Connecticut Kids Fair in Hartford, CT
2015 was the 11th Annual Connecticut Kids Fair, although I heard that in prior years it was called the Big Y Kids Fair. It’s held at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. I had never heard of this even before but an ad on Facebook said that Daniel Tiger would be there so we decided to make plans. Stink has been a HUGE fan of Daniel Tiger lately.
The CT Convention Center is conveniently located across the street from the CT Science Center so we parked in their garage to utilize our membership’s flat rate of $5 parking. The event was on the second floor and not busy at all when we arrived at 11 am. Tickets were $10 apiece for me and Brandon and $5 for Stink but she also got a ticket for a free ride of her choice which was a nice bonus.
Half of the convention center was filled with vendors of all types and the other half held various games and rides. Stink of course picked the carousel. The ride tickets were ridiculously priced at $3 each so we only let Stink ride once with her free ticket and then went back to the vendor section to see what everyone had to offer.
There was face painting, fire trucks, coloring stations, balloon animals, and the best vendor setup of all: train tables provided by Essex Steam train. Stink could have spent hours there if we had let her.
Aside from vendors and amusement rides the Kids Fair also had pony rides (indoors with the ponies walking on sheets of Astroturf), a petting zoo with alpacas, sheep and pygmy goats and a performance stage. Anna and Elsa made an appearance while we were there with an off-key but enthusiastic rendition of “Let it Go”.
The Verdict: The Connecticut Kids Fair was a fun day out and Stink had a blast but I’m not sure it will be one of those annual things we keep on our radar. The best thing about it is the fact that it’s held in January which makes it a great alternative to outside attractions that are too cold to visit. The price is about the same for any other day trip we take; we spent $30 total, but we also skipped the rides and didn’t eat at the expensive cafe there.
When To Go: The fair is only open from 10 to 5 during just one weekend in January. We arrived an hour after they opened and there was barely anyone there!
Other Tips and Tricks: If you have a membership to the CT Science Center then just park across the street to take advantage of the discount parking.
Child Friendly? The fair has something for children of all ages but older kids will be able to enjoy the rides, rock walls and bounce houses more than toddlers like Stink.
Pet Friendly? No