Big Fun at the California State Fair


By Alyssa Green

Hold on to your hats my friends because you are in for some “big fun” at the 2011 California state Fair. “The Fun Just Got Bigger” begins this Thursday, July 14th and continues through July 31st.  With plenty of deals, here’s the lowdown on how to make the most of your time and money (munchkins in tow) at this years big event.

Kids will love, love love the Big Bug Exhibit.  Featuring gigantic robotic insects, this indoor attraction includes a praying mantis, caterpillar, lady bug, fighting beetles, and more that move just like real life.  There are interactive areas and photo opportunities for everyone.  Entrance is free with fair admission.

Older kids will enjoy the Extreme Zone where they can see the Freestyle Motorcross competition, take a ride in a real Monster truck ($5 additional) and meet popular break dancers and local performing artists in Studio 102.

Other fun areas for kids include “California Ranchland,” a miniature dude ranch for kids; Kids Park, a special area for families with plenty of rides, games and hands-on activities; “Kangaroo Joey’s Big Adventure where you can meet a Kangaroo, Emu, and porcupine, all while traveling 4 different continents.  And of course, don’t forget to stop by the livestock pavilion to see the animals including the livestock nursery.

There is something fun for the entire family at this year’s State Fair.  For a list of fun things for adults, check out the fair website here.

Kids Days – every Tuesday admission for kids 12 and under is FREE, and rides are just $1 each.    Celebrate  Poppy’s birthday (our state fair mascot) on Tuesday, July 19th and catch the kids talent show on Tuesday, July 26th.

Free Rides For Reading – kids in grades k-8 get 2 FREE rides for reading 2 books.  You must fill out a Read to Ride form and bring it with you to the fair to redeem your ride passes.

Subway Savings Days –  Get a free fair admission ticket when you purchase and Unlimited Rides Wristband at Subway.  Hurry on this deal, it expires in just 2 day, July 13th.

100 Golden Deals – the State Fair’s ultimate coupon book can be purchased for just $5 and gives you coupons worth over $3,000.00 on food and shopping.  Definitely worth the price.

Poppy Pack – For $39.95 receive 4 admission tickets, 4 rides and 1 parking pass.  Presale only.

Unlimited Ride Wristband – You and your kiddos can ride everything over and over again with this wristband, just $28.00 per person.

State Fair Season Pass – Good for unlimited admission into the State Fair and Raging Waters Waterpark.  $29.99 per person


One thought on “Big Fun at the California State Fair

  1. Thank you for the great information! This will reallyhelp us plan a fun day with the kids at the fair!

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