Adelaide School Holidays – Educational & Creative Fun | October 2018

Adelaide School Holidays October 2018

Adelaide School Holidays – October 2018

Find all the best activities & ideas for the Adelaide October Spring 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 Spring Holidays 2018 category.


Spring School Holiday fun at the Adelaide Central Market

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 art and seedling planting workshops and cooking demonstrations with the Australian Mushroom Growers.

♥ Little Market Chefs – (5–12 years)  |  Tuesday 2nd, Thursday 4th, Tuesday 9th & Thursday 11th October 2018 at 9.30am, 11.30am & 1.30pm.  BOOK HERE

♥ Market Trail – (4+ years)  |  Tuesday 2nd, Thursday 4th & Friday 5 October 2018 from 9am to 1pm and Tuesday 9th, Thursday 11th & Friday 12th October 2018 from 9am to 1pm (self guided).  BOOK HERE

♥ Art workshop – FREE (all ages)  |  Friday 5 October 2018 from 9.30am to 11.30am with the team from Little Picassos.

♥ Bag Decorating Workshop – FREE (4+)  |  Friday 12 October from 9.30am to 12pm.  A fun workshop where children will have the chance to decorate their very own Market bag to bring along to their next Market shopping trip. Free Market bag included (numbers limited).

♥ Cooking Demonstration with Australian Mushroom Growers – FREE  |  Friday 12 October 2018 from 10am to 12pm. Learn how to make delicious family meals with Australian mushrooms, complete with recipes and free samples.

Adelaide Central Market  |  44-60 Gouger Street, Adelaide



Adelaide Gaol

Brick by Brick – October School Holiday Activity

Did you know that there was once a very unique way of preventing prisoners from escaping? Long before technology was used to monitor movement, guards relied on honeycomb bricks placed strategically along the tops of the walls to alert them to any potential breakouts.

Visit Adelaide Gaol these school holidays to learn more about these bricks and participate in a school holiday activity.  Hear the unique story behind the honeycomb bricks, and how they kept even the most mischievous inmates from escaping the Gaol. Children can then release their inner builder and construct their very own low-level honeycomb brick wall (with the help of a parent or guardian).


  • Friday 5 October 2018 | 11am – 12pm
  • Tuesday 9 October 2018 | 11am -12pm
  • Thursday 11 October 2018 | 11am -12pm

Cost: Free activity with ticket entry | Age: 5-12 years of age | Duration: 60 minutes | Bookings essential.

*Parents are required to supervise children throughout activity.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO, call 8231 4062 or email


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 2 to Thursday 11  October 2018 | Cost $9 per person | Bookings essential




Arts at Carclew 

Carclew’s Explore Arts school holiday program is here and we’re excited to announce that October is THE BEST OF EXPLORE ARTS.

All your favourite workshops, the ones that sold out superfast or icymi – are back!

This Spring will be bouncing with tech at SET IN MOTION: Stop Motion with GooRoo, LIFE AT 25 FRAMES PER SECOND: excursion to Anifex and MAKE IT MOVE: mechanical sculpture.

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty with CELLOGRAPH: aerosol art with street artist, FLORA AND FAUNA: foam printing, MONSTER CREATIONS: stand up cutouts and zine making, CRAZY CREATURE HEADRESS: masks to wear or hang, BOOK ILLUSTRATION: sketching, storyboarding and visual storytelling.

So tell your friends and book now before you miss out. #nofomo




Little Picassos

Spring School Holiday ART Workshops

Join Little Picassos this Spring 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, as well as classes in Blackwood and Cumberland 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.

Classes running Tuesday 2 October to Friday 12 October 2018 |  Times vary each day – check the programs for details.

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




Migration Museum

School Holidays at the Migration Museum – An interactive installation by SBS and Google Creative Labs

For many in the developed world, life can be consumed with material objects. Our possessions inadvertently become everything to us. But what if you had to flee your homeland forever? What’s the one item you couldn’t live without?

Created by SBS’s Digital Creative Labs using technology developed by Google’s Creative Lab, this interactive experience shares stories of people who left their homeland, and almost everything they own, in search of a new life in Australia.

Your mobile phone is required to engage with this interactive experience. Presented and produced by SBS’ Digital Creative Labs. Free wifi available. Suitable for ages 5+. FREE drop-in activity

SALA FESTIVAL: Departure, Transit, Arrival: stories by Joanna Majchrowska

Where do you come from?

Take the time to see this beautiful photographic exhibition that illustrates Joanna’s journey from Poland to Australia in the 1960s, long before digital cameras were invented. Think about your family’s journey to Adelaide, and make your own personal life map.  Suitable for ages 5-12. FREE drop-in activity

Saturday 29 September – 14 October | 10am – 5pm | FREE ages 5 to 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 Claymation workshops will be held on the last 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 at a professional level.

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 13 & Sunday 14 October 2018 | 11am – 3pm | Free with Museum admission | Bookings preferred

National Motor Museum | Shannon Street, Birdwood | 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) | : Phone 8568 4000 or email




NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts)

NIDA comes to Adelaide this Spring!

Help your kids unlock their creative potential and build confidence these spring holidays.

Led by industry professionals in a fun and supportive environment, NIDA holiday courses for grades 3–12 start Monday 8 October at Scotch College. Running from 2–5 days, courses include NIDA Drama School, Screen Acting Boot Camp, NIDA Audition Preparation and more! They all conclude with a presentation to an invited audience including family and friends!

Places are filling quickly, early booking advised.





Pop Up Science Centre – World of Change

Workshops! Shows! Hands-on Exhibits from Questacon! Starlabs! If you love Science and can’t get enough of it, if you’re looking for a quality school holiday experience, then go along and spend a full three hours with SciWorld at their Pop-Up Science Centre this October school holidays.  Conveniently located at the Adelaide Showground (Thomas Edmond Studio), with access and loads of parking available off Rose Terrace, Wayville.  The theme is World of Change.  See the new “It’s Elemental” science show and learn something new in one of the workshops: Chemistry Capers, States of Matter, Up Up & Away and Robotics. Learn about the solar system in the new digital Starlab and explore the hands on exhibits.

Affordable, quality family fun at just $15 for children aged 5-15 years, with younger siblings and accompanying adults completely free.  This is also a Children’s University Learning Destination, so don’t forget to bring your passports for three hours of learning time!  A limited number of tickets may be available at the door, subject to online sales (door tickets will be $20 per child).

DATES: Tuesday 9 October: 10am – 1pm; or 2pm – 5pm  |  Wednesday 10 October: 2pm – 5pm | Thursday 11 October: 2pm – 5pm




Scoffed School of Food and Fun

Why not get the kids to give their thumbs a rest and use their dexterity in a different way these school holidays?

Cooking classes at Scoffed start from just $33 for a 90 minute session which includes eating or taking away their creations. Kids age 5+ get to try their hand at dishes from all over the world like Mexican, Chinese, Japanese and of course Italian amongst many other things.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are their “sweet treat“ days when they get to make dessert, whilst on other days they teach healthy, balanced, and very yummy meals.  All their recipes are tailored to the specific age group, ensuring the kids get as much to do as possible. So whether they are just starting out or have a few skills they want to build on, Scoffed cooking classes are perfect.

Classes start at 11.30am and 2pm every day.  Choose from one of the many school holiday classes on offer from Scoffed.

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




South Australian Maritime Museum

School Holidays at the South Australian Maritime Museum – Sunken Secrets

Are you ready to get down and dirty? The ocean holds many secrets hidden in the muddy sea bed.  How do we find sunken relics, how do we know what they are, and what do they reveal about lost ships and past voyagers?

Sunken Secrets lets you get your hands on history – literally.   Working with their archaeologists, you will handle real artefacts and learn how they help piece together the puzzles of our maritime past.

Equipped with your new skills, follow the museum trail and take the ‘Time Detectives Challenge’. Reward yourself with a climb up the lighthouse and imagine the Port River one hundred years ago.  Will there be secrets there? You will soon find out!

Tuesday 2 to Friday 12 October 2018 | Weekdays 10am – 3pm | $6 per child includes the lighthouse (bookings not required).

SA Maritime Museum | 126 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide | Phone 8207 6255 or email


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Adelaide School Holidays October 2018

Want even more inspiration for the Spring School Holidays?

Click here to take a look at our list of ideas for every school holidays.

Why not check out some of Adelaide’s Top Tourist Attractions or head to one of our favourite Parks & Playgrounds.

Remember, you can always check in with your Local Library (find yours here) or your Local Council (see our list) as most run special activities for children every school holidays – and many are inexpensive, or completely free!

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.


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