Our tips for a great family day out at the Royal Geelong Show- 2019
The Royal Geelong Show is now upon us for 2019!
It will be held at the Royal Geelong Showgrounds at 79 Breakwater Road, East Geelong from Thursday 17 October 2019 until Sunday 20 October 2019. This an exciting time for families in the Greater Geelong region. Lots of kids and parents also have the bonus of having the Geelong Show Public Holiday on Friday 18 October 2019.
Although going to the show can be a great and exciting time, it can also be overwhelming both for parents and kids. It can also be an expensive day out.
Geelong Living Plus is happy to help you through sharing a few hints and tips which we find work well for our family of five. We want to help you have a great Geelong Show experience with minimal stress, fuss and lots of fun, laughter and memories.
Travel, parking and tickets
Parking at Breakwater Road is $10.00
If you are planning on travelling by public transport, there are buses by McHarry’s from the Geelong station to the Showgrounds. To find out further details about buses please click here.
Tickets are available for purchase at the gate as well as online here. Tocket prices are as follows:
Child (8-15): $13.00
Family pass: 2 Adults and up to 3 kids (8-15): $55.00
Kids 7 years and under: Free
Concession and Student Tickets: $17.00
Dogs are not allowed at the show apart from Companion and Guide dogs or dogs competing in formal competitions at the Show.
We would love to share a few of our favourite five tips for how to have the best possible day out with your family at the Royal Geelong Show:
Prepare and pack the day before:
I know this sounds like an easy and obvious one, but there have been times I haven’t done it and then I regret it later. Preparing and packing the night before can save a mad dash around the house that morning, stress, conflict and leaving later than we had planned to (we all know what that’s like).
Some of the easy things I like to prepare the night before include: the kids clothes, shoes (comfortable footwear for lots of walking), jackets and umbrellas (for if it is going to cold or raining), nappy bag, bag with snacks, drinks, packed lunch in fridge if you are planning to take all your own food, hats, sunscreen, baby wipes/ hand sanitiser.
Plan for what time you would like to arrive and how you will be getting there. We love to arrive the earliest time possible (gates open at 9am) as we find the kids are usually happier and brighter and we can beat the crowds which usually build up over the day. The kids also tend to get tired and over it by mid afternoon so you can make sure you have a worthwhile day out if you get there early.
Prepare your children:
Ok- this might sound like a strange heading, but what I am referring to is more about minimising the risk of them getting lost and upset during the day out. Dress your child in bright colours. You might find it useful to take a photo of your child at the start of the day so you can easily recall what they are wearing and to show security etc.
Writing your mobile number on younger kid’s arms can be a good option and for older kids, you can give them a card with your contact details which they could then give to someone if they become lost. Some families find that setting a meeting spot if they become lost can be helpful. Otherwise, talking to your kids beforehand about who they can approach if lost can be a good option so they feel more prepared in case this happens.
Agree on a Budget
This might not be relevant to everyone, but for families with multiple kids, attending the show and all that is involved can certainly add up in terms of dollars. It can be less stressful at the end of the day if you plan an approximate amount that you are wanting to/ or able to spend. Entry costs are set so this makes it a bit easier. Other items you might like to consider in your budget include parking, rides, showbags, food and drink and other entertainment.
Once you have decided on a budget for the day, you may also like to break this down further and discuss with your kids. For example, they have $30 each to spend on showbags or they can choose two rides each to go on for the day. This then helps in them knowing what they can expect and are able to choose from and undertake when you arrive at the show and there is lots of excitement and activity going on. This might also lessen the chance of disappointed kids and tantrums (if you are lucky!).
Planning for Lunch, drinks and snacks
As a family of five, we sure know the feeling of how quickly buying food and drinks at an event like the Show can add up. So if you are looking to save a little money or to put your money towards other things at the Show, I would suggest at least taking some food and drinks along. Bottles of water, juice or soft drinks are a lot less expensive to bring along and can be carried in a cooler bag or back pack.
It’s definitely a bonus if you have a pram where you can store and hang extra bags throughout the day. Taking along lunch such as sandwiches, scrolls or wraps is a money saving option. Snacks such as pretzels, muffins, fruit can keep those always hungry children satisfied. We always like to grab a sneaky ice cream or ice block or some jam donuts (well hubby does anyway!!). Food and drinks can be quite expensive if you haven’t been before so be prepared if you aren’t planning to take anything along.
Plan out what you would most like to see and do
There are so many exciting activities and displays to visit so it can become a little overwhelming. If you have a baby or younger kids, your time may be limited. Most of us will relate to that period in the early afternoon where you glance at your partner and say “it’s time to go” due to tired, worn kids who have had or are about ready to have a major tantrums or meltdowns. Planning to do the activities you are most interested in earlier on in your visit can prove worthwhile.
Some of the family friendly highlights include: Show by Monster Truck Australia including Jet Car, Fireworks display (Fri and Sat nights), Vintage Tractor parade (Fri and Sat Afternoon), Animal displays and pavilions and the Racing Pigs.
Make sure to check out the full list of activities and displays in the program here.
We hope you have a fantastic day out with the family when attending the Royal Geelong Show. It’s so great to see the smiles on everyone’s faces and it is certainly a day to create memories.
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