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Kids Zone

The Kids Zone is a relatively new feature at the Greater Grand Forks Fair. It was added to feature some of the fun and activities available for our younger guests, and put many of them in one place so parents can get a chance to stay put for a little while. All of these features are included in our regular Gate Fee, which is $5 for ages 7 and above or free for ages 6 and under. We call it our Kids Zone, but it is more of a place for the entire family to enjoy some time at the Fair.

The Kids Zone is located in the large metal building beside the East gate to the Fair. The building opens when the Fair opens and closes at approximately 10 pm Wednesday through Saturday, 6 pm on Sunday. An ATM is located just inside the door in the Kids Zone in case you need some cash for the Gate Fee or some of our great Fair Food located nearby.
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Rock and Rest Tent

The Rock and Rest tent is located just on the west side of the Kids Zone building. It is a tent set up for mothers with babies or young children to escape the crowds for a few minutes. There is a section set aside for changing babies. There is also a section set up just to relax for a few minutes if your child needs to catch their breath. The Fair office and our EMTs are nearby if anything more is needed. Please enjoy the Fair, but feel free to take a break from the excitement if you need to.
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Piles of Smiles Face Painting

Miranda from Piles of Smiles will be back again to paint faces of young Fair goers. Piles of Smiles have been providing face painting for our Fair goers for many years. Miranda does a great job of painting unique designs, and is wonderful with the children. The face painting hours are included on the daily schedule pages for each day. There are often long lines for the face painting, so they do sometimes need to limit the line toward the end of the day so that Miranda can finish at the proper time.
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Kidz Science Safari

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The Kids Science Safari is one of our Grounds Entertainment acts. They provide up to 14 hands on activities for grade school and middle school aged youth. The activities are all science based activities. The Safari has been put together by the University of Texas. More information is also available on the Grounds Entertainment page.
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West Texas Rattlesnakes

Rattlesnake Dave and the West Texas Rattlesnakes will be located in the Kids Zone on Saturday and Sunday of Fair Week. Dave will put on 3 shows each day, and have the rattlesnakes available for viewing throughout the day on both days. Dave has been working with rattlesnakes for more than 25 years. He will teach a little bit about rattlesnakes, and show what they can do. All rattlesnakes will remain behind glass walls throughout the day.
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Miss Bows Messy Mania

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Holly Kennedy from Miss Bows Messy Mania has been providing activities for some of our youngest guests for several years. Many of these activities are similar to the activities in the Kidz Science Safari, but are set up for the younger ages. They teach youth a little bit about how science works while being fun for the kids. The Messy Mania will be open during the normal hours of the Kids Zone.
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Coloring Wall

The coloring wall returns for a 2nd year at the Greater Grand Forks Fair. The mural is provided by the University of North Dakota ? Program and staffed with students from the program. The mural provides younger guests a chance to work on a group project and have some fun while parents get a little chance to catch their breath. The wall is available during hours the building is open. Stop by and let your kids add their art abilities to the Coloring Wall.
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Live Music

We have a small stage set up inside the Kids Zone for local performers. Solo artists and even some small groups will be scheduled throughout the day for every day of the Fair. The music provides background for all of the activities going on in the Kids Zone. It is also great entertainment if you just want to take a break as you wander the Fair, or if your kids are busy with one of the activities available in the Zone. We will try to keep the schedule of performers current on our daily Fair schedule pages.
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