Because there are dozens of fun, outdoor festivals offered each spring and summer around the Bay Area, the hardest choice for families might be deciding which ones to attend.

The Third Annual Parents Place Family Fun Day is coming up on Sunday, April 23rd in Palo Alto! This is a great opportunity for families with young children to bounce in our toddler fun zone, rock out to live music, nibble on tasty treats, and play at one of the many children’s activity tables, sponsored by our 20+ community partners. Parents can pop into one of our 20-minute mini-workshops on everything from mindfulness to tantrum tips, and free childcare will be offered throughout the day.

If this is your first festival season with a toddler or preschooler, here are five quick tips to get the most out of these outdoor adventures:

  1. It’s all about the timing—Work around your child’s sleep schedule. It is okay to miss the beginning, middle, or end of an event when it’s time to nap. For example, before you go, check the event schedule to see if the children’s music time coincides with your child’s happy hour.
  2. Introductions are key—Start slow and introduce the event one booth at a time. For active kids, find the bouncy house, kick off their shoes, and enjoy the squeals and fun times. For kids who need time to warm up, find the Lego booth and allow for some free play before moving on to other activities. Look around and choose a few favorite activities to try. Bubbles and face painting are always a big draw!
  3. Snack time—As always, bring water, sunscreen, and a favorite snack with you. At Parents Place’s Family Fun Day on April 23, tasty treats will be available to purchase. Who knows? The event might be a fun opportunity for your child to try a new food!
  4. Take breaks—Make sure to rest when you need it. Find a picnic table or chill in our lactation room on a soft couch. Check in with your child and make sure everyone is still having fun.
  5. Finish strong — You know yourself and your child. Head home during that sweet spot between “getting tired” and “total exhaustion.” You will thank yourself later.