When it’s hot in Adelaide, it’s really bloody hot. So here are some great parks where you can find FREE shade, water, and some playground fun to keep the kids happy and the electricity bill down. As always 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!

All of the places below are FREE for a cool down, more of a splash than a proper swim

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Festival Plaza

The Festival Plaza outside the Adelaide Festival Centre has had a major redevelopment and now includes this awesome water play area! It alternates between water and mist on a timer, we guarantee that the kids will love playing in the “fog” as our kidlets called it. They don’t get too wet unless they actually sit down – so maybe take a change of clothes just in case! Perfect for a hot day in the city. There is also plenty of seating around and it’s right next to the new Children’s Artspace.

Splash Town Moonta

Splash Town in Moonta is awesome, with a tipper bucket and more. Probably more than a day trip though- but worth it! Oh and all of this is FREE! They call it a town for a reason – it is filled with things SPLASH ! Waterslides, dropping buckets and raining mushrooms! If you are on the Yorke Peninsula – you definitely need a visit to Splash Town.

Thorndon Park Playground

One of the biggest new playground openings in the last few years has come through with the water play goods with a brilliant dedictated water play area and a giant misting hen! 

Tusmore Park Wading Pool

Reopened in March 2022, the Tusmore Park Wading Pool is fast becoming a favourite spot for visitors to cool down. The design features a fully fenced and shaded wading pool, lawned areas for picnics, a new creek style section, tiered seating and water play equipment for plenty of splashing and playing during the summer months.

Playford Alive Town Park

4 separate water play areas for the kids to explore and plenty of seating nearby for parents and friends to supervise the kids while they catch up in a great location.

Glenelg Foreshore Playground

Water play here can be found at the playground- and at the beach too of course! This space recently had an upgrade, but there are still fountains that the kids will like turning on & off. Of course there is the awesome playground adjacent which mixes up the activities. Lots of shade under the veranda area to watch the kids enjoy all this playground has to offer and beware little eyes always see the Beach House as a request !

Cowell Water Park, Eyre Peninsula

Upgraded in 2023 the Cowell Water Park and Waterslides are your go to cool down spot on the Eyre Peninsula. The Precinct includes a free outdoor water play area featuring a splash zone and two water slides.

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Mosley Square Water Fountains – Glenelg

If you have not finished a day off splashing in the Mosley Square Water Fountains then well you have not truly experienced one of Adelaide’s greatest playtime experiences. Weather it is a visit after the beach to wash off the sand or a trip in itself -kids will have a ball playing amongst the fountains. There’s food within easy reach. Grab fish & chips, ice cream, or pretty much anything else and sit back and relax! Great for new little walkers too for some easy splash time!

Bridgewater Mill Playground

The creek running alongside the playground is lovely. There are stepping stones to cross from one side to the other, or stop half way to say hello to the ducks. Please be especially careful and watch your kids carefully here. Take a tadpole catcher and dip in your feet too cool off in this refreshing creek!

Morialta Conservation Park Playground

This playground has a lovely creek running alongside of it to cool down after running around in the playground. You can explore in shallow water and look for creatures, treasure and use your imagination to build rafts and boats. The creek stretches some distance so even with many explorers you will have lots of space for this great nature play.

Henley Square

Head West to Henley Square where a whole day can be spent exploring this great beach suburb in our city. The water play space itself is a large, open area where children can jump, splash and play, keeping them entertained for AGES. There’s no shade over the water play area, but there’s plenty around the edges. Along with the ground lay water play area, there’s also a funky looking shower on the edge of the square that kids love.

Renmark Water Play & Riverfront

This gorgeous riverfront spot includes heaps of fountains for the kids to play under, a 24m river deck, four barbecues, lawn area all with views of the River Murray. The Visitor Info Centre is a 2 minute walk away and there are plenty of eateries close by.

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Waikerie Nature & Water Playground

While we are in the Riverland, be sure to head to Waikerie for the kids to have a splash in their Water Play & Nature Play area. It’s a gorgeous playground complete with flying fox and plenty of climbing equipment, but on a hot day the kids will love pumping water and letting it run through the course, or stomping on the buttons to make the fountains go off. You could easily spend a couple of hours here! 

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