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      What's On, Places to Go, Things To Do with the kids

      Kids Down Under recommendations

      Suggestions for the type of thing to post in this thread

      * Child friendly venues (soft play, play groups)

      * Child friendly restaurants/cafes

      * Places for days out

      * Kids or family events

      * Play parks or reserves

      * Sports clubs (e.g soccer, footy, cricket, gymnastics, dance, karate, tennis, BMX)

      * Organisations such as your local Scouts, Guides and Surf Lifesaving club.


      Please try and include basic information such as location, costs, when it runs (if applicable) and any other information you feel will help. If you are suggesting a play park/reserve please try to include if its toddler/older child friendly or both, has shade, a BBQ and if there are toilets.


      Please note this list is not exhaustive and only includes some of the most common suggestions. Please drop a PM to @snifter or @Blossom if you are unsure about something you wish to post and recommend here. Thank you.
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      Princess Elizabeth Play Park on South Terrace

      Princess Elizabeth Play Park on South Terrace. Big thumbs up from our family


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      We visited this one recently and loved it Great play park for kids and toddlers. Pics in this post were taken on my phone so not the greatest quality but it gives you an idea. Also the park was busy, just I was being careful and only taking pictures when other peoples kids were not clearly visible in the shot.

      Its in the parklands surrounding the CBD and is worth a morning or afternoon out, perhaps with a picnic or BBQ and the bikes loaded onto the car too to go cycling around the parklands later :) Or combine it with visiting somewhere else in the city and make a day of it.

      There is roadside parking, some with a 3 hour time limit depending on the day/time but usually on weekends a longer park can be found with ease.

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      Has really good facilities including

      * toilets
      * undercoving seating
      * BBQ's
      * seating
      * open space hardcourt play area
      * sandpit
      * toddler play equipment
      * equipment for older kids
      * in ground mini trampolines
      * kids castle and slide
      * climbing net
      * climbing frame
      * swings for all ages, including a dish swing
      The set of in ground mini trampolines were popular as was the kids castle and big slide. Dish swing squished a few kids in . Also lots of lovely planted trees and shrubs with stepping stones and other things to walk over.

      Please note its not a fully fenced play park, only the road side is fenced in with it curving back around part of the play park. The rear of the park opens out onto the parklands and a large green space for kids to run, kick a ball or ride their bikes round.


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      You can read a review and see lots more pictures of the playpark here: http://playandgo.com.au/index.php/pr...race-adelaide/
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      Kurrangga BMX park - Adelaide Parklands

      Kurrangga BMX park - Adelaide Parklands -

      This is a a BMX track situated in the Adelaide parklands, on the corner of Unley Rd and Greenhill Rd.

      Has BBQ facilites, picnic tables, shade and a water tap. I saw one of those space age toilet blocks not too far away also. Parking is on street, right next to the track.

      This is a BMX track for every level and age. Its a good introduction track for little ones as the beginners circuit is lovely and simple and the intermediate is pretty low key also. The advanced one however is rather bonkers looking and will require a good skill level and confidence.

      The track has lots of shade though during summer it can be rather dusty. Everyone using the tracks must wear a helmet and follow in a clockwise direction. Cyclists have priority around the track and pathways so make sure you mind out for people cycling through :)

      Beginners track


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      Intermediate track


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      Advance track

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      Read a review of the BMX track here: http://playandgo.com.au/index.php/ku...ark-bmx-track/


      This BMX track isn't too far from the Princess Elizabeth play park I posted about above (its a short car ride or a bike ride away, can also be walked weather permitting, its about a 15-20 minute walk through the parklands). You could combine both the play park and BMX track in one visit to make more of a day of it, and then enjoy the parklands after


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      The BMX track looks great. We're going to need a bike rack, as I have a bigger boy who would love to play on these....x

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      Quote Originally Posted by wen66 View Post
      The BMX track looks great. We're going to need a bike rack, as I have a bigger boy who would love to play on these....x
      Thinking about where you live, if I am right, then you have a couple of good but more full on racing tracks closer to home. They usually offer taster nights and also can be used outside of training and race nights so kids can just kick around on them :)



      One in Happy Valley. The other in Hallet Cove


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      Thanks Snifter. Will check them out. Looking for good family/ mountain biking trails. OH has been out doing the big boy stuff but ideally my youngest needs flat, wide pathways as he's still rather wobbly...x

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      Quote Originally Posted by wen66 View Post
      Thanks Snifter. Will check them out. Looking for good family/ mountain biking trails. OH has been out doing the big boy stuff but ideally my youngest needs flat, wide pathways as he's still rather wobbly...x
      You can do a nice flat trail from Happy Valley oval along a ways. It's not miles, just a nice bike ride for all. The path runs from behind the bmx track so you can't miss it :)


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      Here are 5 free things to keep kids occupied in the Onkaparinga region.
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      Adelaide Furnished Rentals. MIGRANT and HOLIDAY HOMES with unlimited internet in popular PORT NOARLUNGA. Walk to beaches, shops, stations. McLaren Vale 12, city 30 mins, beaches 2 mins away. Longer rentals (3 to 12 month) at discounted rates. Australian Business Number: 65261457068

      www.homesdownunder.com.au

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      School holidays are about to start and if anyone is wanting some autumnal colours and a woodland walk with the kids you could head up to Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens and soak up the colours there.

      Can park at the top or the bottom car park (we prefer the top, no clue why as getting back is always an uphill trek) and then head down to the left to walk through the woods and come out into some very non gumtreed landscape. Lots of other routes to take down/up the hill, all with different plants, shrubs and trees planted. The fern gully is a lovely walk but pretty steep.

      Can easily spend an afternoon walking and letting the kids run through the leaves, have a packed lunch out and head home before rush hour.

      Nice website with a video clip and some good pics - http://www.salife7.com.au/adelaide-h...otanic-gardens

      Also this page has opening times etc.

      http://www.southaustralia.com/info.aspx?id=9000663


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      This might be fun for the school holidays...


      The Arts Centre, Port Noarlunga

      SCHOOL HOLIDAYs - Fun Plaster Painting Workshop
      @ the Arts Centre
      Paint a plaster figurine or flower pot to take home.
      ... Friday 17 April 2015, at 11am or 2pm
      $10 per person including materials and face painting.
      BYO art smock or old shirt to paint in.
      Bookings essential for all school holiday entertainment.
      Phone (08) 8326 5577, book online at www.onkaparingacity.com/arts or email artsbookings@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au
      Adelaide Furnished Rentals. MIGRANT and HOLIDAY HOMES with unlimited internet in popular PORT NOARLUNGA. Walk to beaches, shops, stations. McLaren Vale 12, city 30 mins, beaches 2 mins away. Longer rentals (3 to 12 month) at discounted rates. Australian Business Number: 65261457068

      www.homesdownunder.com.au

     

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