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 planning a day in the city of Adelaide with kids and are looking for some family adventures, there are plenty of things to do for free.  From fabulous nature playspaces, beautiful parks and gardens to BMX bike tracks, galleries and museums, Adelaide is a very family friendly place to visit.  It’s also a very easy city to get around, with a free tram service within the city and also a free city bus.

From the heritage buildings along North Terrace to the playgrounds and bike tracks near South Terrace, there is something for all ages to enjoy.


The Riverbank along the River Torrens is a lovely space to explore with wide footpaths, grassy areas and plenty of birdlife.  Take a walk across the footbridge and take in the view of Adelaide Oval.  Wonder over to Elder Park and take a break under the Rotunda or let the kids run around on the grass.

Riverbank Precinct | King William Road, Adelaide

Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk Kintore Ave Adelaide


The boulevard along Kintore Avenue (just off North Terrace) is well worth a look to see the beautiful ANZAC Centenary Memorial Walk. Take the time to read the information displayed on the panels for a valuable history lesson.

ANZAC Centenary Memorial Walk | Kintore Avenue, Adelaide

state library mortlock library


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 along North Terrace.

State Library | North Terrace, Adelaide


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, (adj Morphett Street Bridge) Adelaide


SA Museum

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)



Adelaide Botanic Garden

The Adelaide Botanic Garden features an amazing range of plants and garden displays with wide open paths for easy access. Kids will love wandering through the enchanted Australian Forest, exploring the Bicentennial Conservatory, crossing the giant stones at the First Creek Wetlands area and racing leaves at the SA Water Mediterranean Garden.

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


Himeji Garden

The Himeji Garden is a tranquil Japanese inspired garden and a true oasis located at the southern edge of the city. Kids will enjoy exploring this unique, peaceful garden.

Himeji Garden | South Tce & Glen Osmond Rd, Adelaide


Marshmallow Playspace and Oxbow Playspace 

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


kurangga BMX bike track

Kurangga BMX Tracks

If your kids love bike riding, they will love the Kurangga Park BMX Bike Track. There are multiple tracks which cater for all ages and skill levels.

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


SAPOL Road Safety Centre

The SAPOL Road Safety Centre allows kids to ride their bikes along miniature roads complete with road signs and traffic lights. Entry is free. Bring your own bike and helmet.

SAPOL Road Safety Centre | Port Road, Adelaide (next to Thebarton Police Barracks & Bonython Park)

West Terrace Cemetery

South Australia’s oldest cemetery, 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.

G S Kingston Park | Wirrarninthi (Park 23)

Located along side West Terrace Cemetery, 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, animal sculptures and beautiful fauna and fauna to discover. 

Wirrarninthi (Park 23) | West Terrace, Adelaide

Bonython Park

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.

Bonython Park | Port Road, Adelaide (next to Thebarton Police Barracks & SAPOL Road Safety Centre)

More to discover in Adelaide:

Top Playspaces in the City of Adelaide

Adelaide Fringe Street Art Explosion Map

Adelaide Park Lands Trail – Walk or Ride around the City with Kids

things to do in Adelaide for families

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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