The Spring Fair is back with kid-friendly activities for all ages
The lure of cotton candy, farm animals, carnival games and thrilling rides was enough to get my little crew excited for a trip to the 2022 Spring Fair. There were so many kid-friendly activities at the spring fair it was hard not to have fun!
This was our first time making the drive to Puyallup (it’s about 45 minutes from Seattle) and it didn’t disappoint. From the parking lot, you can smell the delicious fried aromas of Fair Trade food and hear the happy laughter of children as they whistle and spin through the air on various colorful rides. From the moment we got out of the car, we were smiling ear to ear.
The 2022 Spring Fair is open April 14-16 and April 21-24, but will be closed on Easter Sunday April 17.
From the highway, easily follow the signs to the parking areas. We parked in the blue parking lot on Meridian St. S., but there is a green parking lot that leads visitors to an entrance closest to SillyVille. For me, a mother towing two toddlers in a wagon, I wish I had parked there.
Speaking of wagons. We strongly recommend a stroller or trolley for your trip. We barely packed ours (lesson learned!). The fairgrounds are expansive (Washington State Fair Events Center encompasses over 169 acres), so expect the little ones to pop out. I think a few meltdowns have been avoided by having a toddler sized transportation handy.
Don’t worry about parking strollers or carts. There are many places near major attractions that have been designated as “stroller parking”.
We were expecting big crowds and long lines, but on a Thursday it wasn’t too bad. I imagine the weekends will attract more people, so if you’re hoping to avoid the crowds, a weekday might suit your family better. On Thursdays, children enter for free! We just got lucky.
Best places for toddlers: Sillville
My kids loved SillyVille! With so many child-friendly activities to do, carefully curated for the little fair-goers, we spent most of our day in and around SillyVille at the Spring Fair – doing rides for kids aged over less than 32 inches, visit the farm and take turns on the tractors.
Whatever your little one’s fun, you’re likely to find a ride that will bring them joy. Trains, fire trucks, spaceships, bears – they have it all! You literally can’t miss the giant slide. Get ready to spin, slide and say “choo, choo” in SillyVille.
Face painting is free for kids, but you’ll probably have to wait a bit. It was a popular attraction when we were there. You’ll see plenty of kiddos adorning unicorns and trains on their cheeks. We skipped the queues at SillyVille and paid for face paint at another stand near the main door.
If you’re a short tike doesn’t quite meet the height requirements for rides in SillyVille, The Farm located just outside the station on your right and makes a great stop. The farm is an adorable hands-on experience that lets kids be a farmer for a day.
When you enter, your child will receive a box lunch. Ride through interactive stations and learn about Washington’s food and agriculture industry. You will meet a cow named Mabel and even have the chance to drive a combine harvester. My kids loved picking up fruit at the various stations. When you return your lunch box, you get a prize (Shhhh…don’t tell your kid, but it’s fruit leather). On the farm there is also a playground, so it is a great place to spend some extra time.
The Just Farm
After the farm, you can ride a tractor tricycle (helmets are provided) or ride to the fairground farm. If your kids love farm animals as much as I do, you’ll spend a lot of time there too. Stroll through the rows of plush farm creatures and get your hands on the petting zoo. Kids can pet bunnies, goats, llamas and even baby chicks! Don’t forget to wash your hands.
Even more to see: KidsZone
After exploring all that SillyVille has to offer, don’t worry, there are more fun attractions to explore!
KidsZone is another great space for toddlers. Located in the Pavilion, it is an entire building dedicated to children. The exhibits in the KidsZone change depending on the week, so why not go twice?
From April 14 to 16, children can be master gardeners and plant their own seeds. From April 21 to 24, LEGO and STEM activities will delight your little builders.
For even more animal fun, head to the Expo Hall. The exhibit presents an exciting spectacle that teaches all about the creatures that inhabit the jungle. We missed this one, but it looks like a fun show!
If you are looking for more activities or rides, be sure to take a ride on the antique carousel. It has been a staple of the fair since 1923! Located near the Gold Gate, this was my kids favorite ride of the day.
For the older ones
If you’re looking for rides aimed at older kids, you’ll probably spend a lot of time in ThrillVille. It bears its name well. The rides are high-flying and belly-spinning. For a ride not for the faint of heart, Extreme Scream will get your heart pumping. The tower launches the riders 20 floors before descending again.
Rides and games require tickets (each ride requires approximately 9-13 tickets). Tickets are valid for any ThrillVille or SillyVille rides or games. For ticket packages and discounts, visit the website.
Other exhibits and attractions include a selfie experience. The immersive exhibit requires two things: a phone and smiling faces. Find the pink dots located on the floor throughout the space for optimal Instagram-worthy photos. The amazing art exhibits are really interesting. They feature unicorns, popular TV and pop culture references, and larger-than-life food. Honestly, I was surprised how much my kids enjoyed the experience.
Monster truck show
Want a slightly more full throttling experience? The Monster Truck Show, produced by Malicious Monster Truck Tour, is likely to be a hit for monster truck enthusiasts or little ones who love roaring engines. Check dates and times before you go! Tickets can be purchased online.
what to eat
Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of the mouth-watering booths at the fair. There is a food for every palate. Ice cream, donuts, fries, burgers, tacos, BBQ, the list goes on. We really enjoyed the funnel cake and extreme fries. You can find almost anything, fried, dipped, dipped or roasted at the fair. Here is a list of all the tasting offers at the Spring Fair.
Step up and win a prize! As you browse the rows of vendors and exhibits, you can’t miss the giant stuffed animals hanging from the game stalls. To play fair games, you will need to purchase tickets. Ride and game tickets can be purchased in bulk for greater savings. We got a pass for six rides or games and had to go back for more.
My kids loved the water gun games. They deftly aimed their water guns at the red target and watched their ducks soar towards the winning bell. We brought home a plush llama in the colors of the rainbow that we named Rainby. If you don’t have the fastest water gun in the Pacific Northwest, don’t go too low. There are many places to buy stuffed animals and inflatable figures.
Know before you go!
- Washington State Spring Fair: Location: Washington State Fair Events Center: 110 9th Ave SW Puyallup, WA 98371
- Spring Fair 2022 cost: Buy tickets online at a slightly reduced price and save time at the door. If you buy tickets at the admission counters, add one dollar to the ticket price below.
On Thursdays and Fridays, general admission tickets are $12. Children 6-12 are $10. Children 5 and under are free. On weekends, general admission tickets are $14. Children 6-12 are $11. Children 5 and under are free.
- Free admission is available on select days: Friday, April 15 is Military Appreciation Day. Free admission for all active, reserve, and retired military and National Guardsmen and their dependents, and veterans with disabilities. Be sure to bring a valid military ID to any gate at the fair.
- On Thursday April 21, children from 0 to 18 years old have free admission.
Parking: free on Thursday, April 14 and 21. From Friday to Sunday, parking costs $12.
Opening hours: Thursday April 14: 2 pm – 10 pm, Friday April 15 and Saturday April 16 10 am – 10 pm, Thursday April 21 2 pm – 10 pm, Friday April 22 and Saturday April 23 10 am – 10 pm, Sunday April 24 10 am – 8 pm
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