Believe it or not, I had never been to the "Royal" until yesterday! Adam went ever year as a kid and my in-laws have taken Big A at least once.
So we took the girls yesterday afternoon and had a great time!
Although I was initially upset about not bringing snacks when we arrived and they immediately began complaining they were hungry, we were able to keep them fed and satisfied relatively healthfully (they had snacked before we left home and my new strategy is not to allow them to mindlessly graze all day so they are hungrier at meal times).
There are all the usual suspects: poutine, pizza, cotton candy, fudge, ice cream, etc., but the girls were happy to fill up on the abundant free samples of fresh apples and locally produced cheeses and bison sausage. We did buy them apple chips (ingredients: apples) and real fruit smoothies, so overall it wasn't that bad considering the alternatives!
The girls loved the animals (cows, goats, llamas, alpacas, pigs, bunnies, etc.), and the Superdog show. Big A got to try to milk a (fake) cow and Little A jumped her heart out in the bouncy castle.
Very fun, but admittedly not a cheap outing:
Family pass - $50
Parking - $13
Apple chips x 2 - $6
Smoothies x 2 - $8
The Royal runs until November 13th at Exhibition Place in Toronto.