Central WA State Fair on a budget: what you can do for free

Central WA State Fair on a budget: what you can do for free

YAKIMA, Wash. -- The fair can sometimes be a place where people find themselves constantly swiping that debit card or handing over cash.

But, it doesn’t always have to be.

There’s a lot families can do without breaking the bank.

"Once you're through the gates, there's so many things you can see and do. We’ve got eight barns full of animals, we’ve got lots of baby animals, we’ve got baby pigs, baby calves, which is really cute. We’ve got Walk on the Wild Side," said Fair Spokesperson Rob Phillips.

Walk on the Wild Side is an animal exhibit that houses unwanted exotic species. People can walk through the exhibit and see animals like bobcats, tigers, and tortoises.

Phillips says it was important the fair offered a number of free things to do.

"We want people to be able to come to the fair and just have a great day and not have to spend a ton of money to be entertained." he said.

Another thing fair-goers wont find themselves shelling out money for? LEGOs. Located in the STEM building, families can stop by and make LEGO creations.

"We have LEGO mosaics, they can do some art. We have spin art and we have different activities with our LEGOs to give the kids something to do when they come in the building and have fun at the fair," said Andy Sauer, Director of Bricks 4 Kidz.

Bricks 4 Kidz provides after-school LEGO classes which focuses on STEM, using motorized LEGO models. He says they made it a point to offer free activities for kids at the fair because not enough are benefiting from hands-on learning.

"We just like providing it for the kids, so they can try it, and it's all hands-on. Kids don’t get enough hands-on activities anymore, and so everything we do is very hands on learning and its fun," said Sauer.

In the STEM building, kids can explore with different science equipment and take a picture against a shadow wall, which uses phosphorescent paint.

Throughout next weekend, there’ll be musical acts, magic shows, a petting zoo and more for families to enjoy for free.

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