All aboard for Swing City

I was quite thrilled a few weeks ago when I discovered that my three-year old Oscar liked jazz music. I’m no aficionado, but I like a little jazz, and it most certainly makes a nice break from listening to kids shows, dinosaurs and super heros in the background, during the sometimes longish days at home with little Osc.

So, when I came across the link to Play School’s Big Jazz Adventure on Little Melbourne’s site, the timing could not have been more perfect. I bought tickets and this Sunday just gone, Oscar and I took ourselves off into the city for a Mum and Bub big day out.

As well as being a mini-jazz fan, Oscar absolutely loves Play School. This is a fixation I wholeheartedly support, as it’s much more age appropriate than the Ben 10, Star Wars and Harry Potter that he’s often obsessed with (the joys of having both a 3 year old and 10 year old in the house). Before the show, he let me know that he was particularly excited about seeing Humpty Dumpty and his Dad had asked him to say a big hello to Big Ted for him. Much to his delight, both Humpty and Ted put in an appearance, as did old favourites like Jemima and Morris.

Oscar was so engrossed, so enamoured with the whole production (the music and a stage set-up quite obviously Play School-ey) that he didn’t even move for the first couple of songs. He sat there, wide-eyed, mouth agape…it was, simply put, one of the best things I’ve ever seen. As a Mum, there is nothing quite like getting to see first hand, your child really enjoying something, really taking it all in. I was happy to see that I’d gotten it pretty right with this gig.

After a little while, and a few pokes from me, he started to dance and sing along with Teo and Rachel. The show itself was a really fun mix of nursery rhymes and more jazzy numbers, and both Teo and Rachel managed the songs beautifully. Oscar and I had made a bit of a list of songs that we thought we might hear, and many of them made it into the show. And, there was most definitely no shortage of animal noises and tea-pot actions for the kids to have fun with.

To top of the day, Oscar convinced his push-over Mum that a Humpty Dumpty toy (a big one, a big one mum!) would be just the ticket to round off this jazz adventure. It is now his new favourite thing, they’re quite inseparable.

I’ve got to admit too that playing with Humpty Dumpty on the train home made me very nostalgic…Humpty really hasn’t changed all that much since I was a kid. A bit of trivia for those playing along at home, Play School turns 45 years old this year. They must be doing something right.

In short, I can’t think of a better way to have spent my Sunday – thanks Mr. Oscar for a wonderful day out in swing city.

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