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Published June 30th 2014
A Mix of Free and Exciting Activities Kids Will Love
Kids count down the days until school holidays, and sometimes parents find it hard to come up with ideas to keep them entertained. Here's my top picks for these school holidays, both free and others that won't break into the budget too much.


Cinderella once upon a time Australian Ballet
Photo: Australian Ballet

Children will love Cinderella's Ball, a glittering, magical event held by Friends of the Australian Ballet SA for children aged 2 to 10 years on 8 July, 2014.

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Photo: Australian Ballet

Kids will see a performance of Cinderella, titled "Once Upon A Time" by the Australian Ballet that's been adapted for their age group and lasts an hour.

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Cinderella. Photo: Disney

Following the performance kids then attend Cinderella's Ball, where they can dress up in their Prince and Princess costumes and join in the festivities. What a sparkling event for children!

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Kids can dress up as Cinderella and the Prince. Photo: Disney

The ball includes lunch for kids, their parents and carers. There's also lots of activities and games like musical statues and the Golden Slipper hunt. They can get creative making their own crafty crowns and also be pampered in the Pamper Parlour. Every Prince and Princess will love the experience, and the gorgeous Australian Ballet Dancers will also make a special guest appearance.

Cinderella's Ball Adelaide Festival Centre
Dress ups, games, lunch, what more can a Prince and Princess ask for? Photo: Adelaide Festival Centre

Click here for more info and booking details.


ice skating castle plaza adelaide school holidays
Photo: Castle Plaza

Take the kids ice skating at Castle Plaza on Adelaide's first synthetic ice rink, the same that Disney on Ice perform on when real ice is not available.

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Dress the kids up as characters from the movie Frozen. Photo: Disney

Rug them up and let them experience the magic that captivated them in the movie Frozen. They can even dress up as Elsa, Anna, Kristoff or any character from the movie to get them even more excited about the experience.

Kids will be in awe watching Adelaide Adrenaline, SA's team in the national ice hockey league, as well as figure skaters who will perform on the ice daily at midday.

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The Future Ice team will assist beginners. Photo

The minimum age is 5 years old and the Future Ice team (and penguins) will be there to assist beginners and help them with their first steps on the ice, guiding them every step of the way. How adorable!

Enter your child into the competition to be crowned as the next Prince or Princess of the Ice Castle. Click here for more details.

The synthetic ice surface is not wet so no need to bring a change of clothes. With plenty of free parking, the Ice Castle can be found near Coles. Also, the ticket money will be donated to children's charity, Ronald McDonald House.

The Ice Castle will be open during the July school holidays from Saturday 5th - Friday 18th, between 10am-3pm each day. Sessions run for 45 minutes and cost $5 each. The ticket price includes entry into the Ice Castle as well as skate hire. Adults accompanying children under 12 years are free.

So get your skates on! You can book tickets here.

There's also ice skating at Moseley Square Glenelg. Click here to read Paula's article with all the details.


movies school holidays 2014
Photo: Disney

Disney's new movie Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy is right on the mark when it comes to taking kids on an exciting and unforgettable adventure. You can't go wrong with a plot that involves pirates and fairies ... oh and let's not forget an adorable baby CROC.

Along with lots of laughter, this movie has heart, magic and thrills.

Click here to read my article on the movie and introduce the characters to the kids beforehand. There's also links to download colouring in pictures, as well as games that will keep them entertained for hours.

Now for the free activities!


harbour town school holidays
Photo: Harbour Town

Harbour Town Adelaide will keep the kids busy with art and craft making workshops. Free fun entertainment in a family friendly shopping environment is always popular.

Children will be entertained by two different classes, one which involves making crazy monster faces from seeds and gumnuts, and the other creating jewellery out of beads.

There's modern outdoor playground, interactive parenting rooms, and food outlets so the whole family can enjoy a comfortable day out.


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Photo: Harbour Town

7 - 11 July 11am, 12pm and 1pm
14 - 18 July 11am, 12pm and 1pm

Kids can create their own crazy seed monsters using materials such as gumnuts. Suitable for children aged four years and over. Bookings essential: ph 8355 1144.

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Photo: Harbour Town

7 - 11 July 11am until 2pm
14 - 18 July 11am until 2pm

Kids can create their own jewellery using colourful paper beads in an interactive craft making class. Suitable for children aged four years and over. Open session and children can visit anytime to participate.

There's also plenty of free parking! For more information, visit Harbour Town Adelaide.


bunnings school holidays kids activities bunnings warehouse
Bunnings holds free workshops and there's also a playground area. Photo: Bunnings

Bunnings run D.I.Y workshops for kids on the weekends and during the school holidays.

Fun and creative, kids can make toolboxes, toy trucks, planter boxes and get involved in painting projects. With new themed activities always on offer, they can get involved in woodworking, painting, mosaics and recycled wall art. There's also a playground where kids can run around and keep active.

Workshops run at different times depending on which store is closest to you, and bookings are recommended. Kids under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.

Click here for your nearest Bunnings store with all the details. The free car parking is also a bonus.


ikea school holidays
Free activities at Ikea. Photo: Ikea

You can't go wrong taking the kids to Ikea, they love treasure hunts, and on top of it all they receive a free ice cream with every treasure hunt they complete.

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Kids can learn how to twist balloons at Ikea. Photo:

Which child isn't obsessed with balloons? Get them involved in the free balloon twisting workshops and make something special to take home.

The activities start at 11am, a cafe is on site, and best of all - free car parking!

School holidays is about everybody having fun. Enjoy!

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When: July School Holidays
Where: At various locations around Adelaide
Cost: varies
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Where is the Castle Plaza please. ? Cheers, Lisette
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