At Life and Whim we are passionate about engaging the imaginations and inspiring the curiosity of children, and so we set out to build a special spot for kids in a place we love—Traverse City! The Fairy Trails is full of all natural, magical fairy houses built by us, and many other members of our community.

From inspiring kids to pursue an active, outdoor lifestyle, to encouraging them to become stewards of the environment while igniting their creativity and imaginations, the Fairy Trails is a place to explore ways in which the world of fairies can connect our kids to the natural world and each other. 


a special place for kids to come together to dream, explore, and build in the outdoors

 The Traverse City Fairy Trails

There are few things as magical as a hike on one of Traverse City’s many trails and pathways. It’s not just the fresh air and beautiful surroundings that thrill and inspire, but also the sense of discovery that comes from exploring nature’s wonder. From a brilliant blanket of trillium to a majestic soaring eagle, there is always something to see in Traverse City’s forests. And now there’s even more to discover at Traverse City’s Fairy Trails, an enchanted forest filled with tiny fairy houses.

While mystical creatures have inhabited the minds and imaginations of Traverse City’s youth for years, Traverse City’s fairies and sprites will now have dwellings of their own in a magical woodland setting.

We invite you to come explore and discover the fairy houses and build one of your own using all natural materials! Searching for fairy houses on the Fairy Trails is a fun family adventure. The Fairy Trails are free to explore. In order to stay up to date about events and news about the Fairy Trails, please subscribe by using the link below. We can’t wait to see you on the Fairy Trails!

Fairy House Building Guidelines

The fairies on the Fairy Trails love houses made with all natural materials such as pine cones, shells, branches, flowers, and more. Have fun exploring, scavenging and building your fairy house! Download a copy of our free “How to Build a Fairy House” eBook for fun and creative ideas and crafts that are fun for the whole family. And please remember to help us keep the forest clear of man-made materials, such as toys, books and plastic fairies. Thank you!


Fairy Fest 2018
Sunday, June 3rd from 1- 4 p.m.

Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park
1490 Red Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684

Join Life and Whim and The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park for a FREE afternoon of family fun and celebration at Traverse City’s Fairy Trails. Explore and discover lots of new, whimsical fairy houses built by local fairy artists and enthusiasts – and build one of your own!

***NOTE: The location of the Fairy Trails has changed! Due to construction at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, the Fairy Trails and Fairy Fest event for 2018 will be located at the start of the trail system adjoining the Botanic Garden. 

Life and Whim will be set up by the Pavilion with “Susie Q,” our vintage camper pop-up shop. Come anytime to check out the new fairy houses! We're excited that the talented Pete Farmer, from Farmer Foot Drums, will be playing his wonderful music again this year from 1-2:30 p.m. We'll have story time at 2:30 p.m. in the pavilion where we'll be reading our new kids book “The Magical Tale of the Fairy Trails” and local, award-winning Traverse City author, Kristy Kurjan will be reading one of the books from her Creative Kids Board Book Series: Nap-a-Roo, Dream Sweet Dreams and The Many Ways To Say I Love You. 

Kids Crafts
Live Music Pete Farmer 1-2:30 p.m.
Story-Time 2:30 p.m.
Tour the Trails and Discover All the New Fairy Houses
Food Truck: Enjoy Pizza and Snacks by Rocco’s Old World Pizzeria
Tour the Beautiful Botanic Garden
An Afternoon of Fairy House Fun and Discovery

Build a Fairy House for this Year’s Fairy Fest

Get additional scoop on this year’s Fairy Fest event plus access to free Field Guides and our How to Build a Fairy House eBook!


Get Your Fairy Fix

Can’t get enough of fairies? Check out some of the Fairy Trail-inspired goods available in our Store, including our new kids picture book, The Magical Tale of the Fairy Trails,  our Stumper the Fairy House hard enamel pin, Fairy Trails Youth Tee Shirt, and Fairy Trails Field Guide adventure and coloring book.


Share Your Moments

Connect with us on Instagram @LifeandWhim and send us your photos by tagging your fairy house images using the hashtag #FairyTrailsTC.