Rock N' Roll
Into the New Year
"Rock N' Roll into the New Year" is one of my favorite events. Although I normally host this event in January, you can host it at any time. Simply switch the name around a bit and it becomes "Rock and Roll" into Summer, Spring...etc. You can even change it to "Rock and Roll into the New "School" year...a great way to send them back to school.
As long as you have LOTS of the '50s and 60's music, a few fun competitions, easy to eat food and some cute decorations...there is no right or wrong way to host your Rock-N-Roll event.
Time: 2-3 hours (I normally host this event on a Friday 6-9 pm).
Bonus: Promote this event as a "date night" for mom and dad! Drop the kiddos off and spend some time together...or with other couples from the church.
View the pics below and get started on your own "Rock N' Roll" event.
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A Rock and Roll into the New Year event is...all about the music.
Give the children a few simple instructions and then let the music guide the event.
Start the music before the children arrive. It is a perfect mood-setter. (I play it while I
am setting up for the evening...it sets the mood for me as well.)
1. As the children arrive, guide them to the hula hoops. Instruct them to practice
while they wait for everyone else to arrive.
2. Once everyone has arrived, have the children select a seat at one of the tables. This seat is where they will sit each time you take a break from the action (eating, sundae's, coke floats, etc.) This will be their SPOT for the evening. Their "SPOT" is where they will leave anything that they brought with them...coats, sweater, their extra pair of socks, any prizes that they may win and any food that they are still snacking on.
3. Decorate your tables in advance. Place party favors at each SPOT...cute plastic (lens removed) glasses for them to wear, lots of bubble gum scattered around and a
bottle of coca-cola for each of them. (plus anything else you choose). I generally create boy tables and girl tables. I place black boy style glasses at the boy's tables and colorful girl styles at the girl's tables. I do allow the kids to move around so if they want to move to a different table then they simply switch the glasses around.
4. Once the children have their SPOTS selected and settled in, gather the kids into the
center of the room for dance lessons.
The evening will begin with dance lessons.
A good part of the evening will revolve around this section so read it closely.
You may teach the dance lessons yourself or you may ask another leader or youth to take on the task of learning and teaching the dances.
It is a good idea to have a separate playlist ready with the 6 dance/activity songs on it.
You will be teaching the children how to do the twist, the hand jive, and the bunny hop. These are all super, super, super quick and easy dances and the kids LOVE them.
You can find dance instructions on you-tube.
It doesn't matter if the children dance correctly...the fun is the dance itself.
Start by teaching the Bunny Hop first. It is the easiest dance and everyone is busy
looking at their own feet instead of anyone else. This is also a group dance...not an individual dance...makes it easier for the children to learn. (Basic conga line)
After the children have learned all three dances, explain to them that they are to rush to the center of the room and start dancing any time they hear one of these three songs.
The first one who gets to the center of the room wins a small prize (very small prizes)
Play a few seconds of the Bazooka bubble gum song, the hula hoop song and the
limbo song for the children. Explain that they are to listen for these three songs as well...when they hear one of these songs play, they are to:
Run select a hula hoop and start twirling
Run grab a piece of bubble gum from the table and attempt to blow a bubble. (Most of them will already have gum in their mouth.)
Run grab the limbo stick
(The 3 choices listed above obviously depends on which song plays.)
Mix these above 6 songs (Bunnyhop, twist, hand jive, Bazooka bubble gum song, hula hoop song and limbo song) into your playlist. I would add one every 2-3 songs to keep things lively and kids entertained.
At the Hop (Danny and the Juniors)
Rock Around the Clock (Bill Haley and the Comets)
HULA HOOP SONG
Rock and Roll Music (Chuck Berry)
Rockin'Robin - Bobby Day
Yackety Yak - The Coasters
Please Mr. Postman (The Marvelettes)
THE BUNNY HOP
Sh-Boom - (The Chords)
Splish Splash - (Bobby Darin)
Tutti Frutti - (Little Richard)
Be Bop a Lula - (Gene Vincent)
Why Do Fools Fall in Love - (Frankie Lymon & the teenagers)
Johnny B Goode (Chuck Berry)
Mama Said (The Shirelles)
Shake Rattle and Roll (Big Joe Turner)
Once you have taught the 3 dances and explained the contests, start the music...and
serve hot dogs, chips, and soda.
Save the sundaes and coke floats for later in the evening.
If a dance song or contest song begins during mealtime...let them run do the dance
and then return to finish their meal. Tonight is about fun...not manners. :)
KEEP THE MUSIC RUNNING ALL NIGHT LONG...THIS WILL KEEP THE KIDS ENTERTAINED AUTOMATICALLY!
USE A MICROPHONE OR TURN THE MUSIC DOWN (NOT OFF) FOR A FEW SECONDS WHEN YOU NEED TO SPEAK... THEN TURN IT BACK UP!
NEVER TURN THE MUSIC OFF EXCEPT DURING DANCE LESSONS!
Work in ice cream sundae's, photo booth time and coke floats into the evening
(space these 3 activities out approx. 30-45 minutes apart.)
Have a few extra items laid out and available for the children to do at any time. Items that they can pick up and do whenever they are bored...such as the hula hoops, checkers, etc.
Some kids get bored very easily...having an extra distraction or two for these children is always a good idea.
Be prepared with some off the cuff competitions anytime that the
kids seem to be getting restless.
Toss in a Limbo competition, a spur of the moment twist or hand jive competition, A hula hoop "around the arm" contest, a hula hoop "around the neck" contest, etc. You don't have to wait for the hula hoop songs to begin...just throw in an actual competition to whatever song is playing at the time.
You can also announce a BIG bubble blowing contest in 10 minutes...then 5...then 3, etc. Kids are allowed to pick two pieces of gum, chew it and be prepared for the BIG contest!
Or... pull out the socks and sock slide/dance to song or two. The kids just put on socks and slide around on the floor to the beat of the music.
Note: Kids socks will be wet from their sweaty shoes. Ask them to bring an extra pair of socks. Have a few extra pairs on hand for kids who
forget to bring theirs.
Make sure to write down your "spur of the moment" activity ideas and post it where you can see it easily. It isn't easy coming up with extra things to do while in the middle of an event.
DO NOT TRY TO "TOSS IN" ALL OF YOUR EXTRA IDEAS!
IT WILL RUIN YOUR EVENING.
Have extra activities ready to go but forget about them if the kids are having fun!
These extra activities are to be used as a "time fillers" or "mood changers" only!
Toss in an extra contest or two and then get back on schedule once one of the activity songs begins to play.
Let the children be your guide! If they are having fun...let them have fun!
When the gang gets restless...toss in a quick and easy activity.
Make sure that you dress up for the event as well...participate with the kids!
Rolled up jeans, a white shirt and white socks are great...a puddle skirt is even better.
Take Pics, Take Pics, Take Pics!
Take short video clips, take short video clips, take short video clips!
If you have extra help, assign the picture-taking duties to someone else!
CANDID SHOTS ARE GREAT!!!
Know anyone with a classic car? My husband brought out 1960
Chevy Impala last year and the pics are adorable!
Set up a fun photo booth! Take a break from the activities later in the evening and get some cute pics!
Make sure you have some extra help with this event.
It should run smoothly however dividing up the work is always a good idea!
This is a perfect event for some kids from your youth (student ministry) department.
Consider having help with the following:
Someone to teach dance lessons
Someone to help at the food table (basically...making sure the
kids don't over-do)
Coke Float Table
END OF THE EVENING DANCE AND ACTIVITY TIME
Have your dance/activity flash drive ready near the end of the evening.
Start the dance/activity music when the parents begin to arrive.
Parents will LOVE to see the children dancing and having fun!
If you host your own "Rock and Roll" event, please share a few of your pics and new ideas with me...I would LOVE to see them!
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