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Surviving a state fair with kids | Managing toddler tantrums

Surviving State fair with kids. In association with State fair of Texas
Having just moved to the US, we’re so excited for our first ever fall. And fall brings the State Fair. So excited to witness a state fair for the first time and more so in the Dallas area! We’ve absolutely loved the experience and also had our fair share of baby drama. Read on!
If there is some that celebrates all things Texas, then it’s the State fair of Texas. Dallas’ signature event has been around since 1886, 24 day fair is spread over 270 acres and saw an average of 100,000 people a day!
Big Tex, the 55 ft tall with a 95 gallon cowboy hat and size 96 boots, is the official greeter and icon of the State fair of Texas since landing in the Big D in 1952.

Big Tex at State Fair of Texas
Big Tex

Here’s a few tips on going to the Fair with kids:

  • Getting there is pretty easy, even on weekends. They ensure ample parking space all around the fair park area. We entered from Gate 4 which was pretty convenient. Options: take DART or Uber.
  • Check out the daily schedule here. We visited on Sunday and it was really, no it was really not as crowded as people had warned us (yeah we’re from a country of over a billion people so we can handle some crowd).
  • Please plan your route in advance especially if you will have your kids there, it’s so easy to get carried away. Do check out these Guided itineraries. They are tailor made to suit your need.
Carousel at State fair of Texas
My favorite part at the fair – Carousel rides 🙂
  • Print out the map. There’s so many things to do for young kids, its fantastic!
  • Register at information stand and get ID bands, especially if you have young kids
  • Limit your visit to 3-4 hours and make sure they have napped before you get there
  • Carry a lot of snacks and water/ drinks for the kids while you dive in to corny dogs & Funnel cakes
  • Wear comfortable clothes & shoes & make sure you have extra pair of shoes & socks for the kids
  • Carry the stroller AND baby carrier. You would be surprised how often we had to alternate between the two
  • You can find baby care centers at the State fair of Texas from 9am to 7pm. They are great if you have infants & toddlers
Cranky baby at State fair of Texas
He clearly did not want to be in this pic
  • The kids will have a sensory overload when you are done. Prepare for the crazies after the fair. Head straight to a warm bath to calm their nerves with some essential oils. Read a detailed post here.
  • Head next over to this post by fellow Dallas blogger Camille Elena where she shares specific toddler friendly activities you can not miss!

The State fair of Texas closes on October 22nd so hurry up and make the most of the last few days! Can’t wait to get back there this weekend. So stay tuned for an updated post!

A family at State Fair of Texas
Thank you State Fair of Texas

You can read a detailed post on traveling with babies here.
Until next time,
This is sponsored by State Fair of Texas but all views are my own. 

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