Adelaide School Holiday Guide – Shop & Play | Dec 2018 – Jan 2019

Adelaide School Holidays Events Activities

Adelaide School Holidays – December & January 2018

Find all the best activities & ideas for the Adelaide Summer 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.

We also have an extensive list of individual posts listing special events, entertainment, shows and much more in our Summer Holidays 2018-19 category.

Churchill Centre

FREE Christmas Craft*

  • Wednesday 19 – Saturday 22 December 2018 | 11am-2pm
  • Sunday 23 December 2018 | 12pm-3pm | *limited stock available per day.

Look out for Santa throughout the Centre or at the Little Chicago Express Santa Station.

  • Wednesday 19 December 2018 | 9:30am-11:30am
  • Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 December 2018 | 11am-2pm
  • Sunday 23 December 2018 | 12pm-3pm

PLUS, visit the GIANT Christmas tree! Adelaide’s largest, real indoor tree!  And the 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

Santa Happy Snaps – Lights, camera, Santa!

Are you ready for your family Santa happy snaps? Santa will be at Elizabeth City Centre getting photos with everyone from Thursday 22 November – Monday 24 December near Harris Scarfe and he would love to see you!  Quiet Santa, their dedicated Santa visiting events for children who need a little more peace and quiet during their visit, will also be available on select dates.

Get festive and decorate an ornament for your Christmas tree at the FREE fun workshops for kids from 17-24 December.

For event times and more information including the Hip Hip Holiday trading hours, visit their website link below.

ELizabeth City Centre | 50 Elizabeth Way, Elizabeth



The Outlet Nanny at Harbour Town Adelaide

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 January school holidays and Thursday to Sunday at all other times.

December opening hours : Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 2pm and Sundays/Public Holidays 11am to 3pm. 

January opening hours: 1 to 27 Monday to Saturday, 10am-2pm and Sunday 11am – 3pm



Port Canal Shopping Centre

Father Christmas is coming to Port Canal!

Visit Father Christmas and receive a FREE gift bag* and FREE 5x7inch professional photo to take home. Go along to the Port Canal Shopping Centre Saturday 15 December & Thursday 20 through to Monday 24 December between 10am and 1pm where you can meet Father Christmas and tell him what’s on your wish list!

  • Saturday 15 December  | 10am–1pm
  • Thursday 20 – Monday 24 December10am–1pm

*Only 80 gift bags available per day

Plus, you can enter the draw to win 1 of 5 $1000 Coles Gift Cards just by spending $50 at Kmart or Coles, $25 at Rite Price or $15 at any other Port Canal Shopping Centre retailer.



Westfield Tea Tree Plaza

Back to School Activity Zone

Join Westfield Tea Tree Plaza during the last week of the holidays for fun, exciting and mess-free Back to School activities.

From Monday 21 January to Friday 25 January between 11am and 2pm on Level 2, near Kmart.

Get the kids back to school ready with the following activities:

  • Monday | Library bag art
  • Tuesday | Pencil case craft
  • Wednesday | Lunchbox decorating
  • Thursday | Notebook design
  • Friday | Drink Bottle decorating

Westfield Tea Tree Plaza | 976 North East Rd, Modbury


Westfield West Lakes

Transformers Immersive Zone & Bumblebee Meet & Greet

Transformers Immersive Zone (21-25 January 2019)

Test your skills in the Decepticon NERF challenge arena, complete team roll-out puzzles and challenges, interact with the mission tech iPads, trace your own Transformer and have a photo taken with fan-favourite, Bumblebee!  11am – 2pm near Target, in between QBD Books & Minimax. Click here for more information.

Bumblebee Meet & Greet (21-25 January 2019)

Have you ever wanted to meet a Transformer? Well now’s your chance! Bumblebee is pulling into Westfield West Lakes these school holidays at 11am-11:30am, 12pm-12:30pm & 1pm-1:30pm near Target, in between QBD Books & Minimax.  Click here for more information.

Spendless Shoes DIY Pencil Case (22-24 January 2019)

Join the team from Spendless Shoes to customise your very own pencil case and put the cool into Back to School. It’s first come, first served – so be sure to grab your spot early! From 10am – 12pm next to Woolworths.  Click here for more information.

Westfield West Lakes  |  111 West Lakes Boulevard, West Lakes



  • Nature Play SA Christmas Pop-Up Shop | Details
  • Ebenezer Night Markets | Details


Want even more inspiration for the Summer 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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At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change. Holiday Activities in Adelaide…What do to with the kids during the holidays…School Holiday Ideas…South Australian school holiday guide…Great school holiday ideas….What’s on for kids in Adelaide 


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