I love Fairy Tale Festival. If the truth be known, I love it more than I love summer reading, mostly because it’s not as hot outside, but also because I adore fairy tales. But the main reason I love Fairy Tale Festival is because of how much fun we have at the library. During this year’s Fairy Tale Festival, the Patterson Park Branch had its third annual Fairy Tale tea party for our youngest library patrons.
In preparation, we decorated the library, prepared snacks, and dressed up in our finest tea party outfits. Even Curious George got into the spirit and performed a puppet show of Little Red Riding Hood for some animal friends while in full Fairy Tale garb.
When children and their caregivers arrived at the library, they enjoyed a puppet show rendition of the Three Little Pigs complete with audience participation. The audience all seemed to side with the Big Bad Wolf. Truly, if the wolf had the combined lung power of our tea party guests, even the third pig’s brick house would have fallen down.
After the puppet show, the real fun began. We played dress up, with party guests arrayed as fairies, princesses, knights, Vikings, wizards, and any combination of costumes, such as fairy princesses or, my personal favorite, Viking fairies. There was a rousing game of tag (for some reason, I was always it, and I never caught anyone). And of course, we ate.
After the snacks were gone, it was time for an afternoon nap (for the children, not for me), so everyone went home, and we went back to our regular Wednesday afternoon. That regular afternoon seemed like a letdown after the great fun we’d had. But there’s always next year. The tea party is a tradition now, and as long as we keep having this much fun, we’ll keep hosting.