Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Faire Kids

I had a wonderful time at one of my favorite places this past weekend, you guessed it, the Pennsylvania Renaissance  Faire.  Even though I've been numrouse other times, this was the first time I took kids. My five year old nephew and my three old niece went along. Even though my nephew changed his mind last minute aobut the pyrate costume I'd made him and my neice had a few crying fits, all in all, they had a great day. I had printed the schedule of the website before hand and had highlighted some children's shows, but I leanred to moslty go with the flow, what we walked up to, what they wanted to do. My dad took over watching them a few times while I met up wtih some freinds, and he did the same thing. It seemed to go fairly smoothly. Yes, I wished they'd interacted more wtih the cast, yes, I wish we'd done more shows and activites, but over all I'm jsut pleased they had a new and fun experiance. They both asked to go back and I couldn't be happier.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Claws N Paws

Even though some people are horrified with the concept of zoos, I've decided I don't mind them so much as long as the animal's enclosure look and feel like their natural habitat and are well fed and cared for. That being said, last month, my father and I took me nephew and niece to Claws N Paws. I had gone several years ago for elementary school field trips, but hadn't been back since then. I still enjoyed it, though if I was zoo going with other adults, I may pick a larger one, just because this one is geared more toward children. However, since the trip was all about my five year old nephew and my two year old niece, it was perfect!

My dad and I thought it was a bit hard to find, as the entrance is on a very, very rural road and the sign is rather old and hidden by some overgrown trees. The zoo is out in the woods, which provides a nice setting as most of the zoo is shaded by the trees. The ground is not paved which gives the place a very natural feel, but could pose some challenges to wheelchair or stroller wheels. Still, I think it would be doable, you would just have to take the bumps slow.
There's a variety of animals there, from "woodsy" type animals  such as bears,

Or my personel favorite, wolves
to the more exotic .
There was also a farm themed section with a petting zoo.
Next to the farm was Turtle Town where you can feed and pet the turtles.
There was also a neat section about dinos where kids could uncover fake dino bones and put together gaint puzzles of their skeletons.
I had a really great time and recomend it to any family, there's plenty to do and the staff is very freindly and knowledable.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Faire Game

By Emily Culley, Abington Journal Correspondent
Sep 5

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, located about two and half hours away from the Scranton area, in the town of Manheim, is a recreation of 16th century villages or shires as they are called in England, complete with shops, gardens, stage areas and eateries. The jousting arena is complete with horses racing, lances colliding and the roars of the crowd, cheering their knight on to victory.

The Faire continues every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 28. Each weekend has a theme with entertainment and activities to match, such as a treasure hunt for the Pirate Invasion weekend, Sept. 15-17 and costume contests for the Halloween Daze and Spooky Knights weekends, the last three weekends of October. New this season is the Time Travelers weekend, Aug. 11- 12, which gives fans of Steampunk and science fiction a chance to showcase costumes. Most of the roads and paths are paved and handicapped accessible throughout, forsaking historical accuracy to include all visitors in wheelchairs or strollers.

The Faire is home to 13 open air stages showcasing 70 concerts, including a performance of William Shakespeare’s play, “Henry V” on a replica of his Globe Theater, as well as acrobats, and musicians. Throughout the faire are glassblowing and sword smith demonstrations, as well as a 40 foot by 40 foot chess board where the game is played with people rather than game pieces. Children can take a turn on the Quintaine, a wooden jousting horse sliding down a cable with a lance. There are also man-powered rides and a fencing game known as the Fight Circle.
Admission for adults is $29.95 at the gate and $25.95 online, children’s admission is $10.95 at the gate and online. Groups of 15 or more are admitted for $ 19.95. More information regarding prices, vendors, themes, and performers can be found at http://www.parenfaire.com/.

I finaly got an article about the Ren Faire in print!

Photo is from the faire's press release on their web site.