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. If you’re looking for swimming pools and water parks – click here
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
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 !
Mosley Square Water Fountains – Glenelg
Bridgewater Mill Playground
Morialta Conservation Park Playground
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.
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