How to go to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival with five people on a budget:
- Be sure three of the five are under age 6 so they’re free.
- Get a free child’s ticket for an older child at GoCityKids Steals & Deals.
- Buy one adult admission for $19.95.
- Eat a big breakfast/lunch before heading in.
- Warn kids that you won’t be paying for expensive food, trinkets, or activities.
- Be prepared for a constant line of “Why can’t we do that?” and “Why can’t I have that?” when you realize that nearly everything at the festival that is fun for kids costs $3-$5 per child, and that a bottle of water is $2.00 and soda is $3.50.
- Explain that there are several shows that are free. Then feel like a thief if you don’t contribute when the performers “pass the hat” after the show.
- Finally find the Children’s Realm where the kids can make a wand or mask or have a balloon animal made and do a few other play things. But wait, are you supposed to tip for those activities as well?
- Leave the festival with kids disappointed because they didn’t get to do much that was fun and you disenfranchised because you wonder what your admission price got you.
- Realize that the only way to take your family to the Renaissance Festival on a budget is if your budget for the day is $200.
Minnesota Renaissance Festival
- Off Highway 169, just south of MN 41, Shakopee, MN
- Weekends and Labor Day, mid-August through September
- Adults $19.95, ages 6-12 $10.95, seniors 65+ $17.95. Discount tickets available; check website for details.
- Stroller accessible, although terrain is rough through parking area.
- Restrooms (“privies”/portapotties) available
- Concessions available