Even though our website is FULL of ideas for what to do with kids in Adelaide we get asked every day “what are our favourites?” So we thought we’d put together our pick of THE BEST places to visit and things to do with kids in Adelaide. Whether you live here, or you’re visiting, there’s something for families and budgets of all sizes. Some of them are even free!
Whether you have adrenalin junkies in the family, animal lovers, water babies, nature lovers, or kids who love to learn, there is an activity for everyone. Check out our favourite spots for the kids to climb, jump, feed animals, splash around, learn a new skill or explore the great outdoors. There are activities and places to visit all over Adelaide – this list is by no means exhaustive either but they are definitely our tried and tested family friendly favourites!
Adelaide’s first Nature Based aerial adventure park, TreeClimb, is heaps of fun for the whole family! Kids from 3 years old, adults, thrill-seekers, nature enthusiasts and curious adventurers can walk, climb and swing your way around six elevated tree-walk courses, 70 obstacles and several zip lines within a 16,000-square-metre zone.
Trampolines have certainly come a long way since we were kids, and if your little crew love to bounce and ninja climb their way around, Bounce (located down at Marleston) just has to be on your radar. This awesome complex has everything your crew need with a huge range of tramps, the super cool X Park ninja course, dodge ball, big bags and more! Parents can check out the action from the fully stocked cafe up on the raised viewing platform or they can join in on the fun (highly recommend you have a go yourself…just expect to be a tad sore for a few days!)
This place is sensational fun and is a must-do for your fam.
We are so lucky to have not one, but 2 world class zoos here in Adelaide. Our world class Adelaide Zoo, located in the heart of the city, is an ever changing home to an incredible range of animals from all over the world. When was the last time you went? We guarantee it would have changed, whether it be the awe inspiring pandas or perhaps to visit one of the best playgrounds in Adelaide at the children’s zoo, it will absolutely be worth another trip.
For what its worth, we can’t get enough of the Merkats!
Monarto Safari Park
Monarto Safari Park is an experience people travel from all over the world to do….and we have it right here on our doorstep. How lucky are we! The park spans a huge open space, simply jump on any of the numerous shuttle buses and explore as little or as much of the park as you like! With incredible African and other safari animals roaming in the huge paddocks, it is as close to an African Safari as you can get. For a more intimate experience, try one of the many animal close encounter experiences from giraffe feeding through to the incredible Lions 360. Watch this space as development continues on some very exciting improvements to the park.
Scared of heights? Prepare to tackle that fear head on at the tallest adventure activity in Australia! The multi-storey structure, out at West Beach, has something for all ages with no age limits for any of the activities (height restrictions are in place but there is something for everyone with a cool kids course too!), plus for that extra thrill you can challenge you and the fam on the Giant Swing (as it sounds…a swing that will drop you from about a zillion metres in the air. Great fun!) We love climbing and exploring the course, with a whole range of funky obstacles like skate boards, eskys and a sky high picnic table! A firm favourite of all KiA families, you have to check this one out!
MOD. is a place for kids who love hands on, interaction and all things STEM!
There’s a mix of diverse and sensory activities catering for a wide range of ages, knowledge and capabilities. These are spaces for doing, not just seeing and best of all it’s TOTALLY FREE!
OMG. This place is heaven for both kids and adults alike. See the factory in action, have lunch, play on the lawn, do a wine tasting, grab an ice cream. YUM
Big Rocking Horse
If you grew up in Adelaide it is almost guaranteed you visited here as a kid. Opened in the early 80s, what is probably still the world’s largest rocking horse, this ever popular hills tourist attraction is as worthy of a visit now as it was 30 years ago. Climb to the top of the 18 metre tall horse, which is actually really fun, and then explore the toy store to grab some beautiful wooden toys (including wooden replicas of the big horse you just climbed!). A visit here is not complete without a few laps of the wildlife park, where you can feed the friendly roos and llamas (they have sheep but the eyes don’t look friendly…surely it isn’t just us?). We love how affordable this place is, with the whole trip a bargain compared to other family activities.
Head up to the Adelaide Hills & enjoy a day of native animals & learn about conservations. It is also the only place on the South Australian mainland where the elusive platypus live and breed naturally.
RoofClimb at Adelaide Oval
Not only do we have one of the best sporting stadiums in the world (lets be honest, it is THE best) but did you know you can climb and explore the roof of our historic oval? Adelaide Oval roofclimb is truly one of the most unique experiences you can do in Adelaide. Better yet you can do it as a family with kids from 8 years able to have a climb!
Taking about 90 minutes, you will casually stroll around the rooftops from the western stand through to the riverbank stand, where you will have a seat and (if you are lucky enough) watch the game unfold below. Incredible.
Follow the Story Book Trail at Carrick Hill
Carrick Hill is a magical garden right out of a fairytale. Explore the beautiful, vast grounds and be sure to take the kids down the Storybook Trail to see parts of their favourite books come alive!
Take a ride on the Cockle Train
Calling all train enthusiasts (and just lovers of a memorable day out!), if you haven’t jumped on the Cockle Train then you are missing out!
The heritage railway, running from Mount Barker to Victor Harbor, shows off some fantatic steam and diesel locos run by fabulous volunteers. Choose your adventure by picking a full day return trip from Barker to Victor and back, or perhaps a short trip from Victor to Goolwa on the famous Cockle Train is more your style. Whatever day you pick, you won’t forget it in a hurry. We highly recommend all South Aussies give this a go with the kids!
Mt Lofty Adventure Hub
A great option for older kids Mt Lofty Adventure Hub is open school holidays and weekends. Their Rock Climbing, Abseiling and Zipline experience is a must try, including a 15-metre rock climbing wall and 324m forest zipline (SA’s longest!).
Mega Fast Karts
Yes of course you will find one of the best go-kart experiences in Adelaide here, one that is cherry ripe for adults down to the tweens (check the height limits with your kids). But (and it is a big but!) there is so much more to this fantastic family entertainment complexes than just karts, with a brilliant laser tag course, arcade area, party facilities and a ‘you-just-have-to-try-it-to-believe-it’ Battle Karts (think dodgem cars crossed with laser tag!). Plenty of different options to try depending on your budget so check it out!
How lucky are kids these days! Spoilt for choice with some ripper indoor play centres, Latitude has to be up there as one of the best. Fantasitc, spacious facilities to bounce, climb, trapeze and skywalk around whilst the parents can either join in or watch the action unfold from the raised cafe viewing area. Whether your kids are into trampolines, rock climbing, ninja courses or testing out their love of heights, this has to be on every Adelaide kids bucket list.
Home to what just has to be Adelaide’s biggest indoor playground, Funtopia combines a seemingly never ending multi-storey playground, with one of Adelaide’s best indoor rock climbing experiences for families. Chuck in a really funky cafe with heaps of seating, and you have yourselves and an absolutely ripper day out for you and the kids.
What we love (and we love a Funtopia visit) is that parents can get right in there with the kids and chase them all around the playground (to be fair there are some tight spots that require some squeezing) and have a crack at the rock walls. For those with teens, make sure you beat them on the racing walls otherwise you won’t hear the end of it.
We love the South Australian Museum, located on North Terrace in the heart of the city, it is a staple for school excursions and family day trips to town. If you haven’t been, this isn’t some morbid place that will scare the bejeezus out of kids, but a vibrant learning centre that caters exceptionally well for families of all ages. Make sure you check for what exhibition is currently showing, as it changes throughout the year. We highly recommend trying the ‘Shadow Initiation’ – a competitive interactive game for hte whole family. Entry is free (Shadow Initiation costs extra), so jump on a train or a tram and really make a great day of it!
There’s something very cool about seeing a real whale in real life. Head down to Victor Harbor from around June to September to see if you can spot Southern Right Whales as they pass through the warm waters of Encounter Bay. (Well, warm for them, you definitely need to rug up!).
Taking your kids to a goal wouldn’t normally seem like a ‘great family day out’ (unless they have reached that part of a school holiday where the tether is at the very end), but taking the kids to one of Adelaide’s oldest public buildings and exploring the history is quite the experience. They have done a great job of catering it to famlies, with kids activity trails and other theme events throughout the year on offer. We have loved our visits and for that slightly differente activity with the kids that you won’t forget in a hurry, this is well worth a look.
There is no better spot to cool off on a hot day! The kids will love the new water park complete with waterslides & tipping bucket. Little ones can splash in the toddler pool while more confident swimmers can play in the big kids pools. There is even a cafe onsite & playground across the road.
From about October to April, picking strawberries in beautiful Hahndorf is one of the most relaxing ways to spend a weekend afternoon. World famous for its jams and other goodies, Beerenberg is only a few hundred metres outside the main Hahndorf township. So why not head up the freeway about 20 minutes or so and grab a few punnets of some of the best strawberries in the country (and you can eat a few handfuls that ‘fell’ to the ground when you pick them! Perfect)
The Barossa isn’t just for adults! There is plenty to do with kids from giant playgrounds, a chocolate factory & kid friendly wineries.
AFL Max really does have to be seen to be believed. It is huge. Like really huge. Located in a shed the size of an aircraft hangar in a corner of the airport on Sir Don Bradman Drive, not only does this place boast a huge indoor footy oval, but you will find rock climbing, a large range of awesome inflatable activities, interactive computer games (these are great fun! Run around throwing balls at aliens and all sorts here.) For the sports mad kids this is great. Better than great even. But for kids who may not even be hugely into footy, there is so much fun to be had here. Trust us!