Wiggle, Dance & Laugh with Zumbini Fife

Little L has been asking about going dancing for some time. She’s suddenly aware that her brother goes to classes and is thinking ‘what about me?’ Truth. Yes she’s not even reached the ripe old age of 3 yet, but this girl is super switched on. L

I’ve been umming and ahhing about what to do as L is really shy with new people and situations and I didn’t want to waste money on classes that she wouldn’t like. I was delighted then when Katie from Zumbini Fife got in touch to tell us about her demo class and about the fact that parents stay and join in.

The Zumbini™ program is where the science of child development meets the magic of Zumba®! Designed for children 0 to 4 years old and their caregivers, together you sing, dance and wiggle your way through 45 wonderful minutes.

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Before the class began the kids were able to explore the instrument basket so it was clear that there were no noise rules here. Big tick for our two (T had been invited along as a ‘helper’ for the little uns and very much enjoyed the importance of being the only big one there). Then Katie explained a little about what the class involved…which went along the lines of ‘join in, let your children explore and do what they want, there are NO RULES (within reason of course. If your child is attempting to catapult him/herself out a window that would be a good time to intervene), let them be free to learn, play and interact as they see fit’. For me this is perfect as I still feel L is a bit young for a really structured dance class and I don’t want her to spend 45 minutes being told not to do this or that.

So this is precisely how it went. We had around 3.5 minutes of shyness before L was off, leaving me to sing and dance alone (pretending I was totally cool and not at all embarrassed) while she followed Katie around for the duration of the class. We sang, we danced, we banged drums, we played with scarves, we explored instruments and there wasn’t a moment for boredom to set in.

This is Scotland’s only Zumbini™ programme at the moment and I can see it being a massive success. The demo class we attended was full, every single adult and child seemed to have a ball, and most of the places in the first block of classes are already gone. We’re hoping to book in soon ourselves!

For more information about the classes and how to book check out their listing on the Fife for Kids website.

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*The Fife for Kids team were paid for this review but all opinions expressed are entirely honest.
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*Review* Aladdin at the Adam Smith Theatre

We were excited to be invited by OnFife Theatres to review their 2017 Panto, Aladdin at the Adam Smith Theatre. As the show was in the evening we didn’t think it was a good idea to take L so I opted to make it a mum and son night and me and T went along ourselves.

Normally I take T to see the smaller family shows that Carnegie Hall (also part of the OnFife family) puts on but the time was right to introduce him to his first panto. I did carry on the tradition by taking Lo to see Shhh…The Elves are Shy at Carnegie Hall though and although this run is now complete I would recommend to anyone with little ones under 5 that you check out Little Ulla, which runs from Thursday 21st-Saturday 23rd with tickets only £5.

Anyway, back to Saturday. As this was T’s first panto experience, it took some persuading that it was actually ok to shout out during the performance. Once he realised I wasn’t having him on he was beyond excited and couldn’t sit still. It was great to see the genuine glee on his face.

It’s been a while since I went to a panto myself and I wasn’t sure if it would all be like it used to. I was relieved to find that it was a classic, old school, traditional pantomime, with all the usual hilarity, breaking out of character and audience interaction that you would expect.

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