America's Great Outdoors
Curriculum Subjects: Ecology, History & Geography
Visit America’s Great Outdoors, where students can meet Smokey Bear and his friends and explore exhibits that teach about protecting, respecting, and most importantly, connecting with nature and the animals that call it home. Meet foresters and rangers whose job is to preserve, protect and manage America’s public lands. Visit with the native reptiles of Southern California, including the state reptile - the protected desert tortoise.
Discover Western Heritage
The past and present come together in this action-packed representation of the westward movement. Explore the native people of California, visit a historic fire lookout tower and see the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro corral.
Celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday as he teaches you how to be fire safe. Meet Smokey’s friends Woodsy Owl, Mojave Maxine and Seymour Antelope.
Flower & Garden Pavilion
POPS OF COLOR
Curriculum Subjects: Agriculture, Botany, Horticulture, Visual Arts
Take a cultural journey of exploration through a kaleidoscope of larger-than-life works of art made of bits and pieces of past Rose Parade floats. Let the colors wash over you and enjoy the flora that paints this botanical garden exhibit. Explore how flowers have long been a staple in our culture throughout history, and how Southern California has impacted the historic Rose Parade floats.
Pop culture books, movies & art come alive with flowers and designs, including Beauty and the Beast and its iconic red rose, the poppy fields in the Wizard of Oz and the symbolic painted rose gardens in Alice in Wonderland.
L.A. POP ARCHITECTURE
Curriculum Subjects: History, Visual Arts, Geography
Pop Culture and architecture weave their way through all aspects of art. Take a tour of the iconic structures from Los Angeles and its surroundings, such as...
- The iconic Hollywood sign, comic-book style.
- Shutter Shack photo booths that will actually flash when you walk by.
- Sphinx Realty on North Fairfax shaped like, what else, a giant sphinx.
- The Big Cone is an ice-cream cone shaped stand and was located in Los Angeles and Laguna Beach.
- The Campbell Soup Can, famous for its pop culture art work.
Railgiants Historical Trains
Curriculum Subjects: History & California History
The LA County Fair houses some of the world’s most distinctive historical trains. Come see this exciting exhibit and step inside some of the largest steam engines and diesel locomotives in the world! These unique trains demonstrate the impact of railroads on California’s early history and industry. You’ll have the opportunity to explore real dining and sleeping cars, examine our authentic historical train depot built in 1885, and even blow the whistle in a giant engine.
Curriculum Subjects: Language Arts, History & Geography, Physical Science, Visual Arts
Pop in to America’s Kids, Adventures in Literature, where you’ll zip over to Hogwarts, zoom across to Jurassic Park, and dash into Where the Wild Things Are…all in the span of one visit. Celebrate imagination, magic and creativity with new adventures around every corner of our oversized library. Discover the tremendous influence that literature has had on American Pop Culture through the years. From the pages of a book, to the big screen, to household names…to America’s Kids!
Curriculum Subjects: Visual Arts, Engineering
Tap into your creative side and explore a world of fun and creativity with the world’s most popular toy – LEGO! From bricks, gears, props and mini-figures in a wide variety of colors, to a variety of other pieces that can be assembled to create almost anything imaginable, this toy is a popular choice for both boys and girls of all ages. Cars, buildings, castles, spaceships, pirate ships, sculptures and so much more are just a few of the amazing things that you can build in this exhibit during the Fair. Don’t forget to check out all the entries that kids from all over Southern California have entered into our Lego competition and learn how you can be part of next year’s Fair. It’s a construction dream come true.
Curriculum Subjects: Visual Arts, Technology, Language Arts, Physical Science
Celebrating Popular Culture’s Impact on Technology
This interactive, engaging exhibit showcases how technology has been influenced by movies, music, books, television, art and architecture. POPNOLOGY 2.0 takes us from fantasy to reality through driverless cars, robots, drones, 3D printers and more leading us into the future. This exhibit will connect kids to science through the use of interactive hands-on displays for robotics, artificial intelligence and creativity. It will immerse guests through virtual reality and virtual 3D gaming while challenging them physically, mentally and emotionally. We will chronicle our progression from science fiction to science fact, and will illuminate emerging technologies that are just now showing up on our cultural radar.
- How We Play - The future of toys and games
- How We Connect - Communications technology in the 21st century has been a game changer due to a rise in social media. Explore the relationship between communication and technology by looking at the history and future of communication, from landline rotary telephones and VCRs, to video chats and smartphones.
- How We Move - The history and evolution of human transport, exploring where we’ve been and where we’re going.
- How We Live & Work - Celebrating inventions and ideas that shape our daily lives.
Curriculum Subjects: History, Engineering & Technology, Visual Arts
Toys, toys and more toys! Have you ever wondered where toys came from, who made them and why they are so fun? Why do some toys flop while others literally fly off the shelves? And don’t even get us started on collectors’ items! All of those questions will be answered and more! Learn about what toys were the most popular in each decade of the twentieth century and how exactly G.I. Joe talked without batteries.
The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Motorsports Museum
Curriculum Subjects: Physical Science, Engineering, Mathematics, History, Social Science
The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, celebrates the impact of motorsports on our culture. The Museum features an impressive array of vintage and historical racing vehicles along with photographs, trophies, helmets and driving uniforms, artifacts, paintings and other memorabilia chronicling more than 60 years of American motorsports.
Curriculum Subjects: History & California History
Did you know that our miniature railroad has been a Fair exhibit since 1924? This attraction, which has more than 30 individual operations running at one time, is maintained and operated by year-round dedicated volunteers and is one of the largest public garden railroads in the U.S. with over 10,000 feet of operating track!
The Garden Railroad is a unique example of craftsmanship utilizing hand-made replicas of real railroad operating equipment. The various trains and trolleys operate past several scenes depicting California history from the 1850s to present day, and wander through the mountains, over the lakes and streams, and through the gardens.
THE FARM & GARDENS
The Farm at Fairplex offers city dwellers an opportunity to see a working farm in action. Consisting of three separate sections, this area of the Fair truly is learning cleverly disguised as fun! The Farm features an organic urban farm; the Big Red Barn houses livestock and farm critters; and Heritage Mission features a glimpse of early California history.
The Fair’s five-acre organic working farm features more than 100 California specialty crops – the produce is definitely the ‘real thing.’ This is where learning, growing and sustainability are combined in one area. Don’t miss the unique hands-on agricultural adventures for students.
The Big Red Barn ®
Curriculum Subjects: History & Social Science, Agriculture, Biology & Ecology
Don’t miss all the unique hands-on agricultural adventures for guests of all ages every day in the Big Red Barn and throughout The Farm & Gardens.
Rawhide Dude Ranch - In the Dude Ranch learn about life on a ranch, make your own rope, lasso a cow, ride on our rocking horses, and visit with our resident horse Copper and her friends.
Sky and Friends - Belly up to the hay bales and ask Sky about your favorite animal in the Big Red Barn
Max’s Wild West Wildlife Show - Come meet our knowledgeable trail boss Betsy as she teaches us about the animals that live on a farm that you might not think about.
Dairy Goat Barn & Pasture - Visit the Dairy Goat Barn where you can milk a goat and see a variety of breeds in this fun and educational exhibit and show.
The Pastures - Every year animals are born in our pastures during the Fair. Visit an array of baby animals and their parents including goats, pigs, cows, and sheep. You might even be lucky enough to see a baby animal born right before your very eyes!
Farm House Friends Petting Barn - Cal Poly Pomona heads up the world’s largest petting zoo. The Farm House Friends Petting Barn is full of gentle animals raised specifically to be a part of this program.
Daisy’s Education Barns - In the Milking Parlor, you will learn where milk comes from as you watch the cows milked the old-fashioned way. Moo Market is the place to get your free regular or chocolate milk with your FairKids milk ticket.
Bug Bites – Bug Tasting Bar - This is the place to taste Bamboo Worms, Salted Grasshoppers, Bug Kebabs, Chocolate Beetles, Honey Mustard Crickets, and other unique recipes from our chef. Try the bug sampler plate and earn your very own button that says “I Tasted A Bug!” Visit our virtual classrooms where you can watch educational videos that demonstrate Entomophagy, or in layman’s terms, the human use of insects as food.
The Little Red Barn - Whoever said that bigger is better has clearly never been to our Little Red Barn! An offshoot from the Big Red Barn®, the Little Red Barn features…you guessed it, miniature animals! But don’t underestimate these pint-sized creatures, as they have larger than life personalities! Come meet Sugar & Spice, our Falabella miniature horses, who are great neigh-bors to all the other barn animals! These neighbors include micro pigs, Dexter cows, Pygmy goats, Babydoll sheep, miniature mules, and much, much more.
The Dairy Barn - Home to the Milking Parlor, The Dairy Education Center, The Dairy Products and Producer’s Competition, The Milk Carton, Moo Market, and The Cow That Jumped over the Moon. See different breeds of dairy cattle. Learn about the Dairy Industry and the milking process, beginning with how cows are milked and how the milk is processed then complete your experience by obtaining your free bottle of milk and taste the end result.
Curds & Whey Barn - Learn how to make ice cream, butter, cottage cheese, and cream cheese – the old-fashioned way - with Aunt Cindi & Uncle Bob.
Markham Farms - Soap making is a homestead skill often forgotten in discussions of colonial days and is rarely practiced today, except for here at the LA County Fair of course! Join our resident soap maker, Markham Farms, as they demonstrate how to take simple products like distilled water, food grade lye, and a variety of oils in which they transform into beautiful bars of soap.
Farmer for a Day - Experience what it’s like to be a Farmer for a day and try your hand at planting seeds, touching the wool of a sheep, milking a pretend cow, picking eggs from our faux chickens and harvesting fruit & corn from our orchards. Then go to our farmers market and sell you harvest for pretend money, with your money you can go to Lily’s Grocery Store. At Lily’s, children get the chance to shop for produce, cereal, and other food groups that would be grown on a farm in their kids’ size shopping cart! It’s a Farmer to Consumer experience you can’t get anywhere else, especially if you’re a city kid.
Equine - Visit with our horses and learn all about these beautiful animals in the Equine barn. Did you know that horses are ungulates – mammals with hooves? Due to domestication, they are found all over the world with more than 400 different breeds. Horses can measure up to 69 inches from hoof to shoulder and weigh as much as 2,200 pounds while being as small as 30 inches from hoof to shoulder and weigh only 120 pounds. These super social animals live in groups called herds and in the wild these herds consist of as little as three horses up to twenty.
Crate Label Museum
Celebrate art and explore our Crate Label Museum. Crate labels are a huge part of the advertising aspects of Popular Culture. The Citrus Packing Industry was the cornerstone of local economies throughout much of Southern California.
Come see all of the America’s Kids agricultural exhibits entered into competition. Items will include: the largest pumpkin, the cutest scarecrow, the smallest sunflower, a plethora of vegetables grown by our youngest farmers, and everything in between.
Get a glimpse of what life was like growing up in the early days of settlers. Learn about California’s history as you go back in time in this interactive exhibit filled with some of the most beloved professions of our past.
In the Mission you can learn how to make soap and wagon train dolls, ask questions about the history of California, and watch the leather maker, visit with the blacksmith, weave a basket, and learn about kitchen gadgets in our brand new Heritage Kitchen. Don’t forget to visit with the historical characters as they tell you all about the missions of California and the importance that they played in our history.
Come visit the Little Red School House, nestled beneath the trees. Experience what it was like to go to a one-room school house 100 years ago with all grades in one room with only one teacher.
Just follow the anvil-ringing sound to watch and learn about the unique art form of our expert blacksmith. Alex will explain how tools were forged in the 1800s and will tell you about the life and art of blacksmithing in the blacksmith shop.
Visit the leather shop and learn all about this versatile material! Our resident leather maker David will teach you how saddles and reins are made for our cowboy’s best friends, the horses.
Basket weaving is one of the oldest and widest spread crafts in the history of human civilization, but is rarely practiced in today’s society. Learn about the art of basketry and the various weaving techniques, processes and materials used to make them while listening to our basket weaver tell stories about the history of this ancient art practice.
Don’t forget to buzz on over to meet the Bee Keepers in the Bee Barn and then stroll on over to the exhibits supplied by the Los Angeles County Department of Weights & Measure in their very own Agricultural Barn in the Farm.