Iowa State Fair

Kid Friendly Activities

There's no better place to be a kid! 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!

Kid Friendly Activities at the Iowa State Fair


AgOvation is a research-based competition that challenges teams of two to five 7th through 12th graders to explore and develop innovative science-based solutions to agricultural problems that they identify in their own communities. Members of the top three teams at the state level will receive scholarships to be used toward the college, university or accredited trade school of their choosing.

Interested in learning more?

Visit https://www.extension.iastate.... or contact Maya Hayslett at

Kid-Friendly Activities at Home

Kids can still stay involved with the Iowa State Fair, even from home! Find coloring pages, a lesson plan and more below!

    Find Kid Friendly Activities!

    Coloring Pages

    Download an Iowa State Fair Historical Lesson Plan to learn more about the Fair's rich history.

    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 virtual birthday card and a monthly e-newsletter after signing up.

    Any questions, please contact

    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! 

    Sign ups will open May 1, 2021. Contact Emily Wynn at or 515.401.1544 with questions.

    2021 Vet Camp Brochure

    Vet Camp

    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