Texas Renaissance Festival with Toddlers - Family Trip - Our Long Life - Top Tips

Tips on going to Texas Renaissance Festival with Toddlers

Tips on going to the Texas Renaissance Festival with Toddlers

Texas Renaissance Festival with Toddlers - Family Trip - Our Long Life - Top Tips

We recently went to the Texas Renaissance Festival with two toddlers under 4. We had one 2 year old and one 3 year old. We had a great time, and I wanted to share our tips!

Texas Renaissance Festival with Toddlers - Family Trip - Our Long Life - Top Tips

Buy Tickets Online

We bought an adult 4 pack through the Texas Renaissance Festival. It was fast and easy. I waited late to make sure no one got sick or weather wasn’t terrible. Kids are free on Sundays, but kids under 5 are free every day! My son’s grandma ended up coming, and we bought a single adult ticket on Groupon for $22. You don’t have to print out the tickets. You can show them on your phone, but there can be bad service at the Texas Renaissance Festival.

Texas Renaissance Festival with Toddlers - Family Trip - Our Long Life - Top Tips

Bring Cash

This is a big one for us! We often times don’t have a ton of cash on us. Most of the food areas and face painting only take cash!

Parking is Free

You can pay extra for Premium Parking, but they have a nice big parking lot among trees. My Mother-in-law even took a picture of the parking since it is pretty cool how they have it laid out. It might be worth it to pay if you are staying late till fireworks and want to get out faster. Make sure to remember your parking row number though!

Texas Renaissance Festival with Toddlers - Family Trip - Our Long Life - Top Tips

Print out a Map before!

They sell programs and maps, but it looked like they were charging for them. We just wandered around, but I think we may have missed some fun rides. I recommend printing a map before, so you don’t need to buy the programs they are selling.

Texas Renaissance Festival with Toddlers - Family Trip - Our Long Life - Top Tips

Dress Appropriately!

No, I am not talking about costumes. The Texas Renaissance Festival is 90 percent outdoors. Think about muddy ground if it has rained. We came on a beautiful day and I still would recommend sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen especially for the kids. Lots of people are in costume, so you are welcome to do that too. We didn’t see any mosquitoes on the day we went, but it might be worth it to bring spray just in case!

Texas Renaissance Festival with Toddlers - Family Trip - Our Long Life - Top Tips

Bring a Wagon/Stroller

There’s lots of walking, starting from the parking lot. We brought our collapsible red wagon! This works great for pulling waters, diaper bags, all the random stuff we acquire.

Texas Renaissance Festival with Toddlers - Family Trip - Our Long Life - Top Tips

Bring UNOPENED Bottled Water

The rules are that you can bring one unopened bottle of water per person. We brought kids cups and unopened bottled waters. Pro Tip: Buy the big bottles of water. Also, when we went, no one checked our bags for snacks or drinks, so if you wanted to sneak in some kids snacks you could. The kids enjoyed eating Renaissance Festival snacks though.

Texas Renaissance Festival with Toddlers - Family Trip - Our Long Life - Top Tips

Arrive Early

This is difficult to do, because it is a long drive. We started getting ready as soon as the kids woke up and ate some food. We still arrived after Noon, but this is when most people arrive. I wasn’t uncomfortable by the crowds. There was plenty of space to walk, and we stayed almost 4 hours. The kids napped on the drive.

Texas Renaissance Festival with Toddlers - Family Trip - Our Long Life - Top Tips

Check out the Entertainment

The Texas Renaissance Festival is all about performance. There are tons of people around in their roles, as well as lots of live music and performances. Our kids loved watching the live music, and enjoyed dancing around to it.

Texas Renaissance Festival with Toddlers - Family Trip - Our Long Life - Top Tips

Rides!

I am all about the rides, so my son is too. We loved the swings and the pony rides. We didn’t even make it to the maze or petting zoo! But, I would have loved that too!

Texas Renaissance Festival with Toddlers - Family Trip - Our Long Life - Top Tips

FOOD!

We are all about the food options in this family. My favorite items were the fresh squeezed lemonade and turkey leg. The kids loved the french fries. I wasn’t overly impressed by the apple dumplings and corn dog. They have tons of food options from Greek to Asian food and all the typical staples too.

Texas Renaissance Festival with Toddlers - Family Trip - Our Long Life - Top Tips

Trouble walking so much?

If you are traveling with grandparents or having trouble walking, consider hiring the horse drawn carriage to take you where you need to go. That could be an experience in itself!

Texas Renaissance Festival with Toddlers - Family Trip - Our Long Life - Top Tips
Texas Renaissance Festival with Toddlers - Family Trip - Our Long Life - Top Tips
Texas Renaissance Festival with Toddlers - Family Trip - Our Long Life - Top Tips
Holiday Photo Ideas of Baby's First Christmas

5 Amazing Christmas Photos Ideas to take of your Baby

  Holiday Photo Ideas of Baby's First Christmas

5 Amazing Christmas Photos Ideas to take of your Baby

1. Photo in front of the Christmas tree

With the right camera  (or maybe even with portrait modes on the phone) you can get nice blurred out lights if you put the tree in the distance. Or if the little one is close to the tree than you can get the branches and lights. Both are great parts of Christmas!
Holiday Photo Ideas of Baby's First Christmas
I tried to take one in front of the Christmas tree with the dog and the baby. It wasn’t what I was hoping for, and I had to Photoshop two images together. A baby and dog are too hard to pose together perfectly!
Holiday Photo Ideas of Baby's First Christmas

2. A photo with baby wrapped up in lights

This is a newer Pinterest shot idea, but I do think it is a good one. It shows some of the amazement when babies see those magical lights.  You just want it to be pretty dark in the house and turn on the Christmas lights. I think it looks great on wooden floors and a simple backdrop. This is the Baby Santa Hat pictured here.  We purchased the 6-24 month size even though he was only 5 months.
Holiday Photo Ideas of Baby's First Christmas

3. A photo with a Santa hat on

Santa’s hat screams Christmas, and no one looks cuter with it on than your little one! You don’t even need much other decoration than the hat and everyone will know it’s for Christmas! We just put Leo in a red Primary.com onesie.
Holiday Photo Ideas of Baby's First Christmas
Holiday Photo Ideas of Baby's First Christmas

4. A photo on Christmas Day

It’s fun remembering that this is your child on that magical Christmas day. There’s something about knowing it was the official day and not just the month of December.
Holiday Photo Ideas of Baby's First Christmas

5. Photos with family

There’s usually a lot of family around on the holidays, and while that is always hectic, it can be an amazing opportunity to take pictures of your baby with important family members when they are this small. You will be happy you have them later! This is my little one with his great grandfather, who my mother in law always said Leo looks like because they both always have a big smile on their face. ️
These were all taken when Leo was able to prop himself up, so that does help with most of these ideas. In the sitting pictures, my husband was nearby out of the camera frame since he still wasn’t a strong sitter.
Holiday Photo Ideas of Baby's First Christmas

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