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Top Free Things to do in Adelaide - October 2014

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Top Free Things to do in Adelaide - October 2014

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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.

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Visit Salisbury Council's Greenfields Wetlands


Check your local council's website to see what they are doing for Nature Play week - even if you don't have kids, a lot of things they suggest are fun things to do (and free).

Another way to lure the kids outdoors is to get them to help planting their favourite fruit or vegetable in the garden. After all, they are more likely to eat veggies if they grow them themselves.

The Seed Freedom Food Festival at Market Shed on Holland can give you some tips on growing organically and seed saving. Seasoned gardeners will head somewhere like the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market where you can pick up inexpensive heirloom varieties of seedlings. They may look different, but invariably taste far better than supermarket vegetables which are seldom fresh.

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Planting Vegetable Seedlings - Fun Things to Do in the School Holidays for Kids


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?


What's On in Adelaide - Free Events

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Adelaide Kids Love the Zombie Walk


Let's kill off a popular myth this month - Adelaide's festivals are not all in March. Here's a fistful of festivals and free events in October.

The Seed Freedom Food Festival on September 27 will appeal to foodies and gardeners.

On the October long weekend do not miss the free Festival of Vintage Boats, Trains & Planes in Port Adelaide. How often do you get a street party packed with family entertainment, street performances and activities for kids, combined with free admission to three museums all on one weekend?

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Peronne Steam Engine at the SA Aviation Museum


The Festival of Now is another of the free things to do in Adelaide, conveniently located in Rundle Park. Then choose between the scary Zombie Walk and the Worldwide Photo Walk - or maybe do them both at once.

Big cat and car lovers will be purring with pleasure at the Jaguar Car Day, or alternatively take your animals to church for a blessing.

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

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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?

Also on the long weekend take a very special train trip, or head in the opposite direction for a football fest in Kadina.

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Raising the First Contingent World War 1 Reenactment in September


The Meadows Country Fair will be well worth a visit, and at $7 entry for adults is dirt cheap. For something a bit quieter try this Arms & Militaria Weekend.

Finish up the month in a healthy way at the Riverland Health & Wellbeing Market, or by climbing stairs for charity.

Other Things to See and Do in Adelaide

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Peach Blossom is a Welcome Sign of Warmer Weather for Adelaide Kids


I'm glad that it's warm enough to exercise now, because our writers keep unearthing new places to eat.

This month try Dorsal Fin Cafe for seafood at affordable prices, Mr Sunshine's Cafe for simple satisfying sustenance, or Hawker St Cafe for some brilliant breakfast or brunch.

If you can't afford a special spring getaway, then let Hayley find you lots of free things to do in the school holidays.
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Great list as always and thanks for the mention!
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