School holidays are nearly here, so as the sun starts to come out again there’s no better time to plan on getting the kids out and about, keeping them active and making the most of their holidays!
Wild Imagination specialises in school holiday programs focused on outdoor play, bringing kids back in touch with nature and off those video games by involving them in fun activities such as water play, tree climbing, bush cubbies, nature craft, special seasonal activities and much more. For their October school program they have family sessions, drop and go kids sessions, and excursions for OSHC groups. These holidays, Wild Imagination will be on East Terrace, near Victoria Park. No computer games and iPhones here—at $25 per child and $5 per adult, booking a family session is a great way to escape.
Pumpt is an indoor scooter and skate park that is located just around the corner from Bounce in Marleston. Kids can use the Pumpt bikes, scooters and skateboards or bring their own to just ride for a session or they can join one of their many workshops to improve their skills even more. These holidays, Pumpt is also having an autism friendly session on the 6th of October as well!
Opening on the 7th of October, Tree Climb is Adelaide’s first inner city aerial adventure park that is suited for people of all ages and abilities. Swing, leap, climb and fly through the tree tops with the kids. The kids course has 24 tree top activities with a crew there offering guidance and training if need, however they encourage parental support as well. The duration is 80 minutes, including safety training.
Join the Circus with Cirkidz—from $55
You can let the kids run away and join the circus—just for the holidays of course. Helping them discover their circus talent or perhaps just for some fun, Crikidz teaches all things from acrobatics, coordination, balance and juggling. The programs are taught by professional circus performers who have a holistic approach to learning. Crikidz has a total of six different program options all with their own style and lessons for kids between the ages of 5—16. You may even be surprised by what the kids will learn to do.
Code Camp—from $239
Why not embrace the new obsession with technology in a wholesome and productive way? Code Camp teaches productive ways of utilising technology for the better. Let your kids unleash their creativity and knowledge as they learn new skills to become creators, rather than consumers, of energy.
At Code Camp kids make new friends while learning how to build apps and problem solve using both technology and puzzles, incorporating online and off-line activities. Building fun mini-games and more about the coding process, the kids are learning valuable skills without knowing it. With a camp for each age group, Code Camp can be enjoyed by kids from 5—13 years old. Each camp has a different duration and price. Little League (ages 5—6) is $239 for two full days, while Spark (ages 7—9) is $349 for 3 full days.
Big Market Adventures for Little Foodies – FREE to $18
The Adelaide Central Markets are holding a gorgeous school holiday program for little foodies, with a range of free and low cost activities including the ever popular Market Trail at just $9, Little Market Chefs at just $18 and FREE kids workshops! With a passion to start teaching the next generation how to prepare healthy, easy and tasty meals together with nutritional advice, the Central Markets are hoping these activities help to teach the kiddies that good health starts in the kitchen. All of the produce will be fresh from their stalls and the team from Sprout will ensure the classes are not only fun and interactive but have an educational focus too. Each class will include a small take away meal of the dish they prepare. More details are available here.
Take the kids to new heights this school holidays with the Mega Adventure aerial park located in West Beach. Mega Adventure is a climbing course which has more than 80 aerial crossings, a free fall jump and near vertical climb. Great for any fitness level, the courses get your heart pumping and is great fun figuring out your way through the obstacles. From up there you and the kids can see the beautiful views on the ocean, city and hills. Book online or at the park!
Cranky Bear Show—$25
The beloved, award-wining book Cranky Bear by Nick Bland has inspired a cabaret style show for kids between the ages of 3—8, packed with music, fun and laughter. Showing in the Dunstan Playhouse in the Adelaide Festival Center from the 9th—13th of October, the kids can watch and laugh on as the Zebra, Lion and Moose try to solve the bear’s crankiness.
Cleland Wildlife Park—$12 or $61 for a family of 4
There is no better way for the kids to get in touch with our Aussie natives, getting up close and personal with kangaroos, koalas and wombats. On arrival for just $3 you can purchase a bag of feed for the animals and can feed the Kangaroos and bandicoots roaming around the park. With keeper talks the park is constantly providing visitors with information of the animals and area.
The Big Wedgie – From $15
From Saturday 29th September until the 14th of October, you can experience The Big Wedgie: the world’s TALLEST and most EXTREME standalone inflatable waterslide (with the world record to prove it!). At a whopping 18.2m tall and 82m long, The Big Wedgie is not for the faint hearted and is definitely a thrill ride! There are also other options. The Just Right Wedgie and The Little Wedgie may be more your cup of tea. To book, head here.
Glow Kids Disco – $10
The kids can dance up a storm at The Arkaba’s Top of the Ark on Thursday October 11 for kids 12 and under. There will be party food and drinks included, a photo booth, face painter, balloon artist and the event will be hosted by DJ Jesse who is only 9 years old. From 11am-1pm. Tickets are $10 from here, and all parents or care givers must also get a complimentary ticket.
HomeFresh Cooking Classes—from $20
In the HomeFresh school holiday cooking classes kids will learn how to shop, prepare, cook and eat with a chef. Golden Grove Village Shopping Centre hosts four classes daily. You can take your time with your shopping and have a coffee while the kids are learning how to cook fresh, healthy breakfasts or lunches. Classes are suitable for kids between the ages of 4—14.
Do you have kids who are dreaming of being Aussie footy stars? The Nathan Basset Football Academy is running a high-intensity school holiday coaching clinic for 10—15 year olds alongside AFL players and coaches these school holidays. The sessions run from 2 to 5 October at a number of times on Glenunga Oval. Book a spot here!
An Guide To Adelaide Activities In The School Holidays
Adelaide Sailing Club
Jaime’s Italian—Kids Eat For Free
At Jaime’s Italian Restaurant, kids eat free during the school holidays. With every adult meal ordered one chid can have a kids meal including a salad, drink and dessert on the house. Maybe they’ll even get inspiration for their HomeFresh cooking class! The promo will run from September 22nd to October 14th.
There are some super fun activities for the kids that will be held in the heart of Westfield Marion shopping centre these holidays.
The Secret Life of Pets Activity Zone
Mostly Kids Fashion Parades
Kidstuff Activity Zone
Little Foodies—Pizza Making
Little Green Thumbs Terrarium Making
Kids Bing Boy workshop
Playgrounds are a great way for kids to run around, make new friends and enjoy some fresh air exploring their imaginations. Here in South Australia we’re lucky to have some great playgrounds, and chances are there’s one nice and close to home. Check out some of our faves:
• 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
Let’s be honest—we all love a good family movie. Check out some of these movies showing in Adelaide these school holidays:
- The House with a Clock in its Walls
- Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups the movie
- Johnny English Strikes Again