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Bumbershoot Dispatch: More Tips on Bringing the Kids

youngershoot-crowd2By Gemma Alexander

Editor's note: Gemma Alexander, the writer of our Bumbershoot preview, went to the festival on Saturday with her kids, and sent in a few more tips. Take a look at our family Bumbershoot guide for the basics, check out these updates, and head out.

1. Print out your schedule options: Use the “My Schedule” feature on Bumbershoot's website to print a list of all the events you find interesting. It’s much easier than trying to study the booklet while keeping an eye on your kids in a crowd.

2. Protect little ears: Bring earplugs or noise-reducing earmuffs.

3. Check your bag: Pack an extra bag with all the things you might need, and check it for free at the State Farm tent (#19 on the Bumbermap).

4. Recharge in the Kids’ Zone. Tucked between the monorail and the Armory (Center House), the Youngershoot Kids’ Zone is a great place for kids to play away from the crowds. The nearest bathrooms are in the basement of the Armory (entrance directly west of the Kids’ Zone). Be aware that the bouncy houses and zip lines next door require tickets.

5. Brave the main stage: Consider treating the big shows on the Key Arena Main Stage at 3:15 pm (Tony Bennett on Sunday, M83 on Monday) as headlining acts, especially if your kids are still small. Your day will end with a bang, and you can still be home for dinner.

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