Austin Kiddie Limits 2015: Weekend One Highlights

It was a GORGEOUS weekend, and we packed in as much action as we could. The weather was great, and when we arrived on Friday morning, the park was just beginning to come alive.

The Austin Kiddie Limits area is fantastic for families. It's a little haven for kids and parents in a smoke-free, relaxing, and less-crowded environment. The entire section was festooned with ribbons, streamers, and bright colors and activities for the kids and parents alike.

There was plenty to do, with ceramic painting, crazy hairdo stations, the instrument petting zoo, a drum circle, bean bag toss, and karaoke. The Q Brothers and some of their friends set up a Hip-Hop station and let the kids scratch on the turntables while they made up a free-form rap on the subject of whatever the kids requested. Most impressive moment: they used the word "palindrome" in a rap about the topic "racecar". Pretty clever, eh?

Hip-Hop workshop with the Q Brothers and friends

The talent in the Austin Kiddie Limits is crazy good. As in, better than anything on the radio or satellite stations for kids. This is excellent-quality music with above-average musicians, singing lyrics that are not only appropriate for kids, the lyrics teach and uplift.

Tim Kubart, along with two of his best friends and backed by Mother Falcon, was one of the fan favorites, bringing kids and parents to their feet. They sang songs from Tim's new album, Home, and their set was over too quickly.

Tim Kubart with Mother Falcon

The very talented Justin Roberts also stopped by to say hello to us, and he was thrilled to be in Austin for the first time.

Justin Roberts with LiveMom's Catherine Prystup

Ooh, and did you know there are free snacks in the AKL area? Lifeway provided frozen kefir pops that tasted like sherbet. We may or may not have requested a second serving. And KIND bars offered a new salted caramel product.

The Land of Nod set up several teepees, blankets, and books for a lovely respite area for the kids to chill out. I kind of wanted to crawl inside one of the teepees and take a nap, myself. 

The Land of Nod's TeePee area

Big Don, a local favorite, was kind enough to spend a little time with us after his show on Saturday afternoon. His mission is to create music that kids love, and as an ambassador for Hip-Hop music. 

"Hip-Hop has a negative connotation, and I want to change that," Big Don said. "Kids are smart. Start when they're young and give them character-building words, and they remember." 

Big Don rocks the stage.

Are you attending ACL on Weekend 2? Don't miss Big Don, the Q Brothers, Mister G, and EmiSunshine on Friday; School of Rock, Mister G, EmiSunshine, and the Pop-ups on Saturday; and School of Rock, Q Brothers, Motown Pete, and the Pop-ups on Sunday. 

Have fun!

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