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Finding fun for kids in the school holidays can be hard work, especially if the children vary in ages. Even taking them to a museum can be expensive, and often kids don't want to stay there too long. Luckily the Nature Play Festival is back again, with loads of exciting things to do all around South Australia.

With thousands of parents out there planning ahead for school holiday activities, we recommend that you check out the activities for kids on offer and book early, especially for the free things to do. Nearly all these nature play events are limited in attendance, and there are some that you just won't want to miss out on.

Activities in the Nature Play Festival are grouped into five regional zones, so even if you're holidaying in Mount Gambier, the Fleurieu Peninsula or at a special spot on the Yorke Peninsula there's still some nature play things to do. One of our favourites is exploring the Nature Treasure Map on Granite Island.

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Adelaide City
Follow the free North Terrace Tree Trail any time during the Nature Play Festival, or get into with mud play and nature crafts - great family fun for kids with Wild Imagination at Bonython Park ($). At Adelaide and Monarto Zoos look out for Mythical Creatures, specially-themed activity trails, children's craft activities, and nature theatre presentations.

North of Adelaide
At Surrey Downs Community Centre look for creative critters of nature and sensory sensations in the park, or engage in loose parts play in the park throughout the school holidays. Both activities are free and hosted by the City of Tea Tree Gully.

St Kilda is home to the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, and it's hosting two special free activities for kids as part of the Nature Play Festival. Learn about the birds and watch them feeding, then complete some additional shorebird crafts to take home.

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Visit the Nature Play SA Pop Up Shop at Wittunga Botanic Garden


South of Adelaide
Belair National Park is the setting for more nature play activities. Go bike riding with a ranger or look for water bugs - but don't forget to book in advance for this free event. Or come to Cubby Town by the creek and enjoy nature based play($)

The City of Marion is hosting MudFace Play Dayz in two locations for under 12's - the events are free but booking in advance is recommended.

Visit the Nature Play SA pop up shop in Wittunga Botanic Garden, visit a community garden and try Cooking in the Garden, or get an Introduction to Nippers Surf at Glenelg.

Come and get your hands dirty at Flinders University's SpringFest on Saturday October 14 with a heap of free things to do. Remember to book and bring your tickets because you won't want to miss this fun for kids! There's something for everyone south of Adelaide.

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Join in Free Nature Play Activities at Victor Harbor


Adelaide Hills
There's free nature play activities in the Adelaide Hills too - explore, create, and build at five different locations, or try free whittling and weaving at Mount Barker Community Library.

At Piccadilly in the Adelaide Hills the School Holidays Un-Plugged program at Woodhouse Activity Centre is a day camp with a difference - come for one day or all nine. ($)

Other Nature Play Ideas
There is a growing number of nature playgrounds in Adelaide suburbs which are proving very popular, but for free form activities why not try nature play in a park? The Frank Smith Park is perfectly suited for nature play with a creek, wetlands, and lots of wildlife to enjoy. It's in Coromandel Valley and just down the road from Blackwood Forest Recreation Park - another park well suited to nature play.

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Nature Play in Parks - Belair National Park


If you know of other parks suited for nature play activities in the school holidays, please let us know in the comments.

Nature Play Festival Information
Find all you need to know about school holiday activities and the Nature Play Festival on the Nature Play SA website, or check them out on Facebook.

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Great article, getting kids out into nature is the best thing you can do for them!
by Kirsty (score: 2|175) 105 days ago
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