Parent's Guide to the San Diego County Fair: KIDS RIDE GUIDE!
OK, I'll get right to all the details that (I think) parents want to know. Here's an outline that I'll be updating over the next few days...
INTRO <--click here
GENERAL INFORMATION, GUEST SERVICES & FOOD <--click here
TICKETS & DISCOUNTS <--click here
PARKING <--click here
KIDS RIDE GUIDE <--you are here
KIDS ACTIVITIES <--click here
There are over 60 RIDES! How do you know which ones your kids can go on? Or for littles, how do you know which ones YOU can ride with them? How about if you have multiple kids? I *think* I’ve got it all figured out. Please correct me if I’m wrong. But here’s my Guide to Ride at the Fair!
Tickets are $0.75 each
These are valid for Rides AND Games
*Most* rides & games cost 3-4 tickets each. To get an idea of how many rides your kids can go on, scroll all the way down to the bottom with the RIDE OPTIONS...you'll find all the rides, how many tickets they cost & height minimums.
This is probably the most expensive part of the Fair for us…my kids want to keep riding and riding and riding! There are so many rides this year and with 2 kids at approx. 4 tickets per person per ride…well let’s just say it adds up!
TIP: I have to set a limit with my kids BEFORE we go to the Kids Zone and STICK TO IT. Yes, there will be tears because they’l be sad even though they knew ahead of time. But they’ll get over it when you move onto the next thing.
- FUNPASS APP -
You can download the FunPass ticket app on your phone to buy ride tickets. It unfortunately doesn’t give you ride information or anything else. Once you buy ride tickets through the app, you can use your phone to scan at each ride and it will digitally keep track of your tickets.
TIP: Make sure you have a FULL battery! You don't want to lose your power halfway through your kids ride time if you're using the app...and not it doesn't work in Airplane mode if you're trying to save your battery, like I was. We barely made it through all of our rides before my phone died.
It does not offer any ride deals on the app, tickets still cost $0.75 no matter how many you bundle together, they all come out to $0.75 each.
But it’s helpful for keeping track of tickets and buying more when you want them (if you don't stick to the plan, LOL) instead of finding a ticket booth and waiting in line.
You can also share these ride credits with other people, who also have the app downloaded and registered on their phone. You can all share the same credits and track how many have been used and see what's left. So if your older kids are in the ride zone by themself, and you're not, they can still text you when they want more ride credits and you can buy it and it adds onto their app if they're all linked up.
You can also get a RIDE CARD FUNPASS at any ride ticket booth and it's the same thing just in a car format. You can also add a Ride Card to your phone app by scanning it.
*This does not have the Unlimited Ride Wristband or the FastPass on it, see below.
- UNLIMITED RIDE WRISTBAND -
VALID: Wed & Thur only from 12-8pm
DEAL: $32 w/ a $5 off coupon from 7-Eleven (w/ an Aquafina purchase)
GOOD FOR: all rides in the Fun Zone and Kids Zone, except 5 "Thrill" rides