Best Ideas for Free Family Fun in the City of Adelaide

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Best ideas for a day of free family fun in the city.

If you are headed to the City of Adelaide for the day and you are looking some free family adventures, there are plenty of places to visit from nature playspaces, parks and gardens to bike tracks and museums.

Marshmallow Playspace and Oxbow Playspace 

Updated only last year, the Pityarilla Activity Hub has a renewed creek bed, water play area and a slide which is great news for adventurous kids. The area is fully fenced with shelter and picnic tables, access to BBQs and toilets plus a half basketball court and tennis court. There are swings, slides and a sandpit plus large wooden climbing frames, boulder island and stepping stones.

Pelzer Park / Pityarilla (Park 19) |  Off northern end of Glen Osmond Road



MOD. at the University of South Australia is a futuristic museum of discovery with seven interactive gallery areas and seasonal exhibitions. Designed for older kids (15+), MOD. aims to teach and inspire young adults about science and technology.  Entry is free.

MOD | North Terrace, adjacent Morphett Street Bridge, Adelaide


South Australian Museum

With a series of exhibitions throughout the year, fun school holiday activities and some old favourite exhibits like the giant squid, the South Australian Museum is a great place to visit. Entry is free (except for special exhibitions). 

SA Museum | North Terrace, Adelaide (located between the State Library and Art Gallery)

SA Museum

Adelaide Botanic Garden

The Adelaide Botanic Garden features an amazing range of garden displays. Kids will love wandering through the enchanted Australian Forest, crossing the giant stones at the First Creek Wetland Area, having leaf races at the SA water Mediterranean Garden,  imagining they are walking through a rainforest inside the Bicentennial Conservatory and watching the ducks in the lake.

North Terrace, Adelaide | enter via North Terrace or Plane Tree Drive


Himeji Garden

This tranquil garden really is an oasis at the edge of the city. Kids will enjoy exploring this unique garden.

South Tce & Glen Osmond Rd, Adelaide

Kurangga BMX Tracks

If your kids love bike riding, they will love the newly updated BMX park. There are multiple tracks which cater for all skill levels. Read more here.

Kurangga (Park 20) | Corner of Greenhill and Unley Roads

kurangga BMX bike track


Road Safety Centre

The Road Safety Centre allows kids to ride their bikes along tracks which resemble roads and are complete with road signs and traffic lights. Entrance is free. Bring your own bike and helmet.

West Terrace Cemetery

You may not have thought about exploring here, but the West Terrace Cemetery has an intriguing history dating back to the European settlement of South Australia. You can take a self-guided tour through the Heritage Highlights Interpretive Trail or book a free tour and discover the graves of historical SA figures.

West Park Lands | Wirrarninthi (Park 23)

Take a one-hour walk around Wirrarninthi and follow the Wirranendi Interpretive Trail which explores themes around earth, wind, water and fire. There is a wetland, sculptures and beautiful fauna and fauna to discover. 

Bonython Park  (Tulya Wardli) 

Explore Bonython Park which features an amazing nature playground plus water play area. While you are there, take the kids to explore the Bunyip Trail. The Bunyip Trail booklet can be downloaded online. This is a fun activity to do as a family.

red-haired girl looking at Bunyip Trail sign

Bonython Park

Spot the Leafies

Kids will love trying to spot the ‘Leafies’ around the city. These plant sculptures, born from autumn leaves, appearing as little humans, will pop up in different places around the city. The Leafies have been enjoying some time at WOMAD and will eventually appear at Adelaide’s original meeting place of the Kaurna people, Tarntanyangga / Victoria Square. These lovely creatures have been made by local art students from Adelaide School of Art with creative direction by Le Phun.


Fun for a Fee

The Shadow Initiation – SA Museum

Covering the majority of the Museum’s permanent displays, The Shadow Initiation is a digital adventure game that will encourage you to see your favourite Museum galleries and objects in a new light. The aim of the game is to work with family and friends to accrue as many points as possible by completing challenges and discovering hidden objects from the Museum’s archives and collections.

Taking place on a tablet, up to four people can play at one time. With over 40 challenges to choose from and one hour on the clock, players work their way through the Museum, strategically selecting which challenges to accept and trying to complete as many as possible within the allocated time.

North Terrace, Adelaide | located between the State Library and Art Gallery


Adelaide Zoo

The Adelaide Zoo features a Children’s Zoo, an amazing nature playground and a huge range of beloved zoo animals including birds, tigers, lions, frogs, snakes, meerkats and more. Plus it’s the only zoo in Australia where you can see Giant Pandas – Wang Wang & Fu Ni.

Frome Road, Adelaide


Nature's Playground Adelaide Zoo slide


Here is a list of the Top Playspaces in the City of Adelaide


For more information and all enquiries please visit the City of Adelaide

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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