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Adelaide's Best Free School Holiday Activities

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Published April 5th 2014
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!

Library, Books, Kids Activities, Free Activities, School Holidays
The library has lots of free entertainment

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.

The Museum
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.

Adelaide Botanic Garden, Free Activities, School Holidays
Explore the Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden
The Adelaide Botanic Garden is beautiful and free to explore. It even hosts free guided walks every morning and offers nature-inspired activities for kids during the school holidays. Some activities are free, while others involve a small fee. Read about a previous school holiday program here and head to the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide website to see what's on and when.

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.

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Have a picnic in Willunga

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.

Onkaparinga Adventure Playground, Jubilee Adventure Playground, Port Noarlunga Playground, Free Kids Activities
Onkaparinga Adventure Playground

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).

A Chocolate Factory Tour
Children don't need a golden ticket to explore Adelaide's two chocolate factories. They can learn more about the chocolate making (and taste testing) process at the Melba's Chocolate Factory in Woodside or take a tour of the Haigh's Chocolate Factory in Parkside. Follow the links to the Melba's website or the Haigh's website for further information.

Hair Feathers, Free Markets, Willunga Market
There are treasures waiting to be discovered at the markets

A Morning at the Market
Fossicking through the stalls at a market makes for an interesting morning. The treasures will cost you, but entry to most markets is free. A couple worth checking out are the Willunga Quarry Market, The Vale Market in McLaren Vale, and the Myponga Country Market.

A Day at the Beach
A day at the beach is probably top of the list for free family-friendly summer activities and, in a survey conducted by The Messenger and The Advertiser, Aldinga Beach topped the list as Adelaide's best beach. It was closely followed by Port Noarlunga beach, while Henley Beach and Glenelg beach rated a mentioned for their nearby conveniences.

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Aldinga Beach is Adelaide's best beach

The Whispering Wall
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.
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Why? Show the kids a good time
When: This school holiday
Where: Various locations around Adelaide
Cost: Nothing
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