Breaking News - Big Fish Little Fish: Inside the exclusive nightclub for parents and their toddlers
While nights out clubbing are traditionally enjoyed by young singles or parents who are child-free for the evening, a new game-changing event has exploded onto the scene.One of the most unique concepts to hit the nightlife industry, the Big Fish Little Fish family rave is preparing to launch on the Gold Coast, Queensland, and will allow parents to party with their toddlers.Described as 'family fun for the post-rave generation of parents', the event will be hosted at Platinum Nightclub in Broadbeach and include trance and house music, a multi-sensory dancefloor, craft tables, a licensed bar and a face painting stall.It will also have a play area with tents and tunnels and a baby chillout space.Designed for families with children under eight, the event can only be attended by adults with children and there is a maximum of three children per adult for safety reasons.'Big Fish Little Fish is a concept originally from London which at its core is a themed clubbing/rave experience in a safe environment for families, providing craft and chill out areas as well as a fully licensed bar,' the event's Queensland co-ordinator, Stuart Mattheson, told FEMAIL.'We book good quality nightclubs and the DJs are professionally renowned. The music they play isn't changed for the children but the volume is turned down to World Health Organisation guidelines to be safe for the littler ravers' ears.'Mr Mattheson, who will be playing at the launch of the event with his group Binary Finary, said some of the key features include bubbles, lights, glow sticks and a big 'parachute finale'.'We have a baby change area and a baby chill out space with tents and a small ball ball pit. We also have a craft area for the little ravers to make and colour in bits and pieces. There are three or four choices of things to make and do,' he said.Packed food is also allowed to be taken into the venue.To ensure the environment is safe, the nightclub runs the same as any other event with door staff and security and all venues are thoroughly risk assessed in advance of the doors opening.'We bring our own stewards as well to take care of areas and make sure everyone has information at hand should they need it. They are there to advise and help parents should they need it,' Mr Mattheson, a father himself, said.'This is a totally inclusive environment for families. The craft is tailored to two to eight-year-olds but really any child who would enjoy a fun filled music adventure is always welcome.'The response is always amazing. The smiling faces say everything. The events always have such a great vibe to them, they are wonderful to be involved in.'Big Fish Little Fish first launched in Queensland in February and they have also ran sold out events in Sydney and Melbourne.The Gold Coast event will take place on May 5th and run from 2pm to 5pm. Tickets cost $27 for adults, $18 for children and are free for 'pre-walkers'.