Help me find... school holiday fun

Last updated 21 Dec, 2023

Keep the kids occupied for hours over the school holidays with Experience Adelaide's guide to family-friendly fun in the city. Discover the best summer school holiday activities for 2023/2024 here.

South Australian Museum

North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Visit the South Australian Museum and learn more about South Australia's biodiversity, geology and beyond. The museum is home to world-renowned natural history and cultural collections.

GONDWANA VR: The Exhibition is taking over the Museum these school holidays. Learn more about one of Australia's oldest ecosystems, the Daintree Rainforest, in a world-first, multi-sensory exhibition. Plus see how you can win a double pass here. T&Cs apply. 

GooRoo Animation has teamed up with the Museum for a stop-motion animation workshop as part of the summer school holiday program. Learn to make your own eye-popping animated film at this fun and immersive experience for kids.

Adelaide Festival Centre

King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000

The Adelaide Festival Centre is teeming with activity over the school holidays. Whether you take the kids to see a Broadway smash hit like Mary Poppins or to a creative workshop, we guarantee they'll be entertained for hours.

Register for the summer school holiday program, On Stage, where kids can explore all performing arts genres including voice, acting, musical theatre and dance.

Adelaide Zoo

Frome Road, Adelaide SA 5000

What better way to spend the holidays than by getting up close and personal with some of your favourite furry friends at the Adelaide Zoo? Learn more about the creatures we share our planet with through interactive scavenger hunts and activities around the grounds. 

This summer, share a wild moment at the Zoo! Discover the exciting program including Voyage, a collection of Natural History Drawings from the National Museum of Singapore, free flight bird shows at 11:30 am daily, daily keeper talks and more. See what's on here.

Rundle Mall

Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000

Shop 'til you drop and take advantage of the season's hottest sales at Rundle Mall. Shop all your favourite stores and lap up the vibrancy and atmosphere of the Mall with live buskers and activities.

Adelaide Central Market

44-60 Gouger Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Travel the world without leaving the city at the Adelaide Central Market. Try all sorts of different foods from street food to fine produce and continental smallgoods. No matter what your taste is, you're bound to leave the Market happy.

Little ones can have their face painted as their favourite, animal, fairy, food and more every Saturday at the Market over the school holidays.

Park Lands

Adelaide SA 5000

Get out and about in nature during the school holidays in the Adelaide Park Lands. With a variety of play spaces and trails to choose from, there are plenty of ways to have fun in the sun in the city.

Adelaide Gaol

18 Gaol Road, Adelaide SA 5000

Go on a historical journey back in time at the old Adelaide Gaol. As one of South Australia's oldest buildings, you never know what you'll see... or who you'll meet. You might be lucky enough to have a spooky encounter with one of the residents! 

Would you be able to break out of prison? Try your luck in an Escape Cell, a real life prison experience at the Adelaide Gaol.

Adelaide Oval

War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide SA 5006

Head to Adelaide Oval this summer and watch your favourite cricketers battle it out in the Big Bash League. If you're feeling really brave, you can try RoofClimb and watch the match from Australia's highest stadium rooftop seating! 

The Popeye and Paddle Boats

Elder Park / Tarntanya Wama, Adelaide SA 5000

Cruise along the River Torrens / Karrawirra Pari aboard one of Adelaide's most iconic vessels, The Popeye. If you feel like being captain for the day instead, hire one of Captain Jolley's paddleboats and choose your own adventure.

Art Gallery of South Australia

North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Spend the day perusing artworks at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Visit the free gallery or catch an exciting exhibition like Tarnanthi at AGSA or Misty Mountain, Shining Moon: Japanese landscape envisioned.

State Library of South Australia

North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Explore the State Library of South Australia. From the iconic glass foyer to the historic Mortlock Chamber, browse a vast collection of books including some of South Australia's most historic publications.

This summer's program includes:

  • Desert Jungle, an exhibition of original collage artworks by renowned children's book author and artist, Jeannie Baker.
  • Fantastic Foliage and Books, get sculpting and turn a flat piece of paper into fantastic foliage.
  • Family Trail, go an adventure through the Library and discover many treasures and stories.

Adelaide Aquatic Centre

Jeffcott Road, North Adelaide SA 5006

Cool off or chase the summer vibes at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre at any time of the year and spend the school holidays splashing about. With a lap pool, leisure pool, waterslides and more, there's endless fun to be had. 

Learn to swim this summer with the VACSWIM SA program. 

North Adelaide Golf Course

Strangways Terrace, North Adelaide SA 5006

Play a round of golf right in the heart of the city at the North Adelaide Golf Course. There's plenty of family fun to be had, including Family Rounds at Par 3 golf course, along the picturesque River Torrens / Karrawirra Pari.

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