Isn’t it every child’s dream to to make as much noise as they want without their parents telling them to keep it down? Well, now they can.
O’le Music is now offering Trash Bash birthday parties, a music program where kids are told “the louder, the better.” But instead of just making a din, they will learn that each activity is geared towards making a particular kind of noise.
First the instructor plays a piece, which everyone takes turns replicating with their “instruments” – an assortment of everyday objects like brooms, toilet plungers, empty five-gallon water bottles, a giant marimba made of PVC pipes, homemade drums, glasses filled with different quantities of water, and even a bathtub. Then, the birthday boy or girl gets a turn at creating a “song” that their friends have to copy.
As the session progresses, the tasks become a little more complicated. One activity involves children being assigned a particular sound, which they have to make when pointed at. Another activity calls for two kids to create a conversation without using any words, only their instruments. Participants have to pay close attention to avoid missing their turn or losing the rhythm.
Trash Bash is suitable for ages 6 to 10, with a maximum group size of 16. Activities are not only great for private birthday parties but also for class outings. Parties can be hosted at O’le Climbing in Shuangjing or The English Tearoom in Shunyi. Alternatively, those with a large enough space at home (at least 5x5m) can have the Trash Bash team over, complete with instruments. Just make sure to warn the neighbors beforehand. As an extra-friendly gesture, give them a pair of ear plugs too.
O’le Music Trash Bash 奥莱音乐
RMB 2,500 for a two-hour session. Parties can be divided into two one-hour sessions with a snack break in between. Does not include the cost of food and room rental at the English Tearoom. To reserve, contact 186 1045 3101 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, visit www.ole-music.com.
photo by KEN
This article originally appeared on p21 of the beijingkids February 2014 issue.
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