Thursday, August 6, 2015

Musikfest with Kiddos!

It's time to Fest!

As parents we all know that a great date night, concert or simple evening out with friends can easily be had at this famous music festival each year in Bethlehem. But what about bringing your kids?!? We excited to premier a simple guide to the festival, give some tips on how to navigate it with the kids in tow and list some upcoming shows at the festival you wont want to miss. 

10 things to know when "Festing" with the kids!

10. Strollers are needed! 
If you kids are under 7 opt for the stroller, chances are even if you only use it for hauling around your extra gear, they are worth bringing. A baby carrier is a great option for your little ones, I plays stash one in addition to the stroller in case someone needs a change of scenery. This is a BIG festival and sometimes things you are interested in seeing are FAR apart - too far for kids to walk without endless whining at least. 

9. Plan ahead. 
Have a show or activity planned our before going so that you will not waste time wandering looking for something to do.  This also helps you park strategically (see 8). The full children's/family schedule can be found here.  

8. Park strategically.
Map out the place you want to end up and seek out parking close by.  If you park too far from your venue/tent, chances are the kids could be toast before you arrive! See the map here.

7. Potty Stops!
Bathroom access may be limited to port-a-potties, so warn your littles ahead of time especially those who may be weary of them. Potty before you leave home and maybe stash a travel potty in the car to use before you head in.

6. Go Early
Daytime or early evening visits are ideal, crowds will likely be at their peak during the hours of and preceding the headlining shows. See the schedule for headliners here. Additionally the crowd will shift to a more adult oriented group and gets MUCH busier after night has fallen.

5. Stock your bag! 
Plan ahead for your little ones needs, fill it with anything you think might entertain them while walking a to/ from the car or otherwise keep them happy including kid friendly cups and snacks.

4. Play by the rules. 
 As a very large festival rules are put in place to keep visitors happy and safe.  See the the guidelines here

3. Plan for Easy Clean Up.
Bring hand sanitizer and baby wipes to wash up before eating, stopping somewhere to wash hands before eating isn't going to be convenient.

2. Go Easy On Your Feet
Wear Sneakers/Walking shoes and don't forget sunscreen and hats (maybe an umbrella?)!

1. Know what you want before you buy tickets!
Plan what you want to buy before buying your tickets and purchase the exact amount needed.  Having left over tickets isn't awful, but it means that you likely you overpaid for anything you did buy since they're hard to use after the festival is over even though it is possible, see how here.

Family Shows
Musikfest offers 10 days of great music, art and food! See the schedule below for family/kid shows taking placing during the whole festival.  Visit for a full schedule of events and more details on the events.

The Unicycling Unicorn: A bright white rainbow vintage ski jumpsuit, fake ice beard, 80’s music and a unicorn riding a 12 foot unicorn unicycle talking in a Fargo accent. This show for all ages has been getting excellent reviews as kids like it but adults love it due to the ridiculous comedy and unbelievable unicycle skills by this world champion unicyclist.
For the new grand finale he will be juggling on top of one of the tallest unicycles in the world a torch, a knife and a surprise object that has killed more people than sharks last year and is the most dangerous object of them all! An original grand finale that no one in the world is brave enough to do except The Unicycling Unicorn.

The Hockey Circus Show 

It's game time! The Hockey Circus Show is the ultimate hockey tribute show. Three periods of family friendly comedic hockey circus action in one "arena" rocking performance. Hockey fans love the theme. Circus fans love the action. You don't have to be a fan to enjoy this all-star show.

Isabella Hoops

August 4 – August 8, 2017 · view days & times

Everyone will want to jump in and join Isabella for her uniquely entertaining, 30 min street show, full of fun and quirky audience participation opportunities and death defying stunts. People will walk away loving the hula-hoop and tapping their toes, guaranteed! This high-energy show is guaranteed to put a smile on everyones face!

Accent School of Dance
Monday, August 8, 2016 @ 12:00 PM
Venue: Volksplatz

Accent is celebrating 20 years of dance education! We are thrilled to be performing at Muskiest.

Community Music School (CMS)
Monday, August 8, 2016 @ 2:30 PM

Community Music School (CMS) is a non-profit organization that provides quality music education and performance opportunities to all interested students, regardless of their age, ability, background, or financial need. CMS employs over 30 professional musicians who provide high-quality private and group instruction to students of all ages and in nearly every instrument and voice, as well as extensive, tuition-free outreach programs that bring music to students in under-served, high-poverty schools. CMS has teaching studios in 5 locations across the Lehigh Valley and Reading, PA.


Monday, August 8, 2016 @ 3:00 PM
Venue: Volksplatz

Winner of the 2011 Boston Music Award for International Artist of the Year, Mamadou Diop and his band MAMADOU are known for their eclectic blend of exotic rhythms and powerful percussion jams that will set your feet and spirit dancing! Weaving together diverse musical traditions with the powerful rhythms of West Africa, the unique and high energy music of MAMADOU sets feet and spirits dancing. The band performs original music based on authentic African rhythms and arrangements, composed by Mamadou Diop of Dakar, Sénégal, who takes these fundamental African rhythms and layers them throughout his music.

Allegro Dance Studio

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Venue: Volksplatz

Allegro dance studios is now celebrating their ninth season. We invite you to share in our passion for dance and our desire to share our passion through performance. Whether you're an adult or have a child who wants to learn how to dance, we have a class for dancers of all ages and each class has 13 students are less. You'll also benefit from our staff members who teach classes in their specialties. No matter what class you enroll yourself or your child in, you'll be taught by passionate dancers.

Kobbler Jay
Friday, August 5: 
6:00 pm on Provident Bank Main Street (bottom by Plaza Tropical)
8:00pm on Provident Bank Main Street (top by Corked) 

Saturday, August 6:
2:00 pm at Spark Orthodontics Familienplatz
6:30 pm on the South Side
7:30 pm on the South Side

Sunday, August 7:
12:30 pm at Spark Orthodontics Familienplatz
3:30 pm on Provident Bank Main Street (bottom by Plaza Tropical)
7:00 pm on Provident Bank Main Street (top by Corked) 

Monday, August 8:
12:30 pm on Provident Bank Main Street (bottom by Plaza Tropical)
5:00 pm at Spark Orthodontics Familienplatz
8:00 pm on Provident Bank Main Street (bottom by Plaza Tropical)

Tuesday, August 9:
1:30 pm on Provident Bank Main Street (bottom by Plaza Tropical)
3:00 pm at Spark Orthodontics Familienplatz
7:00 pm on Provident Bank Main Street (bottom by Plaza Tropical)


Jason Henderson is a world-renowned street performer and busker whose characters go by the names Kobbler Jay and Seb Whipits. 

Jason has performed in over 10 different countries, enabling his travelling and dedication to result in well over 2000 shows at more than 350 festivals, as well as schools, corporate functions, and charity events. 

Fire Guy
Friday, August 5 - 6pm-10pm
Saturday, August 6 - Tuesday, August 9 - 2pm-10pm


For over 15 years Fireguy has had a burning desire to entertain the world with its most fascinating element. Brant Matthews aka Fireguy is based in Toronto Canada and has performed in countries all over the world. Fireguy is an expert in fire eating, juggling and breathing and enlightens his audiences with energetic expertise.

Her Majesty's Secret Circus

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 @ 2:00 PM 


Meet Agents Honeymoon and Butterfly, two highly trained Secret Circus operatives with a license to...THRILL. They perform a hilarious interactive stunt comedy show unlike any other. Dressed in their sexiest action suits, riding a 7-foot stealth cycle, and wielding the world’s first and only bow and plunger-arrow, they simply can’t be stopped. With all the elements of a spy thriller, original characters, and jaw-dropping circus stunts, Her Majesty's Secret Circus is International Comic Espionage at it's best.

Wacky Chad

Friday, August 5: 
5:30pm on Provident Bank Main Street (top by Corked) 
7:30 pm on Provident Bank Main Street (bottom by Plaza Tropical)

Saturday, August 6:
1:00 pm on Provident Bank Main Street (top by Corked) 
8:00 pm on Provident Bank Main Street (bottom by Plaza Tropical)
5:00 pm at Spark Orthodontics Familienplatz

Sunday, August 7:
2:30 pm on Provident Bank Main Street (top by Corked) 
8:00 pm on Provident Bank Main Street (bottom by Plaza Tropical)
5:00 pm at Spark Orthodontics Familienplatz

Monday, August 8:
12:30 pm at Spark Orthodontics Familienplatz
6:30 pm on the South Side
8:30 pm on the South Side

Tuesday, August 9:
3:15 pm on Provident Bank Main Street (bottom by Plaza Tropical)
5:00 pm at Spark Orthodontics Familienplatz
8:00 pm on Provident Bank Main Street (top by Corked)

Laugh until it hurts as stunt comedian Wacky Chad rides another person on his tiny bicycle and handstands on a skateboard. Wacky Chad will reach neck-straining heights on his tall unicycle and defy gravity on an air powered pogo stick. Prepare to be amazed, and if you don't like laughing, go somewhere else.

Wacky Chad's award winning pogo stick skills, charmingly funny jokes and antics got him on America's Got Talent (Twice!), and a performance at the Superbowl.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016 @ 12:00 PM 
Thursday, August 11, 2016 @ 12:00 PM 
Friday, August 12, 2016 @ 12:00 PM 
Saturday, August 13, 2016 @ 12:00 PM 
Sunday, August 14, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

The Mobile Learning Adventure (MLA) is a traveling exhibit that provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn about the importance of early childhood education while they engage in fun activities with their children. MLA is part of PNC Grow Up Great – a $350 million, multi-year initiative that began in 2004 to help children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. It includes interactive kiosks and the “When I Grow Up” station, where kids dress up as different professionals and have their picture superimposed on an appropriate background. In addition, parents can take home activity books and learning kits that demonstrate how to take everyday moments and turn them into learning opportunities.

Read more about the kids activities taking place in Kinderplatz this year here.

*Musikfest logo copyright ArtsQuest

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