The Pet Show | Adelaide Review

A family-friendly day out for pet owners and animal lovers, The Pet Show has a lot to offer for young and old.

Review by Claire Davill

The Pet Show was new to Adelaide in 2024, and looks like it may become an annual event – we loved our day out and recommend it to all animal loving families.  Like all trade shows there is a cost to get in, but once inside there are free activities and plenty of things to see and do. We found lots of thoughtful touches for families and young children.

There was a scavenger hunt, with a bag and map for each family that encouraged kids to seek out different displays and collect small gifts or enter competitions. At the end of the day we had lots of fun stickers, some lollies, a pet brush and a small aquarium ornament.

Many stalls had activities for kids, encouraging them to think about what they liked most about their pet (or what animal they would like to be), dog chew toy toss, magnifying glasses to look at pet ants, and the chance to pet some dogs and cats. Free face painting was also a big hit!

The kid’s zone provided a retreat from the crowds, with colouring in and Bluey headbands to make, and a little “agility course” for kids to try out.

Animals Anonymous was also a big hit with kids, with the chance to look at and pat a bettong, bearded dragon, lizards, snakes and to spot some hopping mice.

A live and interactive Bluey show on the stage attracted a huge crowd, and there was also a chance to meet and greet Bluey and Bingo as well (bookable for free when purchasing tickets).

We liked the broad focus on pet types and services. This was not a show solely about cats and dogs, although there were plenty of those! There were also stalls for fish, rabbits, ferrets, reptiles, birds and axolotls. Stalls ranged from animal breeders, animal-related charities, pet memorial services, grooming supplies and general pet supplies.

There were grooming demonstrations to watch that included all sorts of fancy hairstyles and some very well-behaved dogs! Informative talks were also provided on dog training, selecting the best pet for your family, grooming tips and cat breed information. 

This event was very busy, but the large indoor pavilion allowed people to spread out. There were multiple food options open in the adjacent atrium, and attendees were welcome to duck in and out without having to go through ticketing – great for a breather and a snack or a meal!

Stay tuned for the next year’s event.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit The Pet Show website.

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