This year the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo had a record breaking 2,462,030 in attendance over the course of three weeks! Along with the fun filled learning adventures at the livestock show there were also rides, games, concerts and food – tons and tons of food to enjoy. So how does a family, especially one with a toddler decide what to do and how to prepare for this amazing adventure? Today’s traveling with toddlers to the Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show comes to you from our friend Lauren over at A Messy House with Memories.
HOUSTON LIVESTOCK AND RODEO SHOW GREATEST HITS
The the most popular rides at the carnival were the Sky Ride, Coaster, Rave Wave, La Grande Ferris Wheel and the G Force. The top three carnival games were Mini Basketball, One Ball and Bank a Ball. But before you hit the rides and the games at the carnival there are a few important places to note, especially when traveling with a toddler.
As you walk in the gates to begin your fun there will be a trailer for First Aid(just in case), make sure you make note of that location. Of course we hope nothing will happen but if it does you will know where to go to get help. You should also stop by any one of the information booth around the grounds. It is very important to pick up a helpful visitors guide filled with helpful information so you can plan you day. You don’t want to be too far from a food vendor when your little one decides it is time to eat! There are also a number of helpful volunteers before you enter the stadium to help direct you.
While it’s important to keep your toddler comfortable and safe it’s also important that mom and dad take care of themselves. Be sure to dress comfortable, and wear shoes that will allow you to walk. There are plenty of places to eat, so be prepared for all the aromas as well as the temptation to try to eat too much. Don’t forget there are still rides to ride! On the subject of food, be open minded, and at least try some or all the different types food that are being offer and yes there are some crazy foods there that you would have never thought of….such as fired oreo, fired ice cream, dipped chocolate bacon, corn in the cup with crush hot cheetos, and so much.
Of course there are also the well known food carnival foods, such candy apple, nachos, turkey leg, sausage on the stick, and so much more.
Other stops along the way may also include shopping and vendors. Who knows you may find the perfect rodeo outfit for next season for your quickly growing toddler and maybe even for you!
Must see and do’s at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Visit the AGventure Zone for the little ones which offers a birthing center and free petting zoo. For a small fee you can purchase food, as no outside food or drinks are allowed and happily they have stroller parking so it’s the perfect time to let your little one out to walk around as they may be tired of sitting in the stroller. The AGventure Zone also offers poultry, a rabbit hole, pony rides and pony pictures (for a small fee), a bee hive area and the history around it, as well as a planting area and so much more. The other side of the arena is a little live stock show, different vendors and even a candy shop where they sell candy by the pound yes by the pound.
The Kiddie Area is perfect for toddlers with several rides made for you to enjoy with your child as well as games to play and prizes to win. Just make sure you don’t leave one of those prizes on the MetroRail as you head home.
Another must stop for popcorn fans is the Kettle Korn of Texas for some delicious kettle corn, you won’t be disappointed and prices are great.
TRAVELING WITH A TODDLER AT THE HOUSTON RODEO
While the rodeo has ended it is never too soon to start your planning for next year. Here are a few tips for taking your toddler or preschooler to the Houston Rodeo:
Diaper Bags are permitted (hooray!)
Snacks: They do let you bring in age appropriate snacks for your toddler.
Changing pad: It maybe hard to find a good place to change diapers so a good changing pad is essential.
Diapers: You will want to bring a small bag for disposing of your diaper too as a trash can may not be right in front of you.
Extra clothes: For all types of accidents!
Thermal cup with cold water: You definitely want to keep you little one hydrated and it can get hot during the day.
A light jacket and blanket just in case it gets cold at night: Sure it’s spring time in Houston, but we can get what is considered by many of us some cold weather in the evenings.
If taking a diaper bag please have all pockets open and clear for check in at the gates. Also phones, keys, and wallet must be out when going thru the metal detector. You can bring your own stroller and if you are going with a stroller it is one parent per a stroller. And while we are talking strollers I highly recommend a lightweight one because it’s easy to fold and you can put under your chair(if going to the concert).
This was year two for our family and it was beyond amazing. It was even more enjoyable since my son was talking more this year, his expression and hearing him say Mama, Dada, Wow, look, see, over there, and much more was all priceless! We ate and ate some more and walked a lot even got a picture with the popular boot from Reliant. The rides and games will be next year once he’s a little taller. We visited inside and outside the arena and then headed to into the stadium to view the livestock show and get ready for the concert. My son is a little dancing machine so anything with music will get him moving which of course gets us laughing. Last by not least the whole family enjoyed the concert lights display and the bright lights of the carnival as we made our way home for what everyone really needed, a good nights’ sleep.
If you are thinking about going to Rodeo next season do it! If thinking of going with toddler or young child go for it, it will be a blast for the whole family!