Royal Melbourne Show for under 5s

Kids love the show and with little Miss' first time at the show yesterday, I can see why! So much to do there, lots of animals and activities! 

Although the weather predictions were rain and hail, we had a beautiful sunny but cold day at the show. We arrived early and headed straight down to the Jayco Animal Nursery and while we waited for that to open, we checked out the animals in the Animal Farmyard

 The Animal Farmyard

The Animal Farmyard

I created our daily schedule on the show's website days before we went. I accessed it from my phone so I am pretty sure we did everything! We were there a good six hours so by the time we got home I was ready for bed! So much to do with little Miss asking me for a showbag every five minutes, easy to see why you can feel a bit tired after it all.

Little Miss' favourite place was the Jayco Animal Nursery with lots of goats and chicken to pat and feed. We didn't get the cup of feed for $2 because I was worried the goats would jump on little Miss and scare her off so we will wait until she's a bit bigger.

 Jayco Animal Nursery

Jayco Animal Nursery

 Goats at the Jayco Animal Nursery

Goats at the Jayco Animal Nursery

After the Jayco Animal Nursery, we headed for the Winning Tastes Pavilion where we checked out the Masterchef set along with some nice produce and Zumbo macarons of course! Little Miss was too excited to sit down and do the Stephanie Alexander cooking class so we headed to the Advance Dog Pavilion instead followed by the Farmhouse. She loved watching dogs being judged and look at all the dogs in the Pavilion.

Here's a few things we got up to while we were at the Farmhouse. Activities and shows vary during the day so check the show's website for full details.

  • Working dogs show
  • Legendairy milking show
  • Timmy Time meet & greet
  • Pat a chook
  • Pat a pig
  • Hands on activities: digging for veggies, turning wheat into flour and making a pasta necklace
 Pat a pig at the Farmhouse

Pat a pig at the Farmhouse

After all that, we took a food break and headed to the Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion. Checked out the Pets, Garden & Outdoor Living Pavilion and little Miss got her hands dirty doing a few of the activities on offer.

  • Plant a seedling
  • Make a bird feeder
  • Decorate the giant chook sculpture
 Plant a seedling at the Pets, Garden & Outdoor Living Pavilion

Plant a seedling at the Pets, Garden & Outdoor Living Pavilion

 Decorate the giant chook sculpture at the Pets, Garden & Outdoor Living Pavilion

Decorate the giant chook sculpture at the Pets, Garden & Outdoor Living Pavilion

We then checked out the Channel 7 Family Fun Pavilion followed by a toilet break. There is a basic parents room, toilets and a water stop right behind the Family Fun Pavilion.

We checked out the Herald Sun Arena as well as the Art, Craft and Cookery Pavilion while we waited for the 2pm Peppa Pig show. Little Miss had fun posing with the crochet cows and drawing on Daisy and Matilda the Chalkboard Cows.

Before the Peppa Pig show started we sat at the back so little Miss could stand up on her chair to see Peppa without the crowds which she isn't a fan of. The show lasted 15 mins but there is a meet & greet after the show to see Peppa.

 Peppa Pig Show at the Entertainment Dome

Peppa Pig Show at the Entertainment Dome

After a few visits at the Showbag Pavilion, we finished our visit at the Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion where little Miss patted sheeps and a few chickens and watched the beef judging.

    • Sheep breed display
    • Schools poultry egg laying competition display
    • Poultry display
    • Beef judging

    Little Miss had a fantastic day at the show yesterday so we will definitely be back next year! 

    Notes & Tips

    Under 5's get free entry to the show which is great and I grabbed my ticket from Woolworths and saved 10%. There's also family packages and bundles online so check those out before you go.

    I recommend checking out the show's map and making your daily schedule before you head to the show to plan your day so you don't miss out on some of the events that don't run for the whole day or on particular days.

    Go to the show during the week if you can to avoid the crowds and queues and get there early and start at the Jayco Nursery and work your way back to the Epsom road entry so you grab your show bags on your way out so you don't have to carry them throughout the day.

    Also bring a water bottle, sunscreen, snacks and/or packed lunch to the show as food can get a bit expensive. It's also a good idea to take cash with you as some places like the showbag pavilion will charge a surcharge for credit card payments.