What’s On: Australia Day Adelaide 2021
Australia Day 2021 is likely to look pretty different in Adelaide this year, due to COVID-19, yet more than ever before it is about reflecting and unifying as a nation.
The essence of Australia Day is about community spirit, and there will be no shortage of inspiring South Australian stories to share or national pride to celebrate. Australia Day means different things to different people.
The Australia Day council of SA (ADCSA) encourages every Australian to acknowledge Australia Day in a way that’s meaningful to them.
Yes, there are significant changes to the official 2021 Australia Day events program for Adelaide, but ADCSA will be hosting a stellar line up of community events combining music, food, and performance across the city.
Official Australia Day events in Adelaide 2021 will be happening at:
- Adelaide Central Market
- Botanic Gardens
- Adelaide Central Market
- Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Other Australia Day events in South Australia 2021
- Victor Harbor Soldiers Memorial Garden
- Renmark Swimming Centre
- Waikerie Football oval
- Woodhouse Activity Centre
- Barossa Valley Chocolate Company
Of course there are so many ways to mark this Australia Day by getting out in your local community in a COVID Safe way; head to a playground, or the beach and spend the day with your family and friends, or make a booking and eat out at one of the fab kid friendly restaurants in Adelaide.
Australia Day in Adelaide 2021
AUSTRALIA DAY IN THE ARENA
FEATURING BIRDS OF TOKYO
Adelaide Entertainment Centre
26 January 12:30pm & 6:30pm
Free event. Limited tickets available.
Enjoy live music by Birds of Tokyo, a mesmerising Welcome to Country, spectacular modern orchestra performance and community parade.
Australia Day 2021 is a time to acknowledge our First Nations peoples, diverse community and heroic frontline workers, risking their own lives to save ours.
We celebrate the Australian spirit, our mateship and our sense of community. We find optimism and hope as we look to the future in a time of unprecedented challenge and change.
MOURNING IN THE MORNING, SMOKING CEREMONY
26 January 8:00am- 9:00am
Set against the picturesque backdrop of Botanic Park/Tainmuntilla, the Smoking Ceremony will be presented by 2020 Australian of the Year Award nominee, Zibeon Fielding, and performed by world renowned Senior Elder, Major Sumner.
What is a Smoking Ceremony?
Smoking Ceremonies are an ancient custom among First Nations peoples in which healing and cleansing native plants are burnt to acknowledge the ancestors and pay respect to the land, waters and sea of country.
The Smoking Ceremony is also an important way of passing down culture through the core elements of music, dance, language and ceremony.
The Smoking Ceremony is a significant element of the Australia Day program in South Australia, which continues to remind people that regardless of how you mark our national day, Australia’s First Nations peoples are the foundation of our nation’s story and the world’s oldest living culture.
Our community is given the opportunity to reflect on our history, learn more and understand traditions, culture, history and heritage.
Guests will also be treated to songs from the heart by Singer Glenn Skuthorpe, truth telling by Rosemary Wanganeen, and traditional dance from Port Augusta’s Dusty Feet Mob.
Guests are invited to join the ceremony by being seated on the earth in physically distanced circles or chairs.
We welcome all Australians to join us in this mesmerising experience.
The event will be streamed on Youtube for those who are unable to attend in person.
AUSTRALIA DAY IN THE MARKETS
Adelaide Central Markets
21-23 January 11-2pm daily
Free event. Bookings not required.
Nothing connects us more than food.
Join us at the the markets for live cooking demonstrations by Rosa Matto and Kevin Kropinyeri, an interactive art installation, art and craft workshops by Little Picassos, a traditional Smoking Ceremony and plenty of BBQ inspiration as we reflect, respect and celebrate the stories of us.
AUSTRALIA DAY IN RUNDLE MALL
23-26 January 11-2pm daily
Free event. Bookings not required.
Rundle Mall will come alive this Australia Day with a euphony of sounds and sights that tell the story of us.
Join us in Gawler Place as we reflect, respect and celebrate through a free daily program of live music, storytelling and participatory art.
Australia Day Celebrations at Victor Harbor
Join the City of Victor Harbor for the Australia Day Citizen of the Year Awards Presentation and Citizenship Ceremony at Soldiers Memorial Gardens.
Join us on Tuesday, 26 January 2021 at Soldiers Memorial Gardens (Flinders Parade, Victor Harbor) from 8am.
The celebrations include:
- Free BBQ breakfast from 8am to 9am
- Formal ceremony starting at 9am including:
– Welcome to Country by Leonie McCallum
– Entertainment by the City Band
– Citizenship Ceremony
– 2021 Citizen of the Year Awards presentation
For more information:
Tandanya: Survival Day at Tandanya
Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute is once again proudly to presenting their annual Survival Day event in 2021. Survival Day is a FREE, family friendly, non-political event offering cultural presentations, live entertainment, information, market stalls, great food, retail shopping and much more. The fun-filled day includes a live concert hosted by Natasha Wanganeen and Zibeon Fielding featuring a line-up of South Australia’s finest indigenous performers including the Nathan May Trio, Tilly Tjala Thomas, Bec Gollan, Mr. J. Whiskey featuring Us Mob 2, Kuko, Glenn Skuthorpe, Nancy Bates and Katie Aspel, Rob Edwards Band, rappers Sonz of Serpent and the Tony Minniecon Band. Traditional and contemporary dance performances will feature ‘Yellaka: Old Wisdom, New Ways’, SA First Nations Dance Collective, Dusty Feet Mob, and Talkinjeri dancers.
Tandanya Café will be open for food and drinks, the Gallery Shop and the Kaurna and Tjibruke galleries will all be open.
Attendees are required to book online to reserve a FREE ticket to assist with capacity restrictions and contact tracing.
Bookings are now open through Try Booking and are available until capacity is reached.
Renmark Swimming Centre
Renmark Swimming Centre will be hosting an inflatable fun run across the pool between 1pm and 3pm on Australia Day, 26 January. Head along and have some fun in the sun with the family on Australia Day.
For more information:
Waikerie Australia Day Event
Waikerie will host their annual Australia Day event in 2021, a fun filled night with live music, entertainment, Australia Day presentations and fireworks! Hosted at the Waikerie Football oval, it’s a family friendly event with plenty of things to keep the kids entertained including:
- face painting
- henna tattoos
- mini side show ally (jumping castle/dragon ride/clown game)
- live music
- free sausage sizzle for kids
Kids under 15 are free but still need an entry ticket!
For more information:
Australia Day at Woodhouse Activity Centre
While Australians are famous for abbreviating things, this year Woodhouse is doing the opposite and EXPANDING Australia Day celebrations! Woodhouse will be running the Tube Slides for 4 days straight, 23-26 January from 9.30am – 1.00pm
Woodhouse Activity Centre is calling this special period the “WAC Fab 4” (cos Aussies also like to give things nicknames)
With balmy temps forecasted in Piccadilly, we can’t conceive a better place to be – so head in for the day… or for a couple of extra bucks, pitch a tent and extend your stay and really WAC it up.
Access Challenge Hill, Disc Golf, The Labyrinth, Orienteering and more 7 days a week, Tube Slides on weekends and public holidays… and 2021 bonus “Australia Day Eve”.
Woodhouse Activity Centre’s Tube Slides are open weekends and public holidays (+ bonus Australia Day Eve in 2021) from 9.30am-1.00pm in the summer months, except when:
- Predicted rain fall in Piccadilly is greater than 5mm and 50% chance of rain
- Temperature is forecast 35 degrees or more in Piccadilly (for the safety of guests, staff and equipment – plus they’re too slow if the slide is too hot!
For more information or to book:
Barossa Valley Chocolate Company Australia Day Weekend
Barossa Valley Chocolate Company will support the Adelaide Koala Rescue this Australia Day weekend and host a range of fun and chocolatey experiences for visitors.
From Saturday 23 to Tuesday 26 of January, Barossa Valley Chocolate Company will have a special release Golden Benni Koala, with $5 from every sale donated to the Adelaide Koala Rescue (AKR). Benni the Koala, the official mascot of the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company, not only has a custom-designed chocolate mould but is also the namesake for Benni’s Café!
Across the weekend, Benni’s Café will offer some good ol’ Aussie classics on their menu, including delicious, fluffy lamingtons, a chicken parmi burger, and a special fairy bread flavoured ice cream, handmade in-house.
The Vineyard Road Cellar Door will be open daily, with wine tastings and their signature wine and chocolate pairing experience, featuring premium wines grown from vines on the property.
Live local music by local Barossan musical legend, Steve Angel will also be played on the Sunday and Tuesday afternoons overlooking the gorgeous water, making for the perfect setting to sit and relax with your mates and have a fair dinkum time.
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Brighton Sculptures Return January 2021
One could argue that the vista at Brighton Beach is already pretty speccy to look at, but this January it’s going to be just a little bit more fabulous with the return of the Patritti Brighton Jetty Sculptures, presented by Patritti Wines.
Held along the Esplanade at Brighton from January 21 to 31 2021, an expected 200 indoor and outdoor sculptures by SA and interstate artists will be on display – and if you like one enough, you can even buy it, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club for their beach protection program.
This event usually finishes on the last day of the Brighton Jetty Classic, but for this year, won’t be the case – so make sure not to miss it!
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Top 20 things to do in Adelaide with toddlers
Top 20 Things to do in Adelaide with Toddlers
We know what it’s like when you have a toddler – sometimes you just NEED to get out of the house. Immediately!
But what is there to do for toddlers in Adelaide? Unfortunately our little toddler sized people don’t come with an instruction manual with an index of “ways to entertain” them and “places to go” to keep them busy, having fun and burning beans!
Luckily, that’s where we come in! We know toddlers here at KIDDO, and we too have had to find things to do in Adelaide with toddlers in tow. Drawing on our years traipsing around Adelaide with little people full of energy to burn, we’ve created your ULTIMATE guide of things to do in Adelaide with toddlers. We have toddler friendly indoor activities, play centres, baby and toddler play groups to join, toddler story times, and plenty of outdoor options too. Suffice to say, there’s actually a LOT of things to do in Adelaide with toddlers – we’re at 20+ top activities at last count, and we’ll keep adding whenever we find a good activity for you and your toddlers!
KIDDO’S TOP 20 GUIDE TO THINGS TO DO IN ADELAIDE WITH TODDLERS
Junior Jumpers at Bounce
If you can walk… you can bounce! BOUNCE has dedicated areas and activities for Junior Jumpers to play, develop and explore, perfect for your toddler. Toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy soft play in a safe and multi sensory environment for them to harness balance, coordination, strength and agility in a way that focuses on fun, creativity and movement. It is the perfect freestyle playground for toddlers to progress and develop, inspiring self-expression and social connection in physical activity. Jump to it!
164-168 Richmond Rd, Marleston
BABY SENSORY AND TODDLER SENSE
Multi-sensory adventures for busy people from 13 months to 3.5 years? Can we get a HECK YES?! Toddler Sense offers a whole new world of sensory stimulation, play, fun adventures and learning for your toddler or child. Every Toddler Sense session is jam-packed with fabulous activities and fun adventures to help your adventurous toddler or child burn off excess energy and develop vital physical, communication, social and intellectual skills that form the foundation of all future learning. The team at Toddler Sense knows what keeps your toddler happy, busy, motivated, interested and excited to learn! Join the exciting world of magic and adventure in a safe and happy environment – there’s always something new and wonderful to look forward to! Baby sensory classes are also available for little ones from birth to 13 months.
Kindergym is a national program which provides a fun and safe environment where babies, toddlers and preschoolers can develop socially, cognitively, emotionally and physically and have a whole lot of fun while they’re doing it! At Kindergym parents and caregivers play an active role in each class, singing with them, playing along side them and helping them through the obstacles and play areas. It’s a great opportunity for you to connect with your child and share in their fun and development, meet other parents and caregivers with kids of a similar age, and the best part is, there are kindergyms run all across Adelaide, so you’re bound to find one in a suburb near you!
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LOCAL COUNCIL LIBRARY ACTIVITIES
Many local council libraries have regular programs, events and activities aimed at babies, toddlers and preschoolers, from children’s story time, baby time to craft sessions and costumes to hire and take home. Some council libraries even have toy libraries, a veritable wonderland for you and your toddler to explore and borrow from, with a huge collection of toys to roll, bounce, twist, push, pull and spin! Check in at your local council library to find out what programs they run for babies and toddlers – we bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much they have on offer!
SHINING SOLES MUSIC AND MINDFULNESS FOR TODDLERS
Shining Soles are mobile music, movement and mindfulness program for children aged 2-5 years with a focus on building children’s coordination, confidence, creativity and consciousness! Classes run for 40 minutes where toddlers and preschoolers will engage in circle time, warm ups for aerobic activity, followed by class curriculum for 25 minutes where they will be introduced to a variety of of educational content broken up into term focuses (think songs and dances with literacy themes like counting and letters, sequences and rhythms). To finish off the class, students participate in a calming 3-minute yoga sequence followed by a 2-minute guided meditation to stretch their muscles and calm their minds! Classes run across multiple Precious Cargo centres from Monday through Friday.
Precious Cargo Centres across Adelaide
VARIETY CHILDREN’S ZOO AT ADELAIDE ZOO
The Variety Children’s Zoo is an amazing play space for toddlers and kids alike, filled with interactive areas that allow them to get closer than ever to some of the zoo’s most popular residents. Complete with areas for children of all ages and abilities to play and explore, the Variety Children’s Zoo features things like balance beams and ladders for the zoo’s charismatic goats, climbing branches for the friendly quokkas and a dedicated presentation area for keepers to share stories about their animal friends. Located right next door to the zoo’s incredible Nature’s Playground and connected via aerial walkways catering for all abilities and prams, the Variety Children’s Zoo is a must-visit stop with your little one! Spend the whole day at Adelaide Zoo and your toddler will be completely tuckered out by the end of the day!
Adelaide Zoo, Frome Road, Adelaide
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 – aka heaven for the animal loving toddlers – 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! Check out our review of Hahndorf Farm Barn – we visited with toddlers in tow and it was a hit!
2282 Mount Barker Rd, Hahndorf SA 5245
CLELAND WILDLIFE PARK
We all know toddlers are fascinated with things that crawl and bounce and move, and at Cleland Wildlife Park, your toddler can 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. Cleland also hosts birthday parties, for more party venue ideas check out our KIDDO Adelaide Party Venue guide!
365 Mount Lofty Summit Road, Cleland, SA, 5152
TODDLER WORLD AT FUNTOPIA PROSPECT
Funtopia Prospect have a dedicated toddler zone (Toddler World, designed for children under 2) where your tiny tot can let their imagination run wild with lots of activities to encourage imaginative play. With building blocks, slides and play equipment, interactive games and plenty of obstacles for little people, your toddler will thoroughly wear themselves out at Funtopia… just in time for a NAP! If you have bigger kids in tow, you can let them loose in Playground World or on the climbing walls so everyone’s entertained (while you drink a coffee – the Funtopia baristas don’t disappoint)! We visited Funtopia with our kiddos – here’s what we thought!
259-269 Main N Rd, Sefton Park SA
Crocs Play Centre in Kilburn have a dedicated toddler zone which is separate from the main play area and is designed for children aged four years and under. This area features small slippery slides, a bouncing castle, and lots of soft play options that will have the little ones well entertained, but also away from the bigger kids who might be playing a little bit more raucously! For more options for indoor play centres, check out our guide to Adelaide’s play cafes and activity centres.
Churchill Road, Adelaide
Your toddler will be in their element as they climb, slide, swing and jump their way through an outing to one of Lollipops Playland indoor play centres. Lollipops Playlands all have dedicated toddler and baby areas, away from the area the big kids play, so you can enjoy a hassle-free coffee while you’re toddler does what they do best… plays, explores and has fun, in a space designed with our littlest people in mind! With centres at Golden Grove, Happy Valley and Croydon, you can pick the centre closest to you (or the one furthest away if you want your toddler to sleep in the car on the way home… we get it!!)
7-11 Helicon Drive, Golden Grove
449 Port Rd, Croydon
18/50 Kenihans Rd, Happy Valley
KIDS ZONE AT LATITUDE
The smaller you are… the bigger the adventure! Little astronauts and gymnasts will love the dedicated indoor play centre at Latitude – and so will mum and dad! Kids under 5 and under 110cm, can learn new skills and build their confidence in our supersized kids soft play area. Specifically designed for little tackers from 18 months, the Kids Zone at Latitude is available to book all day every day. But they thought about the parents when they designed their toddler activities too. There’s plenty of seating and pram parking plus a dedicated parents’ change room!
13-15 Fosters Rd, Greenacres
HENLEY SQUARE WATER PLAY
The recent(ish!) Henley Square redevelopment has transformed Henley Beach into even more of a haven for families, and nothing is as popular for toddlers there than the in ground water feature. Grab a takeaway coffee (or iced coffee if it’s the height of summer!) and watch on as your little person chases the water spouts and plays in the reflection pool (when we say pool.. it’s not even ankle deep so no fear of any underwater mishaps here!). Do be aware though that there isn’t any fencing between the nearby road and the water play area so do make sure to keep a close eye on your little ones. If you prefer to venture a little closer to the ocean, there’s also a grassy area at the foreshore with plenty of room for toddling, wooden wave shaped seating that kids LOVE to clamber over, and an awesome shower water feature that will get your kids drenched! For more splash zones and swimming centres check out our guide to Adelaide’s indoor and outdoor pools.
Henley Square, Henley Beach, SA
If you want to head outdoors with your toddler in tow, head to Carrick Hill. Your little person will love Carrick Hillʼs Story Book Trail – a self guided (pram friendly) half kilometre trail with themed areas to explore (your toddler will LOVE the cubby house glade) 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. You can also explore the picturesque grounds of Carrick Hill, with lush green hills (perfect for picnics… or rolling down!), and there’s a cafe on site for when little (and big!) tummies get hungry!
46 Carrick Hill Dr, Springfield SA 5062
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 your toddler to run around! The paths are pram friendly so you’ll have no issues if your toddler decides their little legs have had enough!
North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
FIND A TODDLER FRIENDLY PLAYGROUND
If you have a toddler, you’ve probably walked the well worn path to the local playground. Over and over again! We are so incredibly lucky to have so many amazing parks and playgrounds in Adelaide and South Australia, so many of which cater so beautifully to toddlers and preschoolers. We’re talking playgrounds with fences. Playgrounds with toilets. Playgrounds with fun things that little people can climb and reach! Check out our guide to the best playgrounds in Adelaide and see if there are any you’ve missed that might be perfect for an adventure with your toddler in tow.
Calling all train loving toddlers! This is the adventure for you! Apart from the fact that a day out to Victor Harbor is already the perfect fun for families with toddlers (especially that snooze on the car trip for your little human!), 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.
Victor Harbor, SA
Helping Hand Residential Care in North Adelaide is proving that imagination is ageless, hosting intergenerational playgroups each Wednesday during the school term. The Learning Tree Playgroup connects three generations (elders, parents and children), bolstering the proverbial village it takes to raise a child, while also bringing joy and good old-fashioned fun and laughter to elderly residents living in aged care, as well as the unconditional love that only a child can give. This is such a meaningful activity for you and your toddler and all families with children aged up to 6 are welcome every Wednesday 10am-12pm during school terms at Helping Hand, North Adelaide – 49 Buxton Street. Intergenerational playgroups run across the state thanks to Playgroup SA!
IMPACT KIDS WORLD BAROSSA
Impact Kids World is a play centre in the Barossa with birthday party rooms, a toddler area, sensory area, and an all important cafe area for the parentals! The multi-level indoor playground features a vibrant circus themed, multi-storey maze, some inflatable equipment, ride on cars, a mini ball pit and small climbing structure. The staff are super friendly and there are plenty of healthy food options for littles and bigs!
7 Siegersdorf Rd, Nuriootpa
Babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and parents will be treated to music and story, activity and interaction, structured and unstructured fun at Mainly Music. Weekly sessions are full of songs and rhymes, actions and movement, designed to engage you and your child. Not only will your little one be delighted by the one-to-one attention you give, but you’ll love the way they respond and develop. The structured 30 minute music session will be followed by 30-60 minutes of eat/play/chat. Snacks and refreshments will be served, followed by a time of unstructured play while you get the chance to connect with other parents and care givers with similar aged kids! The team behind Mainly Music also run Mainly Play sessions with a focus on learning through play.
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Blip Art School for Kids: Art kits and workshops in Adelaide
If you haven’t heard of Blip Art School for kids, then your crafty kiddos might be missing out on a wild ride of creative bliss!
Founded by besties Ella and Astrid in 2018, Adelaide’s Blip Art School started as a stint at Plant 4 Bowden and a succession of community programs, before the team settled into their own cosy studio in West Croydon and starting offering regular art and craft workshops for kids aged 6-11.
Kids art workshops in Adelaide
Offering unique, exciting children’s art workshops designed to develop creativity and problem solving skills, Blip Art School is all about conceptual art making with children, giving kids a chance to get hands on with art, making, crafting, designing and creating.
Explore the magic of creating
The Blip Art School kids workshops run across term time throughout the year, and are designed so that students can fully explore their creativity, try something new and become immersed in the magic of creating.
Diverse range of kids art classes
In each block of workshops the term is planned to explore multiple mediums. The diverse range of classes allows students to experiment with all areas of the artistic world and discover with styles of creating that they resonate with.
Join Blip Art School for Term 1 2021
WHERE: West Croydon
WHEN: Wednesday afternoons, 4-5.30
DATES: 3rd Feb – 7th April
Small Batch Blip Art kits for kids (and adults!)
2020 also saw Blip Art School announced the exciting launch of hand made, small batch art kits for children (and adults too if you’re creatively inclined).
Creating both stamp kits and weaving kits, perfectly sized for little hands, you can purchase these local, hand made (with love!) kits designed to get your kids immersed with endless creative possibilities!
Groovy Stamps kits
These groovy shapes can be used with ink or acrylic paint to stamp your own fabric, wrapping paper, clothing or even to stamp on your walls for a trendy faux wallpaper look!
Each kit comes with:
12 x handmade wooden stamps
1x how to use groovy stamps guide + link to a guided video tutorial
1x screen printed drawstring storage bag
The Blip Art School mood weaving kit is the perfect mix of creating and personal reflection.
Your kiddo can use the kit to process emotions at the end of each day by weaving a few strands into the loom.
Did you learn something? Did you celebrate a special occasion? The starter pack of mood yarn included in the kit is colour coded to help you create a colourful reflection of your week or month.
Each kit comes with:
1x handmade wooden loom
1x starter kit of mood yarn
1x how to weave your feelings guide + link to guided video tutorial
1x kid safe weaving needle
1x screen printed drawstring storage bag
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Indoor Play Centres and Play Cafes Adelaide
OK, so of course we want to take every opportunity we can to get our kids playing outdoors. Up trees. On beaches. Finding rocks. Spotting creatures. But as parents, we also know there are going to be times when indoor play is the go. Whether it’s a billion degrees outside, or pouring with rain, indoor play centres, play cafes and indoor activity hubs give our kids the opportunity to run, jump, slide, climb and leap without tearing the house apart in the process, or falling victim to inclement weather or heat stroke!
Indoor kids play in Adelaide
As an added bonus, you can pretty much guarantee that at indoor play centres and cafes you’re bound to be able to have a hot coffee and a moment or two to yourself while the kids bounce, balance and burn beans, and sometimes that’s just what we need!
We’re lucky that the indoor play centres and play cafes Adelaide has to offer are plentiful and high quality. From climbing walls, to trampolines, to huge indoor inflatable playgrounds – Adelaide has a lot of indoor activity centres to choose from!
Adelaide Indoor Play Centres and Play Cafes
At Latitude Adelaide you can bounce, climb and even fly into a whole new world where there are no limits – especially where fun is involved! Latitude is an acre of integrated trampoline, climbing and aerial activities and an absolute heaven of adventure and adrenaline for kids! As well as their climbing walls and trampolines, Latitude also has a Kid Zone designed for little tackers (18 months to 5) – the kid zone at Latitude is an indoor play centre for the smaller kids who aren’t quite up to climbing to new heights just yet!
13-15 Fosters Road, Greenacres
BOUNCE Adelaide is a full scale, massive indoor trampoline park in South Australia – and to say your kids will be jumping out of their skin with excitement, ready to unleash their self-powered adrenalin, is an understatement. As well as ample space for free jumping, Bounce also has an awesome ninja course for the wee warriors among us, a slam dunk zone for mini ballers, opportunities to get involved in the trampoline warfare that is dodgeball on the Bounce dodgeball courts, and plenty of space for junior jumpers who just want to bbbboooiiiiing!
164-168 Richmond Road, Marleston
Funtopia Prospect is Adelaide’s latest must-do attraction for the young (and young at heart)! Climb, jump and leap in the Funtopia state-of-the-art indoor rock climbing arena or spend the day exploring the action-packed indoor adventure playground. With activities for all ages, restaurant quality food (can confirm the coffee is also excellent) and a fully-licensed bar all under one roof, Funtopia Prospect has everything you need for a funbelievable day out! We checked out Funtopia to see if it lived up to the hype… find out what we thought!
259 Main North Road, Sefton Park
AFL MAX is Australia’s first indoor AFL skills and family entertainment centre and it’s in Adelaide! Backed by the biggest names in the sport, the state-of-the-art facility at AFL MAX brings together the latest technology and traditional skills development for players and fans of all ages. AFL Max is more than just a play and development centre; it’s fun for the whole family! Soar to new heights on the trampolines in the Aerial Zone, or bounce around the inflatable giants in the Bump Zone. Test your climbing skills as you reach the top of the rock climbing walls in the Climb Zone and even sharpen up on your kicking, passing and tackling skills and the Test and Tackle Zone. If video games are more your thing, then you can even get your game on in the Interactive Zone! There is something for everyone at AFL Max!
32 Butler Boulevard, Adelaide Airport, Adelaide
SA Base Camp
SA Base Camp is South Australia’s largest indoor Ninja Warrior Course, with 3 different courses suitable for ages 4+. If you have an active kiddo who loves to climb, leap and swing, or maybe even try their hand at the warped wall, then you’re going to LOVE this place! SA Base Camp holds structured Ninja and Acro classes run by real life Ninja’s, as well as hosting the best Ninja parties in town! Future Nina Warriors – this is your arena and your time is NOW!
30-34 Quebec Street, Port Adelaide
One of Adelaide’s favourite indoor play centres, Lollipop’s Playland, is designed with kids in mind so you can guarantee your kids can be kids – everyday! Open seven days a week, busy parents can enjoy the quality café and great coffee while the kids play in a fun, safe, secure and friendly environment. Each visit to Lollipop’s Playland means hours of fun for the kids as they climb, slide, swing and jump their way through the day! With three locations across Adelaide, you can choose which venue suits you best!
449 Port Road, Croydon
7/11 Helicon Drive, Golden Grove
18/50 Kenihans Rd, Happy Valley
Crocs Play Centre
Crocs Play Centre indoor play facilities have been designed by one of the leading indoor play specialists and are intended to accommodate children of all ages! As well as a main play area for for kids aged four and above, Crocs also has a dedicated babies play section lined with a soft play areas and sensory activities to encourage imaginative play and a separate toddler area, designed for under fours! Something for every member of the family!
4/252 Churchill Road, Kilburn
The Velo Precinct – Spokey Dokey
Wouldn’t it be nice to sit down in a café with a great coffee and not have to worry about your little angels getting bored and restless? Can we get a HECK YES?! Seperate from the main cafe at The Velo Precinct, the team goes one step further with their kids cafe area, Spokey Dokey – complete with a custom-designed playground that keeps the little kids entertained for hours, while you have a minute to sit down and refuel! Parental supervision is still required, of course. Spokey Dokey offer a delicious, healthy kid-friendly café menu from Velo Café…oh, and they handle kids parties as well! They’re all about the kids and we love it.
Victoria Park Grandstand, Fullarton Road, Adelaide
Inflatable Zone Aberfoyle Park
Inflatable Zone is home to a massive indoor bouncy playground and if this doesn’t just look like the most fun ever to you then nothing will! Inflatable zone has many different (spoiler alert) inflatables that cater for the young children and more challenging obstacles to cater for the bigger kids. Whether it’s the bouncing balls, the jousting pit or even if you just want to relax on the pillow, there is a game for everyone. You can even shoot some baskets on the inflatable basketball goals!
The Hub Recreaction Centre, Aberfoyle Park
Inflatable World Morphett Vale
This could just be the best 2 hours of your life! Inflatable World is all about having fun, so take the whole family and bounce on in! It’s not just for the kids – the team at Inflatable World encourage the parents to dive in and get amongst it alongside their little people! Sessions are for two hours per single entry fee (and you’ll be absolutely stonkered after 120 minutes of bouncing, bounding, jumping and leaping, trust us). You can play on the inflatable activities as many times as you like during the session and the supervisors are there to make sure everyone is safe and gets a fair go.
205-207 Main South Road, Morphett Vale
As one of Adelaide’s premier indoor play centres, Imagination Kidz caters exclusively for fun, encouraging a healthy life style with plenty of healthy food choices on offer, alongside exercise and creative play! Aimed at entertainment for under 12’s (and a bit of chill out time for the parents too) you can sit back with a coffee at the indoor play cafe while your kids have a blast riding the 3 lane wave slide, climbing down the giant spider web, shooting the foam ball guns, or kicking goals in our soccer/basketball court. There is also a creative role play area and dedicated toddler soft play for the younger children!
264 Richmond Road, Adelaide
Flip Out Munno Para
Flip Out provides a one stop indoor entertainment hub for the whole family….ranging from trampolines, parkour, a ninja course and kids playground/arena, it’s impossible to be bored at Flip Out!
Flip Out Trampoline Arena is Australia’s first & largest trampoline playground and the team aim to give families healthy and awesome fun! Whether it’s bouncing on the massive trampoline arena, getting involved in super bouncy ball games, disappearing in the foam pits, practising your free running and parkour or getting amongst it in giant playground.. there’s hours of fun to be had a Flip Out!
600 Main North Road, Smithfield
Cheeky Monkey Cafe Mount Barker
Cheeky Monkey Café is an amazing place for kids to play in a safe, indoor environment in the Adelaide Hills. Equipment is large enough for adults to enjoy with their kids and includes a separate toddler area with ball pit, 3 lane super slide as well as curly tunnel and speed slides, a flying fox, bouncy castle, spinning seat and soft obstacle course. PHEW! That’s a lot of fun to be had! The aim at Cheeky Monkey Play Cafe is to provide happiness to the children and some time out for the parents, and we think they’ve got that balance just right!
49 Victoria Road, Mount Barker
Little Rockets Play Cafes
Little Rockets indoor play cafes are arguably the coolest indoor kids playgrounds in South Australia, and with three great locations across Adelaide, you can choose a venue that suits your location best! The epic scale of the Little Rockets play cafes is off the charts, and every inch of space is used to create all day fun! With ball pits, huge play structures, super slides, toddler areas as well as great cafe menus with healthy options and super friendly staff, these are indoor play cafes that truly tick all the boxes.
10 Unity Way, Munno Para
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4 Chris Collins Crt, Murray Bridge
Playground Zone & Inflatable Zone at Mega Courts Indoor Sports
Mega Courts Playground Zone offers two hour sessions of playground MEGA fun! This is maximum entertainment that won’t break the budget. Playground Zone at Mega Courts Indoor Sports includes full access to the junior and toddler playgrounds and inflatable zones as well as sports time where your child can play any of the sports at Mega Courts including netball, soccer, cricket, football and dodgeball. You can also choose the Inflatable Zone package which gives you 2 hours of inflatable commando course fun that includes jumping castles, mazes, basketball & soccer skill shots as well as blow up slides. So. Much. Fun to be had! Mega Courts Indoor Sports also has a Laser Tag combat experience and options for indoor sports and activities – so there truly is something for every kind of kiddo here!
10-18 Albert Street, Windsor Gardens
With over 200 exciting square metres of the latest up to date interactive kids’ play equipment and kids’ games, the kids imaginations will run wild at Wacky Warehouse. With three levels of mind blowing playhouse fun to suit all ages up to 10 years, the kids certainly won’t be bored or feel left out. There’s the Softplay Animal Zone for kids up to 3 years old, the Castle Frame for up to 5 years and the Ocean Frame for children up to 10 years of age. So no matter what stage they’re at, Wacky Warehouse has them covered with the right playground equipment. As well as the Wacky Tacky Interactive Air Cannons and the Huge Triple Wacky Wave Slide, they also have Themed Party Rooms for that super special occasion. The Wacky cafe uses only the best quality, locally sourced produce so you can experience the fresh, tasty and healthy snacks and mains, or sip on a coffee while the kids swing into action in one of the three themed play areas!
162 Gorge Road, Newton
Xtreme Inflatables is an exciting, indoor fun filled adventure land full of inflatable chaos for kids of all ages! The site itself is an indoor sports centre during the week, and an inflatable fun zone on the weekends, public holidays and school holidays. The inflatable obstacles themselves have everything that kids could want, from slides to cliff jumps, jungles to space shuttles and everything in between! Parents rest easy, the under 5’s area is blocked off from the older children so they can have their own safe little world to explore, including an inflatable Castle Funland with a bridge for little tiny tots to toddle across, and we can just sit back and relax and watch the good times roll!
42 Famechon Cres, Modbury
Let your littles release that energy at family-run indoor play cafe Play’n’Fun. Under new ownership, Play’n’Fun has undergone some major improvements, with two separate play areas, one for toddlers aged 0-4, and a large structure for kids aged up to 11 years. The play cafe boasts a huge jumping castle, flying fox, slides and a ball pit, as well as a movie room with kids flicks on repeat all day long. There’s lots of floor space for the little ones learning to get around, a toy room and also some gaming consoles for the older kids!
24-28 Beach Road, Christies Beach
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Nature Play SA: 25 things to do in summer
WORDS: Nature Play SA
What’s your favourite way to summer play?
We love rockpool discoveries, fruit harvests, early morning bushwalks, and balmy evenings by the water… Print Nature Play SA’s list of ’25 Things to do in Summer’ and see how many ideas you can tick off these holidays!
25 things to do in Summer
1 Explore a reef or rockpool and see how many sea creatures you can spot!
2 As a family, choose a new natural place to visit and set out with picnic in tow for a day of discovery and adventure
3 Discover seasonal food: learn when different summer fruits come into season and then harvest from your garden, at an orchard or farm
4 Get up early and go for a bushwalk, listening and spotting wildlife along your way!
5 Make a nature craft decoration to hang from the Christmas tree
6 Make a sand sculpture – or a sand city! – and decorate it with natural treasures you have found along the shore
7 Enjoy the waves: body surf, boogeyboard or learn to surf this summer!
8 Paint pictures on cement with a container of water and a paintbrush
9 Spend a balmy evening by the river or sea: swim, play frisbee or cricket, enjoy a casual dinner and watch the sunset with your family
10 Explore a Botanic Garden and enjoy the cool shade of the trees
11 Try your luck at fishing, crabbing or yabbying! Measure your catch to see if it is large enough to keep, or if you should return it to the water
12 Plant a summer garden or pot plant (try strawberries, lettuce and cucumbers!)
13 Kayak or stand-up-paddleboard on a river, lake or the sea
14 Find a beach known for cockling and do the ‘cockle twist’– feel the waves lap against your feet, locate the cockles with your toes then see if you can scoop them up!
15 Go camping and look up at the night sky (head somewhere wild or pitch a tent in your own backyard)
16 Create a summer nature play journal to record your adventures and natural finds
17 Look at the world from a different perspective: take off your shoes and climb a tree!
18 Water your summer garden first thing in the morning or as the sun sets – what changes can you notice from the day before?
19 Snorkel at the beach and see what lies beneath the surface
20 Create a nature boat from natural materials – such as seed pods, bark, washed up cuttlefish, sticks, seaweed and leaves – then float or race them in a creek or the sea!
21 Discover the world at dusk! Head out for a walk with your family, and see what you can discover as day turns to night
22 Enjoy the freedom and sensory delight of mud play at home – then run through the sprinkler to clean off!
23 Build a cubby or natural shelter in your garden, at the park or somewhere wild
24 Get an adventure backpack ready with food and cool water, then head out on a family geocaching mission – locate caches in your neighbourhood or venture to somewhere new
25 Make homemade iceblocks or lemonade and enjoy them outside on a hot day!
Discover why #ItsBetterOutside these school holidays with more handy tips and ideas for families at Nature Play SA.
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