In some ways, music festivals are just big playgrounds for grown-ups. We dress up in sparkly outfits, get our faces painted, eat lots of fast food, dance around with new friends and have a go on a Ferris wheel or helter-skelter.

In theory, it makes perfect sense to bring the kids. In practice, things can get tricky. 

Many festival-goers will drink throughout the day meaning that, by nighttime, the arena can be a little daunting for kids. Not only that, but it's easy to lose sight of little ones in such big crowds, there are often big ques for food and water, and - unless your children are big music fans - they can get bored pretty quickly.

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Luckily, Electric Picnic have thought of all of these issues and created a kid's festival within the grown-up festival. Within the walls of the Stradbally's estate's stunning walled garden, families can find solace at Little Picnic.

Run by the lovely folks behind the family-friendly festival, Kaleidoscope, this mini-festival is fun for everyone aged 12 and under. And with four stages and a sports field, there’s something for everyone.

Over the years, the riotously colourful Little Picnic has acted as an oasis for families with plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained ranging from music and illustration to theatre and spoken word. Not to mention the Sports Field, which will play host to some well-known faces, who’ll be giving masterclasses of their own.

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This year's line-up looks exceptionally good with performances and workshops including The Ballymore Brass Band, the Explorium Family Science Show with Mark the Science Guy, Gaiety School of Acting, Marty Moncrieff the Teddy Bear Thief, the Javanese Gamelan Orchestra, the Laois Youth Orchestra, My Higher Shelf, Bean & Goose Chocolates, Fighting Words, Junk Kouture and many more.

We caught up with Mark the Science Guy - who you may recognise from RTÉjr's Let's Find Out - to find out what he'll be doing over the weekend. He told RTÉ LifeStyle that he plans to present an "outrageous, hilarious and totally educational family science show."

If your kids aren't sold on the idea of a science show, maybe mention that this one includes "rocket, cannons, and explosions." Where can we sign up?!

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For more information on Little Picnic, click here.