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The Adelaide weather in July is about as cold and wet as it gets, especially in the Adelaide Hills. This may not be a problem if you come from London, but for your average Aussie sun lover it can be a challenge. And during winter there are a lot fewer events happening around town too.
To compound the problem it's the school holidays again, and it is good to escape from the house and enjoy the outdoors. Most of us can't jet off on holidays to sunny Cairns, so I have put together some ideas for you. And don't worry - if you don't have children there are plenty of things to do for you too.
I have split my suggestions into categories - just pick which you need to read, and enjoy.
Free Things to Do for Kids and School Holidays
Playing at Belair National Park in the Adelaide Hills
Playgrounds Our writers have been busily checking out playgrounds about Adelaide to help you find something that matches what you're looking for. There are adventure playgrounds suitable for most ages in Adelaide's north, east, and south, while Belair National Park in the Adelaide Hills has one too. Of course don't forget the Dunstan Adventure Playground. All free.
Skate Parks Most Councils have installed at least one Skate Park for their youth, and many cater for a variety of activities. Minkarra Park in Flagstaff Hill is a perfect example - it includes a skate park, BMX track, playground, shared use trails and a dog exercise area all in the one spot.
Mitcham residents have a free skate park too which is popular with young people living south of Adelaide.
Check your local council website or find one easily on this skateboarding web site.
Take a Break I am always amused how children can enjoy playing outdoors without being cold during winter. But I really enjoyed a day trip to Port Willunga on a cool winter day recently. There's plenty to do there, and the children were loving it.
For more ideas, take a look at our suggestions to escape the city. You'll feel like you have had holidays yourself.
From July 9-13 Rundle Mall will be holding a show - Sleeping Beauty on Ice at 10.30, 12.30, 2.30 daily (with an extra show at 5.30pm on Friday). Check their website for more details, and also see your own local shopping centre website too to find out what they are offering.
The City of Charles Sturt offers school holiday activities, why not check to see whether your council does too?
When people ask about free things to do in Adelaide, usually the SA museum and the art gallery are the first suggestions that you hear.
But there are some smaller things hidden about Adelaide which you probably won't have heard of. I recently went to the free Museum of Electricity which I enjoyed, and kids will too. Unfortunately it is only open on Tuesdays, so plan ahead.
The free Army Museum is close to the city and open on weekends. Its realistic displays are suitable for a family visit too.
Special events The Willunga Almond Blossom Festival is a huge hit with both adults and children. It runs from July 27 to August 3, although the highlights are on the Saturday and Sunday - don't miss the street parade.
Teenagers (and older) will want to check out AVCon from July 12-14 with its fantastic costumes and characters.
On July 19-21 at the show grounds there are three events aimed at different parts of the family - the Tools & More Expo, Sewing, Stitching & Hand Craft Show, and MBA Building & Home Improvement Show. There should be something there to interest most people.
It's the 50th anniversary of the National Railways Museum this year, and during the holidays they have got some great value entertainment for all the family. A circus train, rides for $3 on your choice of 3 trains, and much more.
Sport and Fitness
Why not enrol your children in a sports camp in July? There are camps for soccer, football and netball, and it's something that many kids love to do.
If you're a little less energetic, try a free walking tour exploring Adelaide's criminal past or other aspects of our history.
And finally, if technology does it for you rather than sport, then check out the fabulous free Fab Lab in Adelaide. Learn how to be creative and make things quickly and cheaply - a great way to spend a cool day indoors.