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!
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.
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.
You can still get your Cheese on a stick and fresh lemonade fix, at home. Image by Jade Jackson.
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.
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.
Cupcakes are easy to bake and are perfect for a home baking competition. Image curtesy of Unsplash.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Turn Easter at home into an egg-citing day. Image curtesy of Unsplash.