Top things to do with kids in Adelaide school holidays

AUTUMN SCHOOL HOLIDAYS IN ADELAIDE | Check out our (very extensive) list of the top things Adelaide has to offer throughout the school holidays; activities, playgrounds, programs, places to go + more!


Holidays are here! And even though there is the excitement of long, lazy days, with no schedule and quality time with the kids, there’s also the sheer horror of… HOW DO WE KEEP THE KIDS ENTERTAINED?!!!!

We’ve got you covered with our list of the top things Adelaide has to offer throughout the school holidays so that the kids are kept active and entertained and mum and dad get a moment (or three) to themselves!

This list is kept constantly up to date with all the BEST things to do with kids in Adelaide School Holidays.


cirkidz school holiday program

Cirkidz Holiday Programs

Looking for an unforgettable adventure these school holidays? Look no further! Cirkidz invites you to join us for an action-packed circus experience that promises fun, thrills, and skill-building for kids of all ages. From mastering trampoline skills to conquering the trapeze, our classes are designed to ignite imaginations and build strong bodies and brains.

Drop your child off for a half or full day session, where they’ll learn seriously awesome skills from our friendly and experienced circus professionals. Whether they’re exploring acrobatics or trying their hand at aerial arts, every child gets their moment to shine as the star of their own circus adventure. Don’t miss out – book your spot now!

27 Fifth St, Bowden

On Stage, Adelaide Festival Centre’s School Holiday Program

Let your kids have a ball whilst learning new skills, fine tuning their talent, and building confidence with the On Stage performing arts April holiday programs.

Explore the physical language and creative process at the core of Gravity and Other Myths’ high-octane performances with the Physical Theatre and Acro 5-day Intensive.

Bring your characters to life and delve to the heart of each story you create in the engaging school holiday Character Story Development 2-day Theatre Workshop.

Programs are run by industry professionals in a fun and safe environment.

Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide

Lights Out School Holidays Performance

School Holiday Fun – guaranteed laughter for the whole family!

You know the drill. Bath, pjs, books and bed. You’re tucked in and given a kiss. Mum stops by the door, whispers, “Sweet dreams,” and turns out the light. The anticipation. Is. Palpable. Because now is the time that anything can happen. It’s the time when a bedroom can mysteriously transform into an enchanted forest, a Broadway theatre or an underwater wonderland. What will it be this time?

Join, brothers, Cabbage & Chips and their entourage of friends as they embark on their next adventure. From the team behind Gravity Boots, comes their debut children’s performance, Lights Out. A world of imagination, games, and song because the fun begins when the lights go out… just don’t tell mum! Recommended for children 4-10, the show has been described as “an entertaining, interactive children’s theatre performance for the whole family”.

Please note: Low light levels at all times, flashing lights used, and loud and sudden noises used

17th of April & 24th of April, 2024

The Mill Adelaide

Autumn School Holidays: Urth Clay Studios

Urth Clay Studio School Holiday Classes

Big Brain Tiny Hands is our favorite kids holiday activity. Our one-off pottery classes prioritize experimentation and muddy fun over seeking perfection. Unlike traditional approaches, we encourage kids to freely explore shapes and textures, fostering a sense of joy in the creative process while introducing a step to step guidance sometimes to teach how to create a strong piece, The therapeutic experience of working with clay provides a meditative environment for kids to de-stress and express themselves artistically. With hands-on, tactile engagement, our classes offer a break from screens, allowing children to immerse themselves in the sensory pleasure of clay. Expert guidance, rather than strict rules, empowers kids to bring their unique visions to life, creating an atmosphere of liberating creativity. Join us for a memorable, screen-free experience that celebrates the joy of pottery and inspires the young artist in every child.

Goodwood | Burnside


TreeClimb Adelaide

Your tree top adventure awaits at Adelaideʼs first inner city aerial adventure park. TreeClimb, Adelaideʼs newest phenomenon (and for good reason!) has over 70 obstacles in 7 courses and thereʼs something for varying ages and abilities. Plus, youʼre outdoors in nature while youʼre having fun. Perfect. TreeClimb is perfect for children aged 3 and over.

TreeClimb now have TWO parks which means TWICE the amount of fun! Climb your way through the rejuvenated Adelaide City Park Lands OR test your limits and swing your way through the enchanting Kuitpo Forest.

Cnr Greenhill Road and Unley Road, Adelaide | Kuitpo Forest

Autumn School Holidays: Wilderness Escape

Wilderness Escape April 2024 School Holiday Programs

Want to make your kids’ school holidays unforgettable? Wilderness Escape’s holiday programs offer the perfect mix of adventure and education! With over 33 years of experience, Wilderness Escape has been organizing exciting school holiday activities for kids aged 5 to 17.

As the leading outdoor education provider in South Australia, Wilderness Escape prioritize safety and fun under the supervision of fully qualified and experienced staff. Whether your child is interested in kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, or rock climbing, Wilderness Escape has it all covered. And don’t worry about experience – equipment and instruction needed are provided for a fantastic time.

Plus, returning customers receive a 5% discount as a way of saying thank you.

Autumn School Holidays: Xlent Disability Services

Xlent Disability Services

Discover an elevated school holiday experience with Xlent Disability Services’ holiday programs. 

Enrich your holiday time with a cinematic extravaganza or indulge in the art of creating festive delights with our culinary workshops. Looking for something a little more adventurous? Secure your place for an unparalleled outing to Cleland Wildlife Park or enjoy the water slides at Water World. Explore further with Xlent’s array of day trips, from Mini Golf and The Beach House to mastering the art of surfing.

For over 26 years, Xlent has proudly delivered exceptional programs, ensuring unforgettable memories for all participants. Enrol now and embark on an extraordinary journey filled with excitement and joy!

8165 2023

Woodhouse Adventure Park

Get ready for school holiday adventures at Woodhouse this autumn! Whether the kids are doing the ‘Drop & Go’ UNPLUGGED program, you’re visiting as a family for the day, or settling in for an overnight stay, you can expect memorable screen-free fun… just 10 minutes up the South Eastern freeway on a 54-hectare nature wonderland at Piccadilly in the Adelaide Hills!

37 Spring Gully Rd, Piccadilly

Hey Caddy West Lakes

Offering great holidays deals including the ‘Putter-Up Bundle’ for $99 (18 holes, 4 drinks tokens, pizza to share for 4 people) and an all-weather location, Hey Caddy is the perfect choice this April. 

The precinct features six golf simulators, an 18-hole Hey Caddy mini-golf course, full-service kitchen and is conveniently situated above The Mosaic Hotel should you wish to start or finish your day with a great pub meal. 

The Hey Caddy course will take you on a journey to some amazing destinations around the world!  Suitable for all ages, allow approximately 40 minutes to play 18 holes.  

Level 1/37 Turner Dr, West Lakes

Autumn School Holidays: Port Adelaide Football Club

Port Adelaide Football Club

Kick off the school holidays with Port Adelaide Football Club!

Score big with two epic home games at Adelaide Oval: Port Adelaide vs. Fremantle on April 13th at 7pm, and Port Adelaide vs. St Kilda on April 26th at 7.10pm.

Experience the ultimate AFL action with entertainment for the whole family, including a revamped kids’ zone featuring skills stations and giveaways. Don’t miss out on seeing superstars like Connor Rozee and Zak Butters in action. It’s time to make unforgettable memories with Port Adelaide this school break.

Get tickets here

Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Wild beginnings at Adelaide Zoo

These school holidays, explore the wild world of baby animals!

Did you know that giraffe calves can stand and walk within just a few hours of being born, or that Sumatran Tigers are born with a special covering over their eyes, kind of a like a blanket, to protect them?

Learn how different species at the zoo embark on their first adventures and what it takes for them to grow big and strong. Bring little adventurers to meet a keeper and ask all their baby animal questions and twirl in costume before listening to a story in a giant inflatable echidna!

Frome Road, Adelaide

Wild beginnings at Monarto Safari Park

These school holidays, explore the wild world of baby animals!

Did you know that baby hyenas communicate using special whooping calls that are unique to each cub, or that lion cubs are born with spots that help them hide in tall grass?

Learn how different species at the park embark on their first adventures and what it takes for them to grow big and strong with free animal art classes and daily keeper talks.

63 Monarto Rd, Monarto

School Holidays: Glenelg's Bay Discovery Centre

Glenelg’s Bay Discovery Centre

Open daily, 10am-4pm throughout the April School Holiday’s, Glenelg’s Bay Discovery Centre is located in the heart of Glenelg’s Moseley Square.

Celebrating the cultural heritage of South Australia, wander through our galleries to discover the stories of the Kaurna People of the Adelaide Plains, South Australia’s Proclamation and settlement, the evolution of beach culture, and some of our State’s most loved identities.

The Centre’s FREE activity program is in full swing this April:

Seashell Creations

Using any of the materials provided, create your own unique seashell to be added to our hanging seashell mobile. All Ages.

Under the Sea Mural

What interesting creatures lurk at the bottom of the ocean? Choose your favourite creature, decorate and find the perfect home on our under the sea mural. All Ages.

Entry is by donation

Bay Discovery Centre, Glenelg Town Hall

Image credit: CDP Theatre Producers

Room On The Broom Live On Stage

The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand.

A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch’s lost things, and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two!

When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?

The award-winning team behind The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child return with songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up – and their grown-ups.

17th – 21st of April, 2024

Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide

Image source: Dog Man The Musical – Live Australia, Facebook Page

Dog Man the Musical

With the head of a dog and the body of a policeman, Dog Man loves to fight crime and chew on the furniture.

But while trying his best to be a good boy, can he save the city from Flippy the cyborg fish and his army of Beasty Buildings? Can he catch Petey, the world’s most evil cat, who has cloned himself to exact revenge on the doggy do-gooder? And will George and Harold finish their show before lunchtime?

Find out in this epic musical adventure for ages 6+, featuring the hilarity and heart of Dav Pilkey’s beloved characters.

Adapted from the ‘Dog Man’ series of books by Dav Pilkey. 

23rd – 28th of April, 2024

Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide

School Holidays at Adelaide Central Market

Join Adelaide Central Market this school holidays for Big Market Adventures for Little Foodies! All activities are free or low cost and include the ever popular Market Trail, Little Market Chefs and a free art workshop.

Kids Market Trail (all ages)

The Market Trail is back due and has been specially formulated for little foodies to learn more about the local and imported produce that the market has on offer. Each little foodie will receive a market bag and map and visit each of the ten pit-stops to receive a sample item at each stop. The sample items range from cheese, yoghurt, a piece of seasonal fruit and sweet treat. You can’t beat the Market trail for value and fun these school holidays!

Little Market Chefs (6-12 Yrs)

Little Market Chefs is back these school holidays! All of the produce will be fresh from the stalls and the team from Sprout will ensure the classes are not only fun and interactive but have an educational focus too. Each class will include a small take away meal of the dish they prepare.

FREE Art Workshop

This workshop is drop-in style between 9.30am and 12pm with bookings not required, however short wait times may apply if the class is full at any one time. The class is suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years.

44-60 Gouger Street, Adelaide

Adventure Hubs SA

Nestled in the picturesque Adelaide Hills, you’ll find the Mount Lofty Adventure Hub, delivering an array of exciting family experiences for the upcoming December and January school holidays. Challenge yourself on South Australia’s most extensive artificial rock-climbing wall, towering at 15 meters. Soar through the treetops on the state’s longest Zipline, a staggering 324 meters of adrenaline-pumping excitement. Cap off your day with a unique adventure on our three-person Mega Swing.

If you’re spending a day in the splendid McLaren Vale region, don’t miss the opportunity to book an adventure like no other at our Southern Adventure Hub. This remarkable destination boasts a double-sided artificial rock wall, South Australia’s first-ever High Ropes Course, and the exhilarating Leap of Faith Trapeze. It’s an action-packed and fun event suitable for the whole family.

37 Spring Gully Rd, Piccadilly | 216 Douglas Gully Rd, Blewitt Springs

Earth Adventure

Earth Adventure

Earth Adventure is running some amazing family friendly tours during the Autumn School Holidays!

For an easy, chilled experience, take a leisurely paddle along the River Torrens, enjoy scenic views of the City.  An eco-friendly way to explore Adelaide.

For something a little more thrilling join our qualified instructors and experience the joy of rock climbing and abseiling at the Morialta Conservation Park or the Onkaparinga River National Park. Whether you are a beginner or experienced, Earth Adventure has the set up for you.

8165 2024

Adventure Kayaking SA

Looking for an enjoyable family activity that will captivate everyone’s interest? 

Embark on an unforgettable journey as you kayak through the fascinating Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard. Discover the hidden wonders of the mangrove lined creeks, where marine life, stunning birds, and the friendly Port River Dolphins come together in a spectacular show. Discover the depths of history and explore the Ship’s Graveyard, where abandoned relics tell tales of the past.

The best part is, you have the flexibility to explore this sanctuary in two ways: join one of Adventure Kayaking SA’s exceptional guided tours for an expert-led adventure, or opt to rent a kayak for a self-guided exploration of this captivating destination.

Adelaide Kayaking SA tours have been voted one of the TOP FOUR MUST DO activities in Adelaide.

204 Garden Island Rd, Port Adelaide

08 8472 0922

BOUNCE School Holidays Activities

BOUNCE Marleston & Greenacres are the perfect playground to develop your freestyle tricks these school holidays. It’s the ultimate indoor play area to develop and harness balance, coordination and agility through a unique blend of fun, freestyle, progression and development.

With holiday camps, superpasses, group packages and Friday night super sessions, there’s something for every kiddo these school holidays at Bounce!

64-168 Richmond Road, Marleston | 13-15 Fosters Road, Greenacres


AFL Max is the nation’s first immersive footy skills and entertainment centre. Backed by the biggest names in the sport, the state-of-the-art facility brings together the latest technology and traditional skills development for players and fans of all ages.

Proudly situated in Adelaide’s west, you’ll be able to sharpen up on your kicking, passing and tackling skills, work up a sweat, experience the excitement of a live game in the virtual reality zone, entertain the kids and more. All under one gigantic 5,500m2 roof.

32 Butler Boulevard, Adelaide Airport

Hahndorf Farm Barn Birthday Party

Hahndorf Farm Barn

The Hahndorf Farm Barn is a unique blend of a children’s farmyard and wildlife park, just a hop skip and a jump up the freeway in beautiful Hahndorf.

You can hold, touch and feed most of the animals on the farm in complete safety and at your own comfort level. With so many activities for kids at the farm and you can easily spend hours enjoying quality time with your family and it’s the perfect day out for the school holidays. And you might just learn a thing or two about what life would be like living on a farm while you’re there!

2282 Mount Barker Rd, Hahndorf

Surf & Sun

Surf & Sun has been running award-winning surf experiences since 2001 and offers surf lessons for children aged 5 and above.

As SA’s leading surf school, they cater to all abilities and operate surf lessons at both Middleton and Moana Beaches on the SA’s picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula. Surf & Sun also runs the popular Surf Groms program for 5-12-year-olds, an excellent choice for school holidays that is also available during the term.

Their Middleton Surf Shop located on Goolwa Rd offers surfboard, wetsuit, SUP and bike hire as well as selling a range of surfing gear.The team at Surf & Sun believes that everyone deserves to enjoy the surfing lifestyle. Their surf programs are focused on having fun whilst learning about surf safety and ocean awareness.

So if you are looking for a fun outdoor adventure for your family, be sure to contact Surf & Sun. Surf vouchers are also available and make great Birthday presents!

Middleton | Moana

myponga Kayak Hire

Myponga Kayak Hire

Experience this truly unique and stunning Myponga reservoir with its breathtaking views and wildlife including an abundance of bird species. Self-guide your kayak at your own pace. Explore the coves and inlets and transport yourself to another world. Myponga Reservoir has 250 hectares of water, brimming with fish and wildlife. You can explore the Myponga Reservoir on comfortable, stable and sit on top style kayaks with your family these school holidays. Kayaks can also cater for fishing equipment, you can bring your own or hire from Myponga Kayak Hire.

Myponga Kayak Hire are open most weekends, public holidays, during the school holidays and occasional days during the week dependent on our schedule and the weather. Standard time slots are 10am or 1pm for up to 2 hours hire. Full day begins anytime after 8am and ending at 3pm.

2a Eatts Street, Myponga
Visit Myponga Reserve Kayaks

bricks4kidz lego school holiday workshops

Bricks4Kidz Lego workshops

The team at Bricks4Kidz will have your Lego-loving lads and lasses constructing, creating, doing and designing at their hands-on build-based workshops run every school holidays. The Bricks4Kidz programs cycle through a variety of themes to keep things fresh (and dynamic for those repeat attendees!).

Trust us when we say that the real-life Lego Masters that host these sessions know all the building blocks that make up a good time, with these half or full-day school holiday workshops blending fun and learning into a great alternative for child care during the hols—or just an all-round good time if you’re looking for an activity for a few hours.

Ascot Park | Norwood | Prospect | Burnside | Woodcroft

Shanx Mini Golf Adelaide

Shanx Mini Golf

Adelaide is home to Australia’s top miniature golf course, and it’s the perfect family activity for the school holidays! At SHANX, you won’t find the typical amusement park-style miniature golf with gimmicky obstacles. Instead, you’ll find a course that resembles a real golf course, only scaled down to a miniature size.

SHANX Regency Park has a HUGE Spring School Holiday activities program FREE for all SHANX ticket holders!

216 Days Rd, Regency Park

Scoffed school holiday cooking classes

Whether you have a master chef wannabe in your house or your little one simply loves to bake and create, Scoffed school holiday kids cooking classes are a great way for your kids to spend some time learning a new skill, making plates (and mates)… and staying off the screen!

The team from Scoffed will show your kiddos how much fun cooking can be with their hands-on classes, and the best bit, the kids get to scoff it all when they’re done.

Visit Scoffed School Holiday Classes

Cleland Wildlife Park

Get up close and personal with roos, koalas, wallabies, betongs and Tasmanian devils with the kids in Adelaide school holidays – 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. Cleland Wildlife Park also have a range of school holidays programs to choose from, ranging from vacation care to full family experiences.

For opening hours, information on planning your day, fees and to buy tickets, head straight to the website.

365 Mount Lofty Summit Road, Cleland, SA, 5152
Visit Cleland Wildlife Park

Warrawong Sanctuary

Warrawong Sanctuary

Experience the life of a professional animal keeper for a day with the Warrawong Junior Keeper program during the School Holidays!

Open to children 6 to 16 years of age, this incredible, behind-the-scenes experience allows young animal lovers to feed, pat, hold, and care for a huge range of animals at the Sanctuary.

There are also many opportunities to have up close and personal encounters with unique Australian wildlife at Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary when you visit for the day, and activities for kids are run daily across the school holidays including wildlife shows and opportunities to meet pythons, dingos and dragons!

47 Stock Rd, Mylor
Visit Warrawong Sanctuary

Barossa Bowland

Barossa Bowland and Dinosaur Mini Golf

Dinosaurs and Mini Golf? If there’s a better combination of things kids are going to love, we don’t know what it is! Located in Tanunda, Barossa Bowland is a proudly family owned and operated business offering the biggest and best Dinosaur themed Mini Golf in Australia, along with a timeless 12-lane ten-pin bowling centre.

If you’re looking for something to do in our wine region with kids in Adelaide school holidays, this could be it! Barossa Bowland brings the prehistoric world to life with their beautifully scenic 18-hole mini golf course.

Wind your way through lush gardens along with sparkling creeks, with friends from an age long before lurking around every corner. But don’t worry, they feed the T-Rex before opening… usually. And if that’s not enough, they also have a 12-lane ten-pin bowling centre inside, complete with modern amenities and newly updated bowling machines, pins and scoring system, so it’s never been easier and more enjoyable to have a bowl!

89 Menge Road, Tanunda
Visit Barossa Bowland

national motor museum

National Motor Museum

The contemporary exhibition halls at the National Motor Museum explore the stories of people and vehicles that have shaped Australia’s motoring history.. and if there’s anything we know about so many kiddos, it’s that they love things that go VROOM!

Your kiddos can discover how motor vehicles have opened up our country, linking some of the most isolated communities in the world. From the stately to the absurd, from the hand-built to the mass-produced, see the vehicles people loved and loathed, thrashed and pampered, in the pursuit of their motoring dreams!

As an international centre for the collection, research, preservation, education and display of Australian road transport history, the National Motor Museum is much more than a collection of vehicles. It is a social history of the way we were, the way we are now and the way of the future.

For opening hours, head to their website and plan your day!

Shannon Street, Birdwood, SA
Visit National Motor Museum

west beach mini golf

West Beach Mini Golf

If you’re looking for fun for the ‘HOLE’ family, then West Beach Mini Golf is where it’s at during the Adelaide school holidays!

You can putt around giant great white sharks, penguins, peg legged pirates, sea lions, giant turtles and even the skeleton of Davy Jones at this seven-sea themed, 18-hole course… and they also have a fully decked kiosk for when you get the post putt putt munchies!

School holiday entertainment sorted!

1 Hamra Ave Corner of Military Road and, Hamra Ave, West Beach
Visit West Beach Mini Golf

The Big Rockinghorse

The Big Rocking Horse & Toy Factory

The Big Rocking Horse and the Toy Factory share the same site at Gumeracha, in the glorious Adelaide Hills, only 40 minutes from Adelaide. So take a drive and go for a visit!

Your kids can see how quality wooden toys are made in the working Toy Factory. There’s also an on site Wildlife Park, where you can feed the animals and birds in a beautiful and unique setting, teeming with native flora and fauna.

If you time it right, you can also include some breakfast or lunch, or take your own picnic and enjoy it in our beautiful, shaded picnic area.

And, of course, la piece de la resistance… the World’s Biggest Rocking Horse, Australia’s #1 BIG Aussie icon!! You can climb this Australian icon and receive a certificate of achievement upon completion!

452 Torrens Valley Rd, Gumeracha, SA
Visit The Big Rocking Horse & Toy Factory

cherry picking fleurieu

Pick your own cherries

Making memories never tasted so good, and this is a family school holiday activity ripe for the pickin’! 50 minutes from Adelaide on the Southern Expressway, Fleurieu Cherries have up to 20 different cherry varieties available including both sweet and sour cherries – most varieties are available to pick if you have the time to find them – so head there and make a day of it!

Fleurieu Cherries offer pick-your-own on certain days only – depending on what fruit is ready and the weather forecast. Before you travel to the farm gate, make sure to check the website to confirm if pick-your-own is available, as circumstances can change rapidly… ripe fruit for that day may have been picked by early afternoon!

The team at Fleurieu Cherries also make cherry relish, cherry jam and delicious cherry ice-cream, and sell cherries by the kilo if you don’t feel like picking your own.

Pick your own cherries open 9am-4pm daily.

Fleurieu Cherries, 159 Pages Flat Road, Pages Flat
Visit Fleurieu Cherries

West Beach Adventure

SkyChallenge, Skywalk, Megabounce and now the Giantswing! Mega Adventure has something for everyone. The SkyWalk is for all ages and heights! Whether you have friends and family on the SkyChallenge, or just want to take in the views, you can climb 83 steps to the highest platform on the SkyMate.

Alternatively, the SkyChallenge has over 70 obstacles available for you to tackle at your own level and speed, the SkyChallenge is perfect for anyone wanting a stimulating experience to do with kids in Adelaide school holidays.

Imagine playing tennis in the sky, rowing a boat mid-air, or manoeuvring between obstacles like a floating esky, BMX bike, and sky-high picnic table.

Book holiday tickets now! Mega Adventure also hosts birthday parties, for more party venue ideas check out our KIDDO Adelaide Party Venue guide!

4 Hamra Ave, West Beach
Visit West Beach Adventure

Funtopia Prospect

Your kiddos will have a funbelievable time these school holidays; whether it’s climbing up Jack’s beanstalk, scaling brick buildings or climbing Funtopia’s interactive pro climbing walls, they’re going to keep going back for more, over and over again!

There’s something for all the kiddos, big and small, with Playground World and Toddler World offering an alternative to the common playground, with super slides, go carts and a mirror maze to keep little people busy and buzzing.

259-269 Main N Rd, Sefton Park SA
Visit Funtopia

the beachouse

The Beachouse

Packed with Australian-first and world class attractions, The Beachouse is the perfect destination for a fun-filled day out! You’ll find games and rides that will entertain the adults as well as the kids!

With 3 fully enclosed heated waterslides, Soli Italian Formula 1 Dodgem Cars, awesome blaster boats, a historic 120 year old Carousel, a western themed 18 hole mini golf course, a dizzying 5 mini story play castle and an Italian built train for the little ones, you are sure to have a ball!

This is an absolute no brainer when it comes to looking for things to do with kids in Adelaide school holidays.

4 Colley Terrace, Glenelg
Visit The Beachouse

paddle boats on torrens

Captain Jolley’s Paddleboats

These pedal powered boats have been used as a source of fun for children, families, and tourists coming to see our beautiful city of Adelaide since 1962 and are still going strong (with a few boat upgrades in that time of course)! On your private perch on the River Torrens, you’re in the perfect position to take in local scenery while getting active in the outdoors, and kids just love the paddleboats!

Choose a sunny day and get your kids out on the river these school holidays!

River Torrens, Elder Park, Adelaide
Visit Captain Jolley’s

art gallery of sa kids

Art Gallery of South Australia

Explore the Art Gallery of South Australia with the kids in Adelaide school holidays, with over 45,000 works of art and changing  exhibitions on display, it’s a great way to introduce contemporary and historical art to your children. Start at the Gallery is an exciting introduction to art for children aged 3-12 and their families.

Held on the first Sunday of every month, Start is a free family-fun day and includes art activities, tours, live performances and entertainment.Each monthly event is themed around current exhibitions or the general collection. Start is held on the first Sunday of each month, 11am–3pm. Events are free and no bookings are necessary.

You can also discover a selection of books, homewares, jewellery and children’s gifts, inspired by the Gallery’s collection and current exhibitions in the gift store, as well as enjoy great family friendly food options in the cafe.

Art Gallery, North Terrace
Visit the Art Gallery of South Australia programs

marion outdoor pool

Marion Outdoor Pool

The refurbished Marion Outdoor Pool is complete and this place is ALL THE THINGS if you’re looking for outdoor water play fun with the kids in Adelaide school holidays! The water play park has 9m-high tower with four slides and a giant tipping bucket containing 600 litres of water – I mean it just does not get better!

The surrounding area is flush with shades, barbecues, landscaping, path, balinese huts, a playground and an outdoor gym.

If you’re looking for splash zones and swimming centres check out our guide to Adelaide’s indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

Oaklands Rd &, Hendrie St, Park Holme
Visit Marion outdoor pool

palace nova prospect

Palace Nova

Catch a movie at Palace Nova with the kids in Adelaide school holidays! Palace Nova Prospect boasts 14 screens, from boutique style theatres to larger sized cinemas and during the school holidays there are always a plethora of kids and families to choose from.

The inside of the art deco cinema is also totally luxe and has some beautiful artwork in keeping with the artsy prospect vibe, so if you’re choosing a cinema, it’s a great one to pick!

98 Prospect Rd, Prospect
Visit Palace Nova

adelaide oval stadium tour

Adelaide Oval tours

Make your kiddos dreams come true with a peek behind the scenes extending further than the usual oval green! Visit a number of areas that are usually inaccessible and learn about the heritage and significance of Adelaide Oval. Expert volunteer guides will guide you and your little ones through the ins and outs of Adelaide oval and share captivating tales of the history of the venue, the sporting greats who have competed here and the Oval’s iconic status in SA.

Part of the KIDDO crew recently took an Adelaide Oval Stadium Tour – here’s what we thought!

War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide

wigley reserve playground
Wigley Reserve playground

The spectacular playspace is the place to be for residents and visitors to Glenelg, with the redevelopment of Wigley Reserve featuring a Playspace and Fitness Hub.

The playspace, funded by the City of Holdfast and State Government features: a climbing tunnel, in-ground trampolines, swings, slides, a log climbing structure, stepping boulders, a sensory nature-trail and accessibility is a focus with the new space offering increased opportunity to all ages, interests and abilities.

For more playgrounds, check out our quick look guide to Adelaide’s best playgrounds.

Corner of Anzac Highway and Adelphi Terrace, Glenelg

sa museum

South Australian Museum

The South Australian Museum has been committed to making Australia’s natural and cultural heritage accessible, engaging and fun for over 150 years. It is a place where families can learn and grow together and get hands on in the Discovery Centre where they can see fossils, frogs and watch as the Museum bees make their way out of their hive to collect honey in the CBD.

Today the Museum is one of the most visited museums in Australia and holds collections of national and international significance. It is a leader in remote and regional community engagement, and in Australian Aboriginal heritage and scientific research. Open 7 days. Check out their website for fun holiday programs.

SA Museum, North Terrace
Visit South Australian Museum

SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre school holiday programs

What better place to chill out and have some fun than the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre! They have amazing school holiday programs to keep kids active, busy.. and cool!

If you’re looking for splash zones and swimming centres these holidays check out our guide to Adelaide’s indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

443 Morphett Rd, Oaklands Park SA 5046
Visit SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre

carrick hill

Carrick Hill

During the school holidays, Carrick Hillʼs Story Book Trail comes alive – a self guided half kilometre tail with themed areas to explore 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. The Children’s Activity Pack includes a Story Book Trail guide, map, quiz, nature play handouts and a chocolate frog or bubbles!

Free parking at Carrick Hill. Suitable for strollers. Bookings not required.

46 Carrick Hill Dr, Springfield SA 5062
Visit Carrick Hill school holiday programs

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Temptation Sailboat

Get your sea legs and climb aboard the Temptation – a 58ft passenger charter catamaran that operates from Glenelg and is a unique experience that the kids- and you – will remember!

An informative experience that educates passengers on dolphin conservation and offers the opportunity to swim with the dolphins. But either way, itʼs a beautiful experience, itʼs fun being out on the water, the sunsets are amazing and if youʼre lucky, you may spot a dolphin or two!

All times and pricing information on their website.

10 Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg
Visit Temptation Sailing

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Glenelg Foreshore playground

The Glenelg foreshore playground is EPIC – so epic that ummmm, can adults have a go? It ticks all the boxes for what kids want in a play area, itʼs safe and honestly must be the only playground with prime coastal views, so you can grab a coffee, get a little Vitamin D and enjoy the sea breeze while the kids play till their hearts content!

Check out the KIDDO Quick Look Guide to Adelaide’s Best Playgrounds for more awesome spots to head with the kids during the school holidays.

Glenelg Foreshore
Visit Glenelg Foreshore playspace

SK8 therapy workshop

Look no further, this is the number one school holiday activity for your rad little skater. The guys from SK8 Therapy hold holiday workshops where they teach kids awesome skills along with safety and control techniques.

A fun masterclass for those that can already carve it up, as well as a great introduction for anyone just starting out.

Closed footwear required and participants must bring their own helmets but safety pads and skateboards are provided

Visit SK8 therapy

Morialta Falls

A protected conservation area just 10kms NE of the CBD, youʼll feel like youʼve escaped to the serene bushland when really youʼre so close to home. A great day out to get out in nature, burn some energy and take in the beauty of the rugged nature surrounds.

Plus, there are three seasonal waterfalls within the area so you can play a game with the kids, who spots the waterfall first! And if it’s waterfalls you’re looking for, check out our Top 10 waterfall hikes in SA.

Morialta Falls Rd, Woodforde SA 5072
Visit Morialta Conversation Park

Kuitpo Forest walks

Kuitpo Forest is filled with amazing trails for different abilities and ages, trails made for walking, riding and horse riding, your little ones eyes will feast on our breathtaking landscape and perhaps see animals in their natural habitat along the way. For more information on the different trails available, head to their website.

If you’re looking for family friendly walking trails you could also try the family friendly Mt Lofty trail or if you have a pram in tow and don’t want to get off the beaten track, check out our guide to the top pram friendly walks in the Adelaide metro.

Alexandrina Council, South Australia
Visit Kuitpo Forest

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Belair National Park

Fun fact: Belair national park was the first national park in South Australia and is so rich in history with beautiful Aboriginal tree carvings still on display! It makes sense that itʼs so popular! Set in amongst bushland, there are so many things to discover here.

There are so many trails for walking, bike riding – or even horse riding! Beautiful areas for picnics and 39 tennis courts and cricket pitches!!

Itʼs filled with native plants and really is a beautiful place that you can make an entire day trip out of!

Upper Sturt Rd, Belair SA 5052
Visit Belair National Park

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Adelaide 36ers school holiday clinics

Make your little baller’s swishes come true in the school holidays by sending them to an Adelaide 36ers School Holiday Training Camp. Open to boys and girls of all ages, kids will improve their skills, develop techniques, enhance their game, meet new friends and have fun!

Facilitated by Community Coaches and 36ers legends, Brett Maher and Scott Ninnis, the 36ers camps are held during each school holidays and aimed at children of all ages, genders and abilities.

One of the mini ballers on the KIDDO crew took part in an Adelaide 36ers School Holiday Camp… check out what we thought!

Visit Adelaide 36ers school holiday clinics

St Kilda Adventure Playground

St. Kilda adventure playground

The St. Kilda adventure playground has a reputation as ‘must-visitʼ and rightly so. It is SO MUCH FUN – oh, and the kids love it too ? Itʼs just a short drive away from the Adelaide CBD and can be filed under: full day out of fun.

The recently revamped playground includes slides, a pirate ship, castle and flying fox as well as plenty of room to run around and a great BBQ area too – we werenʼt kidding when we said you can make a day out of it.

While youʼre there – donʼt forget to check out the Mangrove Walk, I still have memories as a kid from visiting and being blown away that we were ‘walking on water as you trail through mangroves on the elevated walkway that makes its way to an incredible lookout.

470 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda

Haighs free factory tour

Haighs – an Adelaide institution that needs NO introduction, we donʼt need to beat around the bush, we are alllll familiar with their chocolate and we couldnʼt be prouder that some of the best chocolate in the world comes from Adelaide, South Australia.

So, not only do they make the best chocolate but they offer free guided tours of the factory where all the chocolate making magic happens! Not only do they show you how their premium chocolate is made but they educate on how and where the cocoa beans are sourced from.

Plus, on the way out the shop is right there which means you can go in and treat yourself to a chocolate frog… or 20, no judgment here.

154 Greenhill Rd, Parkside SA 5063
Visit Haighs chocolate factory tours

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Adelaide Planetarium

Launch into space these school holidays at the planetarium! Calling all star gazers + Jnr astronauts, to take a tour of the solar system and learn about all the other worldly magic that exists beyond our atmosphere.

Planetarium experience $12 each – bookings essential!

Building P, Mawson Lakes
Visit the Adelaide Planetarium

Theatre Bugs

Whether your child is a natural performer, itʼs something theyʼve shown interest in or youʼre just looking for a school holiday program where they can meet new friends, develop new skills bust most importantly, have fun… look no further than Theatre Bugs!

They host a range of Mini Bugs and Junior Holiday Programs that range from ages 5 to 14 over 5 venues and their amazing programs come highly recommended!

Adelaide Theatre Academy
Visit Theatre Bugs school holiday programs


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Marshmallow playground

This super fun playground underwent a major facelift  and is now even bigger and better than before! Youʼll find swings, climbing equipment, slides and an interactive nature and water play area. Kids LOVE this place and itʼs easy to see why, itʼs a childs dream!

Plus, itʼs fully enclosed with a fence running the perimeter so you can rest assured they canʼt run off anywhere. Thereʼs seating and BBQ areas and grassy areas for the older kids to kick a footy.

Glen Osmond Rd, Adelaide SA 5000

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Strawberry picking at Beerenberg

When it’s strawberry season, there’s no other go-to fruit (in our humble opinion)! And forget just picking up a punnet at Woolies and consider strawberry picking instead, it is so much fun and what better place to do it than at a South Aussie institution; Beerenberg Family Farm, nestled in the Adelaide Hills.

At only $4 per person (kids under 12 free) itʼs a fun day out in the sunshine and a great experience for kids, once youʼve picked your weight in strawberries, head to the counter where they tally up your price per kilo. And, is it just us or do the strawberries taste that much sweeter after youʼve picked them yourself?

Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf, SA 5245
** Check the website to make sure itʼs open
Visit Beerenberg

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 the kids to run around!

North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Visit Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Adelaide Farmers Market

We are huge fans of Farmers Markets here at Kiddo and one of our favourites is the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market at Goodwood!

Seriously fresh produce (talk about farm to table!), amazing baked goods – those donuts and that bread, friendly vendors and itʼs a great activity to include the kids in, to help make healthy and nutritious also fun!

Every Sunday from 9am – 1pm with FREE parking.

Leader St, Wayville SA 5034
Visit Adelaide Farmers Market

Mitcham Reserve

Mitcham Reserve is a very popular reserve for BBQs, picnics, get togethers and days out in the sunshine!

The beautiful creek runs through the reserve and there are plenty of trees providing shade, a new nature play playground, BBQ areas, seating and public toilets.

Spencer Rd, Mitcham
Visit Mitcham Reserve

Cockle Train

Apart from the fact that a day out to Victor Harbour is already the perfect school holiday fun, 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 Harbour, SA
Visit the Cockle Train timetable

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Jungle in Willunga

Created over 25 years ago, Jungle In Willunga is Adelaideʼs #1 stop nursery. When you want to deck out your home with new greenery or make your garden a little more tropical, this is the place to go.

Plus, the kids wonʼt get bored as they will love exploring the jungle keeping their eyes peeled for exotic creatures and traveling along the jungle walk which can be entered via gold coin donation.

Easy peasy, stock up on your greenery and keep the kids entertained!

175 Main Rd, Willunga SA 5172
Visit Jungle in Willunga

Hallet Cove Boardwalk
Image: Jason Tyndall Nature Play SA

Hallet Cove boardwalk

This coastal clifftop boardwalk along the rocky coastline travels from Marino to Hallett Cove and winds its way along some of the most beautiful scenery you will lay your eyes on – trust us, the views make the effort worth it.

Itʼs a great workout as there are steep steps of stairs and itʼs a good way to keep the kids (ahem, you!) active!

Heron Way, Hallett Cove 

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Granite Island

A small island next to Victor Harbor, Granite Island can be accessed by horse drawn tram (so cool!) or by a short walk over the wooden causeway!

It’s known for its trails and adventure element as well as penguin and whale spotting!

Visit Granite Island recreation park

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Drop and Go school holiday activities in Adelaide

If you’re working or need a bit of time where someone else is keeping an eye on the kiddos during the school holidays, check out our round up of Adelaide school holiday camps and vacation care programs. We’ve made sure to include Adelaide school holiday camps and vacation care options for every personality type too, whether they’re sporty, crafty, outdoorsy, or need a little bit of team work or confidence building with peers. Why not book them into something with a mate or sibling?

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