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 22nd September to the 29th September 2018 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!
Save on entry fees
Standard gate prices are $30 for adults, $15 for children aged 5 -15 years, $16 for concession holders, $75 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 27th September with 1/2 price kids entry.
Alternatively, you can purchase discounted early bird tickets prior to September 22nd HERE.
IGA Cooking with Kids in the Cookery and Creative Crafts Pavilion will feature Carrot, Zucchini and Cheese Scruffins (a blend between a muffin and a scone) and Healthy Trifle, with 5 sessions in the kitchen a day. These cooking sessions run for 30 minutes each and have the capacity for 30 children per session. Times are 10 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm, 4 pm.
Taste some healthy zucchini fritters and learn how to make them at the Cookery and Creative Crafts Pavilion, Monday 24th September 9:30 am – 11:30 am and 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.
Need gluten-free food? The ‘No Gluten Worries’ food van will be in the Food Van Zone daily.
Stop by the Small Business Market (open 9 am – 9 pm daily) and try some local produce including products from Wholehearted business member HnH Life who will be there from Thurs 27th – Sat 29th. Delicious goodies to taste include HnH Life Coconut Yoghurt whipped & pot set (original, vanilla & chocolate), GroLo grain-free granola, YoLo kombucha, EveryMite, “FuZeD” coffee (HnH Life’s version of bulletproof Keto coffee), bites and bliss balls. Mention Wholehearted Family Health for a 10% discount on their products (samples and showbag available).
Learn about animals
Head to the Creatures Great and Small Pavilion to pat a bunny, cuddle a cavy (guinea pig), pat a piglet, cuddle a chick, or stroke a baby alpaca. Daily 9 am – 6 pm.
Walk among the friendly farm animals at the PETstock Animal Nursery and watch out for Farmer Nigel who will be on hand to answer any questions. Daily 9 am – 8 pm.
Visit the Legendairy Milking Station 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 – 6 pm.
Come and bottle feed a calf. Happening just opposite the WA Dairy Pavilion daily at 10.30am and 3.00pm.
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 – 8 pm.
Find out all about dung beetles and use an eye-scope to take a closer look at creatures living in the soil. Daily from 9 am – 8 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, dig for potatoes, find the queen honey bee, and see the egg-laying hens.
Enter a Science Wonderland with Scitech each day between 9 am and 8 pm. Science Wonderland allows you to explore, experiment and discover the world of science. It is packed with interactive exhibits, exciting puzzles, amazing challenges and awesome tech.
Each day between 9 am and 1:30 pm at Gate 10, Tony Genovese from Cool 4 Kids will greet showgoers with his colourful attire as they enter the showgrounds. He will be twisting and shaping balloons and you can meet and greet costumed characters including Pirate Pal, The Wizard and Percy Parrot.
Head to the Community Stage for Babyballet where the fairies will teach your little ones to twirl, leap and sing along in their interactive show. Sun 23rd 11:10 am, Mon 24th 10:50 am.
Ride a tractor simulator in the Walk Through WA exhibit. Open 9 am – 8 pm daily.
Play some giant Jenga, the bean bag toss and other games on the grass in the Food Van Zone 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 of First Aid Heroes and Making the Right Call.
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 half day (min hire) and $5 per hour thereafter. 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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