A Day in Adelaide with the Kids | Things to do in the City

Adelaide Festival Centre

A day in the City of Adelaide

If you’re heading into the city with the kids, you may like to add in an extra stop while you’re there and squeeze in some extra fun – especially during the school holidays. Whether you’re seeing a show; ice skating at Alpine Winter Village; going to the Zoo or the Botanic Garden; visiting the Migration Museum or the Art Gallery; or shopping at Rundle Mall, you may like to stop at a nearby playground or one of the other attractions nearby.  Why not take the bus, tram, train or your bike into the City for a day and check out some of the fun things to do and see while you’re there.

See a Show

Why not head to one of the many shows on in the city over the holidays:

Umbrella Winter City Sounds

The inaugural Umbrella Winter City Sounds will be held from 15 July 2016 to 7 August 2016 and offers an exciting smorgasbord of curated live music projects and other performances across the Adelaide CBD to warm and illuminate the colder weeks. We’ve picked out some great family friendly options out of the program here.

umbrella winter city sounds

Gazillion Bubble Show (14 to 17 July 2016)

Kids of all ages will be mesmerised by the amazing Gazillion Bubble Show –  an interactive world of dazzling bubbles, spellbinding lasers, spectacular lighting effects, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry. It will make you smile, laugh, and feel like a kid all over again! Read more about the show here  See our review here.

Gazillion Bubble Show pink

52 Storey Treehouse Live on Stage (19 to 24 July 2016)

Hold on to your rocket-powered carrot launchers! Those ridiculously funny ‘storey’-tellers, Andy and Terry are off on another madcap adventure in a world of hungry caterpillars, angry vegetables and ninja snails. Read more here


Wicked, the Musical (7 to 16 July 2016)

The first South Australian Amateur production of Wicked will hit Adelaide in July 2016 and feature two experienced leading ladies creating a stir in OZ. Dianne k Lang will wear the black hat and green complexion as Elphaba and Katharine-Jade Sachse will don the bejewelled tiara as Glinda. Read more here

 Wicked the musical, Adelaide

Something on Saturday

Head to the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Something on Saturday program with something that appeals to all tastes and covers everything from physical theatre, slapstick humour, puppetry, live music, storytelling, ballet, 80’s dance, jazz, flamenco, pop, rock, symphony orchestra, science, juggling, comedy, cabaret, literature, theatre, physical story-telling, singalongs and rhyme. Read more here

something on saturday 2016

Mister Maker Live!

Get ready Australia! MISTER MAKER is coming back with his brilliant, fun and interactive live show on Thursday 21 July 2016. Featuring brand new songs and makes, and packed full of arty adventures there’ll be a big ‘make’ to take part in, super songs to join in with, a fabulous supporting cast and not forgetting, The Shapes! Read more here

mister maker jul 16

Head to a Playground or a Park

Keep an eye out for sunny weather and let the kids get their wriggles out at a park or playground. The city has numerous playgrounds to keep the kids active, all for free. Here’s some of our favourites:

The Glover Playground North Adelaide, also affectionately known as ‘Helicopter Park’ by many, is an all-time favourite. Of course you will find a helicopter in the middle, which is one of the popular spots for the little ones. See our review here.

Helicopter Park helicopter collage

The South Terrace Glover Playground is fully fenced and features equipment which is especially interesting for kids aged from about 7 years upwards (or agile younger kids). It is a great play space for children of all ages. See our review here

2013-08-11 Glover South Terrace Playground2

The Bush Magic Playground in North Adelaide, just outside of the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, is a much loved playground. Sure it’s not shiny and new, but it has great fun play equipment which is particularly suited to younger kids under five and it’s fully fenced. See our review here.

Bush Magic flying fox liberty swing

Marshmallow Park has been a popular family meeting spot for many years. It is especially good for toddlers and young children as it’s fully fenced with toilets nearby. There are numerous new structures well suited to little ones with features to encourage balancing, climbing, exploring, jumping and hours of active, creative play. See our review here

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Princess Elizabeth Playground is a modern playspace combining active, sensory and nature play opportunities. See our review here

Princess Elizabeth playground (14)

Take a relaxing stroll around the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and let the kids roll down hills, feed the ducks, wander through the bamboo forest or smell herbs, or have leaf races in the mediterranean garden. See our review here


Also at the Adelaide Botanic Garden, the First Creek Wetlands (pictured below) is also a great space to explore. Read about it here.


The playground at Rymill Park (below) is a short walk from Rundle Street. See our review here.

Rymill Park Playground main collage

Take the bikes in and ride around the Kurranga Park BMX track. Read more here.


Water Fun

Take your water loving kids of all ages for a dip and a play at the indoor Aquatic Centre in North Adelaide. With water slides, splash pads and spray hoops, you will forget it is Winter. See our review here.


Things to do around the city

Alpine Winter Village

The Torrens Parade Grounds in Adelaide is given a twinkling European Christmas makeover this Winter – and it’s beautiful. It’s like a little bit of Fringe in the middle of the year. It’s such a gorgeous setting in the park, with an open air ice skating rink amongst all the tall trees. It’s a wintery Christmas theme – complete with an Alpine lodge, themed bars, music, Teepee tents, Christmas trees, Christmas floats from the Credit Union Christmas pageant, log fires, warm food & drinks.

This is an all-ages destination this winter. Read more here.

Alpine Winter Village Ice Skating Adelaide


Popeye ride, paddle boat ride

Head to Elder Park and jump onboard ‘The Popeye’, one of our own State Heritage Icons. Take a relaxing ride down the river and see the sights as you’ve not seen them before. Read our review here

Victoria Square

Round up your kids and head along to Victoria Square/ Tarntanyangga for a game of free bubble soccer. Your kids will be able to don an inflatable bubble suit that allows them to run, bounce, roll and spin, all while playing a game of soccer… and bumping into other bubbles. Adults welcome to join in too! No soccer skills or bookings required, just a willingness to have fun! Games last for a maximum of 10 minutes, leaving plenty of time for a food truck lunch. Read more in our Winter School Holiday Guide

Bubble Soccer (002) adelaide city council

Ayers House

Enjoy some old-fashioned fun at the beautiful Ayers House with winter stories, peg doll making, a riddle hunt, book making and sewing. Ayers House is the last surviving mansion of its era on the southern side of North Terrace. This forty-roomed mansion features magnificent painted ceilings, period furniture and decorative arts. It gives an insight into the life of an upper middle class family of the 19th Century. Come along and enjoy Ayers House and these fun activities. Read more here

Take a stroll along North Terrace to appreciate Adelaide’s history and culture.

South Australian Museum

Head to the South Australian Museum and watch the children’s eyes and brains grow bigger as you explore collections of artefacts related to natural history, Aboriginal culture, Egyptian culture, fossils, gems and meteorites and not forgetting everybody’s favourite – the Giant Squid which can be viewed over 4 different levels.

Art Gallery of SA

The Art Gallery is a place of wonder, history, and amazing pieces of art that can be appreciated by children of all ages. They host START at the Gallery, held on the first Sunday of every month. It’s FREE and introduces visual art to children (aged 3-12) and their families. The Studio is a hands-on activity space, updated with a completely different theme depending on the latest exhibition showing in the Gallery. There are wonderful free craft activities to enjoy here any day during the holidays. During the school term it may be used by school excursion groups so it’s best to ring and check first.

Studio Jan 2014

The Migration Museum

The Migration Museum on Kintore Avenue is packed full of stories of the lives of those who have made our state so amazing. During the school holidays, the museum has activities for children to create their own buildings, parks, statues and more using found and recycled materials. Read more in our Winter School Holiday Guide

migration museum

ANZAC Centenary Memorial Walk

The new boulevard along Kintore Avenue is worth a stroll to see the beautiful ANZAC Centenary Memorial Walk. Take the time to read the information displayed on the panels – a great history lesson.

Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk Kintore Ave Adelaide

The State Library of South Australia

The State Library has something for everyone. Marvel at the magnificent Victorian-era Mortlock Wing voted in the top 20 most beautiful libraries in the world. Browse a range of special exhibitions throughout the three State Library buildings.

state library mortlock library

The Adelaide Zoo

With the exciting arrival of Obi the Pygmy Hippo, Adelaide Zoo will celebrate some of the smallest residents while taking a look back at Zoos SAs conservation efforts to ensure these tiny species are here for many years to come. Join in the Craft Zone at Adelaide Zoo from 11am to 1pm on weekdays for free arts and crafts with Bunnings these School Holidays! Read more in our Winter School Holiday Guide

Adelaide Zoo animal collage-001

InterContinental Adelaide

Indulge yourself this winter with a luxury escape to the InterContinental Adelaide and receive up to 35% off. Rediscover the city this winter and enjoy a wide range of family-friendly activities in Adelaide city – all a short walk from the hotel.  Read more in our Winter School Holiday Guide


Places to Eat

After all that activity, you’ll be needing a snack. Here’s a few of our suggestions for a bite to eat:

For a delicious, chocolatey treat you can’t go past Chocolateria San Churro on Rundle Street in the city’s east end. Rundle Street now has a number of dessert bars so there is quite a choice for a chocolate fix, however San Churro is family friendly with child size options and a huge selection of sweet treats on offer, plus a few healthy options too. See our review here


Head to a Krispy Kreme store either at 76 Gouger St or 1/28 Grenfell St, Adelaide for a sweet treat and take part in their colouring-in competition to brighten the school break for kids up to 12 years old. Krispy Kreme doughnuts are made daily, fresh and hot off the line! Read our Winter School Holiday Guide for more information.


Krispy Kreme Adelaide April School Holidays

For a special treat, head to Gelatissimo, Rundle St or Gouger St for premium dairy or sorbet flavours that are made daily. See our review here

Take the kids to the Adelaide Central Market. There’s so much to see, hear, smell and taste and with food courts, cafes, bakeries, fresh fruit & veg, cheese and more, you will not walk away with an empty bag or stomach! Plus, the Big Market Adventures for Little Foodies is back these school holidays! All activities are free or low cost and include the ever popular Market Trail at just $8 (plus booking fee), Little Market Chefs at just $18 (plus booking fee), FREE baby animal nursery, face painting and the Big Balloon Giveaway! The little ones will also love the 40 cent rides. Read more here in our Winter School Holiday Guide

adelaide Central market market trail

Winter School Holiday Guide 2016


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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