Get the kids off the couch and jam-pack the school break with fun activities in Adelaide and beyond.
From traversing through the treetops, to exploring natural wonderlands and tackling adrenalin-fuelled obstacle courses, there’s plenty to entertain pint-sized punters these school holidays. Banish the dreaded ‘I’m bored’ and check out our top family friendly things to do in Adelaide that will keep everyone from toddlers to teens happy.
Unleash your little Tarzans among the treetops in the heart of Adelaide. Perched in the canopy of Kurrangga Park, kids of all ages can swing, leap and climb through seven different routes with more than 70 suspended obstacles at TreeClimb. With courses of varying difficulty featuring ziplines, bridges, ladders, log-walks, swings and rock climbing, it’s the perfect family-friendly activity in Adelaide. Be sure to grab the measuring tape before you head out, your kids will have to be 100cm or taller to experience TreeClimb.
With more than 50 interconnected trampolines (that’s about 3,000 square metres of bouncing bliss), Bounce is the ultimate school holiday destination to get the whole family active. The warehouse-turned giant trampoline theme park is the stuff of childhood dreams, with a dodge ball area, slam dunk runway and giant foam pit for the ultimate airborne adventure. The X-Park obstacle course is the ultimate test for adrenalin junkies featuring moveable blocks, vault boxes and swinging bars.
Nestled in lush Piccadilly in the Adelaide Hills lies Woodhouse Activity Centre, an outdoor activity hub for kids of all ages. Just 15 minutes from the city, spend some quality time in the great outdoors exploring the 54-hectare property surrounded by picturesque bushland. Climb, crawl, swing and slide your way through more than 30 obstacles on Challenge Hill, tackle a giant split-level maze, slide down two epic tube slides, negotiate one of seven orienteering courses or have a round of disc golf (think golf with a frisbee). With so much on offer, its lucky accommodation is available on-site including space for bush camping.
4. AFL Max
If you’re looking for ideas to keep your budding sports star entertained, we have found the answer: the brand-spanking-new AFL Max. Developed by some of the biggest names in the game, little footballers can explore seven zones at the huge sports and entertainment hub with kicking, passing, fitness and tackling activities designed to enhance their AFL skills while having a whole lot of fun. But don’t expect your average footy practice drills – think AFL-themed jumping zones, climbing walls, tackling courses, virtual reality experiences and even an AFL draft-testing facility. AFL Max is the only centre of its kind in Australia and is just 15 minutes west from the city at Adelaide Airport.
5. Mega Adventure
Skateboarding, tennis, row boats and picnics in the sky? Reach new heights at Mega Adventure in West Beach just 20 minutes from the city. The gigantic aerial adventure course features more than 70 obstacles including ziplines, rope bridges, climbing towers and a few quirky additions like a floating esky and sky-high BMX bike. For those brave enough, take a leap of faith from the ParaJump or climb 30 metres to the crow’s nest lookout. If you’re not an adrenalin junky, take the steps up to the viewing platform and soak in sweeping views across the ocean and Adelaide Hills.
Your little ones will climb, bounce and play the day away at Latitude, an epic activity centre that has something to keep kids of all ages entertained for hours. The perfect all-weather kid-friendly destination, this epic indoor centre has an impressive set up of more than 100 trampolines, rock climbing, stepping poles and an eight-meter bungee tower. There’s also a giant airbag, basketball lanes, dodgeball courts, a huge foam pit, aerial obstacle course and play zone. Rainy afternoon plans sorted!
For the ultimate school holiday shred-sesh, make tracks for Australia’s largest indoor BMX, scooter, skateboarding and mountain biking park, Pumpt. Little skater boys and girls can carve up almost 200 metres of tracks and put their skills to the test with a professional start gate, timing system, skate park, airbag ramp and balance track. Bikes, scooters, skateboards and helmets are supplied – all you need is comfy clothing, enclosed shoes and some energy to burn.
8. Morialta Adventure Playground
Get back to nature at Adelaide’s biggest playground – Mukanthi in Morialta Conservation Park. The award-winning nature-based playground sprawls over an area almost the size of Adelaide Oval and has five play areas to explore. With a focus on natural materials and experiences, kids can explore the climbing tower, huge slide, maze, climbing boulders, rope ladders and swings. There’s also barbecue facilities and sheltered picnic areas so bring your lunch and make a day of it.
9. Sasmee Park
Tucked behind the railway line at Millswood you’ll find a train station of a different scale, specifically designed for little passengers. SASMEE Park is a miniature train experience with a range of model steam and diesel ride on experiences for little locomotive lovers. The park is only open every second weekend on alternate Saturdays or Sundays, so be sure to check opening times.
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