SLIME FEST was the highlight of my weekend and my gosh did my kids have a great time. Although they did not get slimed because the chill in the air had them a bit nervous, they enjoyed the experience. The Nickelodeon SlimeFest is literally Coachella for kids (I even saw parents in the spirit!). Children come dressed in their tutu’s and psychedelic colors. There were hues of lime green, bright pinks, glitter and bows, it's a true sight to see. The event is topped off by performances and this year JoJo Siwa was the love interest of all the kiddos hearts! However, for the older children and adults enjoyed hearing music from TPain, Pitbull, Bebe Rexa and Chance The Rapper was the surprise guest! There was tons of food, drinks, snacks and spirits for adults. This was my first SlimeFest Experience and I was so thrilled, I had a chance to experience with my entire family. Let me share what I learned.
Nickelodeon did a great job with creating an event that was wheelchair accessible. There were no issues getting through the crowd that we wouldn't typically experience with a stroller. The event was packed with activities and many photo opportunities. There were a couple activities my son couldn’t enjoy due to his disability however, that did not take away from his experience. There was difficulty pushing the wheelchair through the grass however, that was to be expected as well. Experiences like the Slime Disco were right up his alley! The event was equipped with accessible bathrooms, parking and there was a fleet of emergency vehicles onsite just in case there were medical concerns. Look mamas, I understand the complexities however, experiences like this, your child deserves to experience. Allow your children to have a childhood that they deserve and that is one of FUN!
Suggestion - If you have a child in a wheelchair, bring all of the extras that you would typically bring with you for a day out at the park. It's important to be prepared at events like this because there are tons of people and you never know how your child may react. If you have a child that has a sensitivity to loud sounds, it's a great idea to bring those noise cancelling headphones for sure. Finally, consider adding Zip ties on the wheels of your kiddos wheelchair (and stroller). The zip ties are great for adding traction to the wheels so they can navigate rough terrain.
At first sight you may think the SlimeFest is not going to appeal to any kid after sixth grade or so and I would have to disagree. If you have a child that enjoys having fun with friends believe me, this would be a great time. For the teenagers, if they are silly enough, believe me the inflatables, slime disco, food and performances are more than enough to keep them intrigued. My teen girls enjoyed the performances and having the opportunity to see some of the actresses and actors they watch on television in person was a cherry on top.