5 Things for the Kids to Do at ESSENCE Fest 2015

teacher-holding-kid-smiling-mother_400x295_71.jpgAs July quickly approaches, we wanted to bring your attention to one of our most asked questions: Can you bring your kids to ESSENCE Fest?  Why yes, you can!

We want the entire family to have the time of their lives!  ESSENCE Fest is a multi-age experience and we want every single person, from 8 to 80, to leave fulfilled.  

Still, here are 5 things you and your kids can do at ESSENCE Fest 2015.

1.  ESSENCE Fest's Family Day of Service

On July 2nd, we will kick off the Festival with a family day of service.  To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we are putting everyone who volunteers to work by rebuilding the community of the beloved city of New Orleans.  Plus, this is a great way for you and your kids to bond while giving back.

2.  ESSENCE Empower Youth's #YesWeCode

In partnership with Nola For Life, ESSENCE Fest is bringing back our phenomenal event, #YESWeCode Hackathon 2015.  In an effort to inspire our youth to think outside of the box while planning their careers, we and our partners are teaching teens how to code in the digital space.  If you would like to bring your child who is interested in Science, Tech, Engineering and Math, we'd love to help build their expertise with our expert teachers.

3.  Send your teens to see their favorite artists at the Hot Right Now Superlounge presented by Ford!

You may not have heard of Nico & Vinz, Adrian Marcel, Mali Music, Sevyn Streeter, SZA, Lianne La Havas and more, but your teens definitely have.  Explore the hottest music of today and see what your kids are listening to.  You may find a new favorite artist for your iPod.

4. Discover new crafts, jewelry and more at the ESSENCE Arts & Culture Marketplace.

Other than uber talented musicians and food so good that you forget about your diet, the city of New Orleans is home to a unique group of craftsman and artists.  Support their work by bringing your family to see the culture of The Big Easy through the eyes of its' most noteworthy artists.

5.  Engage your kids in new activities and initiatives at ESSENCE's Community Corner.

Sign up to be a part of the greatest arts, science and technology groups in and around New Orleans at the ESSENCE Community Corner.  Your child will be exposed to new ways enhance their knowledge about the various types of fun activities and adventures they can embark on while meeting people who enjoy the same hobbies they do.

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"Diversity brings so much more to the table - and by focusing outside of the usual and rewarding all sorts of people in tech - we can only make it better. #YesWeCode is doing exactly that."
- Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple

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