Saturday afternoons just got a little hipper at the Rumba Room, downtown’s popular salsa nightclub — if you’re a tot, that is. Owners Edgar and Katherine Mendez launched The Little Disco in January, a dance party for parents of young children up to age 7. Katherine describes the new activity as a logical extension of their lives, since the couple are also parents of two preschoolers. “My husband is a salsa instructor and so dance is a big part of our lives as a family,” says Katherine. “And kids naturally like to dance.”
Here, kids can dance to their heart’s content on the last Saturday of each month (March 26), from 2 to 5 p.m. Katherine says they bring in a DJ to crank up a kid-friendly mix of pop music from Abba to the Black-Eyed Peas, which kids can move to while playing with ribbon batons, hula hoops, and scarves. They even throw in novelty tunes like the cha-cha-slide. “Parents dance too, and the kids are amazed when they know the cha-cha slide,” she says. On-hand are balloon twisters, face painters, glitter tattoos, crafts; they even bring in a massage chair for adults and serve up free snacks. “I’ve got a 16-month-old and a 4-year-old,” says Katherine, “so I wanted to do this while they’re still young enough to enjoy it.”
Admission is $10 per walking person, babies are free. To learn more, go to memphisrumbaroom.com.