There’s no better place to be a kid than the Iowa State Fair!

Whether it’s jumping into a hands-on Blue Ribbon Kids activity, pretending to be a farmer at Little Hands on the Farm or whirling on a ride, the Fair has enough kid-friendly activities to keep families busy all 11 days!

Interactive learning at Little Hands on the Farm

Blue Ribbon Kids' Club

Blue Ribbon Kids', the Fair's special club for ages 10 and under, allows children to experience the Fair from a unique perspective. Blue Ribbon Kids' members will get a rare glimpse at the heart of the Iowa State Fair and become part of the action during special kids' club activities. Blue Ribbon Kids' Club members not only get a hands-on Fair experience but will receive a birthday card and a quarterly newsletter after signing up.

Any questions please contact ewynn@iowastatefair.org.

Kids' Club Membership Form

2019 Kids’ Club Events

Thursday, August 8 – Make and Take Backpack Day at Kids’ Club - 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. – Kids’ Club members will have the chance to color their very own Blue Ribbon Kids' Club Backpack!   

Friday, August 9 – Fishy Fun Day at Kids’ Club - 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. – Have you ever wondered how to cast a fishing pole or what fish are native to Iowa?  Learn those things and more about fish and fishing safety from our friends at the Iowa DNR!                       

Monday, August 12 – It’s Midwest Dairy Day at Kids’ Club - 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. – Come and meet the Midwest Dairy Princesses and Ambassadors as they lead you through a very dairy journey!  Kids will learn how their favorite beverage gets from the farm to their plate in this interactive activity!

Tuesday, August 13 – Curtain Call Kids Day at Kids’ Club - 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. – Curtain Call Kids offers acting and theater classes, along with camps, and on August 13, they will bring those skills to Kids’ Club!  Come meet Kar and learn about blocking (the movement on the stage) and play some fun theater games!  This will be a fun and interactive day!  Come out and put your best acting skills to the test!           

Wednesday, August 14 – Rainbow Gardens and Fresh Snacks Day at Kids’ Club - 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. – Fruits and veggies help us grow strong and healthy.  They also taste great and add color and fun to our meal.  Did you know that different colored fruit and veggies help us in different ways?  Red fruits and veggies help keep our heart strong!  You will learn these things and more, during Rainbow Gardens and Fresh Snacks day at the Kids’ Club. 

Thursday, August 15 – Goat Yoga Day at Kids’ Club - 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. – What is better than a baby goat?  Add in learning some fun yoga moves, and you will have yourself the first ever, Kids’ Club Goat Yoga Day!  Get your camera ready for this overload of cuteness!                       

Friday, August 16 - My Family’s Pig Farm Book Day at Kids’ Club - 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. – Our friends from the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation will have their book My Family’s Pig Farm to read and give away to Kids’ Club members.  Come and see how Caeden, a farm boy from Iowa, takes care of the pigs on his family farm.  Be sure to stay for a pig picture!  

Blue Ribbon Kids' Club
Saturday Meet and Greets

Meet and Greet with the Iowa State Fair Police Department
Saturday, August 10
10 a.m. at the Fun Forest Stage
Here is your chance to meet a hero!  Find out how the Iowa State Fair Police keep you and your family safe.

Meet and Greet Breakfast with Iowa State Fair Butter Sculptor - Sarah Pratt
Saturday, August 17
10 a.m. at the Fun Forest Stage
What is “butter” than eating breakfast with Sarah Pratt - the woman who sculpts the world-famous Iowa State Fair Butter Cow!  This is sure to be “butter” than any other breakfast at the Fair.  You may just get the chance to sculpt your very own block of butter!

Team ISF

Team ISF is a volunteer based program for youth, ages 11-15, who are interested in becoming more actively involved in the inner workings of the Iowa State Fair. Team members will not only have the option of assisting with the various programs and departments that make the Iowa State Fair one of the most acclaimed Fairs in the nation but while volunteering they will obtain points that turn into prizes ranging from a Team ISF water bottle to a sweatshirt to Grandstand concert tickets. Membership is completely FREE!

Fill out your membership form and return it to:

Team ISF
Iowa State Fair
PO Box 57130
Des Moines, IA 50317-0003

or email it to ewynn@iowastatefair.org

Team ISF Membership Form

Vet Camp & Advanced Vet Camp

It's the chance of a lifetime!

Vet Camp is an educational, exciting, hands-on learning program aimed at encouraging 4th - 7th graders to learn about animal health, welfare and what it is like to be an animal doctor. 

Advanced Vet Camp is for 8th - 12th grade who have an interest in Veterinary Medicine. This two-hour program will focus on both large and small animal veterinary medicine along with information on attending vet school.

The two-hour long programs focus on both large and small animal veterinary medicine. Vet Camp and Advanced Vet Camps are FREE with paid Fair admission. Spaces are limited and fill up fast!  Vet Camp and Advanced Vet Camp are full for 2019. Contact Emily Wynn at ewynn@iowastatefair.org or 515.401.1544 with questions or to be placed on a waiting list.

2019 Vet Camp & Advanced Vet Camp Brochure

Little Hands on the Farm

Located in Kids Zone, Little Hands on the Farm teaches children the importance of agriculture and how it affects their daily lives in a fun and interactive way. Children ages 2 to 10 become farmers at this free, hands-on exhibit. Children obtain a gathering basket and proceed along a path that includes a garden, grain bin, apple orchard, chicken coop, tractor shed, sheep barn and dairy barn. After gathering particular items along the way they get the chance to sell these items at the Little Hands on the Farm Farmers’ Market for a Little Hands dollar to spend at the Grocery Store for such items as a piece of fruit, a granola bar or an ice cream sandwich. 

Little Hands on the Farm Map

KIDS' COLORING CONTEST

Kids, show off your artistic talents by entering the Coloring Contest!   Separate contest divisions are available for youth ages 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  There's even an Anything Goes Division where you can show your creativity by adding other materials to your coloring sheet. Rules apply for all divisions; see rules and entry forms for more information.  Entry deadline is July 29.

Coloring Contest

Rules and Entry Form

3-4 Year Olds Coloring Page

5-6 Year Olds Coloring Page

7-8 Year Olds Coloring Page

9-10 Year Olds Coloring Page

Anything Goes Coloring Page

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Coloring Contest

Rules and Entry Form

Intellectual and Developmental Coloring Page