Top 10 things to do for kids and families this October

Live shows, free entertainment, foodie sessions and special museum exhibitions - here's your guide to Adelaide's October calendar for kids and families.

We all know Adelaide is an amazing place to get out and about with kids and families, and with the continuing easing of COVID19 restrictions in our state, the events and things happening around town for families to get involved in are starting to show up again. PRAISE BE!

We’ve chosen ten of the best activities and things to do with kids and families in October in Adelaide, so you can start planning!

10 things to do with kids in Adelaide in October

grug live show

Grug Live Show

October 6 – October 18

Based on the much-loved picture book character created by Ted Prior.

Grug began his life as the top of a Burrawang tree that fell to the ground. Resembling a small, striped haystack with feet and a nose, Grug is fascinated by the world around him and solves everyday problems creatively and without fuss.

When dancing instructions are too difficult to understand, he invents his own dance and calls it ‘The Grug’. When snails eat his cabbages, Grug plants more cabbages so there will be enough for both him and the snails.

Celebrating 10 years of performances in 2020, Ted Prior’s hugely popular character is brought to life in Windmill’s magical stage production. Having performed to more than 50,000 children and families worldwide, Grug is perfect for our youngest theatre lovers.

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happy birthday playschool maritime museum

October 1 – January 2021

Take a cardboard box, a paper hat, a whole lot of imagination, and you can be sailing the high seas, tackling mythical sea creatures as an explorer, a pirate or the captain of your own ship. This is the kind of creative learning and fun that the iconic Australian TV show Play School has offered for more than fifty years.

To celebrate, a landmark exhibition marking the program’s milestone 50th birthday is on display at the Maritime Museum in Port Adelaide. It’s the exhibition that brings all your childhood memories alive!

This nostalgic exhibition has been a favourite for families this year, and now has been extended through to 31 January! Come and visit or re-visit Big Ted, Little Ted and Jemima and all your other favourites this summer.

Book online and save 25% on your entry to the museum.

bay city rolling
Bay City Rolling Rollerskating Rink Glenelg

September 25 – October 12

Bay City Rolling is a new event debuting in Glenelg for the October school holidays.

Strap on your skates and roll under an opened marquee with views of the beach. A great affordable family experience for all ages and three weekends of roller-disco fun.


WHEN: 25 Sept – 12 Oct.

Roller Discos are Fridays & Saturdays 7.30 pm and 8.45 pm-9.45 pm sessions

For more information or to buy tickets: 


October 9 – October 11

Boho Luxe Market is no ordinary market!

Boho Luxe Market will bring together a curated selection of products from 200+ creatives, including glamping, sustainable fashion, jewellery, artworks, homewares, furniture and skincare, with vegan options in a bohemian wedding setting.

Showcasing sustainable and ethically sourced brands, these are the creatives, the makers, the shakers, the artists, the designers, the foodies, the gypsies, the adventurers, the musicians and the wanderers and they are all part of the Boho Luxe Tribe!

Enjoy delicious artisan-made food and beverages and relax to cool tunes and the best vibe in Adelaide.

9-11 Oct 2020
Fri 4pm – 9pm l Sat + Sun 10am -5pm
$5 door entry | children free (12 and under)

Market Mini’s at Adelaide Central Market

Every Tuesday during school term from October 13

Whether it’s to encourage them to try new things, make good food choices, or to teach them about the importance of eating a rainbow of healthy foods, we’re always looking for ways to get our kiddos involved in the food they eat.

The Adelaide Central Market’s FREE kids program, Market Minis, is the perfect opportunity to engage your mini market goer in understanding more about what they’re eating and why.


This program is designed to suit children between 2 and 5 years old and is FREE for Market customers every Tuesday during school term.


What: 20 minute ‘drop in’ cooking classes for kids

Where: Adelaide Central Market, 44-60 Gouger Street, Adelaide

When: Every Tuesday, 10am-12pm

Who: Suitable for ages 2-5 years

For more information:

the beachouse spookhouse
The Beachouse Spookhouse Halloween Lock-In

October 29, 30, 31

The Beachouse awesome all-ages Halloween event is back for 2020!

Don’t miss out – this event SOLD OUT in 2018 and 2019!

3 Nights Only:

Thursday, 29th October
Friday, 30th October
Saturday, 31st October (50% OF TICKETS SOLD!)

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

(Entry after 6:30pm will still finish at 8:30pm.)

Ticket Prices:

General Admission: $25pp (+ booking fee) | Includes: 2 hours of Rides and Arcade Games!

Spectator: $10pp (+ booking fee) | Includes Small Drink and 2 Hot Cinnamon Donuts!

(Spectator Ticket excludes Rides and Arcade Games. Small Drink includes Soft Drink, Water, Juice Box or Coffee.)

General Admission Ticket Includes:

2 Hours Lock-In Entry, Non-Stop Rides and Arcade Games, Game-Stop Trick-or-Treat, Free Trick-or-Treat Bucket on Arrival, Free Face Painting and Prizes for Best Costumes!

Attractions Included:

Waterslides, Dodgem Cars, Bumper Boats, Mini Golf, Arcade Games, Carousel, Train and Haunted Playcastle for the Little Ones!

(Excludes Prize Games, Ticket Games and X-Rider)

For more information:

local libraryTake another look at your local council library

October – Ongoing


Your council library is the perfect place to sink into a comfy chair, flick through a magazine or browse the shelves for whatever books take your fancy.

Your council library is definitely the place for indulging in some ‘me time’, but did you know it’s also the place to enjoy some ‘WE’ time?

Many libraries have regular programs, events and activities for all ages, from children’s story time, to book clubs, author talks, educational programs and craft sessions.

Your council library is a hub for your community to come together and share interests, learn new skills, and change the personal experience of reading into a shared one.

Please note: some library events have been put on hold because of COVID19 restrictions or are taking place with reduced numbers to comply with guidelines.

Contact your local council library for more information about what’s on:

Council libraries

book week costume ideas
Book Week

October 17 – 23

CBCA Book Week 2020 will now be held in October!

Theme: Curious Creatures, Wild Minds

Check out the terrific free resources created by the CBCA to help you make the most of your CBCA Book Week celebrations!

Need costume ideas?

Whether you’re a DIY extraordinaire, want to buy a costume off the rack or online, or just need something simple you can fashion with a bit of brown paper and some string on the night before, we’ve got you covered with over 20 ideas for book week costume inspiration.

Check out our 20+ costume ideas for Book Week 2020 and happy costuming:

sensory sessions SA maritime museum
Sensory Sessions at the Maritime Museum

October 24, 25

The team at the SA Maritime Museum has been working with Autism SA to provide a calm and accessible environment within the museum for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

These special sensory sessions offer an opportunity to visit the SA Maritime Museum, transformed into a quiet sensory space, with volume turned down or off, lights dimmed in some areas, and a downloadable Social Narrative developed to help prepare for a visit.


Saturday 24 October, 4pm – 5.30pm
Sunday 25 October, 9am – 10.30am
Saturday 21 November, 4pm – 5.30pm
Sunday 22 November, 9am – 10.30am

Sensory sessions can be booked online:

For more information:

adelaide central market sunday trading
Sundays at the Central Market

From October 11

Sundays are back at the Adelaide Central Market, with voluntary Sunday trading returning on Sunday 11 October and a range of traders committed to opening from 8:00am to 3:00pm.


• Yoga – customers can start fresh on Sunday morning with free yoga sessions by Roaming Zen (numbers limited and bookings essential)
• Nature craft workshops – craft workshops and nature play will engage little imaginations and big ideas
• Baby disco with kids’ DJ Monski Mouse – under-fives can dance and groove to retro-hits, pop favourites and
thumping nursery rhymes
• Live music – enjoy brunch with soulful tunes and gentle strumming by some of Adelaide’s best musicians
including Leni and Brian Ruiz.


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The Chilli Crab Shack by Sprout will also return for two weeks on 2 October, ahead of Sunday trading on 11 October.

The Asian-style chilli crab using local Market produce and fresh SA blue swimmer crabs is a foodie favourite every year.

Customers can expect to dig in and get messy, donning a crab bib, Pirate Life beer in hand and enjoy live music and market vibes.

The Adelaide Central Market is open Tuesday – Saturday, including late nights until 9pm on Fridays

Voluntary Sunday trading commences Sunday 11 October with a range of traders open between 8am – 3pm

The first hour of parking is free

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