I know most people don’t think of music festivals as the most kid friendly place but I have to say from experience that kids LOVE them! Growing up my parents planned or sponsored events, trade shows and festivals all the time so my sister & I knew no other way than to come along and sit side stage singing our little lungs out and dancing until we passed out (usually on a nearby chair).
I guess it’s no surprise then that I’ve always loved festivals. Live music gets my heart pumping. I love the community vibe of people coming together from all over the world to dance and sing side by side. It’s a brotherhood, a sisterhood that is so unique and wonderful.
So when I heard that my hometown festival Splendour in the Grass was creating a super fun kid space I just couldn’t say no. So my little Preston and I took off for some much needed one on one time and we had a BLAST!! They had a big tipi stage for kid performers (tipis by Samikata Tipis), they had two jumping castles, face painting, a magician, a lady on stilts, circus arts performers, a clown, a fairy, a pirate, arts and crafts, a little cafe, a storytelling tipi, a breastfeeding tipi and even child minding facilities! Of course my four year old’s faves were the music wall, the balloon artist, the sandpit and the adult size jumping castle!
I put together a little video of Preston’s first Splendour experience (which of course makes him feel like a star). Enjoy!
Below are a list of must-have items when taking little ones to a festival. The most important thing though is to bring a sense of humour & buckets of patience. If you’re going to the festival to see any particular band or to catch up with friends etc. then bringing your kid may not be the best option. I was there from about midday to 5pm and only really got to see one band. We just kind of checked it all out and I let Preston decide what we would do next. I took him home to have a sleepover with my granny and my husband and I went out for the night so I got to get the full splendour experience but I had so much fun during the day too.
So, make sure you bring:
- Boots- they are absolutely essential footwear, but make sure they are easy for your little one to walk in. My guy wore his cowboy boots and even though they fit him well, he kept getting his feet stuck in the mud and couldn’t even lift them from the weight of it all.
- Wipes and tissues – I can not tell you how many times Preston stacked it in the mud and just froze with his hands up like ‘mum do something!’
- A plastic bag for dirty clothes and rubbish – you don’t want to mess up the inside of your bag and there are never enough bins at festivals or they’re right next to an enormous mud puddle which your kid wants to jump in 😁
- Water – this one is tricky because some festivals won’t let you bring water in, so just bring a bottle and pray for a filling station or you may have to fork out $4 a bottle like I did. 👎
- Snacks! Lots and lots of SNACKS!!- I’m a total grazer and can be as cranky as a toddler when I’m hungry so this was just as much for me as for Preston but I brought fruit, crackers, nuts, muesli bars and probably should’ve brought a sandwich too coz lines were long and the food was over priced and well… pretty shit actually (think a tiny piece of undercooked pizza for$5 a pop) 😒
- Earmuffs, ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones- I brought big fluffy earmuffs for my little guy but next time I think I’ll invest in some of those super cute noise cancelling headphones for kids. He said the loud music hurt his ears but he happily danced his heart out with his ear muffs on (as you can see in the video).
- A change of clothes and towel in the car- (unless you feel like bringing a suitcase into the festival with you lol) I knew Preston would be totally covered from head to toe in mud so when we made it back to the car (yep 2km walk each way) I stripped him off, wiped him down and changed his clothes so he could fall asleep in the car on the way home (and so I didn’t have to get my car seats professionally dry cleaned!)
Well mamas if you’ve taken your little ones to a festival or big event and have any other tips or photos to share please post them! I hope to see more kids enjoying Little Splendour next year! It was awesome. Well done to the Splendour In The Grass crew for going the extra mile to make sure the little ones can enjoy themselves too. You nailed it!