Renaissance fairs are all about the show and in the United Sates; the settings are in most cases realistic of 16th century European, specifically English villages. Performers are often dressed in Renaissance costumes to become village characters, who invite the audience into scenes that mostly involve an appearance by Queen Elizabeth to preside over jousting matches.
These events are interactive, affordable and offer a lot of family entertainment value. So, if you’re planning a trip to U.S.A. on your ESTA Visa and you’re bringing along your children, then I would strongly recommend that you work these events into your travel plan. Here is a list of the best Renaissance fairs for children:
If you’ll be anywhere near Illinois or Southern Wisconsin, then you should warm up for the Bristol Renaissance Faire that recreates a summer day in 1574 when the one and only queen Elizabeth pays a visit to the hamlet of Bristol. There are games, music, dancing, rides, food, 16 stages of entertainment and about 200 artisans and crafters.
For kids in the age of 5-11, there would be their age appropriate version when an interactive and theatrical gaming experience begins where performers use their skills to defeat villains. The faire will go on from July 9 to September 5, 2016 every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Prices for daily admission are $11.50 for kids ages 5 to 11, $24.95 for adults while children under the age of 4 do not pay anything.
Even though the Renaissance fair takes place in the Hudson River Valley, the atmosphere is absolutely Elizabethan England. It’s complete with 16th century rides, music, food, games, dance and so on. The setting is actually the Startling Forest, a wooden village filled with permanent structures that are linked by pathways and bridges.
Programs for kids include the Enchanted Forest, where children will encounter a faerie coven conversing with each other using their own language and “Questing Kids”, a daylong interactive adventure. It starts on August 6 through to October 2, 2016 every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Even though the Renaissance festival that takes place in Fishers, Indiana is young, small and shorter, it has really gained momentum overtime. The festival has a lot in store to offer for both kids and adults. The event takes place in October 1 and 2, 2016 – over one weekend – from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. At the gate, you’ll pay $5 for children age 5 to 12 and $14 for adults as admission fees. If you want to save some dollars, book online and get a discount.
The 46th season of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival takes place in Shakopee, Minnesota. The festival is a good deal particularly for families as there would be 50 free activities meant for children. Many of these kids’ activities are fun “make-your-own” crafts in order to create fairy wands. Kids can also learn how they can be juggling masters and take combat training before they go on a scavenger hunt. The festival takes place from August 20 through to October 2, 2016 on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.