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School holiday activities in Adelaide for winter 2022

Here's our list of budget-friendly things to do that will entertain the little ones throughout the school holiday break.

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We've searched high and low for the best things to do in Adelaide these school holidays – whether you're out and about or at home.

Out-and-about activities in Adelaide for the school holidays

Pay a visit to one of Adelaide's top family-friendly attractions

You can't make it through the school holidays without visiting a classic attraction. Think West Beach Adventure and the South Australian Museum. Or, for something different, try a virtual reality experience.

Digital Adventure Game at the South Australian Museum
Digital Adventure Game at the South Australian Museum


Attend the theatre

From musicals to music performances, there's always something happening at Adelaide's major theatres.

Behind the Scenes Ticket: The Australian Ballet
Behind the Scenes Ticket: The Australian Ballet


Get out on the water

Enjoy the fresh air and sea breeze on the water by fishing, swimming or surfing.

Fishing Charter Adventure Half Day in Adelaide
Fishing Charter Adventure Half Day in Adelaide


Have a close and personal wildlife encounter

Gorge Wildlife Park, Cleland Wildlife Park and Kangaroo Island are all within a couple of hours of Adelaide and offer encounters with animals big and small.

Try abseiling

If your kids are looking for an exhilarating new activity during the school holidays, abseiling should be at the top of the list.

Abseiling In The Adelaide Hills - Half Day
Abseiling In The Adelaide Hills - Half Day


Climb the Adelaide Oval roof

Climbing the Adelaide Oval roof is a must-do and the school holidays is the perfect opportunity to do it with the family. The 360-degree views of the city are absolutely exhilarating.

Feel the rush with a flight simulator experience

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be in control of a plane? Jump into the pilot's seat and choose from thousands of airports for your flight simulator adventure.

F/A-18 Jet Fighter Simulator Experience - 60 Minute Flight
F/A-18 Jet Fighter Simulator Experience - 60 Minute Flight


Indoor activities in Adelaide for the school holidays

Join a virtual workshop

Keep restless kids entertained indoors with an online workshop of their choosing. Many are pre-recorded so you can watch them whenever works best for you.

Get crafty at home

Set up the table with all manner of arts and crafts materials and let the kids' imaginations flourish. To give them some direction, try an at-home kit or craft box.

Kids D.I.Y Chocolate Art Party At Home Kit
Kids D.I.Y Chocolate Art Party At Home Kit


Exercise their brains

Keep your little one's mind active during the school holidays with classes that build on their knowledge, analytical thinking or mindfulness.

Virtual Escape Room: Outsmarting the AI
Virtual Escape Room: Outsmarting the AI


Sign up for a painting workshop

They'll be proud as punch when they come out of these painting classes with a masterpiece. Don't forget to make space in the house to hang it up.

Learn to draw

Drawing is a great way for kids to communicate their thoughts, feelings and interests. These classes will really bring their ideas to life.

Multi Media Art Course for Kids (6+ Years)
Multi Media Art Course for Kids (6+ Years)


Road trips you can take from Adelaide

There's so much of South Australia to see. With 2 weeks off, the school holidays mean it's time to explore. For more inspiration, see our epic South Australia road trips guide.

Before heading out, see the current restrictions that apply in Adelaide.

Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf

Distance from Adelaide: 45 minutes by car or bus.

Adelaide's closest wine region is also a playground for little ones. Wander the townships and meet the locals, have lunch at vineyards or pop into Hahndorf to introduce the kids to German culture.

Hahndorf and Adelaide Hills Hop On Hop Off Tour
Hahndorf and Adelaide Hills Hop On Hop Off Tour


Kangaroo Island

Distance from Adelaide: 1.5 hours by car and 45 minutes by ferry.

That famous speck off the coast of South Australia needs no introduction. Get the kids away from the screen and surround them with natural beauty. Choose from hiking, cycling, kayaking or quad biking on the island.

Double Kayak Hire Along Harriet River - For 2
Double Kayak Hire Along Harriet River - For 2


The Murray River

Distance from Adelaide: 1.5 hours by car to Murray Mouth Lookout.

The Murray River is Australia's longest river and it tails off into the ocean in South Australia at Murray River Mouth. Sail this iconic waterway or, for the more adventurous, raft down the Mitta Mitta in Alpine National Park.

River Murray Dark Sky and Sunset Dinner Tour
River Murray Dark Sky and Sunset Dinner Tour


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When are the school holidays in Adelaide 2022–23?

Term 1 school holidays15 April – 1 May 2022
Term 2 school holidays9 – 24 July 2022
Term 3 school holidays1 – 16 October 2022
Term 4 school holidays17 December 2022 – 29 January 2023

Free activities for the school holidays in Adelaide

  • Glenelg Beach. Head to the beach for a splash and a shell safari.
  • JamFactory. Take the kids to see the artists at JamFactory and catch one of the glass-blowers in action.
  • Morialta Conservation Park. Just a short 10km from the CBD, spend a day gazing at crashing waterfalls, wandering walking trails and encountering native wildlife.
  • Botanical gardens. Take a free guided tour at South Australia's 3 botanical gardens. This is a good option for older children and budding explorers.
  • South Australian Museum. Over the school holidays, kids can participate in events and workshops while you roam the museum.

Need more ideas? Check out our 50 free activities to keep the kids busy these school holidays

School holiday events in Adelaide in July

  • Illuminate Adelaide @ various locations: 15–31 July 2022 from 6pm–11pm. Adelaide's answer to a lights festival arrives this school break with installations and artworks to discover throughout the city. There is also a series of bookable events, some of which children can attend.
  • The House of Magic Exclusive Lock-In @ The Beachouse: 8–10 July 2022. Wizards and witches are invited for a night of arcade games, waterslides, mini-golf, train rides and castles at the Beachouse. Bring your broomsticks and wands, though wands will be available for purchase if you forget.
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year @ Adelaide Botanic Gardens: 14 April–24 July 2022. For the first time ever, you can check out the winning entries in this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in Adelaide.
  • Searching for the Wizard of Oz @ Rundle Mall: 30 June–8 November 2022. Follow the yellow brick road and go on a scavenger hunt through the city in search of the Wizard of Oz.
  • Light Creatures @ Adelaide Zoo: 7–31 July 2022. Visit the zoo after dark to see interactive performances and illuminated animal lanterns.
  • Musters School Holiday Program @ Wirraway Homestead: Offering 3- or 5-day camps, this program gets them out into the countryside where they can learn horse riding, archery, sheep mustering and more while making new friendships. Suitable for ages 10-15 years old.
  • Adelaide Guitar Festival @ various locations: 9–24 July 2022. Share your love of music with them or nurture their love of the guitar at this dedicated guitar festival. It features performances by world class musicians and exhibitions on guitar history.

Frequently asked questions

What's open during the school holidays in Adelaide?

Adelaide's top attractions, including Adelaide Zoo, South Australian Museum and Art Gallery of South Australia are open. Outdoor attractions such as Adelaide Botanic Garden, Adelaide Oval and Glenelg Beach are also open.

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