If you were still a teenager, chances are you already would have your tickets for the Lollapalooza or Pitchfork Music Festivals here in Chicago, or maybe you even would be readying your car and crew to drive down to Tennessee to take in Bonnaroo. But your teenage years are over, and so are the days of camping out to attend concerts. This doesn't mean you can't go to one of the world's largest music festivals this summer, though, and even take the kids.
In Milwaukee, you'll find Summerfest, which over the course of 11 days plays host to more than 800 acts and 1,000 performances on 11 different stages. And, unlike many concerts, Summerfest has kids in mind.
Held at the 75-acre Henry Maier Festival Park located on the shores of Lake Michigan, the grounds are easy to navigate and completely paved, making it great for taking children of all ages along with you. There are plenty of food and drink options, along with more than enough places to sit and take in some great music.
The Children's Theater and Playzone is designed especially for kids. This small and intimate stage features kid-friendly musicians, puppeteers, magicians, jugglers and dance groups. Right next to the stage is a good-sized playground to let kids burn off some energy.
The entire family can participate in activities at Kohl's Captivation Station, from art experiences to theatrical presentations. The Captivation Station performances include ComedySportz, Radio Disney and comic jugglers.
Chris Thomas is a dad living in the Brookfield area.