- 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.
- Purchase CD’s prior to attending the event so your children can familiarize themselves with the music they’ll be hearing.
- 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.
- 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.
- Rent an “off-road” stroller to handle the rough, grassy terrain that makes up lots of festival sites.
- Music at festivals can be very loud, even far away from the stage. Protect your young one’s hearing with ear plugs or earmuffs.
- Be prepared for any kind of weather, day and night. Bring sweaters, hats, (hair ties), sunscreen, raincoats and bathing suits.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.