Renaissance Festival at Quiet Waters 2013

Jouster at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach

Took the family out last year to the Renaissance Festival at Quiet Waters 2013.  It was such a lovely day and the kids were wiped out!

The event had all of our favorite standbys, like turkey legs, the jousting horse ride, and of course the Princess Academy and the Knight School!

I love this event mostly because of the character actors. The King and his court as well as the rest of the cast, will always take the time to talk to you and especially the kids.  My daughter loves that they are willing to share a little history with her in a fun way.  The Princess even walked us all the way across the event to a show chatting with my daughter all the way!  My girl was in seventh heaven!

Climbing Structure at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach

Last years new editions were some obstacle courses. They looked like great fun!  There was a zip wire, that had a climbing cage inside to get up to the platform. It was high enough to give a thrill, but low enough that I think preteens could manage.

Child on Climbing Structure at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach

There was a second lower obstacle course that looked perfect for just about everyone.  You are harnessed into the top and asked to make your way (while hanging) over hanging tubes and walkways.  The staff can reach from the ground to help anyone stuck and there is someone inside too to help.  I watched the staff help a child who looked to be about 8 years old make his way through.

I can’t forget to tell you about the Mermaid!  My daughter had asked me about a week before if she could meet a mermaid.  I told her it was unlikely because mermaids don’t come out of the water often.  I was racking my brains trying to think of how she could meet one without a trip to Disney, and boom, there was a mermaid at the Ren-Fest.  That was a high point for her for certain!

Children with Mermaid Child at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
Ren-Fest 2012 Photo’s by Keeping Up With Kids

The only thing about this event is that it is expensive.  It is $20 per person, (kids 5and under are free), ages 6-11 are $7.  Also be prepared to spend once you get inside.  Of course there is food, but the games and rides all cost a couple of dollars.  The musicians are artists are not paid to be there so they have tip jars to make a living.  My daughter really likes the dancing and the music and loves to sit through those shows.  Oh and the schedule was $2 as well.

Dreamy Child with wings at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
Ren-Fest 2012 Photo’s by Keeping Up With Kids

If you want to see more pictures of other parts of the event here are the links.
Kids Activities
The Performers
The Artists and Artisans
The Characters
Video Blog from Archives
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Character at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
Ren-Fest 2012 Photo’s by Keeping Up With Kids

2013  themed weekends will include: 

February 9 &10 Romance Weekend
February 16, 17 & 18 Pirate Weekend
February 23 & 24 Wenches Weekend
March 2 & 3 Time Travelers
March 9 &10 Explorers Weekend
March 16 & 17 St. Patrick Weekend

   

Quiet Waters Park 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Child trying on Armor at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Child trying on Armor at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Character at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Children at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Artisan Crafts at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Games at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Games at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Music at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Jouster at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Jouster at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Jouster at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Hawk at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Bird of Prey at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Music at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Musician at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Character at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Character at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Character at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Artisan Crafts at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Character at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Character at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Character at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Character at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Character at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Musician at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Musician at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Character at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Character at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Royal Court at Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach
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Kids Activities at Florida Renaissance Festival at Quiet Waters Park

Children being Knighted by the King  Photo Credit: S. Buckley

The Renaissance Festival is headed our way again. It will once again be at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach on weekends between February 11 and March 11th,  This is a family favorite of ours so here is what my kids likes best!

If you are heading out to the Ren-Fest with your family I wanted to point out a few things are that you should hunt down for the kiddies.

Obviously the bounce houses are the favorite’s! Not very reflective of the Renaissance era, but what can I say.  The kids love them! They are free as well, however I would advise that you do them first thing in the morning because in the afternoons they get very crowded!

Most of the rides are about 2-3 bucks, but the kids seem to love them.  My daughters favorite is the World’s Largest Rocking Horse.  There are also Swings, and Spinning Chairs all powered by Braun Renaissance Peasants, no electricity here!  Don’t forget the Maze, you may just get lost yourself!

There is a cute little hammer/bean bag toss where everyone wins an official document proclaiming your Knighthood.

As far as food goes, you can’t go wrong with too much, but for a healthy cheap treat you can’t beat a $1 buttered corn on the cob.

Make sure you check the schedule for the Once Upon A Time Stage.  This is the kids stage and includes the Princess Academy, a chance for the kids to be Knighted by the King and Queen, and of course the story of Robin Hood.

Photo Credit: S Buckley
Photo Credit: S Buckley

There is so much more that is appropriate for  the kid, My daughter and I love there is music and dancing everywhere!  Don’t forget the Tribal Circus is great too.

Photo Credit: S Buckley  Princess Academy



More Pictures:
Artists and Artisans
Pirates Weekend Video Blog
The Performers

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Photo Credit: S Buckley Princess Academy
This year’s five themed weekends will include:
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–     Celtic Irish Weekend  Kiss the Blarney Stone Feb 11 & 12
Pirates Weekend  Pillage of the Village
      Feb 18, 19 & 20
Pet’s Weekend   Medieval Menagerie
Feb 25 & 26
Wenches Weekend  Bodacious Bodices
March 3 & 4
Arms and Armor Weekend  Mar 10 & 11
Photo Credit: S Buckley
Photo Credit: S Buckley

More Pictures:
Artists and Artisans
Pirates Weekend Video Blog
The Performers

The Performers of The Florida Renaissance Festival, Deerfield Beach,FL

I just edited a group of photo’s of some of the amazing performers that you will see the Renaissance Festival!

You are surrounded by music and performance the entire day.  There will be no plugged in music here, but not all the music is strictly out of the past.  My dd was thrilled to sing Twinkle Twinkle along with the harpest who even allowed her to strum a little. You can hear all sorts of music, if you listen carefully you may even hear a beautiful violin arrangement of Lady Gaga!

Whether it’s jugglers, aerialists, comedians, actors, or musicians you will find thrilling and technically amazing performances of all kinds.  Enjoy the photo’s!

Photo Credit: S&C Buckley
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Artists and Artisans of the Florida Renaissance Festival

Photo Credit S&C Buckley

I wanted to share some of the amazing things that are for sale at the festivals.  There are some incredibly talented artists and artisans there this year.

There is something for everyone, whether you are looking for blown glass, a wax mold of your hands, leather hats, instruments, jewelry, metal armor or fairy wings you will find them here.  I couldn’t begin to name them all!  Hope you enjoy the pics of the great stuff that I saw.

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The Characters of The Floirda Renaissance Festival at Quiet Waters Park 2011

The Good Family of the Royal Secretary to King Ferdinand II

We headed out to the Renaissance Festival yesterday and unsurprisingly, we had a fabulous time!  I wanted to post a few pictures of some of wonderful characters that we met.   I got to use my new camera and have many, many more photos to post so check back every day!

Here are just a few of things we did yesterday!
My daughter rode the Worlds Largest Rocking Horse and my friend Mercy had a archery lesson!

Fairy Circle

The Scribe Sir James Spongeworthy kindly allowed us to interrupt his family meal (provided by the Queen) on our way to a joust.  One of the many highlights of day was when the kids were lucky enough to join a fairy circle for a chat and hug.  That was certainly every little girls dream come true!

Check back often, as I will be posting some of the video I took over the next few weeks. The festival will be at Quiet Waters Park until March 13th and next weekends theme is on of my favorites!  Pirates! RRRRRRR!

Photo Credit: C Buckley

I would like to thank the Florida Renaissance Festival and the Conroy Martinez Group for making it possible for Keeping Up With Kids to attend.

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Florida Renaissance Festivals Review

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Take a walk back in time at the Florida Renaissance Festivals.  A day at this festival offers guests the sights, sounds and smells of a long ago time. There is truly something for everyone; Ladies, Gentlemen, and children attending the festival can watch authentic jousting with the King, take out your frustrations by throwing rotten tomatoes at someone, play a giant game of chess or take a ride on the World’s Biggest Rocking Horse.  There are so many activities, demonstrations and shows that it is difficult even to list them all.

Worlds biggest Rocking Horse -Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley

Children will be thrilled to take a ride on mechanical amusement rides, chat with a fairy, watch a circus perform, sword fights or even chat with an authentic Privy Cleaning Woman complete with suspicious looking mud on her face. Everywhere guests look there are fascinating and awe inspiring shows and surprises. All the show are entertaining and several of them are created specifically for the kids like Olde Tale of Robin Hood & St. George and the Dragon, Dragon Scales and Fairy Tales, and the Knighting Ceremony.  The festival even offers fun and educational tours for Scout Troops to earn patches.

There is no lack of delectable delights for those attending;guests can pick up a giant turkey leg, a 1 pound cookie, or traditional fish and chips among a multitude of other fares. Don’t forget to get a cup of mead to really put you in the mood.

Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley

Last but not least is the shopping. Rows of vender shops give the feel of a true renaissance village and offer unique artwork, wooden toys, jewelery, blown glass, weaving demonstrations,
swords and armor, authentic renaissance garb and fun fairy wings for the kids.

The festival is held every year at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach in March and then again at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in Key Biscayne in January. This year the Key Biscayne event will be held January 15-23, 2011. and the Deerfield Beach Show will be February 12th- March 13, 2011.

Children 5 and under are free, Children ages six to 11 are $7 and Adults are $20.

Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley

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Photo Credit: Cynthia Buckley