Sunday, September 2, 2012

Things to Know Before Bringing Your Family to King Richard’s Faire

The family and I had a fun day today at King Richard’s Faire in Carver, MA.  If you’re a Dollops fan then you know that I am a big planner so when I’m heading out with the kids for the day I need prefer to know every detail about where we are heading. Since the Faire is open weekends through October 21, 2012 I thought I’d share with you top things to know before you head there yourself.
  • No outside food or beverages are allowed inside so don't plan on packing a lunch. There is also no readmittance so when you’re gone, you’re gone (period).
  • Bring cash, they don’t take credit cards. There is an ATM on site if you forget but you may pay bank surcharges. While you’re at the ATM, make sure to take out enough money for admission as well as food, rides, and games which all have additional charges. There are also lots of shops and items for sale as well ranging from full attire outfits, to jewelry, to skulls. Overall, the Faire is very pricey so you may want to plan ahead what’s most important for you to do/see/buy while you are there to keep your budget in check.
  • Bring small bills, too. At the end of all shows, performers will put out baskets and if you enjoyed their performance you may want to tip them.
  • If you have children you cannot sit in the first three rows of the Tiger show or your children will be eaten. Okay, I don’t know that they’ll be eaten for sure but it is a real rule and they will ask you to move if you sit there with children.
  • Bring sunblock AND bug spray. It’s in the woods and although I didn’t get bit, Henry did come home with a few mosquito bites.
  • It is stroller friendly. There are lots of tree roots but we did just fine pushing around our umbrella stroller.
  • It’s loud. There are performances going on, musicians playing, and people shouting everywhere you turn. It’s part of the atmosphere of the Faire but can be a bit startling to young kids upon first arrival. You might just want to give the kids a heads up before you enter the Realm!
  • Oh and last but not least, the gargoyle by the entrance is not a stature. He’s real…

*My family received complimentary tickets to the Faire. As always, all opinions are my own.*
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