• In addition to the dancing, Child, Youth and School Services staff provided manicures, temporary tattoos, a finger puppet craft table and snacks to those who attended the Baby Loves Disco.

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    In addition to the dancing, Child, Youth and School Services staff provided manicures, temporary tattoos, a finger puppet craft table and snacks to those who attended the Baby Loves Disco.

  • A father and daughter dance during Thursday's Baby Loves Disco event at the Solomon Center.

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    A father and daughter dance during Thursday's Baby Loves Disco event at the Solomon Center.

  • Madison Tyler, 10, and sister Essence Tyler, 12, battle it out on the dance floor during Thursday’s Baby Loves Disco event. The sisters, along with their 6-year-old sister Mikayla, were among the winners of the dance-off.

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    Madison Tyler, 10, and sister Essence Tyler, 12, battle it out on the dance floor during Thursday’s Baby Loves Disco event. The sisters, along with their 6-year-old sister Mikayla, were among the winners of the dance-off.

  • Parents and children participate in one of several dance games that took place throughout the evening. Children received prizes for winning  the games, which included a freeze dance game, “Simon Says” and the limbo.

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    Parents and children participate in one of several dance games that took place throughout the evening. Children received prizes for winning the games, which included a freeze dance game, “Simon Says” and the limbo.

FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- It would be an overstatement to say that I was so excited I couldn’t sleep, but the party definitely had me amped.

What would I wear? Should I show up right at the beginning? When should I break out the robot?

But once I got to last week’s Baby Loves Disco family dance party at the Solomon Center, I realized that the whole point was to take a night off from stressing and have a fun time dancing with kids.

The party was part of what the Baby Loves Disco folks are calling the “Superhero” tour, so children were encouraged to wear costumes. While my son went costume-free (after scouring stores and coming up empty-handed, we settled on putting him in a Superman shirt), Batgirl, Superman and Spiderman were among the heroes who stopped by our party.

I was a little skeptical about the name " “Staying Alive,” and “I will Survive” are about the entirety of my disco knowledge " but the DJ (a real, live guy on the ones and twos) played everything from the Cha Cha slide to Justin Bieber.

In addition to the music and dancing, my son got a chance to get a temporary tattoo, had his face painted and even made a sock puppet that he insisted on wearing while he danced. There was also a manicure station with a variety of polishes for the little ones to choose.

When I wasn’t on the dance floor, I was munching on the free snacks " sandwiches and, healthy cheese puffs and black bean and corn salsa that seemed homemade.

The staff even had the foresight to set up a station on the side so that the younger ones would have a safe place to play once the adrenaline died down from the dancing.

I sometimes find it a bit difficult to find fun things for my 2-year-old to do; either the really fun activities are for older children or the activity is so suited for his age that it bores me to tears.

This event actually kept me going the entire time, I mean, it is pretty difficult not to laugh when you have 4-year-olds break dancing and superheroes challenging each other to dance battles.
My only regret is that more of our families didn’t come out and participate in the hard work that our CYSS staff obviously put into the event.

Well, actually, that’s not my only regret: I never did get a chance to do the robot.

Editor's note: Crystal Lewis Brown is an Army spouse of six years and is editor of the Fort Jackson Leader.

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