Your Guide To Adelaide Activities For Kids These School Holidays


School holidays are in full swing and as the weather gets colder let’s make sure the kids are keeping active and warm with special winter activities! And what better way to do it is with FREE or cheap school holiday activities.

Pumpt – from $12

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.

Soccajoey’s Clinic – FREE

Calling all Soccer Fans. Soccer Joey’s is offering a FREE clinic ideal for boys and girls from 2 – 6 years of age. An interactive fun session where the kids learn the basics of dribbling, ball mastery and kicking goals.
TTP Westfield 7-11 July. Registration is a MUST.

Winter Wonderland – $11.25 – $37.75

How does a skate by the beach sound? Well it sounds like the best thing we never knew we needed! Winter Wonderland, made its return to Moseley Square on Sunday the 1st of July. No matter the time, the scenic views are undeniable. Winter Wonderland will stay planted until Sunday, July 22, so be sure to test yourself and go Tobogganing on the 25 meter ice slide! This ice rink at the Moseley accommodates for all!  When: July 1 – 22 Open daily from 10am with late-night sessions on both Fridays and Saturdays. Where: Directly in front of the Glenelg Jetty, Moseley Square, Glenelg South, SA. Prices: children between 2-14, $11.25. Adults $16.35. Famililes (1 or 2 adults) $37.75. Skating Aid $5.65. Tickets: On sale now. Click here to book.

Petting Zoo at The Bartley – FREE!

This is for those families whose children are always asking for a pet! Between 11am – 1pm on July 14 and 21 The Bartley Hotel will be hosting a free petting zoo full of all the cute and furry animals! This is the perfect school holidays activity for the little ones, before having lunch in our cosy bistro or Bar.

Archaeological Dig at Adelaide Gaol – Family of four (1 or 2 adults) for $35.00

Dear all aspiring archaeologists now is your chance to live your dreams! Go on an adventure and explore the Archaeology Dig at the Adelaide Gaol. Children will learn about how the dig site was discovered, what was found and what an archaeologist does. Dates include July 11, 13, 17 and 19. Children will also have the opportunity to dig in a sand tray, unearth some of the hidden treasures and talk about what they have found. And what child doesn’t like digging in the sand and discovering the treasure buried within? Also after the activity participants will have the opportunity to do a self-guided tour of the gaol and learn even more about its fascinating history.

SA Police Road Safety Program – FREE

Who says you can’t keep learning during school holidays? Well, we say you can! The school holiday program was offered for the first time ever earlier this year and proved very popular with more than 90 spots filling quickly! The July sessions are also booking out fast with only spots available on July 12 and 18. These sessions are for 9 – 12-year-olds. The sessions are held at Thebarton Police Barracks, Port Road, Thebarton from 10am to noon. This program provides the opportunity for children to gain vital road safety education. Kids a part of the two-hour program will have a classroom session, followed by a practical session of bicycle riding on the mock roadway to put into practice their new knowledge. All equipment is supplied, with a range of bicycles to cater for all riders. To make a booking call 8207 6585.

Flip Out’s Ninja Warrior Course – $8

For only $8 kids can experience something out of a TV show with Flip Out’s ninja-inspired course! Our kids can also meet some of the Ninja Warriors and receive an Australian Ninja Warrior drink bottle! The Ninja courses are inspired by the Australian TV show Ninja Warrior, where obstacles are designed to test the strength, agility and coordination of participants. This is perfect for those little fans of the show or those kids who love to conquer anything! The ticket price of $8 is 50% off the normal price and Grip Socks will be provided free of charge (normally $2 per pair). All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Flip Out is the ultimate place for kids to exert every ounce of energy in. There are foam pits, slides, trampolines, ball pits, climbing rope, basketball hoops, rings to swing from like a monkey and more! 

Playgrounds – FREE

Playgrounds are the best FREE activity you can get and allows kids to enjoy the fresh air, run off some energy and enjoy imaginative play. We are so lucky to have some awesome playgrounds in SA including Nature Play. See below for a few of our favs:
• Glenelg Foreshore – West inc Nature Play
• Bonython Park – City
• Jubilee Park – South
• St Kilda – North
• Marshmallow Park – East
• Hazelwood Playground – East
• Princess Elizabeth Playground – City
• Morialta Conservation Park – North – inc Nature Play
• Memorial Gardens Playground Prospect – North
• Thalassa Playground – South

Movies for Kids

Who doesn’t like a good kids movie? Keep the entire family entertained these holidays with the latest kid’s movies. We have listed below the movies NOW showing across Adelaide these school holiday:
• Incredibles 2
• Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
• Belle and Sebastian, Friends For Life
• Duck Duck Goose
• Show Dogs

Winterfest 2018 – FREE plus tickets for some activities

Winterfest has returned to Port Adelaide on Friday July 6 and wraps up on Sunday, July 22! Winterfest is the perfect place to explore with the family. Various activities and workshops are available to purchase here. Skating prices include $8.50 for kids up to 13, $15.30 for 14+, a familyof four $35.00, and extras for $5.

Expect The Ice Cube, Winterfests’ newest instalment, which showcases live acts and hosts workshops for all. Prepare yourself for tables lined with lunches by local chefs, tastings and much more. Select from the abundance of food available then take a seat by the roaring fire and heat right back up. Take a wander through the Winterfest markets and seek out some handmade goodies, local art, vintage pieces, kids-wear, toys and jewelry! Winterfest is the ultimate winter warm spot, perfect for a casual Sunday with the fam!

Times include: Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 8pm. Thursday – Friday: 10am – 10pm. Saturday: 10am – 12am. Sunday: 9am – 10pm (closing at 5 pm on Sunday July 22). Where: Hart’s Mill, Mundy St, Port Adelaide SA, 5015

Hot Chocolate Mug Decorating – FREE

Hosted by The Brickworks Marketplace in Torrensville, kids can decorate their very own Hot Chocolate Mug & take home with them! It is the perfect chance to get out, get crafty and create a unique hot chocolate mug perfect for the winter weather! Head in front of Big W on July 18 and 19 between 11am to 2pm.

Jurassic World Craft Fun at Westfield – FREE

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is set to be the major winter blockbuster down under and there’s plenty of roar-some, dinosaur-themed fun to take part in at numerous Westfield centres. There are super-fun, dino-themed activities at Westfield’s Jurassic World Craft Activity Zones. They’ll paint dinosaur models, learn cool facts and take home their own science coat, glasses, 3D wooden dinosaur jigsaw and tote bag. Plus, select centres will feature Jurassic World Craft Villages that will also display lifelike dinosaur animatronics and a replica of everyone’s favourite raptor, Blue from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Jurassic World activities, dates and times vary per centre. Please check the details on your local Westfield centre website.

Carclew Exploring Arts Workshops – $45 – $140

Calling all budding artists. Carclew’s Explore Arts school holiday program have full-day and half-day creative activities at the stunning Carclew Castle. Their team of professional artists presents a broad range of inspiring, hands-on experiences that will nurture your child’s inner-artist and allow them to try out new experiences and make new friends. From ‘Totally Lit’, to ‘3D Selfies’ and ‘Paws in Print’ to ‘Poo the Pig’. Carclew has a jam-packed program with some of Adelaide’s finest (and fun-est) artists. Both morning and afternoon workshops are for kids from 5 – 17-year-olds and run from 9th – 20th April.

Kids Cooking Classes at The Bartley – $16

For just $16 your kid could become a cooking wiz or even be ready to help cook at home! The price also includes lunch and a drink – because we never trust hungry little chefs! Classes are held on Wednesday July 11, Thursday July 12, Wednesday July 18 and Thursday July 19. Each day has two class times, 10am – 12pm and 3pm-5pm.
Book by calling this number 84494033.

Ice ArenA – $13 – $20

Ice ArenA caters for all. Birthday parties? They’ve got it covered. Interested in partaking in lessons and learning how to skate? The team at Ice ArenA offers lessons for all ages and skill levels, including ice hockey lessons!

ice Skating Prices:
Adult: $20 (including skate hire), $17 (excluding skate hire)
Students: $18 (including skate hire), $15 (excluding skate hire)
Children (aged 4 – 15): $16 (including skate hire), $13 (excluding skate hire)
*entry for children aged 3 and under are free with or without skate hire*

When: Monday – Thursday: 10am – 3:30pm. Friday: 10am – 3:30pm, 7:30pm – 11pm. Saturday: 12:30pm – 3:30pm, 7:30pm – 11pm. Sunday: 12:30pm – 3:30pm. Where: 23 James Congdon Dr, Thebarton SA 5031

Hybrid World Adelaide Water Screening and more! – FREE  (plus there’s no tickets or booking required)

On the 20th of July at the lawns next to the Adelaide Convention Centre/River Torrens at 4.00pm, you could witness the mind-blowing sensory experience of light, water, fire and other high impact mediums! Aka you could watch an exclusive display of moving art on Hybrid Wolrd’s Water Screen. The waterscreen provides a unique canvas for projected media, including motion pictures, digital video projection, laser graphics and large-format slide projection that can be used to produce pseudo-holographic imagery. If you are just as intrigued as us, well we will see you there!  We hear that it is a mesmerising experience that you won’t want to leave!

See the rest of their jam-packed program for these holidays here! Spoiler it includes drone races, STEM, AVcon, Code Camp, Rockets, and Robots!

Also watch some examples of incredible Water Screen displays below:

Theatre Bugs – $225 for a Week Course

In a supportive and encouraging atmosphere, children will stage Little Red In The Hood, an exciting modern take on the classic fairytale. Two 5 day programs are on offer for children from 5 – 14. The programs are held on July 9-13 in Unley and Glenelg or July 16-20 in Norwood, Unlwy and Golden Grove. Every child will have a special role in the production and lines to learn. Together, they will rehearse, paint props and on the final day, perform in full costume for family and friends. It’s sure to be a lot of fun and children will have the opportunity to meet new friends! To secure a place, visit or call 83321228

Football Fever At Westfield! – FREE

While Russia hosts the worlds greatest soccer player with the world cup Westfield is hosting Adelaide’s budding young Cahills, Ronaldos and Messis! Fans of soccer are feeling the world cup buzz at participating Westfield centres these school holidays. There are loads of fun activities on offer to boot winter boredom into the back of the net. Keep your eye out at your local Westfield for giant games, skills drills, player appearances, cinema match screenings and more. For a full run-down of school holiday activities, explore your local Westfield centre website.

Free Cooking Classes At Harbour Town – FREE

Run over two weeks you and your kids can cook with Sprout Cooking School for free! Sprout kids hands-on cooking classes are focused on teaching basic cooking techniques, safe cooking skills and preparation of nutritious and balanced meals. The class is designed to inspire kids to cook and prepare fresh healthy meals for friends and family. Participants will prepare a meal that takes into consideration seasonality and nutrition in a fun engaging format. It is held from Wednesday 1th to Friday 20th all classes are held from 11:00am – 3:00pm.  More details here. Booking is essential by calling 8355 1144.

Norwood’s Kid Festival – $10 per child. Adults Free entry.

The festival, presented by the Russian Community Centre Adelaide, is held at the parade and runs from July 10th – 13th, each day starts at 10am until 4pm. Entry Includes: unlimited time in soft play shapes area, 2 ponycycle rides, 2 craft activities, free face painting and Interactive Games with Special guests Chase and Skye from Paw Patrol. Kids can get many photo opportunities with the Paw Patrol and there are plenty of games to play each day of the festival.

Skating At Festival – $2 – $76

The Skating At Festival in Victoria Square brings the ultimate winter world of fun right into our city centre! This rink has something for everyone! It is an affordable, family-friendly skating rink no matter your age or experience with skating. Sick of skating? Why not grab a snow tube and race your mates right down The Runway or bounce like a Kangaroo on the Powder Peak inflatable slide. You could ‘jump as high as the sky’ and go for a bounce on the Cloud Castle. There’s even a Ferris Wheel, Mt Carnival, for all you thrill seekers out there, but don’t waste any time as this new pop up rink (already up and running) will only be open until Sunday, July 22.

Prices: Skating online prices are $9 for kids under 5, $17 for 5 – 13-year-olds, $23 for 14+, $76 for families of 4. Carnival coupons are $2, unless you purchase 20 or more coupons. All extras like protection packs and the Kanga Skating aid cost $10

Dates include: Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 9pm. Thursday – Friday: 10am – 11m. Saturday: 9am – 11pm. Sunday: 9am – 10pm

Tickets: On sale now. Click here to purchase.


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