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25 Things To Do In Spring for Adelaide Families by Nature Play SA

Looking for some fun Spring inspiration to get out and about with the kids now the weather is warming up?

Once Spring is in the air the days get longer and warmer so it’s the perfect time to head outdoors and explore!  We are surrounded by the hills, beautiful beaches and an abundance of natural reserves and parks here in Adelaide.  Nature Play SA’s list of 25 things to do in Spring provides plenty of inspiration to get creative and head outside, from your garden to the coast and beyond, there are loads of ideas for some healthy, free family fun.

25 Things To Do In Spring

1/.  Collect a flower to press, then place it between newspaper sheets and a layer of cardboard. Weigh it down with books and leave until your flower dries flat.

2/.  Visit your local hardware or garden nursery store for butterfly garden plants, plus everything you need to establish them in your backyard. A trained horticulturalists can help you select plants for caterpillars to eat such as Paper Daisies for the Painted Lady.

gardening with kids

3/.  Set up a home nature display with your spring finds.

4/.  Picnic by a wetland: watch waterbirds and listen for frogs, such as Spotted Marsh or Banjo frogs.  Visit First Creek Wetland at the Adelaide Botanic Garden.  

5/.  Look for wildflowers near paths and gum trees at your local National Park (see if you can spot Donkey, Spider, or Sun orchids).

6/.  Create a nature journal: draw or write about seasonal changes to plants and animals.

7/.  Listen for male Koalas grunting from gum trees in the wild (it’s their breeding season). Explore Morialta Conservation Park, Brownhill Creek Recreation Park or Mount George Conservation Park.

8/.  Make a mobile from natural items and hang it outdoors

9/.  Use a net and magnifying glass to see what you can scoop in a creek or wetland (put back what you find).

10/.  Walk along the beach to see how many white cuttlebones you can discover (cuttlefish have just finished breeding).

11/.  Bike ride somewhere new with family or friends. Try Victoria Park or Linear Park along the River Torrens.

12/.  Attract wildlife to your garden by adding a birdbath, logs, or rocks (also known as a lizard lounge!).

13/.  Book a campsite in a National Park or caravan park – check out our caravan and camping guide

14/.  Build (or buy) a native bee hotel for your garden (native bees don’t make hives).

15/.  Collect fallen sticks and build a cubby or giant nest.

16/.  Plant tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, or lettuce in a garden bed, pots, or recycled egg or milk cartons.

17/.  Make a crown from sour sobs, lavender, or paper daisies.

bloom flower crown party adelaide

18/.  Celebrate National Threatened Species Day on 7 September by researching a local threatened species (such as Southern Brown Bandicoots or Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos).

19/.  Look for coastal treasures washed up after a storm, like different shaped sponges, squid eggs, and shells.

20/.  Create a potion using petals, pebbles, and other natural ingredients.

21/.  Write a poem or story about how spring makes you feel.

22/.   Adventure to a place you’ve never been such as a Reservoir, Botanic Garden, or forest. Visit Mt Lofty Botanic Garden, Adelaide Botanic Garden or Wittunga Botanic Garden.  Check out our list of Reservoirs in South Australia to Visit with Kids.

23/.  Visit a wetland, estuary, or lake to watch migratory shorebirds arriving from their 10,000 km journey from Siberia (try the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary – Winaityinaityi Pangkara).

24/.  Create a living tepee in your yard by digging sticks into the ground. Plant edible climbers at the base, such as peas or beans.

25/.  Go on a regional road trip or spend a few days in the sunshine in a new wild place. Perhaps plan a visit to beautiful Kangaroo Island, McLaren Vale or a regional towns such as Melrose or the Flinders Ranges.


For more Spring inspiration…

Fun & Easy Activity Ideas for Kids To Do at Home – Backyard Fun

5 Ways Children Can Connect with Nature at Home

Best Adelaide Creeks to Explore for Families

Discover more Bushwalks and Scenic Trails

Bike Riding and Skate Parks

things to do in Adelaide for families

For more information and all enquiries please visit the Nature Play SA website.  

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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