For kids with big ideas and parents with not so big budgets. Great free activities for school holidays.
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.
Festival Plaza Creative Trail
Take the kids on an interactive creative trail along the Adelaide Riverbank. Discover seven eye-catching installation pieces around the Festival Plaza redevelopment providing cool light displays and bright pieces for kids to engage with.
Follow the trail to discover unique artworks.
Picnic on the Riverbank
Pack a picnic of the kiddies favourites (maybe even an Easter egg or two and create your own hunt) 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.
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. Take the kids along for a new discovery each night.
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), a kiosk to refuel (open every day during school holidays), 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.
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Big ideas for little minds. Inspire the kids senses these school holidays.
Art Gallery of South Australia
The Art Gallery of South Australia has a collection of more than 38,000 engaging works of art to stimulate creative minds; they also have a great range of activities for kids of all ages. START offers an exciting introduction to visual art for kids (ages 3-12 years) and families, including art activities, tours, live performances and entertainment. For teens Neo offers a program of activities and talks led by artists and art lovers. In addition, there is the amazing Versus Rodin: Bodies across space and time exhibition and school holiday program Making Faces.
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Adelaide Botanic Garden’s stacked school holiday program is back, with holiday activities suitable for 5-12 year olds kicking off on Tuesday 18 April! Collect curious botanic bits and create a cute critter to take home, learn fun and exciting ways to create healthy food straight from the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden or learn how Aboriginal people make fire using what is found in the Australian bush and much more. After the kids have finished their workshops why not visit the rest of the sensational gardens where there is plenty of room to run around or even play hide and seek.
The South Australian Museum has a great school holiday program Yidaki: Didjeridu and the sound of Australia this April. While you’re there explore the large variety of engaging and fun displays. The Discovery Centre on level one is jam packed with fun for inquisitive little minds. Take a look into a secret world with the microeye, watch bees busily making honey, or just enjoy the fun, hands-on experience. There’s something for all ages.
Let them explore, discover and conquer a variety of adventure based activities.
Adelaide Oval Roof Climb
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!
Popeye and Paddle Boats
Popeye and paddle boats on the River Torrens. Relax, show the kids a unique view of the Adelaide Riverbank and bird life then hop on board. The Popeye is also a great way to get to the Adelaide Zoo.
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.
For the older ‘kids’ or kids at heart, Segway Sensations 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.
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.