This Labor Day weekend, we made our 5th visit to King Richard's Faire in Carver, Massachusetts. This was our 4th consecutive year attending on opening weekend. Visiting our local Renaissance faire is an annual tradition that every member of our family looks forward to. Having visited the faire several times, my husband and I have some tips to share with other families who may be visiting for the first time.
10 Tips for Visiting King Richard's Faire with Children . . .
1. Be festive! - Depending on the weather, you may or may not choose to dress in costume. In past years, our children have worn costumes and it was a lot of fun. That being said, it's important that whatever you wear on your body and feet are comfortable. Be sure to dress for the weather. Even if you don't choose to wear a costume, your children will have more fun attending if you add something festive to their wardrobe, such as a garland of flowers on the head, fairy ears, a fox tail, or a Renaissance themed t-shirt. This year we opted for knight body armor t-shirts for the boys and a pretty unicorn t-shirt for our daughter. All 3 brought along the wooden swords we had purchased as souvenirs on previous visits.
|Two knights-in-training and one sword-wielding unicorn princess at King Richard's Faire|
|Fairy Dusted Hair for King Richard's Faire|
3. Don't over-schedule yourselves! - If you've checked out the King Richard's Faire entertainment schedule, then you'll see that many times one show begins on one stage right when another one ends on another. It's not possible to make two shows back-to-back unless they are taking place on the same stage or at a stage very close by. Our advice is to choose 2 or 3 shows and a few other activities you just do not want to miss and then have a relaxing time in between those. For example, we knew we wanted to see Jacques Ze Whipper's show, The Great Cats World show, and at least one joust. The children also knew they wanted to go through M'Lady's Shady Maze, go on a couple of fun rides, and our daughter always wants to go on a pony ride. Well we ended up seeing Jacques Ze Whipper twice, but missed the joust because the children were too tired to make it to the last one of the day.
|Jacques Ze Whippeur's Whippie Show|
|The Great Cats World Show (First year at King Richard's Faire)|
|One of the familiar faces we love seeing each year at M'Lady's Shady Maze|
|Our daughter's annual pony ride at King Richard's Faire|
5. Don't go to the first food ticket booth you see! - There are actually several food ticket booths all around the faire. The first one you come to usually has the longest line. If you stop to take a look around or at your map of the realm, you'll see there are other food ticket booths not too far away. It's also a good idea to look at what foods and beverages your family would like to buy in advance to give you an idea of how many tickets to buy. You can also take a look at the Food & Drynk menu online, which tells you what items are gluten-free, vegan, and lactose-free.
|The King Richard's Faire giant turkey leg!|
7. Go on the man-powered rides! - All the rides at King Richard's Faire are man-powered. Our children think it's the coolest thing and marvel at how strong these men must be to power a carousel or swing a giant swan boat. It's a fun glimpse at how much the world relied on man-power and physics before there were other sources of power.
|The Pirates Ships ride at King Richard's Faire|
|The Flying Carousel ride at King Richard's Faire|
The Kid's Cove has several picnic tables where you can sit to have something to eat or just to take a rest. You might find some familiar faces from around the faire taking a rest in there too, which is always fun.
|The Foolish Fortunes fortune teller at the Kid's Cove|
|Taking a rest and playing with building logs in the Kid's Cove|
|11yr old shooting at the Archer's Field at King Richard's Faire|
|8yr old testing her archery skills at King Richard's Faire|
|A fairy in an ornate cage from Fairy Haven|
|A chain mail bracelet from Mardigan's Maile|
|An ocarina from Magical Ocarinas|
|A glitter-dipped fresh rose from Faire Flowers|
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There is one other highlight of our day at King Richard's Faire that I wanted to share. The new cat show, brought to us by The Great Cats World Park in Oregon, was lots of fun. The show included big and small cats, all with such personality. The white tiger pictured below, who is not even 1 year old, was acting like such a playful kitten on stage. I'll never forget watching this enormous cat swat at the leafy plant like it was a feather cat toy. The whole audience was all smiles. Such a great addition to the King Richard's Faire long list of attractions!
|White tiger with Cat Man|