If you are planning a trip to the renaissance festival with kids in tow, you’re in the right place. The ren faire is an enchanting place to take your family, especially if you have small children. Their sense of wonder encountering fairies, princesses, and buccaneers will let you see faire through new eyes. But going to the renaissance festival with kids poses some extra challenges too. If you are traveling back in time with toddlers, babies, and smaller children you can still have a great time at the festival. Your whole family will have a better time if you plan ahead for the things you will need to keep everybody comfortable. Some of the links in my articles are affiliate links, which means I may make a commission if you purchase at no additional cost to you, and it helps me keep this site running. Thank you for your support.
Lone days at the festival are sure to wear your little ones out. Get a wagon like the one listed here to help them have a place to crash for a midday nap. I recommend one with large, air filled wheels like this Radio Flyer. The paths have chunky rocks, and it will make pulling the wagon much easier of the course of the day. I also like the canopy to keep the hot sun off the kids. The canopy could be a perfect canvas for decorating your wagon according to the theme.
Let your kids get into the spirit of the faire by dressing up. There are tons of options out there, but you can’t go wrong with these basics. Your little girl will feel like the belle of the ball in this beautiful blue gown that will transition perfectly to a dress up costume chest at home. For boys (or even girls), this peasant outfit works great alone or could be dressed up to become a pirate with a bandana and a belt or a sash.
If your trip to the renaissance festival with kids is going to have hot weather, keep your kiddos cool with a portable fan mister. I like this one because it has a handy harbinger so you can attach it to a backpack or wagon.
If your faire is expecting cooler weather, you can help keep the kids a bit warmer with these awesome hand warmers. A chemical reaction inside the packet creates warmth. I use these personally, and they keep me nice and toasty. They stay warm for a decent amount of time, and I keep a few in my pockets so I can get a fresh pair throughout the day. They are popular so I like to bring enough to share with cold friends. Many faires around the country occur during the summer months, but southern faires in November and March can get downright cold. It even snowed at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival on opening weekend in April a few years ago.
No matter if it is hot or cold, the sun can still be brutal. Protect your children’s skin by applying sunscreen before you get out in the sun. Make sure to wear some yourself. It doesn’t matter what time of year, the sun can still do damage, even if it is cloudy and even if you aren’t burning.
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Did I leave something out that makes your day at faire with children go more smoothly? Let us know in the comments. What’s your favorite trick for a great day going to the renaissance festival with kids?