Your ultimate guide to what’s on for the school holidays this winter

From immersive walks through dinosaur-infested territory, to petting zoos, theatre programs and sports days this is our guide to the Winter School Holidays.

List by Jack Kotek

If you’re feeling uninspired as to how to keep the kids entertained during the holidays, look no further.

We’ve put together a handy guide to seasonal events and activities offered over this upcoming school holiday period so you can avoid those dreaded “I’m bored” complaints, and keep the kids happy with some incredible unique events across Adelaide.

Jurassic Creatures Interactive Dinosaur Experience

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For a little one who knows their stegosaurus from their velociraptor this immersive walk through event sounds like the perfect Winter holiday activity, featuring a host of scarily-realistic animatronic dinosaurs. 

Jurassic Creatures is on from July 2 – July 25 at Edwards Park, Anzac Highway. 

Find out more and book your tickets here.

13-Storey Treehouse: Live On Stage

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The much-loved children’s book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, 13-Storey Treehouse has been adapted to a live stage production for the kids these school holidays. Aimed at those between 6 and 12, the play brings to life colourful characters from the original book such as flying cats, sea monsters, mermaids and monkeys.

13-Storey Treehouse is will host two performances a day 13 – 15 July.

Find out more and book your tickets here.

Thunderbirds School Holiday Clinics

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Calling all budding and novice netballers! The Thunderbirds are hosting netball clinics for kids these school holidays to help improve their game. Catering to all age and skill levels, there are classes specialising on attacking, defending, and shooting.

With a number of the clinics already sold out, act fast for your chance to learn from Adelaide’s legendary team.

Ages 5 – 7: 13 July at 10-12pm 

Ages 8 – 10: 12 July at 1-3pm

Ages 11 – 13: 14 and 15 July at 1-3pm

Each clinic costs $44pp and takes place at Priceline Stadium, Adelaide.

Find out more and book your tickets here.

World Chocolate Day at Melba’s Chocolate Factory

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Celebrate World Chocolate Day with the kids at Melba’s Chocolate Factory, where a plethora of fun kids entertainment will be on offer, from free face painting, balloon twisting, garden games, marshmallow chocolate dipper cups and a decadent Chocolate Wheel, that’s as impressive as it is delicious. 

The activities will run from 9am – 4:30pm on 7 July, letting the staff at Melba’s take the reins for a day of chocolate-themed entertainment that gives you a well-deserved rest. 

Find out more information here.

Find Melba’s Chocolate Factory at 22 Henry Street, Woodside. 

Adelaide Zoo’s Light Creatures Exhibition

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For a school holiday experience that’s truly unique, Light Creatures is a new immersive experience that will allow all the family to wander in awe around one of Adelaide’s most iconic locations after-dark. Featuring sky-scarping giraffes, lanterns, an underwater world and a Giant Panda illumination, this is your chance to see the zoo like never before.

Light Creatures will run at Adelaide Zoo from 8 July – 1 August opening Thursday to Sunday each week. 

Find out more and book your tickets here.

Adelaide University Sport School Holiday Program

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If you’re looking for an active way to entertain the kids that gets them away from their screens, the AU Sport School Holiday Program will run from 5 – 8 July and 12 – 14 July, ideal for primary school children aged between 5 and 11. 

You can book a full day session for $65pp or half day for $40, with the sessions aimed to develop social skills and physical movement through a range of fun sporting activities, games and team building. 

Find out more information and book your spot here.

Find the Sport School Holiday Program at Graduates Clubhouse, Mackinnon Parade, North Adelaide. 

Glenelg’s Alpine Winter Festival

Take the kids to the coast from 25 June – 18 July for the first ever Alpine Winter Festival at Glenelg.

Offering a huge rink to perfect your ice skating skills, art illustrations, live music, markets, and delicious treats, make the most of the winter school holidays and experience Adelaide’s closest experience to a European winter market with the Alpine Winter Festival open every day from 10am – late.

Entry to the Alpine Winter Festival is free Sunday through Thursday and before 7pm, with entry setting you back $10pp on Fridays and Saturdays after 7pm. 

Find out more information here.

Find the Alpine Winter Festival at the Glenelg Foreshore.

Wonder Exhibit at the South Australian Museum

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The perfect destination for a day of rainy school holiday fun and learning, the South Australian Museum’s Wonder Exhibit celebrates the museum’s 165th anniversary by bringing 165 never before seen objects to life including giant sloth bones from 1787 and a meteorite fragment found in Egypt in 1911. The free exhibit will run until August 8.

Find the South Australian Museum on North Terrace. 

Read more about the fascinating Wonder Exhibit here. 

Theatre Bugs Holiday Programs

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Let the kids unleash their creative flair through the Theatre Bugs Holiday Programs. Little ones will have the chance to express themselves through the performing arts, boosting confidence and making new friends. Theatre Bugs offers programs that can suit children of every experience level from ages 5 to 14 and are located in Glenelg, Unley and Norwood. 

The Mini Bugs Holiday program for children aged 3 – 7 provides kids with 3 hour themed sessions where they can enjoy craft, dressing up, music and drama, with a performance for parents at the end of each session. 

The sessions will set you back $47 per session and has a maximum of 16 children in each group. 

To find out more and book your session click here.

Alpine Winter Festival Ski Patrol program

As a part of Adelaide’s Alpine Winter Festival, the Ski Patrol program has something for everyone these school holidays with leading Adelaide entertainment groups Calamity Tash (arts and craft), Urthclay (pottery), Little Picasso (painting and drawing) and Bricks4Kidz (Lego) running a range of ticketed sessions throughout July.

The ultimate school holiday schedule is jam-packed with amazing classes and experiences that you can learn more about and book here:

Clay sculpting classes starting 6 July with Urthclay, here.

Childrens painting classes starting 5 July with Little Picasso, here.

Immersive Lego building experiences starting 8 July with Briks4kidz, here.

The Gully Public House and Garden

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Tea Tree Gully favourite The Gully Public House and Garden has a host of July activities planned, so you can enjoy a relaxing lunch while your little ones are entertained. With people travelling from across SA to the Gully for their school holiday activities be sure to book in early to avoid disappointment at their huge range of events from cooking classes, petting zoos and gardening workshops. 

Kids Cooking Classes: 12 – 14 July 10 til 12pm 

Little Greenies Gardening Workshop: 9 July and 16 July at 10am

Kids Petting Zoo: 7 July 12 – 2pm 

Sciworld experience ‘StarDome’: 6 July 11:30am

Sciworld Spectacular: 5 July 11:30am

Find out more and book your spot by visiting The Gully Public House and Garden website here.

Find the Gully Public House and Garden at 1348 North East Road, Adelaide. 

Urth Clay Studio’s Holiday Pottery Sessions

Allow the kids to get their hands dirty this school holidays and create some incredible pottery sculptures! A number of classes are available for kids aged 5 to 14 from the July 5 to July 9, which will set you back $55 per session.

Participants can make their own candle holders, cheese boards, room signs, or plant pots and learn a new skill while getting a bit messy!

Find out more and book your session here.

Find Urth Clay Studio at either of their locations: 3A Hubbe Court, Burnside and 7/89 Goodwood Road, Goodwood. 

Illuminate Adelaide

The first ever Illuminate Adelaide festival will light up the city’s streets, laneways and architecture with a program of free and ticketed events from 16 July – 1 August. Dazzle the kids with these light art spectacles and show them the city through a colourful lens like never before.

Find out more and see the full Illuminate program here.

The Winter Village

Another of Adelaide’s festive winter experiences includes the Winter Village, situated on the Torrens Parade Ground. The Winter Village boasts an array of kid-friendly activities including ice skating, snow showers, a pop-up bar & kitchen and of course, the magical igloo village, decked out in plush soft furnishings and twinkly fairy lights. 

The Winter Village will run til September 5 and is open 11 – 10pm Monday to Thursday and 11 – 12am Friday and Saturday. 

To find out more and to book your session visit here.

The National Railway Museum’s Family Fun Fair

If your little one is train-obsessd then Port Adelaide’s National Railway Museum will be entertainment heaven for you during the holidays. The National Railway Museum is hosting a Family Fun Fair from July 15 – July 18, offering fun activities for all the family including UNLIMITED train rides, live entertainment from Tony at Cool 4 Kids, and plenty to keep tummies happy with a range of catering options available. 

Family tickets (2 adults and up to 3 children) will set you back $46. 

For more information and to book your visit, click here.

Find the National Railway Museum at 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide. 

Sprout’s Kid-Friendly Healthy Cooking Classes

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Sprout have a number of fun and healthy cooking classes fit for future chefs (or even the food lovers). Give your kids the opportunity to learn how to cook with zero hassles, they take care of the fresh, seasonal ingredients and equipment all you have to do is rock up, cook and eat! 

A number of sessions are available from 7 July – 16 July , perfect for kids aged 5 -11, with each two hour cooking session setting you back $60. 

Find out more and book your session here.

Find Sprout at 89, Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton. 

Woodhouse ‘Drop & Go’ Camps

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‘Kids Only’ camps are back!

Unplug the kids this school holidays and have them participate in a variety of hands on, fun-filled adventure days spanning across the school holidays.

Kids can experience the best of nature in Piccadilly, Adelaide Hills, with this epic outdoor adventure destination built on a 54-hectare property. Featuring 30 obstacle courses, a giant maze, if you want to tire out energetic kids during the holidays, this is the place for you! Attendance at the day camps, ideal for kids aged 5 – 13, will set you back from $68 per day.

Find Woodhouse Activity Centre at 37 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly. 

Find out more and book your session here.

Whistler Wines’s playground and Kangaroo enclosure

The Barossa Valley winery offers a plethora of on-site activities perfect to keep the kids entertained. Boasting a large lawned area with playground, swing set and cubby house, Whistler even hosts their own treasure hunt for the kids while you enjoy your wine tasting indoors. The winery even has their own kangaroo enclosure where guests can say hello to Whistler’s furry friends and pat them through the fence. 

Find Whistler Wines at 241 Seppeltsfield Rd, Stone Well. 

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