8 things kids can do at the Silver Spurs Rodeo but not at home
We know. They have crazy after-school activities. They run around outside so they smell awesome at the dinner table. They want to unleash all that energy after being cooped up in a classroom all day. We’ve got a different outlet that only comes around a few times a year, so change it up. Let them unwind at the Silver Spurs Rodeo coming up in February. Here are a few reasons kids love about rodeos in Florida and things they can do at the Silver Spurs Rodeo they can’t do at home… and let’s be honest… every kid loves the rodeo.
Chase a real calf and win $5
Yes. You read that right. At the Silver Spurs Rodeo, there’s a chance to let your kid’s sugar rush run its course as you just laugh and watch! So, here’s the deal. Kids will gather on one side of the arena across from five baby calves with ribbons on their tails. The calves are then released into the arena where the kids will chase after them as best they can to grab the ribbons. The kids with the ribbons each earn five dollars! This is when you kindly remind them who it was that made cookies for them just because and took care of them ‘all those years’ …and maybe they’ll split their winnings with you. Maybe. ps. Check out this video below. Don’t panic. It’s totally safe…
Meet a Real Cowboy or Cowgirl.
Meeting a cowboy doesn’t have to be a toy story. At the Silver Spurs Rodeo your little cowgirl, cowboy or ranch hand can come meet, speak and hug on a real cowboy! You’ll see that there is more to the cowboy life than riding a bucking bronco or a raging bull. In fact, you’ll be able to see cowboys and cowgirls compete in other competitions such as barrel racing, steer wrestling and tie-down roping!
Eat a Fried Twinkie.
What happens when you take America’s iconic sweet cake and fry it? Heaven. Simply. Heaven. But that’s dessert. Unless, you’re not just a regular mom but a cool mom, there are more food options available. You can chow down on some fair fare classics like cotton candy, popcorn, hotdogs, and who could forget funnel cakes! But let’s be honest, when have you ever had a fried Twinkie?! If you answered ‘never’, it’s time for a change.
Scream as Loud as They Can Without Anyone Telling Them To Be Quiet.
You don’t have to worry about counting down to ten here. Between their screams and the crowds’ cheers, it will be hard to tell who’s louder. In fact, they might be encouraged to scream louder! And don’t let them have all the fun. Make sure you’re having a good time too!
Play Rodeo Games like the Professionals. (June rodeo)
Since our June rodeo typically takes place the weekend that Osceola County Schools are let out for the summer, the Silver Spurs Riding Club hosts a summer block party for the community before the rodeo. Just outside the arena, your kids can enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities like inflatable games, bounce houses, and face painting. But, they can also play rodeo-themed games like, running in a mock barrel race or roping a steer dummy. These games are similar to some of the rodeo events they can see live for themselves by the cowboys and cowgirls in the arena. Not only is this event free and open to the public, but it’s a great way to get rodeo ready!
Take a Selfie with a Rodeo Clown.
It may not be the first thing you do at the rodeo but it’s definitely not something you should miss. When they aren’t trying to distract the bulls from the cowboys, they are still loveable entertainers that will keep smiles on everyone’s faces. With their crazy costumes, they may be an eyesore to the animals but an awesome addition to your photo! Let’s see how many Instagram likes that post can get!
Ride a Sheep. Literally. (June Rodeo)
Now let us elaborate on this. If your child has enough energy after chasing calves and screaming their head off, there’s another competition they can compete in! At our Rodeo in June, the Mutton Bustin’ event is where children are put on the back of adult sheep and they try to hold on for 8 seconds. Sounds fun right?! You just might have to keep the family dog outside for a couple days to avoid practice runs. At the moment, we don’t have this at our February rodeo.
Fair. Need We Say More? (February Rodeo)
At our February Rodeo, the Osceola County Fair is in town and adjacent to the Silver Spurs Arena. With the smell of fun, family, and food in the air, you’ll definitely be able to treat yourselves to a few laughs and a good time. But a fair is… all about the rides! The fair provides a variety of rides ranging from the classic Ferris Wheel to the more intense rides such as the Wave Swinger, Zipper, and Gravitron (my favorite is a child!)! It’s our guarantee your family will be laughing their heads off unless of course, their mouths are full of a Fried Twinkies. You can even take a break from the Rodeo events, grab a quick ride at the fair and then head back in thanks to our awesome re-entry policy. You’re welcome.
No matter what you end up doing at the Silver Spurs Rodeo you’re sure to have a good time and the kids will too. With excitement in the air, great food, edge-of-your-seat entertainment, and your family around you, how could you not have fun? Bring your family together to enjoy unique events and make our county-wide tradition a part of your own.
Are you ready to rodeo with us this February? Tickets are on sale now for the 142nd Silver Spurs Rodeo and the 8th Annual Monster Bulls! For one night only, watch some of the state’s best bull riders try to hang on to some of the best Silver Spurs Riding Club bulls at the 8th Annual Monster Bulls. All to win bragging rights and cold. hard. CASH! Then, join us next weekend to celebrate 75 years of rodeo action and tradition at the 142nd Silver Spurs Rodeo. Plus, the purchase of your Monster Bulls or Silver Spurs Rodeo ticket also includes admission to the Osceola County Fair next to the arena. Can y’all say, “Let’s rodeo!”