everyone else. For more information please visit the Rock-n-Tot website.