Brrrrr… baby it’s cold outside! But that doesn’t mean there are HEAPS of different ways you can fun with your kids in Adelaide. Plenty of indoor play ideas, winter events and warm spots to hide from the weather.
Discover The Winter Village this winter, situated at Torrens Parade Ground. An outdoor pop-up event running from May 14 – September 5, this magical winter wonderland is a must-visit destination perfect for the whole family. In the heart of Adelaide, enjoy ice-skating, snow showers, food trucks & pop-up bars and of course, the magical igloo village.
With a full season of events and activities to explore, The Winter Village is free to enter and open 7 days a week.
Check their site out here!
Mega Fast Karts
A year round gem of a family activity this one, but during winter you will be able to spend all day checking out the range of activities here. From Fast Karts (seriously they are super quick), junior karts, battle dodgems (think laser tag + Mario Kart dodgems!), laser tag and a wicked arcade full of all the classics you grew up with.
Plenty of packages to suit the budget, ages of your crew and what activity you want to try, so peruse the fun menu and escape the cold!
For more info check them out here.
Adelaide Aquatic Centre
Heated to a balmy 27 degrees, the Leisure Pool has been designed for families with little ones to enjoy with play spaces, fountains, and shallow water. Waterslides also operate at specific times throughout the day so make sure you check them out during your stay. Little kids will have no problems in this pool either, which has a maximum depth of 0.9m. We love that the pool also has accessible lifts to ensure safe access for all.
A bit of an iconic spot this one, and still well worth a visit. If the weather isn’t too bad, a ripper of a fully fenced playground lies right next to the car park. Read all about Bush Magic Playground here.
Check out all the info on Adelaide’s Iconic Swimming centre here.
Adelaide’s newest and biggest indoor action awaits at Funtopia. Featuring the world’s safest and most technically advanced climbing walls, restaurant quality food, coffee (and booze!), six private party rooms and so much more!!
Divided into three sections, Playground World, Climbing World and Toddler World you really will find a ‘fun-believable’ adventure here. Plus now is as good a time as any to tell you that the onsite cafe Mr Spriggin’s is guaranteed to serve you a good quality hot coffee, healthy nutrition bowls, salads and wraps, homemade nuggets and popcorn cauliflower and of course some guilty pleasures just to get you through your visit!
Check out all the fun here.
AFL Max is Australia’s first indoor football skills, entertainment and education centre. The 5,500m2 indoor venue is all about getting kids active and having fun – with activities to keep both the footy-mad and not-so-mad entertained for hours! The venue is filled with trampolines, rock climbing walls, interactive screen games, inflatables, skill tests and challenges that keep the fun going until the final siren!
This place is outstanding fun, with a seemingly endless amout of space to explore and don’t forget to challenge the staff for a skill comp or two….they are always up for some fun!
For all the footy fun check them out here.
National Railway Museum
Trains! What else do kids want to see? Most kids are entranced by trains of ANY kind and this is a place they adore. The National Railway Museum in Port Adelaide is an awesome place to check out Australian railway history through interactive educational activities, climbing into the cabs of trains, taking free train rides and comparing the old steam trains to the trains of today. There’s even a really cool mini railway!
For all the locomotive fun check them out here.
The smell of hot popcorn, the crunch of a cold choc top… Is there anything better than the movies? Perfect for the cold weather (and hot weather for that matter) the KiA team love a trip to the movies. If you are looking for some movie suggestions KiA Dad, Tim, does some ripper movie reviews which you can find here.
Camping at Warrawong
Did you know you can camp at Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary? We think it’s one of the coolest places you can camp, I mean what’s better than waking up with the animals? You even get your very own Wildlife show and guided dusk walk. It’s BYO tents and bedding and there’s hot showers, a kitchen and BBQ for your use. Don’t let the cold weather put you off either, they also have a fire pit to keep you (and your marshmallows) super toasty! Grab some friends of family as bookings are for a minimum of 12 people.
One of our favourite things to do with the kids is to head to the Adelaide Central Markets. With a bunch of different food options from a whole variety of different cultures, it’s a fantastic place to take the kids to experience some new things. With an undercover car park attached and also free activities we reckon it’s a great place to entertain the kids during the colder months.
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!
Located on North Terrace in the city, with constantly changing exhibits this is a winter must-do!
For more info check them out here!
South Australian Museum
The South Australian Museum is a wonderful place for kids (and adults) of any age to visit. There’s so much to explore, learn and discover and the exhibitions are always informative, often interactive and sometimes we feel the need to visit the same exhibition more than once because they are THAT good! Keep an eye on our Kids in Adelaide website, and the museum’s website, for upcoming exhibitions. It is definitely a huge place, and once you have visited once or twice, you’ll get to know specifically what your kids would like to go back and see next time because its absolutely a place you could go every school holidays and see something new – FREE.
Check out all the museum info here.
Visit your Local Library
When did libraries get so cool?
Libraries have seriously stepped up their game at the hub of all things community and have moved way beyond just books and encyclopedias!
Libraries aren’t just bricks and books anymore. They are community hubs, they are a place to escape, a place for fun, a place to learn, a place to sit quietly and a place to sit not so quietly. There’s libraries with virtual reality, libraries with baby rhyme time, story telling, classes, school holiday programs, book clubs and SO MUCH MORE
For more library info check them out here.
Mt Lofty to find some SNOW!
Snow in Mt Lofty? It happens. All. The. Time.
If you aren’t from the hills, you may not realise that the little patch of SA around Mt Lofty, Crafers and Stirling is cold. So cold. So next time you are listening to the weather report in the middle of winter, keep on ear out for the temp around those spots and if it gets low enough, race the kids up to the Lofty summit and they might be lucky enough to see some white powdery fun!
Make sure you rug up though!
The BOUNCE SA venue is based Adelaide in Marleston. It’s a massive indoor adventure park that provides an adrenaline rush for all ages. Imagine more than 50 interconnected trampolines with the Big Bag, Slam Dunk and Dodgeball courts rolled in. It’s also home to the famous BOUNCE X-Park obstacle course so you can get your ninja on! Taste the rush of extreme sports and freestyle gymnastics without the hard landing. Whether you’re practising your aerial tricks or just getting a killer workout while you warp the laws of gravity, it’ll be pure awesomeness every time. Unleash your free spirit!
Check out all the bounce info here.
The Planetarium at Mawson Lakes is the only planetarium in Adelaide and gives the whole family a fun and informative learning experience.
The Adelaide Planetarium houses a Zeiss Jena ZPK1 star projector that displays an artificial night sky onto the eight-metre diameter domed ceiling and can show the position of constellations, stars and planets. The projector displays the relative position and brightness of about 5,000 stars that are visible from the Southern Hemisphere.
Seriously cool fun and an experience all Adelaide kids should try out.
Check out the inter-planetary fun here.
Winter Craft at Home
Stay cosy at home and create some Winter craft! We’ve added a few ideas for you to try here
Have you tried an escape room yet? If not you most definitely should! These are aimed more towards the older kids and adults but are perfect for the the school holidays to keep those brains working! We are spoilt with choice here in Adelaide with both Adventure Rooms (children over 5 can play with an adult) and Escape Hunt (suitable for 7 years and over with an adult) located in Rundle Mall.
Grab a Babycino
Wintery days are PERFECT to take your little buddy out for a coffee date! We scour the state each year to bring the best cafes that go the extra mile to make sure your trip is just as fun for the kids as it is for you…..with a babyccino!
Seriously some of the creations that are brought to life are incredible.
Find the best babyccino near you here!