My daughter is turning 7, and in the 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 and scooter, and she’s always out looking for the next challenge. While this is giving her father and I premature 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 are on our doorstep again.
For only $8 our 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!
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!
FLIP OUT, Munno Para Shopping City | 600 Main North Road, Smithfield
A new favourite with my daughter’s friends for their birthday parties, Latitude is the new Bounce. Basically this family-friendly aerial super park 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. 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 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 CHALLENGERS: Challengers, ready! Come along and learn some fun circus skills and then put them to the test as you participate in team based challenges, circus games and obstacle courses. This is sure to be a fun and social class, so bring your friends or come and make some new ones!
For the older kids, there’s Parkour, which is recommended for ages 8 – 12. It’s held on Tuesday July 10th 8.30am – 12.00pm, Thursday July 12th 12.30pm – 4.00pm, Tuesday July 107h 8.30am – 12.00pm and Friday July 20th 12:30pm – 4.00pm
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
There is no doubt that kids make the most massive of messes at home. And as much as their mess is a pain, we know the importance of allowing kids to fun amuck in the great outdoors! Well, luckily, Wild Imagination has got us covered. The nature play program by Wild Imagination is held at Bonython Park, right near the playground and their winter program is between the 4th-17th of July. They offer kid only days aka a decent alternative to OSHC during holiday time as well as family fun sessions! Wild Imagination’s goal is to get more kids outside and playing in our natural environment, and we love that they are hosting the manic mess and not us! (Lifesavers!)
In the spirit of winter, they will be having a fire pit and toasting marshmallows and making damper! Yippee! And for us parents, there’s lots of parking and easy public transport access. The area will be fully fenced to provide a secure environment for our guests, and their staff have passed a thorough Working with Children Police Check and First Aid training.
Bonython Park Playspace, Adelaide SA 5000
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