Make no bones about it, fun at the fair can often hit your wallet hard.
"The fair is expensive, but it is a lot of fun," says Gianna Kordatzky, one of the authors behind the Family Fun Twin Cities website
. "You really do need a game plan."Want to have a good fair experience without breaking the bank? A few ideas:-Stick to the northern end of the fairgrounds
: Home to the Baldwin Park Family Fair, kids and their parents can play in Alphabet Forest, the Giant Sandbox, or the Math on a Stick area. They can learn from exhibits in the Eco Experience, climb on National Guard equipment, see a Northwoods Dog show, or go on the Boy Scouts ropes course. All of these activities are free.-Go on a scavenger hunt
: Many of the exhibit buildings, like the Fine Arts building, offer a game or scavenger hunt to engage children.-Go early:
Not only can you beat the crowds, but often there are early bird discounts on the Mighty Kidway.-Make a list and stick to it:
Like with any financial decision, make a list of what is most important and then let your priorities guide you.
"I have a list full of things I want to try this year," says Kordatzky. "When I look around and see something has a fee to it, I’m like there are other free things I don’t need to do that."
Shannon Slatton, firstname.lastname@example.org
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