Bristol Renaissance Faire
Near the Illinois-Wisconsin border
Cost: $19.95, $9.50 kids 5-12, free kids 4 and under. Visit the website for discounted tickets
Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Weekends July 6-Sept. 1, 2013 and Labor Day, Sept. 2
Celebrate Old English traditions and experience the sights, sounds and smells of a 16th century tall ship by boarding a replica at this festival. Younger kids can participate in an interactive fairy tale in the Kid's Kingdom or ride on the Butterfly Carousel and Swan Swing. Ages 4 and up can participate in the Knighting Ceremony, while ages 8 and up can joust in the Fight the Knight competition and climb Jacob's Ladder. Older kids can try the Pirate's Assault catapult that combines bungee jumping with trampolines. More than 100 shops sell handmade goods, from jewelry to pottery.