Children’s University | Adelaide Educational Experiences for Children

Children’s University Australia is an international partner of Children’s University Trust (UK) and managed by the University of Adelaide, South Australia.

The Children’s University concept is relatively simple: it offers superior educational experiences for children aged between 7 and 14 years and volunteering opportunities for 15-18 year olds outside of school and recognises their achievements through the award of formal certificates and graduations. The model leverages local educational and learning activity providers (including sports clubs, museums, galleries, school clubs) and has a strong emphasis on experience as a significant learning tool, acknowledging the value of the range of different learning experiences and environments in which children engage. All learning activities have a link in some way to a university course eg. Football club = sports engineering, physiotherapy, management, teaching, sciences etc.

Each child is issued with a Passport to Learning in which the hours of each validated activity are recorded. Once they have reached the required number of hours, children then graduate from the Children’s University. Certificates are presented at graduation ceremonies complete with Uni gowns.

Children’s University is child led, meaning that children choose what activities they would like to participate in, and participation occurs on a voluntary basis.

“You can learn anywhere.. not just in a classroom and you can learn from all sorts of people in all sorts of situations,” The Honourable Lea Stevens, Northern Connections.


Learning Destinations provide high quality learning activities and experiences with a ‘wow’ factor and have passed the Children’s University own quality assurance process, Planning for Learning. A Learning Destination can range from a museum to a farm to an airport to a corporate business or anything in between, as long as the activity connects with Children’s University learning and has realistic links to a university program. 

Learning Destinations can enrich communities and build valuable networks that help support children and their families in their educational journey. 

Click on each Learning Destination below for a Play & Go Review to find out more, and see what they have to offer:


Adelaide Fringe Festival – during The Fringe we publish many stories about shows, events and our own reviews.

Adelaide Kids Film Festival

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra – we regularly post about their concerts.

Science Alive!



Adelaide Hills

City of Adelaide

City of Burnside

  • City of Burnside Library

City of Campbelltown


City of Holdfast Bay

  • Brighton Football Club
  • Southern Districts Little Athletics

City of Marion

City of Playford


City of Port Adelaide Enfield






latitude adelaide bounce

City of Onkaparinga

  • City of Onkaparinga Libraries

City of Mitcham

  • Mitcham Library Service

City of Unley

  • City of Unley Library
  • State Swim School Unley


City of Salisbury



City of Tea Tree Gully

  • Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum

Charles Sturt Council

For more information and all enquiries please visit the Children’s University website.

What:  Children’s University – Adelaide Educational Experiences for Children

When  All Year

Where:   Adelaide, South Australia

Who  7-14 year olds

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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