How To Spend Half A Day At The Texas Renaissance Festival With A Toddler

Happy Tuesday Everyone!!  Two weekends ago I was so excited to head to the Texas Renaissance Festival for Sofia’s first time and my 27485385 time. 🙂  I have been going since I was a little girl and it is still one of my favorite memories of my childhood.  From the food, the costumes, everyone talking and dressing in renaissance attire…it is seriously just to fun and magical.

The Texas Renaissance Festival comes every year for 9 weekends from the end of September up until Thanksgiving weekend, and every weekend has a different theme.  We went for All Hallows Eve and they create an enchanted world full of Kings and Queens, Lords and Ladies, Knights, Nobles, Fairies, Elves, Pirates, Barbarians and other fanciful interactive characters.  We were completely entertained by an assortment of performers from musicians, magicians, acrobats, jugglers, dancers with over 200 daily performances on over 20 stages throughout the village.  There is also over 400 shops from artistry, pottery making, renaissance dresses and other attire, tons of food, drinks and more.  The turkey legs though are always a favorite and the first thing we buy once we walk in.

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So since this was our first time at The Texas Renaissance Festival  with a toddler I thought the best thing would be to share how to spend a half day there with a toddler.

  1. Get valet/premium parking– TRF provided us with VIP parking, which was the first time and I am in love.  We parked next to the entrance, literally, and made it so much easier to get in and get out.  With a toddler comes a lot of things and not having to run back and forth to your car is so helpful.- This is a complete must so you can hold items for your child, gives them a change to rest or for you to have a rest and move around the grounds easier.
  2. Have Your Stroller or a Wagon– This is a complete must so you can hold items for your child, gives them a change to rest or for you to have a rest and move around the grounds easier.
  3. Pack Smart & Travel Light– Since you have a toddler than they more than likely can eat adult foods, so just bring snacks and little things that they love because everything else is there for them to enjoy.  Bring enough diapers, wipes and maybe a toy or two and your good to go.  Safe the space and the weight.
  4. Review Map and have a Game Plan-  The grounds are huge and full of A LOT of great games, amusement, food and activities, so review your map and decide which places you would like to visit first to maximum your time.  We headed in the direction of Sherwood Spumous Spread because that is where a lot of games, elephant and camel rides are and more.
  5. Bring Family or Friends- Nothing makes events like this more fun than having your families and friends to join.  I was so happy to have three of our favorite families and their kiddos join us and it was all of their first times, even some of the parents. 😉  After we spent half the day their all of them cannot wait to come back each year and build more fun memories.  To this day I will always remember spending the time with my parents and sister and I was so excited when I saw my mom still had our flower crowns from when I was 4, so of course I had Sofia and I wear them. Makes my heart melt. <3
  6. Bring Cash–  Since we are in the renaissance age they of course did not have credit or debit cards, so make sure you bring cash and enough that will cover all the food and drinks you want, and anything that may catch your child’s eye, which will be quite a bit. 😉
  7. HAVE FUN- This will be the easiest thing you will do because it really is so much fun for ALL ages and will leave you with many memories, so have so much fun and enjoy!

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So there is one other option too that will be not only fun for the parents, but your toddler will enjoy it for all the music and fun theatrics.

TRF provided us with tickets to the King’s Feast and it was amazing.  I am not going to lie, but we were about 45 minutes late to the show because we lost track of time playing games and riding a pony, but everyone is so nice and they provide you a 6 course meal.  Mind you, with a toddler this can be difficult as their patience is limited, but if you think your child can do it I totally would.

With the King’s Feast option you get festival admission, two hours or pure entertainment, unlimited portions of a 6 course meal, wine, mead and ale included and a commemorative drinking vessel, which we definitely took home. 🙂

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Thank you Texas Renaissance Festival for collaborating on this post.  As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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