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Top family activities in Adelaide

Posted on 05 Dec 2019

Adelaide is designed for discovery. Spark the imaginations, minds, bodies and tastebuds of the whole family with the fun activities below.

Adelaide Zoo

Adelaide Zoo is Australia’s second oldest zoo and has built a reputation for creating environments for its 3,000 exotic and native residents which champion sustainability and conservation. Set in a lush, leafy oasis off Frome Road, the colours, sights and smells of the Zoo will set imaginations wild! From primates to the Pandas, the ‘Meet the Keeper’ daily program gives you a chance to ask keepers specific questions about your favourite animal and see them having a feed. Be sure to check out their Events Program for more unique and intimate experiences.

Paddle Boats on the Torrens

When the sun is shining, there’s no better way to enjoy Adelaide’s beautiful climate than a trip down the River Torrens/ Karrawirra Parri on board the Popeye or a paddle on one of Captain Jolley’s Paddle Boats. Encounter the bird life, explore the surrounding reeds and riverbank, or just have a race with friends!

Adelaide Botanic Gardens

The Adelaide Botanic Gardens is a magical sensory experience for all ages! Spanning more than 50 hectares, the Gardens are brimming with a wide range of fascinating flora which attract a variety of creatures. There are free guided tours every morning at 10:30am or walking trails where you can go at your own pace.

Beyond the gardens, there’s the opportunity to immerse the whole family in the importance of plants to our lives at the Santos Museum of Economic Botany. A large majority of the pieces on display are over 130 years old! Be inspired in another-worldly way by the stunning architecture of spots like Palm House which was built in Germany in 1875 and thought to be the last of its kind in the world!

If you’ve got a little MasterChef on your hands, be sure to check out the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden Learning Program.

Play in the parks

Adelaide is the only city in the world surrounded completely by parks! The Park Lands act as the city’s playground and has an endless supply of activities that will get the whole family enjoying the great outdoors. They’re also equipped with BBQ facilities and lush lawns that are picnic perfection.

Bonython Park’s play space will ignite a sense of adventure with its 25-metre flying fox, giant mouse wheel and merry-go-round.

The design of Bundey’s Paddock/Tidlangga was inspired by natural elements so is ideal for little humans to learn and explore their relationship with the environment. There are over 10 varieties of productive trees in a pocket orchard, feature climbing rocks, and a sand pit!

Bush Magic in Rymill Park/Murlawirrapurka is the ultimate interactive experience and even has its very own mini maze. It’s right next to the Adelaide Aquatic Centre so you can also wander over for a splash.

Blue Gum Park/Kurangga Park is home to TreeClimb, an aerial adventure park. There are seven courses and the three children’s courses have 24 tree top activities for adventurous kids.

South Australian Museum

When it comes to family-friendly learning, look no further than the Museum of South Australia! Founded in 1856, this museum has been educating and inspiring Adelaideans for generations. A regular roster of fun events and exhibitions for kids will keep young imaginations ticking, and the largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts in the world is always worth investigating.

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Adelaide City Library

The Adelaide City Library is the perfect place to indulge bookworms and curious minds. Far from just books, the Library is a ‘Place of Possibility’ and offers a curated range of spaces, collections and events designed to unleash creativity and expression. Little ones aged 0-5 will be surprised and delighted with Family Story Time’s stories, songs and rhymes. Budding builders can try their hand at the weekly Sunday Lego Club. Step into the future and learn about 3D modelling, 3D printing, Robotics and Virtual Reality! You might even get a chance to meet the Library’s resident NAO Robot, NOSCO, who can even do the Macarena!

Adelaide Aquatic Centre

There’s no need to skip town if you’re craving some underwater fun! The Adelaide Aquatic Centre boasts an impressive selection of water activities for kids and families. Head along to enjoy the splash pads and waterplay zones, or even enrol the young’uns in some priceless swimming classes to gift them with skills for life!

Foodie Adventures

The Adelaide Central Market is the ultimate delicious detour to any day. It is such a fantastic experience to walk the aisles and peruse all the flavours of the world, and to see dishes made right before your eyes. Go for a little wander and see what tasty samples you can pick up.

If you’re looking for something to do during school holidays, the Market’s program is jam-packed with loads of free activities in addition to special events for a small cost. There are plenty of demonstrations and workshops that will inspire little foodies embrace the creativity that comes with cooking and get acquainted with different types of foods.

Getting Around

Adelaide is an easy city to traverse all year round! While a walk-in town is the simplest way to go, you have more options than just that.

Jump on the free City Connector bus or catch a tram to see the sights in the warm and speedy comfort of our free transport.

Hire a bike or a scooter to ride around and enjoy the fresh air at your leisure.

Located all over the city, UPark offers parking all day (and all night!) with a range of early-bird and event day specials.