*Update July 2021 There will be no Kidzapalooza this year. Children are still permitted and free under 10 years old, but there will not be a dedicated area for them.
In 2019, we took our first family trip to Lollapalooza and to our surprise, absolutely loved it. Kids under 10 years are free and at the time, Mila was 6 months and Noah was 3 year old. There is a big Kidzapalooza area, which is family friendly with lots to do.
Here are some things that made the entire experience at Lollapalooza really easy for our family. Hopefully these are helpful if you are thinking about going this summer!
We took this stroller. It’s the best travel stroller there is. It’s super lightweight (around 11 pounds) and Mila took her naps in it all day. There’s a little storage below too.
Also, we used the Baby Bjorn to carry Mila which was SUPER helpful! We loved this one because it’s the most back supportive.
Some other supplies we brought were baby wipes, diapers, and bottle + formula. We didn’t bring snacks because we just bought food there.
Security is pretty tough, so we just wanted to bring the necessary things. I would double check the allowed and prohibited section on Lolla’s website before buying tickets.
Take the train! Or any type of public transportation. You won’t find parking or will have to pay a million dollars for it. We took the brown line and there was a super short walk to the main entrance.
If you need to drive, I would definitely do Spot Hero.
The Kidzapalooza area is awesome. There’s so much to do. They have young adult bands, sing alongs with instruments, face painting, balloons, etc. The family friendly area is close to main stages so it’s easy to listen to performers there. Manny and I just turns going closer to the stage when we wanted to hear certain performers.
There’s also a lot of cool food and beverage vendors to check out like this wine selfie slushy from Cupcake wine.
- Go right when the doors open. The park is very empty. I think we went from doors open to around 6pm
- Kidzapalooza has the best bathrooms! It’s an air conditioned trailer and really clean.
- Bringing less stuff is better, pack light
- It’s hot! At one point, both kids were in just diapers.
- When you get there, you can go to the help tent and register your children.
- We also put our cell phone number on Noah’s upper arm just in case
I hope some of this is helpful! Let me know if you are thinking about going or have any questions, DM at @thechicagogoodlife.
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Until next time,