Having recently moved to the Pacific Northwest, my wife and I are thinking of attending the Sasquatch Festival with our 2-year-old daughter. I'd love to hear your thoughts as to whether the festival is suitable for small children, as well as the camping facilities. Do we have to buy her a separate ticket? Are they specific activities/features geared towards children there? Cheers,
It is certainly not geared towards children, but it is not out of control either. Alcohol can be consumed anywhere on the premises and obviously people smoke. You may see some people smoking Marijuana and will most likely at least smell it. Having said that it really is pretty tame compared to other festivals. The camping can be loud and obnoxious, with a lot of alcohol from what I hear, but I do not camp when I go to Sasquatch! so someone else would be better at addressing that. A better bet would be going to Bumbershoot during Memorial Day weekend there is a children's area. I would say even a two-year-old would enjoy it. I don't think that there is a charge for children under 5. I hope this helps!
Post by quartermass on Feb 13, 2008 15:25:50 GMT -8
I was debating on bringing my 9 year old son this year, but I decided against it because - a) night time can get a little wild b) I still remember sitting next to a couple who brought a 6 year old and an 8 year old, and throughout the day it became clear that both the parents and the children were miserable. I think they may have been the only kids I saw the whole festival (other than "Drunk kid" - a 10 year old kid who looked soooo dirty, and who was completely drunk and "battle rapping" people, who had formed a circle around him yelling "DRUNK KID! DRUNK KID!").
Post by loyalfromlondon on Feb 13, 2008 18:20:39 GMT -8
I saw quite a few kids last year (ranging from early teens to the 3 and under set).
I would say the locale lends itself to being children friendly but like most music festivals, thinks can get a bit adult at times. It's up to the parents but I'd bring my kids, with headphones of course.
We saw a handfull of kids there over the last two years. If you want to camp, the premier camping is a little bit tamer than the general campground i believe (and closer and cleaner). Probably a better choice if camping with kids.
I would say that it is not really younger-kid friendly. The campsite is usually pretty full of drunkos, and there is generally someone playing music loudly all night. I always feel sorry for the parents who have young kids trying to find a place to relax inside, because it has been really hot, and there is no re-entry. And, as a concert-goer, I wish people would just wait a few years and save their kids' hearing.
I really dont mean to sound rude but please do us all (including you and your kids) a favor and dont bring them. I would never tell others how to parent but its a poor idea to have kids in this environment. I understand why you would ask, especially since your little one is only 2 years old and being away from them for a few days would be tough. But again, please leave them at home, they won't have any fun and neither will you.
Post by Whoopsie Goldberg on Mar 8, 2008 14:15:58 GMT -8
Im sure you could always find a spot on the lawn that would be kid friendly, thats the magic of the gorge. However, dont go with you kids and expect people around you not to partake in adult activities. there are many wierd old drunk people and a lot of smoking going on, your kids probably will not enjoy it.