With the NYC Fringe Festival drawing near, our thoughts couldn’t help but drift to all kinds of festivals and fairs in general. Festivals can be incredible experiences--experiences you would want your child to enjoy. But then again, they might not always be easy to navigate with children so we’ve come up with a few tips & tricks to help you out if you’re headed to a festival, carnival, or event of the sort anytime soon.
Know the age limit: While we may have mentioned the Fringe festival above, it is not necessarily age appropriate for all children. Or similarly, if you’re headed to a carnival, make sure you know if there will be enough rides for your little one to enjoy.
Know the basics: Know all the basic information: the layout, itinerary, crowds that will be attending, weather for the day. The more you know, the more you can prepare.
Cater your Experience: Chances are your little one is already developing a unique personality with distinct likes and dislikes. Keep these in mind when coming up with a plan of action for the day. Better yet, sit down with your kids before going and talk about what you’re going to do. Go into the day with a general idea of what you want to see--but also be open to spontaneous decisions!
Pack the Necessities: If you know you're in it for the long haul beforehand, it's worth it to pack a "survival kit" of sorts. Extra diapers, pain meds, and healthy snacks are always good to have on hand. (Plus, while some junk food is yummy, tummy aches from too much is never fun).
Stay Close: Once you’ve finally made it to the festival, there’s a good chance you’ll have to reckon with some crowds. Hold hands, stay close, be smart--and have fun!