Fairgoers 12 and younger are admitted free on the two Tuesdays the Fair is open in 2016, June 21 and June 28. Kids' Day features entertainment and contests that are loads of fun for our youngest guests.
This is information from the 2016 San Diego County Fair.
Please check back next spring, when we will have information on this event for the 2017 Fair!
Students 12 and younger who read 10 books can complete the Reading Certificate and receive free admission to the Fair!
Enter a contest!
The Fair has many one-day contests just for kids, with ribbons, applause and sometimes cash prizes for participants and winners. Some require same-day registration; others are contests you can enter on the spot!
Taste of the Fair — small portions for $3.00
Kids and adults alike will enjoy this popular promotion at the more than 100 Fair food booths. Smaller portions of popular food items will be available for just $3.00. Perfect for smaller appetites, or for those who want to eat their way through the Fair! June 21 and 28, from the time the Fair opens through 5:00PM. Stop by one of our Information Booths to see a list of what's being offered.
2016 Taste of the Fair offerings [PDF document will open in a new window]
Kids' Meal Deal
Look for the Kids' Meal Deal signs throughout the Fair at participating food booths. The $5.99 meal includes an entrée, side dish, and drink, plus a child's admission (with paid adult admission) to several local attractions.
Family Funville, located in the racetrack infield, has lots of fun things that kids will enjoy, such as Kids Zone rides and games, the Creative Youth exhibit, animal shows, magic shows and magic lessons, and much more.
Kids love bugs, so on Kids' Day, we'll have lots of ways that kids can interact with insects (June 21 and 28 unless otherwise noted).
Bug Bar Tasting: New for 2016 is our California Grown Exhibit, which shows what agriculture was like in the past, what it's like today, and how it might be in the future. One way we might get our protein is by eating bugs. Sounds a bit yucky, but kids (and adults) brave enough to try one will earn a button that says they ate a bug at the Fair. 11:00AM-12:30PM, 2:00-2:30PM and 5:00-5:30PM in the California Grown Exhibit.
Butterfly Free Flight House: See the beauty of butterflies as they flitter around you. If you're lucky, one might even land on you! All day until 5:00PM at The Farm in Family Funville
Bugs Good and Bad Presentation: Which bugs help us, and which ones don't? Learn the difference at this presentation! 1:30PM in the California Grown Exhibit.
Bugs In Your Garden: Gardeners of all ages will appreciate this discussion of bugs and how they affect your plants. 2:30PM (June 21 only) at the Paul Ecke Jr. Flower and Garden Show Stage.
Ladybug Talk/Release: Who doesn't love a ladybug? Learn more about them, and then enjoy the mass release of these little helpers. 3:00PM at The Farm in Family Funville and 4:00PM in the Children's Garden in the Paul Ecke Jr. Garden Show.