Adelaide Summer School Holiday Guide | Theatre & Performing Arts | Dec 2017 to Jan 2018

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Adelaide School Holidays

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.

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. Remember to book in early if your child is interested in participating as classes fill quickly.

We also have an extensive list of individual posts listing special events, entertainment, shows and much more in our Summer Holidays 2017 category.

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Australian Company of Performing Arts

BE OUR GUEST – An interactive children’s pantomime! Tuesday 9 January – Saturday 13 January 2018

The Australian Company of Performing Arts is launching its season of ‘Be Our Guest’ this January! A perfect school holiday activity – one you will not want to miss!

What happens when a young Prince and his castle servants fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress?
This interactive pantomime tells the story of how this Prince needs to learn to be kind to others and show great respect to break the spell. We meet the inspiring village girl, Belle, who with the help of the castle’s servants, is persistent to help the Beast become a prince again. With lots of comical moments, high energy dance routines, great vocals and a very powerful message, the cast will have you up and dancing in no time. Don’t miss out!

Show Times

  •  Tuesday 9th January 2018 | 10.00am,  12.30pm
  •  Wednesday 10th January 2018 | 10am, 12.30pm
  • Thursday 11th January 2018 | 10.00am, 12.30pm
  • Friday 12th January 2018 | 10.00am, 12.30pm
  • Saturday 13th January 2018 | 10.00am, 12.30pm

Ticket Prices: Admit one $15.00 | Family of 4 $50.00 | ACPA | 37 Walsh Street, Thebarton



Adelaide Youth Theatre

Adelaide Youth Theatre present Elf JR and Shrek the Musical.

Elf JR | Arts Theatre

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Dates: Friday 22 & Saturday 23 December 2017 | Cost: Adult $35.00 | Child (ages 3-11) $20.00 | Venue: Arts Theatre | 53 Angus Street, Adelaide

CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS or call 0411 111 241

Shrek the Musical | Arts Theatre

“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek….” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek.

Dates: Friday 19, Saturday 20, Sunday 21, Friday 26 & Saturday 27 January 2018| Cost: Adult $35.00 | Child (ages 3-11) $20.00 | Venue: Arts Theatre | 53 Angus Street, Adelaide

CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS or call 0411 111 241


Operation Ouch! Live on Stage

Following their sold out Australian tour in January 2017, Dr Chris and Dr Xand are coming back. The stars of hit ABC Me children’s television series Operation Ouch!, are returning to Adelaide with a brand new show 4 to 5 January 2018.

TV’s favourite identical twins have been hard at work creating more incredible medical stunts and even crazier experiments. The all-new show is packed with fascinating facts about biology and the awesome things your body can do. Plus they’ll share their favourite bits from the TV show.

Don’t miss Dr Chris and Dr Xand LIVE ON STAGE as they explore medical science from a kid’s-eye view!

Presented by Andrew Kay and Associates and Adelaide Festival Centre.



Steve Backshall’s Deadly 60 Down Under – Live on Stage

After two sell-out Australian tours, Steve Backshall, the star of the hit TV show Deadly 60 is returning to Adelaide with his brand new stage show 6 to 7 January 2018.

However this time there is big difference… this summer Steve will appear live on stage with some of Australia’s deadliest animals!

Join Steve as he shares some of the wildest Deadly footage of his times in Australia… being lowered from a helicopter to dangle into a crocodile’s nest, or hand catching the world’s most venomous octopus just off Sydney Harbour. Plus there will be loads of audience participation and lots of on stage fun!

Don’t miss Steve Backshall and some of Australia’s deadliest wildlife on stage this summer!

Presented by Andrew Kay and Phil Bathols in association with Adelaide Festival Centre

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO                                  FACEBOOK


Theatre Bugs Junior Holiday Programs

Four to five, fun, fabulous days filled with drama activities, rehearsing, and painting props which finish with a production of Alice in Wonderland 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 White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, March Hare, Cheshire Cat and the Red Queen as they lead Alice on her magical journey in Wonderland.

Theatre Bugs has been teaching Adelaide’s children to act, sing, and dance for nearly 20 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 wonderful performances the students are able to create in just 4 – 5 days.

Week 1: Norwood, Unley & Glenelg | Monday 8 to Friday 12 January 2018 | Cost: $225 for the 5 day program

Week 2: Norwood & Unley | Monday 15 to Friday 19 January 2018 | Cost: $225 for the 5 day program

Week 3: Norwood, Unley and Golden Grove | Monday 22 to Thursday 25 January 2018 | $180 for the 4 day program




  • Christmas Proms – A World of Christmas 14-16 Dec | Details
  • Brain Candy Live – Adam Savage and Michael Stevens – 24 Jan  | Details
  • Youngharts Creative Convention – 8-12 Jan | 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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