It does feel like forever since our last long weekend doesn’t it?! Well soak it up because as a friendly reminder its the last one until the silly season.  Now the weather is a bit fancy since our last long weekend in soggy June – turn the screens off, ditch the ugg boots and get your spring fever shaking with these October long weekend ideas for the family.

Find a new playground

Our playground map has over TWO HUNDRED playgrounds listed on our website covering all corners of Adelaide as well as some regional spots. Take a drive and discover a new place to play or rediscover an old favourite

click here for our playground map

If heights are your thing…

Harness up and check out the kids course at West Beach Adventure. Ten exciting challenges finishing with a thrilling Zip line. There’s also plenty for older kids including MegaClimb and MegaSwing. Read more here


Head to one of Adelaide’s best indoor play centres, AFL Max! Kids can make their way through the Zones, including the Skills Zone, Aerial Zone, Interactive Zone, Inflatable Zone & more!

No need to buy separate tickets for the different areas, one ticket gives you access to it all! 

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Visit the Hahndorf Farm Barn

Open from 10am-4pm everyday

Hahndorf Farm Barn is a unique blend of a children’s farmyard and wildlife park. You can hold, touch and feed most of the animals in complete safety and at your own comfort level. Find out how animals are born, grow and live on a farm. A visit to Adelaide’s Hahndorf Farm Barn is not just about family fun activities or keeping the kids entertained – it’s educational as well!

  • Cow milking show at 11am and 2:30
  • Reptile show at 12:30
  • Pony and tractor rides
  • Animal feeding, bottle feeding and interactions all day
  • Enjoy the giant sandpit and playground and make sure you check out the new diggers and ride on tractors!


Bounce Greenacres and Marleston open daily. 10am  – 6pm.

BOUNCE is the perfect playground to develop your freestyle tricks these school holidays. It’s the ultimate indoor play area to develop and harness balance, coordination and agility through a unique blend of fun, freestyle, progression and development.

Save some $$ and take advantage of their 2 hour superpass or Awesome4some sessions
Gather your Tribe and unleash your free spirit!

Click here for all the BOUNCE info. 

A visit to Monarto Safari Park

Open every day of the long weekend 9:30am – 5pm

Grow your little one’s love for species on a wild safari this spring! Enjoy the hop on- hop off bus as you explore the Waterhole, viewing platforms and safari treks. Listen in to fascinating facts at animal feeds and keeper talks. Spot the lion cubs, baby giraffe and of course the mischevious chimps!

Click here for more info on Monarto Safari Park.

Spring Fest Family Camping Party at Woodhouse Adventure Park

Come and celebrate spring at Woodhouse and revel in the seasonal highlights… warmer weather, the start of daylight savings, campfires, and bonus activities for overnight guests!

They’ll be open all long weekend for day adventures, but why not pitch a tent or pull up your caravan to make a weekend of it? There is NO MINIMUM BOOKING PERIOD for camping, so go just for one night or settle in for the entire weekend for maximum relaxation and fun!

Your camping adventure pass includes a great range of outdoor adventure activities and facilities (tube slides running Saturday, Sunday and Monday), as well as BONUS twilight fun!

SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER: HOSTED COMMUNAL CAMPFIRE with marshmallow toasting and campfire games/songs from 6pm to 8pm (subject to weather, no additional charge)
SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER: TWILIGHT LASER SKIRMISH from 5:30-8:30pm (suitable for ages 8+, subject to weather, no additional charge).

More information and bookings:

Saturday Market Day at the Adelaide Central Market

Enjoy family time and free family activities at the Adelaide Central Market on the Saturday of the long weekend!

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TreeClimb is open all long weekend at both their Adelaide and Kuitpo Forest locations – get high amongst the trees, fly along the ziplines or just enjoy a coffee from their onsite cafe while you watch all the action above you!

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DoughBalls Family Fun Day

The Family Fun Days at DoughBalls Mawson Lakes are always a great day out and their next one is this Long Weekend on Sunday 1st October!

KIDS EAT FREE plus there will be fun free activities for the kids – get a group together and book now! 

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Go for a family bushwalk!

Spring is the perfect time to pack your backpacks with snacks and water, slap on some suncream and go for a good ‘ol family bushwalk!

There are plenty of great bushwalks across Adelaide & SA, some not too far from the CBD. Enjoy the great outdoors!

click here for our family bushwalk faves

Visit the Adelaide Zoo

Open every day of the long weekend 9:30am – 5pm

Bring your little ones to explore the wild on a sunny adventure around the zoo! Enjoy being outside and quality family time as you move around to catch daily animal feeds, listen in to keeper talks and discover new animals like the cheeky tiger cubs! Swoop in for a flying sensation at 11:30am daily on the Central Lawn to learn about the feathered Adelaide Zoo residents at Free Flight Bird Show.

Click here to find out what we love about the Adelaide Zoo!


Dougballs Glenelg & Mawson Lakes will be open all long weekend and you can also catch them at Paxton Winery – take the family for some delicious pizza with their $12.90 Kids Menu.

Get the details here. 

Hit the Markets

From the Adelaide Hills to Bowden, Willunga to Port Adelaide and everywhere in between you’ll find a weekend market to load up on fresh fruit and veggies.

click here to find a market near (or far) from you

A round or two at Shanx

Open all long weekend. 9am until 7pm

SHANX @ Regency Park sits within the Regency Park Community Golf Course just 15 minutes north of the Adelaide CBD. You’ll come across bunkers, twists and turns as you make your way across the green, and each hole has two courses to choose from: the Regency Course for those just getting started, or the SHANX Course for those looking for a challenge. Everything is provided, including a club and ball per person as well as a scoring card for the group.

It’s never been more important to find fun and affordable outdoor activities that the whole family can take part in, and SHANX is that all over. A group of 4 is just $56 and children under 6 years are FREE!

Click here to find out more about Shanx!

Melba’s Chocolate Factory

Free entry the whole long weekend, 9 am – 4:30 pm daily

Everybody loves chocolate, especially when it comes from Melba’s. Enjoy a scenic drive through the Adelaide Hills to visit our Woodside Chocolate factory and view their extensive and delicious range.  Open daily from 9 am to 4:30 pm where they will be busily making  delicious treats for you to enjoy!

Pack a Picnic

Put together an epic cheese platter, pack up some sambos for the kids and check out one of our 13 favourite picnic spots around Adelaide.

click here for our favourite picnic spots

Splash Town water park at Moonta Bay

SplashTown at Moonta

The October long weekend heralds the beginning of the 2023/24 season for SplashTown on the Moonta foreshore!

This waterpark is completely FREE and consists of waterslides, mushrooms and a tipping bucket. Take a day trip to Moonta or better still, camp somewhere on the Copper Coast this long weekend!

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Mega Fast Karts Richmond

Open all long weekend 10am – 5:30pm (until 8pm on Fri+Sat)

Unlimited packages available 7 days a week during the October School Holidays and Long Weekend.
This package includes Unlimited Laser Skirmish, Arcades and Dodgem Cars over 2 session times:

Check out their unlimited packages and be sure to also add on a Karting session!

Click here for what we love about Mega Fast Karts. 

Visit a museum

How long has it been since you stepped foot in a museum?

If you haven’t been to one since your primary school excursions, this long weekend is the time to make it happen! Museums in Adelaide are rocking these days, with so many to choose from, including heaps with free entry!

Willl you choose one focused on aviation, nature, space, or something else?

Click here for the best museums in Adelaide.

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