Kids

So… you’re bringing a little one(s) to Belden, are you?

First, please send an email to kids@pricelessfestival.org to let us know. Include your kids’ names and ages! We can answer any questions you might have, and connect you with other parents who are bringing this year.

Note: Kids 12 and under do not need tickets!

If you’ve been to Priceless with a kid before, you know pretty much what you’re getting into — plans for kids this year are basically the same as last year. (One new note: we’re providing new guidance about where to camp outside of Kidsville, and giving tips for non-parents trying to avoid camping near families!) If you’ve never done it, we’re here to help!

We’ll have a roster of kid-friendly events and activities, as well as some kid-specific things. If you have things you’d like to add to the roster, just email kids@pricelessfestival.org!

The larger Priceless community is generally an adult-oriented event, with lots of loud, boisterous stuff going on at all hours of the day & night. It is a pretty responsible and respectful community of fun-loving people, but your kids are going to see grown-ups acting like children. While kids love playing around with most of the art at Priceless, there may very well be art and experiences that you may be uncomfortable sharing with your child. Set your expectations accordingly!

Beyond that, what can you do to optimize your Priceless experience with kids?

Where to stay

There are three main options for where your family can stay!

  • We have a “Kidsville” camping area open only to people with kids. You don’t have to camp there, but you’ll find that Priceless will be a lot more fun — and manageable — for both you and your kids. It’s a little neighborhood full of buddies for your little people, and full of people conscious of the kid rhythms and culture.
  • There are a small number of hotel rooms available on site at the Belden Lodge. Some parents with very small children (and pregnant folks!) who aren’t yet comfortable camping with their kids stay in the lodge. See the tickets page for more information about lodge rooms.
  • You’re also welcome to camp anywhere else at Priceless with your family. That said, most parents choose to camp in closer areas, and we’ve heard that some people would prefer their camping area to be farther from kids. Very few parents choose to camp at drop-off #3 or farther out. We encourage folks who don’t want to camp near kids to set up their tents past drop-off #3, and while we don’t forbid families from camping out there, you should be aware that others may have chosen to camp there in order to avoid kids.

The Kids Cabin!

There is a kids chill cabin near the Dirt Stage, for those times when you need some hot or cold running water, a change of diapers, a fridge, to take a nap, or just take a break. But don’t move in — that’s not what it’s for.

Gear

You already know about all the stuff you need to bring for your grown up experience, but what additional things do you need for the kids?

  • Ear protection — The music gets loud (that is, after all, the whole point) and it’s easily too intense for young ears to get close without something like this.
  • Swimming stuff — There will be a bunch of floaties, but if you have/need lifejackets, masks and snorkels, squirt guns, etc, then bring em! The river is delightful, with cool, refreshing water, a beach, stones to throw, a shallow part, and a deep part!
  • A hammock — There are lots of trees, there’s lots of shade, and if your little one needs an afternoon nap, there’s nothing better than a hammock.
  • Costumes!!!

Sharing

Lots of the fun in Kidsville is communal. Everyone appreciates anything you bring to share — food, art supplies, face paints, costumes, games, toys, musical instruments, shade structures. One of the best parts of Kidsville is the spontaneous communal kid care that goes on; usually just a few adults hang back at night to deal with contingencies while everyone else is out there shaking it at the stages!

Lead an Activity!

Do you have an idea for a kid-focused activity? Let us know! Email your idea to kids@pricelessfestival.org!

Party-within-a-party

The final night of Priceless features a themed costume party from 7 to 9, and it’s great for kids! It starts with a parade through Belden, includes a fun early evening party, and segues into all night dancing! So get the little ones ready with costumes too! The 2019 theme is Superbloom: flowers, butterflies, and bees!

More Info

Do you have questions? Suggestions? A need for human contact? Don’t hesitate to email us at kids@pricelessfestival.org.