Spring School Holiday Guide | Best Activities & Ideas for October Holidays Adelaide | Oct 2017

 Spring 2017 School Holiday Adelaide

Spring Holidays in Adelaide! Find all the Best Activities & Ideas for the October 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. 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 Spring 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.



October School holidays sports

Australian Sports Camps

New venue for the spring school holidays – Adelaide central location! AFL Football, Cricket and Soccer at Adelaide Lutheran Sports Club, Adelaide.

Join Australian Sports Camps for an invaluable 3-day sports camp and improve your playing skills with their structured and progressive programs including specialist coaching sessions and guest sports stars. Guest stars Tarek Elrich, Karyn Bailey and Tom Fields are already confirmed for the Spring Camps! Visit the ASC website for more information.

ASC’s programs cater for 6 to 16 year-olds of all abilities and each program runs from 9am-3pm daily. For the upcoming spring school holidays ASC are offering 3-day camps in Cricket, Soccer and AFL Football at the Adelaide Lutheran Sports Club, Adelaide on Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 and Friday 13 October and Netball and Basketball at Westminster School, Marion on Monday 9, Tuesday 10 Wednesday 11 October. 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: playandgospr17 when booking online. Cost $236 for three days instead of $295.




Cirkidz’s Spring Spectacular is the biggest, most exciting program for ages 5 – 12 yet! There will be something that will suit all of Cirkidz’s circus friends, including circus warrior, aerial, acrobatics, parkour, theatrical sword fighting AND a very special centre event….. A Friday the 13th Zombie Takeover and disco!

New session Circus Warrior: You’ve seen the show, now give it a go! Put your mind and body to the test as you face the trials of a Circus Warrior! Students will warm up with a variety of circus skills before participating in team challenges that will have them throwing, balancing and climbing their way to victory. You will then test all that you have learnt and race through the circus obstacle course to see who will be the day’s Ultimate Circus Warrior! Circus skills! Obstacle courses! Teamwork and cartoonish rivalry! Circus Warrior!

Cirkidz staff keep your kids active and engaged by teaching them real, take-home skills. They have a set student to trainer ratio and your children will be kept safe and supervised under Cirkidz’s roof come rain, hail or shine. A UniSA study also showed that circus activities can help kids with mindfulness, resourcefulness, task planning and confidence! It is super easy to book online, or over the phone. You can book in for as many half days or full days as you like. When enrolling online just choose AM or PM or BOTH. Prices are $55 half day or $100 for the full day with the exception of the Zombie Takeover which is $65.

Check out Cirkidz huge program here which includes details of all sessions!

10% discount for second and subsequent children and health care card holders for all sessions, with the exception of Zombie Takeover.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK or call 8346 5732. Bookings essential


City of Charles Sturt 

The City of Charles Sturt are 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 during the Spring school holidays from 2 to 13 October 2017.

Registrations close Monday 25 September 2017 – be sure to book in early as there are limited numbers for each activity.

Children can choose from the following sports:  AFL Football; Dancing; Soccer; Cheerleading; Baseball/Tball; Basketball; Bicycle Speedway; Calisthenics; Kayaking; Cricket; Golf; Croquet; Dragon Boating; Fencing; Gymnastics; Hockey; Rugby Union; Softball; Lawn Bowls; Scouts; Tennis; Karate; Surf Life Saving



Erin Bell Netball – October School Holiday Clinics

Erin Bell Netball clinics inspire, educate and motivate in a super fun environment! High quality coaching teamed with nutrition, fitness, team-work as well as inspiring young girls to achieve their dreams!

Erin Bell clinics are created to suit all stages from the basics to extending your skills to the next level – their experienced coaches give expert tips to help advance your play.  Through netball they motivate and inspire the girls to reach their potential.

Erin Bell’s philosophy of coaching young girls comes through all of the EB Coaches, “I want the girls to learn while having fun so they leave the day feeling empowered that they have improved, but also with a big smile on their face and even more passion for our great game!”

If you are a junior netball lover (or the parent of one!) these clinics are an unmissable school holiday activity.

EB Netball – Inspire, Educate, Enjoy! Clinics are held at 3 locations:

Immanuel College 2 day Super Clinic: 6-13 years | Cost: $180 | Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 October  | 9am-4pm

Gawler Starplex: 6- 13 years | Cost: $90 | Wednesday 11 October  | 9am-4pm

Unley High School | 6- 13 years | Cost: $90 | Tuesday 10 October | 9am- 4pm



Hockey SA

Hockey SA is pleased to offer School Holiday Clinics for boys and girls aged 6-18 these School Holidays from October 11-12.

Beginners through to experienced players are welcome, with children grouped by age/skill level. Each field player session is tailored to be a fun and interactive experience for all involved.

Go and experience an Olympic sport and have a fun-filled day with coaching from current SA Hotshots and SA Suns state players, state coaches and SASI athletes and coaches. All participants must have their own mouth guard, which can be purchased from any specialty retailer.

Dates: Wednesday 11 October & Thursday 12 October

Time: 9am-3pm

Price: $59 one day or $99 for two days. (Book before 22 September for Early Bird discount prices).

Click here for more information or email Ashleigh Chapman – admin@hockeysa.com.au



Latitude Adelaide

It’s #gametime at Latitude!

Get your adrenaline pumping as you tackle Latitude’s comprehensive climbing zone and sky-high obstacle course, turn some tricks on the performance trampolines and battle it out in dodgeball! There is something for everyone at Latitude these school holidays.

If your courage is really peaking try the 10 metre Down Rush – it’s all fun and games until you stand on the ledge! The basketball lanes, giant airbag and 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 is 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. Remember to bring your closed toe shoes for all the climbing activities. You won’t be able to climb without them.

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

CLICK HERE TO BOOK or call 1300 123 528


Mega Courts Indoor Sports  School Holiday Fun

There’s no chance of the kids getting bored these school holidays!

Mega Courts MEGA INFLATABLE FUN ZONE is open all October 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 and soccer skill shots and lots more to explore. Relax in Mega Court’s large seated café area with great coffee and hot food menu, ample on site parking and clean, modern facilities.

Two hour sessions available between 9.00am – 6.00pm*: $15 p/p | $13 p/p for groups of 20+ | $12 p/p for groups of 50+ *All sessions are subject to availability and bookings essential.

Groups of 20+ can also take advantage of playing any one of their sports – netball, soccer, cricket and dodgeball at NO EXTRA COST! Subject to availability.

Daytime Social Court Hire

Social court hire and cricket lane hire available through the school holidays: $30/hr cricket lane rate * includes bowling machine. $60/hr Mega Court suitable for Cricket, Soccer, Netball & Dodgeball. *Sessions and court bookings all subject to availability. Book in early to secure your preferred time slot!


CLICK HERE TO BOOK or phone: 8366 2240.



Netball SA

School Holiday Netball Clinics

Mums, dads and carers – are you looking for something for the kids to do in the school holidays? Why not send them along to one of Netball SA’s School Holiday Clinics? The specialist clinics provide all players aged 5-16 years with the chance to be coached by Adelaide Thunderbird players and 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 & Try:  5-7 years | Friday 6 October 2017 | 9:30am – 11:30am | Cost: $45.00

Suncorp NetSetGO Skills Clinic: 8-10 years | Friday 6 October 2017 1pm – 4pm | Cost: $55.00

Netball SKILLS Clinic: 11-16 years | Wednesday 11 October | 9am – 3pm | Cost: $80.00

Each session features:

  • Coaching by accredited Netball SA Community Netball Coaches.
  • Focus on ball handling skills, attacking, defending, centre court, goal shooting, circle defence, footwork, and small sided games
  • Lots of FUN!



PUMPT Indoor Scooter, Skate and BMX 

Pumpt is the indoor scooterskate and BMX venue of choice for Adelaide. There is no other like it in Australia. With tracks for everyone from little tikes on balance bikes to guru downhill racers, Pumpt is great fun and great value for everyone.

All the bikes, scooters and skateboards are supplied with your session so there is no need to lug them with you.  Just come with sensible shoes and riding clothes, they even hire helmets for only $2 extra. The longer you stay, the more discount you get with 30% off your 2nd & 3rd hours.

Book a session online now or call one of their friendly staff for all of your Pumpt Questions!

Get Pumpt!

CLICK HERE TO BOOK or call 08 70703 3388


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 Bonython Park, right next to the Kiosk 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:

  • Spring inspired gardening activities for all children.
  • Mud play – including mud kitchens and a mud obstacle course.
  • Nature crafts – including clay play, paint and paint brush making, stick craft, dream catchers and so much more!
  • Loose parts play – in the expanded ‘Inventors Playground’!
  • Bush cubby building – including knot tying and construction techniques.

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 8:15am-5.15pm, 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 10am-1pm. The area will be fully fenced to provide a safe and secure environment for guests. Tickets are essential.

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



Woodhouse Activity Centre

School Holidays Unplugged

Safe exploration of a 54-hectare natural wonderland offers an ideal cure for ‘nature deficit disorder’. The team at Woodhouse Activity Centre just so happen to be able to provide this particular tonic and have, again, accepted the challenge to pull the children of Adelaide away from the screen these school holidays and reconnect them with nature.

The fully facilitated and catered day camps present a different theme each day (bar one encore performance, so you can book for 1 day, or all 9. Better still… each day comes with entry to the famous Woody’s Challenge Hill Obstacle Course!


Phone 8339 3333 to secure your child’s place. Woodhouse Activity Centre 37 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly

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Adelaide Zoo & Monarto Zoo

Let your imagination run wild at Adelaide & Monarto Zoos these school holidays as they celebrate mythical creatures!

They are having some fun with the weird and wonderful while you can learn more about the zoos’ real residents. The fantastical fun includes specially-themed activity trails, craft activities, Nature Theatre presentations and extra keeper presentations!

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!

You can also book into their unforgettable ZOOcation care experience for a fun-filled day of adventurous activities, games, animal presentations and time with new friends. This is a popular program so book early to secure your place.

Did you know you can visit Adelaide or Monarto Zoos for half price?
Visit the website or ask about a Two Zoos Pass when you next visit and you can enjoy the second Zoo for half price. That’s just $17.50 for an adult ticket!


Adelaide Zoo School Holiday Activities


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, visit the newly hatched babies including emu babies, look in on the mini-pigs, have a chat with their 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.  Admission is just $8 per child and $10 per adult. Pony rides $5.

Located next to Goolwa Airport on Airport Road. See Google here for directions or Trip Advisor (Award Winner 2015, 2016 & 2017) for details.

It’s a wonderful day out for the whole family. Contact: 0451 502 858.




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

The end of the October 2017 School Holidays will also mark an end to popular Adelaide Hills tourist attraction, Platform 1 Heritage Farm Railway.

Platform 1, owned and operated by Glenn and Karen Liebelt of Littlehampton, has been “train lovers heaven” for families and railway enthusiasts for over 20 years.  Owner and Train Driver, Glenn says, “We are so proud to have created and run such a great attraction for children and adults alike to enjoy.”

Platform 1 is set up on a 70 acre farming property which has been in the Liebelt family for six generations.

This is your last chance to experience this iconic Adelaide Hills attraction. 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, walk the open paddocks and then warm up in the undercover picnic area with yummy homemade pancakes. 

Platform 1 is located at Junction Road, Littlehampton


Adelaide Summer School Holidays - Platform 1


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Adelaide Central Market

Big Market Adventures for Little Foodies is back these school holidays at the Adelaide Central Market!

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 Market bag decorating workshop, face painting and the Big Balloon Giveaway!


Spring School Holiday fun at the Adelaide Central Market


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 11 October 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 grilldnorwood@outlook.com

Adelaide School Holiday Activities - Grill'd Norwood



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Adelaide Planetarium

General Planetarium sessions –Calling all star-gazers and junior astronauts – 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. One of our experienced educators will guide you through the solar system before you watch one of our full dome movies.
Sessions run from 4 October – 13 October 2017 | Cost $8 each Bookings essential

Planetarium Experience & SciWorld Science Magic Show

Experience the Planetarium and see the full dome movie Tilt and then learn the fascinating science behind breathtaking magic tricks and mind-boggling illusions. Witness levitation, green fire, invisible forces and much more. You won’t believe your eyes! Science Magic is guaranteed to entertain, educate and enlighten!
Wednesday 4 & 11 October | 1pm – 3pm | Cost $15 per child, $8 per adult | Bookings essential

Planetarium Experience & Mars Rover Mission Robotics Workshop
Experience the Planetarium and see the full dome movie Wildest Weather in the Solar System and then code yourself all the way to Mars in this Robotics workshop. You’ll work with our Lego NXT Mindstorm Robots and learn all the coding needed to send yourselves on a Mars Rover Mission.
Monday 9 October | 1.30pm – 4pm |$15 per child, $8 per adult | Bookings essential

CLICK HERE TO BOOK or phone 8302 3138.

Adelaide Planetarium School Holiday Activities October School Holidays Adelaide - Little boy using his imagination to look at stars


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.

Little Picasso’s 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 and 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 3 October to Friday 13  October 13 | Times vary each day, please check their programs for details.

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



Languages Alive!

The School of Languages holiday program, Languages Alive! is back for 2017 and this year will be held over three days in two locations!

Primary-aged students can join them on 3 & 4 October at the School of Languages in West Croydon or on 5 October at Nairne School in Nairne to discover a new language and culture.

Children will choose from 8 different hands-on workshops where they can make a Carnevale mask, create a Chinese watercolour, learn to dance Bollywood style, play a traditional Korean drum, take a virtual tour around China and more.

In addition, they will come away with the basics of up to four different languages including Korean, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, and Japanese.

When: 3, 4 and 5 October    Cost: $30 per child per day


Adelaide School Holiday Activities - language classes at School of Languages


Migration Museum

School Holiday Activity: Rotting Girls and Revolting Boys

This one-hour activity will explore the lives of a few of the ‘revolting girls’ who passed through the Destitute Asylum at the Migration Museum site in the mid-1800s and the  ‘rotting boys’  who lived on the ageing vessel the hulk Fitzjames between 1880 and 1891. Go 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 4 October & Wednesday 11 October | 11am-12pm | Cost: $5 per child | Suitable for 8 -12 year olds |82 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide.


School Holiday Activity: Flag Making

Pop into the Migration Museum during the school holidays to celebrate the history of the Italian Festival of South Australia with an Italian flag-making workshop.

Now in its 41st year, the Italian Festival has continuing significance for the Italian community and for all South Australians. Discover how the 1976 Festival was an artistic trailblazer through an array of memorabilia, photos and newspaper clippings.

Saturday 30 September to Sunday 15 October | 10am-5pm daily | Cost: FREE | All ages | 82 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide



National Motor Museum

Make your own Lego Movie

Visit the National Motor Museum during the school holidays and join GooRoo Animations for a fun workshop creating a Lego movie based around a car assembly line.

While at the Museum, check out the new and spectacular [Re]Assembled display featuring six Holden vehicles suspended from the ceiling.

All children will receive a free souvenir, the Wheelie Good Activity Book which contains a range of entertaining and informative activities that young visitors can explore while at the Museum.

The extensive grounds of the Museum have barbeque areas and are ideal for large or small families and groups to get together.

Thursday 7 October & Friday 8 October | 11am-3pm | Cost: free with general admission | Shannon Street, Birdwood



South Australian Maritime Museum

Treasure Island:  the other side of the story

Treasure Island: the other side of the story gives us a glimpse into some of the things that can go wrong while sailing in search of adventure.

What was it like grappling with pirates? What happened when your rations ran out or the wind failed to blow? How did you cope if your clothes were washed overboard and all you had left were your pyjamas?

Follow Captain Pedro Pyjama and his crew on their adventure to almost discover some of the world’s greatest treasures.  They never quite make it to where they are going, or if they do, always seem to be the last to arrive. Come dressed in your pyjamas and you might join Captain Pedro’s crew!

Explore the Museum, climb the Lighthouse and see the performance all for $6 per child.

Performance times: Tuesday 3 to Friday 13 October 2017 | weekdays at 11am and 1pm | Cost: $6 | 126 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide



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Adelaide Gaol Kid’s Trick or Treat Trail for Halloween

Ghosts and goblins, spooks galore and scary witches at your door…….There will be food, drink and witch’s brew, now all they need is you!

Join the Adelaide Gaol’s annual Trick or Treat Trail on Sunday 29 October!  Within the spooky walls of the Old Gaol there will be much to see and do on their Trick or Treat Trail.

There will be games, activities and plenty to do, with face painting, hot dogs and popcorn too. The Gaol will be full of ghosts, goodies and ghouls for each child to fill their loot.

Suitable for ages 4 to 10 years. Please note that the ticket price does not include food and drink. One loot bag per paying child (4 – 15 years). Anyone over the age of 4 years old is required to purchase a ticket. Children under 4 free.

Sunday 29 October 2017 | 2pm–6pm |  Adelaide Gaol | 18 Gaol Road, Adelaide



Adelaide Oval

These school holidays take the kids on an unforgettable journey behind the scenes on an Adelaide Oval Tour.

Together you’ll discover hidden secrets and relive celebrated moments in the sporting, musical and civic history of this world-famous sporting arena.

The kids will love following in the footsteps of their sporting heroes as they run onto the ground to the roar of a 50,000-strong crowd through the interactive players’ race. You’ll also get to climb the stairs to the 100 year old heritage-listed scoreboard and gain an insight into match-day preparations inside the players’ change-rooms.

Led by expert volunteer guides, you’ll visit areas that are usually inaccessible and learn about the heritage of Adelaide Oval while being entertained with stories of legends and characters who have contributed to the Oval’s rich history.

Bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment. Please visit their website for departure times or call their team on 08 8205 4700.

Prices: Adults $24 | Concession $19 | Child (5-15years) $14


Adelaide School Holiday Activities - Adelaide Oval Tours


City of Salisbury School Holiday Program

Join in on the fun this school holidays with Salisbury Libraries and Community Centres program of activities suitable for a variety of ages.

Explore the history of dinosaurs, bake tasty treats, learn how to program a lego robot and much more:

Chemical Catastrophes • Multicultural Giggle Time • Skate Park Sausage Sizzle • Playdough Planet! • Movies at Mawson: The Lion King • Tasty Truffle Treats  •  Paleontology Rocks!  • Brick on!LEGO • Mindstorms Showcase • Working with Wood •   Games Galore •  Paint and Plaster Fun! • Footsteps Dance • Retro Family Games  & Craft Day • Gaming Day

With activities ranging in cost from FREE through to $5, there is something for everyone!

To avoid disappoint, register early.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO or phone: 8406 8533


Event Cinemas 

Catch the latest flicks at Event Cinemas Marion or GU Film House Glenelg these school holidays from only $12*! There is something for everyone, not to mention daily activities to keep the little ones entertained.

THE EMOJI MOVIE unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone.

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE follows characters George and Harold who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a superhero named Captain Underpants.

RIP TIDE Teenage model Cora departs for Australia to find some peace and tranquillity and ends up learning a new craft – surfing!

THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE Young Master Builder Lloyd and his secret warrior friends are tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago.



Flinders University SpringFest featuring Nature Play SA

Get your hands dirty this spring and dig around the Flinders campus at this free event being run by Flinders University and friends Nature Play SA.

Families will find a vast garden of exciting outdoor activities: whether it’s building your own cubby house overlooking the picturesque lake, brewing natural potions in a palatial plaza, becoming a paleontologist for the day, or building your own musical instrument from recycled materials, there’s something for everyone! Join in for a day of spring cleaning the soul!

This event will be held at the Flinders University Bedford Park campus. Bookings essential. Tickets are FREE.

Saturday 14 October | 10am-3pm | Flinders University, Bedford Park Campus



Inside the Brick

INSIDE the BRICK is coming back to Adelaide this October with their fantastic travelling Interactive Play & LEGO Model Exhibition!

INSIDE the BRICK is even more interactive than ever before, with more play; introducing RC Racers, regular build challenges, Mosaics, and other fun activities for kids of all ages! Learn to build like the Master Builders with the all NEW LEGO tutorials occurring every half an hour at the expo, with tutorials on LEGO fidget spinners, intricate landscape techniques and much much more!

This year Inside the Brick will be hosting over 30 Local Exhibitors, with HEAPS of new custom LEGO models from Moana to the latest Ninjago! 

Book your tickets today to ensure you don’t miss out! 

Friday 13 October & Saturday 14 October  | Stirling Angus Pavilion, Adelaide Showgrounds

Sensory Sessions available.



Jungle in Willunga

Fairy Gardens

Spend a whimsical day at the Jungle…they’ll be making Fairy Gardens these holidays and you’re invited. Bring your own container (up to 60cm diameter), they’ll supply the rest and you’ll take home a garden any fairy would love to call home.

Cost: $12.50 +bf | Suitable for children 4+. Limited spaces and bookings essential. 
Dates: Wednesday 4 October | Thursday 5 October  | Wednesday 11 October | Thursday 12 October | 10.30 – 12pm



Animal Capers in the Jungle

Animal Capers will be introducing us to their wide range of furry, feathered and scaly friends. Last time, children got to meet and handle sugar gliders, a barn owl, a frog and even a crocodile if they chose. More animals this time as they will change with the seasons. This event will be every child’s delight.

Dates: Tuesday 3 & Tuesday 10 October | 1.30 – 3pm | Suitable for children 3+| Strictly limited spaces, bookings essential | Cost $12.50 + bf. 



Nature Play Festival

The annual Nature Play Festival is back for the SA Spring school holidays!

More than 100 events are on offer across the state from 1 – 15 October, with activities including cubby building, nature arts, outdoor playgroups, loose parts play, weaving and whittling, adventure challenges and much more.

The Nature Play Festival is coordinated by Nature Play SA in collaboration with over 30 wonderful organisations and is proudly supported by Flinders University.

Check out the Nature Play Festival Guide to discover what’s on and start planning your spring adventures!



Play at the Bay

Kids, tweens and teens, don’t be bored in the school holidays.  Head to Glenelg during the holidays and be active! Be arty! Be crafty! Get cooking! Get outdoors! And get into Play at the Bay.

Play, explore and experience, there is an activity for everyone.

Spaces are limited, so act fast | Bookings essential

Tuesday 3 to Friday 13 October 2017 | Various times and locations



Stamford Grand Spring Carnival featuring Magic Mike the Magician

Stamford Grand Adelaide’s Grand Ballroom will be transformed into a Spring Carnival in this family friendly event featuring a magic show by Adelaide’s most famous kids party magician Magic Mike!

There will be a disco, dancing, food, games and fun! Kids will enjoy a menu including mini sandwiches, mini pizzas, cupcakes, lollies, popcorn, fairy floss and a chocolate fountain. Light refreshments will also be provided for adults.

Families and children of all ages are welcome to this Springtime-Spectacle!

Tickets are $25 per person for children and adults.


Stamford plaza magic mike

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  • Capri Theatre Cheap Movie Tickets | $25 for Family ticket, $5 for kids | Details


Spring 2017 Shop & Play

Castle Plaza

Free Holiday Fun with Mr Oopy

Join wildly entertaining Mr Oopy for free holiday fun for all ages! The Mr Oopy Kids Show is a high energy, interactive, singing and dancing extravaganza that you won’t want to miss! Plus join his crafty crew for sand art and craft in their Kids’ Zone  (opposite Target).

Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4, Thursday 5 October | Sand Art | 10am-12pm

Friday 6, Monday 9, Wednesday 11 October | Mr Oopy Kids’ Show | 11am & 1pm

Tuesday 10, Thursday 12, Friday 13 October | Art/Craft | 10am-12pm


Castle Plaza Free School Holiday Fun


Churchill Centre

Free School Holiday fun at Churchill Centre!

Let your little Wildlife Warrior(s) get up close and personal to some very special native animals at the Wilbur Wildlife display, 11am – 2pm Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7 October and 12pm – 3pm Sunday 8 October. Located out the front of Cheap as Chips.

Plus, ride the PonyCycles 11am – 2pm Monday 9 to Thursday 12 October out the front of Coles.

Also – Whilst you’re at the Centre, don’t forget to visit Little Chicago Express, Adelaide’s largest and FREE indoor Shopping Centre playground! Located in the Food Court, it’s not to be missed. Open Monday 9.45am – 5.15pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9.00am – 5.15pm, Thursday 9.00am – 8.45pm, Saturday 9.00am – 4.30pm, and Sunday 11.00am – 4.30pm.


Free School Holiday Fun at Churchill Centre


Elizabeth City Centre

Roll up, roll up to the Elizabeth City Centre kids’ circus workshops! Your budding performers can learn to juggle, hula hoop, spin plates and more!

Tuesday 3 October – Saturday 7 October | 11am – 2pm daily | Located between Target and Harris Scarfe.

Roll up! Roll up! Elizabeth City Centre Kids Circus Workshops Adelaide School Holidays

Port Canal Shopping Centre

Spring into Port Canal

Join in the fun at Port Canal Shopping Centre with FREE school holiday crafts. Try your hand at making a cap, or create a bird house ornament, make fun spin pinwheels and whip up some flower pot men from Tuesday 10 October to Friday 13 October 11am-2pm.

Tuesday 10 October: Create a Cap

Wednesday 11 October: Bird House Ornament

Thursday 12 October: Spin Pinwheels

Friday 13 October: Flower Pot Men

Port Canal Shopping Centre | 200 Commercial Rd, Port Adelaide


Westfield Tea Tree Plaza

Little Gardeners

It’s Spring time and Westfield Tea Tree Plaza have the perfect hands on gardening activity for kids these School Holidays!
Plant a Herb Seedling  (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday)
The kids will learn all about seedlings as they decorate a planter tag for their seedling pot and plant their very own seeds!
Spring Birdhouse Making
Construct a wooden Birdhouse to hang in the garden!  (Wednesday and Friday)
Tuesday 3 October – Saturday 7 October | 11am – 2pm | Tea Tree Plus, outside Toys R Us

Iron Man Adelaide Meet and Greet

Iron Man Adelaide is back these October School Holidays! Find out when and where you’ll see him!

Saturday 7 October – Sunday 8 October | Tea Tree Plus 10am to 11:30am | Tea Tree Plaza Centre 11:30am to 2pm | Tea Tree Plus 2-3pm

Come and dance with your favourite stars from Despicable Me 3!

Gru, Dave and Mel will be there celebrating an 80s dance party and they want you to join the fun!

Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 October | 11am, 12pm and 1pm daily | Centre Court, level 2 near Boost Juice


Spring School Holiday Fun at Westfield Tea Tree Plaza Despicable ME3


Westfield West Lakes

Week 1 of the School Holidays:

Little Dreamers Kids Craft Zone | Tuesday 3 – Friday 6 October | 11am – 2pm | Located outside General Trader (near Target)

Muffin Break Cookie Decorating | Saturday 7 October 10am – 1pm | Sunday 8 October 11am -2pm | Located in Market Court, Near Coles

Decorate your own Library Tote Bag | Wednesday 4 October | 11am-2pm | Located outside General Trader

Garden Gnomes and Seedling Planting | Tuesday 3, Thursday 5 & Friday 6 October | 11am-2pm | Located outside General Trader

Week 2 of the school holidays:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Meet & Greet | Meet and have your photo with two of your favourite turtles Michelangelo & Donatello | Monday 9 – Friday 13 October | 10am- 10:30am, 11am- 11:30am, 12pm- 12:30pm

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle – Mini Pizza Making | Monday 9 – Friday 13 October | 10am – 1pm | Located outside of General Trader (near Target)

Halloween Fairy Floss Spiders | Saturday 14 October | 10am-2pm | Located near Coles


Westfield West Lakes School Holiday Activities for Adelaide kids



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Adelaide Festival Centre – On Stage

Performing Arts Program for 8–16 year olds October School Holiday Program

Are you a budding singer, actor or dancer (or know someone who is)? Adelaide Festival Centre is offering a series of performing arts workshops and masterclasses for children aged 8 – 16 in the October 2017 School Holidays. Featuring dance, theatre, vocal and musical theatre, students will be nurtured by talented South Australian educators in each field to develop confidence, communication and leadership skills.

One-day workshops as well as two and three-day masterclasses are available, with groups separated by age: 8–11 years and 12–16 years.

No auditions are required however previous experience is preferred for masterclasses. First in, best dressed, so be quick as these programs sell out very quickly.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn vital skills in the performing arts – while having an enormous amount of fun!

Times: 10–13 October 2017, 8.45am–4pm each day
How much: $90 per child for each 1 day workshop, $175 per child for each 2 day masterclass. $250 per child for each 3 day masterclass
1 Day Workshops Experience Required: Nil
2 and 3 Day Masterclasses Experience Required: Moderate Knowledge and Experience
Registration closes: Friday 29 September 2017



Adelaide Youth Theatre – Shrek the Musical JR. 

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek….

One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.

Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

Dates: Friday 6 October | 10.30am, 1.30pm and 6.30pm &  Saturday 7 October | 10.30am, 1.30pm, 6.30pm | Suitable for ages 3-100

Venue: Hopgood Theatre, Noarlunga | Cost: Adults $35, Kids under 12 $20

CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS or call (08) 7009 440


Mickster the Trickster

Einstein the Magic Bookworm

This school holidays SA’s coolest magician, Mickster the Trickster, will take you & your kids on a fun & interactive adventure in Einstein the Magic Bookworm.

Filled with colourful magic routines, music & plenty of audience participation, kids are also given the opportunity to participate & help perform the magic. Along the way you’ll meet fun & quirky characters including Marshmallow the magic dove, Lilly the Ladybug, Cosmo the clown & the real star of the show, Einstein the Magic Bookworm.

Details: Saturday 7 October 2017 | 11am & 1pm | Cost: $10 |  Mitcham Cultural Village | 103C Princes Rd, Mitcham



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 The Grunch 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.

Inspired by The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Grunch tells the story of Rudy Grunch, a grumpy Grade 6 kid who feels like an outsider. When the entire school gets excited about the annual school musical, Rudy has a perfect plan to ruin it for everyone. But will the spirit of theatre prevail?

Week 1: Golden Grove, Norwood, Unley & Port Adelaide | Tuesday 3 October to Friday 6 October 2017 | Cost: $176 for the 4 day program

Week 2: Glenelg, Norwood, & Unley | Monday 9 October to Friday 13 October | Cost: $220 for the 5 day program


CLICK HERE TO BOOK or phone 83321228



Windmill Theatre Company – Big Bad Wolf

He’s the most misunderstood character in fairytale history. Put simply he has no friends. But then he does have incredibly sharp teeth, yellow eyes and his own ideas about personal hygiene, and he is the infamous Big Bad Wolf after all. No one likes him. Luckily one girl is brave enough to double check this wolf’s bad press and an unlikely friendship is born.

This hilarious, table-turning tale will have you wondering why you were so scared in the first place.

Free school holiday arts workshops are available in the foyer after the show, just make sure you book before the performance.

When: 11-21 October 2017, various times

Where: Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Street, Adelaide

Tickets: $25, Family Pass of 4 $80, Groups 6+ $20


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  • Cinderella and the Pirates – The South Coast Choral and Arts Society | Details
  • Mr Badger tells the story of “The Wind in the Willows” at Carrick Hill | Details
  • Romeo and Juliet – Russian National Ballet Theatre | Details
  • Shrek The Musical Jr – Adelaide Youth Theatre | Details

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!

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