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If you’ve never been brave enough to tackle Outside Lands with your kids and shudder at the thought of navigating a stroller through Golden Gate Park for Hardly Strictly, WinterWonderGrass Tahoe is for you. In its second year at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, this music festival on April 1-3, 2016 is made for families. We went last last year and discovered first-hand why this is no ordinary music festival. Read on for the scoop:

1. For kids ages 12 and under, admission to WinterWonderGrass Tahoe is totally FREE. As of publication, single-day adult tickets were still available starting at $59. Click here to buy.

2. The most kid-friendly times to visit and least crowded is during the day. We suggest heading in early. Luckily, it’s such a small area that you can check all the stages out easily.

3. Need a break from the music? Enchant your kids at the festival’s designated Kid Zone, which will be packed with action every day 2:30-6:30 p.m. You’ll find a heated tent, face painting station, hoola hooping, and arts and crafts stations.

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4. Unlike some music festivals this one has a flex in-and-out policy so if you need to skidaddle for a little bit or need a breather, feel free to go and come as you please.

5. The bathroom situation isn’t ideal for those potty-training because the facility only has port-a-pottys and you might have to wait during peak hours. We suggest bringing your own hand sanitizer. The good news is that you’ll find 50+ handicap accessible stations so you likely won’t have to squeeze your clan into the normal sized ones.

6. Strollers are welcome but the folks welcoming concertgoers will check your backpack for security. Feel free to bring in snacks and water/juice, but full picnic-style meals are not recommended.

7. Let’s talk music! The three-day fest will showcase a variety of bluegrass and acoustic roots performances from around 2:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Head there when the sets begin to catch music before bedtime. This year highlights include Greensky Bluegrass, Elephant Revival and Railroad Earth. For a full line-up click here but really, you can’t go wrong with any set time.

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8. For the parents into brews, the Festival will feature two heated beer halls where you can taste samples from local breweries.

9. There will be free water so bring an empty water bottle to stay hydrated. The festival will not have plastic water bottles on site.

10. The majority of the Festival is outdoors so bring layers! Hats, gloves and a winter coat are all necessary.

Ticket info.: Ticket prices begin at $59 for a single day ticket and $149 for a three day pass. Kids 12 and under get in free to this family-friendly event.

Squaw Valley
1960 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley, Ca
800-403-0206
Online: squawalpine.com

Have you visited Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows? Will you make the trip for the first ever WinterWonderGrass Tahoe Festival?

— Erin Lem

photo: Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows