If you're like me and the thought of taking your kids to the Ekka makes you want to run for the hills (or mountains 😀), why not consider taking them to the Mt Gravatt Show?
Annual Mt Gravatt Show
Last weekend was the first time I took my kids there and they had a ball. It had the usual show-bag stand, rides, fairy floss, animal petting zoo, live entertainment and fireworks- and this Southside Mum didn't feel broken by the end of it! Result!
This was my first time with Miss Six and Miss Eight to any show (trying to hold off the Ekka for as long as I can) and I absolutely loved that it wasn't massive and wasn't jam-packed with people.
The Mt Gravatt Show had more than enough activities to keep them entertained. On the stage (behind the hall), groups of students from various local schools and adults put on entertainment in the form of bush-dancing and playing music. Also, almost every hour, there was a wildlife talk that involved baby crocodiles and snakes, where kids were provided with useful information, as well as being given the opportunity to get up, close and personal with the creatures.
Farm yard fun
I have to say though that my favourite part was the Farm animals. The alpacas were gorgeous as were the baby goats.
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To keep our tummies full, we decided on a delicious wood-fired pizza. It was quite a popular choice and we had to wait a little while, but it was worth it. Food choices at other stands included burgers, chips, hotdogs and more. To be honest, seeing those pizzas in the wood-fired oven with fresh toppings was too good not to try so we didn't venture far enough to see the full range of what else was on offer.
Fairy floss bigger than your head!
My girls didn't get dessert in the form of ice-creams as their sugar quota was well and truly used up with fairy floss (that was bigger than their heads) in the afternoon. However, there were plenty of dessert options available, and at reasonable prices for those that wanted it.
The entertainment at night was spectacular. Sitting on the embankment with the old-style hall behind us, we were dazzled by the amazing motorbike riders performing daring stunts. As the bikes were flying through the air, the riders surprised us by having their hands on the seats and legs in the air. Quite impressive.
For another portion of the night-time entertainment, the kids were taken care of by Agro and Ranger Stacey. Yes, Mums and Dads, you would remember those two from your younger days just like I did- it was quite a blast from the past! My daughters thought they were great. In fact Miss Eight came back and commented that the man behind her was laughing louder than she was! Goes to show that the jokes were just as funny for the adults as they were for the kids.
To end the night, we were wowed by the impressive firework display. We were initially fooled by the short bout of fireworks (a demonstration, I think) at 8:00pm, however as we started to leave for the car two minutes later, these magical explosions took over the sky. I've seen quite a few fireworks in my time and these were definitely up there with the best!
Yes, the Mt Gravatt Show was only on for one weekend and you may have missed it, but consider putting it in your diaries for 2018. We'll definitely go again but next year we'll start earlier in the day as I feel there was more to see.