In all honesty we hadn't been to the show before as a family because I expected it to be a complete nightmare, and yet I was pleasantly surprised.
We gave the kids a prep talk, the rules, 1 show bag, 3 rides. We decided we wanted to stay till close and see the fireworks so didn't head in until after we'd had lunch, arriving at 1.30pm.
We enjoyed the rides, and a go on the clowns ~
We loved the animal nursery ~
We wandered through the Fresh food Pavilion and the Kids Zone, Paddock to Plate arena. Managed some time out for dinner, which I was grateful and surprised for so many options in the Fresh food Pavilion.
There were loads and loads of showbags to choose from, probably too many for our guys, they were a little overwhelmed. Lulu ended up getting Madagasca, it was filled with circus tools, which was perfect having just completed circus skills training at school. She's been busting for a spinning plate and now she has that and loads more. Great value at $25. Plus there were loads of lolly show bags which varied in price but were mostly 3 for $10.
Then more rides ~
To say that we had sleeping children on the way home is a bit of an understatement. There may have been snoring.
So my thoughts on the show are this: There is plenty to see and do, (we did not do everything) and you don't have to spend a fortune. I am grateful that the younger children's rides are a little cheaper and well priced. We were given a free family pass to get in and spent under $200.
Come prepared with your own drinks and snacks, don't get me wrong we still bought an ice cream and dinner but reduced costs with a bag of supermarket snacks.
And set the expectation before you go. Having said that I still anticipated a lot of nagging, but my children were extremely well behaved and didn't nag our butts off. First for everything!
The Royal Melbourne Show is on until 2 October. Check out the website for more details.