Children's Play Area – Cultivating ourselves and the next generation

By Kai Teo

Hippies should make more babies.

Hippies should make more babies.

We have all been children once. And unfortunately, many of us have grown out of it. We’ve stopped being fascinated by bubbles. We’ve stopped asking questions like, “Why does hair grow out of armpits?” (yep, I bet many of us never found out the evolutionary and survival purpose of this). Instead, we’ve traded these essentials for vuxenpoäng, or Adult Points, buying apartments, getting jobs, unquestioningly obeying laws.

Having a Children’s Play Area at Forest Star Festival not only lets the young ones have a safe and comfortable environment to hang out, it also allows the rest of us to have a classroom to learn about what we’ve lost over the years, and reconnect with our inner child.

We're all children here.

We're all children here.

Over the years, I’ve found out that the most mature adults are the ones who allow their inner child to flourish, to dance freely in the fields, and to run around wildly in the forests. That’s my definition of adulthood: to fully reconcile the wondrous nature of our childishness and the responsibilities required of us in the society.

Bringing our children to a festival with strong philosophies and an enlightened, loving community can often be more useful than taking them to school. Here, our next generation learns about the healing powers of dance, the soothing nature of a sincere hug, and the importance of human connection and cooperation. 1 + 1 = 2 isn’t just a concept on paper here, it’s a practical lesson for our children to understand that when we have more than one of something, we have the capacity to share.

Many of us would argue that the rave is not a place for kids. We expose them to the adult sins of drunkenness, drug abuse and irresponsible behaviour. To some extent, I too, agree with this. But that’s just because many of us adults haven’t learnt to behave in an environment of pure freedom. We use the festivals as a space to release our pent up frustrations, go berserk, get stupidly fucked face, just because we think that that’s how freedom should be exploited.

It is here our inner children are encouraged to spread their wings and take flight.

It is here our inner children are encouraged to spread their wings and take flight.

When we bring our children to the festival, the entire community has a responsibility of showing them unbridled kindness, love, and compassion. We can be fucked face of course, but when a child waves to us, we better put on our biggest smile and wave back.

And as a family-friendly festival, Forest Star cultivates in us the responsible partaking of entheogens and other stimulants for self-discovery and learning from our higher consciousness. Because our next generation would decide our future, and we begin by building a community where children are allowed to be children, and adults too, are encouraged to be them. Only then can we start creating a new world based on the pillars of peace, love, unity, respect and freedom, rather than one built upon power, material wealth, patriarchy and exploitation. 


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