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.
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!