If you're planning to visit Kidzapalooza in August, let your
kids start growing their hair out now so there's something for the
punk rock hair stylists to work with, says Tor Hyams, co-founder of
the festival. And don't forget ear plugs for the kids; it's a kids'
fest, but the music is loud.
"We don't dumb it down for the kids. We have a legitimate stage
with loud music, but good loud music," says Hyams. When major rock
stars play the kids' stage, parents can get an upclose view at the
family mosh pit.
"The cool thing for mom and dad is, the parents know who the
stars are, and they can have an intimate experience with some of
their favorite rock stars," Hyams says.
Kidzapalooza is designed for kids 4-9, and this year they'll be
able to create their own rap and take home a CD of the song or do
video karaoke and see themselves on camera. Make sure they're ready
to drum because every imaginable drum is available to play in the
Drum Zone. There's also a hip-hop workshop, punk rock hairdos and
"It's not the type of place where you go and look at your watch
while your kids do arts and crafts," Hyams says. "This is an
interactive family festival, not an interactive kids'
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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