Autumn School Holiday Guide | Educational & Creative Fun | April 2017

Autumn April School Holiday Adelaide

Autumn Holidays in Adelaide! Find all the Best Activities & Ideas for the April School Holidays.

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.

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


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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  • Miniature Worlds Workshop | Enchanted Worlds April School Holiday Program | 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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