The sights, sounds and smells of the Sydney Royal Easter Show never fail to bring happy childhood memories flooding back. Time spent studying the showbag guide before the show with my sister, getting in to the stadium early to get a good spot for the fireworks, sore feet from walking from side to side, the rides, the animals and many many years of fun.
This year I couldn’t wait to take my Little Miss to the show to start our own family memories. Here is the low down from our visit to help you plan your own!
You can’t get much easier than the buses that run regularly from all over Sydney. We had the pram and had no issues getting it on or off buses as the drivers were very accommodating and patient. Just be ready to fold your pram down as it may not fit up the aisle!
The highlight for us was most definitely the animals! Collecting the stamps on our animal passport, feeding the baby animals and patting the chicks. In the morning, the promise of seeing the animals was the only way I could get Little Miss out the door and onto the bus. We spent most of our day visiting the various animal pavilions and there wasn’t much time for anything else!
Arts & Crafts
If you are lucky enough to have a little one who still has a day sleep and will sleep in their pram, head to the Arts & Crafts while they are sleeping. I was so amazed at the talent to make the cakes and toys etc. Little Miss woke up while we were looking at the toys and wanted to bold the Minion toys. We had to make a quick escape as two-year-olds don’t really get the whole concept of not being able to touch everything they see!
Woolworths Fresh Food Dome
I’m a bit of a foodie, so the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome is always a favourite stop of mine. There also some really great food options inside the Dome, not just samples. I am always in awe at the fresh food displays and this year did not disappoint. The hours of labour that go into making each of these displays is phenomenal. We have such outstanding fresh produce in Australia and seeing it all on display like this is amazing. We walked through the dome while Little Miss was sleeping and went back to show her when she woke up!
There are so many food options at the show from chip-on-a-stick and Dagwood Dogs through the gourmet crepes, hotdogs, burgers, pies and more. The highlight for Little Miss was an ice cream from one of the many ice cream stands around the showground. You have never seen pure joy until you have seen a two-year-old devouring an ice-cream!
Fun & games
I’m not big on rides and after all our time visiting the animals we didn’t have a lot of time left for rides. But we did have an obligatory turn on the laughing clowns, my absolute favourite carnival game from my childhood.
A quick visit to the NSW Police stand is also a must if only to see your tiny person on that huge motorbike! I personally think it is good to familiarise kids with police officers so they will be comfortable around them if they are in an emergency situation. A fake tattoo and making their own fingerprints also doesn’t hurt!
And if it is raining on the day you go to the show, just remember that it is all the more muddy puddles to jump around in!
If you can make it into the evening, the afternoon and evening entertainment is well worth watching! From the bull riding to the horse riding and stunt bikes finished off with the fireworks. Pack a jacket because it does get quite chilly at night.
The Sydney Royal Easter Show is on until 30 March 2016 at Sydney Olympic Park. More information on transport, show events and buying tickets can be found at the Easter Show website.
Do you take the family to the Eater Show? Any tips for other families?
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