It’s a yearly event that my family always waits super patiently for. So when it arrives, it’s all about making our adventure at the Michigan Renaissance Festival count! With something seasonal like this, and with most family adventures in general, it’s all about making the most of the time you have. So how do we do that? Here are a few thoughts on how I attempt to pull it all together, while crossing my fingers for the best weather possible, year after year.
The Renaissance Festival IS a Family Event.
When planning our trip to the Renaissance Festival, I always keep in mind that while this is a family friendly event, there are probably better and best times to bring the kids along. There are also shows, weekends, and events that would better suite our family adventure over others that might not be as good of a fit. Yes, the Renaissance Festival can be a super fun experience for everyone in the family, but planning out your adventure ahead of time can go a long way in determining the type of experience that you have…
Keeping this in mind, the first thing I do when planning our Renaissance Festival family adventure is to take a look at the themed weekends line-up. One of the things we love about the Michigan Renaissance Festival is that they plan a different theme for each weekend of the faire. Some of these themes could pair better with your family interests, such as “Pirates & Pets,” or “Wonders of the World”. This year, there is also a special day called “Festival Friday” which is said to offer educational opportunities for grades K-12 to learn more about renaissance history!
Beyond just looking at the themed weekends, I also check for special events that could be of interest. For example, one year we attended the “Royal High Tea” and my kids were enthralled with their special time with the princesses! It was so special, in fact, that they still talk about it several years later!
Experience Food, Shows, Crafts, and More in the Village!
After choosing the best date for my family to visit, we also typically plan to arrive to the festival earlier in the day or when the gates open. This affords us plenty of time to explore the village and all of the “general” fun to be had!
For those of you who have been to the Renaissance Festival before, I’m sure you could attest that the included shows are worth stopping and sitting for! Some of them are hilarious, some are musical, and some are…odd. A few of the performance could even make your stomach turn. But one thing is for sure, they are not easy to forget… But don’t worry, for those of you who want the “typical” Renaissance Festival experience, there is also a game of jousting to sit and watch!
Beyond the entertainment, there are also opportunities to play games, create crafts (including free kids crafts at the fairy station), and experience different types of food! Turkey legs or pickles, anyone?
Immerse in the Total Experience: Planning What to Wear.
I would like to preface this paragraph by stating that I do not typically dress up for the festival, however, my kids think it’s the bees knees and couldn’t ever imagine showing up to the faire without completely dressing the part!
So if you want to dress up, either plan ahead for your outfit or bring some funds to go shopping at the festival! There are plenty of stores set up around the village with beautiful garments and accessories to help you find just the right look!
Plan Ahead and Save!
As I wrap up all of the ways I typically like to plan for our Renaissance Festival family adventure, I would be amiss if I didn’t mention all of the ways there are to save! Because many of the additional opportunities like food and games can cost extra, and because I would love to go shopping for a rocking Renaissance outfit one day, getting a good price on our festival tickets can really help out.
This year, there are several opportunities to acquire a free or discounted ticket through the Michigan Renaissance Festival. Be sure to check all of them out in detail on their website.
Do you plan to attend the festival this year? Share your favorite part of the event with us in the comments or tweet your answer to us @raisingdickjane.
Thank you to the Michigan Renaissance Festival for inviting us to their media preview event. All opinions are our own.