Adelaide School Holidays Guide | Best Ideas for Summer School Holidays | 2019/20

Adelaide School Holidays Guide Best Ideas for Summer School Holidays

Adelaide School Holiday Guide – Summer 2019/20

Your guide to all the best activities & ideas in Adelaide for the December & January School Holidays.

South Australian Summer School Holidays: Saturday 14 December 2019 – Monday 27 January 2020

Summer is the perfect time to get the kids out and about during the school holidays with an extended break and beautiful, warm weather. Throughout Adelaide there are free events as well as workshops, vacation care programs, clinics, classes and activities for kids, plus there are plenty of fun things to do together as a family.

To make it easier for you to find things for the kids to do during the school holidays, the Play & Go team have put together our Holiday Guide featuring some of the most popular, and some not-so-well-known activities on offer.

Below you will find a list of venues and links to their websites so you can simply click through to check out the activities on offer. Most programs are open to school age children 5 years and older but there are some specifically for younger kids. Remember to book in early if your child is interested in participating as classes fill quickly.  When making a booking be sure to tell them you heard about them through Play & Go!

We also have an extensive list of individual posts listing special events, entertainment, shows and much more in our Summer School Holidays 2019/20 Category.







If you know of a venue that should be on our list or you would like to advertise with us, please feel free to leave a comment or send an email via our contact page here.


Adelaide Gaol

It’s the biggest twist yet on the Adelaide Gaol’s Escape Trail!

A prisoner has escaped! Can you solve the clues to catch the crim before it’s too late?

Upon arrival, you’ll be inducted as official Adelaide Gaol guards with the task of solving an escape.  To succeed, you’ll need to follow the trail of clues to identify the prisoner and discover the last known location, filling in your incident report as you go. Help solve the mystery and the Adelaide Gaol will bring the inmate to justice!

Head to the Adelaide Gaol these school holidays for one of Adelaide’s most exciting adventures. Since its opening in 1841, Adelaide Gaol has housed approximately 300,000 prisoners. There have been a number of famous escapes – including one ingenious (though unsuccessful) attempt in 1983, where a prisoner took his pyjama coat to an art class and painted it to resemble an officer’s uniform. To add to his ensemble, he even created an impressive officer cap out of a biscuit box!

Wednesday 1 – Monday 27 January 2020 | 10am-4pm | 18 Gaol Road, Thebarton



Adelaide Planetarium

Explore space these school holidays at the Adelaide Planetarium.

Spark your children’s imagination for astronomy with Adelaide Planetarium’s school holiday program. You can sit back in their reclined seats and gaze up at the Night Sky in the full dome theatre, then choose to fly to the moon with Tycho, explore the seasons with Annie and Max, venture into the Wildest Weather or witness the creative and spectacular encounters that fuel the cosmos in the movie, Cosmic Collisions. There is something for all ages.

Planetarium Experience & Classroom Craft Activity

Explore the ever-changing constellations that travel through our night sky. Journey through the solar system and visit different and captivating planets, followed by a full dome movie.  The ultimate learning experience that will engage and excite children.

  • 10am-12.30pm session | ages 4-8 | Planetarium experience with movie Tycho to the Moon followed by time in the classroom where you will have fun with playdoh learning more about the sun and planets while creating your own solar system.
  • 2pm-4.30pm session | ages 8+ | Planetarium experience with movie Wildest Weather in the Solar System followed by time in the classroom where you will assemble and paint a model of the solar system whilst each planet is looked at in detail.

Tuesday 7  – Thursday 23 January 2020 | Planetarium experience from $10 per person | Planetarium Experience and Craft Activity $26 per child, $10 per adult | Bookings essential.



Migration Museum

School holidays at the Migration Museum – Magical Misery Tour and Weaving with Aunty Janice

Magical Misery Tour – Mooch on down to the Migration Museum these school holidays to be gruesomely guided through a South Australian history splattered with sewage, swill, swindling…and reckless radioactivity! 

Wednesday 22 January 2020, 11 – 12pm | Age: 5 – 8 year olds | Cost: $10 per participant – (Limited to 15 participants only)

Weaving Workshop with Aunty Janice – Cultural sharing workshop: In this two hour weaving workshop, Aunty Janice from the Southern Elders Weaving Group will teach young people how to start to weave a small basket.

Tuesday 21st January 2020, 10.30am – 12.30pm | Adult supervision essential | Age:  5-12 year olds | Cost: $10 per participant (Limited to 20 participants)

Migration Museum | 82 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide | Ph 8207 7580 or Email:



Mini Mad Things

Join MINI MAD THINGS this summer for a selection of fun kids craft classes. Be creative and get making!

The concept behind MINI MAD CRAFT classes is that your little ones will make something that they can then take home to play with; It could be a magic wand, wings to wear or maybe even a magical fairy garden! Mini Mad Things will spark their imagination with a different theme each class and them let them get creative. Mini Mad Things love to up-cycle found objects and household recycling to create something new. With a cardboard box and a little imagination it’s amazing what you can create!

Various locations around Adelaide and Adelaide Hills in December 2019 & January 2020.



National Motor Museum

School holidays at the National Motor Museum: Animation Workshops. 

From 2-6 January GooRoo Animation will be calling the Museum their home and running 5 different activities each day.  These workshops show kids how to create their own stop motion animation movies. They will then learn how to bring their own characters to life using the Stop Motion Studio App available on mobile devices. The finished videos will be uploaded to YouTube via the GooRoo Animation Workshops channel to be shared with friends and family.

Pick your favourites and join the museum any day. No prior knowledge is required, and all equipment and materials are supplied.
Jan 2:  Clay Animation
Jan 3: Model Car Animation
Jan 4: Lego Animation
Jan 5: Whiteboard Animation
Jan 6: Mixed Media Animation

There are loads of other activities to keep all ages entertained every day of the School Holidays.  Play some of the best racing video games ever on the award winning Game Engine and be sure to grab a free Wheelie Good Activity Book to keep big and small kids entertained.

Workshops: Thursday  2 – Monday 6 January 2020 | 11am – 3pm | Cost: $7.50 per child – includes animation workshops and time to explore the Museum.

National Motor Museum | Shannon Street, Birdwood | Ph: 8568 4000   E. | The National Motor Museum is open every day of the school holidays from 10am-5pm, except Christmas Day (and catastrophic fire days).



National Railway Museum

There’s lots on offer at the National Railway Museum at Port Adelaide and also on board the Semaphore Steam Train during the December & January School Holidays! 

The massive undercover railway museum is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 10am to 4.30pm and all entries include unlimited train rides!  There are loads of displays, steam and diesel engines and carriages to explore plus a theatrette, a large model railway and the souvenir shop. Great value family fun and entertainment!

The Semaphore Steam Train runs every day from Thursday 26 December to Monday 27 January inclusive!  Trains leave from the Semaphore jetty hourly from 11am to 4pm each day, and take about 30 minutes for the 2km scenic trip along the seaside to Fort Glanville and return.  Good affordable prices – get tickets on board the train!

Open from 10am to 4pm EVERY DAY!

National Railway Museum | 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide | Cost: Family $36 (two adults and up to 3 children) |  Adult $15 | Concession $9 | Child $6 (5 – 15 years) | Semaphore Steam Train Family/Group (up to 4 people – one must be a child) – $22 | Adult – $9 | Child (3yrs to 15 yrs) – $5




SciWorld’s Pop Up Science Extravaganza

Spend the whole day exploring the incredible world of science. Become astronomers and see the stars in the Starlab, learn something new in a workshop such as Lego EV3 Robotics, Palaeontology, Space Colonies, Illusions and Magic Tricks, Up Up and Away, Bodies and Brains and then, see one, two or three Science Shows such as Science Magic, Liquid Nitrogen and Energy & Forces. You’ll also be able to explore more than 60 Questacon exhibits.

It’s an affordable family fun day out!

Bring your Children’s University passports for some accredited learning hours!

Ridley Centre, Adelaide Showground | Thursday 16 and Friday 17 January 2020, 10am – 5pm | Tickets: $15 online plus booking fee (ages 4-15 years) | Accompanying adults and younger siblings are free of charge.



South Australian Maritime Museum

School holidays at the Maritime Museum: Happy Birthday Play School Exhibition

All your favourite Play School characters are sailing in to the Maritime Museum this December for an exhibition that brings all your childhood memories alive!

Happy Birthday Play School is a highly entertaining and engaging exhibition celebrating Australia’s longest-running children’s television program. Visitors will find all their favourites like Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty, Jemima and the Rocket Clock at the museum. New arrivals to the world of Play School will have a sense of wonderment as they look through the Round, Square and Arched windows.

Friday 13 December 2019 – Saturday 28 January 2020 (Christmas holiday break) | Cost: $6 per child – INCLUDES: The Play School exhibition, a lighthouse climb and time to explore the Museum.

SA Maritime Museum | 126 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide | Ph: 8207 6255  E.



South Australian Museum

Dogs: a story of our best friend

Have a howling good time at a fur-tastic exhibition at the South Australian Museum.

Dogs have been a much-loved part of our lives since we began to domesticate them more than 10,000 years ago, but how much do we actually know about our four- legged friends?

Discover the full ‘dog’s tale’ as the exhibition digs into the origins of dogs as wild wolves, what happened over thousands of years to make them so special to us, why they behave the way they do and what part we must play in keeping our magical mateship with them strong.=

Kids will enjoy exploring an activity trail, finding fun facts, crawling through the doggy door and playing with plush puppies on the puppy parade.

South Australian Museum | Friday 29 November 2019–Sunday 26 April 2020 | 10am – 5pm daily



REM+ Tuition

2020 School Holiday Maths Workshops. Get Ready for 2020!

Is your daughter or son ready for the new school year in Maths? Have they understood all of the essentials from 2019 and are they prepared for the coming challenges of 2020?

To give them a great start to the new school year, enrol them into REM+ Tuition’s Holiday Maths Workshops to make sure that all of the topics they learned in 2019 are consolidated and in place, as well as picking up some amazing tips to get them off to a great start in 2020.

 Monday 20, Tuesday 21 & Wednesday 22 January 2020

  • Years 2, 3 & 4 | 9.00am – 11.00am
  • Scholarship/Years 5, 6 & 7 | 11.30am – 1.30pm
  • Years 8, 9 & 10 | 2.30pm – 4.30pm

REM+ Tuition – 1/190 Glynburn Road, Tranmere 



Scoffed School of Food and Fun

Looking for a unique gift for someone in your family, or a unique experience to break up the boredom in the holidays?

Make this a Christmas for new experiences and learn how to cook something different every day at Scoffed. Whether it’s Ginger Bread Houses, Scoffed’s exclusive Harry Potter day, or healthier options to make from scratch, you can be sure your kids will be proud as punch of their creations at the end of a Scoffed cooking class.

Check out Food Saucerer classes where master chef wannabes can try their hand at baking Zumba style desserts, or 3 course fine dining dinners and Food Chiefs master classes where kids can make slightly more challenging dishes from scratch. And for kids who are just starting out, Food Chief Entrée classes are the perfect way to learn new dishes and skills.

Best of all if you want something to do with the kids this holidays then take a peek at Scoffed’s family classes where everyone can join in the fun. Scoffed will show the kids just how much fun cooking can be with their hands-on classes and the best bit… they get to scoff it all down at the end! A great way for your kids to spend some time with their mates away from the TV!

Classes start at various times every day during the holidays, starting on Thursday 12 December 2019. Prices from $36 for a 90 minute class.

Download the holiday timetable to see the full program.

Scoffed School of Food & Fun | 441/D Magill Road, St Morris



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Australian Company of Performing Arts

The Australian Company of Performing Arts is launching its season of ‘Mary Pop’s In’ 18 – 22 January 2020

What happens on the arrival of a magical new nanny? When ‘Mary Pops In’, she embarks on a journey with her new family to help bring everyone together.  This comical, family friendly show includes plenty of interactive singing and dancing. Don’t miss it!

37 Walsh Street, Thebarton | Saturday 18 January – Wednesday 22 January 2020 | Cost: Admit one $15.00 | Family of 4 $50.00




Barossa Valley Chocolate Company

These school holidays at the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company, kids can participate in chocolate workshops and a pairing experience.

  • Junior workshops – Christmas Themed | Cost $38pp | Monday- Friday, 10.30am | 45min session | Bookings essential
  • Choc- o-block Decorating – $20pp | Monday- Friday, 1.30pm | Saturday & Sunday, 10.30am & 1.30pm | 30mins | Bookings essential
  • Kids Pairing Experience – 3 Bickfords Cordials matched to Christmas themed chocolates | $12.50pp 

While you’re visiting, watch chocolatiers at work and explore their delicious range of chocolates. You can also enjoy homemade gelato and lunch at Benni’s Café or try a wine & chocolate pairing at the cellar door. It’s set in beautiful surrounds and very family friendly.

Email:  to book your school holiday experience or call 08 8568 9800 (or 1300 4 CHOCOLATE)



City of West Torrens

Summer Festival 2020

The weather is getting warmer and we’re thinking about picnics and sunsets shared with family and friends. Join the City of West Torrens for great free entertainment and movies under starry skies, fun at the beach, or maybe you’d prefer to make a splash in the park? Everyone is welcome to join in the fun of City of West Torrens’ annual Summer Festival!

The 2020 program features 10 great events throughout January and February, with three shows especially made for children and their families. All Summer Festival events are family friendly and free entry.



The Big Wedgie

The Big Wedgie returns to West Beach Parks these School Holidays!

Open every day of the school holidays, The Big Wedgie has something that’s perfect for all ages and thrill-levels with 4 awesome inflatable waterslides:

  • The Big Wedgie – the world’s TALLEST and most EXTREME inflatable waterslide.
  • The Big Chucka – the most extreme slide (gives you an unimaginable wedgie) – returning for its second appearance in Adelaide!

And also coming along for the ride are smaller slides:

  • The Just Right Wedgie – perfect for those looking for a wedgie that’s not too big, not too small, but juuuuuust right!
  • The Little Wedgie – a mini-version of The Big Wedgie

Catch The Big Wedgie at West Beach Parks during the school holidays from Saturday 23 November 2019 until Sunday 9 February 2020.

Bonus Special Offer: All Play & Go readers get 10% off all online tickets to The Big Wedgie these Summer School Holidays! Simply use online code: PLAYANDGO when booking your tickets.  (Direct online ticket purchases only. Not valid with any other offer.)



SA Councils – Favourite SA Destination Competition

WIN a Weekend Escape at at a participating SA Council owned Caravan Park.

From the roads you drive on, to the parks your children play in, South Australian councils are part of your everyday.

South Australian councils invest millions of dollars each year in services and facilities that make everyday life in your community a little better. These services and facilities make your local community vibrant, clean and safe.

SA Councils is also offering you the chance to WIN a Weekend Escape at at a participating SA Council owned Caravan Park.  Simply tell SA Councils where your Favourite SA Holiday Destination is. 



  • Adelaide’s Moonlight Cinema | Details
  • Happy Birthday Play School | Celebrating 50 Years at the Maritime Museum | Details
  • Pick Your Own Cherries – Lennane Orchard | Details
  • Tarnanthi | Celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture | Details
  • Giant Ferris Wheel at Glenelg | Details
  • Stable Stars Program | Family Race Days | Details
  • Dogs: a story of our best friend | South Australian Museum | Details
  • Summer Sundays at Glenlea | Details
  • The Australian Ballet’s Storytime Ballet: The Nutcracker – Just for Kids | Details
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  • Copper Coast Splash Town | Details
  • Operation Ouch Live on Stage | Details



Experience AFL Max

AFL Max is the nation’s first immersive football skills facility, designed for today’s players, fans and families.

Get involved with the kids these school holidays, at AFL Max! Let them explore the Aerial Zone (trampolines), Climb Zone (rock climbing) and the Bump Zone (inflatable tackle course) designed by Rory Sloane. Then grab yourself a parent pass, where together, you can have a dob, work on your fundamental football skills and race each other using their draft testing equipment.

Purchase a 1hr or 2hr general admission ticket for your child and score a parent pass for half price – giving you access to the Skills, Interactive and Test & Tackle Zones, where you can hone your footy skills, together.

Or if you’re after a more relaxing experience while the kids play, head upstairs to the fully licensed café and enjoy a coffee, drink or meal, plus complimentary Wi-Fi, all whilst watching the kids in action.

AFL Max is open every day of the school holidays Monday – Sunday, 10am-6pm. Suitable for kids 5 years and up.



Australian Sports Camps

Australian Sports Camps will be running 3-day sports camps during the Summer school holidays.

Kids aged between 6 to 16 of all abilities will have fun, improve their game and their love for their chosen sport at these comprehensive programs. Kids can choose from Cricket, Soccer, Netball and Basketball and each program runs from 9am-3pm. There are also horse riding programs on offer.

**Special Offer – 25% Discount – Special offer for Play and Go readers: save 25% on ASC 3-day camps – use this coupon code: playandgosum20 when booking online.

Offer not available for partner programs including horse riding, please visit the website for more information.

Coaching Camps include:

  • Same coach for duration of the camp.
  • Structured and progressive programs.
  • Specialist coaches or guest sports stars including Jake Weatherald (Cricket Camp on 16,17,18 December 2019).
  • Written assessment report and certificate with photograph upon completion.

Westminster School, Marion – December 2019 | Seymour College, Glen Osmond – January 2020.

Visit the website to book an exciting ASC camp now, have fun and be fit, active and engaged these Summer holidays!



Bike About

Mountain Bike Shuttles

Join Bike About this school holidays for MTB Shuttle sessions. The sessions are 3 hrs of fun on your bike or if you don’t have one, Bike About can hire you one. This is mountain-biking at its best with an unlimited amount of runs and fun in 3 hrs on the trails. Suitable for ages 13 and up to explore the park trails.

  • Fox Creek Green Smoothie – Monday 16 to Tuesday 24 December 2019 | 9.30am to 12.30pm 
  • Cobblers Creek MTB Park  – Thursday 2 to Wednesday 8 January 2020 | 9.30am to 12.30pm 




Spring off the couch and into the circus!

Balance, coordination, strength, creativity and teamwork – put them all to the test during the Cirkidz School Holiday Program!

Come and try their popular sessions SOAR (trapeze, hoop, silks) and Off the Wall (tumbling, tramp and acro) or experience a variety of circus skills and challenges in one of their mixed bag sessions of Pick’n’Mix or Circus Smorgasbord. There is also  Parkour for kids aged 8-12.

Beginners welcome and no Cirkid is left behind. Cirkidz trainers and staff are all wonderful and your child will be supervised during all breaks and toilet trips. Bring a packed lunch if they are staying all day!

Jump and dance your way through the circus as you create awesome musical routines! Participants will learn a variety of circus skills and movement techniques, then put it all together with musical favourites. Circus, choreography and craziness all in one afternoon!

Click here to see the full holiday program.

Cirkidz | 27 Fifth St, Bowden | December 2019 & January 2020



Head for the Hills

School Holiday Mountain Biking Adventure

The program begins with a basic skills coaching session to teach participants the fundamental skills of mountain biking including body position and moving on the bike, braking technique, gear selection as well as other handy tips to help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Once everybody is comfortable and settled on the bikes, the adventure begins. A series of geocaches containing cleverly constructed cryptic clues are hidden all over the Craigburn Farm trail network. Participants work as a team using good old maps (not google-maps!) to find and decipher each clue, which hints to the next geocache’s secret location and the best trail to get there. Participants will cover over 12 kilometres of trail and climb around 300 vertical meters during their adventure. After all the geocaches have been found (approximately 4 hours in the park), riders will travel to the Blackwood Community Centre for some well-deserved rest as well as a bike maintenance workshop and more mountain biking activities.

Fun activities include:
• Skills Coaching with Tyson Schmidt (2017 & 2018 Australian Downhill World Championships Team Manager)
• Introductory trail ride
• Geocache Hunt by Bike
• Bike Maintenance Course
• Bike & Helmet Included

December 2019 & January 2020 | Drop-off at 9am on Craigburn Rd, Blackwood (map) | Pickup at 5pm at Blackwood Community Centre , 4 Young St Blackwood (map) | Ages 11 – 14 years



ICA Sportzworx Stepney

Join ICA Sportzworx Stepney for some school holiday fun. Come and play indoor sports at their popular school holiday clinics. Full day and morning sessions are available, both starting from 9.30am.

They provide a program full of fun indoor sports and games for the kids. This includes indoor cricket, soccer, netball and dodgeball plus much more. Kids are supervised at all times and they are within a safe indoor environment.  Their Junior Sport Coaches cater for kids of varying ages and skill level.

Group discounts are available to be shared amongst your family and friends. Plus, Lunch is provided for all kids.

Check out their website and booking form to view the available dates here.



Ingle Farm Recreation Centre

Ingle Farm Recreation Centre has a range of activities these Summer school holidays to choose from to keep the kids happy, active and entertained.

The options these school holidays include:

  • Public Roller Skating every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (including Monday 16 – Friday 20 December 2019)
  • Mega Kindigym – Wednesday 18 December 2019 (Christmas theme with a visit from Santa)* & Wednesday 15 January 2020 (Kung Fu Panda theme with a visit from Po!)* &  Wednesday 22 January 2020 (Lil Aussies theme)*
  • Learn to Skate – Friday 17 &  Wednesday 22 January 2020*
  • Squash Clinics*

*Bookings Required




Summer fun sorted at Latitude!

You’ve got all January to smash out sessions on over 100+ trampolines including performance tramps, dodgeball and basketball courts, climbing walls and wobbly pink poles, an 8m high obstacle course, a ninja warrior course and a dedicated Kids Zone for under 5’s. That’s a whole lot of fun all under one roof!

Why not make it a double session?! Score 2 hours for only $25 for the rest of the school holidays, daily from 3pm to flip your way through all the fun!

It’s not school holidays without a session or ten at Latitude Adelaide – Book now!



Ride-a-Bike Right

School Holiday Programs in December & January School Holidays

Ride-a-Bike Right has mastered the art of teaching anyone to ride a bike. Operating since 2011 they have taught thousands of kids the joys of bike riding. Your child can learn the skills too in a supportive environment that teaches children to ride a bike the right way.

Ride-a-Bike Right offers group learn to ride classes for children in Reception and older, as well as private lessons at times to suit your family. Bikes are provided for all lessons.

Group lessons consist of 3 x 1hour lessons over 3 days, (one hour each day). See the website link below to view lessons timetable

December Holiday Group Lessons will be held on Monday 16 – Wednesday 18 December, with private lessons also available in the holidays. The perfect time to learn before Christmas!



Woodhouse Activity Centre

‘DROP & GO’ DAY CAMPS – Kids only (13 days to choose from) 

You’ve asked for it and Woodhouse has delivered, having now extended their hugely popular ‘drop & go’ day camps to include THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS on top of the usual LAST 2 WEEKS OF SCHOOL HOLIDAYS! 

Wonder no more what you’re going to do with the kids while you’re finishing up work, present/food shopping, party planning  or simply winding down after a gigantic year – Woodhouse has you covered. Fair warning… these awesome days consistently book out – so don’t delay! Click here to view the program line-up.   

DAY ACTIVITY PASS AND CAMPING – Family Fun, open every day. Head in for the day, or pitch a tent and extend your stay! Just 10 minutes up the freeway, explore 54 hectares of gumtree-studded countryside with unlimited use of Woodhouse activities including:

  • 30+ obstacles on Challenge Hill
  • The Labyrinth – giant split level maze
  • 2 fast and furious Tube Slides (weekends only)
  • 9 ‘hole’ Disc Golf – like regular golf, but with a Frisbee!
  • 7 Orienteering courses


37 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly | Ph 8339 3333 | Email


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Adelaide Zoo & Monarto Safari Park

Go wild at Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park these school holidays!

At Monarto Safari Park your little ones will get to go on a journey to Africa.  Kids will get their own little passport and be able to collect stamps at all the wildlife viewing platforms.  Plus don’t forget, their Lions 360 and Giraffe Safari experiences are available every day and guaranteed to leave you in awe. Make sure to book in advance as spots are filling fast.

At Adelaide Zoo it’s all about fun and entertainment with the new Variety Children’s Zoo!  It’s just a hop, skip and jump from their Nature’s Playground and Wisteria Café so the kids can explore while you relax with a coffee.

Plus, with pop up activities across the holidays such as face painting & art and craft, the Amazing Drumming Monkeys (14 Jan) and a Silent Disco (22 Jan), your little ones are sure to have a pawtastic time at Adelaide Zoo!

And don’t forget bookings to their school holiday program ZOOcation Care are open now. Find out more here.

So bring your little animals to meet theirs these school holidays.  Follow their Facebook pages for all the updates.



School Holidays at Cleland Wildlife Park

Cleland Wildlife Park Pre-Christmas Wildification makes that to-do list possible

Don’t be that parent who spends Christmas Eve building the kids’ trampoline in the dark. Instead, why not take advantage of Cleland’s pre-Christmas full-day Wildification program and get that trampoline built early! Children aged 5-12 years will undertake a range of Christmas themed activities including feeding animals, games, crafts, keeper presentations and a special animal experience. Bookings essential.  Call 8130 9016 Monday to Friday to secure your spot. Places are limited.

Monday 16 – Friday 20 December 2019 | 9.30am – 3.30pm | Cost: $80.00 per child per day (plus park entry or proof of Cleland membership)

Lizards and Dragons!

These school holidays get up close and personal with some of Cleland’s “devils” “dragons” and other lovely lizard friends. Meet a spiny devil, or a bearded dragon, and see what the lace monitor is having for lunch! Take yourself on your own adventure with the Reptile Riddles self-guided trail around the park, and then get crafty at the kids craft corner in the Oceans to Outback Interpretive Centre.

Saturday 14 December 2019 – Thursday 16 January 2020 | Cleland Wildlife Park | Mount Lofty Summit Rd, Crafers



Hahndorf Farm Barn

Looking for some fun activities to enjoy with the kids in the beautiful Adelaide Hills these school holidays?

The Hahndorf Farm Barn is a unique blend of a children’s farmyard and wildlife park. You can hold, touch and feed most of their animals in complete safety and at your own comfort level. They pride themselves on providing the best school holiday activities in Adelaide!

There are many activities for kids at the farm – try your hand at milking a cow, take a pony ride, bottle feed baby lambs and hand feed the camels and donkeys to name a few.

You can easily spend hours here enjoying quality time with your family and friends. Enjoy playing in their new playground and sand pit too.

Hahndorf Farm Barn | 2282 Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf | Phone 8388 7289



Narnu Farm Stay

Narnu Farm is a family-friendly holiday destination on Hindmarsh Island – South Australia.

They have 7 self contained cottages and a large group Bunkhouse facility set in a spacious rural setting. When you arrive you will breath in the fresh country air, feel time slow down and throw routine out the window. Only one hour from the city you will feel like you are a world away making Narnu the perfect ‘staycation’. Kids can ride a horse, cuddle and feed gorgeous baby animals, collect eggs, get up close and personal with huge magnificent Clydesdales on the truck ride and even build their own fort. Narnu Farm is a memorable experience for the whole family and a little animal lovers paradise.

Narnu Farm is also the ideal base for all your summer fun activities and water sports on the south coast. Have the best of both worlds enjoying the unique magical atmosphere of Narnu Farm with its beautiful horses, friendly farm animals and room to move whilst also been able to get out and about with the kids enjoying the River Murray, the Coorong, local beaches and attractions such as the Cockle train and bike trails all just minutes away. 

1 Sidney Parade, Hindmarsh Island 




Adelaide Central Market

Big Market Adventures for Little Foodies is back at the Adelaide Central Market these school holidays!

The Market is a wonderful adventure for little ones, with all the sights, sounds and delicious smells to take in.  Go for breakfast or stop for lunch in between shopping for fresh, local produce.  From fruit and vegetables to an endless variety of cheeses, meats, seafood and bakery goods, there’s something for everyone.

♥  Free workshops in the Grote Street dining area:

  • Friday 10 January 2020 |   9:30am – 12pm – Market bag decorating
  • Friday 17 January 2020 |  9:30am – 12pm – Aboriginal Art workshop with artist Scott Rathman
  • Friday 24 January 2020 | 9:30am – 12pm – Eco crayon workshop

♥  Little Picassos Exhibition – brings together artworks by every student from Little Picassos Glenelg, Hyde Park, Magill and Woodcroft Studios.  The students worked around the theme of Christmas in Australia with over 450 children aged between 2 and 17 creating individual and group pieces, standing angels and ceramic gingerbread houses.  22 November 2019 – January 4 2020




Churchill Centre

Visit Churchill Centre this Christmas for all your holiday needs!

Plus…FREE Christmas Craft* 

Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 December 2019, 11am-2pm | Sunday 22 December 2019, 12pm-3pm.

*limited stock available per day.

And…Look out for Santa throughout the Centre or at the Little Chicago Express Santa Station!

Wednesday 18 December, 9:30am-11:30am | Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 December 2019, 11am-2pm | Sunday 22 December, 12pm-3pm 

PLUS, visit the GIANT Christmas tree! Adelaide’s largest, real, indoor tree!  And the Little Chicago Express, Adelaide’s largest and FREE indoor Shopping Centre playground! Located in the Food Court. Click here for playground opening hours.



  • The Glenelg Sunset Markets | Details
  • Make it Mine Markets | Henley Square Pavilion | Details
  • Semaphore Summer Twilight Markets | Details
  • Stirling Laneways | Adelaide Hills Market | Details


Want even more inspiration for the Summer School Holidays?

Click Here to take a look at our list of ideas for EVERY school holidays.

Why not check out some of Adelaide’s Top Tourist Attractionsor head to one of our favourite Parks & Playgrounds.

Remember, you can always check in with your Local Library (find yours here) or your Local Council (see our list) as most run special activities for children every school holidays – and many are inexpensive, or completely free!

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