Buskerfest happened in Toronto a couple weeks ago, and it was the first challenge that Henry and I did on our own while Adam was at work. Buskerfest runs for four days near the end of August every year. In 2013 the festival moved from Front Street to Yonge Street, so in 2013 & 2014 the festival included the venue I worked at and was one of my events. While I loved being involved, it also meant I didn’t really get a chance to enjoy it. So it was fun to meet up with a couple friends (two of my girlfriends and one little baby buddy for Henry) to have a wander.
Since I’m on the steep learning curve of what works and what doesn’t with a little one, and I’m always looking for tips and tricks for doing this in the city with him, here are some thoughts on what worked, what didn’t and what I would do differently next time! Even though we went midday on Friday, the crowds were already too big for little Henry to see much of anything. When we did manage to snag a front row spot, the performance was too loud and Henry was scared. He did love the wandering stilt walkers and the hula hoop demonstration/play area. Next time, I would go with Adam so Henry can pop up on his shoulders for a good view, and I would remember our baby headphones! And leave the stroller at home, it was tricky navigating through the crowds, a carrier that has easy in and outs would be much better.
Details: Information about Buskerfest Toronto can be found here.