Do you want your kids to love the music YOU love as much as you do? Head to the Rock and Roll Playhouse at Brooklyn Bowl, a live concert series geared towards kids ages 1 – 7, offered on select dates at the otherwise adult venue. A band performs songs by iconic musicians throughout history (think The Beatles, Dave Matthews Band, Billy Joel). In addition to the concert, they offer games, movement and lots of fun for your Littles. This is not your typical music class or sing-a-long for kids. And as a parent, you will love this experience far more. Why? Because it’s music you love and not another rendition of “The Wheels on the Bus.”
Parents Participate, Too
I took my 2-year-old for the Taylor Swift-themed show. I was probably more excited than my toddler, because she doesn’t yet know who Taylor Swift is. It was the perfect opportunity to introduce her to some of my favorite music. Music includes a band and singer on stage providing an hour-long concert of the chosen artist’s songs (the hits, not the ones you’ve never heard that are often showcased at concerts). The host is funny and engaging, and they incorporate games to keep your Littles active throughout. The kids did the Limbo for one song and played with a giant parachute during another. Parents are encouraged to participate, dance and sing along — it’s a fun morning for all ages.
Get There Early
The venue is great, too. They have food and drinks for sale and even cocktails if you are feeling up for it at 11 a.m. (they give away wristbands at the door for 21+). There are tables set up along the perimeter of the dance floor so you can order food and sit down to eat. Doors open at 11 a.m. for the concert at 12 p.m. I recommend arriving early to snag a table (or tables if you have a big group) and order your food before the concert begins. They teased the upcoming shows (Mother’s Day is Shania Twain and Father’s Day is The Grateful Dead). Parking isn’t offered, but they have paid lots right across the street that are empty at the morning hours. Tickets are $15, so it’s reasonably priced and it will get your kids’ energy out. Kids under 1 are free, though you may want to purchase headphones (linked on their website) to protect their little ears if you plan to tote them along. We had a blast and absolutely will be going again!
Rock and Roll Playhouse is located at 925 3rd Ave. N. Get tickets and learn more here.