Parent's Guide to the SD Fair: KIDS ACTIVITIES
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 ACTIVITIES <--you are here
There are TONS of things to do at the Fair that don’t include rides. I know, try telling that to your kids, ha! I bet your kids will seriously enjoy a lot of these kid-friendly activities. I organized them (of course I did, lol) by “HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES”, “PERFORMANCES” and “CONTESTS”. There’s a lot so scroll down until you get to the section you want to see. Note that some activities happen everyday, while others are only on certain days or on one-day only.
Just some of the fun kid-friendly activities include: Hullabaloo concerts, pony rides, sand art, cockroach holding, digging for treasure, scavenger hunt, sewing, magic shows, animal shows, worm racing, pig racing, pie eating contests, a kid’s veggie eating contest! and sooo many more!! Hey, did you know that if you enter a contest you’ll get FREE ADMISSION to the Fair for that day?! Details below...
I did not include things that MY kids wouldn’t be interested in…like the Kombucha Brewing Contest or the Beer Stein Holding Contest. LOL! But your kids might be interested in things that mine aren’t, so if you want to see the full list, click below and be prepared to spend an hour looking through all of them. If you just want kid-friendly activities, then keep reading. ;)
Be sure to check the daily schedule or online for all of the fair info because sometimes things change or I get my information mixed up, yes it happens. Also, note that there are several booths I found when we were just wandering around the fair that aren’t listed on their website. Those that I found are listed below, but there are probably others so let me know if you find any to add.
All of this information is from the website: sdfair.com
To Find EVERYTHING to do at the Fair, click here.
-->You can filter the search for “kid-friendly” activities or whatever else you're looking for, but the way they list them takes forever to click through. That’s why I put them all in one big list so you can just scroll down and get all the details without having to click back and forth (like I did to get this information). ;)
You’ll notice these events list the “location”, but it doesn’t mean anything if you don’t have the map to plot it out. Here’s the Fairgrounds Map.
OK, here we go:
KID-FRIENDLY HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES
location: KIDS ZONE
Sand art craft projects, $10
Bible story times, free
Panning for gold, free
There’s a cost to buy a bag of gemstones (starts at $6) they can put into a water pan for your kids to sift and keep. Or you can use the other gold pans to sift for gold for free, but you don’t get to keep those.
location: CA GROWN
Pony Rides, $10 for ages 6mo+
Parents can walk with the rider. They do give a refund only if the child does not get on the pony...
Tractor equipment to climb on, free
Corn kernel box to play in, free
Petting zoo, free
There’s a cost to buy food and feed it to the animals, $1/scoop.
Kids Grocery Store Market, free
This is a really cute activity for kids. They pick out a grocery cart and receive a grocery shopping list. They have to pick out items from their list and take it to the checkout clerk. Kids will get a special prize for completing their list! But, no impulse shopping!!
Bug’s Land "Bugology", free
This is really cool actually! But only if you can stand bugs and other insects. You can even HOLD a cockroach!! Don’t worry, they’re all in their cages and boxes…unless they escape. jk We saw Tarantulas, Scorpions, Stick Bugs, Cockroaches and lots more. There’s even a Butterfly flight house and some cricket Chocolate "Chirp" Cookies that you can buy and eat! Would you?!
KID-FRIENDLY HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES
@ CREATIVE YOUTH/BEST OF K-6
CREATIVE YOUTH CRAFTS
when: Everyday, 12-6pm
where: Creative Youth/Best of K-6
what: Join us daily to create a “make-and-take” craft with guidance from our Oz-some CY staff. You will dabble in felting, corn puff sculptures, finger knitting and more.