Autumn School Holiday Guide Adelaide | The Best Activities & Ideas for Kids | April 2017

 Autumn April School Holiday Adelaide

Autumn Holidays in Adelaide! Find all the Best Activities & Ideas for the April 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 to keep the kids busy.

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 Autumn Holidays 2017 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.









Active Recreation Sport autumn school holiday

Australian Sports Camps

Australian Sports Camps have run camps for over 33 years and provide excellent 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 enjoyment of their sport.

Join Australian Sports Camps for a great three-day sports camp and improve your playing ability with their structured and progressive programs including specialist coaching sessions. The programs cater for 6-16-year old’s of all abilities and each program runs from 9am-3pm daily. ASC are offering four sports camps during the school holidays in Basketball, Netball, Soccer and AFL Football at Westminster School, Marion on 26, 27 and 28 April. Book a terrific ASC program now and join the experienced panel of coaches and guest stars!

Special offer for Play and Go readers: save 20% on ASC camps – use this coupon code: playandgoaut17 when booking online. Cost $236 for three days instead of $295.




Roll up, roll up, it’s time to put the books down and spend the holidays with Cirkidz. They’ve got 2 great programs to choose from! Go hang out and learn some great take home skills!

Program 1: CIRKIDZ Holiday Program | Suggested ages 5 – 12
This April, Cirkidz are packing the program with heaps of OFF THE WALL, SOAR, AMAZING ACROBATICS and CIRCUS SPECTACULAR sessions. Go for a taste of everything or pick specialised days. Choose from a half day, full day or a full week before school starts!
Week 1: Tuesday April 18 – Friday April 21 | Week 2: Wednesday April 26 – Friday April 28
Mornings 8.30am – 12noon | Afternoons 12.30pm – 4.00pm | Drop off available for morning sessions from 8.00am and pickup available for afternoon sessions until 5.00pm.

Program 2: ParkAwesome School Holiday Workshops | Ages 9 – 15
Due to popular demand, parkour is back these April holidays! Cirkidz trainers are pumped to help you perfect your street style and introduce some new ways to move around the space. Experienced participants and beginners are all welcome so you can go and learn the basics if you are new to the practice, but also have the opportunity to advance your training if you’ve already got some mad skills! A specialty workshop for ages 9 – 15. 2 sessions to choose from each day: Thursday April 20 and 2 sessions to choose from on Thursday April 27 | Mornings 8.30am – 12noon | Afternoons 12.30pm – 4.00pm | Drop off available for morning sessions from 8.00am and pickup available for afternoon sessions until 5.00pm.



The City of Charles Sturt – FREE School Holiday Sports Program

The City of Charles Sturt is inviting all children aged 3 – 17 years to try a new sport and get involved in their FREE School Holiday Sports Program. The program will be held from Tuesday 18 to Friday 28 of April 2017. Registrations close Monday 16th of April 2017 so be sure to book in early as there are limited numbers for each activity. Choose from over 20 different sports including football, athletics, bicycle racing, croquet, dancing and much more.

The City of Charles Sturt Program aims to provide an avenue for young people to:

  • Try new or different sport and recreation activities FREE of charge
  • Increase their level of physical activity
  • Learn about creating a healthy lifestyle through sport and recreation
  • Boost their self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Make new friends


city of charles sturt sports april holidays


Hockey SA

Hockey SA is pleased to offer School Holiday Clinics for boys and girls aged 6-18 these School Holidays on April 26-27. Beginners through to experienced players are welcome with children grouped by age/skill level and each field player session tailored to be a fun and interactive participation clinic for all involved.

Come and experience an Olympic sport and have a fun-filled day outdoors with coaching from current SA Hotshots & SA Suns state players, state coaches and SASI athletes & coaches.

Dates: Wednesday 26 April & Thursday 27 April | 9am-3pm
Price: $59 one day or $99 for two days

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO or contact Jose Rabet –



ICA Sportzworx Stepney

ICA Sportzworx Stepney’s school holiday clinics are available for all junior and primary school children. School Holiday clinics are held from 9.30am to 3.30pm every holidays. Kids also have the option to attend a half day session from 9.30am to 12.30pm or 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Please check the website for dates.

ICA Stepney provide coaching and fun games for the kids to take part in, focusing on sports such as cricket, soccer, netball, dodgeball, t-ball and other fun games. The kids are fully supervised at all times and are within a safe, indoor environment so they can have some active fun no matter what the weather is like. ICA’s Junior Sport Coaches cater for kids of any skill level. Lunch is provided for all kids too, making it even easier for parents (except afternoon half days).

CLICK HERE FOR BOOKINGS or call 8362 8808.

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Latitude Adelaide

Race down to Latitude these school holidays for heaps of high flying fun. Boasting an acre of indoor aerial entertainment, there is something for the whole family. 

Harness in and race your mates up the climbing walls or tackle Sky Walk, the sky-high obstacle course. If your courage is really peaking try the 10 metre Down Rush – it’s all fun and games until you stand on the ledge! High performance tramps, giant airbag and a huge free jump zone are always jam packed with freestylers. And the little tackers have a dedicated Kids Zone, designed specifically for kids from 18 months to five years. Complete with mini trampolines, a huge foam pit and their very own jungle gym.

Latitude are open 7 days a week. In fact, they’ve got so much going on that they’re opening at the earlier time of 9am weekdays during the school holidays.

Bookings essential! So, book your session today and take your school holiday fun to new heights!



MEGA COURTS Indoor Sports

MEGA COURTS  MEGA INFLATABLE FUN ZONE is open all April school holidays! It’s MEGA FUN – BIG TIME!

How fast can you complete the Commando Course? Test your skills with your friends! Jumping castles, mazes, basketball & soccer skill shots and lots more to explore. TWO HOUR SESSIONS | $12p.p or $10p.p groups of 8+ . Groups of 8+ can also take advantage of playing any one of the sports – netball, soccer, cricket and dodgeball at NO EXTRA COST!  Relax in their large seated café area with great coffee and snacks, ample on-site parking and clean, modern facilities. *Sessions and court bookings all subject to availability. Book in early to secure your preferred time slot! Bookings essential.

SPECIAL THURSDAY NIGHT OFFER | $20p.p | 6PM TO 9PM | AGES 9+ | AVAILABLE April 20 & 27  2017
– three hours of all available inflatable activities & court time (soccer, netball or dodgeball)
– pizza and drink for each child
– drop off & pick up optional (sign in / sign out)

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO or phone 8366 2240 to book.


Netball SA – Suncorp NetSetGo & Netball Skills Clinic

Netball SA will once again be hosting clinics for boys and girls in the April school holiday break. The School Holiday Netball Clinics provide all players aged 5-16 years with the chance to be coached by accredited Netball SA Community Netball Coaches. Clinics focus on technique, ball control, footwork, goal shooting, defence, passing and small sided games and most importantly they are FUN!

Suncorp NetSetGO Come N Try – 5-7 Years | Wednesday 26 April 2017 | 9.30am – 11.30am | Cost: $45.00
Suncorp NetSetGO Skills Clinic – 8-10 Years | Wednesday 26 April 2017 | 1pm – 4pm | Cost $55.00
Netball SKILLS Clinic – 11-16 Years | Thursday 27 April 2017 | 9am – 3pm | Cost $80.00 – Catered lunch provided | Priceline Stadium | 155 Railway Terrace, Mile End South

The Future Stars camp will feature specialist sessions delivered by Thunderbirds players Emily Burgess, Fiona Themann and Karyn Bailey, as well as an expert injury prevention session with Adelaide Thunderbirds High Performance Strength and Conditioning Coach Todd Andrews. The Future Stars camp will focus on building player’s skills, teaching new techniques and working on various in game tactics, game sense scenarios and match practice. The Future Stars Camp provides a perfect opportunity for up and coming netballers to take their game to the next level and learn from the very best South Australia has to offer!

Future Stars Camp – 11-16 Years | Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 April 2017 | 9:00am-3:15pm daily | Priceline Stadium | Cost: $250 per participant




School holidays just got a whole lot more interesting with Adelaide’s newest indoor activity park – Pumpt at 221 Marion Road, Richmond.

Pumpt’s Indoor BMX, MTB, Skate & Scooter Park will keep the kids entertained, challenged and totally exhausted with an hour workout on the Pumpt tracks, tabletop and skate ramps. Bring your little tikes too and let them loose in the balance bike area. Get kitted out in cool street and apparel wear from The Store, then refuel at Boneshaker, Pumpt’s licensed in-house cafe serving up delicious, freshly prepared food and good coffee.

Bikes and scooters are included in the entry fee, just bring your helmet and your energy. Go for a ride, have a party, shop at The Store and eat at Boneshaker.



Ready Steady Go Kids | 3 to 6 year olds

Season 3 of the increasingly popular Holiday Program is set for April, 2017. These Holiday Programs are open to ALL children aged 3-6yo and cover aspects of THREE different sports in a fun, energetic, 2-hour session. This season, its the hitting and kicking sports with AFL and Cricket in Session 1, Rugby and TBall in Session 2. Athletics games will be included in both Sessions.

FRIDAY APRIL 21 and MONDAY APRIL 24, 2017 | 9.45-11.45am

Marion Leisure and Fitness Centre (Cnr Rosedale Ave and Oaklands Rd, Morphettville)

Cost: $25 per session or $40 for both sessions* (*Price if paid before Thurs Apr 20, 5pm. Payment after this date is $30 per session)

CLICK HERE TO BOOK or for further info, please contact



Wild Imagination 

Outdoor nature play vacation care and family events

Give screen time the flick and get back to nature! Wild Imagination provides a fun, safe and engaging way for children (and sometimes parents) to get outside and connect with the natural world. Join Wild Imagination this school holidays at their fully fenced area of the Park Lands (near Victoria Park) and show your children a taste of the childhood you remember… getting muddy, having fun, inventing games and making memories. There is a huge area with tonnes of activities to choose from. And the best part is, the kids get to choose what to do! Here’s a taste of the activities to expect:

  • Nature crafts like making dream catchers, clay mandalas, magic wands and stick people
  • Using real tools to do wood whittling, nature printing and weaving
  • Water play including potion making with flowers and herbs
  • Building in our ‘Inventors Playground’ using loose parts like wood, tarps, boxes, ropes, pipes and tonnes more!
  • Plus lots more exciting activities changing daily

Choose from 2 great options….KIDS ONLY days are open to primary school aged kids (5-12 years) and are a great alternative to Vacation Care. Open 8:30am-5pm, kids get to play all day and choose their own adventure. Wild Imagination FAMILY FUN sessions are great for kids of all ages (1-101 years) and run from 9am-12pm.

Play & Go readers can receive 10% off the Kids Only and Family Sessions during Autumn. The code is: PLAYANDGO



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  • Todd Perry Tennis Academy | Holiday Tennis Clinic | 19 to 22 December | Rostrevor | Details
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Animal Adventures autumn school holiday

Adelaide Zoo & Monarto Zoo

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Zooperheroes! Are you ready to join a wild superhero adventure?

Join the super teams at Adelaide and Monarto Zoo on a quest to save wildlife! Bring your little heroes along for an adventure and explore all the ways our zoos help save animals from extinction and learn how to be a superhero for nature.

Visit Adelaide and Monarto Zoos these school holidays in your superhero outfit and discover some real-life superheroes around the zoo! Children will receive their very own superhero mask and learn how to become an everyday conservation superhero.

From Captain Aqua, who never wastes water and is always conscious of the use of electricity, to Detective Fauna, Professor Stink, and Dr Defender, who protects animals from poachers, the conservation Superheroes will show you what it takes to be a wildlife hero yourself when you visit Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Zoo!

There’s even more packed in to both Adelaide and Monarto Zoo’s fun-filled schedules over the school break to keep little and big people alike busy, with special Super Animals Show where you will see their very own and super cute ‘super-animals’ up close, free Meet the Keeper presentations and some great prizes up for grabs.

Adelaide Zoo’s vacation care program, ZOOcation care, is also in full swing, giving kids an opportunity to spend the day at the zoo visiting all their favourite animal friends under the care of a qualified conservation educator. FIND OUT MORE & BOOK HERE

For extra fun, download the Adelaide Zoo app to your smartphone to discover more and to have a virtual keeper in the palm of your hand!

Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Zoo are open every day from 9.30am – 5pm.


Zoo Superheroes


Animal Farm Goolwa

At the Animal Farm Goolwa, from 10am to 4pm every day throughout the school holidays, you can feed the goats, lambs, chooks, emus and lots of other animals. Children can interact with small animals in the barn and meet the rescue joeys, look in on the pigs, have a chat with our cocky and galahs, feed the donkeys or sheep in their paddocks. Take a free trailer ride too! The ever popular pony rides will also be available every day, subject to the weather, (be sure to book on arrival). Why not enjoy a coffee and snack in the café too at Animal Farm Goolwa, located next to Goolwa Airport on Airport Road.
Admission is just $8 per child and $10 per adult. Pony rides $5.
See Google here for directions or Trip Advisor (Award Winner 2015 & 2016) for details. It’s a wonderful day out for the whole family. Contact: 0451 502 858.



Gorge Wildlife Park

A place where people and animals get together! Bring the kids these school holidays to get up close and personal with their wildlife.

See all your favourite Australian and exotic animals, birds and reptiles.  Walk amongst and feed the Kangaroos and Wallabies, see Dingoes, Wombats, Meerkats, Otters, monkeys and more!  They have lots of birds to see with walk through aviaries and free flying birds too.  Their reptile house displays will keep the kids looking for more with snakes, lizards, frogs and baby crocodiles.

For those who like the cute and cuddly, have a pat or cuddle with one of their koalas with free sessions daily at 11.30am, 1.30 and 3.30pm.  Or for those who are a bit more adventurous get up close with a snake at 1pm daily during the school holidays.

Kiosk, souvenir shop, picnic areas and free gas barbeques available for your use.  Open 7 days a week from 9am – 5pm.

30 Redden Drive, Cudlee Creek | Phone 08 8389 2206


Easter School Holidays Adelaide Gorge Wildlife Park


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. Play in their brand new playground and sand pit too.


Easter School Holidays Adelaide Hahndorf Farm Barn


Platform 1 Heritage Farm Railway 

Paddock to Plate & Train Ride Experience – Autumn Farmyard Fun!
Throw on a jumper, breathe the fresh air and let’s go ‘check on the cows’…
Make butter, collect the eggs, grind wheat, and learn to crack a whip. Discover about the food chain and find out why poo is an important part of a healthy farm. Walk the paddocks and learn how Mother Nature prepares itself for winter. The children will be learning about farms and farm animals without even knowing it; they will think it is all fun!
Have a train ride, play on the hands-on railway displays and have a go at the outdoor old fashioned games. Then feed the friendly farm animals, blow cow horns, walk the open paddocks and then warm up in the undercover picnic area with yummy homemade pancakes.
Bookings essential.
This is a full morning/afternoon organised program. If this does not suit you, you can still visit Platform 1 any day at your leisure during the holidays.


Adelaide Summer School Holidays - Platform 1


  • 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


Cooking & Food autumn school holiday

Adelaide Central Market

Big Market Adventures for Little Foodies is back at the Market these school holidays! All activities are free or low cost and include the ever popular Market Trail at just $8 (plus booking fee), Little Market Chefs at just $18 (plus booking fee), FREE kids gardening, FREE calico bag decorating and the Big Balloon Giveaway! And there’s something for the parents too, with a free cooking demonstration with Hayley, Lauren and Dinah from Adelady!


Spring School Holiday fun at the Adelaide Central Market



Find your Happy Place at Gelatissimo!

Gelatissimo is celebrating the home entertainment release of Trolls with two limited edition flavours and an in-store competition! Enter the wondrous world of Trolls with ‘Poppy’s Frosting’ and ‘Branch’s Cupcake’, which are sure to excite the little kids and big kids at heart these school holidays.
POPPY’S FROSTING – a Bubblegum frosting gelato flavour topped with red sugar crystals and blue edible flowers
BRANCH’S CUPCAKE – a delicious Cupcake gelato flavour topped with blue sugar crystals and purple edible pearls
Try both flavours for the ‘Happiest Cupcake’, served in their limited edition Trolls cup!

Plus enter the in-store colour-in competition for your chance to win a Trolls Entertainment Pack. Head in-store or their website for details. Get ready to sing, laugh and dance at Gelatissimo!



Grill’d Norwood

Kids Masterclass – Entertain the kids these school holidays at Grill’d Norwood with 1.5 hours of fun activities and healthy burger making whilst you take some time out on The Parade. The cost is $22 per child which includes a burger, chips and a drink.

Wednesday 26 April 2017 | Thursday 27 April 2017

10.00 – 11:30am | Grill’d Norwood – Corner of The Parade and George St, Norwood

FIND OUT MORE OR BOOK: Phone 8333 1806 or email



Scoffed School of Food & Fun

Autumn Holiday Classes Ready To Book Now. Now that mad March is over it’s time to get some cooking activities booked in for the kids. At Scoffed they’re travelling round the world this holidays with visits to France, Mexico, USA, Italy, Japan, Thailand and home in Australia! There will be heaps of baking and savoury classes, so the kids can go more than once and know they’ll learn something new every time. Classes start after the Easter weekend on Tuesday 19 April and run until Saturday 29 April. This holidays there will be classes on Saturday mornings too.

Age 9+ Food Saucerers: Kids play like adults in this class creating amazing creations that MKR contestants would be proud of! They will be baking a Zumba style mousse cake, banoffee pavlova, and eclairs. Spaces are limited. CLICK HERE TO BOOK

Food Chief Master Classes for age 8+ and Teenagers: Let your kids get a bit more in depth in these classes. In the past they’ve learned how to make bread, pasta, noodles, pastry etc from scratch. On the menu this holidays is Mexican meat pies, Tarte Tatin, New York Cheesecake, Pasta Rotolo to name a few. These classes are really popular. CLICK HERE TO BOOK

Food Chief Entree Classes for all ages up to 12: Simple and easy classes for kids of all ages who just want to get their hands dirty in the kitchen. Some of the dishes they’ll be cooking this holidays are sweet treats like Plum Cobbler, Lamingtons and self saucing chocolate puddings as well as savoury favourites like Pad Thai, Japanese Hand Rolls, and even a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich!  CLICK HERE TO BOOK

Click here to have a look at all that’s on offer for the little ones under 7 and here for those 8 and above.


Scoffed autumn april school holiday guide


Educational & Creative Fun autumn school holiday

Adelaide Planetarium

Calling all star-gazers and junior astronauts, go and take a tour of the solar system these school holidays!

Venture to the Adelaide Planetarium, a theatre with a domed-shaped ceiling and a star projector to realistically show the position of constellations, stars and planets. You can almost feel the earth turn as the projector rotates to simulate the motion of the earth’s rotation during the course of the night. One of the Planetarium’s experienced educators will guide you through the solar system before you experience one of our full dome movies. See session dates & times here | Tickets $8 each | Bookings are essential.

SciFun Days are back!
Thursday 20 April & Friday 21 April 2017
Join a Planetarium session, discover how your bodies and brains work in a SciWorld workshop and then see the Science for Superheros Show.
Only $22 per child for three hours of non-stop education and entertainment! | Recommended age 5 to 11 yrs | Bookings essential.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK or phone 8302 3138.

Planetarium school holiday



Kids Art Classes Online. 33% off!

Use the school holidays to give your kids the opportunity to engage and develop their artistic abilities as Adelaide’s own artist, Kirsty Shadiac, teaches them to draw, paint and create using Artventure! Artventure is an online library of art classes for kids with hundreds of lessons for children aged 5-12. Kirsty’s teaching techniques are fun, easy to follow and, most importantly, proven to build children’s confidence and abilities in art! Studies show that children who engage in art are 4 times more likely to succeed in other subjects.

Try Artventure for FREE by signing up for a trial here (no credit card required)
❤️Get your art materials ready (You can use paint, pencils, crayons – anything your kids love to create with
❤️Choose a lesson from Artventure’s extensive library
❤️Watch the lesson and have your child follow along to create their own masterpiece!
Your children will learn and develop fundamental skills to unlock their own creative potential and develop the techniques that will give them the lifelong gifts that comes from having confidence and competence in art!
Until the end of the school holidays, Artventure is offering South Australian families 33% off of all subscription packages. To take advantage of the offer, simply use the code “PLAYANDGO” when upgrading your free trial to either a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.


Artventure online kids art classes


Little Picassos

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

Little Picassos 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 in a day your child is fully supervised over the breaks.

Classes running Saturday 15 April – Friday 28 April |  times vary each day – check the programs for details.

Two locations, Glenelg and Hyde Park | GLENELG: 686 Anzac Highway | HYDE PARK: Rear of 330 Unley Road




Migration Museum

Revolting Girls and Rotting Boys

This one-hour activity will explore the lives of a few of the ‘revolting girls’ who passed through the Destitute Asylum in the mid-1800s and the ‘rotting boys’ who lived on the Hulk Fitzjames between 1880- 1891. Walk in, dress up, line up, and fess up to your crimes. Have fun working through the choices that you made and your eventual destination. Working through five different stations, explore what life was like for these children. Wednesday 19 April 2017 | 11.00am | Bookings essential – $5 per child | Suitable for 8 -12 year olds


The Game of Life

You are in Adelaide in the 1800s, where your luck is made by the roll of the dice. Your clothing may not be suitable for your age or the season, it might feel hot and scratchy – you have to make do with what you have! These suggestions are just a start – use the dress-ups, props and your imagination to enter the world of the past. Daily 10am – 4pm | Free | No bookings required | Suitable for all ages. Both activities will run Tuesday 18 to Friday 28 April 2017 excluding Anzac Day.



National Motor Museum

GooRoo Animation Claymation at the National Motor Museum. Have you ever wondered how animators bring blobs of plasticine to life? Through a fun, hands-on workshop at the National Motor Museum, your child can explore the creative world of claymation and from their fingertips, stories will unfold. For two days only, renowned local animation wizzes GooRoo Animation will be running claymation workshops at the National Motor Museum inspired by the new exhibition, Bush Mechanics. Children will be able to make their own animation starting with little more than a few balls of plasticine. They will learn how to sculpt their own characters, record and edit their creations, and will take home their very own stop-motion animation.

The new exhibition, Bush Mechanics, at the National Motor Museum is set in Central Australia, where local Aboriginal community members keep their cars running using old spares or whatever can be found in the bush and a whole lot of ingenuity. This fun, interactive exhibition will be open from 12 April to 7 July, before embarking on a national tour.

Workshops are free with regular admission. Book and pay today to ensure your child doesn’t miss out!

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April 2017 |12 – 4pm | National Motor Museum | Shannon Street, Birdwood |Admission: Adults $15.50 | Concession $12.50 | Child $6.50 | Family $35 (up to 6 children)



South Australian Maritime Museum

Calling all explorers, scientists and artists! Set sail on your own voyage of discovery.
Take the explorers trail and discover if you have what it takes to join Matthew Flinders’ or Nicolas Baudin’s voyages in 1801. Select a scientific specimen to paint and take home; you will need to identify the specimen and include the scientific name. Younger explorers can create their artwork and make a badge.
Explore, paint, create, take a Port River cruise and climb the lighthouse!

Tuesday 18 to Friday 28 April 2017 | 10am to 3pm weekdays excluding Anzac Day | $6 per child, bookings not required
South Australian Maritime Museum | 126 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide.



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  • Festival of Mud | Unley | 27 April 2017 | Details
  • Professor Plumkin’s PLAYshop | State Library of South Australia | Details


Family Fun & Entertainment autumn school holidays

Adelaide Shores

Make the school holidays super special at Adelaide Shores

School holidays are almost upon us and, as always, Adelaide Shores is the perfect place to escape!

Whether you want to relax or be an action-packed adventurer, the BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park or Adelaide Shores Resort is where you need to be. They have some fantastic rates for April school holidays.  Their sites start from $45 and cabins of all sizes start from $119 per night.

You may be five minutes or five hours away yet you can always be sure of a warm welcome, excellent accommodation and fantastic facilities for all the family.

Eliminate the ‘I’m Bored’ and secure your school holiday escape now by calling their friendly reservations team on 1800 444 567.


Adelaide Shores Autumn 2017


Adelaide Oval RoofClimb

Looking for a new way to keep the kids entertained these school holidays? Take them on a sky-high adventure across Adelaide Oval’s iconic roofline with the Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb!

Guided by your RoofClimb Leader, your group will soak up spectacular views of the city as you travel along the roofline of the Western Stand, before crossing a link bridge to the Riverbank Stand. You will then be led to an open viewing platform 50 metres above the Oval, where you can test your nerve as you lean out over the goal square, tethered only by your harness!

Children aged 8 years and up can take on the icon, so get your family together for an experience they’ll never forget.

Participation terms and conditions apply, please refer to their website. Participants must be a minimum of 8 years of age, minimum height 120cm and maximum participant weight 136kg. Participants aged over 75 years must have the Medical Clearance Form signed by their doctor and bring it on the day.


Adelaide Oval roof climb school holidays


Event Cinemas

Escape the stress of entertaining the kids these school holidays by catching one of these family titles! THE BOSS BABY will show the kids who’s the BOSS in this film about sibling rivalry while BEAUTY and THE BEAST will transport them to a magical world in this finely crafted all-singing, all-action remake of the fairytale classic. SMURFS – THE LOST VILLAGE is a new animated adventure full of fun and all your favourite SMURF characters, and who could go past THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE with all your favourite super heroes and villains coming to life in LEGO. Finally, for those who love music, movement and drama, there is DANCE ACADEMY.

Why not catch all of these great movies at Event Cinemas Marion or GU Film House Glenelg! Not a CineBuzz member? Check out the FREE Movie Club membership, for special advanced screenings and discounted offers.




Play at the Bay

Kids, tweens and teens: don’t be bored in the school holidays. Be active! Be arty! Be crafty! Get cooking! Get outdoors! And get into Play at the Bay! Try some bead work on the beach, a fun chocolate workshop, Fairy School and Superhero Academy, get creative and make your own pizza, there’s so many different activities on offer as part of the City of Holdfast Bay’s Play at the Bay school holiday program.

Various times & locations | Tuesday 18 to Friday 28 April 2017

Spaces are limited, so act fast | Bookings essential 

Jetty Road Glenelg is open over the four-day Easter break. The majority of shops, cafes, restaurants and businesses will be open and welcoming shoppers right through the four-day Easter holiday.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK or phone 8229 9999

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  • Festival of Mud | Unley | Details
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shop & play autumn school holiday

Churchill Centre

Enjoy FREE kids craft at Churchill Centre!

Located in front of Cheap as Chips from 11am – 2pm, kids can make their own animal mask! Plus, don’t forget a visit to the Little Chicago Express, Adelaide’s largest and free shopping Centre indoor playground! Located in the Food Court, this is not to be missed. FREE kids craft is available 11am-2pm Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 April and 12pm-3pm Sunday 30 April.

The Little Chicago Express is open: Monday 9.45am – 5.15pm |  Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am – 5.15pm | Thursday 9am – 8.45pm | Saturday 9am – 4.30pm | Sunday 11am – 4.30pm.


Churchill Centre April School Hol


Colonnades Shopping Centre

Lights, drills, action! The future of basketball training has arrived at Colonnades and it’s equipped with motion sensor lights.

These school holidays, put your skills to the test with their interactive basketball drills experience. Flex your reflexes and test your ability to move at the speed of light.

The Lightning Speed Sessions will be held in Colonnades Centre Court, on the lower level near the new Chemist Warehouse.

Monday 24 April – Friday 28 April | 11am – 3pm (excluding ANZAC Day Tuesday 25 April).

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSColonnades School Holiday Activities Adelaide



Elizabeth City Centre

Once you shop… You can’t stop! The Shopkins Immersive Zone hits Elizabeth City Centre these April School Holidays!

Go along to swap your doubles with fellow Shopkins fans and colour in your favourite Shopkins characters. Immerse yourself in the Shopkins brand with the Cart Challenge and Memory Matching game. Engage with the latest Shopkins digital game. PLUS you’ll have the chance to meet Apple Blossom daily!
Located near Harris Scarfe | 11.00am – 2.00pm daily | Tuesday 18 – Monday 24 April 2017


Elizabeth Shopping Centre April school holidays



These school holidays the kids can eat for free at IKEA! Receive up to 3 kids hot meals from the Kids menu with any adult hot meal purchased at the IKEA Restaurant between 15 – 30 April 2017. T&Cs apply. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Free Kids Activities
There’s always plenty of free activities for the kids, including their Creative Kids workshops and Easter activities. Be sure to check their website and Facebook page to see what’s on.

Mon-Fri 10am-9pm | Sat & Sun 9am-5pm | Easter trading hours


Adelaide Easter School Holidays at IKEA


Westfield West Lakes 

Elmo and Cookie Monster LIVE at Westfield West Lakes. Westfield West Lakes welcomes Elmo and Cookie Monster to the centre these April School Holidays. Explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities with this live singing and dancing stage show. Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family.

Near Target | 10am, 11am & 12pm (30 minute show) | Tues 18 – Sat 22 April



Westfield Tea Tree Plaza

TROLLS LIVE STAGE SHOW – Go along to the FREE Trolls stage shows these School Holidays for an interactive show featuring music and hair-raising adventures that will have your kids dancing along. Plus get a selfie with an exclusive meet and greet at 12pm daily.  Tue 18 – Sat 22 January 2017 | On daily at 11am & 1pm | Centre Court, level 2

MOSTLY KIDS FASHION PARADES – see the talented group of young, aspiring models strut their stuff on the catwalk, showcasing the latest trends in kidswear! They’ll be dancing, moving and grooving, and your kids are invited to join the fun too!  Sat 22 & Sun 23 April | 2pm and 3pm Sat, 1:30pm & 2:30pm Sun | Centre Court, level 2

KIDSTUFF ACTIVITY ZONE – Take the kids along for hands on, creative fun at the Kidstuff Activity Zone these School Holidays! There’ll be games, puzzles, building blocks and colouring sets, all available from Kidstuff! Mon 24 – Fri 28 April |  11am – 2pm | Outside Kidstuff

LITTLE GREEN THUMBS GRASS HEADS – Join Tea Tree Plus these April School Holidays as they get hands on in the garden and make your very own grass heads! Your kids will make their own character and personalise how they want it, which they can then take home to water it and watch their hair grow!  Tue 26 April – Sat 29 April | 11am – 2pm | Tea Tree Plus, outside Toys R Us


Westfield Tea Tree Plaza Free School Holiday


theatre & performing arts autumn school holiday

Alice in Funderland  – The Australian Company of Performing Arts

Alice in Funderland– An interactive children’s pantomime! 
This interactive children’s production brings a colourful tea party with much much madness. As Alice falls down the hall, she finds herself in the most mysterious of mysterious places… ‘FUNDERLAND’. Here she meets your favourite characters The Rabbit, Ceschere Cat, Dum, Dee and the Mad Hatter who go on an adventure through Funderland to bring back the hatters hat. On this trip they meet the Queen of hearts who is preparing for her famous hat parade. It’s up to Alice to get the hat back to Hatter, but does she?
This exciting comical musical production includes high energy interactive dance routines, fun vocal numbers and quirky scenes that will have your children up and dancing in no time.

Wednesday 26 April – Saturday 29 April | 10am & 12.30pm | Ticket Prices: Admit one $15.00 | Family of 4 $50.00 



Dinosaur Train Live – A Rainforest Adventure

Getting in early for the Winter School Holidays. Keep your little ones entertained, educated and dry during the winter school holidays by taking them to see Dinosaur Train Live – A Rainforest Adventure. Get in now to get the best seats and see your favourite show characters including Buddy, Shiny, Tiny and Don up close and come to life on stage in full colourful costumes. It promises to be a fun adventure for the whole family

Dates: Tuesday 11 July at 10.30am | 1.30pm and 4pm &  Wednesday July 12 | 10am and 1pm



Peppa Pig Playdate

Peppa Pig Playdate is the ultimate Peppa Pig experience – and you’re invited. In Adelaide Thursday 20 April to Sunday 23 April 2017.

Peppa Pig is coming to Adelaide in this world first super-sized interactive experience. Families are invited to journey into the world of Peppa Pig and her friends where there is so much to see and do. You can visit Peppa’s house, sail on the pond, jump in bouncy muddy puddles, ride on Grandpa Pig’s train and have a special playdate with Peppa, all within this huge and interactive world. Or sit on a picnic rug to watch a musical show starring Peppa Pig and George live on stage – everyone will have the chance to sing, dance and clap along to the Bing Bong Song. Get your photo taken with Peppa Pig and her favourite toy Teddy, watch a magic show and play duck-duck-goose!

Peppa Pig Playdate immerses Australian families in the world of Peppa Pig in a brand new way that will leave fans smiling from ear to ear.


Peppa Pig Playdate Adelaide


The Fairies 

Calling all Fairies and Elves! Join The Fairies in the school holidays for some Easter Fairy Fun. Their holiday program includes three hours of dancing, games, craft, fairy bread making and snacks. Or go and groove to their one-hour DISCO which includes Fairy and Top 40 Music and snacks. Both activities are offered on Thursday 20 April 2017.

TO BOOK RING 8369 3330 or EMAIL



Turning Point Dance

Introducing the Turning Point Dance Performing Arts School Holiday Program! Release your child’s inner star in this fun-filled kids performing arts workshop designed for 5 – 12 year olds! A varied line up of classes and activities including singing, drama and dance have been prepared for the ultimate creative experience. Led by vibrant and talented performing arts tutors, this exciting program will be held at the brand new purpose built studio in Thebarton on 26, 27 and 28 April from 9 – 5pm. A range of registration options are available including partial workshop, full and half days.

Participants who would also like to try a free dance class in Term 2 should mention this ad in the Autumn school holiday guide to receive 10% off term fees (conditions apply).

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS or call 0413 113 950.



We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

The perfect theatrical outing for any young family looking for adventure

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is coming to the Adelaide Festival Centre just in time for the April School Holidays. Live on stage in the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Dunstan Playhouse from 27 to 29 April, this UK production will be presented for the first time in Adelaide, direct from a smash-hit international tour and sold out seasons in Brisbane, Melbourne and at the Sydney Opera House. The show features music, laughter, songs, rhythms, rhymes and repetitions, puppetry, paints, water and mud and A BEAR! But – we’re not scared!

Sally Cookson’s hugely inventive production set to Benji Bower’s quirky musical score is a mischievous celebration of play, utilising everyday objects and materials, to capture the imagination and catapult young audiences into the world of Michael Rosen and illustrator Helen Oxenbury‘s much loved picture book. Join the show’s intrepid family of adventurers and their musical dog through the swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the squelchy mud, in search of a bear. Expect plenty of fun-filled interaction and a few surprises along the way. 


We're going on a bear hunt adelaide


Woody’s World

“Woody’s World was a truly magical, heartfelt and fun experience showing what family and the love of music can bring together for young audiences” – Adelaide Festival Centre

A sell out at the Festival Centre, ‘Woody’s World’ is a magical place where alley cats sing and dance and farm animals gather together for a bush dance. Bring a picnic blanket and a hamper and enjoy this school holiday event with your kids on the picturesque lawns of Carrick Hill. The show is highly interactive and fun for the whole family, with music, puppetry and antics that keep kids and parents totally enthralled. Laughing, dancing, singing and snake handling guaranteed! Children must be accompanied by an adult.



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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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