Top 10 things to do with toddlers in Adelaide

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Toddlers are busy, toddlers are fun, when they throw a tantrum you’ll just want to run! Toddlers can be hard work, but can also be SO MUCH fun. Give them the right space and it’s so entertaining (and also very important) to just let them free and watch them learn, experience, climb, run, fall, work out and try again. Finding that safe space can be tricky though and a fully fenced playground, shallow spot for a splash on a hot day, a cafe with a great play corner or a venue that caters for toddler needs is like finding gold in them thar hills. Here’s our top 10 ways to keep your toddlers happy, entertained and having fun in Adelaide

Visit one of our favourite toddler friendly playgrounds

Fully fenced, soft fall areas, sand and water play, shady, toddler suitable equipment. When it comes to toddlers not all playgrounds are created equal so we’ve come up with a list of our top picks for toddler playgrounds in Adelaide.

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Train and Tram Rides

.Toot toot! Pretend to be Thomas for the day! Kids love trains. Toddlers love trains. They love them so much that we’ve dedicated a whole page of our website for the best train and tram adventures in Adelaide. Make a day of it or let the train/tram be the experience.

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Pottering Around

You wouldn’t think that pottery and toddlers would ever mix, but these guys somehow make it work.

It’s a perfect bad weather day activity for your little one, with a ton of different options including make your own, paint an already made piece and a bunch of different events on throughout the year including toddler friendly activities. They also offer coffee and a big variety of snacks including amazing banana bread, toasties and platters. And did we mention the coffee??

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Seacliff Kindergym

Quite a few of the KiA kids are KinderGym kids and absolutely LOVE it. Seacliff KinderGym has three huge spaces, and a mammoth variety of equipment for the kids to enjoy. There are different sessions for different stages of development, for ages 0-5 and lets be honest, who doesn’t love a good way to let the little ones burn off some extra energy!

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Find a Free place to splash!

When it’s hot in Adelaide, it’s really bloody hot. So here are some great places you can take the kids where you will find FREE water, shade some playground fun to keep the kids happy and the electricity bill down. These are also fantastic even when it’s not so hot cause we all know how much toddlers love some water play!
PLEASE be very careful with your kids around water. We love kids exploring, having fun in nature and having a splash but you need to watch them at all times! And don’t forget to slip, slop, slap and wrap!

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Funtopia

Funtopia in Prospect is one of our favourite places for kids in Adelaide, and toddler world located within Funtopia is definitely one of our favourite toddler activities. Toddler world is for 2 and under, so you dont need to worry about your little one getting lost with all the older kids. It’s complete with soft play, two slides, big building blocks and sensory boards. Mr Spriggins cafe located onsite also do a wide range of food and an amazing coffee, and they are also licenced (if you are that way inclined). It’s a great way to let your little one explore and develop their motor skills in a safe environment.

During the school term Funtopia offer $5 playgroup sessions – structured & led by an a super fun staff member.

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Adelaide Zoo

They say never to work with kids and animals, but in this case, that combo is a sure fire hit. Kids LOVE wandering through the zoo looking at all the different animals and a visit to the Zoo isn’t complete without a stop at the Variety Childrens Zoo. The Children’s Zoo is an absolute must do with your toddler, it’s perfect for children of all abilities to play and explore.

Once you’re done there head to the nature playground just a few metres away. Complete with areas for children of all abilities to play and explore. Theres climbing, forts, water jets and tons of shade. Here you can let them run wild (the kids not the animals).

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Play Dates at Bounce

Play Dates is a 3 hour ticket designed especially for walking age pre-schoolers available Monday to Friday during school term for only $10. These extended sessions offer little adrenaline hunters unlimited time to explore and play, while parents can choose to join in, or watch on from nearby with a coffee. It’s a great way to let the kids bounce off the extra energy!

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Toddler Sense Classes

Toddler Sense sessions are filled with sensory fabulous activities and fun adventures to help your toddler burn off excess energy and develop vital physical, communication, social and intellectual skills that form the foundation of all future learning. It’s a great mix of teacher led sensory activities and songs along with independent play. It’s a perfect activity for you to get involved with your little one.

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Impact Kids World - Barossa

Impact Kids World is a perfect combination of indoor soft play, outdoor nature play and a cafe for the parents.

They have a range of inflatables, climbing frames, soft play toys and lots of wheely toys to play with and make sure to check out their new outdoor nature play area finished in Spring 2020. It’s the perfect spot for an outdoor picnic and play. We also love the sensory room. A quiet play space to give children a chance to take a break. Impact are a part of the Autism Friendly Charter and you can tell they are really passionate about having a safe space for every family.

Suitable for little people 12 months to 12 years of age, it’s a great option for the little ones to burn off some steam, along with their older siblings.

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Rhyme Time at your local library

Libraries are now THE place to be with your toddler and preschooler. Most now offer FREE  rhyme time or giggle time sessions for 0-2 years old and a story time for ages 2-5.

Rhyme Times generally include songs, games and stories and sometimes include musical instruments. Toddlers love these sessions, filled with catchy nursery rhymes they can dance too, and stories told in super engaging ways. It’s a great free activity especially for those days you want to take them out but don’t want to be out all day.

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