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Your guide to what’s on during the October school holidays

To save you from the stress, we’ve put together a handy guide of seasonal events that are on offer during these approaching school holidays.

It’s hard to believe that the October school holidays are only three weeks away.

To save you from the stress, we’ve put together a handy guide of seasonal events that are on offer during these approaching school holidays so you can avoid those dreaded ‘I’m bored’ complaints.

Keep the kids happy with some of these incredible and unique events across Adelaide!

Pixar Putt

Image: Interstate Pixar Putt

Australia’s much-loved mini golf sensation will arrive in Adelaide for the very first time these school holidays. The new 18-hole mini golf course will be open from Friday 24 September to Sunday 17 October at Riverbank Promenade, Adelaide Convention Centre. This experience is perfect for players of all ages and is sure to become a popular school holiday destination during its limited, three-week Adelaide season.

Read more about Pixar Putt here.

On Stage Workshops

Image: Adelaide Festival Centre

On Stage are a popular performing arts program for 8-17 year olds, and they a running a range of theatre, circus and musical theatre workshops these school holidays. Vocal activities, acting techniques, movement exercises, improvisation, and circus acts are amongst the many skills participants will cover while attending the workshops, and the Adelaide Festival Centre offers limited scholarship opportunities that cover all costs. If your child is a budding performer, this is definitely for them! The program’s dates vary and the workshops will be held at the Adelaide Festival Centre, as well as Her Majesty’s Theatre. Tickets start from $50, and registrations close 17 September.

Find out more and book your tickets here.

South Australian Museum Workshops

Image: Sia Duff

The South Australian Museum have a program full of workshops to engage your kids these school holidays. For budding photographers, the museum is hosting a Birds Eye View Photography workshop where Nature Photographer of the Year 2021 finalist Craig Greer will take your kids under his wing and guide them through photographing some of Adelaide’s feathered friends. The work shop is free and will be held on Monday 27 and Thursday 29 September.

A variety of ‘Discover’ workshops will also be held these school holidays giving your kids the chance to learn about bees, birds and frogs. The Discover program is designed for children age 6-13 years old and will give them the chance to learn and get creative with collage, jewellery and origami making activities.

Discover the full program and book your tickets here.

Find the South Australian Museum on North Terrace.

School holidays at Woodhouse

Image: Woodhouse

This one isn’t only for the kids, but the parents as well! Woodhouse are inviting families to camp at the site and enjoy a memorable Spring Break over the October long weekend. Special activities will be running exclusively for guests staying onsite, on top of all the other awesome included activities at no extra cost. Guests can stay for one night, two nights, or all three and leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, travelling just 10 minutes up the South Eastern freeway to the 54 hectare adventure wonderland.

Children 5-15 years old stay for $22 per night, and adults 16+ stay for $25 per night. Children under 5 stay for free. Family tickets are also available for $85.

Woodhouse are also hosting action-packed day camps these school holidays. With everything from campfires and ice-blocking, to potion making and hunting for lost relics, there is something to suit all interests. The day camps will run each weekday during the school holidays.

Find out more and book your stay at Woodhouse here.

Autism and sensory-friendly morning: Nature Photographer of the Year

Image: South Australian Museum

The South Australian Museum are inviting you for a fun-filled morning before they open to the public. Families with children and adults on the autism spectrum or with sensory needs can enjoy a quieter, less crowded visit to the Museum. This is a chance to see all of their permanent galleries, as well as discovering the museum’s current exhibition, Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year.

Tickets are free and are only available for people with sensory needs and their accompanying family, friends or support workers.

Book your tickets for a morning at the museum here.

Time for Kids Camp Out

Time for Kids, a program run by Relationships Australia SA, has launched a fundraising event encouraging South Australians of any age to camp out for a cause on the October long weekend – October 2 – 4, 2021.

Participants in Time for Kids Camp Out can choose to camp in teams or solo in a location of their choosing any where in South Australia. At a time when many are looking for COVID-safe family friendly recreational activities, Time for Kids Camp Out is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some outdoor or indoor fun whilst raising funds for a very worthy cause these school holidays.

Find out more about the camp out in our article.

Book your tickets to the camp out here.

Froggy French for Kids

Alliance Francaise Adelaide are hosting an intensive course for kids these school holidays. Froggy French for Kids is designed for children age 4 to 8 years old and offers an initiation to the French Language through a mix of funny and playful activities. The class will cover seasons, animals, and food and will be lead by the school’s native French teachers.

The course has two sessions and will be held over 3 days and tickets are $350.

Find out more and purchase your tickets here.

Find Alliance Francaise Adelaide at 319 Young Street Wayville, SA, Australia 5034.

AFL Max

For footy fanatics the team at AFL Max have put together a fun-filled program that will have your kids active and entertained these school holidays.

Due to the success of the July junior Crows and Port academies AFL Max have brought them back again for kids aged 6 – 12, covering all things footy and fun. Attendees will work on their skills and gain insight into how professional players train. The academy focuses on marking – fundamental craft and body work technique, attacking as a team- what to do when you don’t have the ball, defending the lead- positioning and reading the cues, connecting and communicating as a team, and agility and speed.

AFL Max are also hosting Mini Max, a program for 3-4 year olds. Mini Max is a chance to introduce kids to an active lifestyle and encourages parents and guardians to get in on the fun as well. AFL Max’s key focus with this program is to get kids involved and excited about physical activity from a young age and through playing sport.

Find out more details here.

Find AFL Max at 32 Butler Bvd, Adelaide Airport SA 5950.

Children’s activities at Whistler Wines

The Barossa Valley winery offers a plethora of on-site activities perfect to keep the kids, and parents, entertained. Boasting a large lawned area with a playground, swing set and cubby house, Whistler even hosts their own treasure hunt for the kids while you enjoy your wine tasting indoors. The whole family can enjoy something to eat from the winery’s “build your own platter” larder – and there is a kid’s pack with snacks and a juice for the youngsters. Whistler’s has their own kangaroo enclosure where guests can say hello to the furry friends and pat them through the fence. 

Find Whistler Wines at 241 Seppeltsfield Rd, Stone Well. 

Code Camp

Code Camp is a much loved school holiday program ran across Australia and they have released an awesome program for the upcoming school holidays. A variety of new camps have been introduced to the program including the DC Animation Camp where children can design, code and create their very own DC Super Hero game. They can choose from DC favourites such as Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman, and design their own adventure app using character themed backgrounds and collectibles to bring their game to life.

Code Camp is where parents find fun school holiday activities, that empower kids to design, code and get creative.

Book your tickets and find out more here.

Botanic Gardens Workshops

Image: Botanic Gardens of South Australia

The Adelaide Botanic Gardens are have an extensive program of activities for your kids these school holidays ranging from treasure hunts, photography workshops, garden kitchen classes, and painting. The Kaurna Ochre Painting workshop will bring our child’s inner artist, as they are guided by expert Kaurna Elders and member using natural materials like ochre for painting traditional symbols and their cultural significance in this creative workshop. This is a 60 minute workshop is best for children age 5-8 years old, and tickets cost $20 per child.

An array of wildlife is coming to the Botanic Gardens on Tuesday 5 October including snakes, lizards, insects, frogs, possums and a bettong. Kids will learn about the biology and habitat of some of Australia’s native animals, how to hold and care for them, and what you can do to help make sure their environment is safe from harm. The event is suitable for all ages and tickets are $15.

Check out the Adelaide Botanic Garden’s full holiday program, and purchase your tickets here.

BOUNCE Holiday Camp

BOUNCE Holiday Camps are an amazing way to get kids active during the school holidays. Participants who sign up to a Holiday Camp will receive a two hour session every day to develop their skills. This includes 1 hour of dedicated coaching time and 1 hour to practise their technique. Whether your kids are aspiring freestyle trampolinists or want to get a taste of the exciting world of Ninja, Parkour and Free-running, BOUNCE Holiday Camps are perfect.

Check out the BOUNCE holiday program here.

Adelaide Thunderbirds Netball Clinics

If your little one loves netball, and is keen to develop their skills or just wants to give it a go and have fun, then the Adelaide Thunderbirds Netball Clinics are a great idea. These interactive clinics vary depending on the age and skills of the players and aim to cover all aspects of the game including attacking, defending, shooting, ball handling, footwork and match play practice. The netball clinics are a fantastic way to make new friends, build confidence and be part of a fun and inclusive environment.

Tickets are $55 per participant and can be purchased here.

Dolphin Sanctuary Kayak Tours

Image: Dolphin Sanctuary Kayak Tours

For a more adventurous school holiday activity, Dolphin Sanctuary Kayak Tours offer guided kayak tours through some of South Australia’s most stunning waterways.

Trek down creeks within the marine park, and enjoy an abundance of birdlife and mangrove forest. The Garden Island Ship’s graveyard is another unique feature of this area where you will paddle amongst some amazing ruins of the past. The tour is led by a marine biologist who will give attendees a deep understanding of the environment, the dolphins and the history of this amazing part of South Australia.

Find out more and book your guided kayak tour here.

Nova’s (not) the Royal Show

While the cancellation of the Royal Adelaide Show sending shockwaves across the state for stallholders, families and show lovers alike, the team at Nova has created a COVID-friendly Show hosted at Bonython Park.

Expect to see all the fan-favourites synonymous with the show, like dagwood dogs and twisted potato chips, as well over 60 show bags from Trolli Lollies to Bluey and Barbie. Kids (and fans) will be able to meet and greet the characters from Paw Patrol during the day and marvel at firework spectaculars each night at 9:30 pm.

Tickets cost $3 per person with kids two and under free. The three sessions will run between 10 am – 1 pm, 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm and 7 pm – 10 pm. From there, patron’s will pay at they go for thrilling show rides, sweet treats and more.

To find out more, head to Nova’s website.

Mad Hatter’s High Tea Parties at Stamford Grand

Sit at the Mad Hatter’s table for an indulgent served afternoon high tea featuring an array of scrumptious treats, including petite finger sandwiches, traditional house-made fluffy scones, delicate sweets treats and delicious savoury items. Be greeted by special guests at door, as the adults start the afternoon with a glass of sparkling on arrival and colourful mocktail for the kids, all approved by the Queen of Hearts herself.

There are multiple sessions, so head here to find out all the details.

School holidays with Wigs2Fly Theatre 

Wings2Fly runs school holiday theatre workshops, and there’s still time to sign up for Wings2Fly junior which is running in the second week of the school holidays for students in years 1-5. The junior program takes place in the second week of the holidays and October 2 and 3 are the performances for the senior groups (family friendly).

This holidays, there are two plays: Scaredy Cat and Home Shopping Studios Live! – with four performances (2pm and 5pm each day). Tickets are $25 and you get to see both plays.

For more information, head here.

School holidays activities at Wirra Wirra

Wirra Wirra will be providing lawn games all school holidays, for real kids, and kids at heart. They’ve got giant Jenga, giant Connect Four, giant Naughts and Crosses and Finska, to name a few. The games will be out for all to enjoy every day of the school holidays, weather permitting.

Harry’s Deli at Wirra Wirra has also recently expanded with a brand new kitchen, extended enclosed courtyard and an alfresco dining area just in time for the warmer weather. You can leave the kids to play outside while you enjoy some wine. How ideal is that!

For more information, head here.

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