The town of Oberursel has issued some guidelines and rules for parents who plan to visit the Hessentag with their children.
Some of it is just common sense, but for those planning to visit a concert in particular there are some points worth knowing.
Here is a short summary:
1. Children under 14 will only allowed into the concerts if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children under 6 will be refused entry.
2. Young children in particular should be advised that they cannot gather in front of the audience.
3. The concerts can get loud – parents are advised to take ear plugs with them for their children!
4. Many of the concerts will not allow photography and apparently cameras are liable to be confiscated at the entrance. Parents should not let their children try and take photos. (I am not sure what you do with your camera if you have if it your bag and then go to a concert, are they really going to confiscate all the cameras that they find?)
5. Arrange somewhere to meet your children and give them a phone number where you can be contacted. I suspect this is meant to be a mobile phone number, and as Singa would say at the Kika Tour: one that you have with you, charged, turned on, and not set to silent! How you arrange somewhere to meet I have no idea (except at the entrance to a concert), as the Hessentag is so large, I do not think that smaller children would find their way to a meeting point.
6. Take clothing for all weathers with you, especially a sun cap and a waterproof cape.
7. If you child is going to the Hessentag alone, make sure he or she has some money to buy something to drink. Bottles, cans, etc. will be confiscated at the entrance to the concerts.
8. Since many of the concerts finish after 22pm, many teenagers will not be able to get home on their own, so parents should arrange to collect them.