Disney Dance Party - Put the Fun Back into Family Night
If you’ve ever taken your kids to a child-centric live show where they get to participate, you know how much they love interactive fun--especially if it’s a Disney-inspired event.
Why not bring a little of the Magic Kingdom into your home and throw a Disney-themed dance party?
First, you’ll want to make the party room magical. String lights across the ceiling, or invest in a small light system like this one that flashes and changes color with the music. If this is family fun you’ll want to make a regular event, consider having dance accessories like the light show or a disco ball.
Bubbles keep kids jumping around as they try to pop or catch the bubbles. Kids can also help blow the bubbles, but not while they’re dancing at the same time! That’s a sure way to get your carpet drenched in a bottle of bubble mix. Only kids on a break, or an adult, get to be the designated bubble person.
Balloons are always an inexpensive decoration. You can jazz them up with glittery Disney stickers, let the children draw on them with markers, and trail curled ribbons from them.
To bring the fun up to another level, make sure to provide accessories. Glittery pretend glasses, flouncy feather boas, costume jewelry, crowns, and anything else your kids will love.
Invite some dance-loving friends for your child if there aren’t a lot of siblings to join in. Make sure friends know ahead of time this is a dance party. If they’re feeling too shy to participate, your child may not want to dance either.
This Disney Dance Party playlist on Spotify is sure to get your kids up and moving. The more involved you get in the party’s dance off, the more memorable the playtime will be to your children. Kids love when parents play along.
You can find all sorts of copycat Magic Kingdom food online. Even better, Disney has shared some of their secret recipes on the official Disney blog. Make your family’s favorite park food, but for those missing the fare at The Pirates of the Carribean, here’s the mint julep recipe from disneyfoodblog.com. This is kid friendly, and it's the stuff that memories are made of.
Disneyland Mint Julep Recipe
Makes approximately 2/3 gallon
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tsp lime juice concentrate
- 3 cups club soda
- 6 Tbsp creme de menthe syrup (not liqueur)
- 6 oz thawed lemonade concentrate
- mint leaves
- pineapple slices
- maraschino cherries
- bamboo skewers
Dissolve sugar into club soda. Add lime juice and lemonade and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add creme de menthe. Chill.
To serve, combine 3 parts syrup to 5 parts water. Add mint, and skewer two pineapple slices and a cherry. Serve chilled (add ice cubes if necessary).