I took my grand kids last year and my grandson has been talking about it with the anticipation most kids might save for Santa Claus for the past year.
It rolled around again and I was chump enough to agree to take them once again. The age difference between my two grandchildren sometimes makes an outing a challenge. Also Kristen is entering that stage of wanting distance between herself and her grandmother--or adults generally. I told her she could invite a friend, leaving me free to concentrate on entertaining Dane. Or leaving Dane free to entertain me.
We negotiated. I regular check-in time and spot with the girls, not games that would result in having to drag around prizes until we were leaving, and he and I would take turns picking the activities and rides. That way we got to see the animals and the agricultural exhibits, ride the ferris wheel, and actually make it to the check-ins. That way Dane also got me onto to some rides that I thought I was done with my own children no longer needed my constant attention at the fair.
Stomach flipping rides
A day at the fair.
And now, empty pockets.