My daughter is turning 7, and in years she’s enjoyed since she started walking, she’s climbed on the roof of our house, conquered the garage, scaled a massive 5m high structure at the Fringe (much to the performer’s despair), ridden hundreds of kms on her bike & scooter, and she’s always out looking for the next challenge. While this is giving her father and I prematurely grey hairs, it also means we’re always on the lookout for activities for her to do – despite her young age.
So here’s a list I’ve come up with, that we’ve used many times – but you also might find useful, considering school holidays is on our doorstep again.
A relatively new one on the scene, Pumpt is an indoor ride park located right around the corner from Bounce in Marleston, and it’s one for all the bike riders, skaters and scooter kids out there. You can ride their undulating pump tracks, challenge your best speed time, try a scooter, skate the half pipe, and eat and drink at the Boneshaker Cafe all year round. As a parent, the quality of the cafe is always important – so this is a good one. No luke warm fries here. There’s Little Tikes sessions for kids under 6, and prices start at $12pp.
Pumpt, 221 Marion Road, Richmond SA
A new favourite with my daughter’s friends for their birthday parties, Latitude is the new Bounce. Basically this family friendly aerial superpark lets your kids bounce, climb and fly! Boasting performance trampolines, a dedicated climbing zone with rock climbing walls, pink stepping poles and an 8-meter bungee tower, Latitude also has a giant airbag, basketball lanes, dodgeball courts and a huge foam pit. And it’s all enclosed for peace of mind. Their general sessions are for everyone from 5 years and over 110cm. Their Kids Zone is dedicated to children under 5 years and under 110cm.
Latitude, 13-15 Fosters Rd, Greenacres SA
If you haven’t been to Bounce, are you really a parent? Maybe it’s because we live in the West, but I seem to have been to Bounce about a million times. In fact I’m heading there again for my other daughter’s 5th birthday this week. A mecca for trampoline loving kids everywhere, Bounce is loud, but awesome for getting some energy out, and seriously, isn’t that what we’re all trying to do? Wear our kids out? The minimum jumping age is 3 years old, and there’s something for everyone, with activities including Free-Jump arena, Slam Dunk, Dodgeball, High Performance, Big Bag, The Wall, X-Park, Super Tramp, Student Sessions, Friday Super Sessions, Flight Academy, Freerun Academy, Kindergym, & Parties.
Bounce, 164-168 Richard Road, Marleston SA
If your kids are keen to try some new sports, the City of Charles Sturt School Holiday Sports program is one to check out. Held during the April and October school holidays each year, the program is open to all children aged 3-17 years to come along and try a new sport and get involved in their FREE School Holiday Sports.
16-28 APRIL REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
Children have the opportunity to choose from :
Karate, Tennis, Dragon Boating, Bicycle Racing, Cricket, Calisthenics, Hockey, Rugby Union, Dancing, Croquet, Fencing, Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Basketball, Soccer, Lawn Bowls, Yoga and AFL Football.
The program aims to provide an avenue for young people to:
- Try new or different sport and recreation activities FREE of charge
- Increase their level of physical activity
- Learn about creating a healthy lifestyle through sport and recreation
- Boost their self esteem and self-confidence
- Make new friends
Registrations for the School Holiday Sports Program will be available prior to the commencement of the April and October school holidays so get in quick.
If your kids loved Adelaide Fringe, why not let them join the circus! The incredible school holiday program at Cirkidz in Bowden lets your little ones safely try out some pretty incredible stuff. The first program is recommended for ages 5-12. The holiday program lets your kids choose from a range of activities including:
SOAR: It’s all about aerial! trapeze, tissu (silks), cloud swing, hoop and more!
OFF THE WALL: Tumbling, acrobatics, bouncing, trampoline, foam pit (plus plenty of crash mats).
15 TRICKS IN THE MORNING/AFTERNOON: Try 15 different tricks in each session.
CIRCUS PICK’N’MIX: Pick your activities out of a hat!
CIRCUS WARRIOR!: Put your mind and body to the test as you face the trials of a Circus Warrior! Students will warm up with a variety of circus skills before participating in team challenges that will have them throwing, balancing and climbing their way to victory. You will then test all that you have learnt and race through the circus obstacle course to see who will be the day’s Ultimate Circus Warrior! Circus skills! Obstacle courses! Teamwork and cartoonish rivalry! Circus Warrior!
For the older kids, there’s Parkour, which is recommended for ages 8 – 12. It’s held on Tuesday April 17th 8.30am – 12.00pm, Thursday April 19th 12.30pm – 4.00pm and Tuesday April 24th 8.30am – 12.00pm.
Learn cool (and safe) ways to roll, climb, swing and vault over obstacles. Move your body in creative ways and develop strength as you learn this exciting art form. Plenty of crash mats, sprung flooring and professional trainers. Beginners and those with experience all welcome.
Cirkidz, 27 Fifth St, Bowden SA
If you love sky high adventures, Mega Adventure in West Beach might be for you! The SkyChallenge is their most popular adventure, and while there aren’t any age limits, you need to be at least 120cm high and at least 20kg to participate. Anyone between 120cm – 140cm must be accompanied by an adult also on the SkyChallenge (1 adult : 4 kids) and all under 18s must be actively supervised by an adult on the premises (1 adult : 10 kids). This means YOU will be going up sky high too, so this one isn’t for those afraid of heights! Sessions for the SkyChallenge are 2 hours in length, and can be booked here at 30 minute intervals. Booking is recommended but not essential – they’d love for you to walk in and have a spur of the moment adventure with them!
MegaBounce is also available at the same location. More than a trampoline, MegaBounce, with its elastic power cords, allows you to launch yourself 8 metres into the air while performing flips and somersaults.
Mega Adventure, 4 Hamra Ave, West Beach
Mega Fast Karts in Richmond is one of many great Go Karting options around Adelaide – however Mega Fast Karts also house Adelaide’s only Dodgem Car Track.
At Mega Fast Karts Richmond the kids also get to join in on the action with their own dedicated Rookie karts. The Rookie Karts are especially designed for kids of all shapes and sizes from the smaller kids right through to the adults. With a restricted top speed of around 40kph, the kids get to experience racing in a safe controlled environment.
The Karts are run on their Main Track and adults are allowed to join in using the Senior Karts (as if we didn’t feel old already!). Great for any parent who wants to be next to their child supporting them on the track for the first time. They can run up to 12 karts at a time.
They are the only karting company in Adelaide that allows kids as young as 9 years old & 138cm tall to drive the karts on their own. If your child is younger than 9 they can still go around in the 2 seater kart driven by an adult. A Minimum Dual Seater passenger age of 5 years old applies. Adults are also more than welcome to join in the fun with the kids.
If you’re looking for even more fun, the guys at Mega Fast Karts also offer Laser Skirmish!
Mega Fast Karts, 6/9 Deacon Ave, Richmond SA
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