by Lara For years I have noticed the small fairs that pop up around the city in the summers... the traveling fairs with the midway rides. And I admit, I wondered who went to them. I'm sure it stems from the fact that rides nauseate me so I have no personal interest in them.
Last year, when Kiernan was almost 3 we decided to check one out though - and he loved it! He didn't stop talking about it for months in fact! So this year, when one popped up near our house we headed out again, and at almost 4 it was a blast!
We bought him the $20 bracelet that gave him unlimited access to the rides, something that never would have occurred to me if my friend hadn't done it first. After that, the kids were off. Round and round the mirror/glass house and the climbing slide house (those are the technical terms, I'm sure! :)
The operators of the rides were really nice about letting parents go in to help the kids if things were difficult without any extra cost (even getting to ride the bumper cars!) - although I'm not sure that's true of every fair.
I don't have a schedule of traveling fairs of course, but if you were like me and weren't sure whether they were worth taking young kids to - they are! Keep your eyes open, or hit the bigger fairs (Navan, Gloucester, the Ex, Victoria day, etc) Maybe I'll see you there!