I’ve always wanted to visit a Renaissance Faire, so when I learned about King Richard’s Faire I decided we should go. It was Baby Anna’s first big outing – and she slept through the entire thing!
The kids thought it was a pretty interesting environment – if a bit overwhelming! Four-year-old Johnny found the costumed characters pretty interesting. My kids wouldn’t stay to watch the jousting, and they weren’t interested in any other shows. Some kids would adore it, but the combination of noise and not-really-violent but somewhat-suggestive-of-violence content upset my kids.
Emma did enjoy posing with this knight, and sitting in a throne:
And all three kids ADORED the pony rides!
Emma and Johnny have ridden Mike’s coworker’s horse in the past, so they were pros. Particularly Johnny, who seems to have been born to ride:
Lily is terrified of most animals, so it was fun to see her embrace this pony ride – and it was perfect that she got this cute little pony:
I think she looks like quite the princess!
The rides, like nearly everything in the Faire, cost extra – $6 per kid. Add that to $15 admission per kid (I was sent two free adult tickets and Lily was free), and we spent $48 for essentially three pony rides, at least in the kids’ minds in terms of what they got out of the day. Is paying a high admission fee and then paying a lot of money to do anything once you are inside typical of Renaissance fairs?
I think King Richard’s Faire is best for older kids – probably aged 9 and up, although at that age the sometimes-crass content of the little we saw walking past some of the shows is still problematic, for me at least.
Have you been to a Renaissance Faire? Is there one that you love?