It's Show time again for Melbournians and the 2014 Royal Melbourne Show does not disappoint!
This year's Show is packed full of excitements for people of all ages. There's a multitude of cuisines to try, animals to cuddle, pet and admire, gardening and farming displays, hundreds of showbags to browse and buy, fantastic events to enjoy, thrilling rides to try...and more!
With the September school holidays underway and in the pursuit of action to keep the kids entertained, we went along on a fine Melbourne Sunday to experience the sights and excitements first hand.
It's been a while since we have been to the Show, (for a few of ours, it was a first) and I am pleased to report that it's bigger and better than ever.
There was so much on offer!
Attending The Royal Melbourne Show is a tradition for most Victorian families and one that many of us have nostalgic memories of. This is one event I want to share and firmly etch into the minds of my kids and I am certain we're off on a good start already.
Novelty glasses are a hot item at this year's Show
On arrival, we gained our bearings at this year's Show by simply meandering about with the crowd, ditching a structured day in favour of discovering the foods and events as we came to them. A good idea if you're organised is to check out the daily happenings and activities on the Royal Melbourne Show website. There's also a free App to download from the App Store (search 'Royal Melbourne Show') to plot your visit at an easy glance. If you don't manage to do either of these things beforehand, all visitors receive a helpful guide on entry containing a map and the basics of everything you need to know.
Our kids enjoyed wandering about, seeing and experiencing the variety of activities and fun to be had. Watching people scream with delight on the amusements is a sport in itself. Fairy floss, lollies, toys, roving entertainers and demonstrations of the many agricultural and food industries on show kept the little people happy, especially with the benefit of no pressure to sit out anything for long - it's a day all about discovery after all.
The Jayco Animal Nursery was a hit with the kids. Gone are the days where you peered at the baby animals at a distance (and with difficulty) from fenced-in pens too - visitors are now welcome to enter a large open space filled with roaming little goats, lambs and chickens. You can hand feed, pet and even hold the sweet baby animals to your heart's content. There are many wonderful family photo opportunities to be had in here and best of all, there's no cost to do this...
After all, this is what a visit to the Royal Melbourne Show is all about!
My youngest boys had a whirl about at the Ford Junior SMART Drive arena. This specially designed mini race track with motorised cars built for little people left a big impression; just another of several great fun and free events at this year's Show.
It's not all about the kids though. There's plenty to keep the grownups entertained too.
As you would expect, food is available in abundance and there are cuisines from every Victorian region as well as many international flavours to try. Worth a mention is a visit to the Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion where you can sample fine French and German wines and find a great variety of tastes to satisfy your cravings - everything from Spanish to Turkish and even Dutch pancakes and tempting waffles. (Delicious!)
For something super cheap and fast on the snacking front, we highly recommend The Cheese Toastie Factory who churn out toasted cheese sandwiches at lightning speed for a tiny $2 each! These taste fab when you've been on your feet all day and cost so little you can afford to splurge on as many as you wish!
Be sure to visit the popular art and craft displays in the Art, Craft and Cookery Pavilion and admire the stunning work of many talented artisans. Visit the Tastes of Victoria Pavilion for more tastings of local wines and delicious gourmet treats such as handmade chocolates, jams and stunning lemon curds.
Catch a live display (such as a judging event) or other show while you eat in the Coca-Cola Arena. (Visit the Show's website for the latest information on the events held here each day and times.)
No visit to the Show is complete without shopping for a show bag or six and the 2014 Show has hundreds on offer starting from just $1! There are many well known brands who have produced great bags as well as themed bags for kids with popular favourites such as Peppa Pig and Monster Trucks. For adults there are bags filled with everything from magazines to skin care products and the common theme with them all is that there's lots of good value to be had across the board.
Tips for travel: Take a hat for sunny Melbourne days and wear sunscreen - Melbourne's getting warmer and the Spring sun can get hot! Be sure to pack a coat too as the evenings can be chilly.
There is pram and wheelchair hire available.
Locker hire is also available from $2 a day.
Catch public transport to the Show or enjoy the plentiful parking available
at a cost of $20 for the day.
The 2014 Royal Melbourne Show runs from September 20th until the 1st of October and is open daily from 9.30am until 9.30pm.
Full details including ticket prices and purchases, show times and events can be found on the
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*Disclosure: Six Little Hearts received passes to attend this event.
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