Family Frequently Asked Questions

1.     Is Live Oak family friendly?  - Yes! Live Oak was founded by folks who had children and finding activities for them to do was built right into the foundation of the festival.  The Kids Activities area is huge and safe for kids of all ages and their parents too!

2.     Do you offer crafts for kids at Live Oak? – Yes! The Children’s Area offers a variety of craft projects for children, including Fabric Art, Woodcrafts, Pottery, and our Apothecary Lab, where you can make a special massage oil for Dad’s stinky feet!  Purchase your discounted family Craft Pass online before the festival so that you’ll be all set when the fun begins!

3.     Besides crafts, what else is there to do at Live Oak for kids and teens? – There are nature hikes, juggling workshops, yoga, a talent show, music, and, of course, just running wild around camp finding friends, new and old!

The Faerie Garden is for imaginative play and storytelling with Zette Harbor.  Write your message on a leaf, then sprinkle it with faerie dust for the gnomes and faeries to find under the oaks.  A drumming circle featuring Tim Costa and Music Motive will rattle the Faerie Garden Stage both Saturday and Sunday.

Ping-pong is always a big hit at Live Oak, and the game zone also has bocci ball, card games and chips, henna, dreamcatchers and jewelry making for ages 13-17. Popcorn and pizza will be DELIVERED for special events!

4.     Are there any concerts specifically for kids or teens? – Yes!  We have “Stages for All Ages!” In addition to the OzoKids concert on Saturday afternoon at the Hot Licks Stage, there are concerts on Friday and Saturday nights for the younger crowd.

5.     I hear there is a talent show. How does that work? – The Amazing Talent Show highlights Sunday afternoon, showcasing all the kids and teens who want to strut their stuff! Practice and tryouts are on Friday and Saturday afternoon.  All are welcomed and encouraged by our kind and patient talent show coordinators.

 6.    Are there any swimming or other water activities nearby? – Although Lake Cachuma is nearby, there is no swimming allowed at Lake Cachuma or at Live Oak Camp. You may want to bring water spray bottles, which will come in handy on a hot weekend!  

 7.  Are bikes safe at Live Oak? - Live Oak is bike-friendly, with a bike corral located near the ice vendor near the main stage. Bikes are also generally safe in camp, but please use good judgment on securing them (and maybe bring a festival bike, rather than your brand new super expensive bike!). Helmets are required for anyone under 18 and encouraged for adults. Bike riding from dusk to dawn is discouraged; lights front and back are required for anyone riding after dark.

8.     Do I need to worry about supervision? – We ask that you use your judgment, knowing your kids better than we do! Overall, the festival is very safe for kids that are OK exploring and playing on their own and with friends around the festival grounds.   Anyone under the age of 18 must enter the festival and camp with a parent or legal guardian.

9.     Is there any babysitting available? – The festival does not offer babysitting, but you may find a willing teen to help you out. Live Oak offers a fenced “Toddler’s Oasis” for our littlest acorns.  Here you will also find a ‘napping house’, because what’s a vacation without a mid-day nap?!

10.    What types of supplies or items should I be sure to bring? – a full checklist is here: http://www.liveoakfest.org/checklists but, particularly important for kids are: sunscreen, hats, bug spray, reusable water bottles, bikes and any musical instruments you don’t mind getting dirty.  And, if you forget anything, various sundries are available for purchase at the Mercantile Tent, located at the back of the audience area.

11. What about food? – There are a wide variety of food vendors at the festival offering something for everyone: coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner, ice cream, snacks, pizza, and cold drinks. 

12. What about bathrooms and shower facilities for young kids and parents? – There are porta-potties located throughout camp, as well as nice, new warm showers located near the Hot Licks Stage. You’ll want to accompany young children into the showers.  New this year: look for a changing station in the children’s area.

13.  What if I can’t find my child during the festival?  - Have a plan with your kids to meet up at certain points/places during the festival.  Another idea is to write your cell phone number on your child’s wristband.  If a parent or child gets lost, please visit the Safety trailer next to the Hot Licks Stage. They can arrange for announcements from the main stage and other assistance in locating lost family members. There is also a Lost and Found located at the Safety trailer for misplaced items.