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Help me find ... the top family things to do in Adelaide

Last updated 31 Jan, 2022

Finding things to do with the kids (that doesn’t involve screen time) can be a parent’s worst nightmare. But, we’ve turned that nightmare into a dream, compiling a list of sure-fire hits that will keep the whole family entertained. Who knows – they might even thank you!

Captain Jolley’s Paddleboats

Explore the River Torrens with pedal-power! Jump aboard a paddleboat – by yourself or with your favourite sea-faring (or river) partner – and say hi to the resident pelicans while enjoying Adelaide’s beautiful river scenery. Life jackets available for kids (and adults if you need them).

Where: Riverfront Precinct (near Elder Park)
Cost: $20 for 30 mins
When: All year round, 12-4pm (Thursday-Sunday)

The Popeye

Don’t feel like pedalling? Then cruise the River Torrens in style on the Popeye! Take a simple sightseeing adventure, or mix it up by adding a high tea or spirit tasting for the adults while the kids watch the world go by. Scones and tea on the river? Yes, please!

Where: Riverfront Precinct (near Elder Park)
Cost: $24 for 45 min sightseeing cruise (under 18 $15, under 2s free)
When: All year round, 7 days

MOD (Museum of Discovery)

MOD is a futuristic museum of discovery, aiming to inspire the next generation of scientists, inventors and tech-geniuses. It’s designed for 15 to 25-year-olds but can easily be enjoyed by those younger and older. It’s Complicated is the current exhibition at MOD and by-crikey, did they get that name right! Raise a Tamagotchi-inspired octopus, build robots and hack the immune system. This exhibition explores the complexity of the world through a variety of lenses. A visit here will keep the family talking long after you’ve left.

Where: North Terrace, across from UniSA City West campus
Cost: Free
When: 10am-4pm, Tues-Sat (exhibition until November)

Visit the Rundle Mall icons

Are you even South Australian if you haven’t been photographed sitting atop Rundle Mall’s bronze pigs? The solid bronze life-sized pigs are collectively known as ‘A Day Out’ and kids love them! But, the pigs aren’t the only animals immortalised in statue to call the Mall home. Check out the larger than life stainless steel ‘Pigeon’, the latest edition to the Mall in Gawler Place, for another fun photo opportunity. And, of course, no visit to the Mall’s complete without checking your reflection in the Mall’s Balls!

Did You Know? The piggies have names… Horatio, Augusta, Truffles and Oliver!

Where: Rundle Mall
Cost: Free to visit, bring money for shopping!