SXSW for Littles

Kids Fest 2018 brings free family-friendly fun into the SXSW fold

Kids Fest 2018 brings free family-friendly fun into the SXSW fold

Kids Fest 2017
Kids Fest 2018 will bring family-friendly activities to SXSW. Courtesy photo

SXSW may feel like spring break for grown ups, but that doesn't mean little ones have to miss out on all the fun. For the sixth year in a row, The Little Yoga House is hosting Kids Fest 2018. Running March 13-14, Kids Fest hosts two afternoons of kid-centric activities. Best part? It's entirely free.

Timed to coincide with the madness that is SXSW and spring break, Kids Fest is quickly becoming a tradition in its own right. "Kids Fest started five years ago because we saw a need for family-friendly events during South By," Abby Nagler, the founder of The Little Yoga House, tells CultureMap.

"Our students' parents would always ask us for recommendations on events to do with their kids during the festival, so we decided to throw our own party," Nagler says. "We love the vibe of SXSW, so we usually include music, art, film, and technology in our mini fest." 

Activities for the "mini fest" begin promptly at 1:30 pm on both Tuesday and Wednesday, and each day features a different lineup. On Tuesday, kids and their adults can enjoy live music, art stations, and coding games inside the yoga studio at 1211 Parkway near 12th Street and Lamar Boulevard.

Wednesday promises to be a blow out party complete with a LEGO maker station, art projects, live music, even more coding games, and a family photo booth courtesy of local photographer Alysha Rainwaters. Naturally, both days will feature plenty of snacks courtesy of JuiceLand, KIND, Rhythm Superfoods, and Sneaky Apron. 

This free event is open to Austin kids of all ages, but registration is required. To see the full lineup and complete registration, please go here