Kids and Culture: Kingsburg’s Swedish Village and Festival

In all of my years living in the Central Valley, I had heard about Kingsburg and its Swedish heritage and seen the cute Swedish coffee pot water tower and Dala horse decor driving along highway 99,  but I had never visited the downtown area.  As we have been seeking cultural activities to do with the kids, Kingsburg has been on my radar, and I was so excited that just as I was looking into taking a trip we discovered that it was time for their annual Swedish Festival!  However, I would totally make a trip back to this charming town on a regular day, just to walk around and enjoy the stores, restaurants, and unique Swedish flare.Much of Draper Street (the main street of downtown) was blocked off for the festival but with or without blockades, there are still lovely sidewalks, with lots of parking, to explore with the kiddos.  Along both sides of Draper, there are restaurants and boutiques to check out, and most of them are decorated with varying degrees of Swedish heritage.   On the south side of Draper there is a trellis-lined walkway that takes you to the Historic Kingsburg Jail, past the Kingsburg fire house (super exciting for littles), and then onto the well-shaded downtown park.dsc_0099The Historic Kingsburg Jail is open to explore for free and makes for some great photo ops! Inside the jail there are three rooms with mannequins dressed to showcase what the rooms had been used for and what it would have been like nearly 100 years ago.  The park is a really nice area to hang out, though some of the playground is a bit extreme for my kids.  Not picture is the rest of the park that would be a great area for a picnic if you weren’t eating at one of the local restaurants on your visit.  Along with it being a clean and comfortable park, here is the important parent 4-1-1… There are large clean bathrooms and FREE WIFI throughout the downtown area!! I’ve got to say, we were really impressed with so much of what Kingsburg has to offer to its community and to visitors!If you do happen to visit during the Swedish Festival there is even more culture to enjoy with performances, food, parades and more.  We went on the first night of the festivities and we were told that it was nothing compared to Friday night and Saturday.  However, we really enjoying the split pea soup and Swedish pancakes, the small gathering, and all of the kids’ Swedish dance performances.  Here are all of the things that will be happening for the remainder of the festival.

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