Top Things To Do in Adelaide for Families This Winter | 2018

Top Things to do in Winter Around Adelaide

As we head into the winter months having to survive chilly nights and rainy days can be a challenge! However, just because the sun isn’t shining it doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to see and do around Adelaide.

Adelaide’s milder climate means that it is still possible to venture out into the fresh, crisp air and play outside on clear days, but for those really rainy days consider heading to a cafe for a hot chocolate, visit your local indoor play cafe, go to the movies or burn off some energy at an indoor activity centre.

We have plenty of ideas to keep the kids out and about during the colder months!

July School Holidays

Check out the best school holiday ideas & activities in our Winter Holidays 2018 Category here.

Ice Skating Fun

This winter we get to go ice skating at THREE different locations around Adelaide!  Head to Glenelg for some ice-skating and tobogganing fun at the annual Winter Wonderland experience, enjoy a day or night out at Port Adelaide’s WinterFest or head into the city for the SkatingAt Festival in Victoria Square.

winter wonderland 2015 ice rink

Out and about in the Adelaide Hills


Wrap yourselves up in your Winter woollies and head to the Adelaide Hills. Hahndorf is a great place to start. Head to a cafe, sit by the fire and indulge in some goodies or browse some of the unique and quirky shops with all kinds of offerings.  Read our review of Hahndorf for more ideas.


Slot Car Racing

Head to the slot raceway in Lobethal for some good old fashioned fun racing cars.  Read our review of Adelaide Hills slot car racing here.

Adelaide Hills SlotCars

While you’re in the hills, go for a drive and appreciate the beauty of the landscape or keep a lookout for these toadstools. Maybe you’ll find some fairies there as well…

Winter collage with toadstool

Nature Play

If the weather is fine, try some nature play activities. Kids never seem to care about getting cold or wet!!  Just remember to always pack a change of clothes and a towel.  Nature Play SA has listed some great ideas for getting into nature during winter. Read their list of 25 things to do in winter in Adelaide.

Morialta Conservation Park

Check out the Morialta First Falls – it’s a family friendly, easy walk where you can even take a stroller. Read our review here.

Morialta Conservation Park is also home to a fabulous nature playspace with design features incorporating physical challenges, Aboriginal culture and native plants and animals.  Opened in 2017, it is well worth a visit. Read about Morialta Playground “Muka Muka Rrinthi” here.

Waterfall Gully

The wonderful rain we receive during winter means our waterfalls flow with plenty of water.  They are a delight to watch and make walking to the top of a lookout worth while.  See the water flowing at Waterfall Gully where you can also have breakfast at Utopia Restaurant, or stop for a coffee and snack. Read our review here.

Waterfall Gully3

Travel South for a day trip or weekend away

Port Elliot

Head down south to Port Elliot, visit the iconic Port Elliot Bakery or grab some delicious fish and chips from the Flying Fish Cafe; climb some trees and rocks; admire the sea views on the Cliff Walk; and maybe spot a whale or two.  See our review of Port Elliot for more great ideas.

Horseshoe Bay over rocks

Victor Harbor

Make the most of Victor Harbor’s annual coastal visitors, the majestic Southern Right Whales.  For more tips on when and where to see the whales, read our review of whale watching at Victor Harbor.


Rainy day indoor activities

If you’re too cosy at home to want to venture out, we have some ideas to keep the kids entertained:

Try making paper planes – Paper plane activity

apple picking paper planes4

Creating from recycling – creating from recycling here.

making things from recycling bits

Make pancakes with the kids – easy to make pancakes

birthday pancakes

See a movie or a live show

See a Movie  |  There are always kids movies released in time for the holidays.  This year there is the much anticipated Incredibles 2 and Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation, both on the big screen from June 2018.  Or why not rug up with pillows and blankets and head to Mainland Drive-In.  Their Family Flix program on Saturday nights includes free entertainment too.  Read more here.

The Something on Saturday program presented by the Adelaide Festival Centre is a great Winter outing for 1-12 year olds.  It’s perfectly warm inside the theatre! Most tickets are only $15 per person and there are free craft activities at the Kids Corner Workshops. See the full 2018 program here.

See more Concerts & Shows here or check out our Movie guide here.

Adelaide Riverbank

After seeing a show at the Adelaide Festival Theatre, why not take a wander around the developing riverbank precinct and check out the Festival Plaza Creative Trail.  There are seven installation pieces around the Festival Plaza redevelopment to find and play with!  Read more here.

Indoor Play Cafes

For those rainy days when everyone is needing a wriggle, why not head to an indoor play cafe or an indoor activity centre such as Bounce, Pumpt or Latitude.  See our post on some fabulous indoor play cafes around Adelaide here.

2013-07-17 Lollipops Playland cafe3

Indoor Cart Racing

Mega Fast Karts in Richmond is the place to go for indoor car racing (min. age 9 years/138cm tall).  Read our review here.

Try 10 pin bowling or laser skirmish

For hours of fun head to a bowling centre like Kingpin in Norwood – an indoor entertainment complex with bowling lanes, indoor M9 Laser Skirmish, the latest music, video clips and sports played on huge screens, disco lighting and the latest arcade games & led lit pool tables.  Read our review here.

Head to a cafe to warm up with a hot chocolate.

Enjoy a sweet treat and head to a cafe for a warming hot chocolate and maybe some goodies. Here’s some of our favourites:

commissary cafe

Visit a Playground

On a clear winter day it’s the perfect time to hit those playgrounds which have metal slides that get hot quickly in summer. Head to the upgraded St Kilda Playground to try out all the new slides (read our review of St Kilda Playground here) or Dunstan Adventure Playground (an oldie but a goodie) in St Peters.  You can also stay out longer at parks you may usually avoid in summer due to minimal shade.

Check out all our Top Parks & Playgrounds here and our list of Best Playgrounds for Toddlers/Under 5s here.

st kilda playground 2016 cover

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