Children in X-Factor experience

Children took centre stage for an X-Factor experience yesterday.

Kids aged five to 12 belted out some of today's biggest pop songs, while performing choreographed dance routines at the Rumpus Room in New Plymouth.

The event was part of the play centre's holiday programme, and included pop-themed activities such as designing CD covers, putting puzzles of celebrity faces together, and creating fox masks for an ensemble performance of Ylvis' 2013 hit "What Does the Fox Say?".

"Ultimately, as long as we can keep it fun, we'll have happy little people and happy parents," owner Helen Griffiths said.

The X Factor Experience was inspired by the Rumpus Room's Glee club, which runs throughout the school term.

"I love kids and pop music. It's easy to tap into music and songs they love," Mrs Griffiths said.

"Even boys don't mind it, and performing helps with co-ordination and movement, which are important for things like sport."

Rachel Cave, 10, said she had been enjoying the day, and singing songs like Timber by Pitbull, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry's hit Roar, which she sang on the microphone.

Throughout January the play centre is providing activities such as cooking, science, history and fashion to small groups.

"We're not as big as other holiday programmes which enables us to get to know each of the children," Mrs Griffiths said.

"Everybody can choose to sit out, but they don't.

"With a small group they can feel like they're not missing out."

Taranaki Daily News