Wednesday Apr 25 2018
The Woodland Fairy Festival is in full sWING. There is so much to see and do. Consider this your guide to the happy happenings. A treasure map, if you will, of just some of the fairy fun that awaits this spring at Gardner Village. (Festival runs through June 23.)
CRAFTY MAKE & TAKES
So much magic awaits at the shops at Gardner Village, including a bunch of quick make-and-take crafts on Saturdays. Here’s a look at some of the sweet projects you can create with your kiddos.
Paint Fairy Wands at The Art Cottage
Fairy Dust Bath Bombs at M Soaps
Fairy Gardens & Gnome Homes at Aunt Elsie’s Trinkets and Treasures
Fairy Bracelets at Spoiled Rotten Children’s Boutique
Fairy Peg Dolls at Pine Needles
Fairy Story Time at Storybook Nook
Pixie Sticks at Chocolate Covered Wagon
Okay, so there isn’t any making going on here, but you’ll find one delicious take—free pixie sticks for all!
Wing & Wand Creation and a Tour of Fairy Hollow at Georgell Doll Shop
This is your source for DIY fairy-house inspiration. For just $5, you'll find yourself transported to a fairy home tour unlike any other. Each display is handcrafted, with many made from unexpected and inspiring elements. Whether you want to make a fairy retreat of your own or simply want to get swept up in the charm of it all, Fairy Hollow is your stop. You can even host your birthday party here! Every visit includes crafting projects. You'll color wings and dress up wands. Reservations aren't required, but The Hollow is closed during reserved birthday parties, so it never hurts to call ahead. Monday-Saturday, 10 AM to 8 PM. Real fairies fly in every Saturday. 801.561.1485
Fairy school isn’t just about fancy flying and spell-ing lessons. It also includes sewing, pom design, and more. Take a look!
Sewing Camp at Pine Needles
Children ages 6-12 are invited to dress their 18” dolls in the finest fairy threads. Students will learn to sew their own dress and wings. And what’s a fairy without her wand? Class also includes the crafting of the cutest wand around! Register here.
Fairy Garden Classes at Aunt Elsie’s Trinkets & Treasures
Every Saturday at 10:30 AM, you can learn how to create your own fairy garden. The class includes all the supplies you need to make a flower pot habitat, as well as helpful pointers and plenty of fun. It's a great way to kick off a fairy Saturday. Call or visit the store to sign up. 801.561.5557
Pom Pom Party at Willow Hill Yarn Co.
Poms are a pixie's best friend. This cute DIY yarn craft makes any fairy feel more at home. Use poms to create playful fairy wands or add them to your own fairy's home for a splash of personality.
Your friends at Willow Hill Yarn Company will show you how to put the poms together in store or you can simply pick up a kit with everything you need included and get your pom on at home. Reservations aren't required for this one. Simply stop in and ask for the Fairy Pom Pom Kit.
FAIRY FASHION: DRESS THE PART
Many of the shops at Gardner Village are loaded with wings, wands, tutus, crowns, and even unicorn horns so your wee fairies can dress the part.
Floral crowns and unicorn horns from Spoiled Rotten Children's Boutique
You’ll also find face painting on Saturdays at Spoiled Rotten Children’s Boutique. It’s the perfect finishing touch to any winged attire!
If just a hint of fairy sparkle is what you seek, free fairy kisses await at Georgell Doll Shop.
If you want to remain a fairy in hiding, you can grab one of the new souvenir Gardner Village or Woodland Fairy Festival t-shirts from Shopaholics. Shhh… Don’t worry, we’ll never tell that your wings are hiding under your sweet new T.
Even fairies need some R and R. Cottage Retreat Spa & Salon is offering full fairy treatments. Get your fingernails and toenails painted, enjoy a fairy ‘do, even add some face painting, fairy tattoos (temporary, that is), and tinsel hair clips. Prices vary, depending on the services added. Walk-ins welcome or call to schedule: 801.352.8636
FREE FAIRY PARADE
WHEN: Saturdays at 1 PM
WHERE: Meet outside Spoiled Rotten Children’s Boutique
At last! You can see Fairies come to life. This is the one time they spring into action, just to parade about The Village with their many fairy fans.
Boys and girls of all ages are invited to join these winged beauties and strut that fairy stuff. (Costumes not required.)
This enchanting flight through The Village includes stops at the Island Overlook; the Wishing Bridge, where each fairy adds their own wish; a song break; a dance around the fairy tree; and more!
ANYTIME FAIRY FUN
The fairy fun extends beyond the Saturday celebrations. You'll find plenty to explore and enjoy during regular Village business hours (10 AM-8 PM, Mon-Sat; closed Sun)
Find Your Fairy Name
Unlock the mystery behind your true fairy name. All this time, I’ve been signing off as Megan Hoeppner when I should have been using Prancing Snow Mushroom. LOL Glad we got that sorted out.
A to Z Fairy Quest
Follow the clues and see if you can find every bitty fairy in this free scavenger hunt adventure. The hunt begins in Center Court, next to the stage (outside of Shopaholics and Storybook Nook).
The perfect photo opps await throughout The Village, including several cool Wing Walls. Can you find them all?
Wishes can be added to the Wishing Bridge at any time during business hours. Simply visit Aunt Elsie’s Trinkets & Treasure to collect your special wishing ribbon.
Once you have your ribbon, whisper your wish to it and tie it to the Wishing Bridge for the fairies to come collect.
MORE NEXT WEEK
This is just the tip of the wing. There is so much more in store at the Woodland Fairy Festival. From dance parties to tea parties to great fairy escapes, we’ll be back next week with more on this fancy fairytale. Until then, you can check our website for more sweet deets.
Prancing Snow Mushroom (AKA Megan Hoeppner)