Toddler Fun at the Howard County Fair!

Howard County Fair

Do you live in the Baltimore-DC Area? Are you looking for some great end-of-summer family fun that is great for toddlers and really, kids of all ages? Check out the Howard County Fair.


The 2014 Howard County Fair opened on Saturday, August 2nd and runs through Saturday, August 9th. We took Sweet Pea to the fair this past Saturday and had a blast. There are all kinds of toddler-friendly activities at the fair.



The Kids and Critters Barn is tons of hands-on fun. Kids can get up close to a miniature horse, donkey, sheep, Sassafras the pig, and chickens. Kids can pet or feed baby rabbits, baby chicks, ducklings, jackrabbits, and goats.


In addition to the animals, the Kids and Critters Barn has numerous play activities including coloring pages, ride-on toys, small rocking horses, and fun sensory play experiences such as the corn pit. Sweet Pea had a blast!


After having a blast playing with the animals, it was time to eat! The Howard County Fair has the usual yummy fair food- hotdogs, pulled pork, fried oreos- you know, they stuff you would never touch anywhere else. You can also pick up some local produce. It’s tomato season… time to indulge!


We finished the morning with a few rides. There are about half a dozen toddler-friendly rides at the Howard County Fair. Sweet Pea is a big fan of carousels, so that was a given. She also rode the toddler ATV and the flying bananas. Hey, it was the fair… live a little! After that? Yeah, the temper tantrums started. It was time for a nap and we headed home. We did have a blast though and I imagine you would too!

The fair runs the rest of this week. If you go, here are some additional details:

Admission: $5 (10 years old and up); $2 (Seniors)

Where? Howard County Fairgrounds: 2210 Fairground Road, West Friendship, MD 21794

When? 8AM-11PM. Kids and Critters Barn is open 1030AM-830PM (with a break from 2-4PM)


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  1. Local fairs are so interesting to families, no matter what the age of the kids. Plus, they are affordable and more to do than any one person can accomplish with just one visit. Yours is a great suggestion, and timely.