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 usually 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. Our Valco Tri Mode holds all three kids and is perfect for these situations.
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.
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.
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.
Daytime or early evening visits are ideal, crowds will likely be at their peak during the hours of and preceding the headlining shows. Additionally the heat should be more tolerable. See the schedule for headliners here. The crowd tends to shift to a more adult oriented group and gets MUCH busier after night has fallen.
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.
As a very large festival rules are put in place to keep visitors happy and safe. See the the guidelines here.
Bring hand sanitizer and baby wipes to wash up before eating, stopping somewhere to wash hands before eating isn't going to be convenient.
Wear Sneakers/Walking shoes and don't forget sunscreen and hats (maybe an umbrella?)! Some of our favorite walking shoes for summer adventures (shown above) are the Keen Newports which we own in nearly every kid size they come for grown ups too!
Plan what you want to buy before buying your tickets and purchase the exact amount needed. The tickets aren't refundable if you don't use them all. Having left over tickets isn't awful because you can use some of them at the Steel Stacks after the festival, but usage is restricted read more about using left over tickets here.
See a sample of the family shows offered for 2017!
August 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 2017 at 2pm Click for more details
Kids and Family Activities
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CRAYOLA CREATIVITY TENT HOURS
See more details and awesome kids' activities here.
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