Family Fun at the State Library | Adelaide

Free Family Fun at the State Library on North Terrace, Adelaide.

If you’re looking for something to keep the kids entertained for a few hours, why not visit the State Library for some creative activities inspired by their collections that the whole family can enjoy.

The State Library has numerous events and exhibitions throughout the year, from historical restaurant menus and board games, to football memorabilia and building bugs. Children and families can explore the library, enjoy reading stories and follow trails for some interesting, educational fun and discovery.

WHAT’S ON AT THE STATE LIBRARY

Gardening Tools And Toys Scavenger Hunt

Have fun exploring the current exhibition (on until 31 August 2024) at the Treasures Wall using clues on a bookmark found on the Fantastic Foliage family table.  Find the hidden toys from the Children’s Literature Research Collection hidden throughout the Cornucopia: Garden and Gardening in South Australia. MORE DETAILS

Fantastic Foliage And Books – Free Family Activity

It’s time to get sculpturing and turn a flat piece of paper into fantastic foliage. Stop by the family table and create your own plant or leaf using paper cutting and folding techniques such as weaving, curling, pleating, pinching and more. This is a fun activity for children and families to experience the exhibition, Cornucopia: gardens and gardening in South Australia (on until 31 August 2024).

Like all keen gardeners they need to care for their plants, so once you have finished your fantastic foliage, add it to their garden trellis. Keep an eye on their socials to watch the foliage grow on the trellis and wall. MORE DETAILS

Discover the Library with their Family Trail

Take an adventure through the library to discover the many treasures and stories to be found.

Pick up your printed Family Trail from the Welcome Desk in the glass foyer of the Spence Wing. Continue to the famous Mortlock Wing, and then on to the Treasures Wall exploring the library to finish at the Institute Building.

Build a Bug

Be inspired to build your own bug from watercolour paintings of insects by George French Angas’ South Australia Illustrated.  Download and print the free activity sheets to build a bug, then once completed there are lots of things you can do with your bugs, such as put them on a specimen card or create a bug poster or a hanging mobile or maybe a bug wall with your creations.

Family Reading Nook

Take some time out with the kids in the reading nook in the Treasures Wall. You’ll find all sorts to read including a delicious new adventure about the very hungry caterpillar’s Australian feast, super-simple recipe for budding bakers, the story of how your favourite food is made and much more.

State Library opening hours:

  • Monday: 9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday: 9am to 7pm
  • Wednesday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 12 to 5pm
  • Closed on public holidays

Discover the Mortlock Wing at the State Library

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the SLSA website

What:  Family Fun at the State Library

When:    Check the event guide here for what’s on

Where:  State Library of SA | North Terrace, Adelaide

Who:   Everyone

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