We have long since been a huge fan of Baby Rave North (see one of my very early posts here) and for the first time after the rebrand, we went to Boomchikkaboom – this time for a Preschool Workshop, called “Around the World”.
Hosted at the wonderful Mumspace at Mothercare, Crown Point in Leeds, we made our way in the rocket lift (don’t forget the rocket buttons outside the lift!) to the private room and for once, we got our timings right so I wasn’t emotionally blackmailed to buy the entire stock of the Early Learning Centre upstairs!
As everyone made their way in, the toddlers ran about and turned a perfectly set out room into a complete mess! However, they tidied up well (why don’t they do that at home!) and soon we were underway…
I have to be honest, I didn’t know what to expect before it started. The “traditional” Baby Raves were brilliant but they are clearly for the younger end, but knowing the guys behind Baby Rave/Boomchikkaboom, it was always going to be good. And it was.
The children are encouraged to act their way through a story – in our case it was going on an adventure to a number of different countries –and do some of the things associated with it, such as pretending to pack a suitcase, going on an aeroplane and eating some local foods. My particular favourite was the “baby massage” as it meant that I could actually keep Heidi in one place and feel like I was getting involved!!
Having always been really hands-on helping Heidi through her activities, this is a perfect opportunity to let go a little bit and so she can be more independent. However, I do feel like a bit of a spare part at times, and a little sad that I am not needed quite as much!! I can’t imagine what I’ll be like when she goes to school!
It is certainly more “grown-up” than a Baby Rave and while the shakers and pom-poms are still used, there weren’t any nursery rhymes and the music was used less as the children acted out the scenes.
To get the most out of it, your child needs to be good on their feet as there is a lot of running/movement and want to be creative with their mind. I think that anything from 2 to 5 years of age would be ideal to be honest.As a result, make sure whichever event you book is age appropriate for your child.
All in all, the workshop lasted 45 minutes and included the famous parachute and foam! It was really good fun and now I’m trying to work out the next time I can go to a Boomchikkaboom event.
If you have never been to one before, just give it a try. They are completely different to everything else that is out there, from new borns upwards, and really uplifting and energising. You will be hooked on them, like we are!
PS You may wonder why all the photos are of foam and parachutes, it was because I was either having too much fun watching/taking part or Heidi was moving around too quickly for a decent picture!