School holiday fun


Posted on 15 Aug 2019

No need to stay housebound with the little ones, we’ve got your plans covered these school holidays. Along with all the amazing playspaces around the city, there’s plenty to do with our list of free and cost-friendly activities that you and the kids are going to love! 

Adelaide Central Market

44-60 Gouger St, Adelaide

Tuesday to Saturday 

Ranging from free to $20 for activities

Adelaide Central Markets always have activities for the kids each school holidays, and this school holiday is no exception. Their Little Market Chef will get your kids cooking up a storm, using only the healthiest and freshest produce straight from the market itself. The Market Trail shows the little ones around the market, where they get samples from each of the stores along the way. There are also a series of free events that change seasonally each school holidays, so keep your eyes peeled. We suggest you book ahead to make sure all the little ones have something to do.

Bat Trail

Banks of the River Torrens / Karrawirra Pari, adjacent Botanic Park
October - mid-December

Walk the self-guided Bat Trail and look for the orange bat tags hanging from trees to learn more about Adelaide's Grey-headed Flying-fox. Twenty-five bat tags can be found along the banks of the River Torrens / Karrawirra Pari, adjacent Botanic Park.

See if you can find them all!

Download your free activity booklet to accompany the trail or pick one up from the following locations:

  • City of Adelaide Customer Centre, 25 Pirie St, Adelaide
  • Wisteria Restaurant, Adelaide Zoo entrance
  • Lounders Boatshed Café, Victoria Drive


Please note that this is a DIY trail and you are welcome to visit at any time of day or night!

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JamFactory free tours

19 Morphett Street, Adelaide

Monday to Friday, 11 am

The JamFactory is offering free tours beginning at 11 am every Monday to Friday. These tours are available outside of school holidays too, but why not use the break to introduce your kids to a staple in South Australian art. We suggest you time your visit to coincide with their daily glassblowing demonstrations, which happen every day 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm (aside from Wednesday afternoons). The kids will be endlessly fascinated by the spectacle of the growing glass sculptures, and if it’s something you haven’t seen yet either, we guarantee you’ll be rapt too.

Migration Museum free tours

82 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide

Daily, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Migration Museum is a great way to mix school holiday fun and an educational daytrip this break. The Migration Museum is filled with interactive exhibitions and educational games that will keep your young ones busy for hours. Look out for the Game of Life, where you are transported to Adelaide in the 1800s and relive the actual life experiences of a 19th century South Australian. Topping it all off, the Migration Museum has free entry and free tours – let your kids learn something this school holidays with the Migration Museum.

The Nutcracker Ballet

Adelaide Festival Theatre | King William St, Adelaide

8 October to 12 October

Child tickets from $37

The Australian Ballet’s rendition of The Nutcracker descends on the Adelaide Festival Theatre just in time for the last week of school holidays. Children’s tickets start from $37, with two matinee shows happening on Wednesday 9 and Saturday 12 of October. Let Clara and the Nutcracker take your family on a journey of magic, hope, and courage this school holidays.

Paddle on the Torrens

Elder Park, River Torrens, Adelaide

Opens September 1

3 people for $20

Want to see a different view of Adelaide? Hop on a boat and paddle along the Torrens, passing the Convention Centre, Adelaide Oval, and many other riverside sights of Adelaide. $20 buys you and two friends (or children) a 30-minute paddle. Life jackets are provided for the littler paddlers, so everyone can enjoy their ride while being safe at the same time.

Picnic in the Botanic Gardens

Adelaide Botanic Gardens | North Terrace, Adelaide

Free entry

A picnic in the botanic gardens is a great way to spend some time in the sun these school holidays. With free entry into the Botanic Gardens, we suggest you make a full day out of it. Pack a picnic basket with the kid’s favourite lunchtime snacks, grab the picnic blanket, and find yourself a nice tree to set up underneath. Although balls are strictly prohibited, why not bring along paper and pencils and draw some of the plants and friendly animals you find? Or stick with the classics and play a game of chasey on the lawns. If you run out of snacks by the afternoon, no need to worry, the onsite kiosk is filled with plenty of tasty treats for hungry tummies.

The Adelaide Botanic Gardens also plays host to a popular school holiday program designed to promote fun, hands-on learning about plants, animals and the environment. Ticket costs range from $8.50 up to $30 - book early as spots sell out.

Pop-up Kids Zone at Eighty Eight O'Connell

88 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide

Free event

The Pop-up Kids Zone at Eighty Eight O'Connell will be filled with an epic variety of free activities for children of all ages. Featuring mini golf, archery attack, bubble soccer as well as workshops baking & decorating and potting herbs and plants - there's sure to be an activity to keep little hands busy. 

Check the event page for times and details and please note you will need to book to secure a spot in one of the workshops.

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TreeClimb

Park 20, Cnr. Greenhill and Unley Road

Children’s bookings from $29

TreeClimb Adelaide is Australia’s first inner-city aerial adventure park, set up in the park lands. If you’ve got little thrill seekers at home, this is the perfect School Holiday activity for you. The Children’s Course takes 80 minutes to complete, and costs $29 per child. Safety is paramount – the harnesses and helmets are provided, as is a safety training course at the beginning of every climb. Although parents are welcome to join in, if you’d rather sit on the side lines and take photos of your little adventurers, there is an eco-hut that serves hot and cold beverages for your enjoyment.