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Navigate the MN State Fair with Medically-Fragile Children

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Sweet Martha’s cookies. All-you-can-drink milk. Everything to eat on a stick. Farm animals of all ages, shapes and sizes. Who doesn’t love the fair?

The great Minnesota get-together, the Minnesota State Fair, runs August 23 – September 3 this year. Planning to spend a day there can be daunting for any family, especially with a medically-fragile child who has special needs.

Pediatric Home Service wants to ensure your day at the fair goes as smoothly as possible. So we’ve compiled a list of helpful things to know for a family with a medically-fragile child. We want this to be a day you’ll treasure. To focus on the fun of the day, do as much as you can before you get in the gates with these preparation tips:

1. Study up on accessibility

The Fair has parking, drop-off and pick-up and other arrangements for visitors with special needs. The Fair’s accessibility guide is here, where you’ll find information on:

  • Wheelchairs to rent
  • Wheelchair recharging stations
  • Midway and Kidway ride guidance
  • Special entrances and seating for entertainment
  • ASL interpreter lineup

2. Know where to find the first aid buildings

The Fair has two medical aid stations to provide first aid. For serious illness of injuries call the police at 651-642-2280.

  • Medical Aid West: 8a.m. to 12:30a.m. 1834 Dan Patch Ave., across from Heritage Square
  • Medical Aid East: 8a.m. to 9p.m. 1424 Cosgrove St., north side of the 4-H Building

3. Get an ID bracelet

Make your first stop (even before a pronto pup!) one of these locations for a free ID Bracelet:

  • Care & Assistance Center
  • Guest Services Office in the Visitors Plaza
  • Any information booth

Use the Fairgrounds map to help you find your way.

Your child’s bracelet will have his or her name, pertinent medical information and your contact info for the day. The information is stored inside the bracelet on the child’s arm and can only be accessed by cutting bracelet off arm, so you don’t have to worry about your child tampering with it.

4. Learn from other parents

The Education building is full of freebies from coloring pages to stickers and school supplies—plus a reusable bag to stash it all in.

This brave mom took her four kids to the MN State Fair and lived to blog about it. For instance, she found the best unisex/handicapped accessible restroom is in Eco Experience. Read all her tips.

Other moms offer advice on how to do the fair on a budget. Their tips can be found at http://twincities.momslikeme.com/members/JournalActions.aspx?g=152633&m=113301&grpcat=

5. Take photos and share the stories of your day with PHS

What’s your can’t miss stop at the MN State Fair? What works for you and your family? We’d love to see pictures from your fun day out and about. Share your pictures on the PHS facebook wall and tell us your favorite part of the day.

Do you have tips, based on your fair visits and other travels? Any places that have been especially accommodating?

We’d love to hear from you.

PHS at the MN State Fair

Friday, August 5th, 2011

For me, there are two things that signal the beginning of the end of summer: back-to-school sales and the Minnesota State Fair. With back-to-school ads and supplies out in full force that leaves only one to come, and it just so happens that we’re only a short 2.5 weeks away from the opening day of the state fair. Although the end of summer is a sad time for most Minnesotans, the fair seems to bring the summer to a close on a pretty high note.

Running from August 25- Labor Day, September 5 the Minnesota State Fair has so much to offer to adults and children alike. One new exciting addition to the fair’s many attractions is the Minnesota Home Care Association (MHCA) booth. PHS has teamed up with MHCA to teach fair visitors all about homecare. PHS staff will be at the MHCA booth all day on September 5th to answer your questions about pediatric homecare and how we can help your child, grandchild, neighbor, friend, niece, nephew…. you get the idea.

From 9am til 9pm you can come visit with PHS employees, learn more about pediatric homecare, and homecare in general in the Education Building (Cosgrove and Dan Patch or coordinates x-21 on the map). While at the booth you can also register for the raffle to win one of two family picnic packages. We’d love to visit with you so be sure to stop by and introduce yourself. Let us know on our Facebook page if you’ll be there and we’ll keep an eye out!

Be sure to check out our Hassle-free family visit to the MN State Fair post from last year before you head out. There are great tips for families with medically-fragile kids on navigating the fair.

Hassle-free family visit to the MN State Fair

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

All-you-can-drink milk, $1. Scavenger hunts. Tractor rides. Watching a lamb come into the world. Everything to eat on a stick.

The great Minnesota get-together, the Minnesota State Fair, runs August 26 – September 6 this year. Planning to spend a day there can be daunting for any family, especially with a medically-fragile child who has special needs.

Yet it’s also a day you’ll all treasure. To focus on the fun of the day, do as much as you can before you get in the gates with these preparation tips:

1. Study up on accessibility

The Fair has parking, drop-off and pick-up and other arrangements for visitors with special needs. The Fair’s accessibility guide is here, where you’ll find information on:

-      Wheelchairs to rent

-      Wheelchair recharging stations

-      Midway and Kidway ride guidance

-      Special entrances and seating for entertainment

-      ASL interpreter lineup

2. Know where to find the first aid buildings

The Fair has two medical aid stations to provide first aid. For serious illness of injuries call the police at 651-642-2280.

-      Medical Aid West: 8a.m. to 12:30a.m. 1834 Dan Patch Ave., across from Heritage Square

-      Medical Aid East: 8a.m. to 9p.m. 1424 Cosgrove St., north side of the 4-H Building

3. Plan ahead and save

-      Get discounted tickets at Cub Foods

-      Check out discount days and the Blue Ribbon Bargain Book

-      Consider using mass transit or carpool

-      If you’ll bring oxygen, prepare with tips from this PHS blog post

-      Talk with your PHS clinician for other guidance specific to your child and family

4. Preview

Talk with your kids about what they’d like to see and do. It’s challenging to do the entire MN State Fair in one day, so plan to focus on entertainment, exhibits and even food that most interests your kids—all under the clever guise of educating them about our great state!

5. Get an ID bracelet

Make your first stop (even before a pronto pup!) one of these locations for a free ID Bracelet:

-      Care & Assistance Center

-      Guest Services Office in the Visitors Plaza

-      Any information booth

Fairgrounds map

Your child’s bracelet will have his or her name, pertinent medical information and your contact info for the day. The information is stored inside the bracelet on the child’s arm and can only be accessed by cutting bracelet off arm, so you don’t have to worry about your child tampering with it.

6. Learn from other parents

The Education building is full of freebies from coloring pages to stickers and school supplies—plus a reusable bag to stash it all in.

This brave mom took her four kids to the MN State Fair and lived to blog about it. For instance, she found the best unisex/handicapped accessible restroom is in Eco Experience. Read all her tips.

Other moms offer advice on how to do the fair on a budget. Their tips can be found at http://twincities.momslikeme.com/members/JournalActions.aspx?g=152633&m=113301&grpcat=

7. Take photos and share the stories of your day with PHS

What’s your can’t miss stop at the MN State Fair? What works for you and your family? Do you have tips, based on your fair visits and other travels? Any places that have been especially accommodating?

We’d love to hear from you.