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 highly qualified educators, professionals and child-care providers who are back again to 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 moms and dads enjoy some “grown up” time. 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 Village. The Rockin’ Nannies crew will be waiting to say hello at their Meet & Greet at 4-6pm Thursday in the Family Area. This is the best time to register early before they fill up!
Giant Puppets Save the World is brings an epic display of interactive parade art to HSMF! Come pick out a silly costume from the Goat Barn before the parade starts or wear something for our fantastical parade themes, “Metamorphosis and Pollination”! In the Parade’s Goat Barn will be a Giant Puppet Maker Lab, Parade Art Tours, Parade Info Improv Table, and Free Puppet Play. Connect with the parade people or see it as it is all coming together, follow Giant Puppets Save the World on Facebook/Instagram.
There are so many fun things happening in the Family Village. New to High Sierra? Get an idea of the activities held in the Family Village with the 2017 schedule below. A comprehensive list of activities and performers for the 2018 festival will be posted in the Spring.
NEW THIS YEAR! We’re moving inside to get extra “cool”! The Family Stage will be in the Mineral Building now (same space as the Troubadour Sessions) where we will host Sing-Alongs, Puppet Theater, Real Magic with Merloch Silvermaine, African Storytelling and more!
Hosting diverse art projects including Tie-Dye, Sun Catchers, Up-cycled musical instruments and so much more—bring your own t-shirt or dye a free bandana! The Sierra Institute will also come and host art projects with all natural materials both Friday and Saturday. Swing by for a schedule of activities.
Quincy’s homegrown Circus- Quircus will host circus skills and games from 12 – 4pm Friday through Sunday. Also, in our field we have a giant mural that needs all kids to participate, so come pick up a brush! We will also have a Solar Powered Cookies and a Cob Building tunnel playshop!
Feather River Hydration Station
“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 Face & Body Art by Naiara, and many other vendors to get your own unicorn horns, set of wings, glow in the dark supplies and more!
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!
The Sierra Institute
Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is committed to promoting healthy and sustainable forests and watersheds by investing in the well being of rural communities. We value research, education and collaboration in all that we do and we’d like to share it with you! At High Sierra Family Village, Sierra Institute will offer activities to ignite participation in the wonder and use of natural resources all around us. Join us for SunCatchers, Fairy Wands and stories from Natural Wonders!
The Bumpity Bumps
A famous collaborative family band formed at Sunset Co-Op Nursery School in San Francisco, and quickly topping the charts in the Family Village, the Bumpity Bumps always draw a crowd. Come grab your seat early! Rockin’ guitar daddies Lebo (ALO) and Bo Carper (New Monsoon) are joined by the incredible mother/son team of Laura and Shane Ossa. This year there will be even more special guests!
Pocket Stories with Jennifer Aguirre
The children point to a pocket and through story, verse and song the puppet comes delightfully to life. Her gentle puppetry not only engages children but adults as well.
Little Bears playshops with Pamela Parker
Come shake and groove with music that makes you move featuring singer/guitarist Pamela Parker of Pamela Parker’s Fantastic Machine. They will lead the group in rhythm exercises, call and response, improvisation and some fun songs you can sing along to with your kids. This workshop is fun for all and provides the Family Village a music party of their own. Bring yourself and your Little Bears out for some fun music and movement!
A Bay Area-based puppet network, which creates and performs socially, environmentally and politically conscious educational shows by combining whimsical puppetry with storytelling, poetry, song and rhyme. For the Family Village they bring two shows; “Food for Thought”, exploring farming, nutrition and plant wisdom and “Pedal Power” showcasing bicycle safety, culture and biketopia—all 100% pure Puppet powered.
The Quincy Circus – Sat 2, 2:30; Sun 2
Quircus is Quincy’s community circus consisting of stiltwalkers, dancers, hula-hoopers, acro-balance performers, aerialists, jugglers, dancers, fire spinners, belly dancers, sideshow acts, singers, musicians and poets. They are entirely made up of volunteers who donate their skills to entertain and embrace every chance to share the magic of circus arts.
Professor Merloch Silvermaine
Do you believe in magic? Once you see Professor Merloch Silvermaine work his wizardly spells, we’re betting you will. In a review of Professor Merloch Silvermaine’s performance, The San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “With Silvermaine in control, the mood shifts from amusing to amazing.” He is Magician Member of the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood and many magical authorities believe he was the inspiration for a certain wizard in the Harry Potter series—he spent 12 months as Visiting Sorcerer at the Hogwarts Academy of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he taught Spells and Divinations, and carried out research into advanced magical techniques, and the relationship between Magic and Emotion.
Dandelion Family with Heather Normandale
Dandelion Family includes creatures of all sizes and shapes, as well as singer and songwriter Heather Normandale, who has made it her mission to inspire thru music. She even did an entire west coast tour on a bicycle in 2016. For High Sierra the Dandelion Family will bring three different shows. “Singing with Puppets”, “Music and Movement time” and “Old timey Sing along” where an array of common and less common special stringed instruments including but not limited to banjo, ukulele, guitar, resonator mandolin, upright bass and more We will offer some percussion instruments for folks to play along.
Write-a-Song-Along with Paige Clem
All ages are invited to join singer-songwriter Paige Clem in her fun improvisational, interactive, informal musical session designed for kids to exercise their creativity by making up songs about… anything! Paige will help the kids pick a topic to sing about, find fun rhymes and piece together a story made from their ideas. Once the words are written, Paige will help find a simple rhythm and melody to bring it all together, and together the group will sing their song!