As the July school holidays kick off, we’ve added a few July-specific events at the end of the guide, so make sure you check them out for fresh inspo!
My kids have the attention span of a gnat. I blame myself, and vow that I’ll work on getting them to ride bikes more, and spend time outside exploring nature, but when it comes down to it, I just need a list. A list that I can go to, to pull activities from when we have family time and nobody has any idea about what to do. So this list is my gift to you. Bookmark it. Share it. And if you know of other activities, please, from one parent to another, let us know so we can pop it on the list and help parents out everywhere!
If your little ones aren’t afraid of heights then why not climb through the treetops at Adelaide’s first inner-city aerial park? All ages are welcome just along as the kids are over 100cm tall. My 5 year old started out slowly, but by the end she was a modern day tree monkey.
Another one for the thrill seekers amongst us. Manoeuvre your way through an aerial obstacle course in West Beach. Kids must be above 120cm to do it on their own, or kids between 120-140cm can be accompanied by an adult. Parent tip: There’s also a cafe there with wine.
This is a new addition at Mega Adventure for those who love adrenalin. You’ll be hoisted up miles in the air and dropped, so you swing at great speed towards the ocean views. At 18m high, this 3-person giant swing is sure to provide loads of excitement for any kids above 120cm.
Let the kids bounce, climb and fly at this super fun giant playground with giant trampolines, climbing walls, parkour courses and more. There’s even a kidszone for ages 18 months to 5 years. Parent Tip: Head upstairs to the cafe – you can watch all the action from there.
Who doesn’t love trampolines? At Bounce your children can literally bounce the day away, plus the younger kids from 2-5 years have their own kindergym.
Your child can build their own teddy bear to cherish forever at one of Adelaide’s Build a Bear workshops. The adorable little bears are suitable for ages 2 and up. Parent Tip: Check out their website and determine your budget before going in. This one can get pricey with all the accessories and add ons.
There’s something for everyone at Glenelg’s Beachouse, with mini golf, arcade games, waterslides, dodgem cars, bumper boats and playgroup on offer.
Splash around at the Aquatic Centre in Marion while the weather is still warm. There’s an inflatable WIBIT obstacle course for kids over 6 and some pretty cool slides for kids over 10.
Bring the whole family for a day of swimming in heated pools, racing down slides or just paddling around. There’s a splash pad for toddlers and preschoolers.
Race around the 550-metre track in 200cc karts, just try not to get too competitive with the kids! Kids must be 12 to race but younger ones from 5-11 can ride as a passenger in a dual kart.
Kids over 7 can try their hand at laser skirmish at Kart Mania as they navigate their way through an otherworldly space themed maze.
Make your way to the alley with the whole family at Zone Bowling. There are three locations across Adelaide and don’t worry, there are gutter guards for the kids. Parent Tip: There’s a decent food selection here and a bar too.
At either Brighton or Unley you can treat your kids to some crafts at the Plaster Fun House. They’ll be able to create and paint their own plaster masterpieces to take home. For ages 3 and up and smocks are provided.
Why not teach the kids some culinary skills early at Sprout? They offer a range of cooking classes that also educate kids about healthy eating. Kids with dietary requirements are welcome.
Work together as a family to see if you can escape one of several rooms at Escape Hunt on time. For ages 7 and up.
Head to Littlehampton in the Hills where they specialise in horse riding lessons for children. There are programs for preschoolers with a complete farm experience including pony rides, hand-feeding animals and more.
Hahndorf’s Farm Barn is the perfect place to take your little animal-lovers. Kids can milk cows, ride on tractors or ponies and get up close and personal with the animals.
Hunt for the perfect strawberry with the whole family at Beerenberg Farm. Kids under 12 are free!
This mega venue for kids offers up everything from pampering sessions for your princesses, to rock n’ roll or dinosaur parties. Whether your boys or girls are after a unique birthday celebration or just a day out that’s all about them, ilookmystyle offers up some great options.
Cirkidz offer classes for kids aged 2.5 up where you can actively participate with them as they develop their circus skills. And they can continue on at any age. Or if you don’t want to commit to classes, then book a party instead.
Get the kids interested in science early on with a visit to MOD, a free future-focused science, art and innovation museum on North Terrace. Just check which exhibits are on beforehand as some may contain adult content.
What’s not to love about the good ol’ Popeye? Take the whole family on a leisurely cruise down the River Torrens on arguably Adelaide’s most famous boat.
While you’re at the Torrens, why not jump aboard the paddleboats too? You can paddle away while two kids sit in the back and just enjoy being on the river.
If you’re looking for a different way to explore the river then try BBQ Buoy’s donut shaped boats and grill your own lunch on the water with the family. Kids must be over 6 and one adult should accompany every 3 kids.
Donut-shaped boats aren’t just for the city. You can also cruise along the Port River in a River Cruiser and see how many dolphins you and the kids can spot. Children over 5 are welcome.
Roof climb isn’t just for the adults. Children can also experience the amazement of seeing the city from atop the stunning Adelaide Oval. Just as long as they’re over 8 years old, over 120cm, and have an accompanying adult.
Who didn’t love a trip to the museum as a kid, gazing in awe at things you’d never seen before? Entry is free and there’s bound to be something that will capture your kids’ interest.
What better way to keep the kids entertained for a few hours than showing them a menagerie of animals? Check out the monkeys and meerkats on a family day trip to the zoo.
For the chance to feed some gorgeous kangaroos, wallabies, emus and potaroos, you can’t go past Adelaide Hill’s Cleland Wildlife Park.
Slide down waterless slopes in big rubber rings for a fast and furious thrill at Woodhouse. Kids must be over a metre tall and little ones can accompany an adult in a Maxi-Tube.
Navigate a giant maze tackling quizzes and riddles at the many dead ends. There may not be a goblin king, but it’s worth going back again and again too as they can even change the route.
Gorge Wildlife Park is the perfect place to let the kids learn all about Australian animals and even get the chance to interact with them and feed them too. There’s even some non-native animals to check out.
You might know Holey Moley as a mini golf venue/ cocktail bar, but did you know they also do kids parties too? Kids will love some of their amazing and creative courses. Just want some casual mini golf? You can take the kids in up until 5pm on days they’re open.
Mini Golf by the beach. The venue is perfect for the whole family with some fun courses and they also offer food and drink to enjoy while you putt away.
Giraffes, lions and tigers will wow your little ones at Adelaide’s open-plain zoo. Plus there are loads of interactive experiences on offer too.
For the ultimate playground, head to Marshmallow park on Glen Osmond Road. Not only are there swings and slides but it’s fully fenced for toddlers and offers things for the older ones too.
If you’ve already taken the kids to the museum then don’t worry, you can always go back and try the Shadow Initiation, a digital adventure game. You’ll discover the museum’s exhibitions in a completely new way. Best suited for kids over 7.
Take your kids to one of the Adelaide Observatory’s public viewing nights where you can gaze up at the stars and point out all your favourite constellations.
This is a tea party like no other! Hang out like a princess in an enchanting setting complete with a tipi and of course a miniature pony, aka the unicorn. Three children maximum.
Head down to Hahndorf to wander through the enchanting Fairy Garden and let your children’s imagination run wild as they see if they can spot any hidden fairies.
Explore the Adelaide riverbank precinct or Seppeltsfield Winery on a segway. One for the older kids as riders must be over 12 years old and weigh over 45kgs.
Not for the faint of heart. Book a family history, ghost or twilight tour and learn about the history of the gaol, just watch out for the ghosts that haunt the venue.
See the oldest clipper ship in the world at Port Adelaide. Not only is it an amazing piece of history but it’s something the kids will enjoy too.
A perfect family day out. Cruise along the historic Port River and enjoy lunch as you and the kids try to spot dolphins in the water.
Paddle your way around shipwrecks, mangroves and playful dolphins in Port Adelaide. The good news is that they cater for the whole family as kids are welcome, though the bad news is you’ll probably have to do all of the paddling.
Book a family ticket for $34.50 to discover the history of SA’s oceans and rivers. Kids will have loads of fun exploring the exhibits and even checking out the lighthouse outside.
There’s heaps to do at the National Railway Museum in Port Adelaide. You can check out historical displays, attend a ghost tour, see some art and even take the family on a free train ride around the museum.
Take the kids to one of three Lollipop’s Playlands in Adelaide where they can have a blast in the multi-level indoor playground, ball pits, inflatable bouncy and merry go round. Designed for children aged 1-11 years.
Another children’s play centre is Wacky Warehouse in Newton. There’s a soft play animal zone, castle frame, interactive air cannons and more. Suitable for kids up to 10 years.
Scale the walls at Vertical Reality Climbing and see if you and your kids can reach the top. Kids under 13 must be supervised by an adult.
Hahndorf’s 18-hole mini golf course is the perfect place for a fun family day. There’s no minimum or maximum age so everyone is welcome!
There are three pools, water slides and a creche to keep the kids entertained at the Aquatic Centre. Kids will love the leisure pool which has splash pads and water play equipment and is suitable for all ages.
Book in for a free guided viewing tour of Haighs where you can learn about the history, discover how the chocolate is made, and of course taste some too! Recommended for kids over 5.
Head to Gumeracha where your kids can climb on top a giant rocking horse! Just $2 to climb or free for kids under 3. They can also try their luck at convincing you to buy them something from the adjacent toy factory.
Your kids will marvel at the unique acoustic effects of the Barossa’s Whispering Wall. Take a group so one side can talk to the other at more than 100 meters away.
Experience the amazing world of virtual reality with 7 different VR booths from car racing and walking the plank to roller coasters and battling robots. Kids over 5 are welcome.
Get a bit old-school with a family night out to the drive-in at Gepps Cross. It’s a great alternative to the cinema and the kids can still chat away in the car!
St Kilda Playground has everything you need for a fun family day out. Cook up a BBQ or bring a picnic while the kids play on the slides and swings.
At Thebarton’s Ice Arena there’s the bigger rink for the older kids and a beginner’s rink for the little ones. There’s also the option for snow play, a real-life snow experience for ages 0-5 years.
See the beautiful 20th century heritage building nestled amongst green gardens in Springfield. There’s a Story Book Trail designed for children to explore the natural world via classic children’s tales.
This park is perfect for kids ages 5-15 years. It has a nature theme with elements from Aboriginal culture that includes Frog Island, Eagle’s Perch, Great Snake, Bird Nests, climbing boulders and more. It’s not fenced so keep an eye on the littles ones.
There’s a heated olympic size pool, a toddler’s pool, a small babies pool, a 48 metre Supaslide for teens and a Water Play Park with 5 slides and toddler’s water features. Something for the whole family!
2 hours east of Adelaide, bring the family along to the 4×4 Adventure Park where you can enjoy relaxing camping by the river as well some harcore 4×4 driving.
Just outside of Port Lincoln, Glen Forest Tourist Park has attractions to suit all ages including an animal park where children can cuddle and feed the animals. There’s great BBQ facilities so bring your picnic, and stay for the day. A new maze has also been added, along with segways for hire. Parent Tip: There’s a cellar door there too so you can stock up on local vino.
Camp with koalas in the wild at Mikkira Station. You can also enjoy a picic and some bushwalks in the area, just outside of Port Lincoln.
A great day out for the whole family is guaranteed with one of the Steamranger tourist trains that operate in the Hills, Mt Lofty Ranges and around the Victor Harbour area. These old school trains are so much more than just a train ride.
Get lost in this living hedge maze as you try and find your way to the centre, and then back out again – just don’t lose the kids! There’s coffee and cake and other giant games to play as well.
Have a great time as a family playing the 18 hole mini golf, located in the beautiful town of Auburn. And while you’re there you can pick up some plants from their nursery. There’s also a gift shop and a cafe.
The Edithburgh Tidal Pool provides a safe place to swim for the kids and it’s free. And you can enjoy the Yorke Peninsula’s beautiful water without having to worry about sharks!
Check out 6 different rooms in this super tasty factory located in Woodside. There’s a shop as well so you can treat the kids and yourself to some of their delicious chocolate.
Dinosaur themed mini-golf, what more could the kids want! Well there’s also a 12-lane ten pin bowling centre perfect for all skills and ages. Watch out for T-Rex!
Old Tailem Town is Australia’s largest pioneer village and it’s only 90kms out of Adelaide. Discover what life was like for the settlers in SA from 1860-1960 in over 110 buildings.
Here, you can see South Aussie with Cosi’s donated Rhino statue and snap a few pics of the rhino with the kids. While in the area, enjoy a picnic at the beautiful Dickson Reserve by the banks of the Murray.
Car-loving kids will have a fantastic time at Birdwood’s National Motor Museum. There are plenty of old model cars and motorbikes for them to check out.
Kids can partake is some super fun sandboarding at the this desert oasis located on Kangaroo Island. For a more extreme alternative, kids can tackle the sand dunes with one of the motorised bikes.
An action-packed activity on Kangaroo Island. Ride a quad bike through native bush and rocky trails with views of the Southern Ocean. Kids over 10 can ride.
There are 18 holes of fun at this Victor Harbor mini golf course. Putt your way to victory by the ocean, or we suppose you could let the kids win!
Hire a kayak, canoe or sit-on-top to paddle around the Murray River from Berri. Safety equipment is provided as well as basic training so it’s suitable for kids.
So there you have it folks, 79 things to do with your kids. And that list is only the tip of the iceberg.
July School Holidays
As an added bonus, here’s a few events happening during the July school holidays specifically, in addition to the 79 things previously listed.
From June 28 till July 28, Jurassic Creatures brings all the wonder and excitement of the prehistoric world of dinosaurs back and into Adelaide for the first time ever. The exhibition features 30+ dinosaurs, plus plenty of activities, including dinosaur 3D Jig-saw Land, fossil displays, dinosaur inflatable activity lands, dinosaur eggs to have photos taken in, walking dinosaurs and so much more. General Admission tickets are $28.50. Head over here for more info.
The Skating At Festival is heading back to Victoria Square from 28 June to 21 July! Complete with a world-class ice-skating rink, Skating At is a festival of fab food, delicious drinks, and entertainment, all located in the heart of the CBD. This year, Skating At features an epic ice slide you can ‘snow tube’ down, fairground rides, and a bouncy castle, as well as their giant, open-air ice rink, plus food stands galore.
For three weeks from June 28 – July 22, attendees will be able to go ice skating whilst enjoying a picturesque view of the sky and ocean, thanks to the clear, weatherproof marquee. Children are also in for a treat with the 25m toboggan ice slide! Check out our article for more info.
If you’re looking for something for your 10-17 year olds to do this July, there’s a Retro Rave happening as party of Umbrella Winter City Sounds! Think glow sticks, glitter, neon and more! To be held at Carclew, it’s an opportunity for under 18s to dance in an environment designed for creativity and self expression. This multi-media party combines DJs over 2 areas, video, installations and performance to bring you an interactive, crazy space for you to party in. Tickets are $23pp and more info can be found here.
Adelaide and South Australia is PACKED with amazing family-friendly things to do including stacks of amazing bush walks and coastal walks, so if you know of anything else we should add, please get in touch!