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FREE things to do In Adelaide With Kids

What’s more appealing than keeping the kids busy, happy and active these holidays!?  When it’s all FREE!! If you’re like most parents in Adelaide, you will get half way through these school holidays and be struggling to work out how to keep the little minions occupied until they go back to school. If you’re like me, you want to do it without spending a fortune. I love hanging out with my kids, don’t get me...

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St Kilda Adventure Playground

Find it at: St Kilda Rd, St Kilda For those who grew up in Adelaide, you’d probably have been out St Kilda Adventure Playground when you were a kid, but have you been back since 2015? It’s got all the awesome stuff that I remember from my childhood, and more… and green grass, less dust, water, shade and well, it’s just BIGGER AND BETTER than I remember too! St Kilda’s huge makeover was completed in 2015 with a...

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Bonython Park Playground / Tulya Wardli

Find it at: Port Rd, Adelaide What a beautiful playground for kids of all ages! Renovated back in late 2012, the Bonython Park Playground has a some very cool features not found in the typical suburban park. Some of the best equipment includes two 25m flying fox lines fun for kids of all ages and an extensive water play area complete with pumps, gates and a watermill. Kids love playing and experimenting with water and this...

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Adelaide Botanic Garden

It’s no secret that here at Kids In Adelaide we love somewhere free. Well, the Adelaide Botanic Garden surely has to be the ultimate FREE spot to enjoy with your kids! It’s a great place to pop in just for an hour or to spend a full day. Plus it’s even better now that the Tram line runs from the Adelaide Train Station straight down to the Botanic Garden gate. So forget about parking, jump onto the Tram & enjoy what the...

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Sturt River Linear Park Trail Coromandel Valley

Looking for a quiet bike ride or easy little walk with the kids that also offers some adventure? (Think rope tree swings and flowing water – what could possibly go wrong). Last week we threw the bikes on the back of the car after school and set off to Coromandel Valley to check out a newly opened section of Sturt River Linear Park Trail that now connects the trail from the Institute Building on Main Road to Frank Smith Park at Coromandel...

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Edithburgh Tidal Pool

Did you know that Edithburgh on the Southern Yorke Peninsula is home to South Australia’s only tidal pool? There are talks of building one at Hallett Cove (and we’re here for it) but it’s just that at this stage, talks. So, if you want to experience some tidal pool action how about a trip to ‘The Burgh’? It’s a two and a half hour drive from Adelaide CBD……..Unless you’re a realist and your...

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Whispering Wall

Of all of the SA reservoirs, Barossa Reservoir with its famous ‘Whispering Wall’ is surely a favourite for kids. It doesn’t involve a big walk or hike and it is THE most magical experience to have one person whisper at the end of the reservoir wall and another hear it over 140 meters away on the other end. Better than milo tins on a string, and even better than the sound pipes in the Angaston Adventure Station (which are...

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25 At Home Water Play Ideas

Kids LOVE water play, it’s cheap, and usually pretty clean and well a bit messy but that’s ok, only water right? With hot days ahead it’s always a fun option. Here are some of our favourite activities involving good old H2O that will keep your little people both cool and entertained this summer. An old baby bath, a clam pool and a hose with a changeable pressure and water distribution nozzle are some of the things we find...

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Hidden Tunnels of Adelaide

Exploring your own backyard with the kids and finding secret little spots you didn’t know about, is one of the best things about being a parent (apart from the constant thanks they give you for all the sacrifices you make…Ha!). Adelaide is full of tunnels and with not all of them still in use, some are now actually quite beautiful spots to visit and explore with the kids. Some are also probably scary AF but lets take the good with...

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Mount Monster Conservation Park

Intrigued by the name on a recent trip to the South East (Limestone Coast), we couldn’t help but divert 14 km south of Keith to check out Mount Monster Conservation Park. Turns out it’s claim to fame is not really that monstrous at all, but is home to an unusual geological feature, that seems quite out of place, a big granite outcrop that can’t be found any where else in SA. A short hike (more of a rock scramble –...

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Scouts Arm Pit Dog Poo Fudge

Cook this yummy sweet fudge with your armpit! Yes, yes you did read that correctly. This one is for the kids to have a bit of fun. We found it in the Scouts Free Fun – Delivered July activities. You can sign up for FREE for a monthly email of family and kids activities like this and more here: www.freefun.com.au What you need: 1/2 Cup Icing Sugar 1 Tablespoon Butter 2 Teaspoons Cream Cheese 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract 2 Teaspoons...

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Living Kaurna Cultural Centre

You may have lived down south your whole life and driven past this place a thousand times, without even realising it was a mere metres away on your daily commute! Located just to the west of the South Road mega freeway junction at Darlington and accessible from Sturt Road near the Police Station, this hidden gem is an absolute must. For the Kaurna people of the Adelaide plains, this site is a traditional ceremonial meeting place still used...

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Bridgewater Fairy Garden

Find it at: Arbury Park Road, Bridgewater ** Update February 2020 ** Unfortunately since we first posted about the Bridgewater Fairy Garden there have been some nasty trolls on the lose who have been in and stolen, broken or vandalised some of the fairy houses BUT we found out that there’s still some left to see and it’s still a cute way to spend an hour or two exploring somewhere new. If your kids are keen on fairies, magic,...

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The best things in life are FREE… this Mother’s Day

Are you the Mum who organises Mother’s Day for the extended family?Are you the Mum who organises Mother’s Day for YOU (cough cough), because it can be forgotten?Are you the Dad who wants to think outside the box this Mother’s Day?Are you the Mum who wants a leave pass to do something for YOU for a couple of hours?Are you the family who does not want to spend big bucks on Mother’s Day but wants to celebrate this lovely day without breaking the...

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West Beach Skate & BMX Park

We have officially found our favourite skate park in Adelaide and it’s at West Beach Skate and BMX Park (PS – if you know a better one please let us know!). With something to suit just about every level of rider we love that our little beginners can scoot and skate somewhere where they can also watch and learn from those a lot older with awesome skills. Right next to the building that houses the toilets, covered tables and DaKlinic...

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Haigh’s Chocolates Visitor Centre & Tours

Haigh’s Chocolates Visitors Centre (located at 154 Greenhill Road, Parkside, SA) offers FREE daily chocolate tours between 9am and 2:30pm on Monday and Saturday and 9am to 4pm from Tuesday through Friday (not available on Sunday or public holidays). It’s the perfect way to get up close with South Australia’s iconic Haigh’s Chocolates, and a great place to take visitors! You’ll be guided through the history of Haigh’s Chocolates and get to see...

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Shepherds Hill Recreation Park Bike Tracks

Shepherds Hill Recreation Park Bike Tracks have a great variety of tracks to suits a range of abilities. We took the kids there recently and they loved the beginner bike park, BMX track and pump track as well as the off road trails through the hills. The Bowl area is just off the Ayliffe’s Road carpark and houses the beginner (very small) and intermediate pump tracks with a range of jumps and tracks to suit riders from very new to pretty...

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Kurangga BMX Track Adelaide

The Kurrangga BMX bike track in the Adelaide Parklands on the corner of Greenhill Road and Unley Road has just had a major renovation and it’s even better than before! This lovely shady bike riding park now has 4 tracks! The beginners track is a lovely, wide, slow track for real littlies from balance bike to preschoolers or others on training wheels etc. This track is one of the longer beginners tracks we have seen which is great for...

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Japanese Himeji Gardens – South Terrace, Adelaide

The gorgeous Japanese Himeji Gardens are located on the Eastern side of Glen Osmond Road and South Terrace intersection. This little oasis in the Southern Parklands is a wonderful place to get away from the hustle and bustle of ‘normal life’. Enter the gardens during daylight hours and you’ll instantly feel more peaceful and a short walk through this serene garden will help any stressed parent (or anyone else!).  With a...

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Brighton Pump Track | BMX Track

BMX Track Brighton – Clay BMX Pump Track the Whole Family Can Enjoy! Find it at: Commercial Road, Brighton If your family LOVE bike riding as much as ours does then we KNOW that you’ll LOVE this awesome new Brighton Pump Track where the whole family can hone and show off their skills on their bikes! This seriously cool clay Pump Track is a series of small dirt mounds and banked turns over a 1350sq m site, located right near the...

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Cobbler Creek Recreation Park and playground, Salisbury

Find it at: Corner of Bridge and Smith Roads, Salisbury East. Cobbler Creek Recreation Park is a great, updated recreation park with a large new playground and over 17km of fantastic mountain/BMX paths for riders of all abilities. We took the youngsters there recently and they had a ball on the playground as well as riding the junior tracks, with the 4 year old even having a great time on the intermediate track. Cobbler Creek Recreation Park...

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Modbury Civic Park Playground | Tea Tree Gully Council

Find it at: 995 North East Road, Modbury We went along to test out the awesome new Modbury Civic Park playground and the kids had a blast! With something for kids of all ages we think you’re going to love it too. There is a lot of equipment in a medium sized space so you can keep kids of various ages happy without running all over the town! To get to the point quickly, what we loved about Mondbury Civic Park playground : The all access...

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Bundey’s Paddock / Tidlangga

Find it at: corner of Bundeys Road and MacKinnon Parade, North Adelaide The North Adelaide Playspace is on the corner of Bundeys Road and Mackinnon Parade, North Adelaide at Tidlangga Park 9. Also incorporating a pocket orchard in the making, we think this is a great inner city initiative. With a focus on natural elements, most of the play equipment is made of wood, ropes, real tree logs, large climbing rocks etc and landscaping incorporates...

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Cheltenham Park Playground and Wetlands in St Clair Reserve

Find it at: corner of Cheltenham Parade and Torrens Road, Cheltenham The younger kids will LOVE this ‘dress up’ where they can stand behind the plastic face, gain a mo’ and stick their arms through. The brand new Cheltenham Park playground is now open on the corner of Cheltenham Parade and Torrens Road, Cheltenham. The playground and reserve sits in the corner of the new community of ‘St Clair’ and includes an...

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Edwardstown Oval soldiers memorial Playground

Find it at: Located on the corner of East Terrace and Wood Street, the Edwardstown Oval Playground is located in the South West corner of the oval complex. If your kids love nature play they’ll LOVE the Edwardstown Oval Soldiers Memorial Playground with something for kids of all ages! This wonderful, fully fenced new playground has a water play pump/feature, large sandpit with digger and swings including an enclosed baby swing & lie...

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Adelaide Bike Safety Parks

Adelaide has a number of places that you can take your kids to learn to ride a bike, scooter or skateboard. Some of them are speciality bike safety centres where you can learn about road rules, giving way, understanding road signs etc and some of them are playgrounds or parks that have great flat, concrete areas perfect for learning to ride and not get run over by the big kids in the skatepark or have to worry about too much other bike traffic....

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Princess Elizabeth Playground

Find it at: South Terrace, Adelaide The Princess Elizabeth Playground is fantastic for all ages, from toddlers up to adults.  Located on South Terrace opposite Willcox St in the city, it is definitely a big favourite with us (and most of Adelaide judging by numbers!). It is one of many well-equipped kids playgrounds in this area and reopened in late 2014 after a complete upgrade. There is so much to do, and the park is a huge hit with kids...

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Fruit Picking part 2 – Fruit Eating!

I thought I’d do a little follow up fruit picking post from a few weeks ago when my whole family headed down for a wonderful day out in Maclaren Vale. We spent a few hours picking a couple of HUGE buckets of delicious, fresh apricots, plums and nectarines. In the weeks that have followed we have become hooked on fresh stone fruit, and eaten our way through about 30kg now! The original 15kg or so were eaten fresh or stewed into delicious...

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