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Santa’s Wonderland returns in 2021

Santa’s Wonderland returns in 2021

Santa's Wonderland 2021

Santa’s Wonderland returns in 2021

Adelaide’s biggest Christmas event, Santa’s Wonderland, is back for another magical year, with the festive family spectacular running from 3 December – 24 December in Jubilee Pavilion at the Adelaide Showgrounds.

It’s a Christmas celebration like no other, with more fun family activities than there are elves in Santa’s workshop, and so many magical memories waiting to be made.

Think toboggan slides, ice skating, Christmas stage shows, selfies with Santa, roaming Christmas characters and the family favourite festive activity trail. Not to mention the all important three hours of unlimited rides!

santa's wonderland 2021

ALL THE FAVOURITE ATTRACTIONS WILL BE RETURNING

Yes that’s right, Santa’s Wonderland has unlimited free access to family and children’s amusement rides included in your ticket price.

Some of the favourite rides include: 

  • Dodgem Cars
  • Dragon Wagon Coaster
  • Ride on Motor Bikes
  • Convoy Trucks
  • Super Planes
  • Elephant Train Ride
  • Santa Fe Train
  • Christmas Inflatable Jumping Castle Zone
  • Ice Wonderland obstacle course
  • Candy Land Bouncy Castles
  • Ride on Reindeers

Plus a festive family entertainment line up, all the favourite attractions in Candyland, Ice Wonderland, Traditional Family Christmas Land and the ever popular Christmas activity trail.

Bring the whole family together for an unforgettable day of festive fun and capture those magical memories of Christmas at Santa’s Wonderland this year!

Tickets are ON SALE NOW!

For more information or to buy tickets: 

santaswonderland.com.au

 

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OzAsia Festival lights up tonight

OzAsia Festival lights up tonight

OzAsia Festival lights up tonight with lanterns, performances and more

The Adelaide Festival Centre and riverbank precincts will come alive with stunning performances, giant lanterns and much more for tonight’s official opening of OzAsia Festival 2021.

With more than 50 events across 18 days, the festival has a range of experiences to offer audiences of all ages – everything from dance, theatre, music and comedy through to community events, visual art, literature and film.

Contemporary Asian Australian Artists

Tonight’s performances by leading contemporary Asian Australian artists include the Australian premiere of acclaimed pianist Belle Chen’s latest work, Destinations, at Her Majesty’s Theatre for one night only.

Chen’s compositions retain the beauty of classical piano while simultaneously traversing avant-garde and electronica to embody the world’s changing natural wonders. Destinations will see her arrangements brought to life in vivid colour with help from immersive visual projections.

The world premiere of Somewhere, Everywhere, Nowhere will see choreographer/dancer Alison Currie and award-winning Japanese soloist Yui Kawaguchi take to the Space Theatre stage for their first-ever collaboration together. Currie and Kawaguchi’s intricate choreography will drift in and out of sync to expose the significant, simple and absurd – all while interacting with an electrifying light installation by Fabian Bleisch.

After a successful opening last night, White Pearl will continue with performances in the Dunstan Playhouse until Saturday. Presented by Sydney Theatre Company and Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta and written by promising young playwright Anchuli Felicia King, White Pearl is a blisteringly funny satire about a skincare company whose new TV commercial goes viral for all the wrong reasons.

moon lantern

OzAsian Festival Opening week

OzAsia Festival’s opening week also features the first round of performances for Open Homes, which invites audiences into the homes of local storytellers across Adelaide from October 22 to November 7.

Free entertainment on offer includes the inaugural Moon Lantern Trail from tonight until Sunday. The interactive trail will begin at Adelaide Festival Centre, with attendees walking past an impressive 40m Hong Kong dragon lantern along the Adelaide Oval footbridge before reaching the main attractions over at Pinky Flat in the riverbank precinct. More than 20 giant lanterns from previous OzAsia Festivals will be on display, along with two new additions – an Adelaide rosella lantern sponsored by Green Adelaide and a moon which will appear to be rising out of the water as it floats on the River Torrens/Karrawirra Pari.

In a new interpretation of the much-loved Moon Lantern Parade, the Moon Lantern Trail offers four days of celebrations including roving performances and live music. While the event is free to attend, online registrations via the OzAsia Festival website are being encouraged to guarantee admission for the desired day and time.

Food Vendors and Free Live Music

Throughout the festival, foodies favourite Lucky Dumpling Market will offer a feast for the senses with food vendors and free live music at Elder Park, while art exhibitions on display at Adelaide Festival Centre and other CBD venues include On View: In Translation – a series of cinematic portraits by celebrated choreographer Sue Healey in the new Ian and Pamela Wall Gallery at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

OzAsia Festival 2021 runs from October 21 to November 7.

The full OzAsia Festival program can be viewed online:

ozasiafestival.com.au

 

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Kiddo’s Adelaide Party Venue Guide

Kiddo’s Adelaide Party Venue Guide

kiddo adelaide kids party guide

Look, we’re all friends here, you can be real with us… say it out loud and get it off your chest.

Organising kids’ birthday parties can be terrifying. Putting together the Pinterest party of our child’s dream doesn’t come naturally to all of us!

That’s why kids’ birthday parties can strike equal parts excitement and fear for us parents… excitement because our precious little one has grown so much and is about to celebrate another wonderful spin around the sun.

But also…fear! Because that means one thing: a party. Which (if our birthday mathematics is correct) equals TWO things: mess + stress.

We want to eliminate all of that with…

Kiddo’s Ultimate Adelaide Party Venue Guide!!

There are so many amazing birthday party options in Adelaide, your biggest problem will be settling on just one!

Now, go and get to it and plan your kiddo the incredible party they deserve!

UPDATED: OCTOBER 2021

Kiddo’s Adelaide Kids’ Party Venue Guide

brickz 4 kids birthday party lego

Bricks4Kidz Lego Parties

Bricks4Kidz Adelaide prides themselves on being a high quality provider of edu-tainment… for those playing at home, that’s a whole lot of fun with a little bit of hidden learning in there for good measure… and we sure do like the sound of that! For your little Lego Master, the classic toy of all toys is still going strong and as nostalgic as it is for us mums and dads, its new, exciting and no-holds-barred when it comes to kids imaginations. Bricks4Kidz offer fun, creative, Lego themed parties from superhero academy to spinning ninjas, to princesses and palaces, dinosaurs and Disney! Experienced party hosts lead activities and games, invitations, games, activities and alllllll the Lego your kiddo could dream of playing with on their day of days. Package options include your choice of theme, tons of activities and additional adds-on like gifts for each child to take home, optional extra time and even Lego decorations and special set up included with the premium package. 

bricks4kidz.com.au
Address: North Adelaide, SA
Phone:
0420 900 445

 

AFL Max

AFL MAX

Everyone’s a winner when you celebrate your child’s birthday at AFL Max! The team at AFL Max will take care of everything – food, drinks and the post party clean up (phew!). As Australia’s first immersive AFL skills and entertainment venue, AFL Max is the perfect place to party, with rock climbing, trampolines, interactive screens, inflatables, and a dedicated host for each party who will ensure the fun runs smoothly until the final siren! After the kids play their hardest, they head to their party room to eat, drink and celebrate the birthday child, together, while parents can relax and watch the action from the upstairs bar and cafe. Choose from one of three packages which all include a host, dedicated party room and facilitated play throughout the venue, plus a food and drinks package. You might even like to surprise the birthday child with a message from an AFL player from their favourite team! The birthday message shout out will be shown on the big screen at the start of their birthday party. Parties are available Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

aflmax.com.au
Address: 32 Butler Boulevard, Adelaide Airport, SA
Phone: 8312 6585

 

latitude

LATITUDE

The perfect place to take your birthday party to new heights… (geddit?). This is the action packed party of your child’s dreams, whether they’re crazy about climbing, mad for an obstacle course, wild about bouncing or psyched for the mind boggling, body bending challenge of The Grid, Latitude offers a choice of epic aerial adventures, all led by a dedicated superstar party host and a choice of party food packages. At one easy, all-inclusive price, Latitude party packages are all about you and your birthday thrill seeker and the team have everything covered, right down to the small but oh-so-important details. The hardest part will be telling them when it’s time to go home!

latitudeair.com
Address: 13-15 Fosters Road, Greenacres, SA
Phone: 1300 123 528

cook n create parties

COOK N CREATE BIRTHDAY PARTY

Creativity and fun are at the heart of a Cook n Create party – and EVERY child has the best experience ever, getting hands-on and knee-deep in nosh! The culinary crew at Cook n Create will make sure your party is as stress-free and fun as possible for you all. You choose the location (they can even come to your house!), leaving you to enjoy the fun with your children and guests. Cook n Create bring all of the kit needed (but will need access to an oven!) and take care of all the set up and clean up – no hassle, no mess, no prep required by you! The best bit??? You save a heap of money on party food because the kids make their own! Think pizza, or cake pops or cupcakes, cookies, brownies or muffins – perfect festive fodder for your little foodies. They offer a variety of packages (including a package for tweens or teens) but really love to spend the time creating an experience that is tailored around your child, their interests, preferences, and age and ability.

cookncreate.com.au

first senses slime party

First Senses Slime Party

Give your child the ultimate birthday party, and wow your guests with up to 90 minutes of birthday slime making awesomeness! Guests get make and take home their slime, and the team from First Senses have all the glitters, sequins, pigments and beans to create your perfect slime. Slime parties are suitable for children aged 5 years old and upwards, but First Senses also offer a Messy Birthday Party option for younger kiddos that explore a variety of messy sensory activities!

firstsenses.com.au
Phone: 0466 840 564

bungee core fitness parties

Bungee Core Fitness

Bungee Core Fitness (yes, this is that fitness craze taking TikTok by storm!) parties are a great way of getting the kids involved in fitness and being active… and having an awesome time while they’re at it! Kids will learn the basic bungee moves then jump into having some fun with it, burning some excess energy in the process! Party games include dodgeball, marks up with a footy and even some dance moves while in the bungee harness – which, needless to say, really takes these games to another level. Bungee Core Fitness can accomodate a maximum of 11 participants per class with no age requirement but a 32kg weight minimum. The team are also happy to cater for some drinks and snacks at an extra charge per head.

bungeecorefitness.com.au
Address:
1 Main Street, Beverley
Phone: 0474 117 094

baby sensory

Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense

If you’ve experienced the award-winning Baby Sensory sessions then you’ll know what’s in store for you and your baby. If not, then your class leader will suggest the theme, activities and songs to suit the occasion and venue. Whether you’re planning a party for a small group of parents and babies at home or in an outside venue, you can be sure that Baby Sensory will design the perfect party!
Baby and Toddler Sensory parties are ideal for babies and toddlers up to 4 years old.

The following Toddler Sense workshops are also ideal for parties:

• Rock and Roll – music that will keep you on your feet! Dance, jive, bounce, twist, turn and shake to the beat in an electrifying atmosphere of light and sound. Unforgettable!
• Disco Space Party – dance your way through the ultimate disco space party and light show. Orbit rockets into space, be Superman, complete an impossible mission, dance with comets, explore the stars and ride a space horse! Exciting, fast-moving, action packed and great fun!

Babysensory.com.au

Adelaide Horse and Carriage Ride

Adelaide Horse and Carriage Drive

Give your kiddo a unique and priceless experience for their birthday with a Unicorn Tea Party hosted by Adelaide Horse and Carriage Drive! There isn’t a unicorn or pony loving poppet in the world who wouldn’t love this party!

UNICORN TEA PARTY INCLUDES

  • Intimate tea party in a teepee set in an enchanting location
  • 1.5 hours to feed, groom and pamper a Unicorn.
  • ‘Indiana’ the Percheron and ‘Ziggy’ the adorable miniature pony love the attention and interaction with children
  • A great photo opportunity!

Adelaide Horse and Carriage Drive also offer full Horse and Carriage Drive + vintage picnic experiences for children’s birthday parties with 45 minute meandering carriage rides through Montacute Valley.

classiccarriagedrives.com.au
Address: 63 Institute Rd, Montacute
Phone: 0429 887 121

gymnastics birthday parties

Gymnastics Birthday Parties

For a fun, active and memorable birthday party, kids of all abilities aged from 4 – 12 years old can join in on the fun at a Gymnastics Birthday Party!

Experienced gymnastics coaches will run the party for you, and your guests will have the chance to play, swing, jump and tumble on our Olympic sized sprung floor, uneven bars, balance beams, tumble tracks, trampolines, foam pit, and more!

You will also have access to fully-equipped kitchen facilities and party room on the day. These gymnastics parties are self-catered, so you choose what you’d like to bring along to serve your guests!

gymnasticsbirthdayparties.com
Address: Koorana Gymnastics Club, Corner Rosedale Ave and Oaklands Rd, Morphettville
Phone: 0400 629 196

 

Star Academy

Take the stress out of your kids celebrations with a Star Academy party! Hosted by experienced performers, Star Academy all-in-one parties are high energy and totally entertaining! Star Academy has recently launched our bespoke themes to their party repertoire; say hello to Enchanted Fairy Forest, Mexican Fiesta, Kidchella, Candy Land, Picnic, Tea Party and Boho. All parties are completely customisable with loads of inclusions and additions to select from to design the perfect birthday party for your child! Parents can sit back and enjoy a grazing platter while we take care of the rest. We make sure that all you have to do is pick a package and rock up with your crew!

Find out more in our profile piece about how Star Academy make kids’ parties a piece of cakes for parents!

staracademy.com.au/parties
Address: 100 Grote Street, Adelaide, SA
Phone: (08) 8211 9384

 

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Little Picassos

Little Picasso’s art studios for children have amazing, fun and creative art parties! A Little Picassos Party is a themed party to include a fantastic and creative 2 hour art session, plus time to celebrate with food, drinks and Birthday Cake. Bring your own food and drink on the day or we can organise catering for you. Individually designed full colour DL invitation for each invited guest, a fully set party table including cloth, plates, cups and napkins in party theme colour. Exclusive use of the STUDIO, and all materials including quality canvas, smocks, resources, motivation and fully qualified art teachers to host.

Locations: Glenelg, 686 Anzac Hwy, Hyde Park, rear of 330 Unley Rd, Magill 485 The Parade
Phone: 0408 769 667
littlepicassos.com.au

 

Funtopia Prospect

Funbelievable parties, you bring the kids…Funtopia does the rest!

Funtopia Prospect is one of Adelaide’s newest and most unique party venues and is guaranteed to leave an impression on your guests. Every Funtopia Birthday party includes a private party room and party host and can cater for a varied number of guests. Funtopia are the party experts, so you don’t have to worry about the nitty gritty of party planning!

Playground parties start from ages 1+ and climbing parties are for 4 to 84!

A fun-tastic way to spend a Birthday!

Address: 269 Main North Road, Sefton Park
Phone: (08) 8164 5118
funtopiaworld.com.au

That Creative Co.

An all-things-party-planning loving sister duo that just wants to bring the magic so you can sit back and make the memories! From full styling packages to just invitations or floristry… The team at That Creative Co. can do as much, or as little as you like! Parties aren’t just for big people – we all love celebrating tiny humans whether it’s baby showers, christenings, birthdays or anything in-between. Check out That Creative Co. socials for some examples of their party work and have a chat!

Address: Adelaide, SA
thatcreativeco.com.au

 

parkside hotel

THE PARKSIDE HOTEL

If you’re looking for a fun party idea for budding chefs, choose The Parkside’s Pizza Masterpiece package at Bob & Olives is where kids can decorate their own pizzas all while decked out in chefs aprons and hats! They will also create a dessert at the ice-cream station, so not only will they have fun, but they’ll get fed at the same time. The Kid’s Menu includes favourites like spaghetti meatballs, ‘parky’ fried rice, chicken schnitzel, salads, pizzas, smoothies, juices aaaand don’t forget the ice-cream sundae! For the ‘big kids’ aka the adults there’s a huge range from tapas, to classic pub meals and lighter/healthier options. There is literally something for every pallet even the fussy ones. Bonus!

theparksidehotel.com.au
Address: 142 Glen Osmond Rd, Parkside, SA
Phone: 8271 5288

bounce kids party venur

BOUNCE

Get 2 hours of pure awesomeness with a BOUNCE Party – it’s the ultimate fun and active way to celebrate your kid’s birthday! Guests get a private party room, catering and their own dedicated host to make sure everyone has a magic experience. With prices from $30.50 per person, you can sit back and relax while BOUNCE looks after everything. 

bounceinc.com.au
Address: 164-168 Richmond Rd, Marleston, SA
Phone: 1300 000 540

tree climb

TREECLIMB

Are your kids forever climbing trees? Turn it into a party! The parklands provides a serene spot for parents to wait while children do the epic course up high in the branches. There are dedicated picnic spots for you to layout your spread, ready for hungry little people to attack once they’ve finished their adventure.

  • A TreeClimb host to take an iconic photo of your party on your phone, device or camera
  • Open Access to the Public Park Lands near TreeClimb
  • Snacks and drinks are available from the café in the eco hut and exclusive party merch available when booking
  • Suitable for groups as small as 2 or as large as 30 (split into 2 Safety Training groups of 15)
  • Children’s Course – parties for children 100-135cm tall
  • Grand Course – parties for adults and young adults 135cm+ tall
  • Parents who want to bring their own party to a beautiful open, outdoor space
  • Option to get involved and climb with the party on the Grand Course or participate from the ground

treeclimb.com.au
Address: Cnr Greenhill Road, Unley Road, Adelaide, SA
Phone: 0411 268 486

diva dolly party

DIVA DOLLY PARTY

Simply choose a character and prepare to be parent of the year! With lots of themes to choose from (think: Hawaiian, fairy, snow queen and more) your host will arrive at your home or venue in costume and with everything they need to create a magical event. You can pick from packages that include treasure hunts, games, balloon animals, face painting, and if you know some fashionistas there’s a theme that includes outfit creation, a mini catwalk and Polaroid photo shoot!

divadollyparties.com
Phone: 0499 176 940

sleepie teepie kids parties

SLEEPEE TEEPEE

Finally, a sleepover party made easy! With nine gorgeous themes to choose from, the experts bring absolutely everything you need from tents and bedding to fairy lights, cushions, decorations and more, setting it all up with serious wow factor. You can even add extras like flower crown making kits or choose from their ready-made party bags. The team will then come back the next morning to pack it all away (hallelujah!)

sleepeeteepee.com.au
Phone: 0402 289 547

hahndorf farm barn

HAHNDORF FARM BARN

Join the Farm Barn’s cuddly, furry friends for two hours of (fully catered, decorated and organised) fun! A host will introduce the party goers to sweet baby (and big!) animals and ensure the guests have a memorable time. If you’d rather have your party at home, they offer a mobile farm party option too.

farmbarn.com.au
Address: 2282 Mount Barker Rd Hahndorf, SA
Phone: 8388 7289

adelaide zoo for kids

ADELAIDE ZOO

Always a crowd pleaser, there is so much to see and do at the Zoo. You can pick a basic package like the Panda Picnic where you pick up a pack and do a DIY run around of all your child’s favourite spots before stopping to enjoy your lunch. Or, you could do the Party Animal package with a Zoo tour by a dedicated host, plus a decorated party table, signage and even a toy for the birthday child.

adelaidezoo.com.au
Address: Frome Road, Adelaide, SA
Phone: 8267 3255

tube slides woodhouse

WOODHOUSE

Calling all adventurers! This 54 hectare property features obstacle courses, a Labyrinth, epic slides and even laser skirmish. There are several party packages to choose from and for a little extra you can camp overnight! Perfect for outdoor-loving kids with energy to burn.

woodhouse.org.au
Address: 37 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly, SA
Phone: 8339 3333

cleland wildlife park

CLELAND WILDLIFE PARK

No matter your age, birthday parties are the wildest at Cleland! Let the party team at Cleland take care of the mess with a fun filled, stress free day!  Hand feed the animals, explore the park, have photos taken with some of South Australia’s unique wildlife – and then relax in our cafe.You’ll get park entry, party invites, reserved café seating for 2.5 hours, a party feast and the kids will be given special feed for the animals, all you need to do is choose your chow.

clelandwildlifepark.sa.gov.au
Address: 365 Mount Lofty Summit Road, Crafers SA
Phone: 8339 2444

lollipops playland

LOLLIPOPS PLAYLAND

What kiddo doesn’t love an indoor play-centre? Stumped you, right?! My point exactly. Well, Lollipops isn’t just any ol’ play centre but an amazing playLAND!! This incredible space is filled with everything your birthday child and their friends could possibly want to play on… so much so that you might have trouble dragging them away! An amazing space to host a birthday, check out Lollipops for a fun filled, energy-burning, energetic atmosphere birthday party that will delight all involved.

lollipopsplayland.com.au/
Phone: (03) 9579 7493

fairy bay birthday party

THE FAIRY BAY

Transport your kiddo and their friends into the whimsical, fantasy world of fairies and all the magic that comes along with it! A long-standing institution in Adelaide, The Fairy Bay has been hosting kids’ birthday parties and bringing imaginations and fairies to life for years, and it’s no wonder it’s still as popular today as it was many moons ago! After a 30 year residency at the Bay, they are now mobile and can come to you – whether it’s your home or a nearby park – and transform it into a whimsical world. If you’re looking for a magical, imagination inducing, magical kinda party… The Fairy Bay is where it’s at.

fairybay.com.au/birthday-party/
Phone: 0448 934 111

sa museum

SA MUSEUM

The SA Museum has a vibrant calendar of rotating exhibitions and is a fantastic option for a birthday that’s sure to delight and educate at the same time. A birthday party at SA Museum is an intriguing way to celebrate your kiddos birthday. Packages available… and don’t forget to select the dinosaur nuggets as part of your kiddos birthday menu… they are delicious… and nuggets… in the shape of dinosaurs… ‘nuff said!

samuseum.sa.gov.au/visit/childrens-parties
Address: North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: 8207 7500

 

beachhouse

THE BEACHOUSE GLENELG

The Beachouse Glenelg knows how to throw fun, jam-packed, entertaining kids parties… come rain or shine, this is a venue all year round! There’s plenty of room for kiddos to frolic and adventure until their hearts content and the space is packed with heated water slides, dodgem cars, bumper boats and games galore. With their ‘build your own package’ option, there are loads of package variations available to suit both your budget and needs… and it’s literally as simple as picking a package and away you go. Highly recommended by kids – and adults – alike!

thebeachouse.com.au/parties/
Address: 4 Colley Terrace, Glenelg SA 5045
Phone: 8295 1511

zone bowling

ZONE BOWLING

We can all agree that bowling is sahhhh much fun. We can also agree that a birthday party at Zone Bowling is the best idea because a) fun and b) no mess or weather issues. Tell me more I hear you say?! Well, Zone Bowling is the bees knees when it comes to kids birthday parties, with customisable packages that include bowling, laser tag, invitations, games, food, music and a dedicated party host… what more do you need? With multiple centres dotted around Adelaide, there’s bound to be one close to you!

zonebowling.com/birthday-parties/kids
Phone: 1300 368 067

groovy chicks and pirate ships

GROOVY CHICKS AND PIRATE SHIPS

One stop kids party venues for girls and boys alike, you can choose to have the celebrations at their venue or let them bring the party to you!! Themed rooms, activities, entertainment, catering, prizes, decorations, costumes, themed cupcake tower and party bags… there’s really not much you need to do!

groovychicksandpirateships.com.au
Address: 592 North East Road, Holden Hill SA 5088
Phone: 0407 171 956

cirkidz

CIRKIDZ

If your child wants to run off and join the circus, let them… for their birthday! Cirkidz offers a range of party options to suit everyone with all the circus activities your budding acrobat could dream of. Including trapeze, juggling, human pyramids, tight wire and trampoline… amongst others; Cirkidz parties are the perfect mix of fun, physical, educational and interesting. There’s a viewing area for parents to watch on and marvel in their kiddos flexibility and new found skills.

cirkidz.org.au/participate/birthday-parties
Address: 27 Fifth St, Bowden SA 5007
Phone: 8346 5735

mega adventure

MEGA ADVENTURE

Let your kiddo reach new heights for their birthday with a sky-high celebration. Mega Adventure is an adventurers dream with over 70 aerial obstacles to tackle. In addition to all the fun in the air, Mega Adventure has supervised para jumping AND a mega trampoline! So you can bet your bottom dollar that this party will be money well spent for you and your kiddo, because not only would they have had a birthday adventure to remember and the time of their life, but they’ll be so worn out after the party that it will be early to bed and you can put your feet up and a movie on… win win.

megaadventure.com.au/birthday-party-venues-adelaide/
Address: 4 Hamra Avenue, West Beach, 5024
Phone: 1300 634 269

SCOFFED COOKING SCHOOL

Kids + Cooking + Birthday + Party might be four small words bur enough to send shivers down your spine, because mess. We get it. But, that’s where the incredible Scoffed Cooking School comes in. For your budding Jamie Oliver or Nigella Lawson, what better way to celebrate their birthday than getting them in an apron, utensils in hand, whipping up a tasty lunch from scratch (note: they cater to dietary requirements) for themselves and their party go-ers and decorating their own FRESHLY baked birthday cake (I mean, at this point, we cannot compete!)? AND the best part? (Like it wasn’t already amazing enough!!) ZERO mess for mum and dad to clean up. It’s ok, you can stop reading now and get straight onto booking.

scoffedcookingschool.com.au/kids-parties-adelaide/
Address: 441/D, Magill Rd, St Morris SA 5068
Phone: 7226 0715

INFLATABLE ZONE

Inflatable zone is exactly as it reads… an incredible zone full of inflatable fun! Think huge outdoor bouncy playground -with options suitable for young and older kiddos with varying degrees of ability from ages 3+, there’s seriously something for everyone including bouncing balls, jousting pit and inflatable basketball hoops. It’s fully supervised, heating + aircon (weather depending) and the option of self catering or having food provided. Too easy, right?!

inflatablezone.com.au/birthday-parties/
Address: The Hub Recreation Centre, Park Ave, Aberfoyle Park SA 5159
Phone: 1300 119 663

HOLEY MOLEY

For all those golf loving kiddos, Holey Moley is the dream party destination! Mini golf for mini people, your kiddos birthday party will be a hole in one. They have varying package options available and it really is such a fun birthday party idea, I mean… who doesn’t love mini golf?! And combine mini golf with a party atmosphere and birthday cake… This is sure to be a hit with the birthday kid and all their friends! You can thank us later 😉

holeymoley.com.au/
Address: Level 1/162 – 170 Pulteney St, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: 1300 727 833

OLD ADELAIDE GAOL

Take the stress out of planning your child’s next birthday and hand them over to the Gaols Warden for the afternoon. Adelaide Gaol provides a unique venue for children to explore, with a dedicated party host on hand and ready to provide 2 hours of fun! Kids can participate in our escape trail activity, along with a range of games and activities that will be sure to keep them entertained.

adelaidegaol.sa.gov.au/birthday-parties
Address: 18 Gaol Rd, Thebarton SA 5031
Phone: 8231 4062

ESCAPE HUNT ADELAIDE

Ever dreamed of locking your kids in a room where they can’t get out? Lols but also seriously… Escape Hunt Adelaide has you covered! A concept taking the world by storm with escape rooms popping up all over the place, this one is designed especially for kiddos where they have to figure their way out by working together, uncovering clues and solving mysteries. Teamwork – check, Problem Solving – check, So much fun and a birthday they won’t forget – check!

escapehunt.com/au/adelaide/packages/kids-parties/
Address: Rundle Mall, SA
Phone: 8223 7770

LASER TAG

How cool is laser tag? So cool that we’re pretty sure the adults will want to join in. Your kiddo (and their parents!) will be jumping for joy when you suggest having their birthday party at Mega Courts Adelaide where they can engage in the ultimate laser battle over 2500 square metres of urban battlefield. The property layout is amazing (think laser tag heaven) and the kids will be in their element, immersed in getting their battle on.

megacourts.com.au/laser-tag.html
Address: 10-18 Albert Street, Windsor Gardens, Adelaide SA 5087
Phone: 8366 2240

SA BASE CAMP NINJA PARTIES

What’s a kids ninja party I hear you ask? Only, like, the coolest party idea for your kiddo… aka the ULTIMATE obstacle course your little one could dream of. Remember ‘Who Dare Wins’ with the Gladiators back in the day? Well, it’s that… in real life. SA Base Camp has got it going on, in a gladiator-esque arena, Ninja Parties are epic. And best yet, the kids are getting some fitness in while they are blindsided by super-awesome-party fun and hence won’t even notice… win, win! With three packages to choose from, each option comes with 2 hour party time frame, designated space and host as standard. We highly recommend!

sabasecamp.com.au/parties
Address: 3 Brandwood Street, Royal Park SA 5014
Phone: 7226 0533

BAROSSA VALLEY CHOCOLATE COMPANY

You can imagine our delight when we found out that Barossa Valley Chocolate Company are now hosting kids parties. Yes, you heard right… kids parties, in the chocolate factory. It’s every kiddo’s (and adults!) Willy Wonka dreams coming to life!! Your little one will be in chocolate heaven as they get to make their own chocolate letter, have a shared party lunch, build a marshmallow tower and get an ice-cream on departure.

barossavalleychocolates.com.au/
Address: 64 Burings Rd, Tanunda SA 5352
Phone: 8565 9800

 

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Family Friendly Things to Do for Halloween in Adelaide

Family Friendly Things to Do for Halloween in Adelaide

Things to do for Halloween in Adelaide

Family Friendly Things to do for Halloween in Adelaide

With Halloween 2021 approaching, you might be busily planning your family costumes ready to take to the streets of Adelaide with your boos and ghouls… or you might be looking to find any way out of having to take part in Halloween at all!

To give you a helping hand we’ve rounded up some spook-tacular activities and events for your little monsters to get involved in this Halloween in Adelaide that are a little more hands-off for the parentals.

things to do with kids halloween adelaide

Wail at the Gaol

This year’s Wail at the Gaol will feature something for the whole family. The team have upped the spooky factor by offering two amazing experiences.

First, don’t forget to pick up your loot bag, and then if you are feeling brave venture into New Building where your nerves will be tested with a brand new, and even scarier, experience. If you have smaller children you may choose to skip this section!

For the first time the Gaol will also be welcoming the Gaol Road Markets, which will feature 40+ stalls and a food court. The market will run from 10 am to 2 pm (some food trucks will remain until 6 pm), with live music between 2 pm and 6 pm.

On booking, don’t forget to purchase your fun-filled loot bags as supplies are limited!

For more information: 

adelaidegaol.rezdy.com/463217/halloween-wail-at-the-gaol

adelaide3 gaol halloween tour

Kids Old Adelaide Gaol Halloween Tour

Halloween night may be on Sunday the 31st this year but the folk at the Old Adelaide Gaol will be dressing up and having some fun on Saturday the 30th as well!

Head down and explore the Old Adelaide Gaol in your favourite halloween costume! See what life was like for the people who were arrested, and those that worked at the Gaol.

This will be light hearted fun tour suitable for all ages and every child will receive a trick or treat bag plus there will be prizes for best dressed.

For more information: 

facebook.com/events/941302396482634

trick or treat at frewville foodland

FREE TRICK OR TREAT AT ADELAIDE’S FINEST SUPERMARKETS

Trick or treat at Adelaide’s finest supermarkets on Friday 29 October from 3pm-6pm! Dress up and meet the team from Adelaide’s Finest Supermarkets Frewville or Pasadena at the front door for some spooktacular family friendly fun!

Upon arrival, collect a trick or treat bag then make your way through each of the store’s Halloween collection points across the departments for a complimentary treat.

*Suitable for kids aged up to 14 years old. Parent supervision essential.

For more information: 

facebook.com/Adelaidesfinestsupermarkets/

halloween in adelaide

Boo at the Zoo

Calling all ghosts, ghouls and goblins! Join the team at the Zoo if you dare for a Halloween scare at their spooktacular after hours event. Your little witches and wizards will freak for the trick-or-treat trail, animal enrichment, spooky entertainment, ghoulish giveaways and more. Dress to impress, or even scare!

Trick or treat! Everyone can pick up a treat bag on arrival and fill it up throughout the zoo, with stations from Robern Menz, Kytons Bakery, and Jonny’s Popcorn! Grab a bite to eat at Wisteria Cafe, Fig Tree Cafe, or catch up to the roving cream cart! With magic shows, animal presentations, selfie stations, and much more – there’s fun for the whole family!

For more information:

adelaidezoo.com.au/event/booatthezoo

The Beachouse Spookhouse

The Spookhouse Lock-In at The Beachouse

The Beachouse’s awesome all-ages Halloween event is back for 2021! Don’t miss out – this event SOLD OUT in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Event Details:

Thursday, 28th October 2021
Friday, 29th October 2021
Saturday, 30th October 2021
Sunday, 31st October 2021

Entry Times:

Lock-Ins begin from your first Ride or Game tap and lasts for 2 hours!
Doors open at 5:30pm and close at 8:30pm! Entry is between 5:30pm and 6:30pm.

Your Ticket Includes:

  • 2 Hours Lock-In Entry, Non-Stop Rides and Arcade Games
  • 1 x Halloween Bucket per person to keep
  • Trick-or-Treat at every ride
  • Prizes for Best Costumes

For more information:

thebeachouse.com.au/the-spookhouse/

 

trick or treat trail henley square

FREE Trick or Treat Trail Henley Square

A special Tricks and Treats trail for the kiddos this Halloween. Come dressed up in your fave costume and enjoy the FREE tricks and treats both inside and out at the Henley Square Pavilion.

Event details

Date: Sunday 31 October
Time: 3:00-4.30pm
Where: Henley Square

For more information:

facebook.com/HenleySquarePavilion/

haloween roller disco adelaide

Halloween Roller Disco

Roller Skating in SA are hosting a Halloween Roller Disco  👻🎃 This event will be suitable for all ages and skill levels!

Skate Hire is available and included in the ticket cost.

Event Details

Date: Saturday 30th October 2021
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: The Parks Recreation and Sports Centre – YMCA: 46 Cowan Street, Angle Park

For more information: 

eventbrite.com.au/e/halloween-roller-disco-super-skate-tickets

halloween in adelaide for kids

BKids Halloween Session at Burnside Library

October’s BKids session at Burnside Library is all about Halloween Fun! Enjoy an afternoon of Halloween Fun – children are invited to dress-up in Halloween costumes.

Event details

Date: Tuesday October 26
Time: 3:45 – 5:00pm
Location: Burnside Library

$5 per child (FREE as deposit is refundable on attendance). Bookings essential

Please note, parental supervision and assistance may be required for some activities.

For more information:

stayhappening.com/e/bkids-halloween-fun

 

halloween disco

Spooky Kids Halloween Disco

Get dressed up and head along to Aldinga Football Club ready for the Spooky Kids Halloween Disco! There will be games and prizes for the best dressed.

Tickets include nuggets, chips and a drink! Parents need to stay for duration of the disco, but  there will be kitchen and bar facilities for parents can feel free to have a feed and a drink whilst the kiddies party the night away!

Event Details

Date: Sat., 30 October 2021
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Aldinga Football Club, 196 Port Road, Aldinga, SA 5173

 

For more information:

eventbrite.ca/e/spooky-kids-halloween-disco-tickets

 

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BBC Blue Planet II Live in Concert with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

BBC Blue Planet II Live in Concert with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Blue Planet II

BBC Blue Planet II Live in Concert with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Hosted by the endeared Dr Karl, Blue Planet II, Live in Concert will take you on a fantastical journey from icy polar seas to pulsating coral reefs, from the luminous deep sea to enormous kelp forests.

This extraordinary concert event, based on the BAFTA award-winning BBC television series, shares the wonders and mysteries of the planet’s oceans and brings its colourful inhabitants to the stage – taking you closer to the action than ever before.

Immerse yourself in an awe-inspiring and epic experience you will never forget. In breathtaking detail, projected on a giant HD LED screen, Blue Planet II is set to the mesmerising score by Hans Zimmer, performed live by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Event Details

When: Saturday December 4
Where: Adelaide Showground Arena
Time: 8:00pm
Duration: 120 minutes

For tickets:

my.aso.com.au

Blue Planet II Live in Concert

 

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Top 10 Indoor & Outdoor Swimming Centres in Adelaide

Top 10 Indoor & Outdoor Swimming Centres in Adelaide

swimming centres adelaide

Adelaide Indoor & Outdoor Swimming Centres

10 places to swim in Adelaide, South Australia

Well, it’s taken its time and it’s as unpredictable as…well.. the weather… but Summer is well and truly here in Adelaide and when it’s HOT in South Australia, we all just want to find a nice cool splashy spot.

INDOOR & OUTDOOR POOLS IN ADELAIDE

Whether it’s an indoor pool or an outdoor pool, a full state of the art aquatic centre or a suburban splash spot, there’s nothing quite like cooling off with a full body submersion (otherwise known as a SWIM). Lucky for us, Adelaide is full to the brim (see what we did there?) with awesome pools and water parks to head along to with your family.

In fact, we have so many indoor and outdoor swimming pools in Adelaide that you should have no trouble finding one to plunge into for cooling off purposes. Please note that given the current climate and with ever-changing COVID19 restrictions, it’s always worth calling ahead to check whether you need to prebook entry to our Adelaide swimming centres.

We’ve listed our Top 10 indoor and outdoor swimming pools in Adelaide, South Australia

indoor and outdoor pools in adelaide

The Arc Swim Centre, Campbelltown

The Arc Swim Centre is one of the newer indoor swimming centres in Adelaide, and as such is absolutely state of the art. Offering fun kids splash zones, it’s the perfect play and lay area for families, with spacious interconnected heated pool as well as a heated splash pad and play zones. Think giant flower garden in the water – complete with a huge spotty mushroom – there’s so many water toys to splash around in here, including the crowd favourite dump bucket and a giant tunnel of water rings and spraying shower heads. There’s also plenty of relaxation area for kids of all ages and abilities and their families, and being all indoors you don’t have to worry about UV rays on their precious baby skin! There are also lap swimming pools and and a sauna and relaxation area if you are hitting the pool on your own!

arccampbelltown.com.au
531 Lower North East Road, Campbelltown 

adelaide aquatic centre

Adelaide Aquatic Centre, North Adelaide

The Adelaide Aquatic Centre indoor swimming centre in North Adelaide is the OG swim centre in Adelaide that we probably all remember going to on hot summer Adelaide days when we were kids. And it’s still going strong! There are three main pools at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre all heated to a minimum of 27 degrees so you’re not going to have any kids with chattery teeth on your hands when you’re swimming here! The best pool for families and kids at the Aquatic Centre is the leisure pool which is specifically set up for kids and families to have fun, with slides, shapes, and shallow water. It also has waterslides that are open at specific times throughout the week. Little tackers won’t have any problems in this pool as the depth maxes out at 0.9m.

adelaideaquaticcentre.com.au
Jeffcott Rd, North Adelaide

Marion Outdoor Pool
Marion Outdoor Pool, Park Holme

The recently renovated Marion Outdoor Pool has been upgraded to an awesome water park for kids and families! The water play park area has four waterslides, a tipping bucket which dumps 600L of water (always a fave!), water cannons and a splash pad. The Marion Outdoor Pool also hosts two larger water slides starting from atop a 10m platform, with a twisty spiral slide and a speed slide which feels like a vertical plunge and finishes in one heck of a splash!

marion.sa.gov.au/venues-and-facilities/marion-outdoor-pool
Oaklands Rd &, Hendrie St, Park Holme

George Bolton Swimming Pool Burnside

George Bolton Swimming Centre, Burnside

The George Bolton outdoor Swimming Centre in Burnside is an absolute community favourite. Set amongst the leafy gum trees of Hazelwood Park, there’s plenty of shade for families to set up for the afternoon with a picnic and enjoy the facilities. With three swimming pools; a toddler pool complete with splash and water play zone, a learners pool that’s slightly deeper and usually full of kids, as well as a main lap pool, there’s somewhere to swim here for every age and ability. The surrounding Hazelwood Park also has a fabulous playground if the kids are still looking for some fun after their swim!

burnside.sa.gov.au/George-Bolton-Swimming-Centre-Burnside
Greenhill Rd &, Howard Terrace, Hazelwood Park

waterworld ridgehaven

Waterworld Aquatic Centre, Ridgehaven

Another fabulous option for outdoor swimming and splashing in Adelaide is Waterworld Aquatic Centre in Ridgehaven. This place is completely set up for kids and families, with plenty of shady areas and grass for lounging on. We know kids love waterslides (and frankly, so do the adults!) and Waterworld has a killer enclosed curly slide and two speed slides, as well as a super fun splash pad for kids and a learner pool for paddling.

teatreegully.sa.gov.au/waterworld_aquatic_centre
571 Montague Rd, Modbury

SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre

SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre boasts a range of world-class aquatic facilities, and as one of the newer swimming centres in South Australia, and the official state aquatic centre, it certainly doesn’t disappoint with its all year round aquatic and leisure activities. With dive pools and diving boards, multiple pools of different sizes including a learner pool, leisure pool and an inflatable obstacle course (SO.MUCH.FUN) as well as a children’s splash park and toddler pool – absolutely no one is going to be bored for even a second at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre. It’s perfect for kids and families looking to beat the heat!

*Please note that the 2 outdoor waterslides (The Space Bowl and Aqua Tube) are currently closed for refurbishment so be aware they’re not in use this season!

saaquatic.ymca.org.au
443 Morphett Road, Oaklands Park

Unley Swimming Pool

Unley Swimming Centre

Unley locals like to think of the Unley Swimming Centre outdoor swimming pool as a bit of a suburban best kept secret. With a lap swimming pool as well as toddler and junior pools (both fully shaded – YAY), the Unley swimming centre is well appointed for kids and families to spend the day, and has plenty of grass to lay out on in the shade as you pop in and out of the pools. It’s a little quieter than some of the bigger swimming centres which might be better suited to some families, as it’s a great place to have a dip but avoid the mega crowds you might find at big aquatics centres!

unley.sa.gov.au/unley-swimming-centre
Ethel Street, Forestville

Indoor and Outdoor swimming pools adelaide

Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre

I may be biased because this is the outdoor swimming centre I used to frequent as a kiddo, but I think Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre is another one of those suburban best kept secrets. OK, so it might not be a secret anymore because it’s actually pretty popular these days… and for good reason. Plenty of shade and grass, idyllic surrounds and multiple pools (including a toddler paddle pool and a medium sized learner pool as well as their olympic pool) for different ages and abilities.

npsp.sa.gov.au/culture_and_lifestyle/sport_and_recreation
194 O G Rd, Felixstow

norwood swimming pool

Norwood Swimming Centre

Another fabulous outdoor swimming centre for Adelaide families in the leafy Eastern suburbs! Located just off The Parade in Norwood, this much loved 1950s swimming centre is a ‘classic Australian local pool’ within the shady setting of the surrounding river gums. Boasting a shaded toddler pool, a 50m main pool and an inflatable obstacle course (every Sunday between 12:30pm and 3:30pm) this is an awesome spot to spend the day poolside with your kids!

npsp.sa.gov.au/culture_and_lifestyle/sport_and_recreation
Phillips Street, Kensington

west beach pool
West Beach Caravan Park, West Beach

The West Beach Caravan Park outdoor pool area is only available for guests at park to enjoy, so it’s a bit more of a commitment than your average public pool but well worth it. With a gorgeous pool, two water slides, poolside cabanas and super comfy sun loungers to keep guests of all ages entertained, the park also has a zero depth splash zone for the littles who aren’t so confident to go the full plunge. This is the perfect location for your South Australian staycation, with West Beach Caravan Park hosting awesome facilities and activities for kids and families including a jumping pillow, tennis courts, BBQ’s, playgrounds and go-cart hire.

westbeachparks.com.au
Military Road, West Beach

If all else fails….

beach

Hit the Beach

In South Australia we are so lucky to have so many incredible beaches along our beautiful coast line, so if you don’t fancy an aquatic centre or public pool, you can always hit the beach!

Check out 10 best beaches for families if you’re looking for some inspiration.

 

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