The local Renaissance Festival hosts "school days" during the week during which they tame down the bawdy acts and make the whole thing a little more kid-friendly. We heard it was a fun family activity, so Ryan took a day off and we all went together!
One rainy, cold day while we were dating, Ryan and I went together. I don't remember why we decided to go, but it was our first time and we were poor college students, so I remember not having a lot of fun! Upon walking in, a man with an accent called out to Ryan (who was wearing a visor), "Did you pay full price for that half cap?!" Ryan still says that anytime I put on a visor. That's my biggest memory from that day, probably 11 or 12 years ago!
I think it's fun that over a decade later, we went back with four children and a little money in our pocket this time. I think we made up for not spending any before! The first thing we all did when we walked in was all got our faces painted!
After that we walked around a bit while we made a plan. We knew we had to see the joust, and we wanted to hit up a few booths for demonstrations. The first thing we saw was a blacksmith. The kids were pretty interested in watching him make a tool for turning steaks on a grill.
Almost right after that was the joust. We wanted to get there early enough to get a seat in the front.
|Jack chose to have a dolphin painted on his face!|
|Luke kept asking if they were really hurting each other. As you can imagine, this was his favorite part of the day!|
In this shop, the man demonstrated how sharp his sword was- he said it could cut a person in half! (I don't think the kids picked up on that delightful tidbit.) Yet it was very light-weight- he let Luke "hold" it!
The second show we saw was a man who showcased his skills with a whip, then because that wasn't impressive enough he also lit it on fire! We didn't get an up-front seat for this act... Which, halfway into the show, I realized I was completely okay with that!
Everyone really enjoyed themselves! I am sure we'll go back next year. Ryan really wants to dress up, too, so if you see any Robin Hood men's costumes on sale, let me know!