If you’re heading out to the Red River Ex, here are some super easy ways to save some money while you’re there and have an affordable outing for the entire family. There’s so much to do and see while you’re there, luckily the Ex runs from June 13th to the 22nd so there’s a lot of chances to check it all out.
– Check out their website for special days and times. If you buy your tickets early you get a discount, if you go certain days before 5pm it only costs $5 to get in. Easy to do, and just pick your day to what suits your timeframe and family. On June 22nd kids under 10 can buy passes to ride the Kiddieland rides all day for just $12. June 19th is Hero’s day, free gate admission with ID for firefighters, police and military personnel. There’s a ton of these special days and sales, check out the site to find one that works for you.
– One thing it seems a lot of people don’t realize is that once you’ve paid your gate admission, there are a ton of free shows and performances and displays to check out. Makes for a really fun day, check the scheduele for the shows you want and you can spend an entire day wandering around having fun with those. There’s shows by Splash ‘N Boots, Agriculture Magic Show, Prairie Town Farm, Construction and Dinosaur Dig, all kinds of animal shows and displays, a giant robot and then tons of entertainment like iFlip, Pirates, Street Circus and much more. If you go before 5pm on the cheap days, you get a lot of entertainment for just $5.
– Plan and pack ahead. Bring a backpack with everything you’ll need, and for anything you pick up while you’re there. Bring a picnic, snacks, water etc. if you don’t want to spend too much on food. We always get a few treats and bring a few things from home too.
– If your kids love souvenirs and to take things home, a lot if not all of the kids games give out prizes. My daughter is not the most talented at carnival games by any means but she’s come home with a car full of toys at the end of the day from the Ex. And they’re pretty proud of themselves if they earn it – especially the hammer game.
With just a little bit of preplanning as to what deals work for you, and packing some of your own food you can spend a few hours or an entire day there and not break the bank! We love to go early when it’s not as busy and have the time to check out almost every show and performance. We’ve seen some great shows over the years – this year we’re really looking forward to see iFlip!
What are your best ways to save at the Ex? And which shows or performances are you most looking forward to?