Summer School Holiday Guide | Animal Adventures | Dec 2016 – Jan 2017

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Summer Holidays in Adelaide! Find all the Best Activities & Ideas for the December/January 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. Remember to book in early if your child is interested in participating as classes fill quickly.

We also have an extensive list of individual posts listing special events, entertainment, shows and much more in our Summer Holidays 2016 category.

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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 the 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 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.




Go Wild at Cleland Wildlife Park

Explore Cleland Wildlife Park these holidays where you can meet and touch some of the park’s friendliest residents. Included in your park entry fee is the opportunity to go along to a Koala close-up. You are also guaranteed to be able to hold a snake or a lizard every day of the week.

Cleland is just 20 minutes from the Adelaide city centre, so it’s the ideal place to enjoy a picnic lunch or barbecue. You can wander at your leisure and stop and feed the animals or listen to a keeper talk and watch and learn as Cleland’s wildlife inhabitants get their daily feed. This is one of the best times to see the animals in action.

You can even take a night time tour of Cleland and explore the world of Australia’s nocturnal animals. You’ll get up close to potoroos, bettongs and bandicoots as they forage for food. Hear the haunting cry of owls and the Bush Stone Curlew, and see what kangaroos and wallabies get up to when darkness falls. The tour also coincides with feeding times for the Tasmanian Devils – something most visitors never get to experience.


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Platform 1 Heritage Farm Railway

Paddock to Plate and Train Ride Experience – Summer Farmyard Fun!
Farm animals are more active in the mornings, so visit before the heat of the day and see them at play…
Make butter, grind wheat, collect the eggs 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 dry paddocks and learn how Mother Nature survives through the hot summer months. 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, and cool down in the undercover picnic area with yummy homemade pancakes. Bookings essential. Visit their website for dates and bookings.

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.


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Adelaide Zoo & Monarto Zoo

Dinosaurs Alive at Adelaide Zoo! Monday 26 December 2016-Sunday 29 January 2017

Back by popular demand, the dinosaurs will be roaring into the zoo. Dinosaurs Alive will give budding paleontologists the opportunity to walk alongside seven life-size and life-like roaring, snarling and moving animatronic dinosaurs.

Visitors to the zoo can also download the free Adelaide Zoo app from iTunes or Google Play and access their special Dinosaurs Alive interactive trail, which will bring the dinosaurs to life with lots of fun facts and information. Plus, there are lots of new members of their wild family waiting to meet you, including the adorable baby Hamadryas Baboon and tiny Golden Lion Tamarin youngster. With all of this fun included in the price of a general admission ticket or membership, there’s no better time to visit Adelaide Zoo. Don’t miss this dino-mite immersive experience!
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 free Meet the Keeper presentations and some great prizes up for grabs.
Adelaide Zoo’s vacation care program, ZOOcation, 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 qualified conservation educators.

Book your spot today

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


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  • Four Oaks Farm Visits | School Holiday 2 hour sessions | Details
  • Gorge Wildlife Park | Cudlee Creek | Details
  • Raptor Domain | Kangaroo Island Birds of Prey | Details
  • Urimbirra Open Range Wildlife Park | Details
  • The Big Duck Boat Tours | Wildlife Watching | Details


CLICK HERE for our complete Summer School Holiday Guide

Want even more inspiration for the Summer School Holidays?

Click here to take a look at our list of ideas for Every School Holidays.

Why not check out some of Adelaide’s Top Tourist Attractions or head to one of our favourite Parks & Playgrounds.

Remember, you can always check in with your Local Library (find yours here) or your Local Council (see our list) as most run special activities for children every school holidays – and many are inexpensive, or completely free!


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