This Sunday, Mother’s Day, ska legend Vinny Nobile and his crew of kindie rockers will bring new sound to the Hip Tot stage. A combination of ska, reggae, zydeco and funk will be sure to get everyone moving. Wait till the kids see the trombone, tuba, ukelele, sax. drums and accordion!
I am so excited that my good friend and incredible artist Monica Rodriguez will be joining us at the show on Sunday! She will be doing demos of her artwork and doing crafts with the kids before and after the show.
Anyone who’s been to my apartment knows how important color is to me so you can understand why I adore Monica’s work. She takes found objects and collages them in brightly colored recycled paper. The results are extraordinary! Brilliant colors with somewhat recognizable objects that you just want to love. Recently she started a series of shoes which includes baby shoes. Maybe we’ll get lucky and she will bring some with her so we can check them out! Hint, hint if you are reading this Monica.
Meet Monica on Sunday, March 10 in the vendor area. Doors open at noon.
Join us Sunday, February 10th at 12:30 over at Littlefield for some Bam Bam Diddly.
Kindie Rock is taking over according to DNAinfo.com. They joined us at the last show with Bob McGrath and Jeremy Plays Guitar.
New child-friendly venues and festivals, such as Brooklyn’s monthly Hip Tot festival, mean expanding options for families. Click here to read the full article
The number of family shows for children is certainly expanding and the caliber of the performers is heightening. This is a wonderful time to experience music with your child. Take advantage and go check out some shows!
For those who came to the December Hip Tot Music Fest, along with Jeremy Plays Guitar and Sesame Street’s Bob you got to meet our super awesome Santa. You all recognize Santa but you may not have known that our Santa is really a girl!
Santa and I go way back. She’s actually my cousin. Now how did my cousin get rooked into the role of Santa you might ask? Many of you know I used to have a store called Still Hip, a chidren’s resale shop. In the back play area we decided to host Santa portraits. The first year my husband at the time took on the jolly role. Soon after he and I split up. I really wasn’t sure what to do about Santa. My cousin Erica had just come out of a long term relationship herself and the two of us started talking a lot. One night we were chatting and I was telling her about my Santa dilemma. Now I’m not sure who said it first but I can assure you we both laughed. What if Erica was Santa? Hilarious! But the more she thought about it, the more she got into it. Suddenly there was no way she couldn’t be Santa! It was set!
We didn’t even know what a hoopla it would create. In 2009 The New York Time Local blog did a great story about her. I was so excited to see the story. I put my 4 year old on my lap and we started to read the article together. As I scrolled down my son exclaimed, “COUSIN ERICA IS SANTA?!?!” I looked at the screen and there was a picture of Erica pulling down her beard to reveal that she was (is) indeed a woman. Luckily my son now thought we really have an in with Santa since we are related!
To hear Santa banter, one might think that he’d worn the red suit, boots, beard and wig for decades. But this Santa was unlike the department store variety that most recall, since “he” was a “she.” –Amelia Blanquera, The Local, New York Times
Here we are 5 years later and Erica cherishes her role. This year Santa got a spot on News Channel 12 and a full story in the Wall Street Journal just in time for Christmas! I am so proud of my cousin and I know she and I will be spreading holiday joy for many years to come.
Few things make her happier than entertaining children as Santa. “I am really, 100%, always, wholeheartedly into Christmas,” she said. She picked up the trait from her mother and grandmother, both of whom were “hard-core into Christmas.” Since their deaths, Ms. Goepel carries the holiday torch for her family. –Jackie Bischof, The Wall Street Journal
It’s official! UrbanSitter has signed on as a new sponsor for the Hip Tot Music Fest!
You may remember UrbanSitter from our show this October with The Deedle Deedle Dees. They had a sweet little table set up and their sitters were awesome! What a great time they had doing art projects with the kids at the show. Now that UrbanSitter has joined Hip Tot you will definitely see more of them. Feel free to ask about their website and definitely download the free iPhone app. It is super easy to use and so convenient.
Founded by four busy parents, UrbanSitter is an online resource where parents go to find & book babysitters recommended by people they know. Looking for the occasional sitter, full-time nanny, or last minute help? UrbanSitter will find available sitters—and show you the ones recommended by parents in your social circles (mother’s group, child’s school, sports team, etc.). Search sitters by date & time, book jobs, and even pay online—it’s quick, easy and efficient.
For more info and to sign up CLICK HERE
WE WON! WE WON! Okay, we are in the top 10. But hey, that’s good enough for me! We wanted to thank you all for voting for Hip Tot for Best Mom-Run Business in the Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards. Gabby works day and night to produce the best shows ever and being a super silly mom!
Thank you from all of us at Hip Tot Music Fest. You’ve made us feel TOTALLY AWESOME!