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Five Really Fun School Holiday Activities Summer 2017

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by Annette Vandersluis (subscribe)
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Published December 14th 2017
Waterfall, Wedgie, Archives or Beach?
If you are looking for fun, energetic or adventurous activities for the kids this summer school holidays, you cannot go past my pick of five really fun school holiday activities.

Raiders of the Lost Archives: A Trunk Full of Books State Library of South Australia

If you dream of wearing a cape and cap and calling your friends Mr Watson, then this activity is for you. Join the sleuths (very knowledgeable book people) at the State Library of South Australia on Tuesday 16, Thursday 18, Tuesday 23 or Thursday 25 January 2018 at 10.30 am to crack this high-stakes curatorial cold case.

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When the clock starts, your team has one hour to crack the clues and hunt down hidden secrets throughout the library. There is a leaderboard, cryptic clues, surprise challenges and a roaming curator. You will have to think quickly and use all your powers of deduction to defeat teams of rival adventurers.

This activity will commence at the Circulating Library, Institute Building, Cnr Kintore Avenue and North Terrace, Adelaide.

Suitable: Ages 10 to 15 years. Cost $15. For further information or to book, please go to the website.

ZOOcation Care School Holiday Program

Spend an unforgettable day this school holidays with a qualified Conservation Education exploring the Adelaide Zoo, Frome Road, Adelaide. This day will be filled with fun, visiting animal enclosures, games, feeding animals in the Children's Zoo and animal presentations. You will even get to meet lots of new friends.

This is a popular program and spaces are limited, so get in quick to secure your spot. The program is available 9 am to 4 pm Monday 18 to Friday 22 December 2017 and Monday to Friday from 8 to 25 January 2018.

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Suitable: Ages 5 to 12 years (5 year olds must have spent some time at school in 2017). Cost is $55 per child for Zoos SA members or $65 per child for non-members. Bookings can be made at the website. For further information please call 8230 1258.

Big Wedgie Glenelg

Have you been wedgied yet? Bring the whole family along to The Big Wedgie, Colley Reserve, Glenelg from 1 January to 4 February 2018.

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You can choose from The Big Wedgie, The Just Right Wedgie or The Little Wedgie. This is an all-ages activities and there is a Wedgie just right for everyone. This is a perfect activity for those really hot days.

Suitable: All Ages. Cost from $15 upwards.

For further information please see here or the website The Big Wedgie.

Get ready to be wedgied.

Urban Beach Adelaide Riverbank

From 1 December 2017 to 28 January 2018, Adelaide Riverbank's Pinky Flat, War Memorial Drive, Adelaide transforms into a sandy oasis, giving you the opportunity to soak up beach vibes, summer sports and live music.

There are heaps of kids' activities including a water play area giving you the opportunity to pull up a beach chair and sit back with that book you have been wanting to read all year. Stay entertained playing beach volleyball, netball, badminton and Frisbee golf or even try your hand at totem tennis, Bocce or Finska!

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BBQ Buoys, Popeye and Paddle Boats are also joining in the summer fun to make all that more enjoyable. If you are looking for something a bit more chilled, join in the pilates, tai chi, yoga or sand seniors stretching.

Food and drink is available, and even better you don't have to wear shoes to enter these bars and eating places.

Suitable: All ages. Cost: Varies, please see website.

You will need to make a booking for some activities. Please see the website for more information and to download the weekly program.

Waterfall Gully Cleland Conservation Park

On the not so hot days this summer, why not take the kids out for a walk along the Waterfall Gully walking trail. You can start your walk either at Mt Lofty Summit and wander down or commence at the Waterfall Gully car park (access via Waterfall Gully Road) and follow the steep trail up to Mt Lofty Summit to enjoy spectacular views over Adelaide.

The walk is approximately 3.9 km return, taking about 1.5 3 hours dependent on how often you stop to admire the view. There is a cafe at each end of the walk and the path is well made with regular seating along the way.

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There is heaps of nature for the kids to enjoy and a great way to work off that excess school holiday energy. Gates to the Waterfall Gully car park are open 6 am to 7 pm and 6 am to 9 pm during daylight savings.

Suitable: All Ages. Cost: Free. Fitness: The trail is rated as a grade 4 hard hike requiring a reasonable level of fitness.

Parking is available at the Waterfall Gully end of the trail, however, this can be limited on busy days, particularly at weekends.

For further information, please see the website.
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Why? Because life is too short not to have fun!
When: School Holidays Summer 2017
Where: Various locations around Adelaide
Cost: Various
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