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RS Recommends: From Noise Protection Headphones to Glow-in-the-Dark Tees, 10 Festival Season Must-Haves for Kids

Essentials items to keep your little ones happy and safe — and keep your festival experience stress-free

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It’s festival season, and why not get the whole family in on the fun? After all, if you’ve trained your kids well (and we know you have), they love music just as much as you do.

Whether they’re old enough to break it down beside you or small enough to bop on your back, all we’re saying is give kids a chance…to rock. And if you’re wondering how best to outfit them for these outdoor concerts look no further: we’ve got your kids covered. Now all you need to do is buy the tickets.

Kids Music Festival Packing Guide: What to Know

There are a few things to keep in mind when bringing your littles along to an outdoor music festival. You’ll want to find accessories that keep them safe, comfortable, and, of course, ready to enjoy the festivities. We filled our list with products that are just as functional as they are fun. From hats and glasses to keep kids protected from the sun to water bottles and fanny packs that will keep them hydrated and snack packed, each product serves its purpose so you can focus on enjoying the show with your musical mini-me.

What Are the Best Festival Accessories for Children?

Taking your kids to a festival? Here are some essentials items to pick up online to keep your little ones happy and safe — and to keep your experience stress-free.

1. Snug Kids Ear Protection Noise-Cancelling Earmuffs

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Every concert-going kid needs a good set of protective headphones. (Just ask every A-list backstage baby!) These noise cancelling soundproof earmuffs/headphones from Snug are perfect to pack for your next kid-friendly show. Not only do they block out the sounds of large crowds, loud music, fireworks and other high frequency noisemaking events, they’re also comfortable (which means your kids won’t yank them off every other song.)

The fully-adjustable headphones hug little ears with a soft padded headband and a skin-friendly breathable plush ear pads, providing all-day listening comfort for your littles. Plus, they fold down for easy packing.

Buy: Snug Kids Ear Protection Headphones at $19.99

2. Light Up Drawing T-Shirts

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Sure, the music is great, but festivals are all about fashion. Your kids can make their own stylish mark with these Light Up Drawing Tees. The cotton T-shirts allow kids to draw their own art using a special luminescent ink panel. Just charge up the design using a phone flashlight. And when the design fades, they can start all over again.

The shirts come complete with a mini light wand hung from a lanyard, making it easy to design the perfect concert tee mid-set. Pro tip: these shirts are also a great way to make sure you never lose sight of your kids at a show. Just watch them glow.

Buy: Light-Up Drawing T-Shirts at $19.99

3. Emergency Rain Poncho for Kids


A passing shower is almost inevitable at an outdoor concert, so plan ahead. These one-size-fits-all kids’ ponchos are completely waterproof, lightweight and portable.

Available in four colors, each poncho is packaged individually, making it easy to toss in a backpack or fanny pack.

Buy: Rain Ponchos for Kids at $9.98

4. Ray-Ban Junior Sunglasses

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Kids’ sunglasses can be pretty cheesy—but not these. Modeled after some of their most iconic adult styles, Ray-Ban’s Junior collection offers up some hip eyewear for the younger set.

Got a mini hippie on your hands? These 44mm Round Sunglasses are giving John Lennon in the very best way. The future has never looked so bright!

Buy: Ray-Ban Junior 44mm Sunglasses at $88

5. K-Pop Light Up Headbands


Is there a K-pop stan in your house? What better way to let them show their fandom than with a custom floral headband?

The one-inch fabric headbands (available in black, grey and navy blue) are adorned with flowers and glitter and custom made to order—just submit a photo of their favorite K-pop idol and the artist will design a band with their Korean name and motifs on it. It’s a festive way to show the love at any show.

Buy: K-Pop Light-Up Headbands at $20

6. Chicco SmartSupport Backpack Carrier


Sure, festivals are fun for kids, but you want to have a good time, too. This Chicco SmartSupport Backpack Carrier makes that possible by giving you a hands-free way to bring your child along for the show.

The padded, height-adjustable seat has a five-point harness to keep your music-loving little safe, and the adjustable padded shoulder and waist straps will keep you comfy, too. Plus, there’s lumbar support and energy absorbing padding to reduce strain on your neck and back.

The extendable canopy will keep that little face shielded from the sun so you can enjoy yourself watching the stars…onstage.

Buy: Chicco SmartSupport Carrier at $115.98

7. Custom Water Bottles

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The most important rule of festival going for any age: remember to hydrate—but make it cute. These custom kids water bottles with laser engraving are small enough to throw in a backpack, vacuum-insulated to keep drinks cold and customizable to your kids’ taste. In other words, they’ll flip their lids for these. 

Buy: Crabtree Gifts Custom Kids Water Bottles at $22.95

8. 3D Cartoon Animal Kids Fanny Pack


Every festival goer needs a fanny pack no matter their age. These Termichy Kids Waist Bags with 3D cartoon animals are an adorable way to make sure your little has everything they need right at their fingertips.

Choose from a panda, dinosaur, bear, cat or lion. Each cuddly critter has an adjustable belt and a two-pocket design—perfect for holding sunscreen, coins, snacks, and more. There’s even an easy-to-reach cellphone pocket for kids lucky enough to have one of their own.

Buy: 3D Cartoon Animal Fanny Pack at $18.99

9. Chaser Brand Kids Band Tees

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Your kids will be the coolest at any show when they rock these vintage-style concert tees from Chaser Brand.

The Who American Tour boys short-sleeve tee (available in sizes 2 to 14) has a lived-in feel thanks to its blue faded wash. The Def Leppard Heartbreak girls “recycled vintage” jersey tee (in sizes 2 to 14) mixes flutter sleeves with metallic details for a look that’s edgy but girlie. Both come with instant swagger.

Buy: Chaser Brand Kids Band Tees at $44


The Kids’ Terry Cloth Bucket Hat by Tucker + Tate will keep the sun off their faces and make them look extra cool in the process. The one hundred percent cotton topper comes in purple and red, sizes 8 to 14. No matter which you pick, it’s a vibe.

Buy: Tucker + Tate Kids Bucket Hat at $21


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