Royal Easter Show tips? We’ve got them! Read on for our best hints and tricks to make this year your best family day out, ever.
Aaaah, the Royal Easter Show. It’s enough to get your heart racing for so many reasons…
The kids will be beyond excited! The smell of the Dagwood Dogs brings back all your own childhood memories and everyone’s got a different wish list of what they want to see, buy and do.
Combine that with beating the crowds, whether to take the pram and how to make sure you don’t need to take out a large loan, The Easter Show is a pretty full on family experience.
Here are 9 super smart tips from the team at Mum Central to make your Royal Easter Show day out, your best one yet…
1. Leave your friends at home: Don’t go with a big group!
The temptation to do the Easter Show with all your friends and extended family is a strong one. In short, don’t. The Royal Easter Show is an adventure best shared with a smaller group. It’s much easier to move through the crowds when you’re not a crowd yourself. It’s also simpler to please 4 rather than 14 people. And there are no awkward conversations when you friends’ child drops $200 on rides and you’ve told your children they can have ‘just one‘. There are heaps of wonderful moments to share with your friends, The Royal Easter Show is not one of them.
2. Be Clear Mum: Set the expectations with the kids before you go
If you’re on a budget the smart thing to do is tell the kids exactly what’s going to happen beforehand. Have a family meeting and explain what an exciting day is looming and exactly what they will be experiencing – remember to frame it all in positive terms!
This is not a no, no, no conversation – it’s a this is what you will be getting chat! ‘You have $10 to spend on showbags. You can have one ride each. We’ll take lunch but you can have an ice cream afterwards’. Whatever the boundaries you set, letting the kids know about them before they’re wide-eyed in the showbag pavilion is key. Don’t forget to close the discussion with the all-important ‘Does everyone understand me?’ so the whole crew is on-board!
3. Showbags: Plan early and do them last
The Showbag Pavillion is the last thing you should do before heading home. Primarily because you don’t want to carry them around the whole day. Secondly, because any child that easy 14 Bertie Beetles is a high risk of a vomit on the Gravitron. It’s common sense really! Before you head to the show it’s also a great idea to ask the kids what showbag they want to choose! The whole range is always listed in the papers and online and prior planning means less walking through the ultra-crowded aisles repeatedly while an indecisive eight-year-old tosses up between the One Direction and Total Girl offerings.
4. Logistics 101: Getting to the show
Public transport to the show is super easy and also included in your ticket price. If you’ve got kids that are old enough to handle a ‘big day’ out and don’t have any special access requirements the bus or train is definitely the easiest way to get to there. Parking at the show is actually also easy but needs to be pre-booked online. It’s not the cheapest way to arrive but if you’ve got small kids, have a lot of gear or need streamlined access (for any reason) parking is not as tricky as you might imagine.
5. Make a plan: Check the program & map your morning
The daily show program will tell you exactly whats on so use this knowledge to your advantage. Block out one or two ‘must see’ things like the animal judging, grand parade or wood chopping and allow yourself enough time to move between the events as needed. There’s nothing worse than winging it and missing everything, you don’t need to see it all just make sure you see something!
6. Be Mummy Smart: Realise you don’t have to be there all day
You know that saying a quick game’s a good game? It applies to the Easter Show as well. Sure, being there all day and late into the night is value for money but if your kids are small a happy four hours is a far more enjoyable day for everyone. There’s nothing fun about kids that are exhausted, screaming and over it, even if you are looking at a giant vegetable display shaped like Tasmania. Knowing when the good times are over is crucial!
7. Timing baby: Use the school holidays to your advantage
The show often begins before the school holidays do so if you’ve only got kinders (and below) that’s the best chance to attend as the crowds will be lesser. There’s peak and off-peak times (they’re always discussed in the paper) so think about when can your family get there easily and enjoy the day in the least busy periods. The half price Children’s Day will save you a money but is bound to be hectic. Have a think about what’s more important and when it will suit you to attend.
8. If you THINK you might need the pram, you need the pram
If you’re even for one-second debating taking the pram to the Show, take it! There’s so much ease in popping the tot in and not chasing them or carrying them through the crowds. The pram is also a super easy way to lug a lot of stuff you might want to bring from home such as food, drinks, raincoats etc. If you’re entering the Baby Farmyard Nursery you will need to park your pram outside, just have an easy way to take your valuable items on your body with you.
9. Snack Attack: Pack Food & Drinks From Home
If you’re on a budget saving on food and drink is the best way to make the day more affordable. There are no limitations on the ‘family food’ that can be brought into the show and it will save you a stack! Having an ice cream or a special treat is still a great way to get all those #showfeels without breaking the bank.
10. Bonus Safety Tip: Designate a meeting spot and be prepared
Hopefully, you won’t need to have a ‘lost kid plan’ but it’s easy to become separated in a crowd. If you’re with another adult establish a place where you will meet if you are separated. Of course, if you both have mobile phones bring those too!
My personal trick is to also write my mobile number concealed under the kids clothes in texta on their bodies. Sure it looks a bit like a prison-tattoo but you’ll be pleased someone calls you if they find your three year old wondering around without you! Just make sure you child knows that mummy’s phone number is on their tummy.
Here’s to a great Easter Show! We hope you have a ball, make some memories and never need that ‘lost kid plan’. Don’t forget the camera, these moments are priceless mumma!
Royal Easter Show 2019 runs Friday 12th to Tuesday 23rd April. Gates open daily at 9am and Pavilions from 9.30am. The evening entertainment and fireworks conclude at 8.30pm, while the Showbag Pavilion closes at 9.30pm.