A few weekends ago we attended the 2nd annual Kid’s Corner Music Festival. Kid’s Corner is a kid themed music show on XPN (88.5) that is hosted by Kathy O’Connell at 7:00 p.m. during the week. It actually always trips me up because one second I am rocking out to Foster the People and then I am singing a song about cheese before I realize what is going on. It kinda throws a wrench in the works but it has a HUGE following.
Normally I shy away from larger events like this because my crew is just “not there yet.” Since it was going to be at Union Transfer, a large venue, I thought we would give it a shot. Also the tickets were only $8/ ea. which was a huge motivator.
I love XPN so I really wanted to love this event. Overall I think it was good but needs a ton of work which hopefully they will resolve by next year. The venue was actually a good size. If you have never been to Union Transfer picture the TLA but triple the size. There was plenty of room for coats, kids, parents and even strollers. Parent’s cleared the front of the stage for kids to dance but if you were anywhere but the front little ones could not see the stage. We opted for higher ground and took the flight of stairs up to the balcony level. You had limited views but plenty of room.
My major issues were:
1. Not having enough resources. The lines were totally unacceptable for cupcakes, crafts and the balloon maker. The last thing I want to do is go to an event with my kids and spend time with them in line. There should have been at least four balloon makers and six lines to get cupcakes. Especially since they had the space to do it. The main food was a food truck outside which no one seemed to have a problem with but I can see that being a huge hassle for a parent with two toddlers to manage having to go outside, food, kids and then having to go back inside. These lines create huge issues for families and do nothing but waste time and invite tantrums.
2. Intermissions: No matter how good the boys are being nothing kills a great event like an intermission. The lag between bands setting up was too long for this age group. There should have been alternative entertainment on the stage while the next band set up. Even someone reading a silly book in an animated way would have worked. The host Kathy O’Connell ( who looks like Kathy Bates with gray hair by the way) did talk in between for a little bit but she just kept saying the same thing over and over to the point that even the kids tuned out.
3. Lids: They were serving soda and water in plastic cups with straws but no lids. There were spills everywhere. Nowadays everyone restaurant I go to had plastic cups for kids with lids. If Stephen Starr can have it in all his restaurants I think it is pretty much status quo.
4. Parking: Parking sold out ASAP. When you are asking families to go to a less desirable section of the city you need to have a better parking options. We live in the next neighborhood over so I am really familiar with Spring Garden Street and where I can and where I should not go when it comes to this area. Most families were not familiar with this area and I can see how it could have been a little intimidating.
I am not sure if we wold go again next year. The families that seemed to enjoy it the most were the ones with the kids that were 5 and older. This is a really tough one for toddlers. The whole event seems like it was created by a person that does not actually have kids.
p.s. Just as a side note on kid concert etiquate: If you child is slow on the stairs… a packed kid’s concert is not the time or the place to practice. PICK THEM UP and keep the traffic moving.