When we bought a new car this summer our family was introduced to the world of Sirius/XM satellite radio and their excellent children’s station, Kids Place Live. Through friends we found out that Kids Place Live is broadcast from right here in DC and that there are frequent opportunities to visit the station for live performances throughout the year.
Dubbed “The Rumpus Room,” the concert space for Kids Place Live is located upstairs in the Sirius/XM Headquarters building. The afternoon radio host, Mindy, keeps an email list of families interested in attending Rumpus Room events and sends out an email blast whenever a concert is coming up. To receive email invites send a note to Mindy@siriusxm.com. Some events are more popular than others so a quick turnaround on the RSVP is usually necessary. Admission is not guaranteed until you hear back from the station.
My kids and I attended a “New Years Eve party” with a performance by the Brooklyn based Deedle Deedle Dees. Adults will need photo ID to enter the building, located just a few short blocks from the New York Avenue metro station on the red line. Our group was escorted upstairs to a lobby area where we waited for the performers to be ready.
Being fans of Sirius/XM, it was fun for the kids and I to see all of the different radio stations as we walked through the hallways. The girls liked peeking in to see the “dj’s” with their headphones, microphones and computer screens who were broadcasting live. The waiting area was comfortable and spacious and there are restrooms nearby to use before entering the sound stage.
When the show was ready to start we got to meet Mindy and Robbie Schaeffer, both hosts of Kids Place Live shows, and the kids got an introduction to the band and a few instructions on what was going to happen with the performance. Once the band started, they played for about an hour. There was plenty of room for kids to dance and parents to sit around the exterior. There is no stage in the rumpus room so the kids are able to get really close to the musicians and can interact with them throughout the performance. The volume was reasonable and fun was had by all!
Shows at the Rumpus Room occur once or twice a month. Recently bands like Rocknoceros, Robbie Schaeffer and The Jimmies have been featured and shows happen at all different times throughout the day. On the day of our visit there was a mix of elementary and preschool aged students and all seemed to have a blast. There is no fee for attending events here, making it a great way to expose your kids to live music. Older kids will love the idea that the show they are participating in will be broadcast “live” on the radio.
A few tips to make your visit great…
- There are no changing tables in the restrooms at Sirius/XM. If you have a kiddo in diapers bring a changing pad.
- Two hour metered parking is available on Eckington Place and the surrounding streets if you want to drive. Make sure you bring lots of quarters! It is only a 5 minute walk from the metro if you want to leave your car at home.
- Many fast food places are located near the studios. McDonalds, Five Guys and Wendy’s are all within a block of the building.
- If you want to take pictures, bring a camera separate from your cell phone as they asked for all cell phones to be turned off during the show.