Summer School Holiday Guide | Best Activities & Events for Adelaide Kids & Families | Dec 16 – Jan 17

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Summer Holidays in Adelaide! Find all the Best Activities & Ideas for the December/January 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 Summer Holidays 2016 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.









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Adelaide Central Market – Big Market Adventures for Little Foodies

The Market is always a hive of activity and excitement during school holidays! The baby animal nursery is back by popular demand on Thursday 12 January and Friday 13 January, providing a fresh, clean and safe environment for children of all ages to pat, hold and cuddle the baby animals.

Thursday 19 January and Friday 20 January will see the return of the very popular bag decorating workshops, where children will decorate a calico Market bag (which will be theirs to keep for future market trips!). And best of all, these workshops are FREE, with no bookings required!


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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 21 December 2016 | Tuesday 10 January  | Wednesday 11 January | Tuesday 17 January | Wednesday 18 January

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 – Summer School Holiday Cooking Classes

This summer come and learn how to cook something different every day at Scoffed. Whether you want to make edible gifts or decorations in one of their Christmas treat classes or go to one of their more traditional classes in January, they have a fantastic program for kids of all ages (5+) and abilities.

Check out their Food Saucerer classes where master chef wannabes can try their hand at making dishes like croquembouche, and chicken roulade, or even their Food Chiefs Master Classes where they can learn to make bread, pizza, pasta and pastry from scratch. And for kids who are just starting out, their Food Chief Entrée classes are the perfect way to learn new dishes and skills.

They’ll show them how much fun cooking can be with hands on classes, and the best bit… they get to scoff it all down at the end! A great way for your kids to spend some time with their mates away from the TV!

Food Chiefs Entrée 90 minute classes for kids age 5-7 at 9.30am | Food Chiefs Entrée 90 minute classes for kids age 8+ at 11.30am | Food Chief master class for kids age 8+ | Food Saucerer Classes for more advanced kids age 9+, run Tuesday and Thursdays 2.30 – 5.30pm.


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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. Find out more here.

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


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Deadly 60 Live – Pole to Pole with Steve Backshall

Following his sold out 2016 Australian tour, Steve Backshall, the star of one of the most popular children’s shows on the planet, is returning to Australia with a new show based on the hit BBC Earth series, Deadly 60 Pole to Pole.

Come on a theatrical journey with Steve as he shares his experiences travelling from the South Pole to the North Pole, and his gripping encounters with deadly creatures from all corners of the globe. Join Steve on his journey of wild discovery and dangerous entertainment, live on stage this January.

Saturday 14 January 2017 | Sunday 15 January 2017 | Her Majesty’s Theatre, Grote Street, Adelaide




Ignyte Summer School

The 2017 Ignyte Summer School program will bring together some of the industry’s best professionals to Adelaide for an interactive 5 day Summer School in January 2017. All dance styles will be catered for, including Hip Hop, Commercial Jazz, Jazz, Tap, Classical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Acro and Ballroom.

The course has been split into two age groups: junior – ages 8 to 13 yrs and senior – ages 14 and up. The Summer School program will be held from Monday 23 to  Friday 27 January 2017 at 56 George Street, Norwood with 5 classes every day (9am until 5pm). You can enrol in one class a day for $30 or for all classes (5 classes a day for 5 days) for $450.

As a special offer, there is also an Ignyte package with access to the full week of classes (5 classes a day for 5 days), a sweat towel, a T-shirt and a signed poster for $500. If you book before Saturday 10 December 2016, you will receive a 10% discount. Join the Ignyte Summer School to expand your knowledge of dance, and learn the latest choreography and styles straight from Australia’s industry professionals.




Operation Ouch! Live on Stage

The terrific twins, Dr Chris and Dr Xand, in their first ever stage show, are coming to Adelaide! Kids will know them from the hit ABC Me television series, Operation Ouch! Explore the fascinating world of biology with incredible stunts, crazy experiments and amazing medical facts.

What does it look like inside Dr Xand’s head? Can germs be good for you? What can you do with a month’s worth of farts? TV’s favourite identical twins have the answers, all in the name of medical science.

Friday 6 January to Sunday 8 January 2017 | Her Majesty’s Theatre, Grote Street, Adelaide




  • Fairy Bay | Christmas Fairy School at the Fairy Bay | Details
  • Theatre Bugs | Performing Arts Classes | Details
  • ACPA | Performing Arts Classes | Details



Australian Sports Camps

Australian Sports Camps have run camps for over 33 years, providing the best 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 their love for their chosen sport.

Join Australian Sports Camps for an invaluable 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 camps during the school holidays in Basketball, Netball, Soccer and Cricket at Westminster School, Marion on Monday 23,  Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 January 2017. Book an awesome 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: playandgosum16 when booking online. Cost $236 for three days instead of $295.





Cirkidz are rockin’ a 3 day Christmas school holiday program on Monday 19, Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 December 2016. So if you’ll still be working or you’ve got some last minute Christmas organising to do, drop the kids at Cirkidz! They also have regular holiday sessions for ages 6 – 12, PLUS for the first time ever, are running 2 specialty Parkour workshops. Cirkidz also have January programs running from Monday 9 January to Wednesday 25 January which includes their regular program, a 2 day film making workshop with Kids, Camera, Action and more parkour sessions!

Hit the circus, street style this December! Special guest Trainer Travis Ransom will teach you the basics of this edgy artform! Learn how to defy gravity in leaps and bounds as you learn new, creative and stylish ways to move your body from Point A to B! Recommended for ages 10 and up.  To book please call, email or enrol through Cirkidz new app!




ICA Sportzworx Stepney

ICA Sportzworx Stepney run very popular school holiday clinics 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 available December and January 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, air conditioned indoor environment so they can have some active fun no matter what the weather is like. ICA 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

Latitude Adelaide will be keeping families active, entertained and cool all summer – a giant indoor playground for adrenaline junkies, where you can bounce, climb and fly all under one roof! And this summer, Latitude are launching their brand new double sided, perspex walls in Adelaide. Not one, but two new climbing walls! Climbers will battle off against their mates, literally face to face, body to body as they race to the top. There is also a dedicated Kids Zone for the little ones aged 18 months to five years. The venue is fully air conditioned, has a fab café for a healthy bite and has more activities on the floor than you can possibly tackle in one visit.

Special Offer – To help you get the most out of your summer, Latitude are launching the SUMMER PASS. Get daily access to Latitude in Jan and Feb with a SUMMER PASS for only $65 per person. That’s more fun than you can handle this summer! On sale from 9 Dec.

CLICK HERE FOR BOOKINGS or call 1300 123 528



Lighthouse Youth Projects | BMX Skills


 CURB DOGS – Beginner level skills | Learn how to ride your bike correctly and have a blast doing it | Pedalling | Stopping  | Cornering  | Balance – the Box turn will help your balance, bike positioning and brake control.

GROMMETS Intermediate level skills.*MUST BE CONFIDENT WITH ALL CURB DOGS SKILLS* Take your skills to the next level and learn the FUNdamental skills of pumping and jumping |Pumping – learn how to pump through rollers and go faster without pedalling | Manuals – learn how to wheelie on the back wheel without pedalling | Jumping – learn how to get airborne safely and jump tabletops.

SHREDDERS – Advanced level skills. *MUST HAVE COMPLETED GROMMETS SKILLS* Tailored skills sessions to help progress at dirt jumping! Get advice on how to jump new sets and dial in new tricks. City Dirt jumps (weather permitting)

GIRLS SHRED – 2 Girls only sessions. All skills level welcome. Encouraging girls to give BMX a go, make some new friends and have fun! 

SPANNER SPINNERS – BMX Mechanics sessions. You will learn the basic skills to keep your bike rolling and dialled in! | Flat Tyre repair | Chain setup | Headset setup | BB setup

SESSIONS | Tuesday 10 January | Wednesday 11 January | Wednesday 18 January 2017


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Netball SA – Suncorp NetSetGo & Netball Skills Clinic

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? Their 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! There’s something for everyone, from beginners being introduced to basic skills, to experienced players who can fine tune their netball techniques. Register at the link below.

SESSIONS: Suncorp NetSetGO Come N Try – 5-7 Years | Tuesday 17 January 2016 | 9.30am – 11.30am | Cost: $45.00
Suncorp NetSetGO Skills Clinic – 8-10 Years | Tuesday 17 January 2016 | 1pm – 4pm | Cost: $55.00 | Netball SKILLS Clinic – 11 – 16 Years | Wednesday 18 January 2016 | 9am – 3pm | Cost $80.00. Catered lunch provided


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Ready Steady Go Kids | 3 to 6 year olds

Following the success of their first School Holiday Program in October, Ready Steady Go Kids will be running 2 sports sessions in the January school holidays. Sessions will be held at the Marion Leisure and Fitness Centre on Friday 13 January and Monday 16 January 2017 from 9.45am to 11.45am. There will be 3 sports on offer for each session with a focus on fun, teamwork and plenty of exercise!

Friday 13 January session: Basketball, Tennis and Athletics

Monday 16 January session: Cricket, AFL and Athletics 

Sessions are suitable for ages 3-6 years old.  $25 per session or $40 for both sessions* *Price if paid before Thurs Jan 12, 5pm. Payment after this date is $30 per session

CLICK HERE FOR BOOKINGS or for further info, contact



Surf Babies and Little Lifesavers | 1 to 5 year olds

Surf Babies and Little Lifesavers is a water confidence and aquatic safety program specifically designed for young beach lovers and their families. Adults will gain confidence taking young children to the beach by learning how to identify hazards, how to respond to a beach-based emergency and how to supervise children appropriately in the open water.

The 4 keys areas of learning are:  Education: Sun safety and water education | Water: Fundamental water skills | Beach: Coordination and movement skills | First Aid: CPR and basic first aid knowledge

Starting in January 2017 – 6 week program running at Semaphore, Henley Beach, Seacliff and Christies BeachConsecutive 5 day program running parallel with Vacswim at Port Noarlunga Beach | Age: 1 – 5 year olds




Wild Imagination | outdoor nature play vacation care and family events

Step away from the screen and get back to nature! Give your kids the opportunity to explore, build, play and create in a fun, safe and welcoming environment. Kids spend all day outside doing activities like nature craft, mud play, loose parts play, mud sports, bush cubby building and much more!

The event runs for 3 weeks and two types of sessions are available:

KIDS ONLY DAYS – All day care for kids aged 5-12 at the KIDS ONLY days. A great alternative to OSHC because they go from 8:30am – 5pm | $79 per child.

FAMILY SESSIONS for kids aged 2-12 to go with a caregiver. These go for 3 hours each and are a great way to explore nature together! $29 per child | 9 – 28 January 2017




  • Adelaide Sailing Club | Tackers Learn to Sail Courses | Details
  • Big Wedgie, Inflatable Waterslides | Details
  • Gillespie Sports Vacation Coaching Clinics | Details
  • INEA YMCA @ Walkerville | School Holiday Program | Details
  • Inflatable Zone | Indoor inflatable playground at O’Halloran Hill & Marden | Details
  • Road & Cycle Safety Centre | Road Safety Education Lessons | Ridgehaven | Details
  • Todd Perry Tennis Academy | Christmas Holiday Tennis Clinic | 19 to 22 December | Rostrevor | Details
  • VacSwim Program 3 to 11 January – enrolments close 19 December | Details
  • Wilderness Escape Outdoor Adventures | School Holiday Programs | Details
  • YMCA | Summer School Holiday Camps | Details
  • 25 Things to do in Summer | Nature Play SA | Details



Churchill Centre

From Monday 19 until Friday 23 December 11am – 2pm, enjoy FREE Christmas Craft at Churchill Centre! Make your own reindeer feed bag to leave out for Rudolph and his friends on Christmas Eve.

Plus from Monday 19 until Saturday 24 December 11am – 2pm, take a free selfie with Santa!

While you are there, make sure you also have a play at ‘The Little Chicago Express’, Adelaide’s largest and free shopping centre play equipment at Churchill Centre, 400 Churchill Road, Kilburn.


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Elizabeth City Centre

Make these school holidays EPIC at the FREE Elizabeth City Centre Hot Wheels Immersive Zone! Kids can build, interact and create with Hot Wheels games, slot car racing, colouring in, and more!

Monday 16 January to Friday 20 January 2017, from 11am – 2pm daily.


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Kids Eat Free – IKEA

These school holidays the kids can eat for free at IKEA! Receive up to 3 kids hot meals for free with any adult hot meal purchased at the IKEA Restaurant between Saturday 17 Dec 2016 and Sunday 29 Jan 2017. T&Cs apply.

There’s always plenty of FREE activities for the kids at IKEA, including Creative Kids workshops and Let’s Play Treasure Hunt.

Mon-Fri 10am-7:30pm | Sat & Sun 9am-5pm | Public Hols 10am-5pm


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See our Guide for where to see Father Christmas at shopping centres all over Adelaide | Details


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Event Cinemas

If you’re looking for a good way to spend time with the family and not break the budget, then Event Cinemas have a great Family Pass for you. So get the family together to see Trolls, Sing and Moana at Event Cinemas Marion and GU Film House Glenelg.

Family Pass is available exclusively to Cinebuzz members all summer long! Family Passes are available in variations of 1 adult and 2 kids or 2 adults and 2 kids – PLUS only $10* for any additional kids!

Not a Cinebuzz member? Then why not sign up – it is free! Just go to,65,53,15,19,55,82,81,88,54,87,22,17

^Surcharges apply for 3D & Vmax. 3D Glasses $1 (ea) if required. *$1.20 online booking fee per pass. Valid for the below films only. Excludes Gold Class, ‘Advance” and ‘Special event’ Screenings. Children aged 3-15 years. All Family to see the same film, at the same session time. Maximum 1 child can be added for $10 for 2D or $13 for 3D. Offer only valid to Cinebuzz Members..  Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Also not valid at  Moonlight Cinemas . Cinebuzz points earned with Family Pass can only be added to 1 (one) member’s account. Offer only available on select G and PG rated family films.

CLICK HERE FOR BOOKINGS or purchase tickets at the Box Office



Hahndorf Mini Golf

Hahndorf Mini Golf had their grand opening in June 2016 and are now open seven days a week. Go and put your skills to the test with this fun mini golf course! With no minimum or maximum age, it’s a great day out for all the family. It costs only $6 (per person) for a game of mini golf, and it’s a great place to have some family fun.

Open 7 days a week: 10:30am – 4:30pm (weather permitting) at 17 Main Street, Hahndorf.


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  • City of West Torrens Summer Festival & Little Day Out | Details
  • Immerse Yourself in a Marine Park | Family Friendly Guided Activities | Details
  • Mercury Cinema | Screen Seekers – Kids movie classics and workshops | Details
  • Morphett Vale Miniature Train Rides | Details
  • Sensory Screenings | Event Cinemas Marion | Details
  • Sasmee Park Train Rides | Details
  • Splash n Bounce Inflatable Water Park | Elizabeth | Details
  • Waterworld Aquatic Centre | Ridgehaven | Details
  • Water Wonderland | Bonython Park |  Details


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Academy of Interactive Entertainment

Minecraft Movie Maker {8 to 14 yrs} (All students must have a PC Minecraft profile) Learn how to storyboard, capture, and edit your own Minecraft videos in the style of your favourite YouTubers. You will learn the fundamentals associated with the planning of a story or tutorial which you will capture from Minecraft and then edit to make the final movie. After completing this course you will be able to continue the movie making process when you get home by downloading the free software.

Code Camp {11 to 14 yrs} introduces students to the programming needed to make a game. Students will write code in the C# programming language and use the Unity game engine to create a 3D game. After learning the basic concepts of programming, students will have the opportunity to customise their game to make it their own, and at the end of the camp, each student will get to show off what they’ve created to family and friends. Previous experience: Participants should be familiar with how to use a PC computer and a mouse.

Both camps cost $350 and will run across the January School Holidays on Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 January 2017. Courses run from 9am to 3pm at Level 3, 32 Grenfell St, Adelaide.




Adelaide Planetarium School Holiday Activities

Calling all star-gazers and junior astronauts, come 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. Sessions run from 9- 24 January 2017 | Tickets $8 each | Bookings are essential.

SciFun Days are back!
Wednesday 11 January, Thursday 12 January, Monday 23 January, Tuesday 24 January 2017
Will you be able to survive on another planet? Find out these holidays! See a Planetarium screening, enjoy a SciWorld Space Colonies hands on workshop and then see a SciWorld Fire and Ice Show.
Only $22 per child for three hours of non-stop education and entertainment! | Bookings essential.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK or phone 8302 3138.

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Carclew’s Explore Arts School Holiday Workshops

Carclew’s school holiday workshop program offers full day and half day creative activities for kids aged 5 – 17 years in their stunning North Adelaide venue.
Their team of professional artists present a broad range of inspiring, hands-on experiences that will nurture your child’s inner-artist and allow them to try out new experiences and make new friends.

Carclew’s Summer program includes a whole new bunch of workshop topics which will entertain Explore Arts veterans and those trying for the first time, including a special 3-day intensive workshop Children’s Voices,  cartooning, photography, fashion illustration, printmaking, magic tricks, iPad drawing, Ngarrindjeri storytelling and more.

19-20 December 2016, 9-25 January 2017 | 9am-5pm weekdays | Carclew, 11 Jeffcott St North Adelaide.


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Migration Museum

School Holidays at the Migration Museum Saturday 17 December 2016 to Sunday 29 January 2017.

Where are we from? Explore the Migration Museum and help build a giant interactive map that traces where we are from. Whether your family are recent arrivals, have been here for generations, or have always called this continent home, take the time to share a snippet of your family’s story with other visitors – and take your own map home.

10am to 5pm Weekends: 1pm to 5 pm. Closed Christmas day. Free. Migration Museum, Kintore Ave, Adelaide.




National Motor Museum

Visit the National Motor Museum during the Summer school holidays from Saturday 17 December 2016 to  Sunday 29 January 2017 to explore over 400 vehicles including the ‘Big Foot’ from the Mad Max films. 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.

Kids can also can interact with the video gaming machines in the Retro Gaming Lounge (includes the bespoke Virtual Reality racing game based on the 1980s Adelaide Grand Prix). The extensive grounds of the Museum have barbecue areas and are ideal for large or small families and groups to get together.

Open 10am-5pm. Closed Christmas day. $6.50-15.50. F$35 children under 5 free. Birdwood. 8568 4000




Sciworld School Holiday Activities 

Go and see Sciworld’s ‘Fire and Ice’ show, explore the solar system in a Stardome, learn something new in one of their workshops – Robotics, Palaeontology, Illusions or Rocket Science. Explore the hands on interactive exhibits. Three hours of fun for only $15 per child (ages 5 – 16) with accompanying parents absolutely free!

Tuesday 17 – Thursday 19 January, 2-5pm | Ridley Centre, Adelaide Showgrounds


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South Australian Maritime Museum

South Australian Maritime Musuem January School Holiday program Wednesday 4 to Wednesday 25 January 2017.

Captain Clancy and the Ghost Ship: When Clancy is given a real-life sailing ship by her grandfather she thinks it’s the worst thing in the world… that is until she finds out the ship is HAUNTED! Join Clancy on her adventure to uncover old family secrets and find out just what is in the magical box! Explore the Museum, watch the performance and climb the lighthouse!

Performances at 11am and 1pm. $6. SA Maritime Museum, Port Adelaide.




  • Little Picassos | School Holiday Program | Hyde Park, Glenelg & Woodcroft | Details
  • Ruth Tuck Art School | School Holiday workshops | Details
  • The Hutt Community Centre | School Holiday Program | Details
  • SA Whale Centre | WhaleFest Kids Summer School Holiday Activities | Victor Harbor | Details
  • Art Gallery of South Australia | School Holiday Program | Details

Want even more inspiration for the Summer School Holidays?

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

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

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


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