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It’s holiday season and we all know what that means: excited kids that are going to need lots of fun activities to occupy their time. The sun is out in the Adelaide Hills and so is the seasonal fruit and produce. Bring your little ones to pick their very own fruit or see how products like honey and jams are made. It’s a perfect way to teach them where their food comes from!

Strawberry Picking

Hahndorf – November to April
South Australia’s favourite condiment creators, Beerenberg Farm, have big, juicy strawberries just waiting for a curious little hand to snatch them right up. Start at the farm shop to collect a punnet then after you think you’ve picked the bonniest, brightest, tastiest strawberries the farm has to offer, pay for your harvest and enjoy! While you’re there, you may as well try the delicious array of sauces, relishes, dressings and jams too.

Cost: $4 per person and kids 13 and under are FREE
Strawberry price per kilo: $9.95
Opening hours: Patch entry 9am – 4.15pm (no entry after 4.15pm). This ensures you’ve got enough time to pick as the shop closes at 5pm! Call ahead if arriving later in the day as supply can run out.
Location: Mount Barker Road (continuation of Main Street), Hahndorf, South Australia, 5245
Phone: (08) 8388 7272
Website: www.beerenberg.com.au

Cherry Picking

Across the Adelaide Hills – November to January
Nothing says Christmas time quite like a big bunch of ripe, juicy cherries. Marble Hill Cherries is the closest Pick-Your-Own cherry orchard in the scenic Adelaide Hills. It is only 20 minutes from Adelaide’s CBD. Surrounded by native bush, you might even get to see a special fluffy surprise sitting in the nearby eucalyptus trees. Check online for other cherry picking spots throughout the Hills.

Cost: Ages 13-60: $5 / Seniors 60+: $3 / Children under 13 and people over 80 are FREE
Cherry Price Per Kilo: Cost dependent on fruit quality, but usually $5-$8 less per kilo than retail price
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm, but you must be in by 5 pm for picking / 7.30am – 2pm if 33 degrees and over
Location: 25 Marble Hill Rd, Ashton
Phone: (08) 8390 0327
Website: www.marblehillcherries.com

Buzz Honey Hive Door

Mount Barker – Year Round
Buzz Honey is Adelaide’s first Hive Door! Check out live beehives, learn about the importance of bees and try free honey tastings! Buzz honey takes pride in retaining a unique raw honey flavour with a cold press extraction process, which is chemical free. This means that the non heat-treated honey preserves its natural enzyme and health-giving properties.

Cost: FREE
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.00pm / Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm / Closed Sunday & Public Holidays
Location: 42 Mount Barker Rd, Totness SA 5250
Phone: (08) 8388 0274
Website: buzzhoney.com.au

Melba’s Chocolate and Confectionery Factory

Woodside – Year Round
If you’re game enough to accept the sugar rush, which will inevitably follow a confectionery factory trip, then Melba’s is a must! Located 40 minutes from central Adelaide Melba’s working factory has six different rooms where the magical candy production takes place. These include a chocolate room, depositing room, packing room, panning room, toffee room and cooling tunnel! It’s impossible to leave without something sweet from the huge candy shop. Let’s hope there’s no Willy Wonka, chocolate lake moments here!

Cost: FREE
Opening hours: 9am – 4.30pm 7 days a week. Open every public holiday apart from Christmas Day and Boxing Day
Location: 22 Henry Street, Woodside, South Australia 5244
Phone: (08) 8389 7868
Website: www.melbaschocolates.com.au