Thursday, June 29, 2017

Smith Memorial Playground: Kidchella 2017

Daily Vacationer Jr was thrilled to attend Kidchella Music Festival at Smith Memorial Playground in Philadelphia's East Fairmount Park. Smith Memorial Playground is a gem of a playground, and the perfect location for a children's music festival. It is located on a beautiful and historic 6.5 acres of small hills, woods, shade and sun, and is home to 50 pieces of playground equipment.  Our favorite may be the 100 year old Ann Newman wooden slide.  All you need is a burlap sack to sit on and a childish spirit to have a blast going down this unique slide. 

When we arrived at the Festival around 4:00pm, we were able to park on the street a short walk from the entrance. Each person got a wristband as they entered the lawn in front of the historic Playhouse. There were two different crafts for children to participate in led by ceramic and photography students of The Village of Arts and Humanities.  We really enjoyed gluing colored tiles on the group mosaic while others decorated popsicle stick picture frames with sequins and markers. 

The Playground did not open until almost 5:00 because the stage was still being set up for the concert, so we ordered some food from the food trucks on the lawn. PBandJams, Curbside Creamery, Philly Fry, and Brazba Brazilian BBQ were all there with both child and adult friendly selections.  One large scoop (dish or cone) of incredibly creamy ice cream from Curbside Creamery was $5 and a double was $9, and it was so worth it! Two chicken tacos with green shredded lettuce, chiptole mayo, cheese, and tomato were only $7.  The prices were reasonable, and the lines were short. We appreciated having the food trucks as it made it more relaxing to not have to pack our food.  Outside food is permitted, however, so bring your favorite takeout or pack a picnic if food trucks don't appeal to you.

As soon as the Playground gates opened, we noticed people laying out blankets and setting up chairs in front of the stage to reserve their spots on the lawn.  We recommend doing this if you want a guaranteed spot up front and center. However, there was still plenty of space on the side of the stage for the audience, and as people came and went, we were still able to have a great spot to view the concert. Next time, though, we will come with blankets! 

The organizers of Kidchella really thought of all the important details of a music festival geared towards young children. There is a dancing section for young kids directly in front of the stage and the volume is not too loud.  Karen K and the Jitterbugs played first at 6pm and had the kids and parents loving their music. They finished their set with a bubble machine, spitting out thousands of bubbles to the kids, (and parents) delight.  After a short break, the Deedle Deedle Dees took the stage and played a new favorite of ours, "I'm Gonna Light Up the World". While the music played, kids and adults were able to roam and run through the grounds and have a spectacular evening together in a beautiful setting.

Kidchella returns July 21 with The Not-Its and Chibi Kodama, and again on August 18 with Alex and the Kaleidoscope and Pears 4 Bears. Cost for members is $5 per ticket and non-members is $10 per ticket.  Bathrooms are open in the Playhouse and outside food is permitted.  We will be sure to return in again!




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