In 50 Things to do in the Adelaide School Holidays Part 1 we looked at 25 fun things to do with your kids in the school holidays. Here's the second part to this long list. There's got to be something here to entertain the kids (or maybe even entertain you too - look at #44!)
Grange is a calm beach, great for children. Image: Emma Jane Warren
26. Beach day (FREE) The word beach often makes people immediately think of summer. However, the beach can be enjoyed at any time of year. When it's too cold to jump in the water, there are a number of other land activities. Perhaps you could purchase a kid's fishing rod for cheap and do some reeling from a jetty. Or, you can make sand castles on the shore if it's not too windy. Bike riding along the coastal paths is fun too. The ride from Semaphore to Outer Harbour is flat, scenic and fun.
A trip to either the Adelaide Zoo or the Monarto Zoo will be informative and interesting for all ages. With the new Zoos South Australia discount package, you may as well head to Adelaide and Monarto. A child package, including a one day pass to Adelaide Zoo & a one day pass to Monarto Zoo, is only $28.50. The different day passes can be used anytime within 3 months of purchase.
28. Bunnings Workshops Bunnings stores across South Australia often hold workshops for different age groups. Often during school holidays, there are also specific kids programs. Most of them are either free, or under $10. Your kids will be supported and assisted to create all sorts of ornaments, crafts and objects. To see what's available, head to the Bunnings website and search for your nearest store.
29. Arts and crafts at home Set up your own workshop at home! Take the kids off to your nearest Spotlight store and grab a range of different art and craft materials. Don't forget glue, scissors and sticky tape if you don't have them already. Then, designate a specific table in the house, cover it with newspaper, put your kids in old clothes or smocks, and let them run wild. If they don't want to build something, then you can get a canvas or large paper and let them go crazy with paint. Who knows - you might just be launching the beginning of their artistic careers.
30. Picking strawberries Picking strawberries at Beerenberg Farm is a productive and unusual activity to do with the kids. Entry to the paddock is $4 per person, and strawberries $9.95 per kilogram. The farm is located in Hahndorf, which is a great historic town to go exploring in afterward.
Adelaide suburbs are blessed with many wonderfully designed skate parks and public courts. If your child is skilled on a bike, scooter or skateboard, then dropping them off at a skate park will be a great way for them to practice and make new like-minded friends. Some favourite parks include the City Skate Park, the Cumberland Park Skate Park, or the Quarry Skate Park. Tennis/Basketball/Netball courts are also found in abundance around South Australia. 32. Adelaide Gaol The Old Adelaide Gaol is a destination of historic and cultural significance in Adelaide. The Gaol, located in Thebarton, is an ideal spot to take your kids so they can learn about the gaol's history and become immersed in the interesting stories from past and present. The Gaol frequently runs history tours throughout the holidays. However, if you and your children are brave enough, you can take a spooky ghost tour.
33. St Kilda(FREE) There's more than just a playground at St Kilda (although that's just enough fun in itself). Why not spend an entire morning or afternoon there to go for a walk along the Mangrove Trail. The walk sends you through the dense fauna of the area, exhibiting the meadows and wildlife along the way. There's also an interpretive centre to learn all about the region.
34. Belair (FREE)
The Belair National Park is one of many wonderful national parks in South Australia. It is only a 20 minute drive from the city. There's enough to keep you entertained for the entire day in Belair. Try some of the walking trails, have a picnic, play on the Adventure Playground, or attempt the Belair Maze.
Open space in Belair National Park. Image: Emma Jane Warren
35. Cafe crawl Kids get hungry, that's for sure. So why not take them out for a lunch or cake and a hot chocolate? Here's a list of some of Adelaide's best cafes. I remember that my childhood involved a lot of spiders (soft drink with a scoop of ice-cream on top) at the Grange Jetty Cafe.
36. Window shopping (FREE) Yes, believe it or not, children can enjoy shopping too. If you've got a girl, you can always take her out to some dress shops and let her try on some clothes and high heels for fun. Boys might like to go into Myer and play around with the gadgets and video games that are exhibited in the technology area. The only problem is that your kids might try to convince you to buy something for them. If you think this may be the case, then perhaps you can set them a limit of $20 or $30 before you enter the shopping centre. Then they'll be able to pick their favourite thing.
37. Cooking(FREE) Hand the keys to the kitchen over to your kids. Give them a recipe book, some ingredients, and let them be free... well, kind of free. You might want to watch them to make sure your house isn't going to burn down. Here are recipes for Anzac Biscuits, Rainbow Cupcakes, and Banana Choc Chip Muffins.
39. Catch up with family(FREE)
It's hard to find time to see grandparents, aunties and uncles. But, the best time is when you don't have to worry about the kids getting to school the next day. Organise some time to see the relatives and brag about how well your son or daughter did in the previous school term.
A picnic involves more than just sitting on grass eating food. There's also the organising and making of the food, which your children can help out with. Adelaide has so many fantastic picnic locations. Why not invite family or friends to come along too?
Latitude is Adelaide's most fun and exhausting recreation centre. Located in Greenacres, you'll find the popular centre that allows you to bounce, climb and fly. There are trampolines, rock climbing, a sky walk, dodgeball court, balance beam, basketball lane, and a kids zone. Entry is $10 for kids under 5 and $19 for a general session lasting one hour.
43. Swimming Pool Like beaches, a swimming pool sounds like a summer activity, but, you're wrong. There are a number of indoor swimming pools that stay warm even in the cold months. This list indicates the warmest pools in Adelaide. Swimming is a great skill for children to have in such a aquatic-dominated culture.
44. Wineries (FREE)
Okay, this one might sound a bit ridiculous, but it's not, really. Wineries can be fun for both adults and children. For example, Maxwell Wines has a maze to keep the young ones entertained for hours. Here is an article on the best wineries in the state that accommodate kids too.
Who would have thought wineries could be fun for kids? Image: Emma Jane Warren
45. Railway ride
There are two heritage steam trains left in South Australia - the Pichi Richi Railway in the Flinders Rangers, and the Steam Ranger Heritage Railway on the Fleurieu Peninsula. You can take your kids on a scenic and historic train ride to keep them busy. Waving out the window to people passing by is always a bunch of fun.
46. Markets Markets might sound like something for seniors rather than kids, however this is not the case. A marketplace is always great fun for children. There are always stalls filled with toys, books and jewellery. Also, you can let your children pick out fresh fruit to eat straight away. For some ideas on what markets to attend, have a browse through this page.
47. Mount Lofty(FREE)
If you haven't taken your kids to Mount Lofty before, then they are missing out on one of Adelaide's favourite locations. The Mount Lofty lookout is arguably the best view over the city and sea. You can have a cake or drink at the Summit Cafe. There's also the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens which are full of stunning fauna and flora.
Spend a night or two under the stars. Camping is the most relationship-building activity a family can do. Many of the camping sites in South Australia are very cheap. All you need is camping materials like tents, sleeping bags, and food. This list provides details to a few of the wonderful camping grounds in our state.
49. Chocolate School
The Adelaide Chocolate School runs many lessons for beginners and school holiday programs aimed at kids. In the sessions, children can learn how to make chocolate lollipops and a range of novelty chocolates. If you head to the classes pages on their official website, you can see what is available for your kids to join in on.
50. Community events
There are always festivals, fairs and fun events taking place around South Australia. Most of them are child friendly and cater adequately for families. Weekend Notes does a great job of keeping an eye out for the happenings in the city and suburbs. You can always check out the Adelaide homepage to see what is going on where and when.
51. Something else? There are many more things to do in the school holidays. How do you entertain your kids? Leave a comment below to help all the other struggling parents in Adelaide.