The Junction

The Junction, previously called Kids Country, is a kid-focused area that tests visitors' sense of adventure with rides, games and fun exhibits. Parents enjoy this area as much as the kids, with classic carnival games and rides, including the antique double carousel. And, don't forget to stop by the farm-to-market exhibit, Fun on the Farm, for an entertaining and educational experience for all. Exhibits are free unless otherwise noted.

Camel Rides

Camel Rides

Take a ride on this majestic animal that has crossed the world's deserts for thousands of years. A camel ride is a great idea for each little adventurer to view the carnival atop a camel's back. Each ride is $7.


Schedule

Daily: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Fun on the Farm

Fun on the Farm

TDECU Fun on the Farm allows children to explore the world of agriculture by following the process of producing agricultural products, from farm to market. Children can help with farm chores such as gathering eggs, planting and harvesting crops and milking a cow. Be sure and check out Goat Mountain, where goats frolic on a rocky hill.


Schedule

Daily: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Hours subject to weather.

The Junction Carnival

Kids Country Carnival

At the carnival, this special area is dedicated for children. Find kid-friendly rides and games that award winners with prizes around every bend!


Schedule

  • Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. to midnight
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to midnight

 Hours subject to weather conditions. Tickets will not be refunded due to weather closures.

Value Wednesday Specials

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., all rides, games and special food items in The Junction Carnival are $2.

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Mutton Bustin'

Mutton Bustin'

In addition to the action each night in NRG Stadium, Mutton Bustin' also can be found in The Junction, with 5- and 6-year-old participants trying to hold on tight to a sheep for eight seconds.

Participation: Participants must be between the ages of 5 and 6 years old and not weigh more than 55 pounds. The cost is $15 per ride. DVDs are available for purchase at The Junction Mutton Bustin' arena. Participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Schedule

Daily: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
(starting on the hour; registration begins at 10 a.m.)

Pedal Tractor Pull

Pedal Tractor Pull

Children ages 4 to 12 years old become the stars of the Show while they compete in a fast-paced, action-packed, pedal-powered tractor pull. The tractors pull sleds, built just for fun.


Schedule

Monday to Friday: 11 a.m.; 12:30, 3, 4:30, and 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m.; 12:30, 2, 3:30, 5, and 6:30 p.m.

Petting Zoo

Petting Zoo

The petting zoo includes a wide variety of animals — from the exotic to those found on a typical farm. Grab a handful of tasty treats and see which animals are hungry.


Schedule

Daily: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Pig Races

Pig Races

Here, a group of perky piglets wait patiently at the starting gate. After the gate is opened, the piglets shoot forward like guided missiles in front of a cheering, standing-room-only crowd. The pigs race around a 150-foot track in only a few seconds, all dashing for sweets waiting at the finish line. 


Schedule

Daily: 10:30; 11:30 a.m.; 12:30; 1:30; 3:30; 4:30; 5:30; 6:30 p.m.

Pony Rides

Pony Rides

Pony rides are available for each little cowboy and cowgirl. Beautiful Welsh ponies walk carousel-style with their young riders. Each ride is $7 per ride, per child, and photos are available for additional costs.


Schedule

Daily: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Stars Over Texas Stage

Stars Over Texas Stage

While outdoors, take a break by the Stars Over Texas Stage. There is always activity at this location, with sing-alongs, animal acts and more. Stop by during Rodeo Rockstar to see the Rodeo’s finest local talent compete. Also, this stage features great music from bands just breaking into the Houston music scene.

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