Inside, tiny babes cuddled in Snugglis or Babybjörns against their moms' and dads' swaying chests, tots boogied down, and a sprinkling of grammar-school kids practiced break-dancing moves to a disco beat, manipulated by DJ Sake-1 and Fran Boogie (who dialed it down somewhat, in loudness and intensity, for the small fries). The soundtrack featured plenty of '70s and '80s tunes, with the Bee Gees and the slightly dubious Michael Jackson well represented. Audience participation was encouraged: "Y.M.C.A." worked well for the kindergartners, regardless of their reading level, as did DJ-prompted kissing and freezing during a Prince song.
But mostly the kids enjoyed clustering around the two bubble machines, playing with the toys (mini-Hula-Hoops, wispy scarves, and percussion noisemakers), laying waste to the Whole FoodsÐcatered buffet (grapes, crackers, hummus, crudites, and organic juice boxes), and taking breaks in the chill-out room, an area with couches and Eric Carle board books in which pastel pacifiers weren't just ironic fashion accessories. Essential accessories for the moms and dads included digital cameras nothing cuter than a dancing baby! long-neck beers, and blissful expressions. Parents love disco, too.