Maryland Renaissance Festival. The Festival is located in Crownsville, MD and is a fun family day out. There are plenty of activities for kids of all ages, from face painting and hair braiding, to henna tattoos, massage (including prenatal), throwing "pointy objects" as my husband says, and enjoying the work of a wide variety of artisans.
We recently went with another babywearing family and we all had a great time. My husband and I both ended up wearing a child as our 2.5yr old was a little frightened of the stilt walkers. The girls had a lot of fun. They enjoyed seeing the horses in the joust (the state sport of Maryland), they had fun trying to shoot the cannon, and checking out the elephants (you can ride them too!). They tasted local honey, saw wood being carved, and slid down a HUGE slide.
And when it all becomes too much, mom or dad can be a great place to take a nap. I saw so many parents carrying exhausted children, even sleeping big kids in their arms. All I could think was, "boy, they could really use a carrier." Leaving a carrier around your waist or in your bag for emergency use with a big kid can be much easier than trying to push a stroller around all day "just in case" for overtired children.
I highly recommend the festival as a fun outing for families. It has something to interest every age, has boy and girl appeal, and is definitely an experience outside of the everyday.
Posted by Ann Marie