The two-day event offers storytelling, games, a variety of shows, face painting, wand making, a tea party, a knight training and much more.
WHAT: CenterPoint Theater’s Fairtytale Festival
WHEN: 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10
WHERE: Centerpoint Theater, 525 North 400 West, Centerville
ADMISSION: Though admission is free, some activities cost money. Attendees must pre-register for the Princess Tea Party ($18), Knights in Training ($16), Captain Hook school ($16), the daddy-daughter ball ($30), “Elf” musical performances ($10) and the Villain and Rogue Ball ($10). Participation at some craft stations and fairy tale booths costs between $2 and $10. To pre-register, visit http://www.centerpointtheatre.org/.
Shelley Davies — the event’s chair and CenterPoint’s director of development — said there will be some Make-A-Wish recipients at the event, and cards will also be made for children at Primary Children’s Hospital.
“We have a desire to give back to the community with an event that celebrates the magic of fairytales and the joy of families exploring together,” Davies said. “We celebrate the wonder of childhood and the adventure of their imaginations. Our motto and hashtag is ‘beyond magic.’”
The event’s attendees are encouraged to embrace its magical atmosphere and dress up as their favorite fairy tale characters.
“The look on a child’s face when they see Elsa or Captain Hook is a memory to be treasured a long time,” Davies said.
In addition to fairy tale characters and whimsical activities, the event will feature craft booths, food trucks and vendors.
Princess tea parties for kids ages 4 to 10 will fun in 50-minute increments throughout the festival. Every 40 minutes, kids ages 3 to 11 can participate in Knights in Training, where they’ll learn about knighthood, battle a dragon and more.
Young pirates can also go to a “school” where Captain Hook will teach them about swashbuckling on the open sea.
A daddy-daughter ball will be held Friday night, where attendees can meet royals and princesses, learn dance steps, eat refreshments and visit with a fairy godmother, Davies said.
“Elf” will be performed throughout the festival as well, with showings at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday; and 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
One of the festival’s new events, the Villain and Rogue Ball, will give those 15 and older a chance for some fun on Saturday night. The event starts at 9 p.m. and ends at midnight.
“This will be an engaging, lively ball for anyone who wants to get their Halloween on early,” Davies said.
Davies said one of her favorite things about the festival is seeing children experience enchantment in person rather than on a screen.
“Fairy tales are powerful in their teaching ability that wrongs can be righted, dreams can be achieved and hope is the star that guides us through life,” she said.