Thursday, June 02, 2016
What ages is Hubbub best for?
The short answer is that we’ve designed the festival with activities geared toward kids ages zero to twelve. But the truth is that we hope our programs appeal to kids of all ages—and their parents and caregivers, too!
What are the festival hours?
Programming tents and vendor booths will be open and staffed from 9am-4pm. Other drop-in and scheduled programming takes place at different times between 9 and 4. Check out the full schedule here or download a printable grid here.
What’s the best way to get to Hubbub?
We do have a great parking deal with LAZ Parking that enables your family to park in one of two nearby parking garages all day. But consider taking the T—Copley Square is easily accessed by the green and orange lines as well as commuter rail … and even if the T means “sweaty commute” instead of “magical adventure” to you, your kids will still love riding on the train.
What’s your rain date?
You’re looking at it! Hubbub will take place June 4 rain or shine (but we’re strongly hoping for shine)! Don’t let a few drizzles deter you, either—we have tons of great programming planned both outdoors and in!
Do I need to buy tickets for the session with Jeff Kinney?
Nope! Jeff’s event is free and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
So what time should we get there?
Jeff’s event is in a venue seating 800, so we hope there will be room for everyone. We plan to open the doors by noon at the latest for his 12:30pm event. Of course, it never hurts to get there early …
Your posters mention Rosemary Wells, but your website doesn’t. What gives?
Sadly, Rosemary had to cancel her appearance due to a family illness. But we have tons of other programming for the picture-book set, including author and illustrator presentations, costume character visits, and puppet shows!
Can I drop my kids off with you and go grab a latte?
Um, no. With the exception of a handful of drop-off writing, visual art, and storytelling workshops for older kids, Hubbub is a festival for the whole family to enjoy together!
Will food be available?
Yes! We will have two food trucks and other food vendors on the square. There are also family-friendly food options available in the Boston Public Library and at several quick-service restaurants along Boylston Street. You won’t go hungry, we promise!
Can I bring my burrito into the puppet show?
No! Because of the historic nature of our venues, food is not allowed in any programming venues, nor are strollers.
OK, then where should I leave my stroller?
We will have a designated stroller parking area on Copley Square, on the south side of the square next to St. James Ave. Look for the friendly stroller parking attendant, who can help you stash it safely away from the action. If you’re headed to programming at Old South Church please leave your stroller with a friendly volunteer right outside the building.
I see that you have events happening at the Boston Public Library—I thought that was closed for construction … ?
You’re absolutely right that parts of the BPL are under renovation, but we’re holding our events in the McKim courtyard and on the recently reopened 2nd floor of the Johnson Building, both of which are open to the public (and beautiful, too!). Getting around the BPL until they fully reopen later this summer can be challenging, though—pay attention to the program guide to know which entrance to use for easiest access to which programs, especially if you have a stroller!
Wait a minute—am I reading this right? Is this festival really FREE?
Absolutely! Thanks to generous individual donors and sponsors like the Highland Street Foundation, WBUR, the BPL, and the John W. Henry Family Foundation, the whole day of creative family fun is absolutely FREE. If your family has a blast at Hubbub and would like to help us build next year’s festival and keep it free, please consider becoming supporters!
Where can I find more information?
Visit the Hubbub website, for starters—it has all the tools you need to plan your day. Once you arrive in Copley, look for the Hubbub tent or talk with one of our friendly yellow-shirted volunteers to get a program guide and get all your questions answered. We can’t wait to see you!
Posted by Norah Piehl on 06-02-2016 at 12:00am