We went to a recent Petits Party Rockers, which takes place once a month in Montreal’s Mile End. It was a pretty big effort to get there, complete with car drama. But it was so worth it! Babe and Bug are usually fast asleep at 3pm–when the party started, so we knew in order to avoid total meltdowns, they needed to get a nap in the car. We left early, and they slept in the car while I bought the finishing touches for Babe’s 4th birthday party the following day.
We arrived on time, and they were bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and ready to rock! We heard Michael Jackson on the way in.
There were about a hundred people at the event– families with children of all ages.
I was impressed was how smoothly organized the whole event was. Things were so calm and the venue is setup for exactly these types of activities. Though we’d never been somewhere quite like this before. The whole premise is that we can go dance with our kids and listen to Not Kids Music. Aside from MJ, there was Prince, Aretha– “it was like being at home,” reflects Papa. It’s true. There were also pop songs I’d never heard before cause I’m super out of the loop! The space, Centre Vida Sana is rented out for all kinds of events and it’s beautiful.
To be honest, my particular kids on this particular day were not particularly into dancing. We spent some time with the bigger kids on the dance floor, but Babe was into the gym area, climbing on monkey bars and balance beams, swinging on ropes and jumping on the trampoline. Bug was so content in the area with books and toys. There was food and drink for sale. I wish we’d gone for some of the yummy homemade curry they were serving, instead of heading out to China Town afterward. But you live and learn.
Call me selfish, but one of the reasons I was so keen to drag the whole family across town (from Verdun to Outrement) was I knew I’d get to meet friends I’d never met in person. I’ve “known” Laura and Enza for years but we’d never met in person. The day of the party, I found out that the reason Laura started reading this blog (how we “met”) was because Enza introduced her to it! Four years ago, Laura, a stranger, helped me through the toughest breastfeeding times.
I also finally got to meet Vivian Doan
(she and her family are even more gorgeous in person, which I couldn’t imagine was possible. And the event organizer, the lovely Jennifer Roberge
, who I interact with at least weekly online. I also ran into my old friend Pilar, who was the MC at my wedding and another internet friend named Tatiana.
There’s nothing quite like dance music, laughing children, great food, wine and old friends to feel part of a beautiful community. The thing is, as I mentioned there were 100 people there. Still–it was as intimate and comfy as an old fashioned house party.
The next dance party is Saturday, March 21 at 3:30pm – 6:30pm at Centre Vida Sana
435 Beaubien ouest