The boys have been wanting to do this for a very long time, so we jumped at the chance to time travel to the Carolina Renaissance Festival! And, the Ren Fest folks are so nice, that they're offering FREE Child Admission (for childrenage 5 - 12) with purchase of one full price adult ticket at Festival gate. Children under 5 are always free.
We found multiple stages that were packed with a variety of continuous live entertainment! There's even live jousting!! Costumed entertainers roam throughout the festival, and you can choose to join in or just watch the fun. We did a little of both.Glass blowing, blacksmithing, cobblers, potters, candle makers, sculpting, leather work, jewelry and much more! Much like at Colonial Williamsburg, we used the Marketplace as a teaching opportunity. The kids had a bucket of questions for each artisan, and most were happy to chat with them.The Village is full of games of skill and one-of-a-kind people-powered rides for the entire family! You can even throw a tomato at a surly peasant at Vegetable Justice, or try your hand at archery! Games are pay-as-you-play, and range from $1 to $5.
Planning a Trip to the Renaissance Festival? Here are some quick unit study resources...so you can count the trip as a school day!