Thursday, June 18, 2015
So this is another book festival, right?
Well, yes—sort of. We’re hosting more than a dozen authors and illustrators for kids, but also puppeteers, dancers, scientists, drummers, artists, handbell ringers … you get the picture. We’re hoping Hubbub has something for everybody!
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’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 magic has worn off for 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 20 rain or shine (but we’re strongly wishing for shine)!
Do I need to buy tickets for the session with Mo Willems?
Nope! Mo’s event is free and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
So what time should we get there?
Mo’s event is in a venue seating 800, so we hope there will be room for everyone. We plan to open the doors by 9:30 for his 10am event. Of course, it never hurts to get there early …
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, drawing, and computer animation workshops for older kids and some workshops just for grownups, 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 grilled cheese 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.
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 right now can be challenging, though—pay attention to the program guide to know which entrance to use for easiest access to which programs!
Wait a minute—am I reading this right? Is this festival really FREE?
Absolutely! With the exception of the Dan Zanes & Friends concert (tickets will be available at our merchandise booth), Hubbub is completely free for all! 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 at the very first Hubbub!
Posted by Norah Piehl on 06-18-2015 at 12:00am