faerie rade 2013

Faerie Rade – a magical adventure for the whole family! 

Sunday 20th January 2013

Getting ready for this event was fun in its own right.  Who will you be?  What will you be?  Magical creatures of all kinds are invited to join this “Rade” through the city.

faerie rade 2013 city

We packed a big, scrumptious lunch hamper to feast and celebrate at the final “secret” picnic location.

Arriving at Treasure Garden (on the corner of Spring Street and Flinders Street) the kids and I were greeted by a lovely site.  Bubbles everywhere, the lovely sound of singing, horns bellowing and even a violin or two.  Faeries, elves, unicorns, satyr (half man, half goat), witches, princesses and many other mythical creatures surrounded the King and Queen of Faeries.  The kids were ecstatic, and flew to join the mingle of glitter and wings.  There was a children’s entertainer on hand to do magic tricks, make twisty balloons, and magic bubbles.

Many faeries and mythical creatures offered the kids and I, a “fancy”, a small gift in the form of a feather, shell, flower, a sweet, a song or a sprinkle of faerie dust.  Something that we’ll have to be better prepared for next year, though the kids did join in with some singing.  

faerie rade 2013 gardens

The Faerie Rade was led by the King and Queen.  We walked, danced and fluttered our way down Spring Street, left onto Collins Street, then left again at Swanston Street, over the Yarra River Bridge and into the Botanical Gardens opposite the Arts Centre.  There were little gifts of bottled glitter, coloured feathers, candles, magic spells and potions, bubble bottles left along the path for the children to find. 

Botanical Gardens was a lovely setting for the picnic.  Beautiful large trees gave shade and there was an abundance of sunshine that day to enjoy.  There were door prizes given in the form of a lucky dip, a treasure hunt for “crystals” which was a huge hit with our kids who found six crystals.  Some of the group started up a circle dance which looked like fun, with music and singing. 

Event was completely free.  Dressing up and joining in is a must!

For more details, go to http://www.facebook.com/GoldenOwlEvents 

Thanks to Mum Chi and her beautiful daughter's for kid-testing the Midsummer Faerie Rade for Little Melbourne.