Your healthy guide to the Perth Royal Show for kids under five
It’s that time again with the Perth Royal Show running from Saturday 28th September to the 5th October 2019 at the Claremont Showground, 1 Graylands Rd, Claremont. Many parents think twice about attending the show due to the large crowds and the cost of food, rides and show bags. For parents of little ones who are easily overwhelmed and too young for many of the attractions, it is easy to write the show off for another year.
Before you dismiss the show for your little ones, check out our healthy guide to the Perth Royal Show for kids under five, it not only guarantees a good time but avoids the excessive cost, sugar and volume of plastic toys often associated with this kind of event!
…And a heads up, all of the activities in this guide are FREE!
Perth Royal Show: Save on entry fees
Standard gate prices are $32 for adults, $16 for children aged 5 -15 years, $18 for concession holders, $74 for a family, and children 4 years and under are FREE. If your under 5s have older siblings you can save on their entry fees on Thursday 3rd October with 1/2 price kids entry at the gate.
Alternatively, you can purchase discounted early bird tickets prior to September 28th HERE.
Children will be taking over the kitchen at Farm 2 Food. The Kids Kitchen will feature a new menu of Beany Burritos and Apple Doughnut Dessert. With 5 sessions in the kitchen a day, these 30-minute cooking sessions are the perfect hands-on way to get your kids involved in food. Times are 10 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm and 4 pm.
Taste some healthy cauliflower fritters with parmesan and learn how to make them at the Creative Craft and Cookery Pavilion, Wednesday 2nd October 10 am – 11 am and Friday 4th October 10 am – 11 am.
Learn about animals
Walk among the friendly farm animals at the Animal Nursery and watch out for Farmer Nigel who will be on hand to answer any questions. Daily 9 am – 8 pm. Visit the Animal Nursery every day for goat milking demonstrations.
For something different check out the Cavies (Guinea Pigs) Fancy Dress and Diorama competition on Wednesday 2 October from 10 am in the Creatures Great and Small Pavillion.
Visit the Milking Station at the WA Dairy Pavillion and see the cows milked 6 times a day. Learn how WA dairy farmers produce milk, cheese, yoghurt and butter. Daily 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, 5 pm.
Visit the Pigeons and Poultry Pavilion where chicks are hatching daily in the incubator, from 9 am – 5 pm.
Come and bottle feed a calf. Happening just opposite the WA Dairy Pavilion daily at 10.30 am and 3 pm.
Get close to nature
Learn all about worms and make a worm farm at the worm shed in the Discover Dirt Pavilion, daily from 9 am – 6 pm.
Use an eye-scope to take a closer look at creatures living in the soil. Daily from 9 am – 6 pm in the Discover Dirt Pavilion.
Fun interactive activities
Head to the Farm 2 Food Pavilion daily between 9 am and 8 pm to explore the children’s Buy West Eat Best shopping market, check out the grain shed where you can mill your own flour to make dough, pick produce, see the egg-laying hens as you learn about WA eggs, and discover it all in the new Augmented Reality Farm.
See The Zimboyz, a trio of African acrobats that will be performing high energy stunts that will take your breath away with gravity-defying, jaw-dropping performances. Daily at 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm in the entertainment theatre.
Catch the fun Inflatable Farmyard characters and take a snap and do a dance with them or watch them waddle, run and fall over in a hilarious Farmyard Mascot Race every day, just after the Main Arena Grand Parade at 1 pm.
Ride a tractor simulator in the Discover WA exhibit. Open 9 am – 8 pm daily.
Visit the Police Pavilion for Constable Care show time. The theatre will come alive at 11 am, 12 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm daily for special performances.
Other helpful info & tips
Download your map to get around the showgrounds HERE.
Save money by packing your own food and (non-alcoholic) drinks.
Don’t forget to check the weather forecast before you go, you may either need sun protection or wet weather gear!
Strollers are available to hire from inside Gate 1. Cost is $15 per day. A $30 refundable deposit is required.
Parents’ facilities are available in a number of the public toilet blocks, check your map for locations.
Should you and your child become separated at the show please alert the Information Booth, Showground Police Station or the RASWA office to notify the Lost Persons Centre. All lost persons will be cared for at the Lost Persons Centre. See map for locations.
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