Are you keen to get your groove going with the likes of Eminem, Beck and Lana Del Ray? Then it’s time to get your tickets to Austin City Limits, a music festival for kids and adults held in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, USA. While you’re grooving to Lorde or rocking to Pearl Jam, kids have their own special line-up of entertainment that makes this a particularly family-friendly music festival. Austin City Limits is running 3 to 5 and 10 to 12 October 2014 so start planning now.


If this is your first time attempting a music festival with kids, Austin City Limits is a good one to choose as there is a large volume of infrastructure just for families. [To read more about another impressive family-friendly music festival, see the suitcases&strollers story on WOMADelaide.]


While children under 10 get free entry to the festival proper and are welcome to walk around the grounds with the adults, from 11am to 5pm daily the festival opens up the Austin Kiddie Limits section specifically dedicated to children’s activities and entertainment. Live acts this year include School of Rock, Steve Songs, Sugar Free Allstars and Elizabeth McQueen.


If your kids like to get a bit more interactive, there are plenty of hands on activities they can engage in such as action painting, beating up a storm in the drum zone or attending a hip hop workshop. For a better idea of what you can expect, here is a little video from last year.


In the late afternoons many parents choose to take their kids out to the main festival so they can see a few of the headliners as well. 

[For more family travel tips on family friendly festivals, see the suitcases&strollers story Camp Bestival.]

The Practicalities of Austin City Limits With Kids

No matter how boho you like to envisage yourself, it’s always more comfortable to change nappies at a proper changing station rather than bent over on the grass, so those are provided too. Within Austin Kiddie Limits is where you will also find the porta pottys exclusively for families (look out for the handicapped sized ones if you are still toilet training your kids and need to get in there too) and an enclosed breastfeeding station with power points for breast pumps. Through the entire festival grounds there are also plenty of stations to refill drinking water bottles.

At the entrance look out for the special Tag-A-Kid service where your child can receive an individually numbered wristband so that if he or she gets lost, they are easily identifiable.

To read more travel tips on music festivals with kids, see the suitcases&strollers story Fuji Rock Festival