If your kids like fairies and magical things like that, Gardner Village is the place to go. From now until May 31, you can find woodland fairies in their tiny houses hidden throughout the shops and landscaping of Gardner Village. It's like a scavenger hunt for all things magical, and it's free!
If you go on a Saturday, you can enjoy even more fantasy fun. On Saturdays, kids can join in a free fairy parade, enjoy face painting, tour miniature fairy houses, make fairy bracelets, and take a fairy garden class to make a fairy scene in a unique container. When I took my kids a couple of weeks ago, we enjoyed all of these activities except for making bracelets and taking the fairy garden class.
The parade was great fun, and something the kids all enjoyed. Anyone can join in the parade, which takes everyone on a walk through Gardner Village and even features a live unicorn! Various stops on the parade route include tying wishing ribbons at the covered bridge and listening to live fairies tell a fairy tale. If your kids participate in the parade, they might want to don some fairy wings. Lots of kids dressed up for the event. I didn't know this was a dress-up type event, so my kids weren't prepared with their magic wands or wings.
Since the kids weren't dressed up, I figured they should get their faces painted (this costs money), which is something they ALWAYS want to do. After the parade, my girls' faces were transformed into fancy fairy faces. They were pretty much tickled pink about the face painting.
The other activity that proved to be a hit was the fairy house tour at Georgell Doll Shop (this costs $3/person). At the back of the shop, a number of different tiny houses are set up for viewing. Each house is different and features a unique miniature scene. The kids can pick up a scavenger hunt and search the tiny scenes for various objects, similar to a live "I Spy" book. My kids devoured the scavenger hunt and found everything on the list, which takes a good half hour to complete.
Overall, we had a lovely time (except for my husband, who isn't into fairies and was a good sport to accompany us on this outing. Extra points go to him for his patience.). If you're looking for something unique to take your kids to this spring, head over to Gardner Village and discover the magic of the fairies.
- Handicap accessible.
- Parking is available. Access from TRAX is also available. TRAX makes a stop right across the street from Gardner Village.
Dress up like a fairy or other magical creature for added fun.