An action-packed school holiday without blowing the budget
Keeping kids amused during the school holidays isn't always an easy task. It can also be expensive with entry fees and extra costs involved to visit the cinema, zoo, and the like. Luckily, there is no need to worry about the budget with the following school holiday activities because, like all good things, they're free and lots of fun!
The Library With zero costs involved, a trip to the library is possibly the best school holiday excursion, particularly when it's wet and windy outside. It can potentially provide several weeks' worth of entertainment - at no charge. Check out the brand new City Library off Rundle Mall or head to your local library (like Seaford or Woodcroft) as most will offer free school holiday activities involving arts, crafts, games, and of course, storytime. The Libraries of SA website can direct you to a nearby library for more information.
It's free to wander around and marvel at the displays of the South Australian Museum. It runs a school holiday program with various interesting activities, all of which are free, but some do require bookings. The South Australian Museum website can provide further details about its school holiday activities.
Picnic at the Park For a fun outing when the sun is shining, take the kids to a nearby park to picnic and play. There are lots of lovely parks all around Adelaide, such as the Willunga Rose Garden, Market Square in Old Noarlunga, and the Old Gum Tree Reserve in Glenelg North.
The Central Market The Adelaide Central Market is always full of interesting sights, sounds, and smells, more so during the school holidays with Big Market Adventures for Little Foodies. You can read about a previous school holiday program here, but it usually involves freebies like balloon giveaways, animal encounters, face painting, and craft activities. Some activities, such as cooking classes, require bookings and payment. The Adelaide Central Market website can provide further information.
The Art Gallery The Art Gallery of South Australia also has a school holiday program with creative activities for children, some are free and others are not. It's free to enter the art gallery and admire the collections; however some special exhibits may require an admission fee. Find out more about the gallery and its activities for children at the Art Gallery of South Australia website.
An Adventure Playground A trip to a playground will get little hearts racing, particularly if it's as exciting as the St Kilda Adventure Playground or the Onkaparinga Adventure Playground in Port Noarlunga. They are two of the best places for children to play and, better still, are totally free (until the ice cream van pulls up, of course).
It's a unique and fascinating South Australian attraction worthy of a road trip to Williamstown in the Barossa Valley. The Whispering Wall is open every day, it's free, and the whole family will enjoy it.
Take a Road Trip
A road trip isn't really free because you'll need to fork out for fuel and no doubt some snacks along the way, but it can be a nice way to spend a day with the kids. Sing along to the radio, play eye spy, and take a short trip somewhere different, like Hahndorf, Middleton, or Second Valley. It doesn't really matter where because, in this case, it's all about the journey, not the destination.