Thursday: 12:30 – 4:30pm (*Special Thursday open hours to create your own Jellyfish for the String Cheese Incident)
Friday–Sunday: 9am – 6pm (8am for Family Breakfast)
High Sierra is passionate about family and we want to make the festival experience memorable for all ages. We invite children and big kids alike to enjoy and participate in a myriad of engaging activities and performances taking place all weekend long. See below for a highlight of some happenings in the Family Village but be sure check out our interactive scheduler for a detailed schedule of events and activities. You can sort by day or by area, view additional information and bios, and even create a personalized schedule and sync to your phone or calendar. Hover over an activity to get more information and exact times.
- Family Stage ~ hosting music, puppets and story
- Art House ~ hosting diverse art projects, including a giant mural, all day long
- Sing Along Hut ~ to play music, sing, and even write your very own songs
- Village Greens ~ for play, play, play. Juggling, hooping, water balloons and more
- Shady Chill Zone ~ that doubles as a nice place to breastfeed for new mothers
- Feather River Hydration Station ~ Hosts educational activities for both children and adults including ‘Beyond Bottled’ tasting of Feather River water chilled with baby ice balls. Mixing and serving up the best cold water in California for kids of all ages.
- Family Village Vending Zone ~ Cruise the kid-friendly vending area with Party Animals handmade puppets by Nick Graham, GLORE’s glow in the dark for children and adults, Face & Body Art by Naiara & Kathleen, Hair Braiding using ribbon and beads by Latoya and The Family Store where we sell our Artist CD’s, t-shirts, books and more.
2015 Activity Highlights:
Family Breakfast ~ Everyone is invited to join us Friday through Sunday at 8am for the first ever Family Breakfast, hosted by Nature’s Path and EnviroKids Cereal with an Early Birds Sing Along brought to you by Back to the Roots. Rise and shine, grab a bowl and wooden spoon, and smile—because you’re on the air! Yes, the Family Breakfast will be broadcast live from the Sing Along Hut and the Art House in the Family Village by our very own Grizzly Radio.
The Family Village Talent Show ~ Many of our Family Village patrons have been practicing all year for the upcoming talent show, and others will spontaneously find their talent just as the show begins with sign-up’s. All talents are welcome, song, dance, humor, perhaps something we have never even thought of as a talent before!
Sappy Sunday ‘Fare Thee Well’ Family Village Goodbye Party ~ Sunday is the last day of the festival—the day of many, many hugs. Come to our Fare Thee Well party hosted by our wonderful weekend MC, Norm of Rhythm Child and the Family Village Team. Enjoy music, drumming, snacks and an opportunity for everyone to get on the mic and say what they loved best about this years festival…and what they are excited to bring home with them. This is a great time to sign festival t-shirts, pick up your favorite CD’s, share addresses, and be sure to stay in touch with your new friends all year long.
Jellyfish Shenanigans ~ Come join the shenanigans and make glowing jellyfish in the Family Village both Thursday and Friday (see schedule for times). In preparation for ultimate fandom, we will be making Jellyfish to bring on the String Cheese Shows. Thursday the Family Art House opens just for David Correa (Jellyfish-obsessed Glow and Tiedye artist) and all of you to express yourself thru your very own Jellyfish creation.
High Sierra Nature Quest ~ A place-based treasure hunt around the HSMF grounds to discover the hidden nature of our musical home. Come grab a copy and treasure hunt away on this eye-opening self-guided hunt from the Feather River Hydration Station.
Little Bears Music ~ Music classes for little and big kids are held Fri – Sun at 11:00am in the Mineral Building. Check Artist Playshops for more details.
We try to create a quieter and more kid-friendly environment in the eastern end of the Shady Grove campground (quieter late at night, louder early in the morning). If you’re interested in camping in Family Camp, let your shuttle driver or parking attendant know and you’ll be pointed in the right direction. An on-site vehicle pass is required to park in Family Camp. Visit Camping and Parking for more information.
The Rockin’ Nannies are a group of qualified educators, professionals, and CPR-certified child care providers who will once again offer their services at High Sierra. They will be hosting a Rockin’ Slumber party from 8pm-4am in the Tulsa E. Scott Building each night and will supply activities, snacks and TLC in a safe, fun environment while you moms and dads enjoy some “grown up time” to get your festival groove on. Rates are $15 per hour for potty-trained children and $10 per hour for each additional sibling. Reservations, while available, can be made at the Rockin’ Nannies booth across from the Family Area. The Rockin’ Nannies crew will be waiting to say hello at their Meet & Greet at 4pm – 6pm Thursday in the Family Area. This is the best time to register early before we fill up! Visit therockinnannies.com to learn more about them.
Come join in the parade fun! We’re pleased to welcome back Third Planet Ceremonial Celebrations. These puppeteers, artists and performers from Willits, CA bring forth images in a joyous way that honors, celebrates and fosters life on our planet Earth, third planet from the Sun. Wear a funky, colorful costume (some are available for loan) and come to the Parade Booth at the pavilion behind the Family Area. Wear a silly hat, carry a flag or a large puppet! Paint your face and parade in style. The Parade Booth opens every day one hour before we take off, and closes one hour after the start of the parade (please return costumes and parade gear). Joining Third Planet this year are Wolfthump, Samba Stilt Circus and surprise musical guests!
Thursday – Saturday
Opens: 6pm, Parade: 7pm, Closes: 8pm
Sunday Kids Parade
Opens: 10:30am, Parade: 11:30am, Closes: 12:30pm
High Sierra favorites Living Folklore will be back once again with Giant Puppets, Clown Yoga with Gumbo Wobbly, storytelling, puppet shows and much more. Visit livingfolklore.com to see pictures and learn more about the wonderful world of Living Folklore!