From December 15, 2012 to January 28, 2013, the children of South Australia will be enjoying the freedom of the summer school holidays. The best place to go, based on the fact that it is free, outdoors and involves a certain level of activity, is obviously the beach.
However, Adelaide is usually struck with a heat wave or two this time of year making it just too darned hot to go outside. When the temperature is set to swelter and the kids are going stir-crazy Noarlunga Centre is the place to be.
As well as Centro Colonnades, Noarlunga Library and the Hopgood Theatre there many places to go, within close vicinity, to keep your kids cool and amused at Noarlunga Centre.
Wallis Cinema 38-42 David Witton Drive, Noarlunga Centre You can't go wrong with a good movie and a bucket of popcorn. There are several movies that are scheduled to be released during the school holidays that will be popular with the PG crowd. Coming soon is Wreck-It Ralph and Parental Guidance on December 26, Life of Pi on January 1, Paranorman on January 10 and Monsters, Inc 3D January 17. Rise of the Guardians is out now.
Noarlunga Leisure Centre David Witton Drive, Noarlunga Centre The Aquatic Centre at the Noarlunga Leisure Centre is open every day of the week and is an excellent way to keep the kids cool and active. It is supervised by qualified lifeguards and there are several different pools including a family friendly leisure pool and a toddler pool. There is a giant serpent and mushroom showers that make swimming even more fun.
It costs $5.20 for children and concession, $6.40 for adults and $20 for a family. You can purchase passes which are a more affordable option if you will be making a few visits.
Noarlunga Leisure Centre also offers a vacation care program with a fun activity each day such as swimming, beach, cartooning, papermaking, photo booth and bowling.
AMF Bowling David Witton Drive, Noarlunga Centre Get a strike at AMF Bowling which is located next to Wallis Cinema. Along with bowling lanes it also has arcade games, a café and M9 Laser Skirmish. It is offering an 'Unlimited School Holiday Deal' which involves unlimited bowling and laser skirmish all day for only $15.90.
Otherwise for children, students and seniors bowling costs $12.90 for one game or $17.90 for two games. Adults pay $14.90 for one game or $19.90 for two.
Laserzone Shop 5, 12-18 David Witton Drive, Noarlunga Centre
If a laser shoot-out is what the kids are after then Laserzone is the place to go. It is a great way to release some pent up energy and is fun for all ages.
Laserzone offers several different value packs like the 'School Holiday Boredom Buster' which is available all day Monday to Friday and includes five missions for $25. There is also the 'Kids Family Morning Missions' on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 11am which involves five missions for $22. Bookings are recommended.
Noarlunga Ice Sports Centre Corner David Witton and James Clark Drive, Noarlunga Centre
The ice rink at Noarlunga Ice Sports Centre is the coolest place to be during summer. Located right next to AMF Bowling, it is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 3pm. During the school holiday it costs $12 to skate for 1.5 hours or $16 to skate for 2.5 hours including boot hire. The rink is also open on Friday from 7pm to 9.30pm, Saturday 1pm to 3.30pm and 7pm to 9.30pm and Sunday 1pm to 3.30pm. During the weekend it costs $16 with boot hire.
Session times include fun games and are patrolled for safety. There is a canteen for food and drink breaks. Read more here.
Blockbuster Corner Dyson and Goldsmith Road, Noarlunga
If it is too hot to go out then spend the day inside with the help of Blockbuster Noarlunga. There is a large selection of new release movies on DVD and Blu-Ray available now that the kids will want to see like Space Dogs, The Sapphires, Step Up 4 Miami Heat, Ice Age 4, Santa Paws 2 and Brave. To be released during the school holidays is Moonrise Kingdom and Thunderstruck on December 26, Sea Level on January 3, Madagascar 3 on January 9 and Hotel Transylvania on January 17
As well as movies, there is also a wide range of games and television series to rent and ex-rentals available to buy. There are a few different deals such as 'Rent One, Get One Free' on Tuesdays and the 'Friday 6 Pack' of three new releases and three weekly movies for $10.
School's out for summer and this means an increased incidence in cases of boredom in school aged children. Symptoms include listlessness, disinterest, difficulty concentrating and hassling parents for things to do. If your children are suffering from any of these symptoms, report immediately to Noarlunga Centre. Here you will find the cure to even the most severe cases of boredom with fun and exciting school holiday activities to keep kids cool and entertained all summer long.