10 Top Tips to Attending a Large Venue Event with Children

10 Top Tips to Attending a Large Venue Event with Children

Kerri Zane-10 Top Tips to Attending a Large Venue Event with ChildrenAttending a Music Festival with your kids is one of Summer’s greatest treats! Here are 10 top tips to attending a large venue event with children in tow.

  1. Check out the festivals you are interested in attending to ensure they are kid friendly. The Montreal Jazz Festival I attended this summer has tons of accommodations and activities for children.
  2. Purchase CD’s prior to attending the event so your children can familiarize themselves with the music they’ll be hearing.
  3. Review the performance schedule and map of the venue online. That way if a nap or meal schedule needs to be adapted you can plan accordingly.
  4. Keep the whole family to be well hydrated and full-bellied. Pack water or juice in a Hydro flask. Protein bars, nuts, dried fruit, and whole fresh fruit are great snacks.
  5. Rent an “off-road” stroller to handle the rough, grassy terrain that makes up lots of festival sites.
  6. Music at festivals can be very loud, even far away from the stage. Protect your young one’s hearing with ear plugs or earmuffs.
  7. Be prepared for any kind of weather, day and night. Bring sweaters, hats, (hair ties), sunscreen, raincoats and bathing suits.
  8. Purchase a rubber bracelet and write your child’s name, your name and cell phone number in case you get separated. Or you can buy ones already made at kidsafetyband.com.
  9. Always know what your kids are wearing. In the morning snap a picture of your child with your cell phone camera or digital camera to help you remember.
  10. As soon as you arrive at the festival point out a festival staff person and let your kids know they are safe people to turn to in case of an emergency.

Guest Writer – Kerri Zane

Kerri is an Emmy award winning television executive producer, healthy living expert, single mom advisor, speaker, and author of “It Takes All 5: A Single Mom’s Guide to Finding the REAL One.” published by Morgan James, (November 2012). She is the family travel expert for Peter Greenberg Online, a regular contributor to What’s Up For Kids as well as various mommy blogs.


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