Top Family Fun Things to do in Adelaide this Summer


Top Family Fun Things to do in Adelaide this Summer

Summer’s long hot days and relaxed vibes offer the perfect opportunity to get out as a family and explore our beaches, catch up with friends at a park or playground and indulge in ice cream. We’ve included some of our favourite places to visit around Adelaide plus a few different ideas for things to do with your kids.

Christmas Family Fun

No snowy Christmases here in Oz! Our hot summer days and long nights also means Christmas in Australia and we love taking even just a bit of time out amidst the busyness of Christmas prep to spend precious time with the kids visiting Father Christmas, seeing all the lovely lights around Adelaide’s streets and watching the Giant Christmas Tree in the city. Read our guide to the Top 10 Things to See & Do at Christmas for more ideas.

What's on Christmas in Adelaide

Spend a Day at the Beach 

Did you know that if you only go to the beach once every year in your child’s life, that’s only about 17 visits! So, take a day off everything if you can and spend the day lazing around at the beach. Family time at the beach can create the best memories! Read about the best beaches in Adelaide here.

Dolphin Beach, Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park

Day Trip

Enjoy a change of scenery and explore one of SA’s beautiful country regions. The Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills are an easy drive away. Enjoy a long lunch at a family friendly winery or cafe, stop at a playground, go for a bike ride, visit a chocolate shop or wildlife park. 

Another idea for a great day trip is a visit to Glenelg. Catch the tram from Adelaide to Glenelg and go swimming, wander along the beach, sample food from one of the many eateries in the area or visit the Beachhouse for family fun. 

Barossa Bowland

Eat Ice Cream

Cap off your family outing with an Ice Cream to beat the heat. Find our list of the best ice cream places around Adelaide here.

Bottega Ice Cream

Family Friendly Wineries

There’s no shortage of wineries in SA, so make a date with friends and enjoy a long lazy lunch, platter or picnic while sipping wine and watching the kids play. There are plenty within 20 – 40 minutes of the City of Adelaide or you can make a day of it and head further afield to one of our wine regions. Read more here

Whistler Wines, Barossa Family friendly winery Review by Susannah Marks

Carrick Hill and the Storybook Trail

This is one of our favourite destinations with something for everyone to appreciate – scenic views, beautiful gardens to meander and the delightful Storybook Trail, complete with a hobbit house, cubby houses to play in and plenty of book characters to discover – a great adventure for the kidsRead more here

Visit a Water Park or Pool

Experience a refreshing dip at your local pool or add some action into the mix at a water park with water slides and interactive splash ground. Read more here

Morialta Conservation Park  & Nature Playground

Morialta Conservation Park is great for young families – the walk to the First Falls is pretty flat and ok to do with a pram. Explore the creeks and look out for plenty of wildlife – we love to do some koala spotting and counting how many we see. Make sure you also stop at the amazing nature playround. Read our review here

Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is beautiful in every season. During Summer, on a hot day, it can be up to 7 degrees cooler and is the ideal time to explore the garden’s cooler areas like the rainforest gully. Remember to take a picnic lunchRead our review here

Pick Your Own Strawberries – Beerenberg

If you love the taste of freshly picked strawberries make sure you visit Beerenberg in the Adelaide Hills for a fabulous day out with the family, strolling through the strawberry patch amongst rows of juicy berries to pick and take home. While you’re visiting, be sure to stop at Beerenberg’s brand new cafe and shopping experience. Find out more here 


Find your sense of adventure at TreeClimb – an aerial ziplining course for all ages set amongst the trees in the Adelaide Parklands. Read more here

adelaide treeclimb

Visit one of SA’s Reservoirs

Some of South Australia’s reservoirs are now much more accessible and feature scenic walking and cycling trails, or access for kayaking and fishing. Other reservoirs offer amazing views and picnic areas. Read about SA’s Reservoirs here.

happy valley reservoir reserve

Spend a day in the City of Adelaide

There really is a lot to see and do in the city – visit the Art Gallery, or a museum, find a park or playground, wander along the banks of the River Torrens. You can also explore the river with Captain Jolleys Paddleboats or take a bike ride along the linear park. Find more fun things to do in the city here

Take a Train Ride

Whether you just love trainspotting, or you’re looking to ride a train, you can find out all you need to know about miniature train rides, seasonal train rides and train-themed playgrounds here.

Go for a Walk

Summer is a great time to get out and explore and we have fantastic walks all around SA. For something different, try an invigorating early morning walk while everything is quiet and still or head out after dinner to watch the birds enjoying the cool of the evening at dusk. Find our list of easy walks to do with kids here.


Read about 25 nature play activities to do with children before they turn 1. Click here to read

30 Things To Do Before You’re 10 – by a 10 Year Old. Click here to read


Adelaide family friendly Christmas events and activities

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At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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