Top Things To Do With The Kids These School Holidays in Adelaide
Holidays are here! And even though there is the excitement of long, lazy days, with no schedule and quality time with the kids, there’s also the sheer horror of… HOW DO WE KEEP THE KIDS ENTERTAINED?!!!!
Stop panicking, look no further – we have got you covered. Below we have a (very extensive) list of the top things Adelaide has to offer throughout the school holidays so that the kids are kept active and entertained and mum and dad get a moment (or three) to themselves!
We update this ultimate list of kid friendly activities in Adelaide before every school holidays!
1. MEGA ADVENTURE
SkyChallenge, Skywalk, Megabounce and now the Giantswing! Mega Adventure has something for everyone. The SkyWalk is for all ages and heights! Whether you have friends and family on the SkyChallenge, or just want to take in the views, you can climb 83 steps to the highest platform on the SkyMate. Alternatively the SkyChallenge has over 70 obstacles available for you to tackle at your own level and speed, the SkyChallenge is perfect for anyone wanting a stimulating experience. Imagine playing tennis in the sky, rowing a boat mid-air, or manoeuvring between obstacles like a floating esky, BMX bike, and sky-high picnic table. Book holiday tickets now!
2. TREE CLIMB ADELAIDE
Your tree top adventure awaits at Adelaideʼs first inner city aerial adventure park. Tree Climb, Adelaideʼs newest phenomenon (and for good reason!) has over 70 obstacles in 7 courses and thereʼs something for varying ages and abilities. Plus, youʼre outdoors in nature while youʼre having fun. Perfect.
WHEN: Mon – Sun 9.00am to 4.00pm
WHERE: Cnr Greenhill Road + Unley Road, Adelaide SA 5000
The ultimate massive indoor trampoline park that has hours of fun for all from ages 3 and up! With over 50 interconnected trampolines, that include dodgeball and the ultimate ninja obstacle course, this place has it all for a fun and energetic school holiday activity! Plus, the bonus is, the kids would’ve had so much fun jumping around that they’ll be exhausted and chill out for the rest of the day – win win!
WHERE: 164-168 Richmond Rd, Marleston SA 5033
4. ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Explore mark making in art in these school holiday workshops looking at the rarrk technique (fine-painted cross hatching), used by artist John Mawurndjul and generations of Kuninjku artists. This workshop is for kids 5-12 years old for the Art Gallery’s START program.
WHEN: Mon 7 – Fri 11 Jan / 10 / 11.20 / 1pm
COST: $15 per participant
5. AUSTRALIAN SPORTS CAMPS
ASC have so many school holiday programs and have you covered from basketball to cricket to netball to horse riding – a great way to keep the kids active and physical while doing something they love and it means you can drop them off knowing theyʼre safe and looked after for the day. To find out more and book a camp, head to the website.
6. EAGLE MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK
This park was developed by an initiative from the South Australian Government and it provides a seriously cool bike park which was very needed. Just a short drive from the Adelaide CBD, the Eagle Mountain Bike Park offers a selection of trails for a variety of skill levels and abilities including a skills development park and specifically designed downhill trail. Weʼre warning you though, once you bring the kids here – they may not want to leave!
WHERE: Mt Barker Road Leawood Gardens SA 5150
7. TWIG AND STICK
Nestled in Stirling, Twig and Stick Nature Club is the home of outdoor nature play sessions and they are hosting an amazing summer school holiday Nature Art and Play program – where kids between 4 and 8 can explore nature art and play, encouraging love and respect for Mother Nature. For more info and booking information, head to their website.
WHERE: 100 Old Mount Barker Rd, Stirling SA 5052
8. SA MUSEUM
Parasites; those little organisms that are often barely visible, and use humans, animals and flora to feed off of and thrive. And we all know what pesky parasites are capable of – from itches and stings to spreading disease, but thereʼs a wealth of information to learn about these little creatures, their existence and how their host relationships work. Enter SA Museums latest exhibition: Parasites: Life Undercover.
WHEN: 30 Nov – 03 Feb | 10-5 daily
COST:Adults $10 / Children under 16 free
Pumpt is the coolest indoor scooter and skate park!! It doesnʼt matter if itʼs stinking hot outside these school holidays, thatʼs the beauty of the indoor factor – itʼs suitable for all weather! You can bring your own scooter, skateboard or bike, however they also have them for hire. Thereʼs so much to try out here for all scooter and skating abilities, plus, theres an indoor cafe; Boneshaker, that serves great food – those burgers are delish – so you can grab a bite to eat before you head home!
WHERE: 221 Marion Rd, Richmond SA 5033
10. SA AQUATIC AND LEISURE CENTRE SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMS
What better place to chill out and have some fun than the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre! They have amazing school holiday programs to keep kids active, busy.. and cool!
WHEN: December 15-22, January 6-15, January 25, 27, 28 | 8o30-5o30
WHERE: 443 Morphett Rd, Oaklands Park SA 5046
11. CARRICK HILL
During the summer holidays, Carrick Hillʼs Story Book Trail comes alive – a self guided half kilometre tail with themed areas to explore and discover throughout the picturesque Carrick Hill grounds! This activity uses classic childrenʼs stories to encourage and ignite their imagination, from Wind in the Willows to The Hobbit to The Jungle Book and The Secret Garden, these are just a few tales kids will discover along the way. The Children’s Activity Pack includes a Story Book Trail guide, map, quiz, nature play handouts and a chocolate frog or bubbles!
WHEN: Wednesday – Sunday 17th December 2016 – 29th January 2017 | 10am
COST: $3 per child
WHERE: 46 Carrick Hill Dr, Springfield SA 5062
Free parking at Carrick Hill. Suitable for strollers. Bookings not required.
**Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
12. ADELAIDE RIVERBANK
The beautiful Adelaide Riverbank hosts a range of activities including all the fun at LOT 14 including unplugged coding, STEMplay, chocolate making and a macrame workshop. Thereʼs seriously so much on offer and something for everyone. Head to their website to find out more!
13. HAHNDORF FARM BARN
Hahndorf is just a short drive up the freeway and is the cutest lil town you ever did see. Thereʼs loads to do there and lots of rich German culture and history to immerse yourself and the kidlets in. Itʼs also home to the Hahndorf Farm Barn where your little ones can get up close and personal, interact, hold and feed most of the animals with the cutest little residents from baby lambs to guinea pigs to donkeys. And itʼs educational too, children learn all about the animals as well as have opportunities to milk a cow and ride a pony!
WHERE: 2282 Mount Barker Rd, Hahndorf SA 5245
14. LITTLE PICASSOS HOLIDAY PROGRAMS AND ART CAMP
Our favourites, Little Picassos are holding a number of holiday classes in their beautiful studios (Glenelg, Hyde Park, Blackwood, Cumberland Park). They have holiday programmes as well as art class which are rich in variety and cater for different ages, skill levels and art curriculum allowing for a hands on, experimental and educational way to introduce your littlies to art, or fine tune their current skill level and techniques.
Classes vary in times, materials, themes, art skills and techniques. Art sessions are for children aged 2 -16 years. Prices range from COST: $20– $55 per session.For more info head to their website and select the specific studio.
15. TEMPATION SAILBOAT
Get your sea legs and climb aboard the Temptation – a 58ft passenger charter catamaran that operates from Glenelg and is a unique experience that the kids- and you – will remember! An informative experience that educates passengers on dolphin conservation and offers the opportunity to swim with the dolphins. But either way, itʼs a beautiful experience, itʼs fun being out on the water, the sunsets are amazing and if youʼre lucky, you may spot a dolphin or two! All times and pricing information on their website: dolphinboat.com.au
16. CLELAND WILDLIFE PARK
Get up close and personal with roos, koalas, wallabies, betongs and Tasmanian devils – most of which are in their natural habitat – and itʼs just 20 minutes away from the city centre! Itʼs also a great place to have a picnic. For opening hours, information on planning your day, fees and to buy tickets, head straight to the website.
WHERE: 365 Mount Lofty Summit Road, Cleland, SA, 5152
17. GLENELG FORESHORE PLAYGROUND
The Glenelg foreshore playground is EPIC – so epic that ummmm, can adults have a go? It ticks all the boxes for what kids want in a play area, itʼs safe and honestly must be the only playground with prime coastal views, so you can grab a coffee, get a little Vitamin D and enjoy the sea breeze while the kids play till their hearts content!
18. SK8 WORKSHOP
Look no further, this is the number one school holiday activity for your rad little skater. The guys from SK8 Therapy hold holiday workshops where they teach kids awesome skills along with safety and control techniques. A fun masterclass for those that can already carve it up, as well as a great introduction for anyone just starting out. Closed footwear required and participants must bring their own helmets but safety pads and skateboards are provided.
19. MORIALTA FALLS
A protected conservation area just 10kms NE of the CBD, youʼll feel like youʼve escaped to the serene bushland when really youʼre so close to home. A great day out to get out in nature, burn some energy and take in the beauty of the rugged nature surrounds. Plus, there are three seasonal waterfalls within the area so you can play a game with the kids, who spots the waterfall first!
WHERE: Morialta Falls Rd, Woodforde SA 5072
20. KUITPO FOREST WALKS
Kuitpo Forest is filled with amazing trails for different abilities and ages, trails made for walking, riding and horse riding, your little ones eyes will feast on our breathtaking landscape and perhaps see animals in their natural habitat along the way. For more information on the different trails available, head to their website.
21. BELAIR NATIONAL PARK
Fun fact: Belair national park was the first national park in South Australia and is so rich in history with beautiful Aboriginal tree carvings still on display! It makes sense that itʼs so popular! Set in amongst bushland, there are so many things to discover here. There are so many trails for walking, bike riding – or even horse riding! Beautiful areas for picnics and 39 tennis courts and cricket pitches!! Itʼs filled with native plants and really is a beautiful place that you can make an entire day trip out of!
WHERE: Upper Sturt Rd, Belair SA 5052
22. THE BIG WEDGIE
For all those adventure seekers, get ready for the biggest adrenaline filled, thrill seeking, slippery experience of your life… The Big Wedgie is back! The tallest and most extreme stand alone inflatable waterslide is heading to Adelaide for the summer and is guaranteed fun! It also includes the Little Wedgie for the younger tots so they donʼt miss out on the fun!
WHERE: Big 4 West Beach Parks, West Beach, SA 5024
23. ST. KILDA ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND
The St. Kilda adventure playground has a reputation as ‘must-visitʼ and rightly so. It is SO MUCH FUN – oh, and the kids love it too 😉 Itʼs just a short drive away from the Adelaide CBD and can be filed under: full day out of fun. The recently revamped playground includes slides, a pirate ship, castle and flying fox as well as plenty of room to run around and a great BBQ area too – we werenʼt kidding when we said you can make a day out of it. And while youʼre there – donʼt forget to check out the Mangrove Walk, I still have memories as a kid from visiting and being blown away that we were ‘walking on water as you trail through mangroves on the elevated walkway that makes its way to an incredible lookout.
24. FIRST SENSES SLIME FEST
What kid doesʼt love slime? Especially at the moment it seems like there has been a surface in slime popularity – if that was even possible?! First Senses have holiday slime making worships for all kids from fanatics to beginners – and the best part is, thereʼs no mess for you to clean up at home!!! They will guide kids through the process of creating slime AND each child will make 2 batches of their very own slime to take home!
25. HAIGHS FREE FACTORY TOUR
Haighs – an Adelaide institution that needs NO introduction, we donʼt need to beat around the bush, we are alllll familiar with their chocolate and we couldnʼt be prouder that some of the best chocolate in the world comes from Adelaide, South Australia. So, not only do they make the best chocolate but they offer free guided tours of the factory where all the chocolate making magic happens! Not only do they show you how their premium chocolate is made but they educate on how and where the cocoa beans are sourced from. Plus, on the way out the shop is right there which means you can go in and treat yourself to a chocolate frog… or 20, no judgment here.
WHERE: 154 Greenhill Rd, Parkside SA 5063
26. MINI GOLF
Mini golf is wholesome fun for the whole family!! There are so many great courses around SA, our faves being: Beach House Glenelg / West Beach /Victor Harbour / Hahndorf… but just do a simple google search and see whatʼs closest to you!
27. RIVER TORRENS LINEAR TRAIL
Spend an afternoon out in nature along the fabulous River Torrens Linear Trail, the trail follows the river and runs from Henley Beach to Athelstone and you can walk, ride or picnic along the way. Thereʼs plenty to keep you entertained along the way with playgrounds that are calling to be played on and ducks that need feeding!
28. LITTLE TENNIS STARS
Founded just last year to spark a love for tennis, Little Tennis Stars has exploded in popularity and for good reason – itʼs an amazing tennis program that provides much more than just physical and social development and really encourages them to be confident, cooperate and collaborate with others, develop curiosity and enthusiasm and take pride and responsibility in their own health and wellbeing. There are programs for all ages and skill levels and they run lessons daily.
WHERE: 50 Collingrove Ave, Broadview SA 5083
29. BRICKS 4 KIDZ
Bricks 4 Kids are unique activities centred around LEGO that kids are going crazy for!! They are putting on school holiday workshops, specially designed for ages 5-12, which provide children with the opportunity to build, create and imagine. To find out more and your nearest location, head to their website.
WHEN: Check website for dates and information
WHERE: Check website for nearest location
Launch into space these school holidays at the planetarium! Calling all star gazers + Jnr astronauts, to take a tour of the solar system and learn about all the other worldly magic that exists beyond our atmosphere. Planiterium experience $9 each – bookings essential
31. THEATRE BUGS
Whether your child is a natural performer, itʼs something theyʼve shown interest in or youʼre just looking for a school holiday program where they can meet new friends, develop new skills bust most importantly, have fun… look no further than Theatre Bugs! They host a range of Mini Bugs and Junior Holiday Programs that range from ages 5 to 14 over 5 venues and their amazing programs come highly recommended!
WHERE: Adelaide Theatre Academy
A school of circus, yes – you heard right. You know when kids say they want to run away and join the circus, well now they can – sort of! This is an amazing school based in Bowden that has so many incredible school holiday programs that are creative and strategic but also so much fun and teach kids everything from trampoline work to trapeze to hula to jumping and tumbling! Sounds so fun right – can adults join too?! All program descriptions and details are thoroughly laid out on their site, so head straight there for info!
WHERE: 27 Fifth St, Bowden, South Australia 5007
33. COOKING CLASSES
Get the kids in the kitchen! Whether youʼve got a mini Jamie Oliver on your hands, or just as something fun to do with new skills to build on, cooking classes are so much fun! Classes are held these holidays at Sprout, Scoffed and Adelaide Chocolate School.
34. MARSHMALLOW PLAYGROUND
This super fun playground underwent a major facelift recently and is now even bigger and better than before! Youʼll find swings, climbing equipment, slides and an interactive nature play area. Kids LOVE this place and itʼs easy to see why, itʼs a childs dream! Plus, itʼs fully enclosed with a fence running the perimeter so you can rest assured they canʼt run off anywhere. Thereʼs seating and BBQ areas and grassy areas for the older kids to kick a footy.
WHERE: Glen Osmond Rd, Adelaide SA 5000
When it’s strawberry season, there’s no other go-to fruit (in our humble opinion)! And forget just picking up a punnet at Woolies and consider strawberry picking instead, it is so much fun and what better place to do it than at a South Aussie institution; Beerenberg Family Farm, nestled in the Adelaide Hills. At only $4 per person (kids under 12 free) itʼs a fun day out in the sunshine and a great experience for kids, once youʼve picked your weight in strawberries, head to the counter where they tally up your price per kilo. And, is it just us or do the strawberries taste that much sweeter after youʼve picked them yourself?
WHEN: Open 9-4.15pm daily
WHERE: Mount barker Road, Hahndorf, SA 5245
** Check website to make sure itʼs open
36. MONARTO ZOO
Guys! While weʼre on the topic of zoos, Monarto Zoo is a must! 1500 hectare open range zoo – the largest one in the world – and is home to
over 500 animals including lions, giraffes, meerkat, chimpanzees and so much more! Itʼs a beautiful experience to see these animals roam around and you truly do feel like you have escaped reality and been transported to a safari, plus the zoo holds so many activities to check out including ‘meet the keeperʼ. Monarto Zoo is open from 9o30-5pm every day of the year (including Christmas Day and public holidays).
WHERE: Old Princes Hwy, Monarto South SA 5254
37. ADELAIDE ZOO
These summer holidays sees the opening of Colossal Creatures, where kids can step into an amazing prehistoric world, get up close and personal with dinosaurs and learn what life was like millions of years ago. There is also the incredible Natureʼs Playground – a play space designed to create unstructured play for children of all abilities and forms a unique area within the zoo where families can play and discover the gifts of nature. Also, check out Zoocation – the zooʼs holiday vacation care program.
WHERE: Frome Rd, Adelaide SA 5000
38. ADELAIDE BOTANIC GARDENS
We are so lucky in Adelaide, our Botanic Gardens are seriously beautiful and oh-so-peaceful considering theyʼre in the heart of the hustle and bustle of the city! It really makes for a fun day out, take a wander around, stop for a picnic and just enjoy being present in nature – thereʼs plenty of flora and fauna to see and loads of room for the kids to run around!
WHERE: North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
39. WATERFALL GULLY
Waterfall Gully is the perfect place for a family picnic or hike and you will feel very accomplished after getting some fitness in (and keeping the kids active) while enjoying a great family day out in the scenic surroundings!
40. ADELAIDE CENTRAL MARKET
There is NOTHING like the buzz and atmosphere of the Central Markets, I still very fondly remember trips with my mum and grandma there on Friday nights as a kid, stocking up on fresh fruit, veggies and produce. You could literally spend all day in the markets and it still wouldnʼt be enough, it is rich in atmosphere and culture and home to some of Adelaideʼs best produce stalls and eateries – over 70 traders under one roof. We canʼt recommend highly enough, this is a must do with the kids!
WHERE: 44-60 Gouger St, Adelaide SA 5000
41. FARMERS MARKETS
We are huge fans of Farmers Markets here at Kiddo and one of our favourites is the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market at Goodwood! Seriously fresh produce (talk about farm to table!), amazing baked goods – those donuts and that bread, friendly vendors and itʼs a great activity to include the kids in, to help make healthy and nutritious also fun!
WHERE: Leader St, Wayville SA 5034
If you want to burn off some of that endless energy the kids seem to have in the holidays, Latitude is the place for you! An indoor climbing and trampoline park, itʼs where kids can bounce, climb, fly and jump! Plus, thereʼs a dedicated zone for kids under 5 so younger siblings donʼt miss out. Oh, and did we mention while your offspring are bouncing their excess energy out, mum and dad can sit and enjoy a coffee in the cafe? Youʼre welcome 😉
43. KID AND HUB
Kid and Hub is a Kiddo MUST, we could not love this place anymore! A beautiful space that holds sensory activities and classes for toddlers and preschool children, your little ones will NOT want to leave, trust us! Kid and Hub is more than just a play cafe that serves coffee for mums and dads (and we have to note – their coffee is pretty darn good!), but itʼs a unique concept that truly has toddlers and preschool kids at the forefront of their offerings that will spark their creativity, ignite their imaginations and really let them navigate their own sensory journey.
WHERE: 253 Magill Rd, Maylands SA 5069
44. MITCHAM RESERVE
Mitcham Reserve is a very popular reserve for BBQs, picnics, get togethers and days out in the sunshine! The beautiful creek runs through the reserve and there are plenty of trees providing shade, a BBQ area, an awesome play equipment area, seating and public toilets.
45. COCKLE TRAIN
Apart from the fact that a day out to Victor Harbour is already the perfect school holiday fun, itʼs made even better by the fact that itʼs home to the Cockle Train which travels along the oldest steel railed railway in Australia dating back to 1887. All aboard! Times, fares and booking info is all available on the website.
46. JUNGLE IN WILLUNGA
Created over 25 years ago, Jungle In Willunga is Adelaideʼs #1 stop nursery. When you want to deck out your home with new greenery, or make your garden a little more tropical, this is the place to go. Plus, the kids wonʼt get bored as they will love exploring the jungle keeping their eyes peeled for exotic creatures and traveling along the jungle walk which can be entered via gold coin donation. Easy peasy, stock up on your greenery and keep the kids entertained!
WHERE: 175 Main Rd, Willunga SA 5172
47. HALLETT COVE BOARDWALK
This coastal clifftop boardwalk along the rocky coastline travels from Marino to Hallett Cove and winds its way along some of the most beautiful scenery you will lay your eyes on – trust us, the views make the effort worth it. Itʼs a great workout as there are steep steps of stairs and itʼs a good way to keep the kids (ahem, you!) active after indulging in all those Christmas treats!
WHERE: Heron Way, Hallett Cove SA 5158
48. SA WHALE CENTRE
Treat the kids to some school holiday fun that’s educational at the same time at the Victor Harbour icon that is; the SA Whale Centre. They have a special school holiday program where children can learn about different reef animals, camouflage a sea horse and build a 3D sea creature to take home.
WHEN: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday each week during the holidays (check for times)
COST: $8 per child | $4.50 per adult
Bookings essential | sawhalecentre.com.au
49. PORT ADELAIDE
Port Adelaide, home to the Pear 😉 is a rejuvenated industrial district and one of Adelaide’s biggest Ports that is calling your name for a school holiday day out! It’s home to the South Australian Maritime Museum, South Australian Aviation Museum and National Railway Museum and there’s so many beautiful heritage listed buildings to peruse. Explore the markets or go on a dolphin cruise!
50. GRANITE ISLAND
A small island next to Victor Harbour, Granite Island can be accessed by horse drawn tram (so cool!) or by a short walk over the wooden causeway! It’s known for its trails and adventure element as well as penguin and whale spotting!
51. WOODHOUSE ACTIVITY CENTRE
Woodhouse is an amazing activity centre in the Adelaide Hills. Known for itʼs day trips and school camps, they have a special holiday program with School Holidays Unplugged – ʼDrop & Goʼ Day camps. Designed to ‘unplugʼ them from technology and electronic devices and reconnect them with nature, their day camps are different themes each day, fully facilitated and guaranteed to wear out the kids! For pricing, bookings and more information, head to their website.
WHERE: 37 Spring Gully Road. Piccadilly South Australia 5151
52. KIDS HOUR CLASSES AT THE APPLE STORE
The Adelaide Apple store offers classes for children in a range of areas such as ‘Creating Music with GarageBand’, ‘Activity on Apple Watch’, making movies, coding and other Mac basics. Beginners are invited and welcomed. Reserve your class through the Apple website apple.com/au/today