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Gurners Reserve & Playground | Rostrevor | Review

Tucked away beside quiet residential streets is a surprisingly large reserve with a fully fenced, accessible playground, beautiful huge trees to climb and all the facilities you need.
Review by Claire Davill
Gurners Reserve in Rostrevor is definitely a hidden gem. It’s quiet, shaded, and has plenty to offer. Best of all, the playground is fully fenced […]

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START at the Gallery | Art Gallery of SA | Dates for 2024

[ January 7, 2024; February 1, 2024; February 4, 2024; March 3, 2024; April 7, 2024; May 5, 2024; June 2, 2024; July 7, 2024; August 4, 2024; September 1, 2024; October 6, 2024; November 3, 2024; December 1, 2024; ]
Free START Program for Children at the Art Gallery of South Australia 
An exciting introduction to art for children and their families, enjoy art-making, music, performances and tours on the first Sunday of every month with Start at the Gallery.
START is a FREE family-fun day and includes art activities, tours, live performances and entertainment at the Art Gallery […]

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International Mud Day | 29 June

[ June 29, 2023; ]
International Mud Day
International Mud Day is 29 June – It aims to connect children across the entire world through the earth, by playing in the mud.
It gives children and early childhood professionals all over the globe the opportunity to celebrate nature, outdoors and mess by getting really muddy – and kids love it!

Mud is also […]

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Tots at Dots Intergenerational Playgroup | Hove

The much loved Tots at Dots Intergenerational Playgroup is returning to Alwyndor in Hove.
Alwyndor, in partnership with Playgroup SA, provides this unique opportunity for the young and young at heart to interact in a safe, engaging, enjoyable and fun environment which is equally beneficial for the children, parents, guardians and the residents.
Tots at Dots participants […]

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Payneham Community Centre Playground | Review

Payneham Community Centre Playground Review
By Claire Davill
Tucked away behind the Payneham Community Centre building is a little playground that ticks all the boxes for toddler play. Fully fenced, fully shaded, toilets, picnic shelter and ample parking – and lots of equipment just right for little kids.

The Payneham Community Centre building sits on the corner of […]

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Lollipop’s Playland & Cafe | Happy Valley

Lollipop’s Playland & Cafe at Happy Valley – Review
By Jo Parkinson
If you are looking for a way for your little ones to burn some energy, let them run loose at Lollipop’s Playland & Café!
There are three locations you can find Lollipop’s Playland & Cafe in Adelaide: Golden Grove, Croyden and Happy Valley. We enjoyed a […]

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Enchanted Garden Prospect Memorial Gardens Playground Review

Fully Fenced Playgrounds in Adelaide

Enchanted Garden Prospect Memorial Gardens Playground
Fully Fenced Playgrounds in Adelaide
For peace of mind, fully fenced playgrounds are great so you can be sure the little ones won’t wander off too far. 
There are a range of fully fenced playgrounds and play spaces in South Australia in many different areas to ensure your toddler or young one’s […]

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Adelaide’s Indoor Play Centres & Cafes

Adelaide’s Indoor Play Centres and Cafes
Find an Indoor Play Cafe in Adelaide
Rainy days. Scorching hot days. There are times when it’s just not practical to play outside, but kids need somewhere to burn off energy without running around the living room!
Play centres, play cafes and indoor activity centres are perfect for keeping kids entertained. Most […]

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Hahndorf Farm Barn – Family Fun in the Adelaide Hills

Hahndorf Farm Barn – Adelaide Hills
By Jo Parkinson

Escape to the country at Hahndorf Farm Barn! With plenty of animals, fresh air, and fun to be had, pack yourselves a picnic and spend a day on the farm. If that’s not enticing enough, there are two brand new attractions to check out: mini ride-on hydraulic powered […]

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Explore the South Australian Museum | Review

South Australian Museum – Review
by Sharon Harrington
The South Australian Museum on North Terrace in the City is FREE to visit and filled with displays that will engage and enchant the little people in your life.

The fun starts as soon as you walk into the Museum. A dinosaur skeleton poised to attack is perched above the […]

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Playgrounds with Water Play in Adelaide

Playgrounds with Water Play in Adelaide.
Water Play is a wonderful way for children to explore their senses, get creative and keep cool at the same time. More and more playgrounds in recent years have been adding water play features like water pumps, fountains, sprinklers and buckets and playing with water is a great way for […]

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Tusmore Park | Free Wading Pool, Playground & Creek

Tusmore Park Wading Pool
The refurbishment of the Tusmore Park Wading Pool has been highly anticipated by all who love this park. What a fabulous upgrade this is with some great new features which make it bigger and better as well as safer and more fun.

Located in the City of Burnside, Tusmore Park is a picturesque […]

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KinderGyms in Adelaide | Find an Adelaide KinderGym Near You

ADELAIDE KINDERGYMS
Find a KinderGym in Adelaide for kids under 5
KinderGym is a multi-movement based program designed specifically for children 5 years and under and their caregiver. KinderGym Leaders are qualified and nationally accredited and there are more than 30 locations across South Australia.  We loved taking our own kids to KinderGym over the years – […]

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20 Ways for Families to Connect with Nature at Home | Nature Play SA

20 Ways for Families to Connect with Nature at Home
Nature Play SA and Green Adelaide have put together a wonderful list of ways families can connect with nature at home.
From collecting flowers and twigs in the backyard to bird watching and planting a garden, there are lots of ideas below to keep little ones in […]

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Adelaide’s Swimming Centres & Water Parks

Adelaide Public Swimming Pools & Water Parks
Find your nearest swimming centre around Adelaide and South Australia for recreational swimming. Some centres also offer other water activities as well, such as waterslides and inflatables, plus you can book in for swimming lessons too. Some are predominantly swimming schools and may have limited general swimming lanes when […]

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Libraries in South Australia | What’s on Offer at Your Local Council Library

Libraries in South Australia – Find out what’s on offer at your local council library
Council libraries have always been a haven for book lovers seeking a quiet cosy corner to escape from the world. While they still have cosy corners, couches and an amazing collection of fabulous books for children and adults, they also offer […]

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Council Library Programs for Babies, Children and Teens

 
Explore a range of programs for babies, toddlers, children and teens at your local council library
South Australia’s local council libraries have cosy corners for quiet reading and an ever-changing range of books, magazines and DVD’s to explore across the One-Card system. They also provide wonderful, safe spaces for families and children of all ages to […]

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The Best Playgrounds for Toddlers Around Adelaide

The Best Playgrounds for Toddlers Around Adelaide
We asked our readers to tell us about their favourite playgrounds around Adelaide which are suitable for toddlers or little ones under 5 years old.
For peace of mind, we generally love fully fenced playgrounds for this age group and having some shade is always very handy.
Here is a list of […]

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Burnside toy library

Burnside Council Library, Toy Library & Family Friendly Cafe | Review

Burnside Council Library Toy Library & Family Friendly Cafe
Toy libraries are a fabulous economic way to have a constant supply of different toys at home. Do you find that your kids often only play with a toy for a week or two (or even just ten minutes)? Rather than buy a houseful of different toys […]

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Semaphore Steam Train Rides | Semaphore to Fort Glanville Tourist Railway

Semaphore Steam Train – fun family train ride from Semaphore to Fort Glanville and back.
The Semaphore to Fort Glanville Tourist Railway is an enjoyable 30 minute, four kilometre return journey travelling along the picturesque sand dunes in open carriages pulled along behind a steam engine.
Operated by the National Railway Museum, the 2km long 457 mm gauge […]

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Toy Libraries in South Australia

Council Toy Libraries in South Australia
Council Toy Libraries are a fabulous resource for families in South Australia. They offer access to a great range of toys including developmental toys, puzzles, board games, sporting equipment, costumes and more. Children are adept at learning through play, so visiting your local council toy library is a great way […]

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Penfield Park Railway | Miniature Train Rides

Penfield Park Railway holds open days on the last Sunday of each month from January to November, opens on Wednesdays during school holidays and offers twilight rides every second Saturday from October to March.
The Penfield Model Engineers Society (P.M.E.S) was formed with the primary aim of promoting the art of model and experimental engineering.  The ride […]

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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.

You can pick […]

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Adelaide Zoo | Visiting the Zoo with Kids | Review

Adelaide Zoo
The Adelaide Zoo is one of South Australia’s major tourist attractions and a must-visit destination for families with children of all ages.  Situated within a 15 minute walk of the City of Adelaide, the Zoo is located alongside the beautiful Botanic Park and Adelaide Botanic Garden.
Young children take absolute delight in visiting the zoo, their excitement […]

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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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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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Adelaide Zoo’s Variety Children’s Zoo | Review

[ September 28, 2019 to October 13, 2019. ]
Variety Children’s Zoo at the Adelaide Zoo
Adelaide Zoo’s new Variety Children’s Zoo is open from Saturday, 28 September 2019. It’s an amazing interactive play space for kids, allowing families to get closer than ever to some of the zoo’s most popular residents.
Built with the help of the South Australian community and children’s charity Variety Australia, […]

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Marshmallow Park Playspace Adelaide | Playground Review

Marshmallow Park Playspace | Review
by Susannah Marks
Adelaide’s Marshmallow Park, located on Glen Osmond Road, underwent a major facelift in 2018 and the playground has plenty of great features to offer. 
Alongside the more traditional play elements like the swings and slide there are also some interactive nature play elements which are fun for all ages. Marshmallow […]

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Norwood Outdoor Pool, Inflatable Obstacle Course & Toddler Pool

Norwood Swimming Centre with Outdoor Pools
Don’t know much about Norwood Swimming Centre? Well, it’s a bit of a secret destination for locals – it’s not as fancy as some of its bigger cousins and has sometimes been forgotten or some people don’t even know about it. We have always loved that it’s not as busy […]

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The Gums Review

The Gums Reserve – Tranmere | Top Adelaide Playground | Review

The Gums Reserve Tranmere Review
What a great park for a BBQ or a picnic with friends. The many Gum trees providing shade over this expansive reserve make it an ideal spot for a hot summer’s day. With plenty of room for everyone The Gums Reserve is a good place to come and let off some steam.
Our kids […]

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