Fairy Gnome Discovery Walk – Pettengill Farm, 45 Ferry Road, Salisbury MA
What it is: The Fairy Gnome Discovery walk is a walk through the woods along a path that is scattered with fairy and gnome houses created by kids and community members from natural materials such as moss, sticks, seashells, and leaves. (The idea is based on a legend that if you build a tiny house and place it in your garden you might attract a magical creature like a fairy or gnome – an idea my daughter found very exciting.) Many kids and even parents show up to this in fairy costumes with wings or little gnome hats, which makes it even more fun.
The event is run by the Salisbury PTA as a fundraiser for the schools, and it is incredibly well-attended – there was a long line of traffic to enter the parking lot from either direction. On the field at the entrance to the path there are food trucks, bake sales, face painting, crafts, live music, a photo-op backdrop, and fairy wings for sale. A handful of theater performers were wandering about on stilts and in animal and fairy costumes interacting with the kids.
Cost: $5 individual, $15 for a family and free for children under 2. You also get one free admission if you submit a house to add to the walk.
What to know: Parking is on the grass of the farm grounds. A great staff keeps it all organized and will direct you to a parking spot. If you bring a stroller, make sure it’s a jogging stroller with all-terrain wheels. The path through the woods is about a mile, so our 3-year-old was pretty tired towards the end. If you decide to contribute a house for the walk, you’ll need to drop it off at the farm the afternoon prior to the event (check the website for more information.)
Verdict: We had such a great time collecting for and building the fairy house we contributed to this event! We gathered items for weeks from everywhere we went – parks, beaches, our yard. It was a thrill for her to see the one we made out in the woods with all of the others. The event is well-run, celebrates nature and creativity, and supports schools. We’re excited to come back next year.