Austin Kiddie Limits 2011 – The Whole Lifestyle Preview

Austin Kiddie Limits

The Austin City Limits Music Festival comes to Zilker Park to celebrate its tenth year on the weekend of September 16-18, and this year the festival will once again feature outstanding musical talent and amazing local food and art vendors.  The Austin Kiddie Limits area is back and full of family-friendly activities and performances.  For all the details check the official Austin Kiddie Limits website, and you can find the full musical schedule here.  We’ll highlight some of the activities and musical sets you don’t want to miss!

Let’s go over a few words of wisdom before we get started. Children 10 years old and younger get free admission to the festival with a ticket-holding adult. Stay hydrated – ACL will offer free filtered water filling stations, so be sure to bring a refillable water bottle.  Use sunscreen, wear comfortable shoes, and expect high temperatures.  There is a nice sandy area underneath a large tent known as H-E-B Zilker Beach where you can find some shade and watch the kids make sandcastles.  It’s good to take some breaks and pace yourself.

The Fun Stuff

ACL is a music festival first and foremost, and this year they’re offering some great activities for your budding musicians and artists. (Beginners are OK, too!)  Kids will have the opportunity to play on a varied selection of real musical instruments, and participate in hip-hop, dance, and songwriting workshops.

Rock Star Video Karaoke
Let your little ones live out those rock star dreams – here they can get a rock-style makeover and record a video singing your favorite song.  Please, no “Islands in the Stream” duets.

School of Rock Jam Tent and Drumzone
Austin School of Rock promises to have drums, mics, guitars, amps, basses and keyboards set up for kids to play.  Make sure you check out some of their featured events, including Lyric and Percussion Workshops, Air Band Competition, and Live Band Karaoke.  The DrumZone tent will also offer Drums and Percussion workshops throughout the day.

Hip Hop Workshop
Learn how to create and record songs with the Q Brothers, and get a recording of your song to keep!

The Arts, The Ink, and The Rest
Abrakadoodle will offer aspiring artists the opportunity to throw and splatter paint and create a masterpiece at Action Painting.  After getting a Rock Star Hairdo, kids can get a Hip Tattoo (don’t worry, it will wash off – we think). Create a Rockn’ Magnet courtesy of Cafe Monet, and check out the H-E-Buddy Rock ‘n’ Roll Color Puzzle. Get moving with the Zumba Workshop with Fuzemove, where you can learn some cool dance moves.

Be sure to stop by Alex’s Lemonade Stand, where you can make a donation for childhood cancer research and enjoy some cold lemonade.  There will also be some healthy snacks available at the H-E-B Snack Shack and Lifeway Probugs (Organic Kefir).

The Tunes

In a festival known for its world-class musical acts, the Austin Kiddie Limits stage is no exception. The one common component you can expect is FUN.  Here are a few of the artists we can’t wait to see.

Brady Rymer
Rhymer brings his Little Band that Could to Austin, which promises to be a rocking and lively set.  He is a Grammy-nominated family music star who recently won the 2011 Parents’ Choice Gold award for his most recent album “Love Me for Who I Am.”  Play the video for the title track at the link above, and try to stay still while you listen to the song.
Friday 3:30 PM
Saturday 12:30 PM

Quinn Sullivan
Sullivan is a 12-year-old guitar player who is touring with blues legend Buddy Guy.
Saturday 2:30 PM
Sunday 12:30 PM

Peter DiStefano & Tor
Peter DiStefano brings a star-studded band to entertain you and your family. Tor Hyams is the multi-talented man behind the curtain for Austin Kiddie Limits – see our profile on Tor from ACL 2010.
Sunday 3:15 PM

Heidi Swedberg
Heidi plays folk music on the ukelele with the help of the Sukey Jump Band.
Friday 12:30 PM
Saturday 11:30 AM

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