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Top 4 Summer Holiday Ideas in Adelaide

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by C Walton (subscribe)
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When it comes to the summer holidays it can sometimes seem impossible to keep the kids entertained. If you spend your time dreading another family Monopoly showdown, can't stand cleaning up after all the arts and crafts, and have to put a padlock on the hose to stop the water fights, then you'll enjoy these 4 ways to get out of the house and have a bit of fun.

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They're not just for kids, adults can have lots of fun too, and you won't need to spend a fortune.

Adelaide Ballzup

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Your bound to find the Adelaide Ballzup team around the Torrens River at Elder Park throughout the holidays. If you feel like your up to the challenge of riding one of these balls then head along and Ballzup crew will get you to step inside the plastic ball and roll you onto the water.

There is a floating barrier to keep you in a chosen arrea though (just in case you're worried about rolling too far along the river). For $10 for 5 minutes Adelaide Ballzup is a great idea for kids and adults to cool off without having to worry about getting wet. They've recently added some zorb balls to their line up which will be appearing at the beach soon.

To find out when and where they'll be around, head over and like their Facebook page. You can also pre-purchase wristbands by visiting their website.

Adelaide Zoo

Adelaide Zoo is also an amazing experience where you can get up close with wild animals, scary, cuddly and fluffy. There are big cats, hippos, giraffes, and of course Adelaide's most famous imports: the pandas.

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As well as all the animals, Adelaide Zoo has a wide range of other activities. The Envirodome is a learning experience for kids and adults, that manages to make learning fun. Find out about global warming, rain use, animal habitats, or sit down with your little ones and have a go at tackling the giant jigsaw puzzle.

Adelaide Zoo offers VIP tours into some of the animals enclosures where you can feed, hold or cuddle some of the animals. During the school holidays there are special Zufari and Zuventures programs that allow kids to step into the role of zookeeper.

If you feel like a slightly longer drive head up to Monarto Zoo, where you can hop aboard the shuttle bus and try your own little Adelaide safari.

The SA Aquatic Centre

If your thinking about swimming the SA Aquatic Centre is one of the best place to go in Adelaide if your looking to cool down. The swimming centre is very new and has a pool for every age range.

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The Splash Park is great for kids. There's an interactive playground, and a giant bucket of water that tips over everything once it's reached its fill. Younger children can have fun in their own paddling pool, and as long as you meet the age and height requirements you can have some fun on the the fast and adrenaline pumping slides called the 'aqua tube' and the 'space bowl'.

During the school holidays you can get down and enjoy the Aqua Splash and Junior Aqua Splash programs. As well as the two permanent slides they also set up a large inflatable slide, and the inflatable activity course called 'Nessie'. If you want to cool down without getting sunburnt the SA Aquatic centre is definitely a must these school holidays.

Bonython Park Activity Hub

If you've got kids begging for the playground, there's no place better than the new Bonython Park Activity Hub. The Adelaide city council have been working on this park for a while now, and after a big opening you can now head down and see how much kids and adults are both enjoying it.

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The activity hub has many features but my favorites would have to be the hamster wheel and the flying fox. There's so much more to play with, for younger and older kids. There's an interactive water feature, swings, a hammock, a slide, a giant climbing frame, and there's even plenty of all abilities equipment. You can also bring your bikes, scooters, skateboards or rollerskates and go on a bike trail. When you get to tired out you can rest on the grassy hills or get a snack at their cafe.

The new addition joins the two other playgrounds already at Bonython Park, as well as a huge sports field and a pond. While the park was getting a bit drab, it's now been given a new lease on life just in time for the summer holidays.

Here are four great ideas, but what are your favourite school holiday recommendations? You can also check out more school holiday ideas from other writers.
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Why? Find something fun for the Summer holidays
When: During the Summer school holidays
Where: In and around Adelaide
Cost: Prices vary
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