The spring school holidays are getting closer so I'm starting this thread to share a few ideas for new arrivals and those that have been here a while already :)
First up, anyone with kids who are Octonauts fans might appreciate this. In Adelaide on Tuesday Oct 6.
Zoos and wildlife parks. We prefer to visit these in the spring holidays before it gets into the heat of summer. If you have an Entertainment book you can get 25% off (group of 4, adults and kids) for Adelaide zoo, Cleland wildlife park and Monarto zoo.
Monarto zoo - http://www.monartozoo.com.au/ - Has a new arrival in the form of a baby rhino! http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-1...to-zoo/6776908
Cleland Wildlife park - http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/clelandwildlife/Home - Make a day of it up in the Adelaide Hills. Take a packed lunch or eat there, lots of space for kids to run though lacking in a decent play area. If you get round the whole park and have time left in the day you can always head to the Mount Lofty Botanical gardens on the way back.
Adelaide zoo - http://www.adelaidezoo.com.au/ - Some animals appear to have moved out to Monarto. Still a nice day can be had and you can combine a visit with a stop off along the river and perhaps the paddleboats or the Popeye - http://www.thepopeye.com.au/ or head south (either in the car or hop on public transport) in the parklands to the Princess Elizabeth playpark - http://playandgo.com.au/index.php/pr...race-adelaide/
Check out the Capri cinema in Goodwood and see if they have a kids deal in the holidays (they usually do). Its a lovely old art deco cinema, run by volunteers and takes me back to my childhood when visiting. http://www.capri.org.au/default.aspx
Tues Oct 9 - Fri Oct 9 - Play at the Bay - Full info can be found here - http://www.holdfast.sa.gov.au/playatthebay
Play at the Bay is a program being run from 6 to 9 October 2015 (replacing the Jetty Road Treasure Hunt). The concept encourages children to play, explore and experience by offering workshops for a wide range of ages. For more detailed information on each workshop and to book, see the great list of activities below. Outdoor Fun Arts & Crafts Fun with Food Storytime for Toddlers Resume Writing. Booking essential.
Cirkidz - Visit the website for info. Suitable for kids aged 6-12 - http://www.cirkidz.org.au/circus-sch...liday-programs
Here is the program to give you an idea - http://www.cirkidz.org.au/images/sch...ogram_2015.pdf
Visit Port Adelaide and hop on one of the dolphin cruises - http://www.portenf.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=702 - Take a packed lunch and eat on board or have lunch out somewhere.
Visit a national park. You don't have to go too far :) We have spent the last couple of weekends out in Belair national park. Lovely trails, can book tennis courts, take the dog (on a lead) and a picnic or BBQ there. Lovely play area, toilets and car parking (costs $12 to park in the park but we park at the golf course and go through the gate there into the park).
Adelaide - http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/par...egion/Adelaide
Adelaide Hills - http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/par...Adelaide_Hills
Barossa - http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/par...region/Barossa
Other regions here - http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/par...owse_by_region
Check out your local reserves and their free sports facilities. Many will have tennis courts, basketball hoop, play area, BBQ and more. Our nearest has tennis courts, play area and BBQ. Plus a big open space for kids to run.
Head to one of the many stunning beaches for a wander and an explore. Kids love building sandcastles, finding shells, running in the shallows. You don't have to spend all day, a morning or afternoon is often enough. We like to visit Glenelg over the holidays and watch the waters from the jetty, hit the beach, eat gelato and lunch at one of the many cafes. Also has a small playpark around by the marina and a good green space for kids to run. We also head south to some of the other beaches if the mood strikes.
The Beachhouse in Glenelg is also popular (but can be expensive, check pricing ahead of visiting). The 9am timecards are cheaper and are available on weekends and school holidays. Scroll down the page to see the pricing of those - https://www.thebeachouse.com.au/pricing/ . Can always start your day if you wish there and head out into Glenelg afterwards.
Head into the city for the day. The museums, art gallery and state library are all free and close to each other. You can wander the Botanic Gardens, visit Elder park and wander along the river, hop on a paddleboat or the Popeye (check pricing). Lunch out is easily solved at one of the foodcourts, something for everyone in one of those. Also there are the parklands all round the CBD so you can check where the parks and play areas are, the BMX track and other trails are to wander.
Anyone else know of anything going on or have suggestions for things to do, places to visit?