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What's the Best Way to Entertain Kids in Adelaide?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published January 25th 2012
It can be hard keeping kids occupied over the weekend, let alone when the summer holidays hit. Sure, you can stock up on DVDs and Playstation games, but it can be nice to get out of the house to have some fun. We're looking for your top recommendations for entertaining the kids all around Adelaide. Let us know your best boredom busters, and where you go when the school holidays start to drag.



If your kids are animal lovers, then there are quite a few places that can entertain for hours. Of course there is Adelaide Zoo, where you'll find animals from all over the world, including the famous pandas. Other animal experiences can be found at Monarto Zoo, Belair National Park, Warrawong Sactuary, and Narnu Farm. From exotic creatures to native critters, and farmyard babies, there is plenty of fun to be had when one of these places is on the cards.

If you like fun mixed with education and culture, then maybe you like heading to the museum or art gallery. You can find the South Australian Museum or the Art Gallery of South Australia on North Terrace. Also in town is the Migration Museum, and the Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Arts Institute. A bit further afield the Maritime Museum and Railway Museum are very popular with kids. So do your kids think learning can be fun?

Adelaide is a bit lacking when it comes to theme parks, in fact we don't really have any, but there are some fun places to check out instead. For watersides try the SA Aquatic Centre, Modbury Waterworld, or the Beachouse. Giant playgrounds like Greenhills Adventure Park and the St Kilda Adventure Playground are also often lots of fun. They might not compare to the parks on the Gold Coast, but there is definitely plenty to do.

For some old fashion fun you could try things like the Mainline Drive In, a game of bowling, or even a game arcade like Intencity or TunzaFun. For a newer craze that is popular with the kids, maybe you prefer a family game of laser tag?

So are any of these a family favourite? We want to know all of the things that your kids love best, whether they're free or are just a special treat. Join the discussion in the comments to let us know what your family like to do.
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St. Kilda park, Semaphore pictures adults at kids prices, Adelaide zoo, popeye on the torrens, paddle boats, magic mount, library-free internet, hiking in the adelaide hills, national train museum port adelaide, maritime museum, Semaphore railway, slot car racing, ten pin bowling, pool tables, karaoke, take the kids on the o-barn, tram ride, afl football, 36's game, there is so much to do by rebecca lloyd
by becky (score: 0|5) 2647 days ago
If it's warm, take them to the beach...any beach....every day...for hours!
Adelaide has the most magnificent beaches in Australia, so all you need are a few towels, the usual Slip, Slop, Slap gear, spades and buckets (no high tec gadgets here). Try to pick a beach with a fish & chip shop nearby and you've got it made. They will love you for it. (Port Noarlunga, Brighton, Glenelg, Henley Beach all have Take-Aways close by.) Enjoy the fresh air yourself, have a swim, read a book, catch a tan. Why should the kids have all the fun?
by beren (score: 1|11) 2644 days ago
For a great way to spend time with kids who are a little older (9+), go to a scenic spot/beach/river/park, then give them some art& craft materials and let them recreate the scene in their own way. It's amazing what they will recall and create. If you are 'child-minding', the artwork can go home as a special gift. Grab art materials from Ned's or Cheap as Chips.
by beren (score: 1|11) 2644 days ago

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