Tips for Attendees
Below are some helpful tips for enjoying the festival.
- Parking for the festival will be in the grass field across from the amphitheater along Bluebird Drive. Attendees are also welcome to park int he stone lot near Pavilion #1 and in any paved parking spaces throughout the park. Overflow event parking will be in the field near the “upper entrance” to the park on Woodthrush Circle.
- Dress appropriately for an outdoor summer event. Comfortable shorts, sneakers and a t-shirt are recommended. It could be a very hot day – avoid tight-fitting clothing and dark colors to help prevent overheating. It might rain – bring a rain jacket and galoshes. And please remember that this is a family-oriented event and dress accordingly.
- Bring a bag packed with the essentials for an outdoor summer event: sunscreen, sunglasses, bottled water and an umbrella. Your kids will have prizes and crafts to take home, and it’s much easier to throw a bookbag over your shoulder than to hold everything!
- The Food Court will have food and drinks available for purchase. You may opt to bring a picnic lunch from home, if you’d prefer, or stop by Cisco’s in the Park.
- Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital is the place to go if you need first aid, water or have any other emergency.
- Lost & Found will be at the Central Penn Parent booth. It’s a good idea to tell your kids to go to a a specific location or person if they get lost. Central Penn Parent staff members will be stationed throughout the festival at entrance points and each featured activity (bounce houses, the performance stage, etc.) and can be identified by their bright orange shirts. Any exhibitor should also be able to assist them in finding one of our team members.
EXPERT TIP: PA State Police advise parents to take a picture of their children just before going into a crowded event or park. “When you lose a child obviously you get a bit frantic, your memory might not be the best. You might not be able to remember what your child was wearing that day,” Trooper Robert Hicks said. An easy way to help staff and security know what to be on the lookout for is by taking a picture that morning just before you enter the Festival.
- Remember: impressionable youngsters are enjoying the day. Please refrain from smoking and foul language.