This past Sunday I attended the Life is good Festival with my family and we had such a good time. The Life is good Festival is a fundraising event that took place this past weekend (September 24th & 25th) at Prowse Farm in Canton, MA. The festival was a two-day celebration of music and optimism, featuring three stages of nationally known musical talent, hands-on games, interactive arts activities, and the “Good Kids” zone — home to the top acts in kids entertainment. 100% of Life is good’s profits from the Festival will go towards The Life is good Playmakers, helping kids overcome life-threatening challenges such as violence, illness and extreme poverty.
The first thing that I noticed about the festival once I got there was that there was something for everyone – literally. I was impressed by the large variety of activities, entertainment & food offered. Because of a previous commitment, we were only able to attend the second day of the festival. It was such an action-packed day, that I almost don’t even know where to begin. Being a mom, I spent the day doing fun family activities, but at one point I said to my husband that next year it would be fun if we did a day with the kids and the second day just us.
When we arrived, we headed over to “Chillville”, because my boys spotted a big blown up tent filled with super fun looking foam blocks. We spent quite a bit of time in the Imagination Playground.
Chillville is a spot set aside for families that may need a little down time in between activities. Inside Chillville was a diaper changing station, a tent for breast-feeding moms that wanted a little privacy, books, the tent with blocks (pictured above) and shows throughout the day. Silly Sally (the clown) and a magic show were a few of the shows that my family took in over in Chillville throughout the day. As a mom, I have to say that this area was brilliant. When my kids were ready for a change of scenery & a little less noise – this is straight where we headed.
After our first visit to Chillville, we spent quite a bit of time playing games with the kids. We did sack races, the bean bag toss, an obstacle course, seed spitting and so much more. There was also face painting, bocce, hula-hooping, a rock climbing wall (child sized), a tug-o-war and much, much more. There were people there just relaxing on blankets, playing frisbee and I even saw one woman knitting.
There was so much great music at the festival this year, too. On the main stage there were amazing artists such as Ray LaMontagne, Raphael Saadiq and the Levon Helm Band performing throughout the day.
The majority of our time was over at the Good Kids Stage, though. We got to watch some great performers like Keller Williams, Ben Rudnick and Friends: and the coup de gras (for us), Laurie Berkner:
My family and I got a chance to visit the The Chobani Champions Tour Bus while we were there & tried some of their fabulous yogurt. We also checked out the Martin Jam Tent, where everyone could get a chance to perform their own music and jam out on a Martin guitar! Very cool. There were tons of food options available and so many things to do, but the highlight of our day, though, was sitting in on an interview with Laurie Berkner and then getting a chance to meet her and Steve Gross, the Chief Playmaker.
The weather was gorgeous and the picturesque Blue Hills in the background really was the icing on the cake. Everyone that I saw that day seemed to be having a really, really good time – including myself and my family. Again, 100% of the proceeds from the festival go to the The Life is good Playmakers – which is an amazing organization because of all the work they do to help children!