Bringing kids to a music festival, good idea or cruel? Five things to consider…

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main stage

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Our camping spot, I need that teepee tent! ?

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There is peacocks and Meadow kept trying to say hi

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The furthur bus

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sing-a-long puppet show in the kids area

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she was having so much fun

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string summit buddies

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Dancing with my girl ?

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last day

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on our way to bagby hot springs

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pit stop

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Taking toddlers to music festival, good idea or cruel?

In my opinion, it all depends on the music festival.

Here are five thing to consider before taking children to a music festival;

  1. The location of the festival, how is the weather? Is it going to be too hot and uncomfortable for the little ones? In college I went to Bonnaroo and it was so hot. I could deal but I wouldn’t take my daughter. However, we took her to Northwest String Summit which is outside of Portland and the weather was great. Not too hot and not too cold. It would get brisk early morning and evening but nothing a light jacket couldn’t fix.
  2. Is there family camping? You don’t want to accidentally set up camp next to the party people.
  3. Give your kid some sort of name tag with mom and dad contact info. It’s a scary thought but it can happen to anyone; you’re enjoying the music and all the sudden your kid is gone. Children get easily distracted and venture out, its easy to get lost in a crowded place. I have seen bracelets and even written on the child’s arm with a marker, haha. Whatever works!
  4. Headphones and quality ear plugs. Most kids hate headphones and ear plugs are a great back up plan. I recommend the moldable ones.
  5. Kid activities! Find the kids area where there is usually; face paint, arts and crafts, story time, a puppet shows, and of course music.

It feels surreal to write about Meadow going to a music festival, specifically, string summit because back when Mitchell and I were only dating we awkwardly joked about bringing our future kiddos there, haha.
String summit is one of our favorite music festivals because the location is so beautiful. The venue is nestled in the forest and all the trees are covered in moss, there are ferns everywhere, and a pond where you can rent paddle boats. Everyone is so friendly and happy, it feels like family. It’s hard to put it into words, you just gotta go!
I was a bit nervous to bring Meadow but it was so kid friendly and there were so many babies and other children! They had a kids area where there was; face paint, arts and crafts, story time, a puppet show, and Meadow was even in the kids parade which was led by March fourth (awesome funky band from Portland). She was so happy running around, laughing, we kept getting compliments because she was dancing so hard. The coolest part for me was watching her play with other children because at 15 months she’s not too social but there was a little boy she kept chasing. She is becoming such a little girl! ?

After the festival was over, we went for a much-needed bath….bagby hot springs. That place is awesome, also highly recommended. During our hike there, a women was burning sage on her hike out, and it felt so nice to have that cleansing of any negative energy prior to arriving at the springs. There is glitter here and there, and fuzzy great moss covering everything, the trees and rocks felt like styrofoam. It is a truly magical and wondrous place. We all left happily refreshed and grateful. My conclusion is that going to music festivals with children can result in a great bonding experience. Keep it chill and have fun chasing your toddler around, watching them dance and its okay to miss some of the music. Go to bed early and have fun!

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