One of the biggest family events in WA, the IGA Perth Royal Show returns to Claremont Showground from Saturday, 22 September to Saturday, 29 September. As well as the obligatory sideshow and showbags, there is so much variety to entertain kids of all ages. A day at the show can feel a bit overwhelming, with so much to see and do, so here are a few top picks on areas to visit with a young family without spending a fortune:
1. The Agventure Trail New for 2018, this educational trail aims to take adults and children on a guided tour of the IGA Perth Royal Show with lots to learn, see and do. You can pick up a free show program at one of the information booths to complete the hands-on interactive activities with a chance to win one of the many prizes on offer, including a family pass for four people to the 2019 Perth Royal Show! And the best thing? Its free!
There's so much to see and do at the IGA Perth Royal Show
2. Farm 2 Food The highlights of the free activities in this educational area are the CBH Grain Shed and Grain Train, where kids can grind wheat to make flour and also ‘drive’ the virtual Grain Train. Look out for the Buy West Eat Best Supermarket, an interactive supermarket where the kids can shop and scan their items on a real cash register. Everyone can get their hands dirty digging for potatoes (which can be taken home to plant) and throughout the day there will be kids cooking demonstrations from Miss Honey. Located in the Silver Jubilee Pavilion.
3. Discover Dirt My four year old loved this area in 2017 so we will be sure to head back there this year. Discover Dirt is another free hands-on educational area - we loved digging for ‘bugs’ last year and putting them into buckets. This year the WA Museum is bringing a shipping container full of bugs and insects for the kids to learn about, and there’s also a painting area. The soil tunnel is sure to be popular too - kids can go underground using a torch to see what lies beneath. Located in the Silver Jubilee Pavilion.
4. Taste WA A pop up restaurant focused on family-friendly dining, Taste WA is a great place to relax and recharge on a big day at the show. Its the largest undercover seating area on the Showgrounds, with comfy sofas, free kids games and high chairs. The bar menu is wholesome street-food style and all locally sourced, while the licensed bar showcases the award winning beers, wines and ciders from the Perth Royal Food Awards. Oh and there’s coffee! TV screens show the action from the main arena, while the stage will feature cookery demos and live music in the afternoon. Open daily from 10.30am to 7pm near Gate 5.
Luv a lamb is one of the animal interactions at the IGA Perth Royal Show
5. Meet the animals Animals are a huge part of the success of the show. Take some time to watch the sheepdogs or the showjumping in the main arena, or head to the sheep pavilion to see the prize winning fleeces. There are hands-on animal experiences throughout the Showgrounds - the All Creatures Great and Small pavilion is a great place to start with “Pat a Pig”, “Cuddle a cavy” and “Pat a bunny”.
6. Monster Trucks Show We will be trying to keep the kids going long enough to see the Monster Trucks who will be showing off their skills and thrills every evening at 7.25pm in the main arena. Featuring the “Shattered Silence” Monster Truck, mini dirt bikes from One10 Ministyle Demo Team, and the ASP FMX team of elite athletes, performing extreme stunts including a back flip 30ft in the air on motor bikes! Whaaat?! And if you have any energy left, there’s the huge fireworks spectacular at 8pm to top off the day.