Whether you have a day or a week to spend in this gorgeous South Australian city, there is never a lack of fun things to do in Adelaide. With sandy beaches, fun-filled museums, adventure parks and more, your family is sure to have a brilliant time. Discover ten great kids activities Adelaide delivers on.
1. Visit Local Beaches
If your family fancies the sun, sand and sea, Adelaide is the place to be. Grab your togs and travel just 45 minutes by tram to reach the popular beach-side suburb of Glenelg. The white shores are a haven for a cheeky dip, building a sand castle or the age-old pastime of crabbing. Keen to get away from the hordes of tourists? Lined with cafes, bars and restaurants, Semaphore also makes for an excellent day at the beach with the kids.
2. Wander the Adelaide Zoo
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Your offspring will be awestruck at every corner of the 8-hectare zoo grounds, with 3,000 animals and 250 different species residing here. The Adelaide Zoo hosts shows daily where the entire family can experience the wonder of Southeast Asian birds, feed the penguins or laugh at sea lion antics.
3. Explore the South Australian Museum
While some museums may have the kids driving you mad, the South Australian Museum is an excellent activity for the young and old. With its ever-changing exhibitions such as dinosaur fossil discovery or the wonders of Lego, your family is guaranteed to love exploring and learning. Best part? The museum is open every day and is completely free of charge!
4. Play at Local Parks
There is no better place to spend the day than the local parklands. Whether you want to enjoy a morning stroll, an evening picnic or uncover an exciting new playground, there is no shortage in Adelaide. The kids will love running wild across the newly renovated playground boasting a mouse wheel and flying fox at Bonython Park. Hiring a paddleboat at Elder Park or riding Leo the train at Kapunda Playground also make for great options.
5. Get Hands On at the Hanhdorf Farm Barn
The Farm Barn is a sanctuary for animal lovers. Your family will love getting up close and personal with a variety of farmyard life including rabbits, sheep, and ponies. For just $5, you can hop on the tractor to watch the animals graze and take in the history of the farm. For a more hands on experience, visitors can even give milking the cows a go.
6. Get Sky High at Mega Adventure
Want to unleash your adventurous side? Then head to Mega Adventure and choose between the Sky Challenge, Sky Walk or Mega Bounce. Climb 83 steps to get uninterrupted views of Adelaide on the Skywalk or manoeuvre 50 obstacle crossings on the Sky Challenge. For younger kids, the Megabounce is a flipping, jumping and twisting heaven.
7. Heat Up the Kitchen at Scoffed Cooking School
Strap on an apron and pop on a chef’s hat at this cooking school full of food and fun for your little ones. Learning to slice, dice, mix and bake is the name of the game at Scoffed. From pizzas to dumplings, your child will have the opportunity to whip up a delicious meal. Bon appetit!
8. Use Your Imagination at the Children's Story Book Trail
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. But what if you could do both at the same time? The Children’s Story Book Trail will take you and your family on a wild adventure across classic tales through dazzling gardens. As you weave through half a kilometer of ponds and tree groves, the tales of ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’, ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘Charlotte’s Web’ and much more will be revealed.
9. Cycle Around River Torrens Linear
Get off the couch and get moving on the River Torrens Linear Trail. With hundreds of points along its 30 kilometer route, families will love cycling alongside the beautiful scenery of Adelaide. For those in need of bike rental, begin your journey at Linear Park Bicycle Hire in Elder Park. Enjoy peddling past the beachside suburbs of West Beach, the city center and iconic landmarks like the Adelaide Oval and Festival Centre.
10. Partake in Geocaching
Do your kids love a game of hide and seek? If you answered yes, geocaching should shoot to the top of your to-do list while in Adelaide. Geocaching is a real life treasure hunt enabled through a smartphone. Smiles will be plastered across the children’s faces as they uncover trinkets and prizes sprawled across a variety of locations in the vast South Australian city.
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