Exploring Adelaide with kids is a great way to spend an afternoon, a full day, or even a weekend. When’s the last time you caught a train, tram, or bus in the CBD?

It’s even easy to drive in and park the car. Visiting the city screams adventure, the kids love it, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. We’ve compiled some of the best things to see and do and places to eat and stay in the Adelaide CBD and North Adelaide with your family this winter.

EVENT: Illuminate 2024

Illuminate Adelaide, held annualy every July transforms Adelaide into a vibrant tapestry of art, music, and innovation.

This captivating winter festival brings together local, national, and international talent to illuminate the city’s streets and landmarks with awe-inspiring displays and immersive experiences.

From free to ticketed events, this is one of the KiA team’s favourite festivals of the year!

to check out the full program and book tickets – click here

EAT: Seven Stars Hotel

Centrally located on Angas Street, The Seven Stars Hotel has plenty of indoor dining and a great outdoor area to enjoy some winter sun! They have a great $10 kids’ menu with lots of options and free kids’ dessert.

Open 7 days a week


FAMILY FUN: TreeClimb Adelaide

TreeClimb Adelaide is a must do! Don’t worry if it’s a bit chilly, you’ll soon be up in the trees and working up a sweat!

Kids can tackle the Kids Course while adults or kids that are tall enough can do the Grand Course or Family Experience. If you don’t want to climb, don’t worry, there is an onsite cafe with plenty of delicious food and decent coffee.

Find out more here. 


EVENT: Cirque du Soleil: LUZIA

Get ready to be dazzled by the magical world of LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil!

From June 9 to July 7, head to the Adelaide Showgrounds and step under the Big Top for an unforgettable adventure. Picture this: colourful costumes, jaw-dropping acrobatics, and a journey through a make-believe Mexico filled with surprises at every turn. You’ll laugh, you’ll gasp, and you’ll be amazed by the wonders of LUZIA!

Tickets start at just $90, so grab your family and friends for a winter treat you won’t forget!

here’s info

STAY: Crowne Plaza Adelaide

If you’re looking for family friendly accommodation right in the heart of the Adelaide CBD then you can’t go past Crowne Plaza. Located on Frome Street in the East End of the city, it’s just around the corner from Rundle Mall and right across from the Adelaide Botanic Garden. There’s a range of rooms available, including interconnecting rooms, with all king rooms able to be formatted with two beds for parents and young children.


EVENT: Check out Winter Village

Winter Village has popped up at Torrens Parade Ground this winter (and it runs all the way until September 5). This magical winter wonderland is a must-visit destination perfect for the whole family. You can go ice-skating, play in the snow showers, enjoy all the delicious options from food trucks & pop-up bars and of course, the magical igloo village.

Best of all it’s free to enter (activities and food cost extra) and open 7 days a week.


FREE: Adelaide City Library

The City Library is always a great spot to find kid-friendly programs and events right in the heart of the such the Teen Writers Program each Saturday! And it’s completely FREE.
You’ll find it at Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall,


EVENT: Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures

Get ready for a magical journey with Disney on Ice presents Road Trip Adventures!

Join Mickey Mouse and your favorite Disney characters as they embark on an unforgettable adventure at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. From Moana’s island to Aladdin’s parade, it’s a fun-filled getaway for the whole family!

Tickets on sale now.

PLAY: Check out one of Adelaide’s Best Playspaces

Adelaide’s Park Lands are home to unique play spaces where kids and families can be active and let their imaginations run wild. We’ve compiled a list to make it quick and easy to pick a city playground that will please kids of all ages and abilities.


DISCOVER: Adelaide Botanic Garden

How lucky are we to have such a gorgeous big botanic garden right in the heart of our city? Explore the gardens and the glasshouses, pack a picnic, climb a tree, enjoy a guided tour, or stop and smell the roses (literally).

If you go later in winter you might be lucky enough to see the wisteria tunnel starting to bloom.

Click here for more info. 

EAT: Café Bonython

A recent finalist in our 2021 Babyccino Competition, Cafe Bonython is a great spot to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee in the parklands. With lawns as far as the eye can see, the kids can run around and burn off their energy!

Read our review

FAMILY FUN: Shadow Initiation

Head to the SA Museum and take part in the Shadow Intiation – it’s part escape room, part educational experience and all FUN!

The entire Museum is your escape room and you’ll be racing all over the Museum to solve puzzles, crack codes and beat the clock. This is perfect for slightly older kids.

Click here for all the info. 

FAMILY FUN: Escape Hunt

Choose from a range of themed rooms and work together as a team with your family to get out in time!

They even have an outdoor adventure – think Amazing Race style!

Escape Hunt is in the heart of Rundle Mall and perfect for some quality family time with heaps of fun and laughs thrown in.

Click here for all the info. 

DISCOVER: Adelaide Central Market

The sights, the sounds, the smells!

The Adelaide Central Market is a must visit while you are in the city – your family will get to indulge in delicious local South Australian produce including fruit & veg, desserts, cheese, meals and cuisines from around the world and if you time your visit well, your kids can join in with free weekend activities such as cooking classes or face painting. 

Click here for all the info. 

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