The Coastal Children’s Museum will be welcoming Liza Gardner Walsh, the author and creator of the "Fairy House Handbook, and the new Fairy House Kit, who will show visitors how to make their own magical dwellings for the sometimes shy and mysterious fairy folk.

The event will take place Saturday, July 19, at 11 a.m.

Gardner Walsh was previously the children’s librarian at the Rockport Public Library and she has been a high school English teacher, writing tutor, museum educator and holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College. Through it all, she has made tiny houses for mice, fairies, trolls, snails and other little creatures. She will be using this expertise to help children construct their own fairy, gnome or elf houses out of natural and recycled materials. Fun for children 4 years old and up and their family, this workshop will bring out the imagination and whimsy in everyone present, even the fairies.

"Fairy House Handbook" was released in 2012 and is full of inspiration for the practiced or the potential fairy home builder. The Fairy House Kit debuted this spring and has everything you need to build a fairy house in a box made for a lifetime including fairy dust, sustainably harvested moss, feathers, shells, acorn caps, sea glass, and a twig pencil. Made in Maine, all these kits contain a special fairy card that to collect and trade. Books including Gardner Walsh's recently released "Treasure Hunters Handbook" will be available to purchase and she will sign copies for attendees.

This workshop is included in the price of admission advanced; sign up is requested to aid in gathering enough materials used in the building process. To sign up for this workshop please email the museum at or call the museum at 596-0300.