All ages welcome? Local youth feeling left out at Sonoma County events

8 December 2023

As a college student, I love free events. When you’re a young person, free or cheap events in parks, town squares and community centers can be some of the best hangout spots when home isn’t an option. If you have younger siblings, you may not have any choice but to attend these events. They’re often labeled “all ages” or “family-friendly” or may not have any designation at all, but it turns out these events are often geared toward children 10 and under. I attended a Fall Fun Fest with my friends this Halloween, thinking it would be a fun event for everyone, but we very quickly found that there were very few activities for children older than the age of five or six available. Many of the “all-age” events operating in Sonoma County suffer from the same problem.

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