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Friday, 22 August 2008

Little Renaissance Man

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The Maryland Renaissance Festival has started, and runs from now until mid-October.  23-24 August is Children's Weekend, which basically means that kids get in free and there's a Princess and Pirate Party…but any weekend at the RenFaire is a princess and pirate party for kids.

Optimal age is 4 or over; littler kids will get tired and bored and cranky, and while it's possible to push a stroller around the grounds, it's not easy.  (Plus it really ruins my period costume.)  Kids want to be up in all the cool stuff, so taking a child is a neat way to see the fair.
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We didn't have a period costume for the boychild (although now we do), but he was happy enough watching the jousting, the jongleurs, and the elephants (no WAY was I standing in line for an elephant ride), and when King Henry VIII and his court passed us in the thoroughfare, His Majesty nodded to my son, seeming not to mind the little one's Hawaiian shirt and shorts.

Long before I was tired, he'd had it, so we made our way to the playground where he spent a happy hour on the slide.  There's also a big pirate ship for the bigger kids, and rope climbs and monkey bars.  If you've really had enough of your kid, there are the public stocks (but they are sized more for teens; go figure).
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In addition to brutal sugar highs and lows (note to self: do not hand him the whole ice cream cone next time; you won't get it back), he got a wooden sword and shield out of the deal, and I got my purse considerably lightened by the food and drink…but a little extra water to drink and slightly cooler autumn temps, and it's a lovely way to spend a day with the family.
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Posted in Americas : Sept.-Nov. : Toddler : Young Child by Raq W. at 10:51 PMPermalink

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