Adelaide School Holidays – Family Fun & Entertainment | Apr 2019

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Adelaide School Holidays – April 2019

Find all the best activities & ideas for the Adelaide Autumn 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 Autumn Holidays 2019.

Family Fun & Entertainment autumn school holidays

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!




Circus Rio

Circus Rio is in Adelaide for the first time ever from 5 April to 12 May!

Be amazed as the incredible performers of Circus Rio take the whole family on a journey around the world, beginning at the famous Carnival of Rio de Janeiro!

You’ll be left speechless by FMX Motorbikes as they dazzle the crowd with their outlandish tricks – daring to go where no circus has dared to go before, whilst circus classics like juggling, acrobatics and rolla bolla will take adults back to their childhood days. Circus Rio is a fun and inspiring experience under the Big Top for all the family.

Tickets start at $19 for kids and $29 for adults.

Friday 5 April – Sunday 12 May 2019 | Bonython Park, Adelaide



Cleland Kids Extravaganza!

Kick off the school holidays with a fun and exciting day full of kids activities that will keep them engaged and busy throughout the day.

Along with all regular animal and keeper attractions, is a delicious smorgasbord of kids adventures. All of the activities are FREE with entry and include:

  • Special animal interactions for kids
  • Bird watching & Biodiversity talk with Cleland Director Professor Chris Daniels
  • Children’s yoga
  • Face painting, Cubby making, Crafting
  • Spider and scorpion show and tell
  • Book Readings with author Heather Freeman
  • Musical Puppet show with Dave and Gumnut the Koala
  • Wombat talk
  • Possum talk and interactions
  • Stick insect talk and interactions
  • Kids working bee

A highlight of the day includes the opportunity to take part in Cleland’s brand new childrens programs, Bush Babies, Cleland Kids Club, and Wildlifcation. Try for FREE before enrolments for term 2 begin. Prepurchase tickets and receive 10% off

Saturday 13 April 2019 | Cleland Wildlife Park | Mount Lofty Summit Rd, Crafers 



Kidz Gigantic Day Out

Kidz Gigantic Day Out—Adelaide’s biggest and most exciting kids event—is back, and just in time for the Easter School Holidays!

Returning to the Adelaide Convention Centre this Easter Long Weekend (19 & 20 April), the event offers amazing value and great fun for the whole family with four interactive zones; think Lego (Brick-a-laide); Science & Nature Play; Active Kidz; and Big Rigz. In addition, this year’s event will feature a fabulous series of new attractions with your entry ticket, including the PJ Masks ‘Meet the Heroes’ Live Stage Show; the Castle Capers Mega Inflatable Obstacle Course; The Scientific Bubble Show; Switched on Kids Stem Workshops; Lollipop Markets; Messy Play and more!

These school holidays think Kidz Gigantic Day Out at the Adelaide Convention Centre. For more information or to book tickets, visit



National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum is the largest undercover railway museum in Australia.

It contains almost 100 exhibits, housed in two major display pavilions.

Attractions include:

  • Lots of steam and diesel engines and carriages on display.
  • Heaps of hands-on displays and exhibitions.
  • Large operating model railway.
  • Theatrette running constantly.
  • Miniature train rides operating all day – no extra charge.

Open from 10am to 4pm EVERY DAY!

National Railway Museum | 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide | Cost: Family $32 (two adults and up to 3 children) |  Adult $12 | Concession $9 | Child $6 (5 – 15 years)



Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival

The Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival has been a family favourite for generations. Bring your own food and drinks onto the course, enjoy a picnic by your car and celebrate the Easter long weekend with family and friends.

The Easter Racing Carnival has been one of South Australia’s premier social and sporting occasions for almost 150 years, and the annual pilgrimage to the Adelaide Hills track is for many a family tradition that goes back generations. Racegoers can bring their own picnics and barbeques, and by the time racing begins the car park is awash with marquees, tents and barbeques as families and friends soak up the unique country racing atmosphere.

A family-oriented event, the Easter Racing Carnival has plenty of activities and entertainment designed especially for kids, including rides and amusements, an animal petting zoo, face painting, Kelly Sports and roving entertainers.

There’s so much to love about Oakbank Easter Races already, but in case you need reminding about how family-friendly the races are, you’ll find 30 things for the kids to do for your adult $30 general admission entry on Easter weekend listed below.  Remember – kids under 13 are free.

Easter Saturday – 20 April 2019 & Easter Monday – 22 April 2019 | 7am – 5pm (gates open 7am)


  • Storytime Ballet: Coppélia | The Australian Ballet | Details
  • Touch-a-Truck | City of Marion | Details
  • Touch a Truck | City of Onkaparinga | Details
  • Guess How Much I Love You – An Enchanting Easter | Details
  • Chocolate Factory High Tea | Stamford Plaza Adelaide | Details
  • Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival | Details
  • Free Live Music at Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens | Details
  • Fire & Spice Festival | Details
  • Girl Nation Live at The Gov | Details
  • Barossa Vintage Festival | Details
  • High Tea with the Easter Bunny | Details
  • Sand Sculptures | The Jungle Book in Sand | Details
  • Adelaide International Kite Festival | Details






Want even more inspiration for the Autumn 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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