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Five Free Top School Holiday Activities Summer 2017

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by Annette Vandersluis (subscribe)
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Published December 5th 2017
To have fun or not; find an activity and have a ball
If you are looking for fun, free activities to entertain the kids these summer school holidays, here are five fabulous and free (or partially free) top school holiday activities.

O-Bahn Community Fun Day

To celebrate the completion of the new O'Bahn Tunnel, SA Planning, Transport and Infrastructure is hosting a Community Fun Day at Rymill Park on Sunday 10 December 2017. Come along between 11 am and 3 pm to enjoy market, food and drinks stalls, exhibitions, family activities and entertainment with performances by local musicians.

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Photo courtesy of SA Planning, Transport and Infrastructure


Take the opportunity to walk through the 670-metre tunnel before the commencement of bus services connecting the end of the current O'Bahn and the tunnel using priority bus lanes. If you are coming to the event from the northern suburbs, enjoy free travel between 10 am and 4 pm on O'Bahn bus services.

Please see the website for further information.

Christmas Fun in the Square

Come along and see Victoria Square transformed into a festive fairyland filled with activities for the whole family. From 15 to 24 December 2017 from 11 am to 8 pm, the Square will be bursting with colour, candy canes, lights, music, food trucks and a sleigh load of merry-making activities.

There will be roving performers, living musical and theatrical performances, children's workshops and loads of Christmas activities.

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Photo courtesy of City of Adelaide


Enter the Rastelli Tent for family-friendly performances by jugglers, acrobats, comedians and magicians with free shows occurring throughout the day. Jump on the mini-train to circle the fabulously colourful Christmas tree giving little ones a 360-degree view of the bright lights and colourful decorations.

Children can join in the workshops and create Christmas decorations to put up on the community trees in the Square or take them home. Discover fun ways to wrap presents and how about making some snowflakes! Roving performers will create a festive buzz with colourful costumes and antics and mixed amongst it all will be carolers, choirs and great local musicians.

This is a family-friendly free event.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens

From 15 25 January 2018, our fabulous gardens have a range of free and paid (up to $30 per child) activities for children 5 to 13 years old as part of their School Holiday Program.

All activities are designed to promote fun, hands-on learning about plants, people and the environment. Parents are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. Bookings can be made by calling 8222 9311 or online. No bookings are required for free activities.

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Photo courtesy of Adelaide Botanic Garden


Activities range between 1 to 1.5 hours and are tailored to specific age groups, therefore please check carefully whether your chosen activity is suitable for your child. Parents or caregivers must accompany children at all times. Activities include:

Making Fire, Making Glue (1 hour free)
Dreaming Story Telling (1 hour free)
Story Time in the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden (1 hour, $20, ages 5 7 years)
Botanic Art Framed (1.5 hours, $30, 9 13 years)
Garden Critters (1 hours, $15, 6 12 years)

For further information, including dates and times, please see the website or call 8222 9311.

Spectacular Space

Through to 28 January 2018
, come along to the South Australian Museum for Spectacular Space featuring the Dr Andrew Thomas AO, Shared Sky and Space: Eyes on the Sky displays.

On loan from Dr Andrew Thomas, the first Australian citizen in space, are a range of personal memorabilia from his space flights and training. These are displayed alongside a spacesuit and leisure suit on loan from NASA and worn by him on Mir.

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Photo courtesy of SA Museum


Shared Sky is a collaborative exhibition combining Indigenous and South African artists exploring ancestral and modern understandings of the sky above traditional homelands.

Space: Eyes on the Sky showcases images from the Hubble Space Telescope paired with artworks by tertiary art students that are inspired by the images.

The exhibition is open 10 am to 5 pm each day. Entry is free. For further information see the website or phone 8207 7500.

Semaphore Summer Carnival

The Semaphore Summer Carnival will bring all the fun of the fair to the foreshore every day (except Christmas Day) from Saturday 16 December 2017 through to Sunday 28 January 2018.

From 11 am each day, there will be loads of beachside fun with thrill ride and amusements for the whole family. There will be dodgem cars, bungy trampolines, water balls, temporary tattoos, sideshow games and much more.

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Photo courtesy of Semaphore Summer Carnival


Sunday Funday's are the place to be with free-roaming performers, entertainers, magicians and themed shows to keep everyone entertained.

On Sunday 17 December 2017 come along to enjoy Carols by the Sea which will include a fireworks display at 9.30 pm. On New Year's Eve you will be spoiled with two fireworks displays at 9.30 pm and midnight and then on Australia Day, fireworks will occur at 9.30 pm.

Sunset markets will be held on most Friday's from late afternoon til dark.

For more information see the website.
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Why? Great fun this school holidays.
When: From 10 December 2017 through to 28 January 2018
Phone: See article for individual events.
Where: Around Adelaide
Cost: Free or partially free
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