Family Adventure Carnival
The lowdown: You’ll find the young children’s and family rides wedged conveniently between the animal nursery and the wood chopping. $25 ride passes can be bought online with entry ticket purchases. Open from 9.30am to 8pm. Rides are recommended for children aged 2 to 5.
Cup & Saucer $6 or 5 for $25
Find your favourite coloured cup and get ready to spin. You are at the (manual) controls of your cup while it spins at a comfortable pace on the platform. A great way for little ones to develop their ride confidence.
Alby’s verdict: “It made me a bit dizzy, but not sick.”
Crocodile Slide $6 or 5 for $25
A giant inflatable crocodile is home to two slides in this original looking take on the bouncy castle. The best part – unlimited turns. So you’ll find time to drink that coffee you so desperately need.
Alby’s verdict: “The slides are very high, they’re very steep and when you go down they’re very scary.”
Ziggy’s verdict: “I spent 45 minutes on it because Alby wouldn’t go without me.”
Jurassic Coaster $7 or 5 for $30
A dinosaur-themed, five-carriage roller coaster for junior thrill-seekers with $13 souvenir photos.
Ziggy’s verdict: “The scariest part was when I walked down the steps.”
Alby’s verdict: “It was good – you got to see dinosaurs.”
Just like regular dodgem cars but with plenty of steering help from three (particularly patient) roving attendants. Alby clipped one in the back of his ankles but the response was good-humoured. Ziggy was impressed by some of the junior drivers’ skills.
Alby’s verdict: “We love it!”
Sea Circus $6, 2 for $10 or 3 for $15
Built in three stacked shipping containers you’ll navigate a series of ladders and obstacles that dangle, rotate, vibrate and wobble before reaching the twisty slide at the end.
Alby’s verdict: “Well, you got to go on obstacles and slides.” Was it scary? “Nah.”
The lowdown: you’ll find classics such as The Pirate Ship and dodgem cars (Crazy Cars, here), ghost trains and water coasters (Pirate’s Revenge). Open from 9am to 9pm. Rides are recommended for ages 6 to 16.
The Pirate Ship $8
A visit to the Show wouldn’t be complete without a turn on this classic ride. The modern version thrills you with pendulum swinging high-seas action and is perfect for all thrillseekers in training.
Big Bubble Bump $15
At the more expensive end of rides in the Adventure Carnival section, these giant clear plastic spheres allow your little devils to literally walk, roll, or even run on water.