Deep in the forests of Los Angeles live a host of colorful fairies who protect the forest and all the creatures that live in it. Did you know that you can meet these friendly residents of the forest on a weekly basis? (we assume it’s because the rest of the time they’re busy collecting teeth and helping out Peter Pan). They’re called Faery Hunts, and they’re taking place all over Los Angeles. It’s a great way to get outdoors and enjoy a magical adventure with your little ones. Read on to get the scoop on how you can plan your first encounter with the forest fairies and let the hunt begin!
What exactly is a faery hunt?
A Faery Hunt is an outdoor theatrical children’s production for kids ages 2-10, and for the kid in all of us. Parents and pixies alike will giggle at the witty dialogue, enjoy the uplifting music and lose themselves in the sense of adventure that comprise the 45-60 minute long interactive show. During the production, little ones and their families are invited to join faery folk on a quest to find Faery Royalty and other fun creatures in parks across L.A. and Ventura County. There are three different enchanting and original “faery-tales” in rotation, which are performed by a company of 15 actors. All shows include important themes of friendship, kindness, forgiveness, love and respect for nature.
Costumes are Encourgaed
Most children attend the faery hunt in a fairy-inspired costume to add to the fun and to really feel like part of the interactive production. If you’re short on dress-up options at home, when you check-in at the hunt, there are wings, garlands, wands, wizard hats and masks for sale for prices ranging from $5-$10. Be sure to bring cash, as these outdoor venues do not take credit cards. Take a water bottle and pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park after the show. Strollers are suitable at every show, and make sure all members of your party wear comfortable walking shoes — as it is a “hunt,” after all.
The Hunt Begins
Faery Hunts take place at 10:30 am. For the morning shows, try and arrive at least 15 minutes early for check-in. Shows take place on Saturdays and Sundays at rotating venues, so be sure to check the schedule for location and time. Many of the venues are outdoor, so dressing appropriately is a must for little theatergoers. The venues include the Descanso Gardens in La Cañada, the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, Crestwood Hills Park in Brentwood, South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles’ own Griffith Park.
Faery Hunts get a Musical Makeover
Take your fairy-loving kiddos on an indoor musical adventure, “Auntie Angelica’s Fairy Garden,” which performs on select Sundays at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. Creatures including a magical unicorn and puppets from Fairyland will join the beloved fairy characters from the company’s other performances.
Tickets are $15 per person at Griffith Park and the Whitefire Theatre, and $12.50 per ticket at all other locations. Each person needs a ticket, adults and children, but kiddos 23 months and under are free. There are many other shows hosted by Faery Trail Theater that take place in libraries and other venues throughout the year, many of which are free or have a nominal fee.
Will you be planning a faery hunt for your little ones in the near future? Let us know about your costume or other dress-up ideas in a comment below.
— Beth Shea
photos courtesy of A Faery Hunt facebook page