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Published May 3rd 2018
No boredom here with these family friendly history events
There is no excuse to sit home and be bored on May weekends. The month of May is History Month at venues all over the State, so get out and have some old-fashioned family fun. Many organisations have planned once a year activities and events. I have searched the entire program for you and selected the top family outings for you and your children to enjoy. Most events I have listed here are free entry. Costs may incur for some activities while you are there. For more informatio,n see the history festival website here.
Sunday 6th May Kids Try Quilting at Campbelltown Library.
Kids 8-15 years can have a go at the traditional sewing technique of quilting. Items that would make an ideal Mother's Day gift will be available to sew. Must book here as spots are limited. Choose a 1 hour session at either, 1pm 2pm or 3pm.
Spend a family day out in the country with this event. Have some laughs with old-fashioned games of yesteryear from the 1850s to 1950s. Modern day kids will not believe how children in the past, both at school and at home, entertained themselves. Enjoy this free family fun event with lots of challenges for primary aged and high school kids.
Start at the Old Schoolhouse at 79 Bridge Rd, Langhorne Creek. Then drive on to a nearby station and historic sites for more games and challenges. Fuel up the car and take a picnic for a great city escape day. What an innovative history day event. Well done to the organisers. Information Fiona Lange 0402 000471.
Children in days past made up their own games once they got out into the playground. Image by Kat May.
Saturday 5th May. Barossa History Fair. Enjoy a full day of family entertainment, activities and information on local history and venues. Bring your oldest photos. Set in the grounds of historic Coulthard House, corner Murray and Penrice St in Nuriootpa. Drive right up the Sturt Highway and turn into Murray Street from the freeway.
Saturday 12th May YMCA Camping Family Fun Day. Oh the Y camps were such a big part of my childhood. Take the kids to this event for an excuse to relive your childhood. Kids can learn how to make a campfire, sing songs and learn some camping and survival bush skills. You will be singing ten green bottles all the way home.
Venue is Glengowrie Recreation Centre, Maxwell Tce & Butler Cres, Glengowrie. No bookings needed. Just turn up to participate in the program of activities on from 1-4pm
Saturday 19th May Big Boys' Toys: Diggers, Dumpers, Dirt Movers & More
Balaklava Museum in the mid north. 10am- 4pm
A special day at the museum for boys of all ages. See displays and demonstrations of vintage tractors, farm machinery, stationery engines, miniature steam and model trains, blacksmith skills, horse-drawn and vintage vehicles, rope making, old-time toys, games, bikes and trikes etc. Refreshments available such as sausage sizzle, morning/afternoon tea. Balaklava is about 1hour and 20 minutes north from Adelaide central.
Go for a drive to the country and see some really old stuff. Image by Kat May.
Sunday 20th Hindmarsh Historical Society Anniversary
Come help celebrate 50 years of this local history group. Held at the great little Hindmarsh Museum in Hindmarsh Place, off Manton St. Not much parking, so maybe get the tram to the Entertainment Centre and walk. See an old fire truck and horsedrawn vehicles. Watch the practice drill of the Fort Glanville cadets. Children's storytelling and entertainer Billie Busker. Event runs from 12noon to 4pm with BBQ sausage sizzle from 1pm. Trevor Porter 0401 308 498.
Saturday 26th May Adelaide Central School of Art Open Day.
Any child or teen who aspires an artistic life would be curious to see a tertiary education arts school. Chat to the teachers, go on a guided tour of the facilities and see the arts studios. Students will be doing live visual arts works. Open 1-5pm at 7 Mulberry Rd Glenside.
Arty kids will love looking around a real art school. Image by Kat May.
The kids will love a day out at Mt Barker Railway Station. Image by Kat May.
Sunday 27th May Mt Barker Railway Station Open Day 10am-4pm
Free entry to the station and look around. Take a ride on one of the Steamranger heritage trains to Gemmells and return. Tickets will be for sale on the day at the station. Adults are $15, children 4-16 years $10. There will also be mini section rides for $2. Plenty of railway themed kids activities, music, a barbeque and refreshments. Not to be missed for train crazy kids.