A Family Karaoke How-To

Karaoke singers

We had a ton of fun at our kids' karaoke event at the MLK Library on April 13, though you don't have to wait for a library event to break out into song. Why not have a family karaoke night at home? It's simple to plan, fun for all ages, and doesn't have to break the bank.

  • You don't even need a karaoke machine. For the tech-savvy, iTunes offers either free or cheap apps to get the party started. Run the app, hook up your phone to speakers, and let the fun begin. If you want to go low-tech, lots of YouTube music videos provide lyrics, so all you need is a computer.
  • The DC Public Library has lots of songbooks to borrow. Children's songs, old standards, and silly songs are all great choices. Want to borrow CDs? We have those, too. 
  • Make it an occasion to remember with dress-up options (scarves, hats, and sunglasses make good props), healthy snacks, and a camera.
  • Don't forget to include Grandma and Grandpa. Not only will they know classic songs from yesteryear, they'll probably have some interesting stories to go with them.
  • If children are shy about performing, sometimes switching from karaoke to a group sing-along will encourage them to participate. The youngest children can sing nursery rhymes, while older children may prefer today's hits.

Any night at home can be a karaoke night - no microphone necessary!