Iowa State Fair: For the Kids

Iowa State Fair: For the Kids

Iowa State Fair 2019: For the Kids


Mark your calendars for the legendary Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. Here is a list of things to do with kids, where to find discounted tickets and tips before you go!

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The Iowa State Fair offers Thrill Parks. Thrill Parks consists of Thrill Ville, Thrill Town, and Thrill Zone..

  • Thrill Ville: This includes the newest, fastest and most thrilling rides. This will be located between the Grandstand and Ye Old Mill.
  • Thrill Town: These rides are perfect for little fairgoers and their families. There will even be stroller parking available. The rides are kid friendly, fun and clean. It will be located east of Gate 10 and directly north of the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center Lawn. This is perfect so you do not have to navigate through the larger Thrill Park areas.
  • Thrill Zone: These rides are for those seeking breathtaking and heart-stopping rides. This is located on the southwest corner of the Fairgrounds.


Enjoy STEM Day at the fair on Sunday, August 18. It is a fun and interactive day and is held on Extreme Sunday which is the lowest priced day of the Iowa State Fair. STEM DAY is hosted by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and the day is filled with hands-on activities centered around science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Meet on the Grand Concourse where all ages can experience hands-on STEM activities, watch STEM stage acts, and complete a checklist along the way to win cool prizes.






 . Thrill Town opens at 9 a.m.








Take a look at a giant list of festivals and carnivals happening in central Iowa this summer.

Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

3 thoughts on “Iowa State Fair: For the Kids

  1. Diane Stadtlander says:

    You forgot children’s hill!! Shows and activities and playground with the train and regular playground. Art attack in the Cultural building with pottery, beads, painting and much more.

  2. oh yes!! I did forget. I will add that now. Thank you!

  3. Jennifer Doyle says:

    We are coming from California to visit my inlaws and they are taking us to the fair. I have a 7 month old and 3 1/2 year old. Should I bring my double stroller? Seems like a lot of walking for a toddler…also, what is parking like? Is it far to walk? Thanks!

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