Repeat after me: 2020 is going to be epic! Filled with adventure, memories, fun and all in between.

There are a lot of things a family can do on New Year’s Day in Adelaide. Staying home and playing games, watching television or just lazing about are always nice ways to spend the day but for those who want to make the most of this opportunity to do something special and start the year off with some fun family activities. Adelaide & beyond has a lot to offer, here are twenty of the best ways to spend New Year’s Day with your family to kick off 2020.

Get Wedgied at the Big Wedgie!

Say hello to 2020 with a big Wedgie! ! What perfect timing than to bring on new adventures with this ultimate thrill ride. Wedgies come in all different categories for the little ones to the big dare devils of the family.

This season there are TWO locations at West Beach and Elizabeth.

A day at Adelaide Aquatic Centre

When was the last time you visited the Adelaide Aquatic Centre? There is something for everyone from splash pools, spas, saunas and BBQ facilities outside! Its a great outing and to keep cool inside!

Road Tripping 

Grab the picnic rug, a lunch, the bikes and a head on a road trip for the day. The amazing thing about Adelaide is you can leave at 10 am and be back by 4 pm and still see heaps because everything is SO CLOSE! A great way to explore new things and start off 2020 with an awesome bucket list cross off of new discoveries.

A list of our favourite road trips can be found here 

A day at Semaphore

Head to Semaphore for the day to enjoy so much or so little… the choice is yours! The Semaphore Summer Carnival will be on, the beach ready for kites, the semaphore waterslide and sandcastles and plenty of places open for an ice cream!  

Discover a NEW playground 

Nature Play? Water Play? An Epic Slide? A dare devil flying Fox? We have you covered with the best of the best in Adelaide. Grab a picnic rug and supplies for a BBQ and discover a new favourite to kick off 2020.

Silos of South Australia.

Kick of 2020 with discovering a new SILO in SA. Pack up the car and pick a town that you have always wanted to visit and support regional SA.

Chill at The Beachouse

Hit the slides or the bumper boats at Glenelg’s Beachouse. Fun for the whole family even the little little humans.

Up and away with the Mix 102.3 Giant Wheel

How many seagulls can you see? Can you take a selfie in the sky? Go round for a spin with the family to bring in 2020 overlooking Adelaide!

Summer Gardening

Start that Veggie Patch off that you have always wanted. Head down to your local Bunnings and plant flowers or vegetables in your flower bed or in a pot by your home. The kids can water it every day and watch them bloom.

Woodhouse Activity Centre

Just 15 minutes up the freeway (dont you just love Adelaide!) fun for 5 to 95 year olds. Crawl, climb, swing and splash your way around 30+ obstacles on challenge hill or whizz down two massive slides plus so much more!

Relax in the Botanic Gardens

Explore the beautiful botanic gardens in the city with a picnic and bring the bikes and scooters for a lovely ride.

Discover a new beach

Find a new beach that you have never been too. Normanville, Second Valley, Port Willunga are some of SA gems.


Score some seriously cool parent brownie points and take the kids to Mega Adventure for the ultimate day of fun. Choose between climbing, jumping or swinging, or make the most of your day and do all three!

Museum Discoveries

Immerse yourself in Adelaide’s museum culture! From the army to trains, maritime to motorcars… there is something for everyone . Check opening times for each location as they vary on public holidays.

New Years Day Party

Host a family or friend summer lunch and theme it summer style weather it be Hawaiian, beach theme or flamingoes! Get the kids involved to pick out the decorations and design a menu.

Linear Park Trail

Can you take the challenge of city to beach or beach to city on the River Torrens Linear Park ?

A trip to Innes National Park

What lies 3.5 hours from Adelaide? Innes National Park… Your next backyard discovery that will WOW you with so much adventure .. maybe a little planning for this one in advance but you will be glad you did!

Take your Zoo to the Zoo!

A day in the city saying hello to the Giraffes or travel out to Monarto to see the lions (no high fives allowed) and spend a day walking and talking with the animals.

Murray Bridge Splash Festival

Jump into January with Splash at Murray Bridge ! Enjoy a slip and dip with lots of family entertainment.

Surfs up at Moana Beach

That is OK even if surfing is not your thing as may only know Moana as a great place for Surfing but there is so much more to take in. Some of the most family friendly activity to take in are biking and kayaking but there are lots more too. Make a day trip 40 minutes out of Adelaide for new years day and enjoy all that Moana has to offer.

Stay safe this new years day and kick off 2020 happy and healthy with so much fun!