Baby Boogie

September 8 2007, 2:53 PM

Picture this. It's Sunday afternoon. Mom and Dad want to kick back and relax before starting up another long week. But the kiddos are bored, running around like crazy, and/begging to go out and do "something fun." Next time you run into this scenario on a Sunday, corral the little ones and head over to the D-Note in old town Arvada. Weekdays and weekend nights bring jazz, blues, and rock bands to the little neighborhood pizza parlor and music venue, but on Sundays, the "Baby Boogie" offers a musical medley designed especially for kids. Drop in early, around 2 p.m., and for just $3 the kidlets can join the weekly free-form music class to learn rhythm, melodies, and easy dance moves. After 3 p.m. it's free, and Baby Boogie continues until 6 or 7 p.m. I went the other weekend with my 10-year-old niece and my 6-month-old baby. Normally, it's pretty difficult to find an event to entertain them both, but Baby Boogie rocked the age difference just fine. Most of the kids there fell somewhere in between my two (ages 2 - 7 are probably ideal). But the kids basically get the run of the place, and the owners put out an assortment of drums, tamborines, kiddie keyboards and guitars, bells, shakers, and other random noisemakers. The kids literally take the stage, and rock their little air guitars, pound the drums, and race around the venue freely. They play kid-friendly singalong classics ("Twist and Shout," "Yellow Submarine," "Over the Rainbow"), and by late afternoon it turns into a not-entirely-unpleasant scene of childhood chaos. Best part? The parents (and/or aunties, in my case) sit back, munch pizza, have a nice glass of wine or a cold beer, watch the kids from afar, and let ‘em rip. By dinner time the kids are pooped, the old folks are relaxed, and everyone goes home happy