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Food is the driving force that gets me out the door and to just about any street fair, carnival, neighborhood block party or festival. I can’t really say the same for my kids. Ty sleeps through everything still. Dek just wants to run around. He hasn’t quite grasped the concept that summer fairs mean fried food, which is a delicious and sought after thing.
Don’t worry. He’ll learn. I am his mother after all.
As I continue along the same vein as last week’s International Festival post I thought I would pull together a few things to remember when it comes to attending a street fair with your kids. Our backdrop will be the Ballard Seafood Fest that I attended while my sister and her family were in town. Some are common sense, others I had a little fun with.
- Invite your friends and family to join you
- Bring cash for food and trinkets. Not everyone has one of those nifty iPhone credit card scanners.
- Pack a stroller for when little legs get tired. After eating a corn dog you will not want to lift your child.
- Have plenty of water on hand
- Taste as much fair food as possible. I recommend the fried Twinkie for your yearly cardiac clogging treat (check back tomorrow for my report on my first taste.)
- Take pictures with goofy props
- Stop and watch a few street performers
- Split your time between adult interests (arts and craft shopping) and kid fun (bubbles and bouncy houses) wisely. No one needs to be bored at a street festival
- Find the main stage, grab your kid(s) and dance.
- Throw a change of clothes in the car. Lots of sticky food, grass, dirt and paint will make a mess of your car. If there is a water activity, or even a fountain, forget it, you will have a soaked kid in no time.
- Locate the nearest bathroom if you have kids, especially ones who are potty training, or you are pregnant.
- Don’t expect too much from your excursion. Just go and have fun no matter how much you get to see and do.
- Don’t anticipate riding every carnival ride with toddlers and babies in tow. If one parent has to ride the roller coaster that just came off the back of a truck then park the other parent with a funnel cake on a bench with the kids.
- Don’t stand next to the speakers at the main stage, especially if you are holding your baby. Not good for those little ears. Plus it wakes them up from their nap. Yes, I’ve made that mistake.
- Don’t worry if the kids get dirty. It’s OK to get dirty. That’s what being a kid is all about.
- Don’t eat too much fried food. Just trust me on this one. It won’t end well.
What are YOUR dos and don’ts when at a local fair?
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written by Keryn Means