October 24, 2007

Renaissance Festival

A couple of weekends ago we took a break from unpacking and enjoyed the Las Vegas Renaissance Festival. The kids and I went on Friday, as we were able to get in free with the home school group. It was nice to go when it wasn't so crowded, though I was a bit apprehensive about taking all 4 little ones. I pushed Kenna in the stroller and pulled the wagon for swords, helmets, and (later on) tired knights. Would you believe we were there for nearly 5 1/2 hours?! Kenna did quite well and even napped off and on throughout the day. While we were there:

* Charis painted a shield
* We had a rather disappointing lunch of soggy corn dogs and cold fries
* We watched a blacksmith
* We learned lots about parrots during the Pirate's Parrot Show
* We watched cannons being shot off (much to Kenna's chagrin)
* The boys bought wooden swords with their spending money
* Charis bought a ribbon wreath with her spending money
* All 3 older kids fought some knights with duct-taped foam "weapons"
* We watched knights from various guilds duel
* We watched some belly dancers and Charis found a new goal in life (much to my chagrin)
* We munched Kettle Corn

In fact, we had so much fun that we decided to return on Saturday as a whole family! This time we were able to see the jousting tournament as well as watch a juggler/comedian.

If you'd like to see some pictures, you can click here to view our "Ren Fest" album! We look forward to going again next year!


Bob & Claire said...

LOL about the belly dancing!! I would love to go to a Ren. festival sometime. I know the boys would have a ball. There's a big one in MD, but it just seems like too much of a hike now with how little everyone is. And I would definitely want to go on a weekday rather than a weekend!!

Ski said...

Actually belly dancers have very strong abs and it's good exercise. And if you trace the history it's quite fascinating.

Megan said...

Was the Las Vegas Ren Fest less risque than the one here in Michigan? It seems like all of the entertainment here is full of so much innuendo that I have a hard time enjoying it. :( Not very family-friendly.