With Clockenflap just around the corner, we sum up the festival’s best kid-friendly entertainment and handy on-site facilities to look out for.
Anyone who’s been to Clockenflap knows that it is as much a festival for kids as it is for adults. And to be honest, with the hectic after-school schedules they have, they are in desperate need of some time off too. Better yet – entry is free for kiddies 12 and under!
The kids-dedicated area, Future Fields, is packed with daytime children-friendly entertainment and activities all weekend long. The Oxford-based singer-songwriter Nick Cope will be performing his unique collection of indie-pop songs that are much-loved by kids and parents alike.
Hong Kong’s very own Rumple & Friends will be putting on magic shows and transforming the stage into a discotheque – think disco ball, bellbottoms and sequins. Lynne Kirk and her puppet animals will also be joining the fun with her interactive storytelling sessions. And last but definitely not least, nothing says fun like a bouncy castle, which has proven to be an all-time favourite among young clockenflappers.
This year, Clockenflap is teaming up with Hong Kong Children’s Discovery Museum to bring fun and educational activities to the Family Workshop area. For kiddies who want to take a break from dancing and jumping, they can always swing by to create a monster puppet, a tassel tambourine (Stevie Nicks style), or a colourful tissue paper painting.
We’re more than excited to try Japan’s Dirty Workers Studio’s one-of-a-kind body art. A recent trend in festivals, body marbling is the technique of dipping our hands or arms in a mixture of acrylic paint and water to create colorful, unique, marbleized imprints that adhere to the skin. It is 100 per cent skin-safe and temporary, our only concern is trying to convince our kids to wash it off after the day.
Clockenflap is so much more than just music, save some time in between acts and workshops to explore the unique interactive experiences and artworks. Highlights this year include Balloon Chain, a metres-high sculpture made of helium balloons that has been a fan-favourite at Coachella and Burning Man; Japanese artist Shigeki Matsuyama’s ‘dazzle camouflage’ and Quantum, an ever-morphing performance piece that was a big hit last year.
Don’t worry when nature calls, there are plenty of regularly cleaned flushable cubicles and sinks in the festival site, with a few right opposite to the kids-dedicated area. Breastfeeding mamas will be happy to know that there is also a nursing area near the kids zone. Parents of young children are allowed to bring pushchairs and buggies, but be aware that there are no storage spaces in the festival.
In case of emergency or accidents, like having a tooth knocked out in the bouncy castle, a first-aid tent can be found near the information stand. Hydration is key when you’re out in the sun all day long. Bring your own bottles and look out for free filtered water stations scattered around the site.
Happy Clockenflap weekend!
Advanced tickets starting at $980 are available at clockenflap.com/tickets