Big Fish Little Fish Rave Review: The Ultimate Family Event
Here’s something I never would say in the same sentence… today, I went to a rave with my children. My 3-year-old child & my 8-month-old baby… And yes, I did say rave! However, this was a rave with a difference – this was a Big Fish Little Fish family rave!
Held in Nightingales club in Birmingham, the venue was the perfect fit for this event. A proper nightclub with a sticky floor! I couldn’t actually believe I was in a nightclub. I haven’t been clubbing for years (I’m not really as old as I sound…) although admittedly this was on a Sunday afternoon & we were all home in time for dinner. Thinking about it, this is actually my perfect way of clubbing! Ok, maybe I am old…
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These Big Fish Little Fish raves are aimed at parents of young children who still want to party & listen to music other than Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. It allows parents to have fun at the same time as their children. A great way to bond AND get out of the house. This rave, in particular, was especially for Halloween so we went decked out in our finest spooky attire as suggested by the organisers.
On arrival at Nightingales, our hands were stamped upon entry, just like on a real night out! The very friendly & enthusiastic staff ushered us in & handed the children free glowsticks. Sophie immediately made herself a necklace & bracelet & Charlie proceeded to try & eat his.
Throughout the venue were posters directing visitors to the different areas available. There were licensed bars in each room, the main rave room, a Drum & Bass room with a set by Cybergroove, a soft play area, a baby chill-out zone, face painting & a playdough & craft tables. Our first stop was the temporary tattoo area where Sophie chose a butterfly. These transfers are included in the ticket price. Glowsticks, butterflies & drinks in hand, we headed to the dance floor.
Music & Dancing
The main dance floor had DJ Mark Archer on the stage, joined by a dancer with a flashing hula hoop. Bubbles were being blown into the crowd & giant balloons were being thrown over dancers’ heads. The children loved the balloons, especially the enormous inflatable balls that were as big as they were! The music was good fun to dance to & gave me the opportunity to teach Sophie some moves! The dance floor soon filled up & everyone seemed to be having a great time. Although loud, it wasn’t by any means deafening & the children didn’t seem bothered by the volume. The Drum & Bass room was great fun with a stage that children were dancing on. Cybergroove played a good set, with some dance classics included.
Arts & Crafts
The crafts around the side of the room were Halloween themed with children able to make paper plate skeleton masks. The table had plenty of craft resources from feathers to sparkly stickers. The member of staff manning the table was very efficient & ensured children had what they needed. The playdough tables were rather on the small side but had various cookie cutters & shades of play dough available.
Dotted around the venue were some small play areas for younger children. It was a bit sparse – a few soft mats, a ball pit, a couple of tents & tunnels – but the kids seemed perfectly happy! It also meant we could give our arms a rest from carrying baby Charlie around. No pushchairs are allowed inside the club, they have to be left in the entrance so bear this in mind if taking non walkers.
Baby Chill Zone
The baby chill out area was a bonus with having Charlie as it gave somewhere quieter to sit & feed him. There was no music playing in this room, although it was still fairly noisy due to the number of people there. There were also some activities out to occupy the older children whilst babies were being tended to. In terms of baby change, the venue put up DIY baby change tables in their toilets as, as you can imagine, nightclubs don’t generally have a need for baby changers!
Food & Drink
This was the only additional cost to the afternoon, but I’m sure you could take your own drinks & snacks if preferred. Bars were open in all of the rooms & I think Sophie’s favourite part may have been the cake stand! We bought a rocky road bar & a Halloween cupcake which was devoured in minutes! Totally delicious.
Overall the rave lasted 2.5 hours, starting at 2 pm & ending at 4 pm. It was just the right amount of time & the kids loved that the dancing was broken up with lots of different activities for them to do. To mark the the end of the rave, there was a parachute draped over the dancing crowd. This created a lot of excitement, especially for the children who danced whilst watching it with fascination. The event had a lovely atmosphere & it was clear that the kids were really enjoying themselves – something a bit different for them to do on a Sunday afternoon!
For more info, the Big Fish Little Fish website has upcoming events & ticket prices listed. The next Nightingales event in Birmingham is the Jingle Bells Ball with admission for adults £9, children £6 & under 1’s free.
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