Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall (3 stars)

This article is from 2017

Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall

Baby's first rave

Monski Mouse is already bouncing around behind her decks when we arrive. Her assistants Ado and Louise welcome sleepy parents and excited toddlers into the Spiegeltent, which is sparkling like Studio 54 (with far less awkward posing).

Monski opens the party by reminding the adults present that it's dark in here, nobody can really see them, and both they and their toddlers will have a much better time if they lose their inhibitions. She's not wrong. Over the course of an hour, we rock around the clock, roar like lions, hop like bunnies and join in with some Aussie kids' songs.

There are also a few grown-up pop classics for the adults (who, encouraged by the assistants, are all now dancing merrily) mixed in – the disco doesn't get much deeper than 'Blame It On The Boogie', but ending with a family cuddle-dance (and the famous Dirty Dancing lift) to 'Time Of My Life' is a lovely touch.

It was my tiny reviewer's first clubbing experience, and he veered between wide-eyed delight at the disco ball, awestruck worship of the DJ and mild overstimulation (a bit like his mother's first clubbing experience, really). Most of the children made use of the handy, cushioned chill-out zone at some point, in between bouts of very wiggly, stompy, freeform dancing.

It's a simple idea, executed well, with energy and complete enthusiasm by Monski, who is both unflaggingly perky and DJ-hip. Everyone leaves smiling, and definitely ready to blame it on the good times.

Assembly George Square, 17–20 & 25–27 Aug, 11am, £7.50.

Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall

Retro dance tracks, pop favourites and funky nursery rhymes for under fives.