Are you a family of dancers? We’re talkin’ the get-down-and-boogie kind, not the refined Swan Lake variety. If so, then you might want to take yourselves down to the Hip Tot Music Fest where you can groove to the beats of some of the top kid bands on the scene. More than a simple kindie concert, the monthly event has a host of fun activities beyond bootie shaking to keep you and your brood busy.
How it Began
Hip Tot Music Fest was started last year by two Brooklynites. One of the owners Gabby, used to throw, what they would call in the South, some serious Hoe-Down-Throw-Downs, outside of her store in Clinton Hill. When her store closed, families still wanted to get their party on. What was a girl to do? Well, Gabby decided to go into business and start Hip Tot Music Fest.
What to Expect
On the second Sunday of each month, Hip Tot Music Fest brings some of the top kiddie bands in the business to Brooklyn’s Littlefield Performance and Art Space in Park Slope. Most bands are local, but they occasionally feature out-of-state bands. Worried that you will have to listen to a lot of sweet, syrupy, kiddie music about yummies in their tummies or brushing their teeth? Don’t. Hip Tot Music Fest books a variety of bands that the whole family will enjoy, from Reggae to Zydeco and everything in between. Past performers have included Audra Rox, The Deedle Dees and the Okee Dokee Brothers. Your kids will have fun, while you and the hubs (if you drag him along) will get to listen to some decent music.
Want to know what they have got coming up in the next few months? Well, the lineup includes: Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band on March 10, Rolie Polie Guacamole on April 14, and the Trummy Tones on May 12 aka Mother’s Day.
Good to Know
The show starts at 12:30 pm, but if you show up when the doors open at 12:00 pm, your kids can create different arts and crafts projects, get their faces painted, get a glitter tattoo or play in the cardboard castle. There’s also a pre-show that includes a story by Melanie Hope Greenberg, as well as performances by local groups such as the Jeté Dance Center and the Cool Beans.
After the show, kids can get dressed up and take a picture with the performers. All kids go home with gift bags, the contents of which vary from month to month, but sometimes the contents alone are worth the price of admission.
Strollers aren’t allowed inside the venue, so if you bring your set of wheels, you’ll have to store it for $2 (cash only). Coat check is also available for $2 per coat. Also, seating is limited, but there’s a ton of floor space and the chance of your kiddo sitting still is slim anyway.
Cost: $8 child/$10 adult in advance, $10 child/$12 adult at the door
Littlefield Performance and Art Space
622 Degraw Street
Park Slope, Ny
Who are you most excited to see perform at the Hip Tot Music Fest?
Photos courtesy of Téa Bernard, Beth Eisgrau-Heller and Hip Tot Music Fest