San Mateo County Fair - Kid's Activities




Free Activities Galore – Once you are in the Fair all these activities are free!

The San Mateo County Fair is a perfect family outing, we are the one-stop family fun day.  We offer families and kids so many activities and attractions, it takes more than one day to see them all.

We have listed some highlights for you!

San Mateo County Fair Farm

San Mateo County Fair Farm

Come visit the Farm – see animals raised on local San Mateo County Farms entered into the Fair for Ribbons and Prizes by our 4-H participants and Future Farmers of America.  From rabbits, turkeys and chickens to lambs, pigs, goats and steers.  See all the barn animals in at the Farm.
Petting Zoo

Ag Adventures Petting Zoo

From the familiar to the exotic. Kids of all ages from young to old love to experience the petting zoo – provided by is a small fee for feed.
Brazilian Rain Forrest

Brazilian Rain Forest

For nearly three decades, Pacific Animal Productions has been dedicated to conserving wildlife and endangered species while educating people about the wonders of wildlife. We incorporate "edu-tainment" into our presentations to engage the audience and give them a safe environment to see, touch and learn about a monkey, fox, parrot, hedgehog, alligator, snakes, bugs and more!
Chinese Acrobats of Hebei

Chinese Acrobats of Hebei

We are delighted to host the Acrobats of Hebei China.  Rigorously trained, superbly skilled and highly accomplished acrobatic troupe.  They are talented and disciplined athletes who have entertained the world by performing an awe-inspiring spectacle leaving audiences amazed and delighted.  Times TBD.

Gossamer Magic Show

Gossamer Magic

Monday and Tuesday June 11th and 12th performances at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Gossamer has made numerous television appearances, including 4 French television shows in Montreal and three invitations to Spanish TV's largest network, Univision Television. Peter was also featured in the U.S.A. on the popular national television special NBC's “World's Greatest Magic” as well as “Regis and Kathie.  Gossamer will bring show stopping illusion and magic, guaranteed to entertain kids and adults!


Capt'n Jack Spareribs

Capt'n Jack Spareribs is THE Pirate.

Not just a Jack Sparrow impersonator but a pirate performer!

In fact a whole pirate act... Juggler, magician and ventriloquist! Not to mention dangerous illusions.

A true family show full that is perfect for pirate parties of all kinds.

Whether on stage or close up and strolling through the crowd, Captain Jack is always entertaining.


Visit our Family Fun Zone – Located in our Event Pavilion off the Central Mall



A contemporary art form created by Sacramento artist Danny Scheible. First attracted to masking tape because of its versatile, accessible, and malleable nature. TAPIGAMI is designed to engage and educate artists of all ages.
Super Science - the Original Fun with Physics

Super Science - the Original Fun with Physics

Brings the excitement of discovery through hands - on science. ​Participants will enjoy investigating science at their own pace in a friendly and inviting environment.  ​Newton's Laws, Kid's Construction Area, Mind Bogglers, Balancing Act and Much More...! 
Free til 3pm Day at the San Mateo County Fair

Pig Races

Faster than a speeding train, bigger than a rabbit, and loves Oreo cookies! This show is educational and exciting and includes audience participation, pig trivia, pig cheerleaders, speedway flags, and fun prizes for winning cheerleaders. Located at North end of our Central Mall.

Brought to you by the Great American Entertainment Company.

The Drone Zone

The Drone Zone

Find out how to fly a drone using our drone simulators, if you’re lucky, you might be selected to fly a San Mateo  County Fair Drone.


San Mateo's Creative Kids

Get in on the fun and tradition of SAN MATEO’S KIDS, San Mateo County Fair’s creative and educational competitions for kids from pre-school through high school. Check out the all-new 2018 competitions competitions such as Art, Photography, Sewing, Science, Hobby Collections, Quilting, Needlework, Woodworking, Drafting, and Creative Writing are always popular…and so much fun! It's easy to enter!

Learn more here

  • Browse through our competition book and choose the competitions that interest you. Be sure to follow rules and guidelines specific to each competition.
  • Print your entry form. Neatly fill in all required information.
  • Mail your entry form. Must be postmarked by May 8, 2018.


Butterfly Adventures

Butterfly Adventures

Location: Redwood Hall

Children will have a chance to feed butterflies with nectar-dipped sticks at the San Mateo County Fair, as the Fair open June 9th, 2018. Kids of all ages will enjoy a close encounter with butterflies, a truly unique experience!
Family Fun with Hypnotist Kellie Karl

Family Fun with Hypnotist Kellie Karl

Location: Plaza Stage
Times: TBD

Welcome to the zany world of hypnosis – a journey to the center of your mind with Kellie Karl.

The Drone Zone

The Drone Zone and San Mateo First Robotics and STEAM Competition

Location: Expo Hall

Don’t miss San Mateo finest Robotics competitors as they demonstrate their skill in robotics and capture your imagination. 

Additional performances include our very own San Mateo Drone Zone – Find out how to fly a drone using our drone simulators, if you’re lucky, you might be selected to fly a San Mateo  County Fair Drone. STEM & STEAM, drones, electronics, and much much more will be on display and ready to engage all, in a week of innovation, curiosity, and play.



Paid Attractions


Happy Day Pony Ride

Happy Day Pony Rides

Happy Day Pony rides is a longtime favorite for every child with a picture to take home In addition Happy Day Pony Rides has an Equine Education Station with general information on horses and ponies. A customer favorite is the biography with fun facts about every child's favorite pony. Every page describes each pony in detail, including breed, weight, age, gender, color, and that ponies history. Free educational flyers are available to the children and their families to take home.

Happy Day Pony Rides has been creating memories and traditions for families since 1961. Safety, educational information, financial contribution to the fair and customer experience are our top priorities. With years of innovation, industry leading animal welfare, and literally three generations of customers served, Happy Day Pony Rides heads into its second half-century as America's Finest Pony Ride.

Butler Amusements Carnival Rides

Butler Amusements Carnival Rides

Carnival Rides including The Freak Out is Back! The Fair introduced this new carnival ride in 2014. It flies passengers 40 feet into the air. The Freak Out joins Fair favorites like the Ferris Wheel, Zillerator, and roller coasters.

2018 will be the forty-eighth year that Butler Amusements, Inc. has served fairs, celebrations, festivals and fundraising events in the Western United States. With a large array of rides, attractions, games and food concessions, Butler Amusements can provide complete carnival events of any size.

Get Your Carnival Wristbands