Summer fairs are a tradition in many towns and cities across the country. These can be roving carnivals with roller coasters and thrilling rides or simpler community affairs put on by a school, church or other organisation. Either way, like popcorn and corn dogs, no fair is complete without memorable carnival games to test your skills.
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This game tests hand-eye coordination. Balloons, either inflated or filled with water, are attached to a plywood board. Players try to pop the balloons using hand darts. Prizes may be awarded for the number of balloons popped or, tags on each balloon show the prize won for popping it.
Kids love to get down and dirty, and most are fascinated by dinosaurs. Combine these two passions with a dinosaur dig game. Use a plastic paddling pool filled with sand for your digging site and bury plastic dinosaurs in the pit. Have a supply of shovels on hand and let the amateur archeologists dig up their prizes.
The paddling pool also makes a great fish pond. Fill the pond with water and add plastic fish fitted with metal washers. Make some simple fishing poles with magnets on the ends of the lines and let kids “fish” for their prizes. Add a few squiggly octopi and sharks to the pond for variety.
Kids and adults can both play the cake walk game. Mark off a circle made up of numbered squares with tape or chalk. Each player stands on a square, and when the music starts, everyone walks around the circle. The music stops and each player stops on a number. A drawing is held and the number drawn indicates the winner of the cake or other bakery treat.
Players win a goldfish in this game of skill. Place empty goldfish bowls either on a table in the middle of the game area or in a row along a wall. Players toss ping pong balls into the bowls. If a ball lands in a goldfish bowl, the player wins a goldfish in its own water-filled plastic bag. As an option for fund-raising events, the winner also can buy a goldfish bowl at the game booth.
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