Autumn School Holidays on the Adelaide Riverbank

From discovering art and unearthing dinosaurs to a ride on the Popeye and a trip to the zoo, the Adelaide Riverbank has plenty to do

What’s on for kids along the Adelaide Riverbank

What’s on for kids along the Adelaide Riverbank

Discover the Adelaide Riverbank these school holidays

Mother and daughter outside Art Gallery of SA

Art Gallery of South Australia

The Art Gallery of South Australia’s school holiday program offers fun and dynamic activities for children to explore their creativity. Draw, cut and combine in ‘Hybrid Creatures’ or use photography to tell a story in ‘Digital Storytellers’. Or simply pop by for a gander at more than 38,000 engaging works of art to stimulate creative minds; including great exhibitions Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay and Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art.

Adelaide Botanic Garden

The very popular Adelaide Botanic Garden’s school holiday program returns with a stack of brand new activities for 5-13 year olds. Designed for little ones to get their hands dirty learning about plants, people and the environment. Make sure you book early as spots fill fast.

ZOOcation Care school holiday program

Adelaide Zoo

The zoo keepers need the help of your little animal lovers these school holidays to research and prepare shopping lists for the animals of Adelaide Zoo. During the free program – Zoo Foods – little helpers will visit the animals around the zoo to discover what they eat, which special treats they enjoy and their weird and wonderful eating habits. Want something a little more hands on? Check the kids into Zoocation school holiday program for an unforgettable full day experience.

The Adelaide Zoo is the perfect spot to spend some time these school holidays with great experiences such as Meet the KeeperWalkabout ToursKeeper KidsJunior Keeper and many other animal experiences, as well as the world famous pandas Wang Wang and Funi, and more than 2,500 animals to check in on, you may struggle to get the kids to leave.

Adelaide Gaol cells

Adelaide Gaol

Visit the Adelaide Gaol for the darker side of South Australia’s history. Kids can learn about the conditions, items and artefacts which were used during the Gaol’s working life or book a History or Twilight tour.

South Australian Museum

Grab your future palaeontologists and head along to explore the thrilling world of dinosaurs at the South Australian Museum with Dinosaur rEvolution. Get up close with the larger than life reptiles through animatronics, 3D models, life sized murals and fossil casts that you can touch!

Join the fabulous school holiday program with tours, theatre shows, drawing, scientist meet and greets and more!

Drop by the Migration Museum and create your own Croatian tapestry.

Migration Museum

Head to the Migration Museum to discover the story of South Australian migrants. Wander through the museum or have some fun creating your own Croatian tapestry. Thread a needle and learn how to cross stich, long stich and stich to design, inspired by the exhibition Croatians in South Australia: community and identity. On Sunday’s they also offer FREE tours of their fascinating site, where you’ll discover how and why people have come to South Australia from around the world.

Mother and child roofclimb

Adelaide Oval RoofClimb

Take older kids on a sky-high adventure. Get the kids out of the house and onto the roof with Adelaide Oval’s RoofClimb! Scale the curved roofline of the Western Stand of Adelaide Oval before navigating your way across a link bridge to the southern Riverbank Stand for stunning views across the Oval and the city. For kids 8 – 108 years!

The Popeye

Popeye and Paddle Boats

Popeye and paddle boats on the River Torrens; hop on board and relax as you show the kids a unique view of the Adelaide Riverbank and bird life. The Popeye runs every half an hour and has several pick-up and drop-off locations. It’s also the perfect way to get to the Adelaide Zoo.

Adelaide Free Bikes

For a free way to see the Adelaide Riverbank hop on an Adelaide Free Bike and enjoy the bike paths along the River Torrens. They have a selection of kids’ bikes available as well as a few adult bikes with baby seats and even a cargo bike if you book in early enough! Helmets are provided or you can bring your own and as the name suggests, hire is completely free. Pick one up from one of their many locations in the City of Adelaide.

Children and father on Adelaide Oval Tour

Adelaide Oval and the Bradman Collection

Adelaide Oval tours are perfect for budding sports stars. Go behind the scenes and discover hidden secrets. Access restricted areas and experience the roar of the crowd as you take to the ground through the interactive players’ race. Or discover the magic of Australian legend and international hero, Donald Brandman who made Adelaide his home with the Bradman Collection. The world class exhibit features footage of Bradman in the theatrette, an interactive museum, and browse through personal items including cricket bats, balls, trophies, items of clothing and more.

Picnic on the Adelaide Riverbank

Picnic on the Riverbank

Enjoy some sunshine and pack a picnic of the kiddies favourites and enjoy the views from the Adelaide Riverbank on one of the many grassy spots. Our picks are Elder Park, Pinky Flat and Botanic Park, or further down the river, Bonython Park. And it’s free, apart from the delicious picnic you pack of course.

Girl playing on Bonython Park playground

Bonython Park

Bonython Park has something for kids of all ages, boasting a fantastic playground – including a flying fox, Road Safety Centre – where kids can ride their bikes in a safe and fun environment (complete with real traffic lights, give way signs and even roundabouts), boat pond – perfect for remote control boats, Bunyip Trail – with a series of activities relating to the book ‘The Bunyip of Berkley’s Creek’ at different points along the 200m trail, and plenty of room for the kids to run around and explore.

Light display on the State Library of South Australia

Story Wall

Did you know that every night of the year the State Library of South Australia has fascinating stories, characters, history and hidden gems of our State waiting to be discovered in an exciting exhibition experience, the Story Wall. The Story Wall is a state-of-the-art permanent architectural projection. Discover the interactive pod in the Library forecourt. Similar to a jukebox, the pod allows you to pick the stories that interest you.

People on a Segway Sensation toour

Segway Sensation SA

For the older ‘kids’ or kids at heart, Segway Sensation SA provide a great way to experience iconic sights of the Adelaide Riverbank. Learn some Segway skills (on some nice soft grass), before heading off on a 6km trail taking in major attractions such as Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Convention Centre, Riverbank Footbridge, Adelaide Festival Centre and Adelaide Zoo. Suitable for kids aged 11 years and over when accompanied by an adult.

Wizard of Oz comes to the Adelaide Festival Centre

Adelaide Festival Centre

The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting revision of the all-time classic. Enjoy all your favourite characters and iconic moments plus a few surprises along the way. Take the kids along to discover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat.

Little theatregoers (and Grug fans of all ages) can adventure along with Grug to reach the rainbow that always seems just beyond grasp in Grug and the rainbow. Featuring exquisite puppetry, plenty of surprises and more of the gentle storytelling that has delighted audiences around the world.

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