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91-Storey Treehouse Live On Stage

The 91-Storey Treehouse – Live on Stage | Review | Adelaide Festival Theatre

91-Storey Treehouse | Review
by Brooke Hendry
Children have been captivated by Andy and Terry and their fantastical, wild, wacky and ever-expanding Treehouse since the first book, The 13-Storey Treehouse, hit the shelves in 2011.
Over the years, their continued Treehouse stories have kept young imaginations immersed in Andy and Terry’s crazy world. Following their adventures full of […]

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Glen Forest Tourist Park | Port Lincoln, Eyre Peninsula | Review

Farm Life Fun at Glen Forest Tourist Park in Port Lincoln.
by Katrina Gogel
Set in picturesque surroundings and only fifteen minutes’ drive from Port Lincoln, the fabulous Glen Forest Tourist Park is a must-see attraction when visiting the Eyre Peninsula. With its animals, mini golf, huge maze, Segway hire and picnic facilities, it’s the perfect place […]

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Pichi Richi Railway | Southern Flinders Ranges | Review

The Pichi Richi Railway is a wonderful family experience in South Australia’s beautiful Southern Flinders Ranges.
by Katrina Gogel
If you have a train fan in the family and are looking for a South Aussie adventure, we highly recommend experiencing a ride on the Pichi Richi Railway.
The Pichi Richi railway is located in the small outback town […]

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Murphy’s Haystacks | Eyre Peninsula | South Australia

Take a wander through the amazing rock formations known as Murphy’s Haystacks.
by Katrina Gogel
Murphy’s Haystacks are a privately owned tourist attraction located approximately 40 kilometres from the seaside town of Streaky Bay on the Eyre Peninsula.
Calling in for a visit while on holiday recently, we were wowed by the large wind worn rock formations which […]

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Kimba Playground | Eyre Peninsula | South Australia | Review

Kimba playground – is this the best playground on the Eyre Peninsula? We think so!
by Katrina Gogel
After hearing great things about the newly upgraded, all-abilities playground in Kimba, we made sure to put it on our ‘must-see’ list when travelling the Eyre Peninsula recently.
And it did not disappoint!
The scale of this rural playground is impressive […]

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Mega Adventure – Aerial Playground | West Beach | Review

Mega Adventure Aerial Playground at West Beach
Mega Adventure is a towering 30 metre structure at West Beach with amazing views over the city, sea and hills and a huge range of aerial adventures for young and old.
There are 5 different components to Mega Adventure. The MegaClimb is the main structure with over 70 aerial obstacles […]

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Me & My Shadow | Patch Theatre | Review

Me & My Shadow by Patch Theatre – Review
by Carla Caruso
Been a while since you’ve gone to a theatre show, care of COVID-19? Well, now’s the time to revel again in that feeling of sitting among other art lovers in a darkened theatre as colour and action unfold onstage – with groups socially distanced, of course.
Adelaide […]

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Hokey Pokey | Ice Cream & Lolly Shop | Stirling | Review

      
Hokey Pokey Ice Cream, Sweets and Chocolates in Stirling
We’ve been looking longingly at the beautiful looking Hokey Pokey store in Stirling for 2 years and finally decided to wander in and we’re so glad we did. Hokey Pokey (originally Oak Tree Truffles) has a range of beautiful house-made truffles, fudges, chocolates, a mind-boggling […]

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Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit Hike | Cleland Conservation Park Walking Trail

Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit Hike
Adelaide’s favourite hike through Cleland Conservation Park, from serene Waterfall Gully all the way up to the summit at Mount Lofty.  
It is a challenge to complete, but there are many reasons why the hike from Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit is so popular.  From families with babies […]

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Barossa Valley | Family Friendly Places to Visit | South Australia

Barossa Valley Region Family Friendly Holiday Ideas – Places to Visit in the Barossa
The Barossa Valley is a beautiful region to visit with the family and it’s perfect for a short getaway because it’s so close to Adelaide – approximately a 1 hour drive from the city. If you’re planning on a longer holiday, there […]

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Hahndorf Farm Barn | Hahndorf, South Australia | Review

Hahndorf Farm Barn at Hahndorf, South Australia – Review 
Enjoy an overload of cuteness at the Hahndorf Farm Barn, which, uniquely, blends a children’s farmyard with a wildlife park.
by Carla Caruso
For a slice of farm life, close to the city, the Hahndorf Farm Barn is the place to be.
There’s just something about getting up close and […]

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Carrick Hill Story Book Trail | Free Activity | Review

 
Carrick Hill Story Book Trail
Carrick Hill is an elegant English manor-style house built in 1939 surrounded by beautiful sprawling gardens. The Carrick Hill Story Book Trail takes you on a fun journey for about half a kilometre through the beautiful grounds and gardens of Carrick Hill Estate with plenty to explore and discover.
**Editors note July […]

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Bushwalking with Kids at Mount George Conservation Park | Adelaide Hills

Bushwalking with Kids at Mount George Conservation Park
Mount George Conservation Park is nestled in between Bridgewater and Piccadilly in the Adelaide Hills, only 10 minutes up the South Eastern freeway. 
Mount George walking trails can be accessed from Mount George Picnic Grounds where there is plenty of car parking space and some picnic tables if you […]

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Top Parks Victor Harbor Holiday and Cabin Park – Family Fun for Everyone | Review

Time for a holiday in South Australia? Top Parks Victor Harbor Holiday and Cabin Park is the place to be.  We discover everything you need to know about their new fully accessible Hindmarsh Cabin.
by Brooke Hendry
Have you been cooped up at home for too long?
Hanging out for a holiday?
Need to get the family out of the […]

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Wilfred Taylor Reserve Nature Playspace is OPEN | Morphett Vale | Review

Explore the largest nature-based playspace in Adelaide’s south, at Wilfred Taylor Reserve.
By Brooke Hendry
Parents – load up that picnic basket and get ready for a treat! Wilfred Taylor Reserve, in Morphett Vale, is now open. Families, go in and roam, explore and play at what is now the largest nature-based playspace in the south of […]

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BIG4 West Beach Parks | Review

 
BIG4 West Beach Parks
BIG4 West Beach Parks is set on 1.2km of coastline and offers fun activities onsite and a huge range of accommodation for all budgets plus direct access to the beach.
West Beach Parks is close to the city of Adelaide (20 mins drive) and is perfect for a quick weekend getaway or a […]

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Whispering Wall – Barossa Reservoir | Williamstown | Review

Whispering Wall at Williamstown | Review
Whispering Wall, otherwise known as the Barossa Reservoir, is approximately 1 hours drive from Adelaide in the Barossa Valley, near the township of Williamstown.
Many Adelaideans will remember visiting this iconic destination as children mostly for the novelty value. The wall is aptly named ‘Whispering Wall’ because of its parabola effect […]

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Hiking & Biking at Mitcham’s Randell Park Reserve | Review

Hiking and biking at Mitcham’s Randell Park Reserve – Review
Sea views and quarry cliff faces are just a few of the things you’ll encounter at this reserve along the Mitcham Trail Network. 
by Carla Caruso
There is nothing better than discovering new places to explore near home – and Randell Park Reserve is one I recently added […]

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Kurangga Park BMX Track – Adelaide

Kurangga Park BMX Bike Track
Located at the corner of Unley Road & Greenhill Rd, Adelaide at Blue Gum Park / Kurangga (Park 20)
For some families, it’s not as easy (or safe) for kids to just jump on their bikes and ride off down the street anymore like we did as kids (back in the old… […]

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Exploring the Tennyson Dunes Discovery Trail | Review

Tennyson Dunes Discovery Trail at Tennyson – Review
You’ll feel further away than the western suburbs when meandering through these ancient dunes … taking you direct to the beach!
by Carla Caruso
I’ve been wanting to check out Tennyson Beach for a while. So, when I was at a loose end one weekend, I found time to tick […]

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Mount Bold Reservoir Reserve | Review

Walking along the dam wall at Mount Bold Reservoir – Review
After a moody spot to revel in while the weather cools? This amazing feat of engineering is one of Adelaide’s best-kept secrets.
by Carla Caruso
Editor’s note: Thursday, 4 June 2020 – Mount Bold Reservoir has reopened following completion of SA Water’s dam safety upgrade.
There’s a spooky […]

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Sturt Gorge Dam at Sturt Gorge Recreation Park | Flagstaff Hill | Review

Hiking at Sturt Gorge Dam and Sturt Gorge Recreation Park | Review
After a low-key weekend activity? Try a walk to one of Adelaide’s biggest man-made structures.
by Carla Caruso
Often, we travel far and wide to experience awe-inspiring sights, not realising there are many hidden gems right near home.
Enter the Sturt Gorge Dam. When I read about […]

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Brownhill Creek Recreation Park

Brownhill Creek Recreation Park | Mitcham | Review

Brownhill Creek Recreation Park at Mitcham | Review
Looking to escape somewhere quiet? Try a nature hike at Mitcham’s Brownhill Creek Recreation Park.
by Carla Caruso
Last weekend, my family and I headed to Brownhill Creek Recreation Park for a leisurely hour-long wander. We parked just past the Brownhill Creek Tourist Park and road bridge and stuck to […]

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Giraffe Safari Animal Experience | Monarto Safari Park | Review

The Giraffe Safari Animal Experience at Monarto Safari Park will leave you with life long memories of these majestic animals.
Be prepared to be licked by a ginormous giraffe as they gently loop their blue tongue around a carrot held out by even the littlest hands.
As soon as we arrived at Monarto we checked into the […]

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South Australian Museum Dogs Exhibition

South Australian Museum Dogs Exhibition Review

South Australian Museum Dogs Exhibition
Review by Susannah Marks
Dogs: A Story of Our Best Friend
The latest exhibition at the SA Museum – Dogs: A Story of Our Best Friend has been extended until 2 August 2020 – and if you’re a dog lover or have kids who love dogs then make sure you go and see […]

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Onward Movie Review | In Cinemas 2 Apr 2020

Onward movie review | in cinemas 2 April 2020
Primary schoolkids – and beyond – will love Pixar’s latest original feature, starring two teen elves and celebs like Chris Pratt, Tom Holland and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
by Carla Caruso
Onward is the latest offering from Disney and Pixar (think Toy Story, Cars, Finding Dory), so you know you’re in […]

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Uraidla Pub

Uraidla Hotel | Family Friendly Dining | Adelaide Hills | Review

The Uraidla Hotel – Family Friendly Pub in the Adelaide Hills
The Uraidla Hotel is a beautiful pub in the Adelaide Hills where you will always receive a warm welcome, fresh food and there’s space for the kids to play.
The Uraidla Hotel has undergone a massive transformation in the last few years and it is a […]

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National Railway Museum | Port Adelaide | Review

Take a journey into railway history at the National Railway Museum in Port Adelaide.
by Katrina Gogel
Train enthusiasts big and small will be wowed by Australia’s largest undercover railway museum, which houses over 100 exhibits within two huge pavilions. It is a fun place for young families and the serious train buff – with a wide […]

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Patch Theatre | The Lighthouse | Adelaide Festival | Review

 
Patch Theatre The Lighthouse | Review
Patch Theatre Director, Geoff Cobham and his team have created The Lighthouse, a unique series of light installations which are beautiful and mesmerising. 
The historic Queens Theatre has been divided into a series of rooms, each housing a different light installation. There is a sense of anticipation and intrigue as […]

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Funtopia Prospect – Adelaide’s Largest Indoor Adventure Playground | Review

Funtopia Prospect in Sefton Park | Adelaide Indoor Playground Review
From a rock-climbing arena to an action-packed playground, Adelaide’s newest indoor adventure park and cafe has it all.
by Carla Caruso
Funtopia definitely is a utopia of fun, with a capital F.
The indoor adventure park – SA’s largest! – officially opened its doors in February 2020 and has […]

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Adelaide Zoo A to Zoo session review by Susannah Marks

A to Zoo Program at the Adelaide Zoo | Review

Adelaide Zoo’s A to Zoo Program – Review
Review by Susannah Marks
Adelaide Zoo’s A to Zoo program is designed for children aged 2 -4 years and their parents/caregivers. It aims to deliver a high quality preschool programme which fosters a love of learning and an appreciation for the natural world. Each week children learn about a different […]

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Oscars Fan? Enjoy an ‘Old Hollywood’ Vibe at one of Adelaide’s Historic Cinemas | Review

Step back in time at some of Adelaide’s historic cinemas, from The Capri to the Mainline Drive-in
by Carla Caruso
Keen to check out all the latest Oscar-winning films? For an extra-glam outing, do it in style at one of Adelaide’s retro movie theatres.
Who doesn’t love a glitzy Hollywood awards night, from the SAGs to the Oscars […]

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Onkaparinga Valley Road Playgrounds | Adelaide Hills | Review

Four great playgrounds to visit along Onkaparinga Valley Road in the Adelaide Hills.
by Katrina Gogel
Onkaparinga Valley Road is the main thoroughfare through the beautiful Adelaide Hills. Commencing at Verdun this busy road is the gateway to some of the best wineries and attractions in the Hills, but did you know it’s also home to four […]

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Play School Exhibition | Maritime Museum, Port Adelaide | Review

Happy Birthday Play School Exhibition at the SA Maritime Museum, Port Adelaide – Review
by Carla Caruso
Do names like Jemima, Big Ted and Bananas in Pyjamas take you back in time? Then you won’t want to miss this birthday exhibition while it’s in town.
I’ll be honest, when I first read about the Play School Exhibition at the […]

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Pelican Productions Music Theatre Camp – Found | Review

Found by Pelican Productions | Review
When you put 88 talented young people together on a stage they sure can create a whole lot of magic. Music Theatre Camp (MTC) by Pelican Productions, is an intensive school holiday program where performers aged between 8 to 19 years are trained in singing, dancing and acting. It’s quite […]

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Mornington Peninsula & Melbourne Family Holiday Review | Victoria

 
Summer holiday escape to the Mornington Peninsula & Melbourne in Victoria 
Australia’s answer to The O.C. (or The Hamptons) is just across the border – and you can combine it with a trip to Melbourne’s CBD.
by Carla Caruso
Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula has been whispering to me for some time.
TV shows like Secret Bridesmaids’ Business and The Cry […]

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Kangaroo Island for Families | Holiday Destination with Natural Beauty, Wildlife & Adventure

Exploring Family Friendly Kangaroo Island
South Australia’s Kangaroo Island is a true natural paradise, perfect for families wanting a getaway with that real holiday spirit – a world class bucket list destination.
There is so much to see and do on Australia’s third largest island from action adventures to peaceful walks through untouched bushland.  Think pristine beaches, […]

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Moonlight Cinema Adelaide | Botanic Park | Review

Adelaide’s Moonlight Cinema – Review
Watch a movie under the stars this summer with your family, friends, partner, or dog!
by Brooke Hendry
Have you been wanting to do something a bit different with the kids during the Adelaide school holidays?
How about watching a movie under the stars?
We’ve recently been to check out the Moonlight Cinema, in the […]

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Port Augusta & Flinders Ranges Family Holiday Review | South Australia

Road trip to Port Augusta, South Australia
by Carla Caruso
Port Augusta proves a surprise winner for a quick getaway – and the towns along the way only add to the adventure.
I’ve always thought of Port Augusta as more of a gateway to the Outback and less of a travel destination. That was until I tagged along […]

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Exploring Marino | Marino Conservation Park & Bandon Terrace Reserve | Review

Day-tripping in Marino, South Australia – including Marino Conservation Park and the new-look Bandon Terrace Reserve 
by Carla Caruso
The suburb of Marino has it all for a day’s adventure, from a lighthouse hike to a rocky beach and a new seaside-themed playground.
For some reason, the suburb of Marino has always called to me like a sea […]

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