Singing & Dancing Promotes Child Development

 
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We already knew that raving is fun but now we’ve discovered there’s far more to it than just making us happy.  

Psychology professor, Patricia Riddell, of the University of Reading reports that “singing and dancing with children has been shown to increase brain connectivity and benefits child-parent interactions.” Singing is excellent for communication, language and literacy as well as giving children an early understanding of the world – and dancing is recognised as helping children in their social and emotional development as they interact with other children – as well as their physical fitness, creativity and coordination.

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But it is not only the child’s brain that benefits from these activities. “Parents who sing and dance with their children are creating a fun and relaxed space to interact. This improves communication and can help to relieve stress. We know that neurones that fire together, wire together – the brain is looking for patterns. The rhythm of music and dance help to create these patterns, allowing the brain to connect across different senses – vision, hearing and movement”.  

So heading to Rave-A-Roo could not only give adults an opportunity to let their hair down, it can actually aid your child’s development as they enjoy this mash-up of family, festival fun.

 

Introducing the Courtyard Stage in Partnership with VTech

Exclusive to Rave-A-Roo on Saturday 7th October, this brand new venue is brought to you by VTech, as they launch their amazing KidiCom Max. Kids will get the chance to interact with this super cool device by sending live messages and tune requests to our infamous MC Porridge and resident DJ.

 
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VTech’s KidiCom™ Max is more than just a messaging device! Using a wireless connection with KidiCom™ MAX, your child can exchange messages with family and friends, take photos and videos, play a variety of games with popular characters, safely browse the internet, listen to music and watch their favourite cartoon shows!

 
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Event Director Jenny Kane said, “We’re delighted to partner with VTech and host the launch of their fantastic new product, KidCom Max. Considering the focus on music as well as the whole family interacting and sharing together, it couldn’t be a more perfect fit for our brand. We’re really excited about bringing the KidiCom Max to life at Rave-A-Roo by our audience engaging with our performers in our brand new Courtyard venue.”

JOSEPH ELLIOTT, OF CBEEBIES' SWASHBUCKLE, TO HEADLINE ON SAT 20TH MAY

 

Ahoy there mateys!

We are so pleased to announce that Joseph Elliott, as seen on CBeebies’ Swashbuckle, will be headlining Rave-A-Roo on SATURDAY 20TH MAY. Joseph is best known for playing naughty pirate, Cook, in the BAFTA Award winning show Swashbuckle. More used to hunting for jewels on the shipwreck of the Scarlet Squid, our wonderful Joseph will be raising the roof for mini-ravers with madcap games and upbeat antics in the main room.

Welcome aboard, Joseph! We can’t wait to have you as our host!

 

PAW PATROL TO HEADLINE ON SAT 6TH MAY

 

We’ve got some exciting news!  The amazing PAW Patrol will be at Rave-A-Roo on SATURDAY 6TH MAY at Ministry of Sound!  As featured on Nick.Jr, this perky pack of rescue dogs are led by a boy named Ryder.  These super pups work together to protect their beautiful home, Adventure Bay.

Fresh from a successful stage show last year, PAW Patrol Live: Race to the Rescue toured Canada, the United States, Mexico, Australia and the Philippines. Chase and Marshall will be busting their moves around Rave-A-Roo and appearing at intervals throughout the day. This pawsome twosome will be sure to get grins on faces and energy levels soaring.

 

DICK AND DOM TO HEADLINE 1ST BIRTHDAY BASH!

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We’re so excited and delighted that megastars DJ DICK AND DOM will be headlining our 1st Birthday Bash on Saturday 18th February!  Only at Rave-A-Roo will you find this multi-talented duo spinning the decks and entertaining the dance floor with their madcap comedy at this very special event.

With over 20 years in the entertainment industry, including the double BAFTA award winning ‘Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow,’ Dick and Dom are household names that kids and their adults adore.  From their 80 date, sell-out Butlins tours to their critically acclaimed performances in Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’ and hilarious live shows at Camp Bestival and Jamie Oliver’s Festival they bring their unique brand of cheeky humour to everything they do.

 Happy Birthday to us!

 

RAVE-A-ROO AT EDEN PROJECT

 

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Rave-A-Roo was delighted to be asked to partner with Eden Project on Sat 29 October for Halloweden. This astonishing Cornish venue was the setting of a truly  unique and special event.

 As part of their Little Monster's Ball, Rave-A-Roo took over the Doom Tent. With our very own MC McMic (played by CBeebies Steve Kynman) and DJ Cuddles hosting, we soon had a wide array of spooktacular characters raving on the dancefloor to our finest tunes. Our partygoers were dressed in the most fang-tastic costumes we've ever seen! 

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 We had the most fabulous time with our Rave-A-Roonie dance-offs, bubble-walkabout, fab giveaways and confetti canons to name a few. 

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 We were truly honoured to work with Eden Project. Rave-A-Roo are great fans of the amazing environmental work they do. Thank you for having us, Eden Project.

IT-WAS-AMAZING.  

 

Rave-A-Roo's Festival Tour

This year, Rave-A-Roo had a fantastic summer. Most of our time was spent in the fields of the UK completing our first ever festival tour.

We started at Wilderness Festival, deep in the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside. This family festival is full of creativity and culture and the kids area is particularly fantastic with an array of activities and performances for the little ones. Wilderness was born in 2011 and is brought to you by the creators of some of the UK’s finest and most celebrated events, it's inception was “one of bringing together reciprocal talents: passion to build transformative experiences with a deep love of artistry and artisans”.

Rave-A-Roo was held in the Polka tent on the Friday evening. People were queuing at the entrance before we even began and energy in the tent was electric. The hour takeover included temporary tattoos, glitter faces, glow sticks and the bubble queen. The guests were treated to some fantastic famous floor fillers and some modern commercial favourites from Mr. Ben while Rave-A-Roo hosts played some amazing games such as Drum & Bass statues and the banana limbo.

The next stop on our route was House of Common festival. The day festival was held at Clapham Common on the August Bank Holiday. It had a fantastic line up including Toddla T, David Rodigan, Toots & The Maytals and the headliner of the night, Madness. The kids area was very rightly named Minor Madness and provided families with a circus tent full of fun including giant inflatable assault courses, fair ground rides, a house of fun and endless games for the kids. Rave-A-Roo were there for an amazing DJ takeover. DJ Cuddles hit the decks with some old school rave tunes and some popping electro tracks. The Rave-A-Roonies partied hard with the kids and also gave guests UV tattoos and a whole load of crazy inflatables.

The final stop on the Rave-A-Roo summer journey was Festival No.6. The festival is situated in the most stunning location, in the Italiante costal village of Portmeirion in Wales. The weekend includes an eclectic mix of screenings, readings, comedy, music, performance art, installations, intimate talks and much more. “Festival No.6 has been curated and delivered by a collaborative team determined to deliver the UK’s most unique festival experience”.

Rave-A-Roo was due to takeover the Castle Gardens on the Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately due to infrastructure issues caused by adverse weather conditions we had to cancel  for health & safety reasons. We were very sad but we were determined to make sure people could still enjoy us while on site so we re-arranged to hold the event on the Sunday instead. Thank you so much to all who braved the cold, wet weather to join us for Rave-A-Roo take two! With Steven Kynman as our fabulous host and DJ Gareth Potter blaring out his top Dancefloor classics as well as some top house and disco – people were loving the opportunity to reminisce to their favourite tunes. The Rave-A-Roonies were on top form despite the weather conditions providing tattoos, facepaints, glow sticks and loads of smiley face inflatables.

Overall we Rave-A-Roo had a brilliant summer. They are thankful to the festivals that gave them the opportunity to take over their kids areas in style and provide a whole new audience with a feel of what Rave-A-Roo is all about. We are back in London and all rested after a successful season and already looking forward to the next one. Bring on 2017.