What To Do In Adelaide With Kids & Free School Holiday Activities 2023

Author: Daria Osipova | Updated Dec 04, 2023

The SA school holidays 2023 are right around the corner, and you want to create a bucket list of fun things to do in Adelaide with kids & discover what's on for families in Adelaide. You've come to the right place!

You'll discover:

  • Fun school holiday activities in Adelaide 2023,

  • Best outdoor activities in Adelaide,

  • Adelaide indoor activities for kids, toddlers, preschoolers & teenagers,

  • What's on in Adelaide for families & kids' events,

  • Adelaide attractions for families,

  • Free school holiday activities Adelaide 2023 and

  • Free things to do in Adelaide with toddlers and older kids!

what to do in Adelaide with kids, what's on for families and free school holiday activities in 2023.
what to do in Adelaide with kids, what's on for families and free school holiday activities in 2023

Adelaide is well-known as one of the best wine regions in Australia and the world. However, Adelaide is also a great place for families, offering many fun things to do in Adelaide with kids!

Your kids can discover a new hobby at school holiday programs in Adelaide, visit exciting adventure parks, try some fun indoor activities as well as outdoor activities and enjoy free things to do in Adelaide.

Most of us have already seen the Port, Adelaide Zoo, Victor Harbor, Treeclimb, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Central Market, Cleland Wildlife Park, Henley Beach and more. Wouldn't it be more exciting to discover new places to visit in & near Adelaide?

Explore our top school holiday ideas for the best things to do in Adelaide with kids! Plan ahead for fun Adelaide indoor activities and school holiday programs, thrilling outdoor activities and things to do for free in Adelaide school holidays.

โญ Don't forget to bookmark this article! Our team regularly updates school holiday ideas in Adelaide with school holiday fun for kids, programs, camps & family events to make your life easier and help you find ways to keep your kids entertained all school holiday long!


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Kids school holiday activities Adelaide 2023

Discover Adelaide school holiday activities near you, including summer holiday activities and school holiday programs for kids of all ages!


School holiday activities in Adelaide @ Code Camp

  • ๐Ÿ‘ง ๐Ÿ‘ฆ School holiday activities for 5-13 years old

๐Ÿค– The Code Camp team offers a great collection of school holiday activities in Adelaide and South Australia for kids 5 - 13 years old, where the kids can get creative with technology during the SA school holidays 2023.

๐ŸŒŸ New summer school holiday activities: ๐ŸŒŸ Kids can now learn to code with DreamWorks Trolls and even more! Read more below.

School holiday activities Adelaide & SA @ Code Camp.
School holiday activities Adelaide & SA @ Code Camp

Their awesome STEM school holiday programs (plus after-school activities) include fun camps which are sure to inspire your child's creative and tech genius:

  • โญNEWโญ Trolls Little Coders Camp

  • โญNEWโญ AI Camp

  • โญNEWโญ Robotics Camp

  • โญNEWโญ Design Camp

  • Minecraft Engineers

  • Design Camp

  • Jurassic World or Minions Animation Campย 

  • Code Your Own Jurassic World or Minions Game (at Spark + Ignite coding camps)ย 

  • Roblox Legends

  • Curious Minds

  • Coding Camps (from beginner to advanced)

  • YouTube Creators

  • Animation Camp

  • DJ Camp.

For more details about the fun school holiday activities in Adelaide and South Australia, visit the Code Camp website.

Join fun school holiday activities at Code Camp in Adelaide

Summer school holiday camps in Adelaide @ BOUNCE

  • ๐Ÿ‘ง ๐Ÿ‘ฆ School holiday activities for 8+ years old

๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€ ๐Ÿคพ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐Ÿฅณ BOUNCE Holiday Camps are returning for the summer school holidays in Adelaide!

๐Ÿ“… SAVE the date! Summer holiday camps: 08-12 January; 15-19 January; 22-25 January 2024.

School holiday activities during summer school holidays 2023 for 8+ year olds at BOUNCE.
School holiday activities in Adelaide for 8+ years old at Bounce Greenacres and Marleston

It's the perfect school holiday activity to learn new skills in a fun and social environment, featuring:

  • โญNEWโญ 3-hour program

  • Five days a week.

The new flexible schedule means you can drop off your child for a morning of indoor adrenaline fun!ย 

School holiday activities for 8+ year olds at BOUNCE.
School holiday activities in Adelaide for 8+ year olds at BOUNCE

Each school holiday camp session includes:

  • 1.5 hours with a qualified coach and dedicated teaching timeย 

  • 30 minutes to refuel with a healthy snackย 

  • 1 hour of free time to practise skills, led by one of our awesome BOUNCE Hosts.

BOUNCE school holiday camp price:

  • $65 per day.ย 

BOUNCE Holiday Camps locations:

The nearest BOUNCE indoor playground and trampoline park to you in Adelaide & South Australia:

For more information, visit the BOUNCE website.

School holiday fun at BOUNCE in Adelaide

Youth mentoring, well-being and mental health activities in Adelaide @ Deep Seas

  • ๐Ÿ‘ง ๐Ÿ‘ฆ School holiday activities for 3+ years old

Put your well-being first with Deep Seas activities in Adelaide.

At Deep Seas, everyone deserves to be heard, able to communicate their feelings with others and themselves, and know how to do so in the best way possible.

Deep Seas is all about supporting kids, teens and young people with their mental health and well-being journey. Learning how to maintain your mental health and manage your emotions is essential to living the most enjoyable life.

Deep Seas: mentoring the youth, wellbeing and mental health activities in Adelaide.
Deep Seas: mentoring the youth, wellbeing and mental health activities in Adelaide

Put your mental health first these SA school holidays and sign up for mentoring, peer support, skills training, or even mental health-focused outdoor activities Adelaide has for kids of all ages:

  • What's The Buzz - skill Adelaide training classes for kids, teens & young people to help them improve their social and emotional skills to prepare them ready to take on the world.

  • Well-being art classes in Adelaide are suited for kids of all ages and can even make great art classes for adults.

Deep Seas: well-being art classes & social and emotional management for kids of all ages.
Deep Seas: well-being art classes & social and emotional management for kids of all ages

The locations include beautiful gardens and parks in Adelaide and surrounds, including:

Sign up for Deep Seas school holiday programs and kids' activities today.


What's on in Adelaide school holidays

When asking, "What's on in Adelaide school holidays?" you'll find many fun kids events Adelaide offers for families.

Below are our top picks for what's on school holidays 2023, including December 2023 - January 2024 events for families, kids shows, live music concerts and many more.


Christmas Show in Adelaide 2023: Christmas Unwrapped

    Dates: Friday 15 December 2023 - Saturday 16 December 2023

  • Address: Festival Theatre, King William Rd, Adelaide SA 5000
  • Ages: All age groups
What's on in Adelaide for families: Christmas Unwrapped 2023
What's on in Adelaide for families: Christmas Unwrapped 2023

Get ready to kick off the festive season with a joyful bang at Christmas Unwrapped, presented by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra!

Join Guy Noble, the cheerful host, along with Desiree Frahn, soprano, and a chorus of glorious voices for a heartwarming celebration.

Sing along to your favorite carols, beloved classics, and Christmas favorites. It's a family concert filled with opportunities to spread the joy of Christmas!

Christmas Unwrapped tickets:

  • Tickets start from $71

The Nutcracker Ballet in Adelaide 2023

    Dates: Sunday 17 December 2023

  • Address: Her Majesty's Theatre, 58 Grote St, Adelaide SA 5000
  • Ages: All ages
What's on in Adelaide / Christmas events for kids 2023: The Nutcracker
What's on in Adelaide / Christmas events for kids 2023: The Nutcracker

Experience the magic of The Nutcracker this Christmas school holiday in Adelaide!

Join this magical journey through a winter wonderland guided by international ballet stars.

Feel the sparkle of snowflakes and the charm of the Sugar Plum Fairy as the world's best ballet dancers bring this timeless tale to life.

Don't miss the chance to make this Christmas truly magical with The Nutcracker. Come unwrap the magic with the whole family!

The Nutcracker Adelaide Tickets:

  • Tickets start from $106.05

The Gruffalo Show in Adelaide

    Dates: Tuesday 19 December 2023 - Saturday 23 December 2023

  • Address: Dunstan Playhouse, Festival Dr, Adelaide SA 5000
  • Duration: 55 minutes
  • Ages: 3+ years old
What's on in Adelaide this weekend for families: The Gruffalo
What's on in Adelaide this weekend for families: The Gruffalo

Get ready for a thrilling journey with The Gruffalo during the December school holidays 2023!

This incredible kids' show, based on the beloved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, is coming to Adelaide.

Join Mouse as they venture through the deep, dark wood in this magical and musical adaptation tha whole family will enjoy.

With songs, laughter, and a little bit of spookiness, this family show is a must-see!

Tickets for The Gruffalo:

  • Tickets start from $38
  • Kids older than 12 months require a ticket

Alice in Wonderland (Adelaide Show)

    Dates: Friday 12 January 2024 - Saturday 13 January 2024

  • Address: Her Majesty's Theatre, 58 Grote St, Adelaide SA 5000
  • Duration: 1 hours (no interval)
  • Ages: 5+ years old
What's on in Adelaide school holidays: Alice in Wonderland, theatrical show
What's on in Adelaide school holidays: Alice in Wonderland, theatrical show

Get ready for a magical adventure with Alice in Wonderland at Her Majesty's Theatre in January 2024!

It's a must-see family show during the summer school holidays in Adelaide that promises fun, laughter, and unforgettable memories for all ages!

Join Alice as she tumbles down the rabbit hole into a world of wonder and whimsy. You'll meet the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, and more brought to life by talented actors and enchanting puppetry.

With clever wordplay and hilarious humour, older kids and grown-ups will have so much fun, while younger ones will be captivated by the colourful characters and playful comedy.

Tickets for Alice in Wonderland in Adelaide:

  • Tickets start from $40.70

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show in Adelaide

    Dates: Thursday 18 January 2024 - Sunday 21 January 2024

  • Address: Dunstan Playhouse, Festival Dr, Adelaide SA 5000
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Ages: 18+ months
What's on in Adelaide school holidays - kids' events in January 2024: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
What's on in Adelaide school holidays - kids' events in January 2024: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Get ready to be enchanted by The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show in Adelaide!

Based on the beloved stories of Eric Carle, this magical experience is perfect for kids aged 18+ months and their families.

Watch in awe as over 75 magical puppets, including the star, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, come alive on stage.

Join the caterpillar on its adventure and enjoy other heartwarming tales like Brown Bear, What Do You See? and The Very Busy Spider.

It's not just a kids' show - it's an interactive journey through the world of imagination, so come join the school holiday fun!" ๐Ÿ›โœจ๐ŸŽญ

The Very Hungry Caterpillar show tickets:

  • Standard ticket starts from $38.

Monster Truck Rumble Adelaide 2024

    Dates: Saturday 20 January 2024

  • Address: Adelaide Showgrounds, Goodwood Rd, Wayville SA 5034
  • Ages: All ages
What's in Adelaide (January 2024): Monster Truck Rumble show
What's in Adelaide (January 2024): Monster Truck Rumble show

Get ready for an adrenaline-packed night of jaw-dropping stunts and monstrous fun! Monster Truck Rumble is roaring back into the Adelaide Showground in January 2024.

Hold on tight as Australia's favourite monster trucks, including the incredible Raptors Rampage, Wicked and Buddy, take centre stage.

And that's not all! Brace yourselves for a fiery Jetcar, mind-boggling freestyle motorbikes, and a spectacular fireworks display that will light up the night sky.

Don't miss out on the monster-sized school holiday fun in January 2024 because this family-friendly event promises thrills, spills, and fantastic memories! ๐Ÿšš๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŽ†

Monster Truck Rumble Adelaide 2024 tickets

  • Tickets start from $51.78

The 78-Storey Treehouse - Kids' Show in Adelaide

    Dates: Wednesday 17 January 2024 - Sunday 21 January 2024

  • Address: Dunstan Playhouse, Festival Dr, Adelaide SA 5000
  • Duration: 1 hour (no interval)
  • Ages: 6+ years old
What's on in Adelaide school holidays: The 78-Storey Treehouse theatre show
What's on in Adelaide school holidays: The 78-Storey Treehouse theatre show

Get ready for a wild and wacky adventure in The 78-Storey Treehouse play during the summer school holidays!

Andy and Terry's amazing treehouse just got even crazier with 13 new levels, including a movie theater, a potato chip vault guarded by an angry duck, and more. But when Hollywood comes calling, things get even nuttier.

Join Andy and Terry as they battle to make their own blockbuster movie while dealing with a monkey takeover and mysterious spy cows!

It's a hilarious and action-packed family show recommended for 6-12 year old kids and their grown-ups. Don't miss out on the fun!

The 78-Storey Treehouse tickets:

  • Tickets start from $38

Dinosaur World - Adelaide

    Dates: Thursday 25 January 2024 - Sunday 28 January 2024

  • Address: Dunstan Playhouse, Festival Dr, Adelaide SA 5000
  • Duration: 50 minutes (show) + 15 minutes (meet & greet with Dinosaurs)
  • Ages: 3+ years old
What's in Adelaide (January 2024): Dinosaur World - Live Show
What's in Adelaide (January 2024): Dinosaur World - Live Show

Get ready for a thrilling family show like no other in Adelaide! Dinosaur World - Live invites you to embark on an interactive journey filled with awe-inspiring, lifelike Dinosaurs.

Together with their fearless explorer you'll explorer a range of incredible Dinosaurs, including the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor, and Segnosaurus.

After the show, you'll meet and greet your new dinosaur friends. Book your tickets today for a roaring good time during the summer school holidays in Adelaide!

Dinosaur World Adelaide tickets:

  • Tickets start at $64.90

๐ŸŽ‰ Wait, there's more to explore! ๐ŸŽ‰ Check out what's on in Adelaide this weekend for families on our dedicated page! Get ready for a weekend full of fun!


Free school holiday activities Adelaide 2023

Not all school holiday activities in Adelaide come at a cost. There are many free school holiday activities for toddlers, preschoolers, kids & teenagers to enjoy!

Below, you'll find free school holiday events, affordable activities and outdoor activities in Adelaide and its surrounds, including the best playgrounds in Adelaide, the most beautiful parks and free things to do in Adelaide school holidays.

๐ŸŒŸ Great news! Stay tuned here because we're regularly updating this space with fantastic free things to do in Adelaide with toddlers, kids & teenagers, just in time for the upcoming December school holidays.

  • 02 December 2023: Affordable workshop for teenagers and youth - Jolly Wrapping. ๐Ÿง’ 16+ years old. ๐Ÿ“ Elizabeth, SA 5112. ๐Ÿท๏ธ $5. Find out more.

  • 9 December 2023 - 17 March 2024: GONDWANA VR: The Exhibition ("A love letter to the Daintree rainforest"). ๐Ÿง’ All ages. ๐Ÿ“ South Australian Museum. ๐Ÿท๏ธ FREE for kids under 5. Exhibition (5+ year old) from $5; VR headset and exhibition from $15. Learn more.

  • 17 December 2023: Family event - Carols at Waterworld Aquatic Centre! ๐Ÿง’ All ages. ๐Ÿ“ Ridgehaven, SA 5097. ๐Ÿท๏ธ $5. Find out more.

  • 18 December 2023: 3D Printing Workshop. ๐Ÿง’ 8-14 years old. ๐Ÿท๏ธ $5. ๐Ÿ“Salisbury, SA 5108. Secure your spot.

  • 18 December 2023: FREE school holiday event - Give the Gift of Reading. ๐Ÿง’ All ages. ๐Ÿ“ Elizabeth, SA 5112. Secure your free ticket.

  • 18 December 2023: FREE school holiday activity - Christmas Pot Painting. ๐Ÿง’ All ages. ๐Ÿ“ Greenock, SA 5360. Secure your spot.

  • 18 December 2023: FREE school holiday activity - Children's Christmas Crafts. ๐Ÿง’ All ages. ๐Ÿ“ Kapunda, SA 5373. Secure your spot.

  • 20 December 2023: FREE school holiday activity - Chess Club. ๐Ÿง’ 8-14 years old. ๐Ÿ“Modbury, SA 5092. Secure your spot.

  • 21 December 2023: Christmas Cookie Decorating workshop. ๐Ÿง’ 8-14 years old. ๐Ÿท๏ธ $5. ๐Ÿ“Unley, SA 5061. Secure your spot.

  • 21 December 2023: FREE event for teenagers and youth - Anime / Manga Club. ๐Ÿง’ 16+ years old. ๐Ÿ“ Enfield, SA 5085. Secure your spot.

  • 21 December 2023: FREE school holiday activity - Children's Christmas Crafts. ๐Ÿง’ All ages. ๐Ÿ“ Freeling, SA 5372. Secure your spot.

  • 22 December 2023: FREE school holiday activity - Children's Christmas Crafts. ๐Ÿง’ All ages. ๐Ÿ“ Hewett, SA 5118. Secure your spot.

  • 09 January 2024: Cheap school holiday activity - Fun with BUBBLES. ๐Ÿง’ 5-12 year olds. ๐Ÿ“ Ingle Farm, SA 5098. ๐Ÿท๏ธ $5. Find out more.

  • 10 January 2024: Cheap school holiday activity - Stop Motion Magic - create your very own animated scenes. ๐Ÿง’ 7-13 year olds. ๐Ÿ“ Mawson Lakes, SA 5095. ๐Ÿท๏ธ $5. Find out more.

  • 11 January 2024: Cheap school holiday activity - Children's bike safety session. ๐Ÿง’ 4-8 year olds. ๐Ÿ“ Para Vista, SA 5093. ๐Ÿท๏ธ $5. Find out more.

  • 11 January 2024: Cheap school holiday activity - Mindstorm Mania - Robotics. ๐Ÿง’ 8-14 year olds. ๐Ÿ“ Para Hills, SA 5096. ๐Ÿท๏ธ $5. Find out more.

  • 12 January 2024: Cheap school holiday activity - Pokemon themed workshop. ๐Ÿง’ 4-10 year olds. ๐Ÿ“ Mawson Lakes, SA 5095. ๐Ÿท๏ธ $5. Find out more.

  • 15 - 21 January 2024: FREE school holiday activity - Esports Evolution Arcade (Drop-in, no bookings required). ๐Ÿง’ 8+ year olds. ๐Ÿ“ Salisbury, SA 5108. View more details and opening hours.

  • 16 January 2024: Cheap school holiday activity - Taylor Swift fan catchup and friendship bracelets making workshop. ๐Ÿง’ 9-14 year olds. ๐Ÿ“ Salisbury, SA 5108. ๐Ÿท๏ธ $5. Find out more.

  • 16 January 2024: FREE DIY workshop - Magical Clay Creatures. ๐Ÿง’ All ages. ๐Ÿ“ Stirling, SA 5152. Secure your free ticket.

  • 18 January 2024: FREE DIY workshop - Kinetic Toy Craft. ๐Ÿง’ 8+ year olds. ๐Ÿ“ Stirling, SA 5152. Secure your spot.

  • 22 January 2024: FREE DIY workshop - Air dry foam fun! ๐Ÿง’ All ages. ๐Ÿ“ Woodside, SA 5244. Secure your spot.

  • 23 January 2024: FREE school holiday activity - DIY bubble blowers & have bubble races. ๐Ÿง’ All ages. ๐Ÿ“ Stirling, SA 5152. Secure your spot.

  • 24 January 2024: FREE arts and crafts workshop - Craft Fun. ๐Ÿง’ 3+ year olds. ๐Ÿ“ Ingle Farm, SA 5098. Secure your spot.

  • 24 January 2024: FREE DIY workshop - Finger Knitted Snake. ๐Ÿง’ All ages. ๐Ÿ“ Stirling, SA 5152. Secure your spot.

  • 24 February 2024: FREE creative workshop with George Rex - Comics and Characters! ๐Ÿง’ 9-14 year olds. ๐Ÿ“ Stirling, SA 5152. Secure your spot.

  • 27 March 2024: FREE workshops for teenagers and young people - Youth Leadership Program 2024. ๐Ÿง’ 15-25 years old. ๐Ÿ“ Woodside SA 5244. Find out more.

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Best indoor activities for toddlers, kids & teenagers in Adelaide

Below, you'll find Adelaide's indoor activities, including indoor playgrounds, indoor rock climbing, things to do with toddlers, rainy day activities for preschoolers and even more fun things to do in Adelaide with kids and teenagers.


Indoor adventures in Adelaide @ Bounce

Are you ready for your next adventure to burn off energy and have awesome fun in Adelaide? Look no further than BOUNCE trampoline parks!

BOUNCE Adelaide indoor activities are so much fun for families with kids of all ages to let loose and have the best time:

  • BOUNCE Marleston is a fantastic indoor play centre for 2+ year-olds, kids of all ages, teens and adults;

  • BOUNCE Greenacres is an awesome indoor playground & trampoline park, perfect for toddlers, kids of all ages, teens and adults.

Indoor activities Adelaide @ BOUNCE Marleston, Adelaide indoor play centre for 2+ year-olds, kids, teens and adults.
Indoor activities Adelaide @ BOUNCE Marleston, Adelaide indoor play centre for 2+ year-olds, kids, teens and adults

With 50 interconnected trampolines, tumble tracks, banked walls, Big Bag, X-Park challenges and even more indoor activities, you are sure to get your heart pumping!

But that's not all - the Slam Dunk courts with full-height basketball rings will have you soaring to new heights.

Fun indoor activities Adelaide @ BOUNCE Greenacres, Adelaide indoor playground and trampolines for toddlers, teens and kids of all ages.
Fun indoor activities Adelaide @ BOUNCE Greenacres, Adelaide indoor playground and trampolines for toddlers, teens and kids of all ages

Plus, you can take a break, relax and recharge at their on-site Cafe.

BOUNCE Marleston & BOUNCE Greenacres are also fantastic Adelaide birthday party venues - fun and inclusive for kids of all ages.

Book your next adventure at BOUNCE Marleston and BOUNCE Greenacres today!


Challenge yourself at the best Adelaide escape room @ Rundle Mall

For a day of fun challenges for the whole family, check out this fantastic Adelaide escape room Rundle Mall offers in the Adelaide city centre. Itโ€™s suitable for kids aged 7+, making it one of Adelaide's best indoor activities during the SA school holidays.

Choose from three different themed Adelaide escape rooms with different puzzles and crimes for you to solve in a 1-hour experience for two players.

Fun indoor activities: escape room Adelaide City experience.
Fun indoor activities: escape room Adelaide City experience

You can even challenge your friends or family to see who can come out first from the same themed escape room! It is what makes this one of the most fun things to do in Adelaide for young adults.

So if youโ€™re looking for indoor things to do in Adelaide for kids and teens, book the interactive escape room Adelaide City experience @ Rundle Mall today.

Family Fun at Escape Hunt, Adelaide escape room at Rundle Mall

Get spooked with Adelaide Old Gaol tours

Do you enjoy getting spooked by horror movies and supernatural tales? Then the Adelaide Old Gaol tours might be right up your (dark) alley!

Discover the creepy side of the old Adelaide Gaol history and meet some of its ghosts at this Adelaide prison tour for adults, teens and kids 12+ years old.

Adelaide attractions for families: Adelaide Old Gaol tours for adults, teens and 12+ years old kids.
Adelaide attractions for families: Adelaide Old Gaol tours for adults, teens and 12+ years old kids

This experience is definitely not for the faint-hearted! Be prepared to be shocked and terrified at the dark side of the Adelaide Gaol history.

The walking tour starts at 7.30 pm, which is outside of the regular Adelaide Gaol opening hours.

Book your Adelaide Old Gaol tour today!

Old Adelaide Gaol Tour

Fun Adelaide indoor activities for all ages @ Rundle Mall

Even if Adelaide escape rooms arenโ€™t your cup of tea, Rundle Mall has many other fun family things to do in Adelaide & indoor activities for all ages!

Some of these can be free things to do in Adelaide or are relatively cheap options. You can stop for an ice cream cone or window shop through the many stores that line the streets.

Rundle Mall is a vibrant city centre with lots of shopping, boutiques, restaurants in Adelaide and more.

Adelaide indoor activities: Rundle Mall offers a great bustling atmosphere with street music, street art and statues for the kids to enjoy playing around.
Adelaide indoor activities: Rundle Mall offers a great bustling atmosphere with street music, street art and statues for the kids to enjoy playing around. Photo: Lachlan Hackett, Google Images

Rundle Mall has a great bustling atmosphere with buskers playing music, statues for the kids to enjoy playing around and even local Adelaide street art to discover.

So, if youโ€™re stuck for things to do in Adelaide for kids of different ages, especially fun things to do in Adelaide for young adults, a day at Rundle Mall could be a great and affordable idea!


Outdoor activities in Adelaide

Discover Adelaide's thrilling outdoor activities for teenagers and families - from outdoor rock climbing and tree climbing to spectacular city views and the most beautiful gardens in Adelaide.


Rock climbing, abseiling, zip-line and mega swing @ Mount Lofty Adventure Hub

  • ๐Ÿ‘ง ๐Ÿ‘ฆ School holiday activities for teenagers (12+ years old)

Teenagers will be excited about the school holiday activities in Adelaide at Australiaโ€™s most giant aerial adventure in Mount Lofty, where they can try rock climbing, abseiling, zip-line and mega swing riding.

Teenage school holiday activities Adelaide @ Mount Lofty Adventure Hub: Rock climbing & outdoor activities in Adelaide.
Teenage school holiday activities Adelaide @ Mount Lofty Adventure Hub: Rock climbing & outdoor activities in Adelaide

Note that children (under 18 years) need to be accompanied by an adult.

Find out more details and book Mount Lofty outdoor adventure today!


Free things to do in Adelaide for families

Discover fun free things to do in Adelaide for families, including free attractions, the best playgrounds in Adelaide, free things to do in Adelaide with toddlers, free school holiday activities for kids and places to visit for free.


Take a step back in time at South Australian Museum in Adelaide

The South Australian Museum (also called Adelaide Museum) is an Adelaide must-see for history buffs or those looking for interesting things to do in Adelaide.

This free museum has three floors filled with Adelaide museum activities and exhibits about fascinating history topics, including Australian Aboriginal culture, South Australiaโ€™s colonial history and more!

Cheap things to do in Adelaide: school holidays activities & workshops @ South Australian Museum.
Cheap things to do in Adelaide: school holidays activities & workshops @ South Australian Museum. Photo: South Australian Museum, Facebook

There are often exhibitions, affordable workshops and school holidays activities Adelaide offers for kids of various ages that you can check out too.

Check out their website for the latest Adelaide Museum holiday activities kids will enjoy.

South Australian Museum in Adelaide

Discover books and history at the State Library of South Australia

What better way to spend your morning than at the State Library of South Australia? There are so many interesting things to do in Adelaide here.

With over 2 million books, itโ€™s definitely an Adelaide public library you wonโ€™t want to miss. You can learn about Adelaide's history and see the best rare or historical paper collections.

If you donโ€™t have time for a full tour, head down to the lower level and find yourself some cool old newspapers from as far back as 1837.

Kids will enjoy multiple story boards & fun indoor activities @ the State Library, South Australia.
Kids will enjoy multiple story boards & fun indoor activities @ the State Library, South Australia. Photo: State Library of South Australia, Facebook

They also run many events for all ages, including free events, tours, exhibitions, book clubs, storytelling sessions and more. Kids will enjoy fun activities and storyboards around the State Library in Adelaide City!

If youโ€™ve got history buffs or avid readers in the family, the State Library is one of the best Adelaide attractions for families!


Explore interesting art at the Art Gallery of South Australia

The Art Gallery of South Australia is the largest art gallery in Australia and the third-largest one in the Southern Hemisphere. It's also a beautiful heritage building in Adelaide.

This beautiful gallery showcases all types of artwork, from ancient to contemporary pieces, including an impressive collection of Aboriginal art. They often hold art exhibitions too.

Fun things to do in Adelaide with kids: kids activities & family programs @ The Gallery of South Australia.
Fun things to do in Adelaide with kids: kids activities & family programs @ The Gallery of South Australia. Photo: Bernadette Klavins, Art Gallery of South Australia, Facebook

The Gallery of South Australia runs engaging kids and families programs and activity sessions throughout the year and is an Adelaide must-see for families with kids.

It's always a great idea to bring the kids to the art galleries, especially during South Australian school holidays, so they can learn about art, culture and history from an early age.

Art Gallery of South Australia Start Program for kids

Adelaide Botanic Garden: one of the best Adelaide attractions for families

Start your day off with a tour of the Adelaide Botanic Garden, one of the best Adelaide family attractions to visit these coming school holidays for a day trip.

The best Adelaide attractions for families: beautiful Adelaide Botanic Garden.
The best Adelaide attractions for families: beautiful Adelaide Botanic Garden

The gardens are known for their expansive greenery, gorgeous flowers and beautiful views. They also have a wide range of things to see and outdoor activities for all ages and interests:

  • walking trails

  • flower gardens

  • interactive displays

  • native plant collections

  • and more adventure things to do in Adelaide with family.

Adelaide attractions for families: Gorgeous Adelaide Botanic Garden.
Adelaide attractions for families: Gorgeous Adelaide Botanic Garden. Photo: Nam Tonthat, Google Images

After exploring this beautiful Adelaide garden, take a break and visit one of the many fantastic Adelaide cafes nearby that offer delicious coffee and food.

International Rose Garden, Adelaide Botanic Garden

Waite Arboretum: the most unique outdoor adventure Adelaide has

Waite Arboretum is a hidden gem to see in Adelaide and a perfect place for interesting things to do in Adelaide to avoid crowds and relax in nature.

Enjoy short trips from Adelaide City to see a stone labyrinth, rose garden and even some sculptures. Waite Arboretum is perfect for a family day out in Adelaide. And best of all, it's free!

What to do in Adelaide with kids: Waite Arboretum, a hidden gem & one of the best picnic spots in Adelaide.
What to do in Adelaide with kids: Waite Arboretum, a hidden gem & one of the best picnic spots in Adelaide. Photo: Chris Robson, Google Maps

Itโ€™s also one of the best picnic spots in Adelaide for lunch or afternoon tea.

Keep in mind that, unfortunately, toilets are closed. Dogs are not allowed at Waite Arboretum.


Waite Conservation Reserve: Adelaide must-see panoramic view

After you visit Waite Arboretum, consider going to the Waite Conservation Reserve for a great hike, lots of wildlife and a beautiful view of the city.

Adelaide must-see: one of the best panoramic views of Adelaide @ Waite Conservation Reserve, swing.
Adelaide must-see: one of the best panoramic views of Adelaide @ Waite Conservation Reserve, swing. Photo: Josh Lโ€™efevre, Google Images

Once you get to the top of the hill, you can relax on some benches or a swing while taking in the wonderful panoramic view of the city.

This is also the perfect free wildlife park in Adelaide - you can come up close to koalas and kangaroos at no cost!


We hope this list of fun things to do in Adelaide with kids and what's on for families will help you organise your kids school holiday activities.

Whether you're looking for school holiday fun Adelaide offers, school holiday programs and holiday camps, exciting Adelaide attractions for families and free things to do in Adelaide, you'll surely find heaps of exciting family activities in Adelaide school holidays.

So check out this list of fantastic things to do in Adelaide with kids and start planning fun Adelaide activities for your family today!

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There are many things to do in Adelaide for kids of different ages, including Adelaide upcoming events for families, fun indoor things to do in Adelaide for kids, free playgrounds, adventure parks in Adelaide and much more.

Adelaide offers heaps of exciting things to do for kids! For outdoor activities: Adelaide Botanic Garden, Waite Arboretum and Waite Conservation Reserve & Adelaide's best playgrounds. You can also try fun indoor activities at Bounce trampoline parks, Adelaide's escape room, the Art Gallery and the State Library of South Australia. For events and activities: the Wiggles Concert, the Lullaby Project, the Big Family Weekend Gala, the Erth's Prehistoric World show and more. For school holiday activities: youth mentoring & wellbeing workshops at Deep Seas, school holiday camps at BOUNCE, teenage school holiday activities at Mount Lofty Adventure Hub and free school holiday activities. Learn more.

Adelaide offers heaps of exciting things to do with kids! For outdoor activities: Adelaide Botanic Garden, Waite Arboretum and Waite Conservation Reserve & Adelaide's best playgrounds. You can also try fun indoor activities at Bounce trampoline parks, Adelaide's escape room, the Art Gallery and the State Library of South Australia. For events and activities: the Wiggles Concert, the Lullaby Project, the Big Family Weekend Gala, the Erth's Prehistoric World show and more. For school holiday activities: youth mentoring & wellbeing workshops at Deep Seas, school holiday camps at BOUNCE, teenage school holiday activities at Mount Lofty Adventure Hub and free school holiday activities. Learn more.

There is so much whatโ€™s on in Adelaide for families, including the incredible Cirque Du Soleil, Adelaide ballet performances, craft sessions, kids-friendly Adelaide music events and more.

Discover what's on for kids in our helpful guide, including such kids' events like the Wiggles Concert, the Lullaby Project, the Big Family Weekend Gala, the Erth's Prehistoric and more!

Unfortunately, there are no dogs allowed in Adelaide Botanic Gardens. However, itโ€™s still worth visiting for the many outdoor activities Adelaide offers there for the whole family.

Yes, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens are open on: Monday - Tuesday: 7.15 am - 7 pm; Wednesday: 7.15 am - 6.30 pm; Thursday - Sunday: 7.15 am - 9 pm

The Adelaide Botanic Gardens are free to enter! It is why they are one of the best things to do in Adelaide for free!

Yes, the South Australian Museum (Adelaide Museum) is free to visit. Itโ€™s one of the best places for fun indoor things to do in Adelaide for kids of all ages.

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Adelaide offers heaps of exciting activities and events! For outdoor activities: Adelaide Botanic Garden, Waite Arboretum and Waite Conservation Reserve. You can also try indoor adventures at Bounce or Adelaide's escape room. For events and activities: the Wiggles Concert, the Lullaby Project, the Big Family Weekend Gala, the Erth's Prehistoric World show and many more. There are many school holiday programs and workshops for kids of all ages, such as the youth mentoring & wellbeing at Deep Seas, school holiday camps at BOUNCE, and teenage school holiday activities at Mount Lofty Adventure Hub. For free things to do in Adelaide: explore Adelaide's best playgrounds, Art Gallery and the State Library of South Australia.

Adelaide offers heaps of kid-friendly activities! For outdoor activities: Adelaide Botanic Garden, Waite Arboretum and Waite Conservation Reserve & Adelaide's best playgrounds. You can also try fun indoor activities at Bounce trampoline parks, Adelaide's escape room, the Art Gallery and the State Library of South Australia. For events and activities: the Wiggles Concert, the Lullaby Project, the Big Family Weekend Gala, the Erth's Prehistoric World show and more. For school holiday activities: youth mentoring & wellbeing workshops at Deep Seas, school holiday camps at BOUNCE, teenage school holiday activities at Mount Lofty Adventure Hub, free school holiday activities and much more! Learn more.

Adelaide offers heaps of exciting things to do with kids! For outdoor activities: Adelaide Botanic Garden, Waite Arboretum and Waite Conservation Reserve & Adelaide's best playgrounds. You can also try fun indoor activities at Bounce trampoline parks, Adelaide's escape room, the Art Gallery and the State Library of South Australia. For events and activities: the Wiggles Concert, the Lullaby Project, the Big Family Weekend Gala, the Erth's Prehistoric World show and more. For school holiday activities: youth mentoring & wellbeing workshops at Deep Seas, school holiday camps at BOUNCE, teenage school holiday activities at Mount Lofty Adventure Hub and free school holiday activities. Learn more.

Discover what's on for kids in our helpful guide, including such kids' events like the Wiggles Concert, the Lullaby Project, the Big Family Weekend Gala, the Erth's Prehistoric and more!

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