Our family loves the state fair. My daughter started asking about it no less than 5 months before the fair, when we were likely just
digging out of a few feet of snow! While some parents avoid the fair with their kids, we embrace going to the Minnesota State Fair with our daughter. We have taken her every year, even at 7 weeks old. Our course, it hasn’t been without frustration and hiccups, however overall, we have had a great experience. With some planning, what to take check lists, and safety reminders, plus knowing the kid friendly activities, you too will be well on your way!
As a bonus tip – flexibility is key. If there is something you absolutely must do, do that immediately upon arrival. If you wait until you are on that side of the fair, kids could fall asleep, have a melt down, or someone needs to go home. It is worth the time to do those things right away.
FREE Kids activities at the Minnesota State Fair
- Math on a Stick – Imagined and created by Christopher of Talking Math with Your Kids. Several great activities for kids to explore numbers, patterns, and math — often without knowing their mind is thinking mathematically. Activities are great for any age – just stop by and let your child explore! No directions needed! Christopher gives a great explanation about why this space is great for kids.
- Alphabet Forest – Next door to the math on a stick, we have Alphabet Forest! Books, author visits, and exploration of letters and reading!
- Family Fair at Baldwin Park – Free music, places to sit in the shade, a giant sandbox… what more could you need? The Alphabet Forest and Math-On-A-Stick is technically in the same space (they just deserved their own shout out!). The entire area is a great spot to spend time exploring, relaxing and filling up your water bottles!
- Little Farm Hands
- Miracle of Birth Center
- All of the Barns! – Of course! All of the animals! Stroll through the animal barns for a close up look! Check the schedule for demonstrations and competition times! We often end up spending time in the Coliseum. There is plenty of indoor seating and it is a cool place to rest!
- BONUS TIP: If you want to see the animals, go earlier in the fair. Toward the end of the fair, most of the animal competitions are over and the number of animals is small.
- Giant Sing Along
Kids Activities – Not free however worth the price!
- The Giant Slide – $2.50 per rider. This is near the Grandstand and a must do at least once type of activity. SUPER fun, family friendly, and perfect for kids of all ages. The line sometimes is a little long, however tends to move quickly!
- Photo Booth – My husband and I started doing this when we first visited the fair. Now, all three of us squeeze in the booth for a photo! 🙂 Our daughter also loves taking her own photos — and they are just the best photos ever!
What items would you add to this list?
I’m looking forward to another trip to the Minnesota State Fair this year! I’ll be posting #RealMomMoments over on my community page if you want to follow along and share your own #RealLifeMomStories!
NOTE: I’ll be adding updates to this list after we attend the fair this year!