Babies’ rave-up: mini parties for mini people...

. Mum Ingrid Stratton dances with her daughter (right) Mila Stratton (two) and her friend Alice Hellyer (two). Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150170-5)
. Mum Ingrid Stratton dances with her daughter (right) Mila Stratton (two) and her friend Alice Hellyer (two). Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150170-5)

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The commotion is much the same as any other club, everyone shows off their best moves and the hardcore ones toddle about the room.

Except the partygoers are much younger than norm – as most are under seven and the strongest drink on their menu is squash.

(left), sisters Halle betty (four), and Faith Betty (seven), from Leigh Park enjoy the activities table.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150170-1)

(left), sisters Halle betty (four), and Faith Betty (seven), from Leigh Park enjoy the activities table.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150170-1)

Such was the scene at Ickle Bambino Baby Rave at the Square Tower, Portsmouth.

The event that promises mini parties for mini people and a dance floor full of balloons certainly delivers it.

Organised by Trudy Hill, 32, from Southsea, the craze has now swept across parenting groups and the school playgrounds of Portsmouth.

She says: ‘We have held four of these events so far and they have all sold out, bar 10 tickets, which is fantastic.’

The children love it but with this kind of music it also means that the parents can enjoy it as well

To give the children a chance to boogie, local DJs perform sets of garage and house music.

Trudy said: ‘The children love it but with this kind of music it also means that the parents can enjoy it as well.’

When things get too much for the children and they need to relax they can be swept off to the special VIP area or, as Ickle Bambino call it, the arty crafty chill-out area.

Ingrid Stratton, 39, from Southsea took her three-year-old daughter Mila to the rave.

Buster Morgan (14 mths) from Southsea enjoys playing in the plastic ball pool.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150170-2)

Buster Morgan (14 mths) from Southsea enjoys playing in the plastic ball pool.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150170-2)

She says: ‘I really like how all the music is downstairs but they have got a chill-out zone upstairs where we can take them and have a drink.’

For the ravers who want to get creative, Trudy organises arts and crafts for them.

‘We have different tables set up with a variety of activities for the children to have a go at,’ she says. ‘On one table we can have loom band making for the older children and another we have colouring, finger painting, puzzles and glow sticks. It varies from each event we run but it is always a big hit.’

The children also get a chance to have their face painted with butterflies, flowers and action heroes to impress their friends.

Trudy adds: ‘The kids absolutely love it. There is always a queue and sometimes even the parents have it done.’

And what party wouldn’t be complete without a fancy dress photo booth?

‘The photos are all taken by James White Photography and the parents love seeing the pictures after the event,’ says Trudy.

The raves are always held on a Sunday afternoon with two sessions of guest DJs for the clubbers’ delight.

Parent Ingrid says: ‘It’s absolutely brilliant. It’s fantastic. It’s ideal that it’s on a Sunday as well because there’s very little to do for families at the weekends.’

The first session usually runs from midday to 2pm and another from 2.15pm to 4.15pm.

The next Ickle Bambino Baby Rave will be an Easter-themed bonanza.

‘Steve Hendon and his wife Julia who run the Square Tower will be helping make the place themed,’ says Trudy.