courtesy MN State Fair
Of course we know children thrive on consistency and tradition, which is why we would never advocate skipping the seed art or the Giant Slide.
But kids also love to party. And part of the beauty of the Minnesota State Fair—summer’s 10-day going away party—is how it always shakes things up.
So after they drink their customary glass of milk at the All-You-Can-Drink Milk Stand, steer your brood over to these new kid-friendly attractions:
• The equine Freestyle Liberty Competition. “Horses without riders or restraint flaunt their moves to music, yearning for crowd-appeal points” says the press release. In other words, it’s a horse-breakdancing dance-off! Saturday, Aug. 30, 6 p.m. in the Warner Coliseum.
• The Northern Lakes Vaulters show. Not kidding—this is young people doing gymnastics on moving horses. Sunday, Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. in the Warner Coliseum.
• Bullriding. Not by you or your kids, but by 30 professionals. A palomino horse will jump a truck, too, because it’s a State Fair Tuesday in St. Paul. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Warner Coliseum.
• The Extreme Canines Stunt Dog Show will feature former “underdogs” rescued from pounds in a doggie triathlon that includes major air. Daily at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. in The North Woods.
• At the Eco Experience exhibit there will be an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the Largest Wad of Paper. (Our fourth-grader’s locker wasn’t enough?!) There’s also a terrific Nature Adventure Play Yard perfect for ages two through twelve. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m, in the Progress Center.
• Aaah, the miracle of moveable type at the Minnesota Newspaper Museum! The children can’t wait to Instagram it. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., (6 p.m. on Labor Day) at the main entrance of the 4-H Building.
• And new at the “Kidway”: mini bumper cars, mini Harley-Davidson bikes, mini monster trucks, and major meltdowns when the ride is over. (But you knew that was going to happen.)
Good luck out there.