Springfest at Spirit of Suwanee Music Park is a great place to take the whole family. My children have been attending festivals at the park since my son was six months old. Both kids grew up throwing Frisbees in the field and stuffing themselves into hammocks with armies of other kids they hardly knew. Many nights they would work to stay awake and sit around the fire but most nights they would end up in the tent or coach, buried underneath quilts, woobies, and stuffies. When it was all over, that precious goodnight kiss would come with a sweet, soft, smell of wood smoke.
At Springfest, each age group does what it wants. Some people sit inside and watch basketball. Some people play John Prine songs all day. Some people even listen to live music, but toddlers up to adolescents come to Springfest to celebrate together and en mas. They quickly begin moving in small bike-riding herds and care should always be taken when walking among them.
What Kids Like About Springfest
food- Kids, like everyone else, love to eat at Live Oak. You get the warm, full feeling that comes with pots of finger-lickin crowd pleasers, along with the sick thrill that comes with carnival and festival food. Where else can one get an alligator pizza with feta cheese?
kids tent- Adults love this because the Kids Tent takes time to entertain and engage the children and it doesn’t cost anything. A rare and welcome treat. The temporary tattoos are lovely practice for the ones they’ll likely have in a few years.
bikes- Bike gangs move through the campground like ants searching for a crumb of a fried tortilla chip. Don’t expect to re-hydrate just one if they park at your site. They travel and feed as one.
hammocks- Kids don’t care who it belongs to or how much it costs. Their only goal is to see how many bodies they can fit into it without it exploding.
- lasers– If it doesn’t have a laser attached to it, what is the point?
- playground– Kids migrate to a playground like buffaloes to a watering hole. Recently, the playground has become a popular place for underage vendors sellingl delicious illegal lemonade.
- freedom– Children get an opportunity to meet new people and connect with entire families. They are welcome to spend their time doing whatever they want. Unless it’s sitting inside the coach with the t.v. on. That is probably not happening.
- safety– It’s just fun to feel safe. Most everyone that camps at the Spirit of Suwanee Music Park takes an ownership role in helping to craft a comfortable and protected environment. You can see a difference in the way children behave when they feel absolutely safe.
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No matter if your kids are 4 or 43, there is something for everyone at Springfest. Check out the MagnoliaFest website for tickets and lineup information. See you next time. ~jn