Allow me to utter what’s likely been said a thousand times already today – I am so over this winter. Okay? Okay. But while we are all commiserating in the freezing slush together, let’s start planning summer – which, to me, means music fests! The sun is peeking through the gray skies more regularly, I’ve been ordering iced coffees, and I’m not wearing socks today. Summer is coming. And with it, myriad music fest options. Outdoor festivals are one of the very best ways to spend hot summer days. But many of the major music fests are not so welcoming for our darling kiddos. So when my husband and I bought tickets to Lollapalooza last year, I was more than a little wary of bringing along our two toddlers. We ultimately decided to give it a go, with the backup plan – which I kept repeating – of leaving the moment it became too hectic or overwhelming. And then off we went. We arrived in the morning, and we didn’t leave for several hours.
Lollapalooza has a seriously organized setup, you guys. In addition to the farmers market food tents with local options, the fest offers a dedicated kids area coined Kidzapalooza – in a shaded section off to the side, no less. There are free goodies, kid-friendly live music, face painting tents and lots of activities. On the less glamorous (but very helpful) side, the festival also has ample port-a-potties, trash bins and wide walkways to help navigate the crowds with a stroller. Of course, I’m not saying it was a total breeze – there were definitely crowds to navigate and lots of walking involved. But we all had fun and as we were walking out, the kids literally fell asleep in the stroller and backpack carrier.
Three-day Lolla passes go on sale today at 10 a.m. CT. Get ’em while they’re hot.
And if you’re thinking of going, two of my favorite products for all-day events are the Phil & Teds Metro backpack and Baby Banz earmuffs. What’s your go-to kid gear? I’m constantly on the lookout for new gadgets and would love to know.