It’s almost Spring Fair time! As I’ve mentioned before, I actually prefer the Spring Fair to the big one. It’s just less busy and has more old-fashioned fun. Plus, the traffic doesn’t get snarled up for weeks…..there, I said it.
Here are my best tips for making the most of your Spring Fair going:
Admission Deals- Go on Thursday–unless you’re in the military
Thursday is opening day and kids are free from 2PM-10PM with a suggested food donation thanks to BECU (kids 5 and under are always free). You can also get the ride saver deal on Thursday without a coupon, which gives you any 6 rides or games for 16.00, not including the roller coaster and the extreme scream.
You can get discounted adult tickets at Fred Meyer and Safeway if you buy in advance, or if you didn’t recycle that blue envelope of ValPak coupons, there was one in there for a whopping 1.00 off. If you have an Entertainment book, there may be a Bogo coupon that is an even better deal (I don’t have an Entertainment book this year, so if someone can confirm that, please weigh in).
While it’s too late for this year, next year consider scoring free admission by having your kids participate in a contest (I mentioned these last month), or consider volunteering to help with your school or organization’s booth (also a great way to save on entry in the Fall).
If you can’t make it on Thursday, do one of the options above for your tickets, or if you have school age kids, they should have brought home a coupon for 2.00 off their admission. If you’re in the military, your best deal is probably Friday, which is free day for members of the military and their dependents.
Ride Deals- Get The, “Ride and Game Saver,” Pack. If your kids are little enough, you can probably just skip these and save yourself some cash. If they’re old enough to know about rides, this is your best bet. You can get this deal on Thursday without a coupon. Any other day, you’ll need the coupon. You’ll get one if you buy admission tickets in advance, or if your kids are school age, last year one came home in my guys’ folders.f there is no way they’re going to settle for just six rides, there are other options, but I’d make them pay for some of it themselves-cha ching!
Entertainment Deals- Check out the Kids’ Zone
The Spring Fair has a whole pavillion of mostly free fun, including face painting, a reptile show, science exhibits, and more. There are also tons of contest exhibits at the Spring Fair, all of which are free to check out. AND
Check out the animals and the live entertainment
Again, it’s all free, and seriously-what’s cuter than a bunch of baby animals? Besides your baby, of course! You can see the Daily Schedule here.
Food Deals- Eat Before You Go-Not to be a total grinch, but here’s what’s going to get you. If you can avoid going hungry, you will save yourself a ton of money. My husband always has to get a bag of scones. It pretty much doubles the cost of the outing, but they are tasty!
Deals for Military Families- If you’re in the military, go on Friday when your admission and that of your dependents is free with a current, valid i.d.
Parking Deals-Parking? Parking for the Spring Fair is always free. Yippee!
Deals to the Monster Truck Show or Demotion Derby-Replace this TextIf you’re interested in taking the kids to the Monster Truck show in conjunction with the fair, it’s on Groupon now. For 22.00 you get two adult tickets (includes fair admission) to your choice of the Monster Truck show or Demolition Derby. Now, the regular, advance purchase child’s ticket is cheaper than this, so you would only want to get the Groupon for the grown-ups. Then, purchase for the kids and follow the directions on the Groupon asap for redemption-making sure to let someone know via phone or email, that you need to be seated together. If that sounds like way too much work to save a few bucks, you can also just purchase tickets through the fair, of course. Do try and do it before the 18th to save at least a little.
Go here if you want to check out the Monster Truck/Slam Fest Groupon.
Got a great tip for making the most of the Spring Fair? Think I’m nuts in preferring it to the big one? Leave a comment and let me know! For more fair info, see Thefair.com