Discover family fun this summer In Lassen County 

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This year’s Lassen County Fair in Susanville is the place to go for wholesome family fun, activities, and attractions this summer. Held across five days from July 17 to 21, the fair will feature all sorts of exciting events, including a carnival, horse show, competitions, pageants, games and plenty of delicious fresh and local food. The fair attracts more than 35,000 visitors every year and never fails to delight fair-goers of all ages. But family days out aren’t just about having fun together (although that’s certainly a big part of them!). They’re also essential for healthy child development. So, by attending this year’s fair or another Lassen County attraction like the Volcanic National Park, local families can strengthen bonds, and help their children thrive.

What’s on at the fair 
The Lassen County Fair carnival offers up fun, laughter, adventure and, not to mention, a whole load of prizes. Here, you’ll find a variety of exciting rides and games suitable for all ages. The fair’s sideshow and games section is also always a big hit with adults and kids alike. From cornhole tournaments and potato sack races to racing pigs, endless fun and laughter is guaranteed. There’s also delicious food available sure to satisfy all taste buds. Grab a corndog with all the fixings or a paper bag brimming with freshly popped popcorn. Cotton candy will also delight those with sweet tooths.

Families also won’t want to miss the Lassen County Fair parade. Susanville’s biggest annual parade, this event is all about community pride and takes place as a joyful procession along Main Street. Local bands, groups, clubs, organizations, students and performers all take part, and everyone is welcome to join in.

Strong family bonds equal thriving children
A day out at Lassen County Fair is bound to be fun for the whole family, but there are deeper benefits to family bonding beyond just having a good time. Children with strong family connections are more than 49 percent more likely to thrive in life compared with those with lower levels of family connection, a recent study in the journal Pediatrics found. When children are happy, respected, safe, and supported at home, they‘re able to learn their own strengths and weaknesses in a comfortable environment. From here, children are better equipped to discover what they really want to do with their lives, and flourish into adulthood.

How to strengthen parent-child relationships 
Lassen County parents will also be relieved to know they don’t need to spend money or take extravagant trips to strengthen relationships with their children. Meaningful conversations over regular family dinners is one of the best ways to encourage family bonding. Adults should create a safe and encouraging environment where children feel comfortable to speak their minds freely. Parents should also actively listen to what their children say and show real interest in their opinions.

That said, it may be safer to avoid the topic of politics as a general family dinner time rule, especially if it’s likely to be a source of conflict between any family members. Notably, about one in five adults say politics has hurt their family relationships in one way or another, the New York Times reports. If the topic does come up, set a healthy example to children by keeping an open mind and staying respectful of other peoples’ opinions.

Lassen Peak.

Exploring Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park is another great destination for a family day out. It’s home to the largest plug dome volcano in the world. There are more than 150 miles of trails across the park, including easy routes suitable for toddlers and young children. Here, you’ll see all sorts of beautiful scenery, including pine forests, hydrothermal spots, volcanic peaks, alpine lakes and mountain and wildflower meadows. Fourth graders (including home-schooled children) are also eligible for a free annual pass. This pass means the entire family can visit Lassen Volcanic National Park for free up until Aug. 31.

Lassen County is a great destination for wholesome family fun. Whether you attend this year’s Lassen County Fair or visit Lassen Volcanic National Park, you’re bound to have a wonderful time bonding and making memories together.