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9 Family Friendly Activities at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival
Celebrating its 49th season, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, MN is a unique and wonderful event to experience. With 16 stages of live entertainment, themed weekends, over 250 artisan booths for a delightfully unique shopping experience, and great food and drinks, the festival has something to offer to people of all ages. All the family-friendly activities located throughout the festival will make your family visit one to remember. Our latest blog focuses on some of the great family-friendly activities we enjoyed while at the festival.
One of the staples at the Renaissance Festival is live jousting. Taking place every day at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 4:00pm on the joust track, onlookers will be able to experience the full pageantry and spectacle this event offers. Make sure to head over early to make sure you and your family have a great vantage point to view this unique event.
2) Ride the Elephants
Another unique aspect of the festival is the opportunity to take a ride on the elephants. Located in the Shepard’s Green, the elephant rides are available for almost everyone to enjoy. Your kids should love the experience of being on these majestic animals. Be sure to bring cash, rides are $7 for adults, $5 for kids.
Camel and Llama rides are also available.
3) Head to the Petting Zoo and Meet Magic the Unicorn
Also located in the Shepard’s Green is the Petting Zoo. Come out and meet many new animal friends such as sheep, rabbits, chickens, and more.
Also, make sure your child has the opportunity to meet the new addition to the festival, Magic the Unicorn!
4) Games and Rides
The Renaissance Festival offers great rides and games for children to enjoy. Get active at the festival by enjoying such games and rides as the Climbing Wall, Jacob’s Ladder, Catapulting Frogs, Castle Catapult, and the Pirate’s Assault. Click HERE for ride pricing.
5) Fairy Wing Forest
A must for families while at the festival. Head into Fairy Wing Forest and be whisked away into the mystical garden home of the fairies, pixies, and other magical creatures. While there, make sure your kids follow the trail of pixy dust to make a wand with their fairy friends. Bring your camera along to get that “frameable” picture with one of the mystical fairies!
6) Mermaid Cove
Located near Fairy Wing Forest, Mermaid Cove is a must-see experience. Watch as the mermaids dive, twirl, and swim magnificently through the water, and who knows, maybe the mermaids will share a piece of their magic with your son or daughter!
7) Princess and Story Time
The princesses of the Renaissance Festival are there to entertain the little princesses in tow! Head to the Princess and Story time area, located next to Mermaid Cove, to see the royal jewels, get magically transformed in the dress up area, and enjoy story time in the Garden of Stories.
8) Stage and Street Acts
There are many entertaining, family-friendly stage and street acts at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Watch the antics of Robin Hood and the Merry Men at the Gypsy Stage, see the amazing juggling acts of both Cale the Juggler and Tuey the Juggler, or see the Shakespearean actors of the renowned Words Players Theatre at SkyVault Theatre. Other family-friendly acts include Danger Committee, Dr. Thora Pandora, Fandazzi, and The Wacky Chickens.
9) Unique Faire Food
Come hungry to the Renaissance Festival. There is a wide array of food vendors located throughout the festival grounds serving unique items like Alligator on a Stick, Bacon & Egg Pie, Bangers & Mash, Fried Chicken Dumplings, Shepard’s Pie Boule, Spicy Plum Boule and, a festival staple, Turkey Legs.
Other Family-Friendly Entertainment
All of this is only the beginning off all the great activities families can enjoy at the Renaissance Festival. There are other great activities like a Children’s Costume Contest, the Grand March Parade, the Children’s Knighting Ceremony, Juggling School, Princess Court, Vikings Encampment, Sherwood Forest, and more! Make sure to plan for a full day of family fun at the Renaissance Festival!
The Renaissance Festival is open weekends through September 29, including Labor Day Festival Friday on September 27. For more information go to RenaissanceFest.com.