Wicked Winter with Kids in Adelaide

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Brrrrr… baby it’s cold outside! But that doesn’t mean there aren’t HEAPS of different ways you can have fun with your kids in Adelaide. There’s roughly 13 weeks of Winter for us to enjoy and below are plenty of indoor play ideas, winter events and warm spots to hide from the weather. Head to a museum such as MOD., find out what is happening during the Illuminate Adelaide event this year, or visit one of our favourite indoor play centres such as Funtopia or Bounce!

Base Camp at Illuminate

Here’s what the Illuminate website has to say about this fantastic new addition to their program:

“Nestled at Victoria Square, Base Camp is your Illuminate Adelaide winter village with a twist – purpose-built to gather your crew, raise a winter toast, and boldly go forth on your next adventure. 

Co-presented by the team that brings you Gluttony and Lucky Dumpling Market year-on-year, come along and enjoy free entry, great food & drink, or get your skates on and enjoy Base Camp’s exclusive ice skating rink!

Whether you’re starting your night, exploring its spread of free and ticketed installations, or just looking for a place to chill at the end of your evening, Base Camp has you covered for all your winter needs.”

Sounds super fun! Find out more here.

Winter Wonderland

Brush off the winter blues, strap on your skates and enjoy beachside ice skating at Glenelg this July.

Kicking off July 1st, kids can take to the ice at 10 am and take part in various ice games including limbo, basket shooting and mini ice hockey during the week. On weekends, at 7 pm and 8.30 pm, the ice rink will become a dance floor for the Retro Skate sessions, with music from the 80s and 90s, disco lights and a snow-making machine. There’s even a special fireworks display for one night only on Friday 8 July.

Rug up and make the most of this awesome event!

Click here to find out more

Yayoi Kusama’s: The Spirit of the Pumpkins Descended into the Heavens

Kids will love this exhibition that’s on at the Art Gallery of SA until 2023. 

Take selfies & immerse yourselves in the yellow & black polka dot & mirror installations. It’s never too early to get the kids to appreciate art! 

Find out more here. 

Illuminate Adelaide

One of Adelaide’s newest Festivals, Illuminate Adelaide is full of wonder for kids & adults alike. Huge light installations take over the city as part of ticketed & free events. It’s definitely worth keeping the kids up late one night to wander the city & see what the fuss is about! It’s running from 16 July – 1 August 2022. Check out the program 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.

Funtopia

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.

Winter Craft at Home

Stay cosy at home and create some Winter craft! We’ve added a few ideas for you to try here

AFL Max

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.

See a Movie

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.

MOD.

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!

Their current exhibition INVISIBILITY is on until November 2022.

Located on North Terrace in the city, with constantly changing exhibits this is a winter must-do!

For more info check them out here!

SA 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.

Holden Heroes: A retrospective 1948 -2017

Got a car mad kid in your family? Have you taken them to the National Motor Museum at Birdwood? This is a great place for budding revheads anytime, but this year they have a showcase of 18 of the most special vehicles from Holden’s Heritage Collection on display. Take a walk through automotive history! Find out more here.
Image credit: National Motor Museum

Mega Fast Karts

Vroom, vroom start your engines! Actually, Mega Fast Karts is so much more than just kart racing – yes the kids will love that but they also have laser tag, arcade games, a cafe & more! 

They do some great deals – we recommend trying the Unlimited Package. They are open 7 days a week too, so perfect for a rainy day!

Find out more here. 

Mt Lofty to see 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!

Bounce Inc.

The BOUNCE SA venue is based in Adelaide in Marleston & the newly opened Greenacres (formerly Latitude). 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.

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  • Spring has sprung and we love this time of year in Adelaide! There are LOADS of activities, events, things to do and places to see these October School Holidays and with lots of these either free or low cost there is something for every kid, and every budget! Make sure you book in quickly though because they fill up fast!

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