It's a tradition to go to the fair every year and this year was the first year I took our 4 & 2 year old. It was ok. The farm to your table exhibit was good and the animal exhibits were nice but I thought it was a little less then other years. The food is always outrageously priced but it sure does taste good. If our kids could see live animals at a real farm I would skip this activity all together.
This year we went for free! We took part in their field trip program. My kids weren’t in school yet and the other schools in the area went back and went on field trips. We went as a “home school” group. And it was free! They only have the educational areas open…which is what we were interested in anyway. This is the way to go. I don’t know if you can go into the rest of the Fair later in the day…but truly this was the area for us. There was panning for gold, rope making, goat milking, cheese making, cow milking demos, sheep shearing and so much more! What a great leaning experience. There are so many amazing exhibits! We also love the bee exhibit. Most of the things I’ve mentioned are free! I think the only thing we had to pay for was the panning for gold.
There are lots of other revolving exhibits too…They are different every year, depending on what the “theme” is.
Did I mention that on this “field trip” parking was also free! If your child does not go with their school it is work taking them out for a day for this educational experience. My poor children don’t even know that there is a whole other part to the County Fair. lol…
The LA county fair is worth waiting for every year, and it never disappoints!Try some cheesecake on a stick or fried anything and place your bets on the racing pigs. Win a stuffed animal then go and pet some real animals (always a favorite with the kiddos). Make your own straw doll and visit an original 1800's house from the Riverside are. The possibilities are endless and so educational for every age group.
This year they even had the human body display for $7 a ticket!!
This comes once a year so it keeps you wanting more. It's usually scorching hot during this time but we try to visit during the night. I suggest bringing lots of water and snacks. The food is pricey but you can't find it anywhere else. But I guess its supply and demand. Be sure to try all the food.
We hit this fair about every other year, including this year. Fun, but crowded, so avoid going on any $1 admission days or if you can, go during the week.
We went this year to see the monster truck show, which my 6-yr-old loved. And, both rides and games cost "tickets" (via a players card) which I am happy to say you can purchase individually so no tickets go to waste.
This fair was very large compared to the other fairs i've been to. It has a lot of rides and todder activities. There a petting zoo was huge. They had the normal animals a petting zoo would have, but also some that I didn't even know what they were. There was also an ice skating rink and an area where they made fake snow.
I took all 4 of my kids with my friend and her kids on a free homeschooling day. We had a blast, saw as much as we could, and left exhausted but satisfied. Our favorite area of the fair was the old town area. My oldest son (9) sat and watched the professional broom maker for about 20 minutes. Then he picked up the left over straw pieces and formed his own crude broom. Meanwhile, my 7 year old put together a rag doll from the old pioneer days. We sat in the desks of the old school house and then watched the blacksmith at work.
We started the day by heading towards the barns and farm animals, hoping that the rest of the crowd would go the other direction first. It seemed to work and we were not overwhelmed with lots of people until later in the day.
Iced lemonade and cotton candy (plus our own lunches) helped us get through the very hot and long day.
It may only come around once a year, but the L.A. County Fair is a great way to spend the day outdoors with the family. For nature-inspired fun, we loved the Jurassic Planet exhibit, where not only did we see (and hear) dinosaurs, but my 4 ½ year old also “dug” for fossils and created a crayon rubbing of a miniature T. Rex. There were also dinosaur-themed puzzles and toys, plus a chance to see and touch a live animal (we saw a baby gator). In the “Under the Sea” hall, my 4 ½ son loved the Kid’s Seacoast Village, which featured play areas inspired by seaside and fisherman’s villages. He discovered Lincoln Logs and also went “fishing” for magnetic fish. I’m bummed that we missed the Flower & Garden Pavilion, which features African flora and fauna. On the hillside outside the Pavilion, you can even go on a “safari” where you’ll see camels, zebras, ostriches, pythons and more! During our visit last year, we checked out farm activities in the Big Red Barn, where my son loved the newly hatched baby chicks. He even rode a mini John Deere tractor, which made his day! There’s a huge petting farm and all kinds of farm animals, from goats and sheep to rabbits and pigs. There’s plenty more to check out -- including cars and trains (if your kid loves moving vehicles like mine does!), carnival rides galore (for a fee) and tons of yummy food and treats.
The fair takes place every September in Pomona where it’s hot, hot, hot! Beat the heat by starting your day early, bringing sunscreen and a hat and drinking plenty of water. Help out little legs by bringing a stroller and taking regular breaks in the shade. Crowds arrive by lunch, so get there when the gates open. Preferred parking costs a little more ($15 instead of $10) but is worth it if you’re bringing kids. By the end of the day, they’ll be plenty tired and will not want to walk any farther than required. Kids 5 and under are free, but parents cost $17 on weekends ($15 on weekdays). Check the Web site for ways to save.