The A – Z of family friendly Adelaide

Discover, In Adelaide

One of the many great things about Adelaide is its accessibility. One minute you’re in a bustling, exciting city, and then in 20 minutes time you can be relaxing in the sun on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches… we all have our favourite spots, suburbs and secrets but I bet you there is at least a few on our family friendly A to Z of Adelaide that you haven’t done yet! Start planning your next adventure & be sure to tag Kids In Adelaide in your photos!

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A is For … Adelaide Botanic Garden

Pack a picnic, wander the many areas of the beautiful Gardens. if you’re lucky you might be there when the wisteria tunnel is in bloom! Click here for what we love.

C is For … Cudlee Creek Cafe

This is such a quaint country cafe with a great menu & lots of local produce. But the best bit is that it’s right on the Creek so kids can explore (with supervision!) & play on the playground. If you’re lucky, the horses next door might come & say hello! Find out more. 

E is For … Eating

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to family-friendly dining here in Adelaide. Rainbow toasties, pizza, kid-friendly platters, ice cream, donuts, freakshakes – our fair city has them all! Check out our Family-Friendly Eats page for our favourite places to dine with kids.

G is For … Giant Rocking Horse

The world’s biggest rocking horse, an animal sanctuary, wooden toy factory, play area &a cafe? Sounds like the perfect day out to us! Find out out more here.

I is For … Illuminate Adelaide

One of Adelaide’s newest Festivals, Illuminate lights the night over winter in the coolest possible way. There are free & ticketed events for families to enjoy including some walk through attractions in the city. 

K is For … Kuipto Forest

There are so many walks to do in Kuipto Forest, as well as trees to climb, hidden teepees to find & firepits to keep warm. Spend a few nights camping or just go for the day. Read more about Kuipto & other bushwalking adventures here. 

M is For … Marion Outdoor Pool

Fresh from an upgrade, Marion Outdoor Pool is the place to be on a hot day! Pools, waterslides, a splashpark & a cafe onsite, it will make those Adelaide summer days much more bearable. See what we love about it. 

O is For … Onkaparinga River Recreation Park

Head about 35kms south of Adelaide & take the kids on the bushwalk, go to the lookouts, have a picnic & go wildlife spotting. This is nature at its absolute best! See which sections we recommend. 

Q is For … Quentin Kenihan Memorial Playground

This playground is brand new, colourful, fully fenced & ACCESSIBLE! It’s in Rymill Park & has so much going for it! There’s a bit of water play, paths for bikes & scooters, a bbq, sensory elements & has so many inclusive & wheelchair friendly. See our review.  

S is For … SA Rocks

If you haven’t heard about this craze, you are in for a treat. In a nutshell (rockshell?!), get your kids to paint rocks & hide them for other kids to find….then keep your eyes peeled for other people’s hidden rocks! Find out how it works. 

U is For … Urimbirra Wildlife Park

When you are nearly at Victor Harbor, you will pass Urimbirra Wildlife Park – if you haven’t been lately, drop in for a visit to reacquaint yourself with some of Australia’s native animals. Pat koalas, watch the wallabies hop around & visit the reptile house. For this & other Victor Harbor attractions, click here.

W is For … Woodhouse Activity Centre

Get the kids off their screens by taking them to Woodhouse! Heaps of exercise & activities in the fresh air, including the giant slide they can ride down in tubes. Even the adults will have a ball here. Here are our thoughts.

Y is For … Yorke Peninsula

Marion Bay. Moonta. Innes. Ardrossan. Wallaroo. Kadina. Point Turton. Port Rickaby. Edithburgh. Stansbury. Port Broughton. These are just SOME of the fantastic beaches & spots to visit over on Yorkes. We have written a whole feature about this great part of SA!

B is For … Bonython Park Playspace & Cafe

This great Playground has something for all ages & has HEAPS of lawn for ball games & picnics. Plus Cafe Bonython serves up the BEST coffee & meals! See what we think about the Playground. 

D is For … Discovery Parks

Lake Bonney, Robe, Hahndorf, just to name a few! Discovery Parks can be found all over South Australia & they are perfectly setup for a fun family holidays! Learn more about the Robe Discovery Park.

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F is For … Fruchocs

South Australia’s favourite delicacy, Fruchoc Shops can be found in Hahndorf, Glynde, McLaren Vale & now in the Barossa! And they don’t just stock Fruchocs, you will find all of the delicious SA-made treats that Robern Menz produce. 

H is For … Hahndorf Farm Barn

Head to the Hills for the kids to cuddle baby farm animals, milk a cow, have a tractor ride, ride on a pony & more! We love Hahndorf Farm Barn & you can read all about it here. 

J is For … Jungle In Willunga

Go for the nursery, stay for the walk through jungle, animal hunt & giant climbing net. This hidden gem is in Willunga & you can easily spend a few hours here – don’t forget to find the Fairy Garden! Check it out. 

L is For … Little Sahara, KI

Tucked away on Kangaroo Island is SA’s answer to snowhills….SANDHILLS! The whole family can slide their way down Little Sahara’s sandhills or even do a bike tour through the area. Check out the info.

N is For … Narnu Farm

Nearly every Adelaide parent went on school camp at Narnu Farm on Hindmarsh Island, but did you know you can take the family there? Ride horses, help feed the animals, have a truck ride or maybe see chickens hatch! Get the deets on their website.

P is For … Pigeon & Pigs in the Mall!

First came the Malls Balls, then the Bronze Pigs & now Rundle Mall has a giant Pigeon! Coo coo….a walk down Rundle Mall will never be boring with these quirky sculptures to enjoy. The Pigeon even has it’s own Twitter account!

R is For … Rockpools

We are belssed with so many beautiful beaches here in Adelaide & a ton of them have rockpools that the kids will love to explore. Find some unusual marine life, balance on the rocks &  cool off. We have rounded up a heap of great rockpools across the state to discover here. 

T is For … Treeclimb

We are BIG TreeClimb fans! The high ropes course in the city Parklands has two courses one is suitable for little kids & one for big kids & adults. PLUS there is a new location opening in Kuipto Forest in 2022. We can’t wait. Find out more. 

V is For … Vine Shed, McLaren Vale

We LOVE this place! They have thought of everything when it comes to enjoying a winery with kids. Great menu, a big lawn, giant games, cubby house, even a teepee screening movies. Book in for lunch & a wine & let the kids play! Find out more. 

X is For … Xmas Tree Farm

Nothing beats a real Christmas tree! (Let’s just pretend the pine needle mess doesn’t exist, hey?). At the Christmas Tree Farm at Chandlers Hill, you can pick your own tree & have it cut down to take home, PLUS the kids can have their photo with their reindeer mascot, have a tractor ride & visit the animals in the petting zoo.

Z is For … Z-Wine, Barossa

This is a top spot in the Main St of Tanunda in the Barossa where kids can have their own tasting platter while the adults have their wine flight. They often have live music – but be sure to book, they get very busy! Here’s our review. 

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