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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 RIDE GUIDE <--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

Face painting

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?!

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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.

SCAVENGER HUNT (earn a patch at the fair!)

when: Everyday, all day

where: Creative Youth/Best of K-6

what: Download a map (https://downloads.delmarfairgrounds.com/downloads/2019/educational-programs/Scavenger-Hunt-Questions-Map.pdf) and scavenger hunt questions, or pick one up at any Information Booth or the Creative Youth Exhibit at the Fair. Follow the routes and collect the information, then when you’re done, redeem the completed questions on your map in the Oz-Some Theme Exhibit or at the Creative Youth Exhibit to get a free prize donated by the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative (while supplies last). Scouts can also purchase an Oz-Some patch for $2 by participating.

CALIFORNIA LIVING HISTORY

when: Everyday, 11-5

where: Creative Youth/Best of K-6

what: Step back in time and experience the pioneer days. Learn rope making, doll crafting, and other handy work, the old-fashioned way. California Living History also provides educational content for elementary schools.

EXPLORATION PLACE (this name seems a little misleading?)

when: Everyday, all day

where: Creative Youth/Best of K-6

what: Explore the rich properties of repurposed plastics, wood and cardboard. Discover shape, color, texture, weight and size in this "loose parts" experience. All ages and abilities are welcome!

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY SCIENTISTS

when: Everyday, 5pm

where: Creative Youth/Best of K-6

what: The League of Extraordinary Scientists and Engineers presents Pre-K through 8th grade friendly science topics in an engaging class-like format This year, they explore DNA!

Presentations at the Creative Youth Stage will start promptly. In addition to the science presentations, the League will host a daily observation journal.

SEWING SUNDAYS

when: Every Sunday, 12-4pm

where: Creative Youth/Best of K-6

what: Create your very own bookmark with straight, zig zag or specialty stitches on a sewing machine, with the guidance of a Home Ec Specialist. This is a free make-and-take activity.

POLYMER CLAY BEAD MAKING

when: June 13, 20, 27; July 4 at 11am-12pm AND 1-3pm

where: Creative Youth/Best of K-6

what: With direction and material generously provided by the San Diego Polymer Clay Guild, Fair guests can create a uniquely beautiful bead using polymer clay.

The SDPCG is dedicated to sharing the knowledge and techniques of using polymer clay and has more than 100 members. Artists and instructors have been featured on TV shows, as well as showing exhibits at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.

This is a free hands-on workshop.

MEXICAN ARTISAN WORKSHOPS

when: June 7, 14, 21, 28 at 12-1pm

where: Creative Youth/Best of K-6

what:

LEGO CREATIONS

when: June 15-16 at 11am-5pm

where: Creative Youth/Best of K-6

what: Thousands of colorful Lego are provided for you to design a unique creation. (Creations are not make-and-take.)

FATHER’S DAY GIFT MAKING

when: June 15 & 16 at 12-6pm

where: Creative Youth/Best of K-6

what: Create a special paper craft for dad or another loved one. Paper, embellishments and a sweet treat will be provided.

MEDIA ARTS GREEN SCREEN DEMONSTRATION

when: June 30 at 12pm

where: Creative Youth/Best of K-6

what: Experience the magic of movie making with a "green screen" shared by Media Arts Center San Diego, home of the Digital Gym and the San Diego Latino Film Festival, and whose vision is to change lives and perspectives through media arts.

@ THE FARM

BUTTERFLY FLIGHT HOUSE

when: Every day, 12:30-5:30pm

where: The Farm

what: Experience native butterflies up close and personal in our Butterfly Free Flight House. The Butterfly Farms is an educational, research and conservation non-profit organization, dedicated to teaching about the importance of San Diego’s native butterflies.

CREATING POLLINATOR GARDENS

when: Everyday, 1-1:30pm

where: The Farm

what: A butterfly and pollinator paradise awaits in the Infield Farm! Visit the garden and take a tour with a habitat specialist. On the tour, you will learn about pollinator habitat with a focus on native plants, bees, and butterflies. Participants will receive a planting guide to help you get started on your own pollinator and wildlife-friendly garden at home or in your community.

@ THEME EXHIBIT

ASK THE WIZARD

when: Everyday, 11:30am and 1pm

where: Theme Exhibit

what: The Wizard is in! Come ask the “Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz” for what your heart desires. If you are worthy, he just may grant your wish.

3 O’CLOCK FUN

when: Everyday, 3pm

where: OZ-some Family Stage

what: Try your skill at hula hoops, sack races and other old-fashioned fun! Every day of the Fair.

EMERALD CITY GAMES

when: Everyday, 3-4pm

where: Theme Exhibit

@ HOME SWEET HOME STAGE

KID’S VEGGIE GROWING & GIVE AWAYS

when: June 7, 21 at 1-2pm

where: Home Sweet Home Stage

what: Hands-on workshop given by Roy Wilburn of Sunshine Care where kids will plant and learn how to grow their favorite warm-season veggies in containers. They will get tips on seed germination, planting, cultural practices, and pest control. Kids will learn how to take care of delicious organic vegetables in containers from start to finish.

PAINTING LADYBUG ROCKS

when: June 7, 14, 21, 28 at 2:30-3:30pm

where: Home Sweet Home Stage

what: Create a beautiful ladybug from a beach pebble. Paint your own Ladybug Rock to place in your garden or just light up your life.

FANTASY MINI FAIRY GARDENS

when: June 14 at 1pm

where: Home Sweet Home Stage

what: John Noble, a founder of Botany for Kids and Coastal Sage Gardening owner, will teach kids how to plant a Fairy Garden in this hands-on workshop. Bring your children to this fun, creative and educational workshop where their fantasies can be planted.

Suggested material fee: $10.00.

MUNCHKINS GARDENS WORKSHOP

when: June 28 at 1pm

where: Home Sweet Home Stage

what: Create your own fantastical miniature garden. Use your imagination, as Frank Baum did, and turn pebbles, stones, glitter, plants and seeds into a wonderful landscape. Botany for Kids, and Coastal Sage Gardening have been maintaining the perpetual flower garden by the Lily Pond in Balboa Park.

@ MISC

DIGGING FOR TREASURE

when: Everyday, open-5pm

where: Gems & Minerals

what: Kids of all ages may screen for buried treasure and pick one free tumbled stone or rock of their choice, to keep for their very own. Limit: One rock per person each day. Volunteers from local rock clubs are on hand to assist with the screening, to describe different rocks, and to answer questions from fairgoers.

WOOD MODEL BUILDING FOR KIDS

when: June 12, 19, 26; July 3 at 6-8pm

where: Design Wood

what: Designed for kids ages 8-12, this is a small model building activity. There will be wood sailboats, pirate ships and Titanic kits for kids to build, while supplies last. All materials needed will be provided.

KID-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES

@ FUNVILLE STAGE

GODFREY THE MAGICIAN

when: Everyday

where: 11:30am-12p at the Funville Stage

where: 1:30-2pm at the Plaza Stage

HULLABALOO!!

when: see below

5/31 from 5-6pm

6/7 from 12-1pm

6/14 from 2-3pm

6/21 from 1:30-2:30pm

6/28 from 5:30-6:30pm

where: Funville Stage

what: Hullabaloo is an award-winning kid-folk duo from Del Mar. Parents Magazine called Hullabaloo, “As good as it gets when it comes to Children’s Music.” People Magazine named their “Raise a Ruckus” album one of the “Top 8 Albums of the Summer.”

KATHRYN THE GRAPE

when: June 9 at 4-5pm; AND June 14 at 3:30-4:30pm

where: Funville Stage

what: Children’s musical performance

PUPPETS & PLAYERS LITTLE THEATER

when: Everyday, 12pm, 1:30pm, 5pm

where: Family Funville

what:

@ PLAZA STAGE

GODFREY THE MAGICIAN

when: Everyday

where: 11:30am-12p at the Funville Stage

where: 1:30-2pm at the Plaza Stage

@ THE FARM

WILDLIFE ON THE FARM

when: Everyday, 5-5:30pm