We took the boys to the fair Friday afternoon and had a blast!
It was their first Pima County fair experience. We did the Arizona State fair ~18 months ago but Elliot was just a babe and Quinn doesn’t remember it. So this was essentially their first fair experience!
The boys rode in trains, planes, jeeps and pirate ships!
We saw lots of animals from snakes, alligators and tigers to bunnies, pigs and chickens!
Plus their was a sandbox and corn maze in the exhibition hall near the kiddie land. It was a perfect way to kill some energy without draining the wallet!
And there was a lot of 1sts..
Like Daddy riding with Quinn on the big giant slide together.
And Elliot’s first roller coaster ride!
Speaking of rides Elliot *JUST* barely met the 36inch ride requirement that EVERY ride in the kiddie zone had.
I expected more toddler appropriate rides. I guess we are just used to Disneyland which has LOTS of rides with no height requirement.
Just some food for thought for families with little ones. Elliot is on the taller side, so average 2yos would not be able to ride any of the kiddie rides.
We really liked the Power from the Past section. There were lots of tractors and farm equipment to see and even old working phones to try. I really loved seeing all the old fashion toys on display, like ones you see on the TV Show American Pickers!
Quinn already asked when we could go back! It’s safe to say we will be back next year!
Here are my tips for next year’s fair (April 18-28, 2013).
Friday from 4-7pm was the perfect time to go. I have also heard Mondays are good.
Buy the 10 rides for $10 from Fry’s before the fair starts. Most rides in the kiddie area are anywhere from $1.50 to $3.50 each.
Bring bottled water and snacks.
Bring a stroller or wagon for little kids (and stashing snacks).
Spend time checking out the 4-H animals, petting zoo and exotic animals.
Check out the sand box and hay maze in the exhibit hall.
Watch any bungee jumpers for crazy, free entertainment!
And don’t miss the Power from the Past displays. From old toys, farming equipment and steam powered generators there is plenty of neat things to see.
Did you visit the fair this year? What was your favorite part?
Disclosure: I received 2 free fair admission tickets however we had already planned on taking the boys, so it was just a bonus discount! No compensation was received. As always all opinions are my own!