Did you know that there are magical fairies popping up in parks all over Los Angeles? Gather your own little pixies and get ready to go on a ‘faery hunt’ at a sunny, scenic locale in your neck of the woods. Here’s the scoop on this delightful journey through the fairy door.
WHAT: ‘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; which beckons little ones and their families to join faery folk on a quest to find Faery Royalty and other fun creatures in parks across LA 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.
WHEN/WHERE: Faery Hunts take place at 10:30 am. A Faery Hunt performs on scheduled Saturdays of every month in the clearings off of the Fern Dell Drive entrance of Griffith Park, 2333 Fern Dell Place, Los Angeles, CA 90068, on the southwest side of the park; scheduled Saturdays at O’Melveny Park,17300 Sesnon Boulevard, Granada Hills, CA 91344; scheduled Saturdays and Sundays at Corriganville Park, Corriganville Park, 7001 Smith Road, Simi Valley, CA 93063; and scheduled Saturdays and Sundays in Crestwood Hills Park, 1000 Hanley Avenue, Brentwood, CA 90049.
INSIDER TIPS: 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. 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.
WHAT’S NEW: Take your fairy-loving kiddos on a new indoor musical adventure, “Auntie Angelica’s Fairy Garden,” which is set to debut January 22nd 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. The production boasts nine new songs that are sure to make kids sing.
THE 411: Tickets are $15 per person at Griffith Park, $14 at the Whitefire Theatre, and $12.50 per ticket at all other locations. There are many other shows with libraries or other children’s organizations throughout the year, which are free or have a nominal fee.
— Beth Shea