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You Don't Have to Spend a Fortune at the Easter Show
Best Free Stuff
The Sydney Royal Easter Show doesn't have to be an expensive day out. Arrive after 4pm and save $10 off Adult entry or on Kids Day (Wed 19th Apr), entry for them is only $12.50 plus two-for-one on rides until 5pm. Once you're in, there are plenty of FREE things to do, get and eat and many items that cost under $10.
Free seeds given out at a gardening talk in the Home, Flower & Garden Pavillion.
Grab the free Royal Australian Mint Show bag from the Heritage pavilion to receive your free credit card sized magnifying glass.
Free magnifying glass in the Royal Australian Mint Showbag from the Heritage Pavilion.
Free Massage There are multiple Chinese massage stalls (World Bazaar, Sports & Adventure) around the Easter Show. If they're not busy, they'll give you a free trial massage. There are also multiple stalls selling massage chairs in the Home, Garden & Lifestyle Pavillion where you can try them for free, receiving a massage in the process.
Free Video Games In World Bazaar there is a stall where you can have a free go on retro video game tables with classic games like Pacman, Street Fighter and Frogger.
Free Stuff For Kids Around the Service NSW and Police stand there was plenty of freebies for kids including pens, coloured pencils, temporary tattoos, magnets and wristbands.
In the Kids World Pavillion, there are free activities for kids like windmill craft and toys to play with.
Free Food Samples Head to the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome to fill up on samples ranging from hot roasted nuts, salami, cheese, crackers, crisps, risotto, sweet potato bake, hot cross buns, ice-cream, yogurt, fudge, wine and fruit liquor and that's before the famous Woolworths Sample Plate which this year featured items like sausages, coleslaw and scones with jam and cream. The menu for this changes daily.
There's a couple of free samples in The Stables like dips.
Free Pet Food
In the pet pavilion, I saw a couple of stands offering free samples of pet food.
Water filling stations
Towards the rear of the grounds near the cattle and in the Woolworths Food Farm (near the farmyard nursery) there are water bottle filling stations so you don't have to buy drinks.
Woolworths Tasting Plate at Sydney Royal Easter Show.
With free shows, free art to look at and free craft activities for kids, there are enough freebies to keep everyone entertained throughout the day. The hardest part will be choosing which ones.
Hi-5 Perform Wed 19th April in the Amphitheatre at 11am
This is a one-off show, especially for kids day.
Also in the Amphitheatre is the impressive and educational Feathered Friends Bird Show where you can see rare red-tailed black cockatoos, wedge-tailed eagles, pelicans and other Australian native birds in action.
See all sorts of amazing birds in action in the birdshow in the Ampitheatre.
Throughout the day you can see sideshow stunt performers like the sword swallower, The Space Cowboy and skateboarders perform stunts in the Skate Park. In the evening the Outback Stockman show is an impressive display of horse riding in a shortened version of The Man from Snowy River.
Kids always love the pat-a-pig exhibit which occurs at set times throughout the day and the Woolworhs Food Farm provides plenty of free activities for kids like digging for vegetables, cooking, sitting in a tractor and a virtual reality farming exhibition.
Whilst there are plenty of free things at the show, there are also plenty of bargains to be had with jewellery plants and kids toys available for under $10.
Cheap stuff under $10
Magic beans can be found in the Flower & Garden Pavillion.
In the Fashion and Style pavilion, you can find glitzy caps and bag accessories for $10 each. Buy two and get one free. Near the cap stall is a jewellery accessory stand selling necklaces for $6 each or two for $10.
Glitzy caps found in the Fashion & Style pavillion.
If you're into gemstones, there is a stall in the same pavilion selling gems from as little as $3 up to $9 each. They had a huge selection including Amazonite, blue agate, blue obsidian, turquoise, etc.
Discounted lewellry can be found in the Fashion & Style pavillion.
In the Sports and Adventure section on the outside of the stadium, you can buy assorted belts for $10 each or three belts for $20.
Discounted belts can be found in the sports and adventure section.
In the same section, you can shoot five arrows for $5 to win a giant fluffy toy if that's your fancy or buy a kite for $10. Kids all over the show went crazy for the bounce-back balls. For $5 your child can be the coolest kid on the block with one too.
Bounce back balls were all the rage at the Easter Show.
I also saw multiple stands selling cakes of soap for under $5. The goat milk shop in the pig & goat pavilion had cakes for $3, as did a number of stalls in the Fashion & Style pavilion.
Goats milk soap can be found for $3 in the sheep & goat pavillion.
In the dog pavilion, you can buy handy pet accessories like a treat pouch or water container for under $10.
Carnival games can be played for as little as $5.
Food under $10
Score a coffee and cannoli for $5 at the Easter Show.
Food under $10
Eating at the show doesn't have to cost a fortune either.
In the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome, you can find: Slices of banana bread for $2 Toasted cheese sandwiches for $2 Coffee with an Italian cannoli for $5 Pies for $6 Sushi from $3.50 Pasta from $10.
In the doorway between the Woolworths pavilion and the lifestyle pavilion, you can fill your sugar kick with a jar of classic Rock Candy for $4 or two jars for $7.
Jars of Rock Candy can be bought for $4 at the Easter Show.
Plenty of showbags under $10
The Cadbury stand has multiple showbags like Freddo, Crunchie and Dairy Milk bags for $4 each or 3 for $10. The Mars showbags have similar deals as does Smiths and Red Rock Deli.
Once you're in, it's feasible to spend no more than $10 for the rest of the day; if you buy one or two items for less than $10 and fill up on freebies and cheap food. Filling your day with free shows and competitions like woodchopping, will help keep your costs down.
If you make it through the show, finding yourself exhausted and want somewhere comfy to sit and chill out, then Reading Cinemas at Auburn or Rhodes (about a 10-minute drive from the show) has discounted cinema tickets for $10 including the latest blockbusters.