Pop on a beanie and slip on a coat, get down to the Adelaide Riverbank for more winter warming things to see and do with kids than you can poke a stick at.
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, they have extended their amazing Versus Rodin: Bodies across space and time exhibition and also have a school holiday program Sketch and Etch.
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 Monday 10 July! Activities – including some new bird-based beauties – have been designed to promote fun, hands-on learning about plants, people and the environment. Parents are encouraged to book early – spots will sell out!
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
The South Australian Museum has a great school holiday program in the first week of the school holidays Celebrating NAIDOC Week from Monday 10 – Friday 14 July. 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.
Head to the Migration Museum to discover the story of South Australian migrants. Wander through the museum or book a spot in the great school holiday program, Hopes and Dreams. 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.
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 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 the interactive Festival Plaza Creative Trail along the Adelaide Riverbank. Discover seven eye-catching installation pieces around the Festival Plaza redevelopment, it provides an opportunity for creative reflection, engaging experiences and connection throughout the many exciting changes happening along the Adelaide Riverbank.
Follow the trail to discover unique artworks.
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.
Winter picnic on the Riverbank
Rug up with your winter woollies 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.
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.
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
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.
Adelaide Festival Centre
Matilda The Musical has been delighting kids big and small for the past month, with only a few shows left (finishing on Sunday 16 July) don’t miss this mesmerising musical. Or hop on The Boat with CirKidz, discover the joy of keeping things afloat – like juggling balls and acrobats – tumbling, flipping and flying off the ground. You might even get to captain your own boat.