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School Holiday fun in the city
School holiday fun in the city

Autumn holiday fun for little ones

Big or small, there’s plenty happening in the city these April school holidays to keep your kids entertained and active!

From one off events to engaging holiday programs from many of our best-loved city attractions, cultural centres, community facilities and foodie destinations, check out some of the cool activities on offer below and head here for even more ideas!

Diggin’ on dinosaurs

It’s all about T-Rex and his mates at the South Australian Museum these school holidays!

On the back of Dinosaur rEvolution*, a new touring exhibition featuring animatronics, 3D models and fossil casts – they’ve put together a bunch of fun and free activities to introduce kids to the mind-blowing world of dinosaurs! Reconstruct a dinosaur in their Drawing Workshop from April 23 – 27 (11.30am and 12.30pm) in the Biodiversity Gallery or just ‘drop into’ some of the cool sessions they’ve programmed on the museum’s front lawns.

All the info you need about what’s on, when and booking links can be found right here.

*please note: entry fees apply to the Dinosaur rEvolution exhibition

Talk to the animals

These school holidays it’s food shopping time at the Adelaide Zoo. Your little animal lovers can help out the zoo keepers by researching and preparing shopping lists for lots of different critters. Visit the animals around the zoo and find out all about their weird and wonderful eating habits. The Zoo Foods activity is free with your Zoo entry. Click here for more info.

And, just a tip – if you’re interested in finding out about their ZooCation Care school holiday program for the next break, then head here. This program sees kids aged 5 – 12 spend the day with a qualified Conservation Educator exploring the Adelaide Zoo. It’s popular, so bookings are open now for the July holidays.

Splash out

Kids having fun on the Hammerhead inflatable
Fun on the Hammerhead inflatable

The weather might be slowly cooling down as Autumn kicks in, but walk through the doors of the Adelaide Aquatic Centre and you’ll find a warm aquatic adventure waiting to be found. Slip and slide, or enjoy the splash pads and water play equipment. Slides and the diving board are open daily from 10am while, the Hammerhead inflatable will make an appearance in the dive pool on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 4pm.

Don’t want to get your feet wet? There are two lawned areas with free electric BBQ facilities available within the centre making it easy for families and friends to have a BBQ or a picnic after a swim. Additional BBQ facilities are also available in the adjacent Park Lands as well as the Bush Magic Playground.

Get arty

Art Gallery of South Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia

The Art Gallery of South Australia gets super-creative with their programming through the school breaks and this one’s no exception.

On Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 April, they’re running Digital Storytelling workshops for kids aged 9 – 15 to learn how to use photography to tell their tales. Bookings essential. For details and costs click here.

Little nature lovers

The Adelaide Botanic Garden’s  April school holiday program is busy with both free and ticketed activities designed to promote fun, hands-on learning about plants, people and the environment. Check out options still available by clicking here.

Nature play
Nature play

Or, simply head on in for a leisurely stroll as a family and explore all the native and exotic flora and fauna. Beforehand, pick up some goodies at the Adelaide Central Market, pack a picnic basket and blanket and eat lunch alfresco style under the turning Autumn leaves.

Remember too that the City of Adelaide is blessed with open green spaces in every direction and exploring the Adelaide Park Lands and its many play grounds can be a fun and free way to spend an afternoon with the kids

Foodie fun

Big Market Adventures for Little Foodies bagThe ever-popular Big Market Adventures for Little Foodies program is back at the Adelaide Central Market these school holidays. All activities are free or low cost and include the Market Trail at just $8, Little Market Chefs at just $18, FREE kid’s workshops with Eco Crayons, baby animal nursery and the Big Balloon Giveaway! For more info on the activities, dates and booking details, head here.

And much, much more ….

For a bunch of other ideas on how to keep your little ones busy through the April break, check out our special What’s On in the City School Holidays page for more tailor-made programs and one-off activities or events on offer at places like our own City Libraries, iconic organisations like  Carclew Youth Arts Centre and more.

Skye Murtagh

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