Shane Crawford’s Best Show Day Ever, as told by Shane himself29 September, 2019
It’s the first year bringing my 7 year old twins Jack and Harry to the Royal Melbourne Show, and I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been since I was a kid. This year, I wanted to share how we spent our day.
9.00am – Getting to the Show
Armed with our pre-purchased tickets, ride passes and our Myki’s, getting the train in to the Show was super easy from where we live – we got the train from Flinders Street and were dropped right at the gate at Melbourne Showgrounds.
9:30am – I need a coffee and cannoli
I heard the Herald Sun Coffee Cart in The Meadow is serving coffee and cannoli. A great start to the morning!
10am – Getting up close with farm animals
As a country guy myself, I can't wait to get the kids up close to the animals. They love feeding the baby goats so we head on over to the Biostime Animal Nursery. I'm thinking about putting them to the test and see if they have what it takes to shear a sheep or milk a cow in the Livestock Pavilion.
10-11am – Rides happy hour
During happy hour, one ride ticket purchase will admit two people to rides so we stop off at the Family Adventure Carnival to make some memories. The Wave Swinger was my Show favourite as a kid and I think the boys will enjoy this one and the view of the crowds below.
10.30am – PAW Patrol live
The twins are super energetic so if I take them to see PAW Patrol live on stage early we can burn some energy dancing along to all the moves of the Pup, Pup Boogie before lunch.
11.15am – PAW Patrol Meet & Greet
Because the twins said so!
11.00am – Lunchtime at Eat Street and treats from the Sweet Side of the Street
Early lunch. I wasn't able to go past the sliders, schnitzels and chips and follow my original plan to hit up All About Avo and pay homage to the humble avocado in a salad or wrap. I try to convince the kids to expand their foodie horizons and try something different like paella or gozleme but they went for the cheese toasties and hot dogs. We wander through The Sweet Side of the Street and the kids want the nitrogen frozen ice cream, hot jam donuts and giant pretzels. I’ve grabbed the strawberries on a stick – dipped in chocolate. I’m also secretly keen on the wafflepops.
12pm – The World’s Largest Showbag Pavilion
We’re all looking forward to taking home a showbag or two each. The twins have already put in requests for the Toy Story 4 and PAW Patrol showbags and my eldest wants the Stranger Things /Avengers bag. I’ve promised at least five mates Bertie Beetle showbags so it's time to shop!
1pm – Woodchop Pavilion
It's time to navigate the kids out of the showbag area in time so we can head to the Woodchop Pavilion for the axe throwing comp. This is serious business. Competitors stand six metres from a target, aim and throw and if the axe remains in the target and cuts into a scoring area, points are won. A test of skill, strength and perhaps a little luck too!
2.00pm – The Voice artists live on stage
I'm off to the Main Stage to see Channel 9's The Voice artists perform. It's an amazing experience to get around the talent.
2.30pm – The Royal Melbourne Show Parade presented by Mitsubishi
Grand Parades are historically a popular Royal Melbourne Show attraction and tradition so I’m very happy to see it return in 2019. I end up leading the marching band. So much fun!
3pm – Cosentino the Grand Illusionist
How did he do that? I'm fascinated by Cosentino the Grand Illusionist on the main stage. The performance was heaps of fun to watch.
3.30pm – Walk through the Jurassic Creatures Pavilion
There’s so much to do and so little time! The Jurassic Creatures interactive dinosaur walk-through is top of the list to show the kids the ferocious creatures that roamed the Earth in prehistoric times.
4pm – Sheep judging
I remember coming to the Show as a kid so I’m really keen on heading to the Livestock Pavilion for the sheep judging to see the finest rams, ewes and lambs vie for a champion ribbon. I’ll be testing the kid’s knowledge of the breeds of sheep too.
5pm – Everyone’s tired
The twins have so much energy. It's time to regenerate so I’ll head to The Meadow where they’re pouring Furphy on tap, there’s 6ft6 wine and local food I can share with the boys – pizza from 400 Gradi and Biggie Small's Kebabs will be a hit.
6pm – Thrill Seekers Carnival at night
I’m terrified, but I might go on The Beast, and walk through the Hollywood Horrors Haunted House.
6.30pm – Skywheel
As the sun goes down, I’ll be heading to the giant sky wheel for spectacular views of Melbourne Showgrounds and greater Melbourne.
6.30pm – The Elton John Experience
I don’t know about you but I’m warming up my vocal chords for Tiny Dancer.
7pm – Time to sit down and be entertained
Nothing says Royal Melbourne Show like sitting in the Herald Sun Arena in the evening watching precision driving, freestyle motocross stunts and the fireworks spectacular.
8pm – Time to go
The twins are tired and I'm in the same boat so we grab a cab and we all go home quickly and effortlessly with a smile on our faces!