With a broad selection of fun activities for kids of all ages, Austin Kiddie Limits, has long made Austin City Limits Festival way more family friendly than a massive event headlined by Radiohead and Major Lazer should be. This year, festival organizers made bringing a little one to the fest easier than ever, moving the kids’section to a shadier part of the park with its own entrance off Barton Springs Road.
They also rearranged the configuration. The activity stations, which include most of the standards from past years including punk hairdos, a drum circle, temporary tattoos, and a hip-hop workshop, are in a broad arc on the outskirts of the tree-covered grove.
The set up better integrates the AKL stage which sits in the center at the back. A robust crowd gathered for a 2:30 p.m. set by NYC artist Sonia de Los Santos, who charmingly led the group school aged rockers, their toddling cohorts and parents in a series of coordinated dances and sing-alongs.
The biggest hit of the new Kiddie Limits for the parental set is ample seating. A centrally located bank of picnic tables provides a rest station for parents while jugglers, stilt walkers and bubble artists from local troupe Circus Picnic keep the little ones entertained. Other seats are scattered throughout the area alongside ping pong tables and other games, and tents for the kids to hide in.
A couple things to note if you go:
All adults must be accompanied by a child in Austin Kiddie Limits.
Popular attractions like the punk hairdos and temporary tattoos tend to draw big crowds as the day goes on. Hit those stands early if you think your little rocker wants a brightly colored ‘do. (Hint: they do.)
Several of the stations have free healthy snacks for little ones. But you will have to pay for sno-cones ($4 for a small). And pack a few dollars cash. A $2 donation to Alex’s Lemonade stand gets you an ice cold lemonade and the warm fuzzy feeling that comes with knowing you’re raising money to help childhood cancer patients.
New this year is a baby changing staton and a private breast pump station complete with power sources.