Family Fun Activities in Adelaide during the September/October School Holidays – Spring 2020
Your guide to all the best activities & ideas in Adelaide for the School Holidays.
South Australian Spring School Holidays: Saturday 26 September – Sunday 11 October 2020
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 Spring Holiday Guide featuring some of the most popular, and some not-so-well-known activities on offer.
As we all know, this year has seen a lot of restrictions placed on events and venues, so please check the booking requirements carefully and book in early to avoid missing out.
Adelaide Aquatic Centre
With the weather warming up, Adelaide Aquatic Centre is the perfect place to cool down these school holidays.
Open 7 days a week, your little one can enjoy the play spaces, fountains, and shallow water of the family leisure pool, while the older kids take the plunge in the lap and dive pools. It’s heated and undercover, so it’s perfect no matter what the weather is like.
Plus, they’ll stay fit, healthy, and active all holiday – while having lots of fun.
Located in the Adelaide Park Lands, just a few minutes north of the city, the Adelaide Aquatic Centre is a great place for families to visit.
91-Storey Treehouse – Adelaide Festival Centre
Join Andy and Terry in the Treehouse and share the fun with your family LIVE on stage these school holidays!
Andy and Terry’s Treehouse has reached an amazing 91 Stories! It’s now more fantastically dangerous than ever, with a deserted desert island, a whirlpool, and a giant spider! But Andy, Terry and Jill have no idea they’re about to face their biggest challenge yet! Mr Big Nose has sent his grandchildren to the Treehouse, and they don’t want to just sit quietly.
Can Andy, Terry & Jill master this extreme babysitting challenge? What does mysterious fortune teller Madam Know-It-All really want? And will the Big Red Button really destroy the world?
The team behind the 13-, 26-, 52- and 78-Storey Treehouses Live on Stage return with a fantastical trip through this wild, weird and wonderful world for children 6-12 and their adults. Just beware of the Fortune Teller…
Adelaide Gaol Escape Trail
Are you smarter than the Adelaide Gaol guards?
These school holidays you can help the naughty prisoners solve the puzzle and escape the walls – just like the real-life stories of backflipping circus performers and crafty painters making their own guard uniforms who all thought their ideas would lead to freedom.
Wind your way through one of Adelaide’s oldest buildings in this hide-and-seek game steeped in history.
This word-scramble escape trail has been designed for 5-12 year olds, although younger children might require assistance. We recommend allowing up to an hour to complete the trail. Bookings are not required and this activity is free with entry.
Adelaide Zoo & Monarto Safari Park
Nature Craft – get outdoors and get crafty at Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park.
Your little ones will have a wild time exploring the animals on their Nature Crafts adventure trail, collecting items as they go to build their own Wild Animals. Submit a photo of your little ones creation for the chance to win a ‘Your Wild Books Play Pack’.
Plus, get some great tips from SA Water on keeping your house and garden cool and learn how recycled water is used to create green public spaces around Adelaide.
Free for members and included with zoo entry, but remember, all visitors must still pre-book a date-specific ticket online prior to visiting. BOOK HERE for Adelaide Zoo or BOOK HERE for Monarto Safari Park.
Plus, join as a Zoos SA member before Sunday, 11 October 2020, and they’ll waive the joining fee! Join online HERE or use the promo code CM-SPRING20 at checkout.
See if you’ve got what it takes to be Australia’s next Ninja Warrior.
With 3 Ninja courses designed to test kids from 4yrs and up, they are bound to have a great time testing their ninja skills with loads of obstacles to climb, swing and jump through.
Open 7 Days a week during the school holidays | Monday-Friday | 10am – 6:30pm & Saturday/Sunday | 10am-4:30pm.
Sessions are only $16.90 for a 90minute session.
Bookings are essential.
Bay City Rolling
Bay City Rolling is a new event debuting in Glenelg for the October school holidays.
Strap on your skates and roll under an opened marquee with views of the beach. A great affordable family experience for all ages and three weekends of roller-disco fun.
City of Adelaide
Free self-guided city trails.
Embark on an adventure along Adelaide’s awesome trails. Go at your own pace and follow a trail through the city to discover hidden street art, the city’s most underrated food, secret gardens and historic buildings.
Take your pick from the City of Adelaide’s massive collection of free self-guided trails including walking trails, food and drink trails, nature trails, cycling trails and more.
Swim with wild dolphins or just watch
Dolphins are one of the Earth’s most fascinating and curious creatures and Temptation offers you this amazing opportunity to encounter Adelaide’s dolphins in the wild, something that you will remember forever.
You can sit at the front of Temptation and enjoy the 360-degree view or walk around the boat watching the dolphins play only a few feet away from you and your camera. For the more adventurous, don a wetsuit and get into the water with them, the recently launched ‘Front Swim Experience’ is an experience you don’t want to miss, with wild dolphins within arm’s length, playing and frolicking on the bow of Temptation.
On the Adelaide dolphin cruise, Temptation average 40+ dolphins per trip and on some trips they see over 200 dolphins. Because there are so many dolphins along Adelaide’s coastline they guarantee you will see dolphins on this tour or you will get a full refund (this is for direct bookings only).
Dolphin Sanctuary Kayak Tours
The Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary is the hub of marine adventure.
Take a guided tour through some of SA’s most beautiful waters, enabling you to get up close and personal with one of the oceans most playful and friendly creatures.
In the marine park, visitors have the opportunity to kayak amongst more than 30 Bottlenose dolphins, and 300 other dolphin visitors that consistently come and go. You can watch them peacefully socialise, feed, play and nurse their young in their very own environment for an immersive and educational experience.
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 playground and sandpit too.
Hahndorf Farm Barn | 2282 Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf | Phone 8388 7289
Mega Adventure is Australia’s most iconic aerial adventure park, located at West Beach in Adelaide.
There’s aerial adventures, obstacles and fun for all ages, plus amazing views over the coastline.
Mega Climb – With over 70 obstacles available for you to tackle at your own level and speed, the MegaClimb is perfect for anyone wanting a stimulating experience.
MegaJump – For those who are up for the ultimate challenge, you can take a leap of faith from the MegaJump.
Giant Swing – After being strapped into your seat on the ground, you’ll be slowly lifted to 18m high where you can take a quick look around – revel in the views of the ocean and the beautiful Adelaide .coastline.
Kids Course – Little ones not ready to tackle the iconic MegaClimb? Test their metal with the new Kids Course! With ten exciting challenges finishing with a thrilling Zip line, the mini course is the perfect way to tire out little monkeys. Ideally located next to Mega Adventure’s Cafe, you will be able to encourage them from the ground while enjoying a cup of their shockingly good coffee.
4 Hamra Ave, West Beach | Ph 1300 634 269
These school holidays at the Migration Museum you will be able to visit the British Migrants exhibition before it finishes in November.
Developed by Museums Victoria, British Migrants features stories told by children, teenagers and families, amongst others – all brought to life through compelling digital animation.
This September you will also be able to check out the new exhibition, Expressing Ourselves: Being Deaf in South Australia. What is it like to be Deaf today? What was it like 50, 100 or 150 years ago? Learn about Auslan and the ways Deaf South Australians create and experience our unique culture. Join us as we share stories of deaf South Australians from the past, meet those living in the present, and look at where Deaf life is headed in the future.
Admission is FREE
Migration Museum | 82 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide | Ph 8207 7580 or Email: email@example.com
Mount Lofty Adventure Hub
The Mount Lofty Adventure Hub, based in the gorgeous forest lands of Woodhouse Activity Centre, is open for mid-week sessions as well as weekends this school holidays!
Their Rock Climbing, Abseiling and Zipline experience is a must try, including a 15-metre rock climbing wall and 324m forest zipline (SA’s longest!).
Looking for a group activity? You can book a special party or group day out and take advantage of the FULL RANGE of activities at the Adventure Hub. Why not get together and test yourselves on the High Ropes Challenge Course, dare to take the ‘Leap of Faith’ trapeze or experience the thrill of their 3-person 18 metre Mega Swing!
Mount Lofty Adventure Hub | Ph: 08 8165 2033
National Motor Museum
The National Motor Museum is a favourite for kids and parents alike, with a huge display of iconic vintage vehicles, interactive displays and gorgeous grounds for a picnic in the Springtime sun.
The museum’s famous annual event the Bay to Birdwood is on at the start of the holidays and for the first time ever will be live-streamed. The special 40th anniversary of the Bay to Birdwood will celebrate all decades of motoring history. Gather some friends to watch online on 27 September. You can also download an activity sheet from the Children’s University website for the little ones to watch, learn and engage.
Zoom in to Australia’s favourite Motor Museum these school holidays.
National Motor Museum | Shannon Street, Birdwood | Ph: 8568 4000 | E. firstname.lastname@example.org
National Railway Museum
Visit the largest undercover railway museum in Australia!
Train rides included in the admission!
Heaps of things to do, look at and explore – including carriages, steam engines and diesels and a huge model railway display.
Great value for all the family.
Cost: Family $36 (2 adults and up to 3 children) | Adult $15 | Concession $9 | Child $6 (5 – 15yrs) | Under 5 yrs FREE
76 Lipson Street Port Adelaide | Open 10am to 4.30pm every day.
South Australian Maritime Museum
Take a cardboard box, a paper hat, a whole lot of imagination, and you can be sailing the high seas, tackling mythical sea creatures as an explorer, a pirate or the captain of your own ship.
This is the kind of creative learning and fun that the iconic Australian TV show Play School has offered for more than fifty years. To celebrate, a landmark exhibition marking the program’s milestone 50th birthday is on display at the Maritime Museum in Port Adelaide. It’s the exhibition that brings all your childhood memories alive!
This nostalgic exhibition has been a favourite for families this year, and now has been extended through to January! Come and visit or re-visit Big Ted, Little Ted and Jemima and all your other favourites these school holidays.
Book online and save 25% on your entry to the museum.
SA Maritime Museum | 126 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide | Ph: 8207 6255 | E. email@example.com
South Australian Museum
Go wild at the South Australian Museum these school holidays.
Take your family on a journey through the natural world with awe-inspiring images by professional, emerging and junior photographers, who have shown impeccable patience, artistry and technique to capture incredible moments in time.
This exhibition is one for all the family, and allows us to explore the beauty and wonder of the animals, plants and landscapes of our own backyard. These images provoke us to explore and understand the changing nature of our environment and appreciate the world that surrounds us.
Kids under 13 years enter for free (terms and conditions apply).
TreeClimb Adelaide is Australia’s first inner-city aerial adventure park.
TreeClimb has 3 children’s courses with 21 tree-top activities ending in a zip-line to encourage them back to the ground.
Every climber has a different ability and TreeClimb staff are trained to help kids navigate the course, build confidence and develop new skills, all while having a great adventure in the Adelaide CBD.
With school holidays just around the corner, head to the website to check out session times and availability and to make a booking.
Grug – Windmill Theatre Co
Based on Ted Prior’s beloved picture-book character, Windmill Theatre Company’s award-winning production of Grug returns to Adelaide for a strictly limited season.
Fun and full of energy, don’t miss your chance to catch an Australian icon live on stage these school holidays.
Grug | Tuesday 6 – Sunday 18 October 2020 | Adelaide Festival Centre | King William St, Adelaide
Want even more inspiration for the Spring 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 Attractions or 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!
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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