Oktoberfest With Kids
Can it be done?
The answer is a resounding yes!
Some people think that life is over when you have kids or that the only fun things you can do with kids involve theme parks and/or germ infested places with ball pits and bounce houses. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve definitely been to my fair share of indoor bounce castle venues but there’s more to life than that.
The reality is that kids can be included in a whole host of activities that one may not automatically think of as “kid friendly.” One such example is Oktoberfest. When most people think of Oktoberfest they think of massive steins of beer sloshing around. However, there’s a lot more to Oktoberfest than that. Although the traditional Oktoberfest is held in Munich, Germany every year as a 16-day celebration of food, beer (obviously), and German culture, there are smaller Oktoberfest celebrations around the world where people still get dressed up in their dirndls and lederhosenand have a great time. I had been to a few of these celebrations in my 20s where I threw caution to the wind, ate, drank, and was merry all day long.
Now that I’m a parent I’ve decided that I want to continue to travel and experience new things and I don’t want to get a babysitter all of the time. I want my kids to eat new foods, hear music from around the world, and meet people from different cultures. Obviously, when you travel with kids you have to plan accordingly in order to make the most of the situation. Even if it’s just a day trip somewhere, planning ahead, packing extra drinks, snacks, layers of clothing, etc. can make the difference between a fun family day and a nightmare.
We decided to take the kids to the Breckenridge, Colorado Oktoberfest event for the day because the weather was beautiful, we had never been to Breckenridge, and our friends were also going with their kids. We read online that it tends to get crowded (very true!) so we got there early and were able to walk around for about an hour before the crowds started to stream in. I decided to abstain from drinking alcohol so while my husband and our friends had some beer, I drank a Kombucha. It wasn’t the greatest replacement in the world but I prescribe to the philosophy that I don’t always need alcohol to have a good time AND I wanted to make sure that I was taking care of our kids. After some time walking around we took a little break and found a fun kid zone where there were bounce houses and a trampoline. We let the kids play for a bit before heading back in to the festival and I’m glad we did. It’s fun watching them burn off some energy with the sound of German music in the background.
The food at Oktoberfest is perfect for kids. It’s really just elevated kid staples that they probably eat at home all of the time. Instead of a hot dog, you can order a bratwurst, instead of crunchy little pretzels in a bag, you can order a fresh one that’s the size of your face. Our kids did not go hungry.
After awhile the crowds were a little too much for us so we decided to venture over to the gondola that will take you, free of charge, all the way up to Peak 8. Just make sure that you catch the gondola down to the bottom by 6pm or else you’ll have to walk down the mountain. When we arrived at Peak 8 we found a restaurant, live DJ, alpine slides, a mini golf course, and a ropes course. We will definitely have to come back for a long weekend to enjoy all that Breckenridge has to offer during the warm weather seasons. The kids loved riding the gondola and dancing to the DJ’s music. We thought about going on the alpine slide but it was getting late and we didn’t want to miss the last gondola down the mountain.
Overall it was a wonderful day trip to Breckenridge, I’m so glad that we included our kids, and we will be back to the mountains in the very near future.