Adelaide School Holiday Guide | Best Ideas for July School Holidays | Winter 2019

Adelaide School Holidays – July 2019

Find all the best activities & ideas for the Adelaide Winter July 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 School Holidays 2019 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 Botanic Garden

Take your child to a beautiful Botanic Garden this July for an awesome school holiday activity.

There’s something for everyone: budding gardeners, plant and animal lovers and crafty types! Taste bugs (yes, really!), get up close with native wildlife, make your own ‘seeded’ paper to grow at home, learn how to compost and much more!

  • Gardening Themed Activities  |  Composting is fun & Healthy gardeners
  • Plant Themed Activities  |  Aboriginal plant use & Plant Hunter’s Treasure hunt
  • Animal Themed Activities  |  Bugs in the Bi-Con, Native wildlife show & Wildlife walk
  • Craft Themed Activities  |  Beginner’s papermaking, Advanced papermaking & Bushland babies

Whatever your little one is in to, each event has been designed to promote fun, hands-on learning about plants, animals and the environment.

Suitable for 5-13 year olds. Costs vary. See the full program HERE or click the link below for more information.



Adelaide Gaol Escape Trail

Think you know the Adelaide Gaol Escape Trail? Think again.

The Adelaide Gaol is upping the ante these school holidays with a challenging new twist to their popular Escape Trail.

And this time, they’ll be taking you to locations in the Gaol you may not have explored before!

So get your thinking caps on, and join the fun from 6 to 21 July for one of the most unique experiences these school holidays.

Since its opening in 1841, Adelaide Gaol has housed approximately 300,000 prisoners. There have been a number of famous escapes – including one ingenious (though unsuccessful) attempt in 1983, where a prisoner took his pyjama coat to an art class and painted it to resemble an officer’s uniform. To add to his ensemble, he even created an impressive officer cap out of a biscuit box!

Saturday 6 – Sunday 21 July 2019 | 10am-4pm | 18 Gaol Road, Thebarton



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.

Planetarium Experience & Classroom Craft Activity

Explore the ever-changing constellations that travel through our night sky. Journey through the solar system and visit different and captivating planets, followed by a full dome movie.  The ultimate learning experience that will engage and excite children.

  • 10am-12.30pm session | ages 4-8 | Planetarium experience with movie Tycho to the Moon followed by time in the classroom where you will have fun learning more about the sun and planets while creating your own solar system.
  • 2pm-4.30pm session | ages 8+ | Planetarium experience with movie Wildest Weather in the Solar System followed by time in the classroom where you will assemble and paint a model of the solar system whilst each planet is looked at in detail.

Monday 8 – Friday 12 July & Monday 15 – Thursday 18 July 2019 | Planetarium experience $9 per person | Planetarium experience and craft activity $25 per child, $9 per adult | Bookings essential.



Expressions Media

Expressions Media is offering a range of school holiday workshops in Adelaide for primary and secondary students interested in arts, drama, creative writing and journalism.

Youths with a keen interest in creative expression and writing can come and create a painted poetic masterpiece, learn the tricks of the trade in media, or write and perform their own script for the stage. 

Tuesday 9, Thursday 11, Tuesday 16, Wednesday 17 & Thursday 18 July 2019 | Ages 5-18 | Cost: $60 per workshop

Expressions Media | 134 Hutt Street, Adelaide



Little Picassos: Winter School Holiday ART Classes

Join Little Picassos this Winter break for a selection of wonderful holiday classes in a studio setting that provides an inspirational and motivational Art space for children.

Two studio locations, Glenelg and Hyde Park.

Their Art programs have something for everyone, classes with accompanying adults from 2 years, drop and go sessions from 4.5 years for 1, 2 or 3 hours, half and full day experiences in a variety of mediums including: drawing painting, printmaking, sculpture, clay, textiles and construction. If you choose more than one session on the day your child is fully supervised over the breaks, so you can make a full day of it.

Winter Art Camp and Winter Clay camp with experiences over two days.

Classes running Monday 8 July – Friday 19 July.  Times vary each day – check their programs for details.

Glenelg – 686 Anzac Hwy, Glenelg | Hyde Park – Rear of 330 Unley Road, Hyde Park



Migration Museum

Souvenir Shrinkies and Brilliant Badges

Visit the Migration Museum’s Greetings From … the power of souvenirs exhibition. Be inspired! Take an old-fashioned polaroid selfie, make a souvenir key-ring out of shrinkie paper, and design a badge.  You can even design your own postcard.

Tuesday 9 & 16 July & Friday 12 & 19 July 2019, 11am – 12.30pm | Ages 8-12 years | Cost: $10 per participant – the museum will supply all the materials you need. One accompanying adult included in cost of ticket. Limited to 10 participants. Bookings preferred.

Migration Museum Magical Misery Tour

Mooch on down to the Migration Museum these school holidays to be gruesomely guided through a South Australian history splattered with sewage, swill, swindling…and reckless radioactivity!

Wednesday 10 & 17 July, 11am – 12pm | Ages 5-8  | Cost: $10 per participant – (Limited to 15 participants only) Bookings essential.


Make a paper origami ‘chatterbox’ at the Migration Museum. Children will fold and shape their own chatterbox with help from the museum guides and have fun seeing what their paper creation will reveal.

History Mystery 

Someone or something has been lost in the halls of the Migration Museum! Help solve the puzzle of the lost museum items. Visit the front foyer for your trusty History Mystery kit and then use your wits to solve the mystery. Young visitors will be rewarded with a prize on completion of their detective work.

Monday 8 – Sunday 21 July 2019, 10am – 4pm daily | Ages 5-12

Migration Museum | 82 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide | Ph 8207 7580 or Email:



National Motor Museum

School Holidays at the National Motor Museum – GooRoo Animation – Make Your Own Movies!

Visit the National Motor Museum this school holidays and make your very own ‘Brick Film’. Drawing inspiration from the vehicles on display at the museum, kids can create their own Lego car chase, or assemble their own unique vehicle.

GooRoo Animation workshops will be held on the first weekend of the holidays where you can learn to create your very own movies. They will teach you about what goes into making a film, giving you a behind the scenes glimpse into producing an animated movie.

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.

Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 July 2019 | 11am – 3pm | Free with Museum admission (bookings preferred)

National Motor Museum | Shannon Street, Birdwood | Ph: 8568 4000   E.



Nature Play SA Cubby Town 2019

Cubby Town is back for the Winter holidays.

Nature Play SA is excited to be teaming up with National Parks South Australia again for their 5th Cubby Town event for ONE DAY only on Wednesday 17 July at Belair National Park!

Tickets are now on sale and numbers will be capped to ensure the enjoyment of families in attendance. Families can enjoy cubby building, wattle and eucalypt crown making, guided ranger walks, bell tents for reading, Wodli building and walks with Tamaru, natural loose parts play along with as much free play as your nature players can handle in Belair National Park.

Tickets are $10 per child and $5 per adult per day [plus GST and Eventbrite fees]. Babies under 12 months do not require tickets.

Ticket’s won’t last long for this event, so snap yours up quickly!

Wednesday July 17 | 10am – 3pm | Belair National Park, Adventure Playground. Upper Sturt Road Belair | Children aged 0 – 12 years (older children are still welcome to attend)



SciWorld Pop Up Discovery Centre

Discover a world of science at SciWorld’s Pop Up ‘Discovery Science’ Centre at the Adelaide Showground.

You’ll explore the solar system in the Starlab, see the Fire and Ice or Planetary Chemistry Show, explore the exhibits and learn something new in one of their workshops.


  • Palaeontology
  • Up Up and Away
  • Bodies and Brains
  • or Stunning Statistics

Affordable, quality family fun at just $15 (plus booking fee) for children aged 4-15 years and accompanying adults and younger siblings completely FREE.  Tickets available at the door subject to availability for $20 per child.

Tuesday 9 – Thursday 11 July 2019 | 2-5pm | Stirling Angas Hall, Wayville



Scoffed School of Food and Fun

Turn things upside down this School Holidays.

Instead of booking your kids into the normal School Holiday activities why not book them into Scoffed Cooking School. They’ll stay nice and warm from all the cooking they’ll do, they’ll have heaps of fun, get fed and learn to cook from scratch. How good is that?

View the full school holiday program here.

Scoffed School of Food & Fun | 441/D Magill Road, St Morris



South Australian Maritime Museum

School Holidays at the South Australian Maritime Museum – The Bigger Book of Pirates – A Dragon’s Tale

Join Captain Salmonbeard and his reluctant crew during the holidays at the South Australian Maritime Museum for another perilous adventure on the seven seas. The bumbling crew of scallywags and misfits have become lost at sea on their very first attempt at becoming ‘real’ pirates.

While wallowing in the watery wilderness, a mysterious, though strangely familiar visitor, emerges from the depths and offers them help. The crew are going to have to write their own book of piracy as they’ve strayed so far off course.  And according to pirate legend, that book can only be written in dragon’s blood…

The Bigger Book of Pirates is an adventure packed with surprises, on an ocean of possibility. Produced by the ever popular HeapsGood Productions, The Bigger Book of Pirates features performers from both HeapsGood and the critically acclaimed Adelaide Youth Theatre.

Monday 8 to Friday 19 July 2019 Weekdays | Performances at 11am and 1pm, $6 per child includes the lighthouse (bookings not required). Ages 7-16.

SA Maritime Museum | 126 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide | Ph: 8207 6255  E.



Theatre Bugs

July School Holiday Programs

Theatre Bugs are back with their much loved school holiday programs. Children will enjoy a fun and fabulous week filled with drama activities, rehearsing, and making props which finishes with a production of SLEEPING BEAUTY at 5pm on the last day. Students perform with a stage set and costumes. Every child has a special role to play and lines to learn.

Join Sleeping Beauty, brave Prince Philip, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather as they work together to outwit the evil fairies, break the curse and wake Princess Aurora from her long sleep. A magical holiday adventure for a wonderful holiday program.

Theatre Bugs has been teaching Adelaide’s children to act, sing, and dance for 21 years and during that time many 1000’s of children have enjoyed attending the school holiday programs. It is always a thrill to see the brilliant performances the students are able to create in just five days.

Week 1: Norwood, Unley & Glenelg | Monday 8 – Friday 12 July 2019 | $230 for the 5 day program

Week 2: Norwood and Unley | Monday 15 – Friday 19 July 2019 | $230 for the 5 day program



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Barossa Valley Chocolate Company

Located in the heart of the Barossa Valley just outside of Tanunda, the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company is the newest tourist attraction to call the wine region home.

There is something for everyone to enjoy, from watching chocolatiers making the artisan, handmade chocolate through the huge viewing windows in the retail area, to chocolate-making classes in the special experience room, and a specially curated chocolate and wine pairing experience in the cellar door.

The icecreamery serves freshly made gelato and Benni’s Café has a delicious menu of locally sourced food that is both fancy and fun. All of this can be enjoyed inside or on the spacious deck overlooking the spectacular water. The complex also has a private cellar, an amphitheatre and landscaped areas for fun times!



The Beachouse

Wicked Warmer Special: 100 Minutes of Awesome Dry Rides and Arcade Games!

Available all day, every day for just $30! Keep the kids warm and dry these School Holidays at The Beachouse, running around heaps of awesome dry rides and arcade games. They’ll have loads of fun with 100 minutes of unlimited time on the following:

  • Dodgem Cars
  • Arcade Games
  • Mini Golf
  • Carousel
  • Train

The Beachouse is open every day of the July School Holidays! Check out their awesome family entertainment complex full of awesome rides and games, or even book a Birthday Party!

Bonus Special Offer: Book a Birthday Party for any day during the July School Holidays, and the Birthday Child is FREE – simply mention Play and Go when booking! (*Birthday Child Package. Conditions apply.)

The Beachouse  |  Colley Terrace, Glenelg  |  Phone 8295 1511



Megazone Noarlunga

Megazone Noarlunga is a family entertainment centre that specialises in Laser Tag and birthday parties.

Megazone caters for the whole family, with ages 5 and up being able to play Laser Tag. They also have arcade games and a Retro Arcade filled with classic games for all the bigger kids!! Head on down and try a 2 Hour UNLIMITED Pass at a special rate these School Holidays and blast away in Adelaide’s largest indoor Laser Tag arena – come down with friends or join in on another game!

Bookings always preferred but not required.



National Railway Museum Family Fun Fair

The railway museum’s annual Family Fun Fair, held during the July school holidays each year, has always proven so popular with young families.

There are loads of activities, song and dance and plenty of special attractions, including Dig a Dino, Animals Anonymous, Carnival Barrel Organ, Cool 4 Kids and of course those extremely popular two steam engines – Bub and Bill.

Other attractions include a theatrette, a huge model railway and plenty of displays and carriages to look in, plus there are various catering options on site.  All entertainment and all train rides are included with the admission fee which makes for a great value family outing.

Cost: Family $36 (two adults and up to 3 children) |  Adult $14 | Concession $11 | Child $6 (5 – 15 years)

Annual Family Fun Fair | Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 July 2019 | Open from 10am to 4pm EVERY DAY!

National Railway Museum | 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide | Phone 8341 1690



Police Credit Union Art Comp

Want to WIN $100 and have your art featured in the 2020 Police Credit Union calendar?

Simply enter their Kids’ Art Competition…

The theme of the calendar competition is: What is your favourite thing to do in South Australia or the Northern Territory?

Thirteen winners will be chosen based on their merit and creativity by the Police Credit Union Competition Committee. These winning artworks and responses will be featured in the 2020 Police Credit Union calendar.

The Competition Committee is looking for unique images, bright colours, creativity, skill and use of space.

Each winner will receive $100 and their artwork featured in the 2020 Police Credit Union Calendar!



SeaStar Rock Umbrella Winter City Sounds 2019

It’s a giant party when the SeaStar Rockers hit the stage, with all the characters from the famed TV Series on Adelaide’s Ch 44.

They’ve just rocked their 5th season at the Garden of Unearthly Delights, 2019 and were recommended as the ‘Top 5 Things for Kids’, by The Advertiser.

Kids will be up singing, dancing and playing games, as they help navigate sustainability of our oceans with a new show!

Highlights include helping Paddy Polar Bear beat the war on waste, bringing colour to the coral reef and sailing with Pirate Wally Walrus and Parrot Polly, as they take on plastic bag monsters!

From the bluesy beats of Blue Boppin’ Whale to the dance floor filler Jelly Fish Fizzies, parents love the songs as much as the kids do! Fabulous family fun! Under 1 year’s old free to this event. Face painting and jellyfish fizzies will also be available.

Wednesday 17 July 2019 | 10.30am (duration 1 hour) | Published ArtHouse, 11 Cannon Street, Adelaide



STV One and All Sailing Ship – Pirate School

Time to sign up to Pirate School.

Fun on the deck of Port Adelaide’s very own Pirate ship. Pirate school is in for those that are game to walk the gangway, and join all the hands on activities.

Complete each task and graduate with your own Pirate Certificate.

Join the Pirate Captain as he sings his adventures! Arr family fun…get on board!

Sunday 21 July 2019 | 11am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 3.30pm | Cost: $15pp (Adult ticket needs to be purchased with a child ticket) | Ages 6-15 yrs

STV One and All |  McLaren Wharf, Port Adelaide


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Australian Sports Camps

Australian Sports Camps have run camps for over 36 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 Camps to be held at Westminster School, Marion from Monday 8  to Wednesday 10 July 2019, 9am-3pm:

  • AFL Football
  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Soccer
  • Horse Riding

ASC have also partnered with Community Sports Camps and the amazing Megan Jones Riding School to offer other camps in AFL Football, Soccer, Basketball, Netball and Horse Riding. 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: playandgowin19 when booking online.

Cost $236 for three days instead of $295. Offer not available for partner programs including horse riding, please visit the website for more information.



Bike About

Bike About are running Mountain Bike Skill training for beginners at Cobblers Creek MTB park beginning 8 July for ages 8 to 14.

Training will include:

  • Handling your bike
  • Trail respect
  • Braking
  • Cornering skills
  • Gears
  • How to look after your bike
  • Small jumps

Session cost: $25 per child with own bike or $45 with a hire bike & helmet supplied.

Monday 8 – Friday 19 July 2019 | 8 to 11 year old, 10.30am | 12 to 14 year old, 1.00pm | Sessions are 90 minutes long.




Cirkidz non competitive programs are built with a focus on mindfulness, safe risk taking, inclusion, social interaction and are reflective of the Future of Work requirements which predict the creative and strategic learning and thinking skills that our students will need in the future. Cirkidz also has  science to back this up! Recent UniSA research studies show an increase in student motivation and engagement as well as improved mental health when participating in circus activities at school. So basically what Cirkidz are saying is YES circus is really fun, but it’s also very good for you!

Cirkidz July Holiday Program 

  • Soar: It’s all about aerial! trapeze, tissu (silks), cloud swing, hoop and more!
  • Off the Wall:  Tumbling, acrobatics, bouncing, trampoline, foam pit (plus plenty of crash mats).
  • Circus Pick’n’Mix: Pick your activities out of a hat!
  • Ready, Set, Circus: Bounce, climb, roll, chase, throw and sneak your way through the circus alongside your teammates and learn some new skills as you play.
  • Parkour  (Ages 8-12 only): Monday 8, Wednesday 10, Friday 12, Tuesday 16 & Thursday 18 July 2019

Monday 8 July 8 – Friday 12 July & Monday 15 – Friday 19 July 2019 | 5 – 12 year olds: | $55 half day, $100 full day

PLUS special under 5’s program –  Tiddlerz Circus Play

Go along and spend some time with Trainer Joel! Each session will run for 90 minutes and include one hour of structured circus class followed by 30 minutes of free circus play! All Little People must be accompanied by their Big Person for this session.

Saturday 13 July 2019 | 9:30am – 11:00am or 11:00am – 12:30pm | $25 per session | Ages 2.5 – 5



Erin Bell Netball

EB Netball Clinics July School Holidays

Erin Bell Netball Clinics have specialist position sessions at every location these holidays – shooting, mid-court and defence with specialist coaches Kate Shimmin, Hannah Petty, Khao Watts.

Plus general skills clinics for those wanting to learn or extend their basic skills.

Glenelg, Unley, Campbelltown and Golden Grove.

Inspire, Educate, Fun!



Head for the Hills

School Holiday Mountain Biking Adventure

The program begins with a basic skills coaching session to teach participants the fundamental skills of mountain biking including body position and moving on the bike, braking technique, gear selection as well as other handy tips to help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Once everybody is comfortable and settled on the bikes, the adventure begins. A series of geocaches containing cleverly constructed cryptic clues are hidden all over the Craigburn Farm trail network. Participants work as a team using good old maps (not google-maps!) to find and decipher each clue, which hints to the next geocache’s secret location and the best trail to get there. Participants will cover over 12 kilometres of trail and climb around 300 vertical meters during their adventure. After all the geocaches have been found (approximately 4 hours in the park), riders will travel to the Blackwood Community Centre for some well-deserved rest as well as a bike maintenance workshop and more mountain biking activities.

Fun activities include:
• Skills Coaching with Tyson Schmidt (2017 & 2018 Australian Downhill World Championships Team Manager)
• Introductory trail ride
• Geocache Hunt by Bike
• Bike Maintenance Course
• Bike & Helmet Included

Tuesday 9, Thursday 11, Tuesday 16 & Thursday 18 July 2019 (more dates may be added) | 9am-5pm | Drop-off at 9am on Craigburn Rd, Blackwood (map) | Pickup at 5pm at Blackwood Community Centre , 4 Young St Blackwood (map) | Ages 11 – 14 years



ICA Sportzworx Stepney

Join ICA Sportzworx Stepney for some school holiday fun. Come and play indoor sports at their popular school holiday clinics. Full day and morning sessions are available, both starting from 9.30am.

They provide a program full of fun indoor sports and games for the kids. This includes indoor cricket, soccer, netball and dodgeball plus much more. Kids are supervised at all times and they are within a safe indoor environment.  Their Junior Sport Coaches cater for kids of varying ages and skill level.

Group discounts are available to be shared amongst your family and friends. Plus, Lunch is provided for all kids.

Check out their website and booking form to view the available dates here.



Ride-a-Bike Right

School Holiday Programs 1st and 2nd weeks of July School Holidays

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 a bike the right way.

Ride-a-Bike Right offers group learn to ride classes for children in Reception and older, as well as private lessons at times to 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 July lessons timetable.

July Holidays Group lessons will be held on 8-10 July and 17-19 July, with private lessons also available in the holidays.



Wilderness Escape Outdoor Adventures

Give the Gift of Adventure this July with Wilderness Escape Outdoor Adventures School Holiday Programs.

Wilderness Escape Outdoor Adventures programs are dynamic, fun, and let your children explore all the wonders of the great outdoors. Including a range of activities from rock climbing and mountain bike riding to nature days and billy cart racing, for ages 5-17, they have the perfect program for your child.

Wilderness Escape Outdoor Adventures is SA’s largest outdoor education company, with a team of experienced instructors at accredited locations and venues. You can rest easy knowing that your children are having the adventure of a lifetime, under their highly qualified care.



Woodhouse Activity Centre

So many reasons to LOVE winter at Woodhouse… Whack on your beanie, slide on your gloves, layer up and have some screen-free fun in the great outdoors. There are so many reasons to LOVE winter at Woodhouse, with kids-only and family fun just 15 minutes up the freeway.

‘DROP & GO’ Day Camps Kids OnlyDesigned for boys and girls aged 5-13, the ‘drop & go’ day camps are fully facilitated, fully catered and offer a different theme each day, so you can book for 1 day, or all 10!

  • Qualified instruction, care and entertainment for your cherub from 9am-5pm plus all equipment, materials and supplies
  • Delicious and nutritious, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea (dietary needs catered to, Woodhouse Activity Centre is nut free)
  • One very good night’s sleep from a very exhausted (and happy!) child and a lifetime of memories.

DAY ACTIVITY PASS Family FunOpen 7 days, explore 54 hectares of gumtree-studded countryside, with unlimited use of onsite activities including:

  • 30+ obstacles on CHALLENGE HILL
  • THE LABYRINTH – giant split level maze
  • 2 fast and furious TUBE SLIDES (weekends only)
  • 9 ‘hole’ DISC GOLF – like regular golf, but with a Frisbee!
  • 7 ORIENTEERING courses

CAMPING & ACTIVITY PASS Family Fun – There are numerous un-powered camping areas, complete with shared campfire circles and adjacent Basecamps which have been fitted with deluxe creature comforts including toilets, hot showers, hand dryers, vanity mirrors and power points for your hairdryer. Shared dining halls provide shelter, tables and seating, sink and BBQ facilities. ANNNND your camping fee also includes access to all the awesome onsite activities!

37 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly | Ph 8339 3333 | Email


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Adelaide Zoo

Celebrate NAIDOC Week these school holidays at the Zoo

Need to entertain your cheeky monkeys these school holidays? Swing into Adelaide Zoo for two weeks of cultural festivities and fun as they celebrate NAIDOC Week!

Your child will be taken on an interactive journey of Aboriginal culture, art and language as the Nocturnal House is transformed into an ‘around the campfire’ storytelling landscape. Fun-filled activities, displays, storytelling and live presentations will allow your child to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, as well as the zoo’s special nocturnal animals.

There will also be special event highlights including dance performances and workshops by the Tal-Kin-Jeri dance group, and daily Animal Wildshow’s and Free Flight Shows based on popular dreaming stories.

With all of this fun included in the price of a general admission ticket or membership, there’s no better time to visit Adelaide Zoo.

Plus join them for ZOOcation care, from 9 July – 18 July.  A special school holiday program for 5–12 year olds, ZOOcation care gives kids an opportunity to spend the day at the zoo visiting all their favourite animal friends under the care of a qualified conservation educator.



Cleland Wildlife Park – Tunnelling Tales

Ever wondered about wombats or wanted to investigate insects? These school holidays it’s time to find out all about our animals who live underground with Cleland Wildlife Park’s Tunnelling Tales.


Discover the wonderful world of wombats in Cleland’s self-guided information display in the Oceans to Outback Interpretive Centre.

BUGS THAT TUNNEL – self guided

Discover which creepy crawlies live beneath the surface, and dig burrows for their homes. Get face-to-face with earth worms, up close and personal with a trapdoor spider, and more!

THE INSECT WORLD BELOW – guided workshop

Join Cleland’s Invertebrate Keeper and meet the fascinating mole crickets- the wombats of the insect world! Digging, singing, and hunting; the mole crickets life cycle is explored in this interactive workshop for kids.

BURROW ADVENTURE – children’s self-guided activity

Delve down below the surface and see how wombats live. Crawl through tunnels and burrows and see where they snuggle and sleep!

Plus Bush Babies Sessions and children’s entertainment by Dave and Gumnut and Mungo the Magpie.

All activities are free with entry. Please check Cleland’s website for session dates and times.

Cleland Wildlife Park | Mount Lofty Summit Rd, Crafers



Cleland Wildlife Park – Wildification

Wildification at Cleland these school holidays!

Drop the kids off at Cleland and sit back and relax while they adventure around the park. Kids in Wildification get a guided tour around the park, plus animal experience, exclusive animal feeding, games, craft, keeper presentations, and lunch and recess too! Places are limited, call to book now!

Sessions: Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10, Thursday 11, Tuesday 16, Wednesday 17 & Thursday 18 July 2019 | 9.30am – 3.30pm

Cost: $80 per day (plus park entry OR proof of membership) | Ages: 5-12 years

Booking: call 8130 9016 to secure your place, booking forms required prior to program

Cleland Wildlife Park | Mount Lofty Summit Rd, Crafers | Drop off and pick up at Ticket Desk



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 Wildlife Sanctuary

A visit to Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary is educational and fun – now that’s edu-tainment!

Warrawong’s school holiday activities are sure to please children of all ages. At 11am, you can hand feed the free-roaming kangaroos and wallabies on the grasslands and then, from about 11:15am, wander through the 5 habitats of the Sanctuary on a Guided Tour.  As the kids start to get hungry, grab a bite to eat in The Shed, between 12:30pm and 1:30pm, before catching the fascinating and interactive Wildlife Presentation. From 2:30pm, you can learn the secrets behind the Presentation, with their Positive Reinforcement Training session. You may just pick up a couple of tricks to help you with your petulant puppy.

These activities are FREE, with admission, and take place every day of the school holidays.  Arrive for 11am and stay ‘til 3:30pm for a great day out and the best value for money.

Plus, on Saturday 6 July from 3:30pm, Warrawong will host Saving the Sanctuary: An Inspirational Family Event at Wallis Cinemas in Mt Barker.  This private screening is a 4 part documentary about the creation, abandonment, and resurrection of Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, in the Adelaide Hills. Click here for tickets.

Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary  |  47 Stock Road, Mylor


  • 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 Central Market

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

All activities are FREE or low cost and include the ever popular Market Trail at just $9, Little Market Chefs at just $18, FREE gingerbread decorating workshop, bag decorating and face painting. And don’t miss the Bastille Day celebrations on Friday 12 July 2019 including the crepe pop-up, cooking demonstration and live music.

♥  Little Market Chefs – $18 (bookings essential) or $20 on the day (6–12 years) | Tuesday 9 July, Thursday 11 July, Tuesday 16 July & Thursday 18 July at 10am, 11:30am & 1pm

♥  Market Trail – $9 (4+ years) or $10 on the day  | Tuesday 9 July, Thursday 11 July, Friday 12 July, Tuesday 16 July, Thursday 18 July & Friday 19 July from 9am – 1pm

♥  Free Gingerbread Decorating and French Art Workshop (4+ yrs)  |  Friday 12 July 9:30am – 12pm  |  Bastille Day celebrations to decorate your own Eiffel Tower gingerbread and create an art masterpiece with the team from Little Picassos (bookings not required/Grote Street dining area)

♥  Free Face Painting  |  Friday 19 July 2019 from 9:30am – 12:30pm (bookings not required/Grote Street dining area)

♥  Free Bag decorating (4+ yrs)  |  Friday 19 July 2019 from 9:30am – 12pm.  Join the team from Little Picassos to create your very own calico market bag.  (bookings not required/Grote Street dining area)



Churchill Centre

FREE Bricks 4 Kidz Workshops at Churchill Centre!

Saturday 6 – Sunday 21 July 2019 | Monday – Saturdays, 11am – 2pm | Sundays, 12pm-3pm

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.



Gepps X Home HQ

FREE Bricks 4 Kidz Workshops at Gepps X Home HQ!

Thursday 11  – Sunday 14  & Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 July 2019 | Thursday – Saturdays, 11am – 2pm | Sundays, 12pm-3pm

Located in the entrance to Toyworld.

Gepps X Home HQ – SA’s Largest Homemaker Centre | 250 Main North Road, Gepps Cross

Where X marks the spot for all your homeware needs



The Outlet Nanny at Harbour Town Adelaide

Your dreams have come true. Harbour Town offers 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.  The Outlet Nanny operates Monday to Sunday in School Holidays, Thursday to Sunday at all other times, as well as Public Holidays.

The Outlet Nanny is proudly supporting The Humour Foundation. Help them raise funds by donating when you use their Free Nanny Service.

School Holiday Hours  |  Monday – Saturday 10am to 2pm  |  Sundays 11am to 3pm



Westfield – Marion

Adventure awaits for your little wanderers these school holidays at Westfield Marion’s Happy Campers Immersive Zone.

Enjoy sensory nature play experiences and hands on craft, test your skills with board game fun, be transported to a fictional world at story time by the camp fire and finish with a sweet treat from the snack bar.

Happy Camper Craft Zone  |  Let your little campers creativity run wild with new craft activities daily. They will learn how to make nature wall hangings, upcycled festival jewellery and paper crowns.

QBD Campfire Stories – Listen and Learn  |  Sit amongst new friends in a tepee by the campfire and let your love for reading begin. Escape to a fictional land where no limits exist. All thanks to QBD.

Games World  |  There is nothing as cozy and fun as playing a family board game when camping. Not to mention the thrill of rolling double sixes and being able to overtake a competitor. Games World Marion are setting up a trail of games for you to play.

Charlesworth Snack Bar  |  Snacks are the best way to avoid hangry kids but you want to give your little campers healthy snacks that will keep them full until dinner. Developing a child’s liking to healthy snacks isn’t a quick and easy, it’s a process. Kids can also be quite fussy and not everyone likes the same foods. Charlesworth Nuts know this oh so well and have devised a self-serve Snack Bar with a healthy array of snacks.

Happy Campers Nature Play  |  Let your little campers creativity run wild with new nature-based sensory activities daily.

Aimed at children 2-12 years, Westfield Marion’s activities will run from Monday 8 July to Saturday 13 July 2019, 10am to 2pm daily.

Westfield Marion  |  297 Diagonal Rd, Oaklands Park



Westfield – West Lakes

Adventure awaits for your little wanderers these school holidays at Westfield West Lakes’ Happy Campers Immersive Zone.

Enjoy sensory nature play experiences and hands on craft, test your skills with board game fun, be transported to a fictional world at story time by the camp fire and finish with a sweet treat from the snack bar.

Happy Camper Craft Zone  |  Let your little campers creativity run wild with new craft activities daily. They will learn how to make nature wall hangings, upcycled festival jewellery and paper crowns.

QBD Campfire Stories – Listen and Learn  |  Sit amongst new friends in a tepee by the campfire and let your love for reading begin. Escape to a fictional land where no limits exist. All thanks to QBD.

Games World  |  There is nothing as cozy and fun as playing a family board game when camping. Not to mention the thrill of rolling double sixes and being able to overtake a competitor. Games World Marion are setting up a trail of games for you to play.

Charlesworth Snack Bar  |  Snacks are the best way to avoid hangry kids but you want to give your little campers healthy snacks that will keep them full until dinner. Developing a child’s liking to healthy snacks isn’t a quick and easy, it’s a process. Kids can also be quite fussy and not everyone likes the same foods. Charlesworth Nuts know this oh so well and have devised a self-serve Snack Bar with a healthy array of snacks.

Happy Campers Nature Play  |  Let your little campers creativity run wild with new nature-based sensory activities daily.

Aimed at children 2-12 years, Westfield West Lakes’s activities will run from Monday 15 July to Saturday 20 July 2019, 10am to 2pm daily.

Westfield West Lakes  | 111 West Lakes Boulevard, West Lakes


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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