Another local business currently stocking my CDs is Funbugs Playhouse on Doveton St.
They’re one of those indoor playgrounds, with ball pits and trampolines and giant slides. Jasper’s a pretty big fan. We’ve been to a few birthday parties there and they’re pretty good. (They’d be better if they incorporated some live music, of course, but there is heaps to do and they’re not stingy on the food).
We’ve worked together in a way before; when I did my Ladybug’s Picnic show for the Begonia Festival early in the year they were the prize sponsor for the Best Bug Costume competition, offering a party package for one child each day. Choosing the winners was very hard and I’m glad Ray Adams, the MC for the festival, was there to help with the heavy lifting on that one!
Local promoter Lisa Cressey also lent me a hand with my props and keeping an eye on the kids. Ray, Lisa (and of course the sound staff) weren’t the only people helping me out at the festival either. Funbugs have a mascot, Buster, whose image they use on all their promo.
They even have a costume that the owner made herself that employees wear occasionally. And they lent it to me for the festival.
So I owe a big thanks to my sister inlaw, Jaime Skrobalak, for being Buster for the day! Jaime works with kids herself, coaching gymnastics for the YMCA, and is studying to be a primary school teacher. Her and her boyfriend, Luke (also pictured wearing one of my ladybug hats), were great at reassuring and encouraging all the kids, getting involved with the actions and dancing themselves. Music is always more fun for kids when they can see that the adults around them are enjoying themselves!
That’s true of everything, I suppose. The folks at Funbugs are really good at providing a play-space free of cynicism in that regard. They were really enthusiastic about stocking a CD “of one of our regulars” too, for which I’m very grateful.