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October is time to get out of the house
Top Free Things to do in Adelaide - October 2014
Sophie Thomson's Backyard for Kids Encourages Nature Play
A couple of tantalsing bursts of warm weather recently have been enough to get people heading outside in droves. Fruit trees are flowering, the beaches are busier, and everyone's checking what to do in Adelaide outdoors.
For people with children Nature Play SA have come up with some fantastic fun things to do for Nature Play week from September 27 until October 4. Councils all about South Australia have joined in to promote free activities for kids outdoors in the school holidays.
The City of Salisbury nature play campaign is called Salisbury Plays, and takes advantages of their many open spaces which are available for outdoor recreation. From the frenzied fun of St Kilda Adventure Park to the picturesque tranquility of the Japanese Gardens at Mobara Park, Salisbury has a recreation park to suit everyone - I know, because I roamed their reserves to write some of the promotions.
If you (or the kids) simply can't bear to part with your smartphone or tablet when you're outdoors, then let me suggest a brilliant way to use them in Adelaide CBD. Simply download the free Adelaidia app or the Adelaide City Explorer app, and take guided walks back in history. See images of an Adelaide that you never knew existed - find out more here.
The State library also has a free app for download which offers seven more exciting walking tours. What could be better if you're looking for free things to do in Adelaide city?
Enjoy the hedonistic pleasures of McLaren Vale at Shottesbrook, listening to live music as you sample winning wines, or learn about the Politics of Poverty at a free public lecture at UniSA - the choice is yours.
Indulge Your Senses, a free event at Coromandel Community Centre threatens to "expose participants to countries from around the world". The program does include the chance to "wiggle your hips with the belly dance troupe and enjoy the unusual tones of Indonesian angklung musical instruments", so it does sound a good laugh.
Not Free, but Fun Things to Do
Semaphore Amusement Park is Full of Activities for Kids
A few of the festivals and kids activities in the school holidays are not free, but don't put away your wallet yet. The Semaphore Music Festival has been providing family entertainment in Adelaide for years, and is great value for a modest cost on the October long weekend.
Asiafest is a new festival in Adelaide, but the participating restaurants are acknowledged as leaders in their field. Seeing the Sumo wrestling will add to the cost, but when did you last get a chance to see it?