12 Must-Do's With Kids at State Fair This Year


Can't you just smell it in the air? Wisconsin State Fair is right around the corner!

Save money on Kohl's Family Value Day on Monday, August 5th, when ALL fairgoers will be eligible for discounted Fair admission from 8 am until 6 pm. One of the best promotions during the State Fair, adults will receive admission for only $5 (a $7 savings), and youth 11 and under will receive FREE admission (a $7 savings). Find out about other admission deals here.

Here are our top picks of things to do with kids at the fair:

1. Visit baby farm animals in the Discovery Barnyard.

Learn about Wisconsin's agriculture, see live demonstrations and meet baby farm animals from 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. daily. The Discovery Barnyard is located in Ag Village, east of the Farm and Family Building on Sue Wetley Court.

2. Watch "Sea Lion Splash".

The 30 minutes Sea Lion Splash show is located on South Grandstand Avenue, and will feature seal lions blanking balls, shooting hoops and doing handstands. The show will also teach about marine wildlife and conservations.

3. See the Racing Pigs.

Don’t miss this Fair favorite – the home of Saz’s Famous Racing Pigs, presented by the Milwaukee Admirals.
Pick your favorite pig and get ready to cheer! Race times are as follows: 10:30 am, 12:30, 1:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30 and 7:30 pm. Located on Second Street and Badger Avenue.

4. Ride the WonderFair Wheel.

Head over to the west side of the park and ride the WonderFair Wheel. It's North America’s largest traveling Ferris wheel, and it's making its Wisconsin debut at the State Fair. The WonderWheel is 15 stories high, weights 400,000 lbs, and twinkles with 528,000 LED lights. It features 36 fully enclosed, brightly colored gondolas that can each hold six people (and one gondola offers accessible seating). Each ride is about 10 minutes long and costs $5 per person. You can see for 10 miles from the top of the wheel!

5. Visit the SpinCity Kids Area.

Don’t miss SpinCity – the Fair’s exciting Amusement Ride and Game Area! SpinCity features an assortment of more than 50 amazing rides and attractions. Thirty fun games also await all adults and children alike, complete with plenty of chances to win prizes.The area will also offer well-shaded seating areas and plenty of delicious concessions.

6. Stop by the Kohl's Activity Zone.

The Kohl’s Activity Zone is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and it’s located on South Grandstand Avenue. You'll find:

  • Art projects with Kohl’s Color Wheels / Milwaukee Art Museum

  • Hands-on design projects with Kohl’s Design It! Mobile Lab / Discovery World

  • Conservation-themed theatrical performances with Kohl’s Wild Theater / Milwaukee County Zoo

  • Activities for children with special needs

  • Safety and health information

7. Find a Strolling Street Entertainer.

As you walk around, you might catch a random performance by Mango and Dango Theatrical Circus, Canines a la Cart, StatueViva, Matt’s Family Jam, Sam The Wheeler, Steve Trash, Alex Clark, Brant The Fireguy, Allez-OOPS!, and the World Record Balloon Stunt Show.

8. Watch the parade (every day!).

The parades kick off at 3:00 pm daily (2pm on the final Sunday, as part of Miller High Life Veterans and Military Recognition Day). See the your favorite street entertainers, mascots, tractors, marching bands and more.

9. Watch Dog Dock Diving in the K-9 Sports Arena.

The dog days of summer are back at the Fair! The K-9 Sports Arena, located in the Big Backyard, features shows and demonstrations hourly on the half-hour on weekdays with additional shows on weekends. See dog dock diving, frisbee, agility courses, Police K-9 units and much more!Located in the Big Backyard on Wetley Way between First and Main Street.

10. Relax in Exploratory Park.

Take your family on an adventure through Exploratory Park! This relaxing oasis on the south side of the Fair Park features hands-on stations for kids of all ages. Stop by Smokey’s School House and visit the far south end of Exploratory Park to learn all about the Fair’s 168 year history. It's located on the south side of Main Street across from the Original Cream Puff Pavilion, and it's open daily from 9 am – 9 pm.

11. Ride the yellow slide.

Admit it. You kinda want to. And your kids definitely do! This Fair tradition has been going on over for over 50 years. Hop on a burlap sack and take a magic carpet ride. Trips down the 200 ft. slide are $2.50 each.

12. Get adventurous with food.

Of course there are always cream puffs, and the amazing Wisconsin Product expo. But there are lots of new foods this year that you may want to try. Our favorite include:

Brat-Tot-Chos: Tator Tots topped with diced bratwurst, creamy beer cheese, sauerkraut, mustard and green onions. At Blue Moon Tavern at the Park.

Apple Crunch Cheesecake Quesadilla: It's a quesadilla with apple pie filling, cream cheese filling and cinnamon toast crunch cereal. Cooked to golden brown and topped with whip cream, caramel and cinnamon toast crunch and caramel sauce. At Mexican Grill.

Brownie Waffle Stick: Sweet Belgian waffle baked around double chocolate brownie with white chocolate chips. Served on a stick, dusted with powdered sugar and drizzled with chocolate syrup. At Waffle Chix.

Bug Tacos: Made with real crickets and worms. Lets get this fiesta started! Find them at Exotic Meat Grill.

If you want to save some money, head to the fair on Crazy Grazin Day (Tuesday, August 6th) and save with select food and drink vendors.

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So, what did we miss? What do you love to do with your kids at the fair?


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