20 Ideas To Keep The Kids Occupied In The School Holidays

Our friends at KIDDO have pulled together a list of some of the coolest activities for kids that are happening over the school holidays.

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List by Gemma Easton

School holidays are fabulous, provided you have plenty to keep the kids occupied with. It’s a great time to get them out and about, and perhaps even trying something new.

Our friends at KIDDO Magazine have pulled together a list of some of the coolest activities for kids that are happening over the school holidays so you don’t have to scramble for ideas.

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.

Alexandrina Council, South Australia
walkingsa.org.au

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. Planiterium experience $9 each – bookings essential

Building P, Mawson Lakes
unisa.edu.au

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
haighschocolates.com.au/tours

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!

443 Morphett Rd, Oaklands Park SA 5046
saaquatic.ymca.org.au

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 
dolphinboat.com.au

Marshmallow Playground

This super fun playground underwent a major facelift recently and is now even bigger and better than before! Youʼll find swings, climbing equipment, slides and an interactive nature 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

Little Tennis Stars School Holiday Program

Calling all Little Tennis Stars!

Bring a friend or sibling for FREE to our school holiday clinic. That is $180 for two kids for 3 full days including lunch and snacks which is equal to $30/child per day. Clinics will run all day and can be enjoyed by all levels of abilities from beginners to those a little more advanced. They are designed for kids aged 5 years through to 12 years old who are in orange, red, or green stage of ANZ Hot Shots Program. 

Little Tennis Stars has exploded in popularity and for good reason – itʼs an amazing tennis program that provides much more than just physical and social development and really encourages them to be confident, cooperate and collaborate with others, develop curiosity and enthusiasm and take pride and responsibility in their own health and wellbeing. There are programs for all ages and skill levels and they run lessons daily.

Monday 30 September, Tuesday 1 October, and Wednesday 2 October.
Time:  9:00am – 4:00pm

Holmesdale Tennis Club, 60 Breaker St, St Morris SA,
littletennisstars.com.au

Kid And Hub

Kid and Hub is a Kiddo MUST, we could not love this place any more! A beautiful space that holds sensory activities and classes for toddlers and preschool children, your little ones will NOT want to leave, trust us! Kid and Hub is more than just a play cafe that serves coffee for mums and dads (and we have to note – their coffee is pretty darn good!), but itʼs a unique concept that truly has toddlers and preschool kids at the forefront of their offerings that will spark their creativity, ignite their imaginations and really let them navigate their own sensory journey.

253 Magill Rd, Maylands SA 5069
kidandhub.com.au

The Big Wedgie At Glenelg

The Big Wedgie is the world’s TALLEST and most EXTREME inflatable waterslide. With 4 awesome inflatable waterslides, The Big Wedgie has something for perfect for all ages and thrill-levels… The Big Wedgie also hosts birthday parties, for more party venue ideas check out our KIDDO Adelaide Party Venue guide! The Big Wedgie is also offering KIDDO social followers 10% off online tickets! Please use online code: KIDDOMAG.

Military Road, West Beach (Next to Mega Adventure)
thebigwedgie.com.au

SK8 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

sk8therapy.com

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!

Morialta Falls Rd, Woodforde SA 5072
parks.sa.gov.au

Bat Camp

Marvel at one of Adelaide’s most conspicuous animals, the Grey-headed Flying-fox. Local bat experts will delight your kids (ages 5-12) with hands-on creative activities that will highlight the miraculous story of this marvellous mammal. Activities will include visiting the bats at their roost, kite-making, drawing / painting, peering through microscopes in the Bat Cave and even a demonstration with live animals by the Adelaide Zoo! Two sessions daily: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm on 9 & 10

The Santos Conservation Centre
cityofadelaide.com.au

Bricks 4 Kidz

Bricks 4 Kidz are unique activities centred around LEGO that kids are going crazy for! They are putting on school holiday workshops, specially designed for ages 5-12, which provide children with the opportunity to build, create and imagine. To find out more and your nearest location, head to their website.

Check website for nearest location
bricks4kidz.com.au

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. South Australian Museum runs holiday programs, check their website for more details.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.

SA Museum, North Terrace
samuseum.sa.gov.au

Big Market Adventures For Little Foodies

Adelaide Central Markets hosts their Big Market Adventures for Little Foodies every school holidays. Get the kids in the kitchen! Whether youʼve got a mini Jamie Oliver on your hands, or just as something fun to do with new skills to build on, cooking classes are so much fun!

4-60 Gouger St, Adelaide SA 5000
Adelaide Central Market

New Tandem Tube Slides at Woodhouse Adventure Centre

What’s a tube slide? Think of it as a water-less water slide or a snow-free ski run where you slide down synthetic slopes in big rubber rings that turn, accelerate, go up in bends and stop on their own. The Tube Slides are now available as part of the standard day entry. Woodhouse also hosts birthday parties, for more party venue ideas check out our KIDDO Adelaide Party Venue guide!

37 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly
Woodhouse Activity Centre 

Tree Climb Adelaide

Your tree top adventure awaits at Adelaideʼs first inner city aerial adventure park. Tree Climb, 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. Tree Climb is perfect for children aged 3 and over. Tree Climb also hosts birthday parties, for more party venue ideas check out our KIDDO Adelaide Party Venue guide!

Cnr Greenhill Road + Unley Road, Adelaide SA 5000
treeclimb.com.au

Granite Island

A small island next to Victor Harbour, 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!

encountervictorharbor.com.au/business/granite-island/

Carrick Hill

During the summer 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
carrickhill.sa.gov.au/events/childrens-school-holiday-program

AFL Max

AFL Max is the nation’s first immersive footy skills and entertainment centre. Backed by the biggest names in the sport, our 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
aflmax.com.au

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