However the very best is undoubtedly the Nature Playspace at Bristow Smith Reserve on Barrage Road. You'll find a restored wooden fishing boat, water play with a creek bed, a sensory wall, climbing nets, basket swings and stepping logs, a beach area, barbecues and shelters. What's more there are musical instruments and art.
2. Close to the Nature Playspace, also on Barrage Road, you'll find a bird hide. You are almost guaranteed to see Swans, Grey Teals, Blue Wrens and Pelicans if you stay for a little while. There are also migratory birds from SIBERIA (yes, all the way from Siberia). You can print a brochure from the Fleurieu Birdwatchers site to help identify the birds.
3. Goolwa has an excellent library, located in the main street. There are comfy chairs to curl up in and read, thousands of books to choose from, boardgames to play, DVD's to borrow and computers to use.
4. The library also has a series of events during the school holidays; Thursday October 4 there's a 'Create a Mug' workshop from 11-12pm. Tuesday October 9 there's 'Scratch it Designs'' from 11am-12pm. Thursday October 11 there's a 'Japanese Windsock' activity from 2pm-3pm.
You must book for each event. For bookings and more details ring 85557000.
5. Also in the main street at number 33, is 'River Dolls of Goolwa', a doll museum and lolly shop. It's open 11am until 5pm every day during the school holidays. Each time I take little girls there their eyes light up in wonder at all those Barbie dolls in one place. There are other modern fashion dolls, as well as antique and reproduction dolls, teddy bears, mermaids, costume dolls and more.
6. Sponge Kids Art Hub takes place at Signal Point Gallery on Wednesday October 10 from 11am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-3pm. Children can make a sculpture of a bird or animal to take home. No bookings required. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
Sponge Kids Art Hub at Signal Point Gallery
7. 'Scientific Bubble Show' with world record-holder Bubble-ologist, Marty McBubble will be held at Centenary Hall in Cadell Street from 2pm-2.45pm on Tuesday October 2. From bubble cubes and sculptures to bubble rockets and volcanoes, the audience will be enthralled as Marty demonstrates scientific concepts such as iridescence, surface tension and bubble geometry.
Photo from website:https://www.brightsparkentertainment.com.au/the-scientifibubble-show
8. Go bike riding, roller skating or walking along the Encounter Bikeway. It stretches for 30 kms from Goolwa to Victor Harbor. You may not want to go that far, but then again, it would wear the kids out.
9. Goolwa Animal Farm is just a short drive out of town at 85 Airport Rd, Goolwa. There are farm animals of all shapes and sizes as well as a colony of wallabies, 3 different types of kangaroos, alpacas and emus. There's also pony rides, a tractor train ride and play areas. Open 10am-4pm every day during the school holidays. For more information ring 0451 502 858 or visit the website www.goolwaanimalfarm.com.au
Goolwa Animal Farm
10. Goolwa has many fantastic Art Galleries, each with its own particular charm and it's never too early to start introducing the kids to creativity. The young people in my life especially love 'Art @ Goolwa' in Porter Street because of the eclectic mix of art forms.