The 2014 Royal Melbourne Show is back!

This traditional and much adored show has become more than just a celebration but a time to get together with family and friends for some rides, food, activities (lots of them are free) and shows. So whether the family are festival newbies or are Melbourne Show pros, we've got you covered and ready to enjoy your show experience from beginning to end.

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Frozen fans read on...This year there's a twist on the regular family-friendly line-up with a Frozen Karaoke Marquee so head to the side marquee of the Herald Sun Entertainment Dome and...Let it Go...Let it Go! Carrying on with the Frozen theme is Disney's Dream Party Display at the Art, Craft and Cookery Pavilion. It's a must for anyone thinking of hosting their next Frozen theme party. Head to the showbag pavilion for the ultimate Frozen Showbag. For $28.50 you can please any little Frozen fan.

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There's lots of scattered free activities that we encountered and lots of paid ones of course. Here's a quick rundown:

My Backyard is full of organic veggies, digging in and getting your hands dirty and having fun in your own backyard. This year the free activites include colouring a rock (quick and simple) and potting a flower or herb to take home. There's also the Disney Neverland maze to discover, dress-up a scarecrow and take your own photos, a backyard cafe to sit and relax at and free workshops at the Workshop Shed. If you're keen to hold a snake let the Reptile Education Bus do just that. For $5 you can brave a python around your neck...eek!

Paddock to Plate Pavilion is a great way to introduce the kids to a cow! Here you can pat and have a cuddle with them or see some sheep and lamas. We always stop by the apple store. Purchase a twisty apple (is there any other way to eat an apple?) for $1 and watch a free Mr and Mrs Potato Show. This show will have you dancing and singing from Saturday 20 September – Thursday 25 September or catch Dirtgirlworld Live Stage Show from Friday 26 September – Wednesday 1 October.

Herald Sun Entertainment Dome is the home to the Disney Rockin' the House with Mickey Mouse Show. It's a high energy performance that any family member will love. Other performances take place during the course of the Melbourne Show including Sam Powers - Master Illusionist.

Coca-Cola Arena hosts the gravity-defying daredevil stunts, tricks and backflips of The Freestyle Motorcross Show. Always a hit with the crowd. Get there early, at least 20 minutes before the show as it's a popular one!

Jayco Animal Nursery is loved by everyone. Once inside get up close to all sorts of farm animals and let the kids hand feed and get amongst the goats, calves, chickens and lambs. We highly recommend making a bee-line to the animal nursery when you arrive at the show as it gets pretty crowded. Best tackled early morning if you can.

Taste of Victoria Pavilion is a foodie haven and it's here you'll get a good coffee and if the sweet urges are kicking in be sure to head to the Burch & Purchese Pop Up Dessert Bar. The outdoor food trucks will have your lunch sorted too - ooh my yum!

Of course there's so much more to see and do but those were some of our highlights during the day.

Amenities are really good too. This year sees a handy recharge station for your mobile phone! We bought our pram and could easily zip through the show (last year we also had a pram but visited on a weekend and found by midday it was quite an effort battling the crowd). Inside the animal nursery there is a dedicated pram parking zone.

For more information about the Royal Melbourne Show and to plan your day, visit

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