Parent's Guide to the SD Fair: KIDS ACTIVITIES

June 8, 2019

 

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

where: The Farm

what: Pacific Animal Productions is dedicated to conserving wildlife and endangered species while educating people about the wonders of wildlife. This presentation provides an opportunity to see and touch wildlife animals seen on a farm.

 

 

@ CREATIVE YOUTH/BEST OF K-6

 

ABRA-KID MAGIC CAMP

when: Everyday, 1:30pm

where: Creative Youth/Best of K-6

what: This magic camp will teach kids to perform five magic tricks, and every kid gets their own magic (in a bag) to take home.

 

IT’S MAGIC!

when: Everyday, 4pm

where: Creative Youth/Best of K-6

 

ZOVARGO ANIMAL SHOW

when: June 9, 23 at 5-6pm

where: Creative Youth/Best of K-6

what: Zovargo brings the zoo to you! Their mission is to foster human-animal connections through unique encounters and interactive educational programs that inspire conservation stewardship. Zovargo is the creative combination of the word ""zo"" meaning animals and the word ""cargo"" meaning movement or progress. Together those words stand for progress in conservation animal education!

 

EXTREME DOGS

when: June 19-23 at 3-4pm, 5-6pm 7-8pm

where: Creative Youth/Best of K-6

what: Meet Toto and the Extreme Dog Team in this exciting show that promises a fast-paced thrilling experience for all ages. Cheer on these amazing canine athletes – including the current world champion and several past champions – as they complete fast-paced agility maneuvers and amazing high-flying dock diving.

 

 

@ CHEVROLET LIVESTOCK AREA

 

COW MILKING DEMONSTRATION

when: June 12-16 at 11-11:30am, 1-1:30pm, 2-2:30pm, 4-4:30pm 

where: Chevrolet Livestock Area

what: Watch cows being milked!

 

 

@ THEME EXHIBIT

 

STORIES WITH DOROTHY

when: Everyday starting on June 19th at 12-12:30pm or 2-2:30pm

where: Theme Exhibit

what: 

 

BALLOON FARMER JILL

when: June 7, 9, 19, 20, 21, 29, 30 at 11am-6pm

where: Theme Exhibit

what: Watch as Jill creates Oz-inspired balloon sculptures.

 

 

 

KID-FRIENDLY CONTESTS

 

@ CA GROWN

 

KID’S VEGGIE CHALLENGE!

when: June 7, 14, 21, 28 at 11:30am-12:30pm

where: CA Grown

what: Kids brave enough to try some new foods might win the Albertsons | Vons Kids Veggie Challenge! Our presenting sponsor will bring several fruits and vegetables for kids to try. It starts out with familiar foods, such as grapes and carrots, and gets more “extreme” with each round.

 

 

@ THE FARM

 

WATERMELON SEED SPITTING CONTEST

when: Everyday at 12:30pm

where: The Farm

what: Join us for a free Down on the Farm Fun Contest where your spitting skills are put to the test, in adult and child divisions. Everyone can enjoy a piece of juicy watermelon.

 

WORM RACING

when: Everyday, 2pm

where: The Farm

what: And they’re off! Come early to choose your worm to compete in the Red Wiggler worm races. These Red Wigglers have the job of composting our food waste as well as being top-notch racing competitors.

 

CORN HUSKING CONTEST

when: Everyday, 4-4:30pm

where: The Farm

what: What’s the difference between corn huskin’ and corn shuckin’? Discover the answer as you compete against your friends in this thrilling, fast-paced contest, and enjoy fresh corn too!

 

 

@ SWIFTY STADIUM

 

SWIFTY SWINE PIG RACES

when: Everyday, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm & 8pm

where: Swifty Stadium

what: Pig races

 

 

@ THEME EXHIBIT

 

BEST ANIMAL NOISES 

when: Everyday, 3:30pm

where: OZ-some Family Stage

what: 

 

FAMILY LOOKALIKE CONTEST

when: June 9, 23 at 3:30-4pm

where: OZ-some Family Stage

what:

 

BUBBLE GUM BLOWING CONTEST

when: June 12, 15, 27 at 3:30-4pm

where: OZ-some Family Stage

what: Show what you can do in our Bubble Gum Blowing Contest. We provide the bubble gum; all ages can participate!

 

FATHER/CHILD LOOKALIKE CONTEST

when: June 16 at 1-1:30 at Plaza State

when: June 16 at 3:30-4pm at OZ-some Family Stage

 

 

@ CREATIVE YOUTH/BEST OF K-6

 

HOMEMADE TOY OZ-SOCK CONTEST

when: June 14 at 1:30pm

where: Creative Youth/Best of K-6

what: Youth ages 5-17 can bring their handcrafted soft sock toys to the Creative Youth tent to compete against other youth. There is no pre-registration required for this contest. Please see the Creative Youth Contests page for details and the entry form.

 

Make a soft sock character, doll, puppet, or toy and bring it to the Fair. These toys can be

 

made from a variety of materials including recycled items. Character toys need to be a character

 

from The Wizard of Oz.

 

TINMAN’S FRIENDSHIP JEWELRY CONTEST

when: June 21 at 1:30pm

where: Creative Youth/Best of K-6

what: Youth ages 5-17 can bring their handcrafted friendship jewelry to the Creative Youth tent to compete against other youth. There is no pre-registration required for this contest. Please see the Creative Youth Contests page for details and the entry form.

Make a friendship bracelet, ring, or necklace and bring it to the Fair. Bracelets are to be made

 

of embroidery floss. Rings and necklaces may be made from other materials such as twine, fishing

 

line, or jewelry wire. Bangles and beads may be used in any of the friendship jewelry designs. Check

 

out Pinterest for ideas.

 

HOMEMADE CANDLE & SOAP CONTEST

when: June 28 at 1:30

where: Creative Youth/Best of K-6

what: This contest, part of the Creative Youth One-Day Contest series, is open to youth ages 5 -17. Youth can make their own candle or soap, then bring their entry to the Creative Youth Tent by 1:45 p.m. for judging. Get more information, including the entry form, on the Creative Youth One-Day Contests page in the Contests section.

 

 

@ HOME SWEET HOME STAGE

 

YOUTH SALSA/GUACAMOLE CONTEST

when: June 15 at 1:30pm

where: Home Sweet Home Stage

what: This contest, part of the Creative Youth One-Day Contest series, is open to youth ages 5 -17 and to families in separate competition classes.

 

Create your best homemade salsa or guacamole and bring it to the Fair. Entries must be brought

 

in an unpacked (uncanned) jar/bottle (no chips necessary) to the Home Sweet Home Stage located in the Garden Show by 1:45 p.m. for judging. Get more information, including the entry form, on the Creative Youth One-Day Contests page in the Contests section.

 

FAMILY BAKING CONTEST

when: June 22 at 1:30pm

where: Home Sweet Home Stage

what: Create an OzSome homemade baked item and bring it to the Fair. Items may include cake, cookies, brownies, breads, or pie. This contest, which is open to all ages, is part of the Creative Youth One-Day Contest series. There are two classes, one for youth ages 5-17 and the other for families.

Get more information, including the entry form, on the Creative Youth One-Day Contests page in the Contests section.

 

FAMILY CREST CONTEST

when: June 29 at 1:30pm

where: Home Sweet Home Stage

what: This contest, part of the Creative Youth One-Day Contest series, is open to all ages. Families can create a family crest, either recreating an existing crest, or designing one from scratch. Bring the entry to the Home Sweet Home Stage in the Garden Show by 1:45 p.m. for judging. Get more information, including the entry form, on the Creative Youth One-Day Contests page in the Contests section.

 

 

@ PLAZA STAGE

 

PIE EATING CONTEST

when: Everyday, 12pm

where: Plaza Stage

what: Be the fastest to eat a piece of Coco’s cream pie without using your hands, and you’ll win a ribbon in this daily contest.

 

FATHER/CHILD LOOKALIKE CONTEST

when: June 16 at 1-1:30 at Plaza State

when: June 16 at 3:30-4pm at OZ-some Family Stage

 

MOST PATRIOTIC CONTEST

when: July 4 at 1-1:30pm AND 3:30-4pm

where: Plaza Stage

what: Don your red, white and blue, put on your stars and stripes, and enter our Most Patriotic Costume Contest! As always, the most creative win the ribbons.

 

 

@ SHOWCASE STAGE

 

SAN DIEGO’S GOT TALENT

when: June 29 at 2pm

where: Showcase Stage

what: no info was given online. Questions: (858) 794-1124

 

 

@ FUNVILLE STAGE

 

PITCH N WIN HORSESHOES

when: Everyday, open-7pm

where: Family Funville

what: 

 

BABY DERBY!!

when: June 7, 16, 28 at 2-3pm

where: Funville Stage

what: The fastest babies in the West start at one end of our carpet-covered dance floor and crawl to the finish line, with trophies on the line. Parents can use keys, toys or other items to attract their crawler, but may not reach over the finish line to grab them. And if your baby takes his or her first steps, it’s a mixed blessing. What a milestone! But in this race, only crawling is allowed.

 

 

 

CONTEST ENTRY DETAILS HERE:

 

Enter a Cooking or Craft CONTEST and you’ll get FREE ADMISSION to the Fair!!

Kids and teens: Enter one of our Creative Youth cooking or craft contests, and you’ll get free admission to the Fair, plus the chance to win a blue ribbon!

Similar contests for adults are on the Home & Hobby Contests page.

Contest materials available: Mid-February, 2019.

Contest dates: Contests take place on Fridays and Saturdays in June, 2019.

Registration deadline: Bring your item and the entry form to the O’Brien Gate on the contest date for free admission to the Fair. Then bring your item to the Creative Youth Tent for judging.

 

Not only is there no entry fee, but you will be admitted to the Fair free on the day of the contest between 11 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.

 

Questions: (858) 792-4207

 

Link for Creative Youth Contests

 

 

Here’s a list of ALL the Creative Youth Contests and Details

 

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