Get Your Groove On at the Hullabaloo Family Arts Festival

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You used to wait in line to score tickets to the one night show of your fave band and spend the weekend at music festivals from dawn until dusk. While your routine has certainly changed (and your taste in music if what’s playing on your kid-approved playlist now is any indication), there’s still room for a weekend of musical fun–albeit with shows that begin at 11:00am. Part music fest, park arts extravaganza, the Hullabaloo Family Arts Festival is a great celebration of everything creative. Read on to discover our tips for making the most of the Festival.

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The Hullabaloo Family Arts Festival is a celebration of music, art, storytelling and dance for young kids and families. Art Soup will facilitate music-themed art projects. Gymboree will present a wide variety of music and movement activities, and Dance to Evolve will offer free dance classes throughout the day.

The Music
The music stage will feature a variety of bands, each one with a signature style. The tunes start at 11:00 am, and each set is 45 minutes. Here’s a look at the line-up.

  • Hullabaloo
      – This free-range, organic kid-folk band is a San Diego staple and has been entertaining kiddos for years.
  • Euphoria Brass Band

– This San Diego band will lead a second line parade around the festival grounds and then take the stage for a full set of New Orleans-style brass band jazz.

  • Rhythm Child

– A Los Angeles-based family band specializes in hands-on percussion jams. Rhythm Child has performed at the White House and frequently tops the kid’s music charts on Sirius/XM radio.

  • Kristen Cook – Have fun and get funky with this folky indie pop singer for kids.

The Platypus Kids Story-time Stage
When you need a break from the sun, head indoors where it’s cool and quiet to listen to stories told by amazing performers, teachers and authors.

  • Charles Johnson – 
      Described as “The Paperbag Cowboy,” Charles plays a colorful mix of sing-along songs, cowboy tunes and sea chanteys, and tells lively heroic adventure tales to entertain the entire family
  • Joan Woolley –

A nationally recognized baby sign language expert, Joann has taught American Sign Language to thousands of San Diego’s smallest citizens

  • Jeff Garcia –

The author of Santa Claus and the Molokai Mules will share this magical tale of Kala, a young boy who learns to surf on the island of Molokai

  • Luciana Navarro Powell –

The author and illustrator of My Dad is the Best Playground will read this spirited story while kids enjoy the vibrantly illustrated artwork

  • Terry Kraszewski –

The author will read her book, Surf Angel, which brings children closer to the magical wonders of the sea

  • Udo Wann –

Enjoy readings by the author of Cabo and Coral Go Surfing, Cabo and Coral’s Secret Surf Spot, Cabo & Coral Reef Explorers, Cabo & Coral Dog Days of Summer, and For the Sake of Hugh Manatee

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Helpful Tips for the Day
Be sure to take note of the following tips as you plan your day at the Hullabaloo Family Arts Festival.

Parking – There is plenty of parking available at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Be sure to bring cash because there is a $10 CASH-ONLY charge per car.

Bathrooms — There are several clean and kid-friendly bathrooms available right at the Festival site that are easily within walking distance.

Weather — September in San Diego is often sunny. But because of its close proximity to the beach, Del Mar can get a bit chilly and overcast. We suggest packing a sweatshirt – as well as sunscreen – just in case.

Eats – Clif Kid, the event sponsor, will be handing out healthy treats for kids to enjoy. But if your little one wants more than a snack, consider packing a picnic lunch. There is a big grass lawn where families can eat lunch and enjoy the musical acts on stage. You can also purchase food from the Fairground’s single food vendor. Keep in mind that the choices are limited to hot dogs, nachos, pretzels, and a few other items.

Hullabaloo Family Arts Festival
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Paddock Green
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
Tickets: $7 (kids under 1 are free)

How do your kids engage in music and art? 

– Leah R. Singer

Photos courtesy of Hullabaloo