With a build-up of warmer, longer days, spring is a great season to get the kids into the outdoors. From golf clinics to nature trails, we’ve rounded up some city-based walking activities to keep them active and entertained, in and out of the school holidays.
Go for a hole in one
Fresh air and exercise; a digital detox; the chance to make new friends. Playing golf has many benefits and the city-based North Adelaide Golf Course is a top place to introduce kids to the game.
During the school holidays, children aged seven to seventeen who are keen to give the game a go can do the My Golf Rookies Come & Try Golf Clinic (October 2 and 9). When school’s back, the My Golf Coaching Program has options for kids in the same age range which include:
- Rookie classes (x 10) for first-timers – Thursdays from October 18;
- Star classes (x 10) to refine skills – Saturdays from October 20.
For young golfers four to nine, the Adelaide City SNAG Program on the Par 3 Course runs over five Sundays from October 21. Bookings are a must at northadelaidegolf.com.au
If your kids are a little older and more experienced, the North and South Courses open daily from 6am through spring for casual games, closing at 5.30pm in September, 7pm in October and 7.30pm in November.
Be a trailblazer
Grab the kids, put the pooch on a lead and set off on a family stroll along one of Council’s self-guided nature walks through the Adelaide Park Lands. Be prepared: BYO water, wear sunscreen, dress for the elements (long pants/shirts, a hat) and put on your walking shoes to comfortably enjoy these unpaved adventure trails. Remember to respect these beautiful environments and the wildlife they support by staying out of any waterways you discover along the way.
Grasslands and Chequered Copper Butterfly Trail
Shining a spotlight on the biodiversity value of Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi (Park 16), this new path opens during the October school holidays. It will showcase a protected area of remnant grasses and flowering plants that once extended throughout the South Park Lands – where you might spot the rare Chequered Copper Butterfly (Lucia limbaria).
After not being seen on the Adelaide Plains in over 50 years, the Chequered Copper Butterfly was discovered in this section of the park in 2011. Why here? Well, to exist, this butterfly needs the Rainbow Ant (Iridomyrmex rufoniger) and the Native Sorrell plant (Oxalis perennans) – and both can be found here. The caterpillar is protected inside the ants nest underground, where it produces food for the ants, and the Native Sorrell is its food source. Another wonder of nature!
To launch the new trail, the City of Adelaide is holding a programmed nature discovery event on-site on Friday 5 October, for kids aged 5-12. Created with input from the SA Museum, Butterfly SA and the Kaurna community, a range of fun activities over 2.5 hours will encourage curiosity, imagination, exploration and discovery. The launch event is currently BOOKED OUT but, as there may be last minute cancellations, you are welcome to join the wait list via Eventbrite here: bit.ly/GrasslandsTrail
If you miss out on the launch event the good news is that the interpretive trail markers will be on display until the end of October and can be accompanied by an activity booklet. Hard copy booklets can be picked up from the Customer Centre (25 Pirie St), SA Museum or cafes in Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi from the end of September.
Learn more about this ecosystem by visiting cityofadelaide.com.au/grasslands
Experience how the city environment might have looked before it became the bustling urban centre we know today with a visit to the Bunyip Trail in Bonython Park / Tulya Wardli (Park 27). Closed through Winter, this 270-metre trail reopens each September and can be used between 9am and 7pm until March.
The trail takes its name from the children’s tale, The Bunyip of Berkley’s Creek, and kids can do activities relating to the book as they travel along. The activity booklet is free and a great way to introduce kids to the varied flora and fauna, from butterflies to birds, still thriving within this native River Red Gum Woodland ecosystem.
Download your Bunyip Trail Activity Booklet at cityofadelaide.com.au/get-amongst-it where you’ll discover more about these trails and others exploring biodiversity sites in the Park Lands.