Music festivals can be chaotic – tents, two showers per hundreds of people, intoxicated camping area neighbours and unexpected weather changes. If you’re consider going to one with your kids, you’ve probably visited a fair share of them already, so you know what I’m talking about. Yet more and more people decide to bring their offspring to music festivals, be it massive events of electronic music or small gatherings of jazz and blues enthusiasts. And that’s understandable, because a music festival where many hearts come together to celebrate the beauty of sound can be a very rewarding experience for a young mind. That being said, there are certain things to bear in mind before you do that.
Consider pros and cons
One of the aspects here that is of great relevance is your child’s age. If you child is not old enough to shower and eat by himself or herself, maybe leave them with a nanny for a few days – the music festival won’t be fun for you, and it might actually be very stressful and dangerous for your young one. However, if your child is at least in their teenage years, and not too sheltered from reality, they can have just as much fun at a music festival as anyone else.
Another thing worth taking into account is the type of festival. How many people usually come there? What kind of crowd is it? Remember that as open-minded as you might be, if the festival is infamous for widespread use of alcohol and other substances, it is not the most suitable place for any kind of young person. Also, if it’s a massive festival with tens of thousands of people, there is a big risk of your child getting lost and having to keep track of their whereabouts at all times will suck the fun out of everyone’s experience.
Don’t be “The Super-Parent”
If your parenting style includes going to yell at neighbours who are listening to music at 8.30pm because your child cannot concentrate on their homework, think carefully before you take them to a music festival – not just for your own well-being, but also for the sake of everyone else. Festivals are collective experiences where people come to relax, enjoy themselves and their friends’ company, so chances are the camping grounds will not be the oasis of peace and quiet. If you think you will find yourself going around asking everyone to say quiet at 3am because your child needs to get some sleep, you will ruin everyone’s mood and probably won’t ever achieve your goal anyways. Because it’s a festival.
Look up family-friendly festivals
Bottom line – you want to take your child to a music festival that is safe for them and where the environment is welcoming to participants of all ages. There are numerous family-friendly music gatherings across the world, and we will get into more detail about that later on, but if you simply want to take look, you can find a list here.
Overall, music festivals with family can be fun, but it can also be annoying or potentially disastrous. Carefully judge the environment and consider the possibilities before embarking on this adventure with your young ones!