Halloween Central

Homer: Yeah, that's right, Barney. This year, I invested in pumpkins. They've been going up the whole month of October and I got a feeling they're going to peak right around January. Then, bang! That's when I'll cash in.
- The Simpsons, Homer vs Patty and Selma

The Tea Partiers write:

Tea Dance for Little People plans to light up Brockley shop windows with Halloween pumpkin lights at 4pm on Monday 31st October when a precession of little Tea Dance Ghouls will meet outside the Brockley Barge before going back to TDLP for their Halloween party.

We are fundraising for our future family events by selling its community-carved pumpkins to local businesses. Local firms will be asked to donate £5 or more to receive their spooky orange friends.

TDLP will be hosting a four day Halloween party for under 8s, from the 28th–31st October. 

The party will be a spellbinding version of its daily activity with dedicated artists, dancers, storytellers and musicians entertaining the children every day. TDLP is working in partnership with Brockley Cross Action Group to raise awareness of family and community activity in the local area amongst businesses.

The news is timely as we had been wondering whether to try to organise a Halloween get together for local parents and children who wanted to do some trick or treating locally.


chillymum said...

I still haven't managed to get to this place - what's it like? Any tips on when to go or what kind of thing it is best for? - looks like there are various different activities, according to the website. Also, any other tips for local indoor toddler activities, as the cold gets colder, much appreciated. Thanks!

Tamsin said...

Various franchises, Diddi Dance, Little Bubbles etc., operate out of the Telegraph Hill Centre on weekday mornings. Phone the Centre manager between 10 and 2 on 020 7639 0214 to check what.

Also a "Nature Bugs" - which might not always be indoors - but should be fun.

chillymum said...

Thanks, Tamsin! Similarly, any recommendations from anyone who's been to any of these much appreciated - with limited funds, would like to know what's worth the money...

Anonymous said...

Tea Dance is nothing like Diddi Dancing or Bopping Bunnies. It is much more spontaneous and creative. The artists are full of energy and inspiration and they adapt what they do to the children that come through the door. It is a fiver to get in and worth every penny. I have a three year old and a 1 year old and it is the only place I can take them both and know that they will both be happy and entertained.

Also, they have revamped the cafe so the food is great, affordable and unlike other eateries that claim to cater for children, they have something for babies who are just eating mush (Ella's food pouches) to things that slightly older children can manage (soft chopped fruit, oatcakes with cheese) to full meals suitable to for a hungry toddler - not chips and chicken nuggets.

Definitely worth checking out!

ps I've not posted before and I think my first one got lost in the ether so apologies if I've said this twice.

Anonymous said...

I’m a big fan of tea dance – I have a 6month old and a 2 year old and every time I go there I come away inspired: not only have we had a great time, I have ideas for things to do at home. More importantly, both children clearly really enjoy the environment there. The artists have enormous energy and I’ve been really impressed at how they adapt to the changing needs of the groups and individuals they encounter. It’s very inclusive in a way that gently respects those who are more shy, encourages those who have a little more confidence and appropriately contains those who’s exuberance gets the better of them at times. Apart from that, it’s a great place to hang out, have a decent coffee, meet friends, make new ones – and the new menu is great too. It also offers a good alternative to more the more structured sessions of various descriptions that proliferate for this age group. I like the organic, free-flow nature of it that means you can make of it what you wish, and I also like that I don’t have to commit to a certain number of sessions or a particular time each week. In short, always rewarding, and as anonymous says, worth every penny.

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