Every fall, the Nature Museum in Grafton, Vermont hosts an amazing Fairy Festival. Children are greeted by a queen fairy who will sprinkle them with magic dust so that they are visible to the fairies. After walking through the garden, you must cross through the portal into the field.
An enchanted trail is lined with fairy houses that families and local groups have worked very hard on. The wooded trail is so beautiful, it is magical in itself! There is every kind of fairy house you can imagine- churches, ski lodges with chair lifts, and entire villages. I am always impressed by the detail and imagination that goes into making these tiny creations.
As you descend from the forest, children are able to fill a bucket with acorns, bark, and other natural fixings to make your own fairy house in the garden of the museum. My kids spend ages building their fairy houses and love doing it. If you are still feeling creative, move on to the craft tent where children have several options of things to make- magic wands, fairy masks, or felt acorns.
In the field, kids can make big bubbles and play with hula hoops. The museum sells fairy wings for $15 and it is really sweet seeing all of the kids running through the fields trying to fly. There is a face painter who will paint a crown or flower garland on the kids as well as another vendor who does hair feathers. MKT, the local general store sells packed lunches and lots of sweet goodies.
It’s a great day filled with laughter and bubbles and the best way to welcome fall to Vermont. The next time you are looking for a fall road trip, add this stop to your route. Your kids will be thoroughly enchanted!