Exploring the city 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. Inspired by the ‘Hit The Town’ campaign, we’ve compiled some of the best things to see and do and places to eat and stay in the CBD and North Adelaide this winter.

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: Captain Jolley’s Paddleboats

Paddle boats on the River Torrens are an Adelaide icon. If you’ve never taken the kids to enjoy the local scenery, make this winter the time to do it!


image credit @yvonne_cowan (IG)

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 LEGO Club every Sunday! And it’s completely FREE.
You’ll find it at Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall,


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.


EVENT: Light Cycles

Extended until Aug 22!

In an Australian first, Moment Factory will reimagine Adelaide Botanic Garden with a series of installations that use lights, sound, video and special effects that amplify the voice of the natural world. Prepare to have your sense of wonder and fascination rekindled by some of the most exciting creative minds in the business. Part of the @illuminateadelaide festival, this is a must-see experience!


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).

Check the Botanic Gardens’ website for more details:

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: Holey Moley Golf Club

A ‘hole’ lot of fun for the ‘hole’ family! Holey Moley is Australia’s craziest and most unique mini golf venue, par none. Each hole will keep you wanting more. Don’t be deterred, it’s very kid friendly during the day!


For more inspiration and to plan your day out in the city this winter, visit the ‘Hit The Town’ website

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