If I ask my daughter what she remembers most about the May Fair Arts Festival, her answer is "Miss Pick-a-Pocket!"
Miss Pick-a-Pocket strolls throughout the Festival, and lets children pick a fun trinket from one of the many pockets that adorn her clothing. At first, my daughter (who was 5 at the time) was hesitant…like maybe it was too good to be true…but she shyly pointed at a pocket and Miss Pick-a-Pocket bestowed a pink bracket upon her that she still wears to this day.
Miss Pick-a-Pocket is just one of the many fun things that happen at this weekend's May Fair—though, obviously, it is the one that made the biggest impression on my little one. This free Festival is held at Andrews Park in Norman (three blocks north of Main Street on Webster, just north of the Norman Public Libary) and it includes live music, inflatables, pony rides, more than 30 artists and craftsmen and a Children's Art Yard.
We spent most of our time in the Children's Art Yard, where our children could enjoy doing everything from making their own kite to tie-dying their own t-shirt (for a small fee). This year's event will include bead making and greeting card making, so there are lots of fun ways to expose your children to hands-on art and allow them to learn about different art techniques.
The Festival runs from 9am-5pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday. Highlights of the main stage entertainment schedule include a drum circle with musician Jahruba, Camille Harp, and the Norman High Jazz Choir. Find more informaiton about May Fair here.
Even though this weekend might be a little chilly for May, throw on a jacket and head to Norman for some hands-on art in a fun festival environment. Who knows what Miss Pick-a-Pocket might have in store for you!
[Editor's Note: Find other family-friendly festivals going on in May and June in our Guide to Family-Friendly Festivals!]