5 tips for taking a toddler to the Royal Melb Show – plus loads of photos!

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 To take or not to take a toddler to the Show. That was the question.
Knowing how excited Mr D gets when he sees animals, trucks, rides, anything colourful or anything new, it actually was a no brainer – I knew he would absolutely seeing all the sights! And as soon as we drove into the carpark Mr D loudly exclaimed “Helicopter! Helicopter!” He sees everything before we do and always loves letting us know!

This year it was so much fun seeing Daniel run, walk, smile, eat, and gawk at everything we walked past – he was in such awe. The Show is a wonderful playground for people of all ages where you get to learn all about agriculture, livestock, locally made products (the relishes, dukkah and caramel tasted so amazing!) plus have some fun checking out all the rides and activities. Mr D found lots of fun things to do so without further ado, here is my photo heavy post for this year’s Royal Melbourne Show experience! (For last year’s Show roundup click here.)

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Masterchef 2014Mr D was asleep when we got to the Showgrounds (yessss!) so we took advantage of the opportunity and headed straight to the “Tastes of Victoria” Pavilion for some delicious treats and to watch the cooking demonstrations. Mr D woke up by the time we were lining up for the Masterchef kitchen tour – he didn’t want to miss out on meeting the finalists!

My Backyard collageGrassy Hens Royal Melbourne ShowThe “My Backyard” area is a favourite of ours because Mr D can freely run around the bales of hay, watch the little ducks and get busy with different activities for young kids. Last year he took home some herbs and this year he decided to do some rock painting. The weather was gorgeous!
Show ridesRide watching The Urban MaWe didn’t go on any rides this year but Mr D looked like he totally was ready to go on some of the big ones – he was staring at them for ages! 
Woolies PavillionThe Woolies Pavilion was fun for both Mr D and the hubby and I as we got to taste lots of different food and Mr D got plant and make a cress head 🙂 (It has already started sprouting 7 days later!).
IMG_9870IMG_9848Mr D loves getting hands on with anything from coloring in to play dough and at this year’s Show he was so happy to do a few more different things than what he normally gets to do at home 🙂
IMG_9846Obsessed with Disney’s Cars and Planes movies and you can only guess how excited Mr D got when he saw a huge model of Dusty!
Show animals 2014We spent quite a bit of time at the arena and also the animal nursery (I love seeing piglets!!!)
The Showbag pavillionWe survived the line to the Showbag Pavilion (don’t be deceived by its length as it actually moves along quite quickly, thank goodness!), plus I was armed with food for the little man! We got a few showbags for my bro, sis and a Thomas the Tank Engine one for Mr D – he loved opening it and playing with the puzzle, scroll down further to see!
Melb Show foodtrucks 2014Before heading home, we found a nice little spot outside with some nice open space and a few foodtrucks, so we devoured some burger bagels from Round the Way and Mr D enjoyed the lemongrass chicken skewer from Oodlelishious. Check out my Instagram for more pics!

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Heading to the Show!? Here are my top 5 tips when taking a toddler:

1) If possible, time the trip after a nap – they’ll be able use all their renewed energy when they get there!
2) Check out the Royal Show’s website so you have an idea of what you want to see and do (there are some shows and activities that occur at certain times during the day)
3) Wear sunscreen, bring your sunnies and a cardigan/jacket – you know how Melbourne’s weather is!
4) Bring lots of snacks for the little one (and maybe yourself!) so they don’t get bored if you have to wait in any lines – I bought some blueberries, strawberries, rice crackers and water and it totally saved us when we were lining up for showbags!
5) Finally bring some patience if you can. As always there are loads of people but the bustling  crowd is all part of the atmosphere and Mr D used some of the waiting time to make a few friends as we waited in lines and for our food!

The above tips helped us enjoy our day at the Show this year (we were there from around 1-6pm) but I’m sure there are loads more! – what are some of your suggestions for having a great time at the Royal Melbourne Show? I’d love to hear from you! Comment below or on my Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!

Thanks so much for visiting and see you again on my next post! xx
Daniel's showbagTotally chuffed with his showbag!
The Urban Ma Melb show showbagsHe couldn’t wait to open his showbag and check out the goodies inside. Ahhh thank you to the Royal Melbourne Show for another great year and a wonderful family day out!

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