The Easter long weekend is almost here and we can practically taste the chocolate already! It’s our favourite time of the year, with four whole days to spend as a family.
What’s better than a whole weekend dedicated to indulging in sweet and creamy chocolate and the warm buttery goodness that are Hot Cross Buns? Don’t forget pinching an egg or three out of the kids’ bounties because they don’t need the extra sugar anyway and we are basically doing ourselves a favour.
We’re all about making the most of the long weekend, so we’ve scoured the city for the most egg-citing activities and things to do with the kiddos this Easter.
Jetty Road Easter Egg Hunt
Join the City of Holdfast Bay for the first ever Jetty Road Easter Egg Hunt brought to you by Skyline Attractions.
Bring the whole family down to the bay for a Free Easter Egg Hunt, and the opportunity to support local causes and businesses.
Loads of chocolate eggs to be found plus large value prizes including Jetty Road, Glenelg gift vouchers!
The Easter Egg Hunt is a pre-booked activity and will be run in age group sessions, so no child will leave disappointed.
When: 1 – 2 April, between 11am – 5pm
Where: Jimmy Melrose Park, Glenelg
Farmers’ Market Easter Trail
Hop to the Market on Easter Sunday and join the Adelaide Farmers’ Market in the Easter celebrations. While you shop for farm fresh seasonal produce the kids can find the clues along the Farmers’ Market Easter Trail. There will be giveaways & prizes available to those that participate.
Keep a lookout for the Easter Bunny who will be making a special appearance. The Adelaide Farmers’ Market is open from 8.30am for farm-fresh shopping, coffee, breakfast, and hot cross buns.
When: Sunday 9 April, between 8:30am – 11am
Where: Adelaide Farmers’ Market, Wayville
Easter Time At Melba’s
Bring the whole family and join in on the Easter fun! With FREE Family Entertainment daily, and plenty of Easter Chocolates for all!
Enjoy lunch on their lawns from Maxine’s Baked Potatoes or The Pasta Guy, treat yourself to one of their delicious Melba’s Hot Chocolates, Mahalia Coffee, Milkshakes or Ice-Cream and indulge in an endless supply of yummy Easter Chocolates.
They will be open daily with FREE family-fun entertainment, including Face Painting, Balloon Creations and Garden Games. On Easter Saturday they’re excited to welcome Nylon Zoo up to the Factory for the first time! They’ll be entertaining the kids with their storytelling, interactive costumes, and large inflatable Bilby!
PLUS don’t forget to get your Chocolate Bilby’s to help raise funds and awareness of the Zoos SA Greater Bilby Conservation!
When: 7 – 10 April, between 9am – 4:30pm
Where: Melba’s Chocolates, Woodside
Kids Easter Market Trail
Hop into the Adelaide Central Market for a FREE Kids Easter Market Trail, only on Thursday 6 April between 4pm and 7pm. Pick up your free Easter goodies, including chocolate, sweet treats, flavoured milk and a little something for the Easter bunny.
All you need to do is:
- Collect your bag and map anytime between 4pm and 7pm on Thursday 6 April 2023 from The Market Stall (bookings required, limited walk ups available until allocation exhausted)
- Hop along to our pit stops, pick up your Easter goodies and enjoy!
When: 6 April, between 4pm – 7pm
Where: Adelaide Central Market, Adelaide
Meadows Easter Fair
The Meadows Easter Fair is held over the four days of Easter long weekend each year. The fair is fun for the whole family and offers a diverse range of experiences and products.
The fair is a bustling treasure trove, featuring numerous stalls selling locally-made arts and crafts, plants, tools, books, clothing, toys, bric-a-brac, and collectables.
When: 7 – 10 April, between 9am – 4pm
Where: Meadows Memorial Hall, Meadows
Easter Carnival Adelaide
Discover the joy of Easter at Bonython Park On 22nd And 23rd of April.
This Easter, come experience the unique delights of the Easter in Bonython Park on the 22nd and 23rd of April. Bonython Park will be transformed into a festive, family–friendly extravaganza.
Enjoy a variety of exciting activities and attractions, including:
- Easter egg hunt
- Petting zoo
- Pony rides
- Outdoor cinema
- Train ride
- Photo memorabilia
- Reptile farm
When: 22 – 23 April, between 10am – 6pm
Where: Bonython Park, Adelaide
Easter at the Adelaide Zoo
At Easter we often celebrate with chocolate eggs, but what does an egg symbolise for wildlife?
Hop into the Adelaide Zoo and find the three giant Easter eggs around Adelaide Zoo and collect Melba’s Chocolate Bilby from The Zoo Shop!
They’ve also teamed up with Melba’s Chocolates to offer two little artists (ages 12 and under) the chance to WIN the ultimate Easter prize stocked with Melba’s and Zoos SA goodies! Entries close Monday 10 April!
When: 7 – 10 April, between 9:30am – 5pm
Where: Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide
Easter at Adelaide Arcade
This Easter, Adelaide Arcade is giving you the chance to WIN all of the Haigh’s Chocolates Easter eggs in the display. All you have to do is guess how many eggs!
To enter, simply visit Adelaide Arcade and find the display located in the centre of the Arcade near Gay’s Arcade. Once you have made your guess, scan the QR code on the display and fill out the entry form along with your guess. The closest guess (without going over) wins!
Adelaide Arcade will be open all Easter long weekend for your shopping needs and last-minute Easter gifts from Haigh’s Chocolates and Koko Black.
Easter Art Fun with Little Picassos
Join Little Picassos for a fun session to create your own Easter Bunny in both canvas and in clay.
The 2 hour session will step you through how to make your own cute little Easter Bunny in clay, as well as a fun Bunny Artwork on Canvas inspired by artist Mia Charro.
They will step you through the drawing, illustration and creation of a wonderful Bunny canvas, using pens, pencils and inks, then add acrylic background and fun Easter headdress in flowers and autumn leaves.
The perfect pre Easter activities.
When: 31 March – 2 April, various
Where: Little Picassos, various studios
Easter Twilight Market
Celebrate Easter at the annual Mount Pleasant Farmers Market Easter Twilight Market.
Happening in the beautiful town of Mount Pleasant, nestled between the Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills, the annual Twilight Market is a much-loved tradition in the region.
With a fabulous line up of wonderful Farmers Market stallholders, this festive occasion will include live music, delicious food and beverages, including beer, wine and cocktails, and for the children, an Easter Hunt, Easter craft activities & face painting.
The Twilight Market is the perfect place to stock up on the freshest produce and scrumptious goodies for your Easter celebrations, while you eat, drink and hang out with friends.
It’s a super fun evening for the whole family, so make a date with your loved ones and come kick off the Easter long weekend in style!
When: 6 April, between 4pm – 8pm
Where: Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, Mt. Pleasant
Easter Open Garden at Sophie’s Patch
This year’s Easter Open Garden is guaranteed to be special. Back again for another year, the open garden at Sophie’s Patch offers an opportunity for new gardeners and frequent visitors to admire and enjoy the garden in all its glory.
Easter Open Garden at Sophie’s Patch is an opportunity to visit an iconic drylands garden which provides inspiration, delight and learning opportunities for gardeners and want to be gardeners at every turn.
As a special treat for visitors Costa is planning on being at the garden, with talks for children, and for adults on Saturday and Sunday.
When: 8 – 10 April, between 10am – 4pm
Where: Sophie’s Patch, Mount Barker
Easter at the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company
Unleash your child’s inner chocolatier with an exclusive 60 minute workshop where they will create their own Easter chocolates and accessories to make a take home Easter kit!
- Fully hosted 60min chocolate making workshop with the Barossa Fun Factory in our private Experience Room
- Pour your own delicious Easter chocolates to take home
- Try your luck at Easter bingo!
- Make and decorate an Easter box for your chocolates
- Plus, every participant receives an Easter activity booklet!
Suitable for children 5+
Other activities to enjoy at the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company over the Easter long weekend:
- Easter Code Cracker – Find the clues around the property to crack the code and win a chocolate reward! Free for children dining in the Café or a part of a Tasting experience
- Tastings – Enjoy free tastings of chocolate and gelati all weekend. Our products on tasting change regularly.
- Pairings – Enjoy a Wine & Chocolate, Wine & Cheese or Gelati & Chocolate pairing in our Vineyard Road Cellar Door.
When: 7 – 10 April, between 10am – 5pm
Where: Barossa Valley Chocolate Company, Tanunda
Ride the Giant Ferris Wheel at Glenelg
The popular MIX 102.3 Giant Wheel is wrapping up its summer season at the end of April. So if you haven’t had a chance to take the kiddos on the ferris wheel, the Easter long weekend is the perfect opportunity to see Glenelg from the sky.
When: Open daily between 10am – 9:30pm
Where: Moseley Square, Glenelg
DinoFest at the Botanic Gardens
This April step back in time 66 million years, to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth! Discover how Tyrannosaurs grew from small dog-sized dinosaurs, to become the world’s most fearsome predator…
Meet the life-size walking Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus and Carnotaurus two legged meat eaters, plus lots of cute baby dinosaurs. There will also be a special VIP mystery guest dinosaur who’s making her first DinoFest appearance!
The event is set in the beautiful Adelaide Botanic Garden, so you can combine DinoFest with a picnic or walk around the stunning gardens. Learn more about the prehistoric ferns, cycads, and conifer trees whose descendants still grow in the gardens today.
When: 7 – 30 April, various times
Where: Adelaide Botanic Garden, Adelaide
Easter in Rundle Plaza
Easter Cookie Decorating at Rundle Mall Plaza!
Celebrate Easter at Rundle Mall Plaza with a family-friendly Easter experience while supporting the Mary Potter Foundation and its “Backpack of Love” program.
Each session will include cookie decorating, hosted by our very own baking extraordinaire Sam from Clio Cafe.
When: Saturday 8 April
Time: 11am-12pm and 2pm-3pm
Where: Head up the lifts or escalators to the terrace dining area, located on Level One.
Who: Suitable for children aged 7 and under (20 children per session)
While on Level One, why not visit Bunny Burrows for a quick snap and colour in a picture.
Tickets: All proceeds go to The Mary Potter Foundation (up to five tickets per transaction).