Family Dance Party

By Ingrid Simone, Toca Magazine Executive Editor

145x145_toca_magazineA family dance party can be a fun way to get everyone moving and — equally as important — laughing together.

Categories: Active Play

Target age: 3 and up

Skill level: Beginner

Materials: Stuff you probably have at home

Prep time: 1 to 30 minutes

What You’ll Need

  • recorded music from dance-friendly genres
  • a way to play the music (we usually use a phone and a bluetooth speaker)
  • open space (move the furniture if you need to)


  • light effects
  • glow sticks, bracelets and necklaces
  • scarves (fun for younger kids)

The Activity

The key details for a family dance party are the space and the music.

There’s a good chance you won’t have to do much prep at all — it depends on how personalized you want your music selection to be. If you’re building a playlist from scratch it’ll take a bit longer.

  • The space

Most of our dance parties happen in the living room, but they’ve also happened in the basement, the kitchen and even in front of the bathroom mirror! Consider moving furniture to create a dance floor.

  • The music

You have a couple of options: Curate your own list or let someone else curate the list for you. If you curate your own, it’ll take a little longer, but you’ll be able to choose the music you know will get your family dancing, as well as keep the songs at a level appropriate for your kids’ ages. Plus, everyone can help choose the songs. We like Spotify for this purpose, but you can use another service or your own collection.

A fun twist on curating your own playlist is curating a YouTube playlist featuring dances for your family to learn.

Prefer to let someone else curate the music? Most streaming services will have stations and playlists that can work.

My kids created this mostly PG-rated family dance party Spotify playlist to share.

  • Fun extras

Wanna take your dance party to another level? Have fun with lighting! Strobe lights, disco balls and black lights can all be found for less than $20. Glow bracelets are another way to play with light, and you can get a dozen for less than two bucks.

Share a photo and win!

Share a photo of your family doing this activity in the comments on our Facebook post or on Twitter with #31DaysofPlay! Every Friday we’ll choose one photo from the week to win a Toca Boca Play Kit full of swag, stickers, and a $15 iTunes Gift Card.

About the Author

 Ingrid Simone

Ingrid Simone, Toca Magazine Executive Editor

Ingrid is executive editor at Toca Magazine and mom to two tweens, Cadence and Sonny.