Top Things to do in Adelaide for Families This Spring

Top Family Friendly things to do this Spring with Kids in Adelaide

Spring is the perfect time to get outdoors as a family and experience the buzz of excitement that comes with warmer weather and longer days. There’s no better time to explore Adelaide’s walking trails, parks, gardens and playgrounds, visit a wildlife park or reservoir. We’ve included some of our favourite places to visit around Adelaide plus a few different ideas for things to do with your kids.

Get active at Woodhouse Activity Centre

Only 10 minutes drive up the South Eastern Freeway, explore hectares of native bushland and try over 30 obstacles on Woody’s Challenge Hill, try a scavenger hunt or disc golf or tube sliding (weekends only). There are also camping options if you’re after a fantastic camp ground with great facilities. 

tube slides adelaide

Space Discovery Centre

Explore the latest innovations in space technologies and learn about Australia’s role in expanding national and international space activities. Read more here

Mod Museum

A futuristic museum of discovery with changing exhibitions. Although the exhibitions are aimed at teenagers and young adults, some primary school kids will enjoy some of the concepts and interactive displays. The current exhibition runs until November. Read more about MOD Museum here.

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 kids. Read more here

Hallett Cove Conservation Park

Explore the boardwalks and trails of the Hallett Cove Conservation Park and take in the spectacular views of Gulf St Vincent. 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

Waite Arboretum

A wonderful spot with over 30 hectares to have a rambling walk and is open free to the public. You’ll find over 800 species of plants with every tree labelled. There’s plenty to explore here, including the fabulous labyrinth. Read more here

National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant & #Pageant at Home

Adelaide’s much loved Christmas Pageant is again being held at Adelaide Oval. It will also be streamed into households across South Australia, so if you don’t manage to nab tickets, you can watch from home with family and friends. Put the Christmas tree up, decorate your house, munch on your favourite snacks and enjoy watching all the action in the comfort of your own home. Read more here

Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is beautiful in every season. In spring, be sure to head to Magnolia Gully and the South East Asian Gully to see the Magnolias and Camellias at the peak of their flowering season. Remember to take a picnic lunch. Read our review here

mt lofty botanic garden

Go to a Festival in Adelaide

Adelaide really is the festival city and this Spring’s Bloom Festival offers plenty of family friendly festivals and events to choose from:

WellFest Adelaide | 15-30 October 2021 | more info here

wellfest adelaide

Moon Lantern Trail | 21 – 24 October 2021 | more info here

Moon Lantern Festival

Lucky Dumpling Market | 21 October – 7 November 2021 | more info here

Shannon’s Adelaide Rally | 25-28 November 2021 | more info here

CheeseFest 2021 | 22, 23 & 24 October 2021 | more info here

Glenelg Ice Cream Festival | 30 October 2021 | more info here

Willunga Almond Blossom Festival | November 2021 | more info here

Uraidla Show | 7 November 2021 

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. 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

Hahndorf Farm Barn

Enjoy an overload of cuteness at the Hahndorf Farm Barn, which, uniquely, blends a children’s farmyard with a wildlife park. Read our review here

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

Spring is the perfect time to admire the native spring flowers in bloom, to spot baby birds and to enjoy the warmth of the sun. Find our list of easy walks to do with kids here.

Enjoy an Ice Cream

Personally, we’ll eat Ice Cream any time of the year, but it’s even better when the sun is shining. Find out where all our favourite Ice Cream and Gelati places are here.

Bottega Ice Cream

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

things to do in Adelaide for families


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.

Image Source: Adelaide Oval website


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