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.
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 your 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
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 and 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 | Monday 9 July 2018 | Erin will be visiting the Golden Grove Clinic these holidays –go and say Hi!!
- Golden Grove | Thursday 12 July 2018
- Campbelltown | Monday 16 July 2018
- Marion | 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!
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.
Utilising next-generation weapons giving a realistic combat experience! World leading laser guns – straight out of the USA!
Indoor Sports Centre located in Windsor Gardens (only a 5-minute drive from the CBD). With 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, and laser tag 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!
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.
Get active and into the World Cup spirit with Simply Football’s Street Soccer Tournament!
Use your soccer skills in this NEW format NEYMAR Jnr Street Soccer rules 4-a-side Tournament. 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 Soccer’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.
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
- Learn THE ART OF CAMPING
- 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
- Wilderness Escape Outdoor Adventures | School Holiday Programs | Details
- Tiger Tennis | School Holiday Clinics | Details
ZOOcation Care School Holiday Program
ZOOcation Care is a school holiday program for 5–12 year olds. Spend the day with a qualified Conservation Educator exploring the Adelaide Zoo getting to know all the animals that call Adelaide Zoo home. The day is filled with fun, adventurous activities, games, animal presentations and time with new friends.
This is a popular program so book early to secure your place as there are only 30 places per day. The ZOOcation Care July school holiday program will run from Monday 9 – Friday 13 July and from Monday 16 – Friday 20 July. Each day starts at 9am and finishes at 4pm.
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
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
- Four Oaks Farm Visits | School Holiday 2 hour sessions | Details
- Raptor Domain | Kangaroo Island Birds of Prey | Details
- Urimbirra Open Range Wildlife Park | Details
- The Big Duck Boat Tours | Wildlife Watching | Details
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
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
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!
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 this 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 April 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 this school holidays with Salisbury Libraries and Community Centres!
This 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!
- NAIDOC Week Basket Weaving, Aboriginal art and music and 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
Pop-up Science Fun with Fire & Ice!
This is a show which celebrates two opposing forces – fire and ice. You will learn all about heat and the opposing temperature extremes found in Liquid Nitrogen. It’s a one-stop show that isn’t to be missed! Ages 7+ years.
Wednesday 11 July 2018 at 11am. Marion Cultural Centre | 287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park.
All tickets just $10 (transaction fee applies)
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 16 April – Friday 27 April (excluding ANZAC Day) | 11am & 1pm weekdays | Entry fee to museum: Adult: $15.00 | Concession: $9.00 | Child: $6.00 | Family $34.50
- 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
- Snowmaggedon: The Penguins of Antarctica | Maritime Museum | Details
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.
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.