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Bumbershoot 2013 - Saturday

Tips For Families

Bumbershoot really does have a little something for everyone in the whole family! With the release of our 2014 Youngershoot programming, we’re here to offer five tips for making Bumbershoot the most enjoyable family outing of the summer.

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Tip #1: Explore the Youngershoot Kids Zone

Youngershoot is the term that highlights the festival’s kid-friendly programming throughout the entire Festival. The Youngershoot Kids Zone is curated by the Seattle Children’s Museum and features hands-on activities for kids 10 and under. The Youngershoot Kids Zone is located in the Alki Court next to the SIFF Film Center and The Vera Project and is restricted to children and their guardians, ensuring a safe and family-friendly environment.


Our friends over at ParentMap highlight that Youngershoot “has made it easier for parents to share their favorite festival with the whole family.” This year’s activities include painting stations, building and architectural activities, and collaborative recycled art.  The new location includes DuPen Fountain and Seattle Children’s Museum will offer towels, sunscreen and water toys for guests to use.


Tip #2: Bring the whole family!

Whether you’re a seasoned Bumbergoer looking to reunite with Elvis Costello or a new mom in a new city hoping to attend Seattle’s most beloved music and arts festival, we encourage you to head this way come Labor Day.

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If the thought of family vacation costs is slowing you down, don’t forget – children 10 and under always get into Bumbershoot for free.

This year Bumbershoot is partnering with The Vera Project to offer Project Vera, an all-ages venue focusing on creating a safe and comfortable place for a 21 and under audience, presenting intimate performances from slam poets and bands, plus demonstrations of silk screening and DJing.

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Re-entry into the Festival is always permitted. Enjoy the day with your kids. When it’s time for bed, return them safely home… to the babysitter. Come back to experience your favorite late night shows.

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Tip #3: Use Your Judgment

All performance venues and exhibition areas are “all ages.”  Children are welcome at all stages and Bumbershoot is a low-risk way to expose your kids to the music and arts you love. However, parents and guardians should use their own discretion to determine what programming is suitable for their children to experience. Each year our staff recommends a plethora of family-friendly programming. Some of this year’s recommended acts include Los Lobos, Jonathan Richman, Gregory Porter, Charlie Musselwhite and The Head and the Heart. Visit our website later this summer for the full list of staff recommended family-friendly programming.

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Tip #4: Come Prepared

Summer time means sunny skies, sunscreen, and lots of water. But don’t forget that we live in Seattle! Keep in mind that an extra jacket might not be a bad idea. Be sure to pack that extra pair of clothes and a bathing suit for your child’s unexpected getaway into the fountain.

Bumbershoot 2013 Seattle, WA Photo by Christopher Nelson (c) One Reel 2013

If you do bring extra items that you’d rather not carry, Bumbershoot has day lockers available for patrons right next to the Festival gates.

Have a plan to handle the heat! Refillable water stations and water fountains are located throughout Seattle Center so everyone can stay hydrated.

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Tip #5: Safety First

It’s important to have a plan in the event that a youngster gets separated from the rest of the family.

If your child becomes separated from you, you can inform the nearest information booth, Bumbershoot staff person with a radio, or Lost Kids Headquarters (HQ). Lost Kids HQ is located at the Seattle Center Customer Service Office, on the third floor, north balcony, in the Armory. The Bumbershoot team is very experienced and knows just what to do to help reunite you with your child as soon as possible.

Bumbershoot also offers free wristbands to help reunite lost children with their parents and/or guardians as part of our KidSafe program. When you arrive at the Festival, go to the nearest information booth to complete a short registration form with your contact info and get a numbered wristband for your kid. In the event he or she is separated from you and brought to Bumbershoot Staff, we’ll contact you immediately!

Don’t forget your child’s physical well-being too! Our friends over at ParentMap suggest bringing earplugs or noise-reducing ear muffs. Not only will this help muffle the speakers, but it can also make the clamor of the crowd a little easier for fresh ears to bear.


Additional festival information can be found on our FAQ page here. Whether you’re packing up the minivan for the weekend or taking public transportation to Seattle Center, Bumbershoot is sure to accommodate the whole Brady Bunch!  See you Labor Day Weekend!

Bumbershoot 2013 Seattle, WA Photo by Christopher Nelson (c) One Reel 2013