Sheffield youngsters learn how to glow their own way

The Mini Ravers' Valentine's ball at Bar 27, in Boston Street, Sheffield.
The Mini Ravers' Valentine's ball at Bar 27, in Boston Street, Sheffield.
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Glowsticks at the ready! Dance-loving tots are able to party with parents thanks to the launch of an unusual new event in Sheffield.

Mini Ravers – set up by three professional city mums – aims to help parents relive their clubbing days while providing something different for youngsters to enjoy.

Youngsters have fun at the Mini Ravers' Valentine's ball at Bar 27, in Boston Street, Sheffield.

Youngsters have fun at the Mini Ravers' Valentine's ball at Bar 27, in Boston Street, Sheffield.

Dozens of families attended the last rave, which included colourful lights, sensory toys, musical instruments and dance sessions at Bar 27 on Boston Street.

Nurse and mum-of-two Lisa Pugh, of Beauchief, said: “It is just something which is completely different, there is nothing like it in Sheffield.

“It feels a bit naughty because you are going to a bar, but you are taking the kids.

“Mums and dads are up dancing and it’s a brilliant way to get the kids moving, at least they aren’t sat down watching television.

Frankie Hall, aged 20 months, is pictured at the Mini Ravers' Valentine's ball at Bar 27, in Boston Street, Sheffield.

Frankie Hall, aged 20 months, is pictured at the Mini Ravers' Valentine's ball at Bar 27, in Boston Street, Sheffield.

“We have lots of sensory toys and musical instruments for them to play with, there’s a disco which is the main focus and also a chill out room or cafe to relax in when it all gets too much. At the end we all sing nursery rhymes together. It’s definitely all powered by tea and coffee rather than cocktails.”

The monthly rave was launched last year after Lisa, fellow mum Carly Genn – a qualified dance instructor who leads sessions at the parties – and Paula Neil attended a similar event in Leeds.

Paula, of Dronfield, said: “The music we play appeals to adults and children alike.

“Adults can relive clubbing days, which for some with young children is a distant memory. It is a family experience attracting mums, dads and grandparents.”

The next Mini Ravers, for children up to four, is on Sunday, March 9.

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