Wednesday Oct 16 2019
With all there is to see and do at WitchFest, we thought we would spell out a game plan for those of you visiting with wee ones throughout the month or during Wee Witches Weekend. Not every WitchFest activity is kid friendly, after all. Wanting to make sure you get the most out of your visit before you hop that broomstick with the kids, we've put together this family-friendly sky map to WitchFest 2019.
WitchFest FOR FAMILIES & WEE WITCHES
When: Anytime during the week (closed Sundays); during the day on weekends
Time: Gardner Village is open Monday-Thursday, 10am to 8pm and Friday-Saturday, 10am to 9pm during WitchFest 2019. We close at 5pm on Halloween.
What: You have many family-friendly activities to choose from. Take a look!
*Note: Due to the huge increase in traffic for Witches Night Out and Wee Witches Weekend, we've hired ABM Parking to keep things running smoothly. Plan on a $5/car parking fee beginning at 9 am on Oct. 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 25 and 26, 2019. Receive valuable Village coupons and the scavenger hunt inside your WitchFest Fun Book with each paid car. An alternative option is to take the train. The ‘Historic Gardner’ TRAX stop is across the street from Gardner Village.
Wee Witches Weekend (Thursday, Friday & Saturday, October 17-19, 2019)
These festive weekends combine the best of the WitchFest kids scene into one enchanting weekend. From face painting and pony rides to the Six Hags Witches Adventure play area, wonderful witch parades at 1pm and 4pm, and crafts in some of our shops, this is the time to come by and experience it all! Plus, the Gardner Village witches will be on site from 11am to 7pm, making it all extra magical and memorable for your youngsters. Don't forget your camera! The photo ops are limitless.
Pet Spider Crafts at Willow Hill Yarn Co. (last 3 weekends in October, 11am-3pm)
At last, a spider you'll want to find hanging out in your home! Create your own yarn pom pom spider for just $3 (while kits last).
Halloween Mini Sessions at Camera Shy
No, this isn't a trick. Just for Wee Witches Weekend, October 17, 18 & 19 from 11am-6pm and Witches Night Out the following weekend, October 25 & 26 from 6-10 pm. Walk-ins can treat themselves to the following incredible deals:
- 2 5x7 prints (up to 5 people): $15
- 2 5x7 prints (6-12 people): $25
- digital copies of two images: $10
- any additional sheets: $5 each
Now's your chance to take your Halloween game up a notch with professional photos!
Six Hags Witches Adventure
Where else can you climb a caterpillar, frolic on a frog, bounce through a broom wash, tour a witch dwelling, wiggle through a spider web, slide down a witch nose, get lost in a straw maze, and swim through a pool of corn, all before bouncing the day away on a giant, inflatable pillow? This play space is best for toddlers-tweens, but adults never tire of the picture possibilities and the joy of seeing their wee witches having a ball in a safe and happy space. Cost is $6 per person, 1 year old and above.
Free Witch Displays & Scavenger Hunt
It's a tradition that has been around for years. Parents can remember looking for our green-faced gals when they were young and are now creating new memories with their own children. Plus, any activity that ends with a delicious snicker doodle cookie for only $0.50 at Naborhood Bakery & Cafe has to be good! Print your scavenger hunt form here or pick one up outside of Archibald's Restaurant.
Happy Halloween Shopping
Find something fun to add to your haunted house this season. The shops at Gardner Village have the best in decor, with everything from the cute and cuddly to the spooky and kooky. Of course, they have the latest in non-seasonal style as well, making it a great time to freshen up you and your home for fall. Plus, you never know who might stop by, offering her two cents and comfort expertise.
Make it a Meal
Gather with your boos and enjoy the best in witchy dining at Archibald's Restaurant and Naborhood Bakery and Cafe. Our special outdoor food tent and food trucks will be open during Wee Witches Weekend and Witches Night Out only. Find sweeet treats at Chocolate Covered Wagon and gelato at The Art Cottage. Learn more about the treats waiting to tantalize your tastebuds here.
Breakfast with a Witch
Everyone's favorite morning tradition is back! Seating to this breakfast experience at The Gathering Place is extremely limited and many tickets are sold out, so you'll want to act fast to get in on this interactive experience.
As you prepare to conjure up a kid-friendly outing that's fun for the entire family, Gardner Village has something spectacular for every witch's wish list. Pick your date to visit, grab your best witch attire (costumes optional), and make this charmed Halloween season one for the spell books!