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Recreate the Sydney Royal Easter Show at Home

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You can still get your showbags and cheese on a stick
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Just because the Easter Show is cancelled, it doesn't mean you have to miss out on experiences like showbags. Image curtesy of www.Iloveshowbags.com.au


With School holidays looming, and the Sydney Royal Easter Show cancelled, what better way to get your kids excited about staying indoors than putting on your own Easter Show at home! With a little planning, you can easily re-create all their favourite show activities from your living room - including showbags!

The Animals
Kids always love the farmyard animals and they can still get their fix through live-streams from farms and zoos. Some streams include feedings at set times, but you can view them online afterwards.



Plus you can make a donation and watch food get delivered to the chickens in real time.

If they want to see more exotic animals, several zoos and Sydney Aquarium have different animals they are live streaming.


If you're looking to set up your own chicken coop, Sun Valley Produce, sells everything you'll need, including laying hens. If you just want to theme an area to make it look like a farm, you can also buy small hay bales and have them delivered. You could then donate them to a farm when you're finished.

The Shows
No Easter Show experience is complete without woodchopping. For safety reasons I can't recommend you take up woodchopping if you've never done it before, but if you're familiar with woodchopping techniques, you can buy an axe from Bunnings using click and collect for $30. Of course you can also pick up wood.

For the budget or safety conscious, you can watch plenty of woodchopping videos online:



Education
The Royal Agricultural Society has farming and produce based educational resources for all age groups so they can still learn something, including colouring workbooks (K-2), The Farm to Plate Process (3-6), Junior Farm Hands Workbook Series (K-6), Design Your Own Farm Drone (4-10) and Tomato Time (Teachers/Parents).

The Crayola website also has free printable Easter themed colouring pages which you could use for your at home Easter Show art competition.

The Food
You can easily set up a walk-through style pavilion in your living room. The easiest food samples to offer include: popcorn, hot-cross buns, liquorice, honey, cheese and crackers or chips; all easily purchased from a supermarket.

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You can still get your Cheese on a stick and fresh lemonade fix, at home. Image by Jade Jackson.


However, no Easter Show food would be complete without making Cheese on a stick and Dagwood Dogs/Pluto Pups/Corn Dogs. If you're short on time, you can buy pre-made Dagwood Dogs or Mozarella Sticks from Woolworths.

A cheese stick must be accompanied by fresh lemonade, which is surprisingly easy to make at home. You'll need the juice of 6-8 large lemons, 2 cups of castor sugar and 6-8 cups of water.

Boil 2 cups of water with the sugar to create a syrup, let it cool then add that to the juiced lemons. Add fresh water until you get your preferred taste and sweetness, then chill.

Another Easter Show favourite is the Twisted Chip-on-a-stick. You can vary the recipe with sweet potatoes, here's how to make Twisted Potato at home.

If you want to have a truly authentic show experience, and support local producers, you can order food from all the official Easter Show stallholders including Jim's Jerky, Uncle John's Licorice, Morish Nuts, Mondo Nougat and Neo Organic Teas plus loads more via the Easter Show website.

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You can still get your Morish Nuts Showbag amongst other Easter Show retailers. Image by Jade Jackson.


The Baking and Craft Competitions
Spice up your endless days of isolation by having a baking competition amongst your family or flatmates or friends via Skype. These days, most packet mix baking options only require an egg, water, the cake mix, bake it and you're done. When you're trying to put together an entire Easter Show, you have to make shortcuts somewhere.

Cupcakes, date loaf, chocolate brownies and blueberry muffins are all simple to bake and surprisingly tasty packet mix cakes I've made recently. Cupcakes work well to have a fun competition with kids for the best decorated.

For the authentic Country Women's Association Scone Recipe, you can buy their cookbook online.

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Cupcakes are easy to bake and are perfect for a home baking competition. Image curtesy of Unsplash.


Big W sells blue ribbon hair ties that can substitute as a first prize ribbon or you can buy gold star ribbon from Spotlight. For more official looking award ribbons like those issued by the show, you can find those here.

Spotlight and Kmart both have inexpensive craft options ranging from coloured beads to make jewellery, stickers and patterned paper for decorating objects and they also sell plain wooden, plaster and foam objects ready to turn into something fabulous.

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The Fiskbo frames at IKEA start from $1.49 each, perfect for your kids artwork. Image curtesy of IKEA.


If you want to create something useful, here's some quick and simple craft ideas:
Attach ribbons or paper strips to empty cans to make a wind sock
Using string and attach metal objects like old keys. cutlery, cans or jar lids to a stick to make a wind-chime.
Use an old plastic bottle or cardboard carton, cut out a door and fill it with grass or straw to make a bird house.
Brighten up old plastic pots with rhinestones and glitter and then plant herbs or vegetable seedlings.
Buy some cheap frames from Ikea (starting form $1.49 each) to help inspire your kids knowing their art will be framed and put on the wall.

The Rides
For many, the rides are the highlights which admittedly are tricky to substitute at home, but not impossible. For $202 you can buy a Limited Edition Electric Hot Pink Maserati your kids can cruise around the backyard (or lounge room) in. You could even set up a track using chalk with parking, traffic lights and pedestrian crossings and they'll be occupied for hours. For bigger kids, there's a ride-on Big Red Truck for $136 or you can also find Range Rovers, Porsches or Audis.

Kmart sells an inflatable Jumping Castle for $49. However, you know you'll win the kids over for life when you purchase your very own roller coaster, (POA) and have it set up on your country estate, along with a Sky Drop and Ferris Wheel. These days you can order anything online.

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Set up rides for kids with an electric vehicle from $136 including free delivery. Image curtesy of www.rideons.com.au


The Carnival Games
There's plenty of cheap kids toys you'll find in this list which could substitute as side-show alley style games.

However, sticking to similar ones they have at the Easter Show, Kmart sells a Foam Dart Shooter for $3.75 or a Twin pack for $5 which could be used for target practice to knock over lego figurines to win a prize.

You can also buy a set of Darts for $4, which could be used for that pop a balloon game.

For everyone's favourite, the laughing clowns, a packet of table tennis balls is only $3. You could construct a game using a cardboard tube from leftover Christmas wrapping paper and a paper plate.

Of course, if you want to get the clicks on Instagram, then you'll buy your own original laughing clowns game[/LINK].

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New for this year, the Stranger Things showbag. Image curtesy of www.showbags.com.au.


The Showbags
The best part of having an at-home Easter Show experience is you don't have to miss out on the showbags.

You can order showbags online. If you want to re-create the experience of the Easter Show, find out which bags your kids are interested in, order them, then set up a showbag shop where they can use their pocket money to buy their favourite bags like the Bertie Beetle or Bluey showbags. There's different companies selling showbags including:

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The Showbag Shop - Offers Afterpay
Features Nestle, Character bags like Garfield, My Little Pony, Movies including Avengers and Star Wars, Women's Fashion such as Roxy.
Sporting Team Showbags includes AFL, NRL and A-League Showbags.
Features Cadbury, Bluey, Barbie, The Very Hungry Little Caterpillar, Fast and Furious, Friends, LOL Surprise, Harry Potter, Riverdale plus loads more.
Women's Health, White Glo, Men's Health, Better Homes & Gardens, Designer Brands, Bubs and Tots plus more health and fashion Showbags.
Kids dress ups like Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Minnie Mouse, Jo Jo Siwa, Frozen, Wiggles and Batman plus army and ninja Showbags.

If you're considering going into the showbag business, you can set up an account with Bensons which gives you wholesale prices on some of the most popular Showbags like Cadbury. You can download a catalogue here.

The Sydney Royal Easter Show might be cancelled for 2020, but you can still re-create your favourite show experiences at home. With a little bit of creative thinking, get the kids (and yourself) excited about the upcoming school holidays by having a fun-filled day of Easter festivities at home, just don't invite anyone else.

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Turn Easter at home into an egg-citing day. Image curtesy of Unsplash.
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Why? The Easter Show May Be Cancelled But You Don't Have To Miss Out
When: Anytime, but over the Easter break is ideal.
Where: At your home.
Cost: Ranges depending upon how much you want to spend, from $10-$15 for a Showbag.
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