Back in July we attended possibly the coolest kids’ event I’ve ever been to, The Nevada City Children’s Festival. Held in a beautifully wooded large park, this nearly 40 year old festival handled the large crowd well.
I couldn’t believe how many different activities they had to choose from. When I could pull my kids away from the handmade fire breathing dragon, they helped paint a huge cardboard castle, and watched live performances (juggling, singing, fencing, and a very eclectic group of instruments).
We did less than a quarter of the crafts there and still came home with shields, necklaces, magic wands, bird statues, and swords. Ryan really loved digging through scrap wood to find the perfect pieces and using real tools to make a sword. Ella loved all of the painting activities and the shows. I loved that we had an entire day of outdoor fun & crafts for less than $10!!
The festival is held every July. It’s only about 75 minutes from Sacramento. You can see more about it’s history here. I’ll be sure to let you know in advance next year, since this is definitely a new family tradition for us.