Adelaide School Holiday Guide | Best Ideas for July School Holidays | Winter 2018

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Adelaide School Holidays – July 2018

Find all the best activities & ideas for the Adelaide July Winter School Holidays.

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. There are venues all over Adelaide that offer vacation care programs, workshops, clinics, classes and activities for the kids, plus there are plenty of fun things to do together as a family.

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 Winter Holidays 2018 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.









Australian Sports Camps

Australian Sports Camps have run camps for over 35 years and provide the best sports coaching for boys and girls of all standards.

ASC programs are skills-based, interactive and fun, to ensure that participants improve their game and their love for their chosen sport. ASC 3-day camps will feature elite players and guest coaches.

Join ASC for an invaluable sports camp experience and improve your playing ability with their structured and progressive programs including specialist coaching sessions. The programs cater for 6-16-year olds of all playing abilities and each program runs from 9am-3pm daily.

ASC are offering camps during the school holidays in Basketball, Netball, Soccer and AFL Football at Westminster School, Marion on 11, 12 and 13 July 2018. Also, ASC have partnered with the amazing Megan Jones Riding School to offer Horse Riding programs in Hahndorf (1-5-day options available). Visit the website to book an exciting ASC camp or partner program now, have fun and be fit, active and engaged these winter holidays!

Special offer for Play & Go readers: save 20% on ASC 3-day camps – use this coupon code: playandgowin18 when booking online. Cost $236 for three days instead of $295. Offer not available for horse riding, please visit the website for more information.




Spend the day with Cirkidz and give circus a go!

The SA Circus Centre, the Home of Cirkidz, runs holiday programs that are built with a focus on friendship, mindfulness, safe risk-taking, inclusion and social interaction. They are also reflective of the Future of Work requirements which predict the creative and strategic learning and thinking skills that our young people will require to be successful in the future. So basically, what Cirkidz are saying is YES circus is really fun, but it’s also very beneficial for your family.

This not-for-profit arts organisation runs regular holiday programs for children aged 5 to 12 years of age. They were founded in 1985 to provide meaningful recreation and community engagement opportunities for disadvantaged youth in Adelaide’s inner west. 35 years later they are still empowering people of all ages by enhancing their social, physical and creative development through value-based training, community building, youth development and a lot of fun!  CLICK HERE FOR FOR THE FULL PROGRAM 



Erin Bell Netball – July School Holiday Clinics

So many choices for July Clinics – Glenelg, Unley, Golden Grove, Campbelltown, and Kadina!

  • Golden Grove (Golden Grove Rec Centre) | Monday 9 July 2018 | Erin will be visiting the Golden Grove Clinic these holidays –go and say Hi!!
  • Unley (Unley High School) | Thursday 12 July 2018
  • Campbelltown (The ARC) | Monday 16 July 2018
  • Glenelg (Immanuel College) | Tuesday 17 July 2018

All clinics are full day (9am- 4pm) and have a variety of activities to keep everyone smiling including:
– Skills, Match Play, Game Sense, Nutrition, Inspirational Hero Talk.  Don’t forget their sibling discount – save $25

Clinics inspire, educate and motivate in a super fun environment! High-quality coaching teamed with nutrition, fitness and team-work. Clinics are created to suit all stages from the basics to extending your skills to the next level and their experienced coaches give expert tips to help advance your play. Through netball they motivate and inspire netballers to reach their potential!



Ingle Farm Recreation Centre


Ingle Farm Recreation Centre has a range of activities these July 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
  • Mega Kindigym Friday 13* & Wednesday 18* July 2018 | July Paw Patrol themed (Suitable for ages between 1 and 5 years old)*
  • Learn to Skate Friday 13* & Friday 20 July 2018*
  • Netskillz Clinic Monday 16 July 2018*
  • Aussie Hoops Clinic Friday 20 July 2018*
  • Squash Clinics*

*Bookings Required




Turn Up the Heat with a Jam-Packed Session at Latitude!

Don’t just escape the chill during the winter school holidays, turn up the heat with a jam-packed session at Latitude. Once you lay your eyes on the huge activity floor, you won’t know where to turn to first. Latitude boasts over an acre of state-of-the-art activities including interconnected trampolines for bouncing until you drop, dodgeball and basketball courts for competitive fun, plus a sky-high obstacle course, rock climbing and a bungee tower that will send you on a massive high, long after you conquer them – and this is only scratching the surface of what Latitude is throwing down for us!

  • BOUNCE – 100+ trampolines, dodgeball & basketball courts, plus a giant air-bag.
  • CLIMB – 180+ metres of climbing fun – just don’t look down.
  • FLY – Performance tramps will have you flipping, twisting and turning like never before.
  • KIDS ZONE – Dedicated to kids 18mths-5 years looking for big adventure.
  • BASECAMP café – Take a break, refuel and catch up with friends.

Latitude is open from 10am every day. It’s a buzzing hotspot during the holidays so make sure you book online to secure your spot. Arrive nice and early to get checked in and ready to hit the floor on time, and please remember you will need closed toe shoes to climb!

Don’t miss Latitude’s school holiday special: 2 hours for just $25 every day after 3pm!


Mega Courts Indoor Sports 

MEGA COURTS INDOOR SPORTS now have SPECIAL OPZ Next Generation Laser Tag.

Special Opz indoor and outdoor Laser Tag utilises next-generation modern laser guns. Enjoy a real-life Fortnite adventure with the latest technology including real-time mobile updates and statistics, upgrades, level ups, and customisable rewards. World leading laser guns – straight out of the USA!

MEGA COURTS Indoor Sports Centre is located in Windsor Gardens (only a 5-minute drive from the CBD) and has over 5000m2 of Courts and facilities. Their premier centre proudly boasts 4 Mega Sized Courts, 2 x Standard Indoor Courts, a Gym & Fitness Centre, Inflatable Fun Zone plus a Cafe’ – perfect for all indoor sports, recreational activities and MEGAFUN!

Their MEGA INFLATABLE FUN ZONE is open all School Holidays and includes a Commando Course. Test your skills with your friends! Jumping castles, mazes, basketball and soccer skill shots, all under the one roof.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK or PHONE 8336 2240            FACEBOOK


Nature Play SA – Cubby Town

It’s back! Nature Play SA and National Parks South Australia are teaming up again for their 4th Cubby Town event in Belair National Park this winter.

There’ll be cubby building, wattle and eucalypt crown making, low ropes, guided walks with National Parks SA Rangers, bell tents for reading and natural loose parts play, along with as much free play as your nature players can handle in the Adventure Playground and wild surrounds.

Tickets are strictly limited for each day of the event and bookings are essential.

Cost: $10 per child | $5 per adult per day (plus Eventbrite fees) | Children under 12 months free. National Park entry is covered with tickets

Bring your picnic rugs, hot thermos, and winter warms and be part of the magic of Cubby Town 2018! 

***Editors note: Tuesday 17 event cancelled due to severe weather. Tickets still available for Wednesday 18 July 2018***




Pumpt is Adelaide’s indoor BMX, scooter and skate park,  great for all weather.

You can ride the pump tracks, challenge your best speed time, scooter or skate the half pipes, rip out tricks on the airbag,  shop at The Store and eat and drink at the Boneshaker Cafe all year round.

Open all school holidays | Monday – Sunday | 10am-6pm  | 221 Marion Rd, Marleston



Ride-a-Bike Right

School Holiday Programs

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 the right way.

Ride-a-Bike Right offer group learn to ride lessons for children 5 years and older, as well as private lessons at times that suit your family.  Bikes are provided for all lessons.

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



SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre

Active Kids Holiday Fun is a great program offered at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre which provides children with fun activities on both dry land and in the water.

Let the kids have fun with crafts, games, cooking and more while you enjoy 3 hours either within the centre or at local amenities.

Week 1: Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11 &  Thursday 12 July 2018 | 9am – 12pm | Aquatic Activity, Games and Craft
Week 2: Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18 & Thursday 19 July 2018 | 9am – 12pm | Aquatic Activity, Games and Craft

Cost:  Members – $10.00 | Members also using Creche – $7.00 | Casuals – $20.00

Limited spaces available. Registrations close 48 hours prior to the program date.



Simply Football

Get active and into the World Cup spirit with Simply Football’s Street Soccer Tournament! 

Use your soccer skills in a Street Soccer 4-a-side Tournament! This NEW and EXCITING format of futsal uses the rules from the Red Bull NEYMAR Jnr tournaments held worldwide! Simply Football’s tournament will be held at MEGA Courts, Adelaide’s newest State of the Art Indoor sporting complex. Just get 3 of your friends together to form a team!

Friday 13 July 2018 | 10:00am to 1:00pm | Cost: $30 / player


AUTISM Friendly program

Simply Football’s 2-week soccer program has been designed especially for children on the ASD spectrum. Suitable for children aged from 4 to 14 years and inclusive of ALL ability levels!

Monday 9 & 16 July 2018 |  Cost: $30 


Wilderness Escape Outdoor Adventures

Wilderness Escape Outdoor Adventure School Holiday Programs

Wilderness Escape Outdoor Adventure’s July school holiday programs are an excellent opportunity for children to get outdoors and make the most of their time off. Multiple day programs are available with activities such as rock climbing and mountain biking, family high adventure, adventure ropes, junior explorer and park day, high adventure day and an exciting Duke of Edinburgh 2 day camp.



Wild Imagination

Outdoor Nature Play Vacation Care and Family Fun Events

Wild Imagination makes it easy to bring more nature and more play into our lives. They have both days for parents to attend with their children and get amongst the fun, as well as the full day drop and go sessions for those who need all day care

This Winter, Wild Imagination will be having a FIRE PIT and toasting marshmallows and making damper! Yippee!

What do they do there? You’ll be spoilt for choice with something for all ages and abilities…

  • Water play – including building waterfalls and ‘creeks’ with beautifully hand-crafted wood logs, plus potion-making with flowers, herbs and spices.
  • Mud play – including mud kitchens and a large mud pit.
  • Nature crafts – including clay play, paint and paintbrush making, stick craft, dream catchers and so much more!
  • Loose parts play – in the growing ‘Inventors Playground’!
  • Bush cubby building – including knot tying and construction techniques.
  • Lots more outdoor fun – including tree climbing, bug and bird watching and more.

Location: Bonython Park, right near the playground. The location is securely fenced and quality toilets are brought in (no portaloos)!

Dates:  Saturday 7  to Monday 9 July & Friday 13 to Sunday 15 July 2018



Woodhouse Activity Centre

School Holidays UNPLUGGED – Drop & Go Day Camps

Gotta work or just need some ‘me time’ these school holidays? Woodhouse ‘drop & go’ day camps, designed for 5-15 year olds, are fully facilitated and catered – and offer a different theme each day, so you can book for 1 day or all 10!

Choose from the 10 activity themes listed below:

  • X marks the spot on the TREASURE HUNT
  • Take a hike on the ADVENTURERS TRAIL
  • Discover which colour slime is best at WEIRD SCIENCE
  • Hauntingly good fun at WICKEDLY WOODHOUSE
  • Laser Skirmish and wide games on WOODHOUSE GAMES
  • Build something epic at UNDER CONSTRUCTION
  • Cook on fire, Trangias and solid fuel stoves in MASTER CHEF
  • Prove ‘whodunnit’ in CRIME CRACKERS
  • Humpy building and campfire cooking on ULTIMATE SURVIVOR

To secure your child’s place, phone 8339 3333 during office hours or book online.

Woodhouse Activity Centre | 37 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly



  • Gillespie Sports Vacation Coaching Clinics | Details
  • INEA YMCA @ Walkerville | School Holiday Program | Details
  • Road & Cycle Safety Centre | Road Safety Education Lessons | Ridgehaven | Details
  • Tiger Tennis | School Holiday Clinics | Details

Adelaide & Monarto Zoos

Join the Adelaide and Monarto Zoos this July school holidays as they celebrate NAIDOC week.

Kids can spend their school holidays learning all about the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through a bunch of exciting and interactive activities at both Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Zoo.  Dance with the Tal-Kin-Jeri dance group, delve into the world of traditional Aboriginal carving and painting and admire some stunning animal artworks featured throughout the program.  Kids can also learn about some very special native Australian animals including emus, koalas, pelicans, pythons and wallabies.

If that’s not enough, your little ones can get stuck into activity booklets filled with unique designs prepared by Ngarrindjeri artist Jordan Lovegrove as well as nature theatre and free flight shows based on popular dreaming stories. The live presentations will also include artwork developed onsite at Adelaide Zoo by Kylee Goldsmith who is of Narungga and Kaurna descent.

So join in this school holidays for two weeks of cultural celebration and fun from 7-22 July, plus of course the popular Zoocation Care program for 5-12 year olds will run from 9-20 July (weekdays).

Adelaide Zoo | Frome Road, Adelaide | phone 8267 3255


Goolwa Animal Farm


At the Goolwa Animal Farm, from 10am to 4pm every day throughout the school holidays, you can feed the goats, lambs, chooks, emus and lots of other animals.

Children can interact with small animals in the barn and meet the rescue joeys, visit the newly hatched babies, look in on the mini-pigs, have a chat with their cocky and galahs, feed the donkeys or sheep in their paddocks. Take a free trailer ride too! The ever popular pony rides will also be available every day, subject to the weather, (be sure to book on arrival).

Why not enjoy a coffee and snack in the café too at Animal Farm Goolwa. Admission is just $8 per child and $10 per adult. Pony rides $5.

It’s a wonderful day out for the whole family.

Located next to Goolwa Airport on Airport Road (see Google here for directions) |  Phone: 0451 502 858.



Hahndorf Farm Barn

Easter School Holidays Adelaide 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


Warrawong Sanctuary

Junior Keeper Experience at Warrawong Sanctuary

Experience the life of a professional keeper for a day! From 10am until 3pm, budding keepers will get up close and personal with Warrawong’s collection of Gliders, Possums, Kangaroos, Pythons, Parrots. and more. They’ll also feed and observe the free-roaming animals of the Sanctuary, like the elusive platypus. Junior Keepers will work side-by-side with qualified, experienced professionals and learn about animal husbandry, feeding, animal handling, captive breeding, and experience what it takes to look after a Wildlife Sanctuary. There’s even time for a few selfies with the animals.

The Junior Keeper Experience is available to children aged 6-16. It kicks off these school holidays and is available any day of the year (excluding Christmas and Boxing Day), as long as there are 2 children booked. What’s more, places are limited to 5 Junior Keepers, so everyone gets the most from their hands on experience. In addition, every Junior Keeper takes home a t-shirt, cap, participation certificate, and a million memories. It’s educational, it’s entertaining. Now that’s “edu-tainment”!

EDITOR’S NOTE: All Junior Keeper Exprience places are SOLD OUT.  Warrawong are offering “Sneak Peek” Tours and family activities. Exclusive, behind the scenes tour, hosted by co-owner David Cobbold, native animal origami activity, and bird friendly gardening activity.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS


  • Four Oaks Farm Visits | School Holiday 2 hour sessions | Details
  • Raptor Domain | Kangaroo Island Birds of Prey | Details
  • The Big Duck Boat Tours | Wildlife Watching | Details
  • Urimbirra Open Range Wildlife Park | Details

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Adelaide Botanic Garden

Adelaide Botanic Garden July 2018 School Holiday Program

Get set for fun times and cool creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden in July, as their  bumper School Holiday Program returns for 5-12 year olds.

Activities have been designed to promote fun, hands-on learning about plants, people and the environment, and parents are encouraged to book early – spots will sell out!  Prices range from FREE to $20, with running times between 1-1.5 hours. Some activities are tailored for specific age groups – check carefully whether your child is suited to each activity.

  • Tuesday 10 July 2018  |  Prof Flint’s Flossil Making & Discovery Adventure
  • Wednesday 11 July 2018  |  Prof Flint’s Flossil Making & Discovery Adventure
  • Thursday 12 July 2018  |  Dreaming Story Telling & Garden Critters
  • Tuesday 17 July 2018  |  Wonderful World of Compost & Making Fire, Making Glue
  • Thursday 19 July 2018  |  Wonderful World of Compost & Garden Critters



Adelaide Central Market

Spring School Holiday fun at the Adelaide Central Market

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

Help your little one discover the colour, fun and excitement of the Market these school holidays! You can’t beat the ever popular Market Trail for fun and value at just $9, or Little Market Chefs with Sprout Cooking for just $18! Or enjoy free activities including cupcake decorating for Bastille Day, Eco Crayon workshop and the Big Balloon Giveaway! There’s also cooking demonstrations with Le Cordon Bleu and the Australian Mushroom Growers for some cooking inspiration!

♠  Little Market Chefs – (5–12 years)  |  Tuesday 10 July, Thursday 12 July, Tuesday 17 July & Thursday 19 July at 9.30am, 11.30am & 1.30pm.  BOOK HERE

♠  Market Trail – (4+ years)  |  Collect your map from the registration desk located in the Gouger Dining area (across from Providore and Lucia’s).  Tuesday 10 July, Thursday 12 July and Friday 13 July from 9am to 1pm and Tuesday 17 July, Thursday 19 July and Friday 20 July from 9am to 1pm (self guided).  BOOK HERE

♠  Cupcake Decorating – FREE (all ages)  |  Grote Street Dining Area on Friday 13 July 2018 – 9.30am – 12pm.  Help your little one find their inner French with free cupcake decorating workshop for Bastille Day.

♠  Eco Crayon Workshop – FREE (4+)  |  Grote Street Dining Area on Friday 20 July – 9.30am – 12pm.  Help your little one discover their inner artist with our Eco Crayon workshop, with placemat making for older children and playdough for the younger ones.

♠  Big Balloon Giveaway – FREE (all ages)  |  Friday 13 July, Saturday 14 July and Friday 20 July from 10am each day.

Adelaide Central Market  |  44-60 Gouger Street, Adelaide



Adelaide Planetarium

Venture into space these school holidays

Adventure and entertainment await at the Adelaide Planetarium.  Families are invited 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 new movie, Cosmic Collisions.  There is something for all ages.

Tuesday 10 & 17, Wednesday 11 & 18, Thursday 12, July 2018 | Cost $9 per person | bookings essential

Plus, the Planetarium and SciWorld have teamed up again this winter to offer some exciting shows and workshops!



Arts at Carclew 

Carclew Explore Arts July school holiday program

Carclew’s school holiday program offers full day and half-day creative activities for kids aged 5 – 17 years in the stunning North Adelaide venue.
Their team of professional artists present a broad range of inspiring, hands-on experiences that will nurture your child’s inner-artist and allow them to try out new experiences and make new friends.

Workshops include:

Totally Lit : Sculpture, Stories and Tech • 3D Selfies: Clay & Photography • Paws in Print : Lino Carving and Print Making • Life at 25 Frames per Second: Animation • Poo the Pig: Script to Production • Armature Animals: Sculpture • Ziggy Stardustbin: Junk, Paint, Costume • Pint-sized Picasso: Collage •  Because Cosplay: Dress-ups • Beatz: Dance & Hip Hop • Bling Things: Metallic Sculpture and Wearable Art • Hack: Digital Photography • Creature: Comic Art

Carclew House | 11 Jeffcott St, North Adelaide | Monday 9 – Friday 20 July April



Migration Museum 

My Paintings Speak for Me – Painting Workshops

On Monday 9 and Wednesday 11 July in the first week of the school holidays, Aboriginal artist Kunyi McInerney will be hosting painting workshops at the Migration Museum as part of her exhibition, My paintings speak for me from 10.30 am – 12 pm. She will teach children about the methods and technique she uses when creating a piece of her own, and also talk about her exhibition and what her paintings mean to her.

It’s only $10 to participate in a workshop and would be the perfect school holiday activity for children aged between 5 and 12 years old. Everything will be provided for you so all you need to do is head down to the Migration Museum and get ready to get creative and make a painting that speaks to you.

Migration Museum  | 82 Kintore Ave, Adelaide  |  Museum open daily 10am-5pm | Free entry



National Motor Museum

GooRoo Animation – Make Your Own Movies!

Are you the next Steven Spielberg? Visit the National Motor Museum on 14 and 15 July these school holidays and find out!

GooRoo Animation Claymation workshops will be held on the first weekend of the holidays from 11am – 3pm where you can learn to create your very own movies. They will teach kids from 5 years and up about what goes into making a film, giving you a behind-the-scenes glimpse into producing an animated movie at a professional level. Be inspired by the vehicles on display, and create your own plasticine car to be the star of the show!

Movies will be filmed and put together using the Stop Motion Studio App available on mobile devices. They will then be uploaded to YouTube via the GooRoo Animation Workshops channel so you can share them with all your friends and family.

Bookings appreciated | Call 08 8568 4000

National Motor Museum | Shannon St, Birdwood | Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July 2018 | 11am – 3pm | Entry fee to museum: Adult: $15.50 | Concession: $12.50 | Children: $6.50 (children under 5 free) | Family: $35 (2 adults, up to 6 children) | Workshop free with admission



Salisbury Libraries and Community Centres

Go and join in on the fun these school holidays with Salisbury Libraries and Community Centres!

These July school holidays, Salisbury Libraries and Community Centres will once again be running a program of activities suitable for a variety of ages with a big focus on LEGO and ROBOTICS!

Activities include:

  • NAIDOC Week Basket Weaving, Aboriginal art, music, games and activities
  • LEGO photo exhibition
  • Make It and Move It Brick activities
  • Learn how to make Origami
  • Movies at Mawson
  • Brick Films Animation Workshop
  • Theatre Sports
  • Cooking classes

All activities range from FREE to $10.00





SPACE Pop Up Science Centre

At the SPACE Pop Up Science Centre these July school holidays it may be chilly outside, but it’s warm inside with plenty of intergalactic learning about our solar system. Spend a full three hours with SciWorld and experience an out of this world adventure – learning about space in their new Digital Starlab, exploring the many Space Questacon exhibits, learning something new in one of the 45 minute workshops and see their Fire and Ice Show.  Tickets are required for children only aged 5 – 15 years. Accompanying adults and younger siblings are free of charge.

Workshops you can choose from include:

  • Space Colonies: Make your own habitable Space Colony and take it home with you.
  • Energy and Forces: What makes our world move?
  • Geology: Rocks and Minerals on earth and out in space.
  • Space Toys: Make your own Space Toys and learn about the physics behind them.
  • Rocket Science: Make your own LP rockets and shoot them to the moon.

Morning sessions are from 10am – 1pm and afternoon sessions are from 2pm – 5pm (they advise you arrive by 9:45am or 1:45pm to select your workshop and Starlab timed tickets).



Scoffed School of Food and Fun

Scoffed School Holiday Fun where kids act like adults and adults act like kids!

Looking for your kids to recreate some MKR or MasterChef magic during the July school holidays?

Scoffed’s Food Saucerer’s program is the perfect outlet for their creativity. Making gourmet desserts in this half day session they get to recreate their heroes master pieces like croquembouche, lemon meringue cake with lemon verbena jelly, or even watermelon cake.

These classes are for kids age 9+ and 12+ with spaces always selling out, so book early to create some magic in the kitchen.  Classes starting from Sunday 1 July 2018 to accommodate private school’s extra week.  BOOK HERE

Alternatively to see Scoffed’s full holiday program including adults and kids classes and classes for age 5+ please click here.

Scoffed | 441/D Magill Road, St Morris



South Australian Maritime Museum

Snowmaggedon: The Penguins of Antarctica

Navigating the perilous waters of the Caribbean, it is just another ordinary day of seafaring and skulduggery for the crew of the good ship HMS Griselda. Until, that is, they stumble across a very lost penguin called Burt. Presented by the zany team at Heapsgood Productions, ‘Snowmageddon: The Penguins of Antarctica’ takes you on a voyage to one of the coldest and darkest places on Earth. Join the swashbuckling pirates as they head due South to discover the true meaning of friendship and what it means to help someone just because you can.

This chilly children’s performance is on weekdays from 9 – 20 July as part of Our Port Winterfest. See the 11am or the 1pm show for just $6 per child, explore the museum and then head over to Harts Mill for more winter warming wonder including workshops, music and food. Bookings are not required.

South Australian Maritime Museum | 126 Lipson St, Port Adelaide | Monday 9 – Friday 20 July 2018 | 11am & 1pm weekdays | Entry fee to museum: Adult: $15.00 | Concession: $9.00 | Child: $6.00 | Family $34.50


South Australian Museum

Sustainability Saturday at the Museum – FREE Event

Join in the fun on the front lawns of the Museum on Saturday 21 July 2018 for activities all about sustainability and the carbon cycle! Drop in activities will run all day. To view the full program, click here.

The Nature Playground | 10am – 4pm  |  The Climbing Tree will be setting up a nature playground to get kids interested in rainy, outdoor play. Make noise with musical instruments made from reclaimed objects, build a shelter from branches and leaves, or learn new games to play with twigs and rocks!

Our Carbon Footprint | Sessions every hour  |  How big would your dream house be? How much TV would you watch every day if you could? Museum educators will lead kids in a fun activity to teach them about their carbon footprint. Learn about the carbon-intensive activities in your life and compare different choices.

A Little Greenhouse | Sessions every hour  |  Kids will create their own greenhouses in jars with the help of Museum educators. They’ll learn about the carbon cycle and how greenhouse gases work.

Starting a Garden | 10am – 4pm  |  Reuse household objects such as cups and cardboard rolls to plant seedlings. The kids can take them home and start their own gardens.  Supported by Carbon Neutral Adelaide.

South Australian Museum | North Terrace, Adelaide | Saturday 21 July 2018 | 10am – 4pm | FREE event


  • E-Imagination Winter Holiday Club | Camp Australia | Details
  • Ruth Tuck Art School | School Holiday workshops | Details
  • SA Whale Centre | Kids School Holiday Activities | Victor Harbor | Details
  • Art Gallery of South Australia | School Holiday Program | Details
  • Chess School Holiday Activity | Chesslife | Details


Adelaide Aquatic Centre

Adelaide Aquatic Centre is the hottest place this winter.

Take a dip with the kids in the heated pools, then unwind in the spas, sauna and steam room.

Open 7 days a week, your little ones can enjoy water slides, water play areas, and fountains in the family leisure pool. Plus, they’ll stay fit, healthy, and active through the colder months – while having lots of fun.  With the Adelaide Aquatic Centre pools heated to keep you warm through the winter, don’t let the cold weather cramp your swimming style!

Get $5 entry this winter. Simply click the link and fill out the easy form.

Adelaide Aquatic Centre | Jeffcott Road, North Adelaide



Capri Theatre Cheap Movie Tickets

Buy cheap Scoopon movie tickets to see movies at the beautiful Capri Theatre these holidays.

See The Incredibles 2 or Hotel Transylvania 3 at the historical Capri Theatre these school holidays – just $5 for a kid’s movie ticket, $9 for an adult ticket or $25 to take the whole family!

Buy as many Scoopons as you like and see both! Plus, present your kid’s or family Scoopon at the Box Office on the day of your movie and receive $1 off popcorn. Or present your adult Scoopon and get $1 off a wine or beer. Movies screen every day of the holidays.


Charlotte’s Web – presented by IpSkip Productions


Charlotte’s Web by Joseph Robinette – Directed by Nathan Quadrio

Charlotte’s Web follows the story of Wilbur, the runt of a litter of pigs, and how he is saved by a young girl named Fern. When he eventually becomes too big for the farm everything seems lost – until he makes the acquaintance of a helpful spider, Charlotte. Based on the classic book by E.B. White, Joseph Robinette’s adaptation of Charlotte’s Web reduces the story down to a one hour show with eight actors playing multiple roles. This heart-warming adaptation is fun, funny and easy to watch.  Suitable for ages 5 – 10 years.

Monday 16 July to Friday 20 July 2018 at 10am each day  |  Utopia Arts – 4 Percy Court, Adelaide 



City of Adelaide

Winter in Adelaide is warming up with events galore to surprise and delight children, big and small!

Here are just a few ideas to fill your diary these school holidays…

  • Hit the rink at the winter wonderland in the heart of the city with ‘Skating at Victoria Square’.
  • Soak up the delights of North Terrace from the Art Gallery of SA to the SA Museum and the beautiful Adelaide Botanic Garden.
  • For a tasty trip take your little ones to the Central Markets for ‘Big Market Adventures for Little Foodies’.
  • Get back to basics at Bonython Park with mud play and nature crafts at Wild Imagination’s holiday program.
  • See over 2,500 animals at the Adelaide Zoo.
  • Check out MOD., a brand new futuristic museum of discovery – perfect for older children.
  • Explore one of the city’s twelve adventure playgrounds throughout the city.

There’s so many things to do to keep your little ones entertained – visit Winter in Adelaide and choose your own adventure!



ONCE UPON A TIME by ACPA –  An Interactive Children’s Pantomime

Once Upon a Time is a fully interactive children’s pantomime based on your favourite storybook characters.

Meet Ella, Red, Charming, Papa Bear, Snow and the Fairy Godmother as they travel on an adventure to rescue….oh wait…if you were told, there mightn’t be any point going. Here’s a hint though…one of the characters loses her voice! (GASP) An entertaining hour full of interactive dance moves, vocal numbers and hilarious moments.

Cost: Ticket Prices: Admit one $15.00 | Family of 4 $50.00 | Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 July 2018 | Australian Company of Performing Arts | 37 Walsh St, Thebarton



SeaLink Kangaroo Island

Kids Go Free to Kangaroo Island with SeaLink

Adults and kids alike will love the amazing wildlife, spectacular coastal scenery, beautiful beaches, adventure activities, scenic landscapes and fantastic National Parks on Kangaroo Island. Enjoy the “Birds of Prey” show at Raptor Domain, stop in at Clifford’s Honey Farm to see how honey is made, toboggan down the white sand dunes at Little Sahara and see the Australia Sea Lions play in their natural habitat at Seal Bay Conservation Park.

Save up to $100 per family! While kids under 3 years always travel free with SeaLink, this special offer also allows two kids aged 3 to 14 years to travel free when accompanied by one paying adult and a vehicle. Offer valid until September 22 2018 for travel from 22nd May to 22nd September 2018. Includes July school holidays.



Winter Wonderland Glenelg

Winter Wonderland is back at Glenelg this July!

You can strap on your skates and glide under SA’s first clear domed marquee on Moseley Square. This year there’s also a 25 metre long genuine ice slide for Tobogganing. Whether it’s rain, hail or shine; morning, noon or night, take the family to skate by Adelaide’s favourite beach.

Sunday 1 – Sunday 22 July 2018 | Open 10am to 8pm Sunday to Thursday | 10am to 9.30pm Friday and Saturday | 1-hour skating sessions available with late-night sessions on Friday and Saturday evenings.



  • Winterfest Ice-Skating 6-22 Jul | Port Adelaide | Details
  • SkatingAt Festival Adelaide 30 Jun-22 Jul | Ice-Skating in Victoria Square | Details
  • Miniature Train Rides Around Adelaide | Details
  • Family Blockbusters and Crafts at Event Cinemas | Details
  • Beer and BBQ Festival 6-8 Jul | Adelaide Showground | Details
  • Umbrella: Winter City Sounds 13-29 Jul| Live Music Festival | Details
  • Bush Dance and Bonfire Night 21 Jul | Strathalbyn | Details
  • Kids Eat Well for Free at Jamie’s Italian | Details 
  • Water Screening | Hybrid World Adelaide | Details

Shop & Play school holiday


Castle Plaza

Muffin Break Cookie Decorating Workshops and Fairy & Pirate School

Join the fun at Castle Plaza for a FREE, all ages school holiday event presented by Muffin Break. The Cookie Decorating workshops will be running Monday – Friday in the first week of the holidays between 10am-12pm. No bookings necessary.

Calling all fairies and pirates! Castle Plaza is hosting some magical friends from The Fairy Bay to present Fairy & Pirate School in the second week of the July holidays.

Each day attendees will enjoy a jam-packed 45 minute session including singing, dancing, craft and a unique special activity. Classes are ideal for ages 3-8 years, however all ages under 12 are welcome. Fairy & Pirate School is free to attend and bookings are essential to secure your place. Please book by calling Castle Plaza on 8277 6733 or email via their website HERE.

Don’t forget to go along in your favourite dress ups – you don’t have to be a fairy or a pirate, they love all dress up costumes at Fairy & Pirate school!


Churchill Centre

FREE July School Holiday fun at Churchill Centre!

Week 1 | Decorate your own Beanie*!

  • Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 July 2018 | 11am-2pm
  • Sunday 15 July 2018 | 12pm-3pm
    *limited stock available per day. One size fits all.

Week 2 | Make an Insect Glider^!

  • Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 July 2018 | 11am-2pm
  • Sunday 22 July 2018 | 12pm-3pm
    ^limited stock available per day.

PLUS, don’t forget to visit Little Chicago Express, Adelaide’s largest and FREE indoor Shopping Centre playground! Located in the Food Court. Click here for playground opening hours



Elizabeth City Centre


Bakers Delight Pizza Decorating Fun & Peter Rabbit Workshops

Kids can decorate and enjoy their very own yummy pizza creation these school holidays thanks to Bakers Delight with classes on Tuesday 10 July and Wednesday 11 July at 10.30am & 1pm. Bookings are essential – to book a spot please visit the Customer Service Desk located by Harris Scarfe or call 8255 3411.

Hop on in to Elizabeth City Centre for more FREE July School Holiday entertainment in the second week of the holidays!

From Monday 16 to Friday 20 July, bring the kids to the Peter Rabbit Zone where they can decorate their own garden pots and plant carrot seedlings which they can take home to care for and watch their veggies grow.  Find all the fun by Harris Scarfe from 11.00am – 2.00pm daily.


Harbour Town Adelaide – The Outlet Nanny

Free Nanny Service While you Shop!

Your dreams have come true. Harbour Town is offering a Free Nanny Service so you can get all your Outlet Shopping done distraction free.  Customers will be able to access a FREE nanny service for a maximum of 2 hours, 4 hours per week, at Harbour Town Adelaide, so they can do just that and enjoy 2 hours to focus just on themselves.

Children up to 10 years of age will be accepted to the Outlet Nanny Service or up to 12 years old if booked in with a sibling under 10 years old.

The Outlet Nanny Service is outsourced to The Hessel Group, the experts in professional childminding.  Available Wednesday to Sunday during the school holidays and Thursday to Sunday at all other times.

Opening hours are Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 2pm and Sundays/Public Holidays 11am to 3pm.



Hollywood Plaza Shopping Centre

Visit Hollywood Plaza these School Holidays for FREE furry & feathery School Holiday Fun!

Meet your favourite farmyard friends at Hollywood Plaza’s Petting Zoo,  get creative at the animal workshops & heaps more!

All activities are located under the Dome, from 11am-2pm daily.

  • Tuesday 10 July 2018 |  Balloon Animals
  • Wednesday 11 July 2018 | Build Your Own Sandwich with Sandwich Chefs (10am – 12pm)
  • Thursday 12 & Friday 13 2018 | Petting Zoo
  • Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 July 2018 | United Way Reading and Activity Zone
  • Thursday 19 July 2018 | Animal Plaster Painting
  • Friday 20 July 2018 | Pull Along Pets Workshop



Ingle Farm Shopping Centre

Rain, rain come & play! Visit Ingle Farm Shopping Centre for Winter School Holiday Fun!

Get creative at Ingle Farm Shopping Centre’s Plaster Fun House Workshops from just $2.50! There’s free fun too with magic shows, lava slime workshops, cookie decorating & heaps more!

All activities are located in front of Ed Harry, from 11am-2pm daily.

  • Tuesday 10 July 2018 | Glitter Tattoos
  • Wednesday 11 July 2018 Lava Slime Workshop
  • Thursday 12 July 2018 | Cookie Decorating
  • Friday 13 July 2018 | Magic Shows 11.30am & 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 17 July 2018 | Balloon Twisting
  • Wednesday 18 & Thursday 19 July 2018 | Plaster Fun House Workshops
  • Friday 20 July 2018 | Hot Chocolate Mug Decorating

Cost: $2.50 – $7.00.


Port Canal Shopping Centre

Create your own Furry Friend these school holidays at Port Canal Shopping Centre

Looking for an activity to entertain the kids these school holidays? Well, look no further! Stufflers is coming to Port Canal Shopping Centre these school holidays to provide a teddy bear making activity to entertain the kids. From Monday 16 to Friday 20 July 2018 9.30am – 4.00pm, kids will be able to stuff their very own plush bear for just $8 (RRP $25). Choose from a variety of bears to stuff, name and take home! All bears come complete with a birth Certificate, fabric, LOVE to go inside and a love promise ceremony.

Monday 16 to Friday 20 July 2018 | 9.30am – 4.00pm | Cost: $8* (Terms and conditions apply)



Westfield – Tea Tree Plaza

SoccaJoeys Soccerclinics, Kids Winter Wool Craft Zone, Kids Fashion Parades & Jurassic World Craft Village

♠  Soccajoeys Soccerclinics  | 7–11 July 2018 |  Get into the football fever with FREE Soccajoeys Soccer Clinic at Westfield Tea Tree Plaza.  Ideal for little ones aged 2.5 – 6 years, at Soccajoeys they’ll learn the basics of dribbling, ball mastery and kicking goals.   BOOK HERE

♠   Kids Winter Wool Craft Zone  |  9–13 July 2018 from 11am to 2pm daily at Tea Tree Plus near Toys R Us.  Learn to make a wooly pom pom and more.

♠   Kids Fashion Parades  |  16–17 July 2018 at 1pm and 2pm, (Centre Court near Samsung).  Watch the talented and trendy crew from Mostly Kids as they strut their stuff on the runway showcasing the latest in winter kids fashion these School Holidays.

♠   Jurassic World Craft Village  |  18–22 July 2018 from 11am to 2pm daily.  In celebration of the release of Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, visit the Jurassic World Craft Village at Tea Tree Plaza these school holidays for loads of dinosaur fun. Paint and design your very own 3D dinosaur and take a photo with the walking dinosaur character. Centre Court near Samsung

♠  NAIDOC Week Kids dot painting and basket weaving  |  12–14 July 2018 from 11am to 2pm daily (Centre Court Near Samsung).  Celebrate and learn about Indigenous culture this NAIDOC Week with free kids dot painting and basket weaving activities.

Jurassic World is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. Licensed by Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.



Westfield – West Lakes

Kids Winter Woolly Craft Zone & Jurassic World Craft Village

In celebration of the release of Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, Westfield West Lakes are excited to bring the Jurassic World Craft Village to West Lakes these school holidays for loads of free dinosaur fun. Kids will be awed by a set inspired by the film featuring life-like, animatronic dinosaurs, walking dinosaur costume characters and statues of Blue the raptor. Kids will receive their own science coat and glasses to wear at the dinosaur model painting and fossil tracing workshops, as well as a 3D wooden jigsaw puzzle and Jurassic World tote bag to take home.

♠  Jurassic World Craft Village  |  7–11 July 2018 from 11am – 2pm daily (Outside General Trader).

♠  Jurassic Dinosaur Meet & Greet  |  7–11 July 2018 from 11am – 2pm daily (Outside General Trader, near craft zone).

♠  Winter Woolly Crafts & Family Knitting Workshops  | 12–20 July 2018 from 11am – 2pm daily (Market Court, near Optus).  Join Westfield West Lakes and get crafty over the school holidays! Kids can enjoy a series of activities that they can take home after including family knitting workshops on the 14th and 15th of July.

Jurassic World is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. Licensed by Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.


  • Calling all little chefs – fun, free activities | Armada Arndale Shopping Centre | Details


Want even more inspiration for the Winter 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!

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