New York has got to be the coolest place for kids. First they opened a DJ school for babies, and now they’re welcoming kids into their nightclubs. Fuzipop is a new company that organizes these daytime dance parties for children aged 6 to 12 and their parents. The three-hour parties happen once a month at Manhattan’s most happening clubs. Entry costs $20 for a parent and child, and $60 for a family of four. And here’s the best part – the DJ is nine-year-old!
According to the official website, “Fuzipop is a series of events focused on the celebration of music, dance and community for the next generation of city kids. This new generation has inspired us to provide a proper venue for them to experience what was once only available to a select few.” Fuzipop claims to provide an answer to ‘all our kids who constantly demand, ‘We want to have a dance party!’’.
Fuzipop is the brainchild of a husband and wife duo who also happen to be parents, DJs and music executives. Jesse Sprague, who spent years working in nightclubs around New York, met Jenny Song while dancing at a club. And when they had their first child, they threw a big bash at one of the clubs where Jesse worked. They invited almost all their club friends along with their kids – the party was a huge hit and no one wanted to leave. “All the parents said they would pay to do this, so we made a business out of it,” said Jesse.
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This month’s Fuzipop event was held at Pink Elephant, a club located in the West Village. On the day of the party, the club was secured with velvet ropes and bouncers stood guard at the doors. Many parents stood in line patiently with their children, waiting to get in. One bouncer said that the little kids were actually better behaved than all usual grown-up revelers. Once inside, the kids immediately leaped onto the dance floor while the parents lined up once more at the full cash bar.
But the highlight of the day was nine-year-old D.J. Kai, who spins at every Fuzipop event. Can you believe the little kid has his own record deal that puts his songs on iTunes? And towards the end of the party, he shared the booth with a fresh graduate from the popular Baby D.J. school in Brooklyn – an eight-year-old girl. She happened to attend Fuzipop’s very first event, where she won the classes as a raffle prize. She has now graduated and goes by the name D.J. Tiger.
A CNN reporter who witnessed the latest Fuzipop party later described a scene from the party: “The tables usually reserved for VIPs ordering pricey bottle service were littered with champagne glasses and juice boxes. The bartender, who’s used to serving a liquored-up, over-21 crowd on Saturday nights, was surprised by how much the parents were imbibing. The most popular drink that afternoon was vodka.” That’s right. The parents are permitted to consume alcohol while their kids go crazy on the dance floor.
Karli Mennuti, a school teacher with an eight-year-old son, said: “I went to school with Sprague and we used to go clubbing together all the time. Now we can live vicariously through our kids, and we can blow off steam together.”
“Our goal is to provide an amazing experience of electronic music, dancing, live performances, art and socializing for the entire family,” the owners write on the Fuzipop website. “We want to inspire the next generation of DJs, music producers, artists, dancers and music business moguls. We want to provide a creative outlet where they (the children) can be who they want without being judged.”