School holiday activities in Adelaide for September/October 2020
Budget-friendly things to do that'll entertain the little ones throughout the school holiday break.
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There's an endless amount of fun to be had at home and around Adelaide over the spring break. So we've searched high and low for the best things to do whether you're out and about, at home or on an exciting day trip outside of Adelaide.
What's in this guide?
- Outdoor activities in Adelaide for the September school holidays
- At-home activities in Adelaide for the September school holidays
- Road trips you can take from Adelaide
- See the latest deals for school holiday activities in Adelaide
- Free activities for the spring school holidays in Adelaide
- Events in Adelaide for the September school holiday
- Frequently asked questions about Adelaide school holidays
Outdoor activities in Adelaide for the September school holidays
Pay a visit to Adelaide's top family-friendly attractions
Adelaide Zoo, South Australian Museum and Monarto Safari Park are a few examples of great family-friendly tourist attractions that are open during the school holidays.
Digital Adventure Game at the South Australian Museum
Monarto Safari Park Open Range Admission
Adelaide Zoo Admission
Have a haunted experience
Do your kids love a good ghost story? Test their wits at some of Adelaide's most haunted and eerie spots, such as Adelaide Gaol. Just don't tell them that it could also be a little educational.
Self-Guided Tour of Adelaide Gaol
Adelaide Gaol Ghost Tour and Investigation
Get up close and personal with the wildlife
Within driving distance from Adelaide CBD is Adelaide Zoo, Monarto Open Range Zoo and Cleland Wildlife Park, all of which offer close encounters with animals big and small.
Cleland Wildlife Park Experience
Panda Encounter at Adelaide Zoo
Lions at Bedtime at Monarto Safari Park
Take a trip to the park
Adelaide is surrounded by green spaces, quite literally. So book the family – and a few mates if they like – in for a cycle, skateboard or scooter ride around the greenest spots. You could even take your two wheels over to Mount Lofty for a bigger day out.
Climb the Adelaide Oval roof
Climbing the Adelaide Oval is a must-do, and the school holidays provide the perfect opportunity to do it. The 360-degree views of Adelaide and beyond during the climb create an exhilarating experience that will likely be the highlight of the holidays for your kids.
Adelaide Oval Roof Climb - Twilight
Adelaide Oval Roof Climb - Night
Adelaide Oval Stadium Tour
Experience the ultimate adrenaline 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 seats and choose from thousands of airports for your flight simulator adventure.
Boeing 737 Flight Simulator Experience
Jet Fighter Simulator Experience
At-home activities in Adelaide for the September school holidays
Join a virtual workshop
Spending a day indoors? Keep restless kids entertained by joining an online workshop where they can learn a new skill. Choose from private lessons and group workshops, many of which are pre-recorded so you can watch it whenever it works best for you.
Online Private Roblox Game Lesson for Kids
Virtual Circus for Kids
Dream Catcher Craft Box for Kids
Get crafty at home
Set the table up with all manner of arts and crafts materials and let the kids' imaginations flourish. To give them some direction, there are plenty of online workshops you can join as well.
Online Art Class for Kids
Bead Mosaic Workshop for Kids
Dried Flower Crown Craft Box for Kids
Grab the popcorn and have a movie marathon
Stuck at home and in search of something to keep the kids busy? How about a movie marathon? Netflix, Disney+ and BINGE all have a massive range of kid-friendly titles that you can put on at any time.
Have a family games night
Clear the kitchen table or even the living room floor and pick out one of their (or your) favourite board games, jigsaw puzzles or card games. This one's great for a cosy night in or to wind down before bedtime.
Cook up a storm in the kitchen
From kneading dough for pizza to mixing and licking cupcake batter, turn the kids into mini chefs for a meal or two with a kid-friendly cookbook or a pre-mixed batter. Get them involved by letting them pick out what they'd like to make.
The Ultimate Kids’ Baking Book
Pizza Making Class for Kids
Break out the gaming console
When the kids are at home this can be a saviour. Treat them to that new game they've been asking for all term long or pick out a family-friendly one that they can play with their siblings or with you.
Go camping under the stars
You don't have to go far to have a camping adventure. In fact, you can pitch a tent right in your own backyard. Tight on space? Teepees, small tents and DIY forts are ideal for indoor areas. Add some snacks, books, torches and pillows and you're all set.
Road trips you can take from Adelaide
There's so much of South Australia to see, and the school holidays are the perfect time to explore. For more inspiration, see our guide for epic South Australia road trips.
Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf
Distance from Adelaide: 45 minutes by car or bus.
Adelaide's closest wine region is also a haven for little ones who love to explore. Wander the townships and meet the locals, have lunch surrounded by vineyards or pop by Hahndorf on the way home to introduce the kids to German culture.
Abseiling In The Adelaide Hills - Half Day
Mount Lofty Mountain Bike Experience
Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Half Day Tour
Distance from Adelaide: 1.5 hours by car and 45 minutes by ferry.
That famous speck in the ocean 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, quad biking or more outdoor adventures on the island.
Sandboard Rental at Little Sahara
Double Kayak Hire Along Harriet River - For 2
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Discovery Day Tour from Adelaide
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. Fill the kids with a sense of wonder by sailing this iconic waterway. Or, for the more adventurous, go rafting down the Mitta Mitta in Alpine National Park.
Murray River Scenic Cruise with Lunch
Adelaide Hills Tour and River Murray 3 Hour Lunch Cruise
See the latest deals for school holiday activities in Adelaide
Up to 75% off Australia activities
Available on select dates and activities like spas, skydiving, hot air balloon flights, tours, whale watching, skywalks, classes and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.
Extra $10 off site-wide with code
Valid on all dates, including over Christmas, on activities like skydiving, quad biking, bridge climbing, canyoning, hot air ballooning, helicopter scenic flights, abseiling, scuba diving, cruises, high tea and more. Destinations include Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and more. Minimum spend of $80 required. T&Cs apply.
Up to 85% off domestic activities
Available on select dates for activities including skydiving, hot air balloon flights, quad biking, scuba diving, whale watching, bridge climbing, high tea and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne and more. T&Cs apply.
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Valid on all dates on activities like skydiving, bridge climbing, canyoning, hot air ballooning, helicopter scenic flights, abseiling, cruises, tours, high tea and more. Minimum spend of $100 applies. Destinations include Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.
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Available on select travel dates until 2021 on activities like skydiving, hot air ballooning, whale watching, sightseeing tour, wildlife interactions and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sunshine Coast, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 93% off things to do in Australia
Available on select dates and activities like classes, spas, getaways, dining experiences and more. Destinations include Sydney, Perth, Melbourne Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 40% off last-minute things to do across Australia
Available on select dates until December 2020 for activities including abseiling, hot air balloon flight, tour and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne and more.
Up to 85% off things to do in Adelaide
Available for activities like virtual reality driving experiences, kayaking, helicopter flights, skydiving, abseiling, kid's soccer training and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 74% off things to do in Adelaide
Available on select dates and activities including skydiving, wine tours, kayaking, classes, rally driving and more. T&Cs apply.
Australia high tea experience from $75 + Extra $10 off off with code
Available on select dates across Melbourne, Broome, Sydney, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Adelaide and more. Minimum spend of $80 required. T&Cs apply.
Things to do in Adelaide from $15
Available on select dates for activities like river cruise, wine tours, whale watching cruises, swimming with the dolphins and more.
Adelaide: Up to 20% off Mega Adventure Sky Challenge experience
Available on select dates until March 2021 for a 30-minute experience. T&Cs apply.
Adelaide activities from $38 + an extra $10 off with code
Available on select dates and activities such as a winery tour in Adelaide Hills, tandem skydiving, a kayak tour, a high-tea experience and more. Sample price is for Monarto Safari park admission. Minimum spend of $80 applies. T&Cs apply.
Things to do in Adelaide from $16
Available on select dates in 2020 and 2021 for activities including wine tours, cruises, safari experiences, attraction entry passes, sightseeing tours and more. T&Cs apply.
5% off first time experience
Available on select dates on activities like tours, sightseeing cruises, skydiving, hot air balloon experience, zoo and animal interactions and more. Destinations include Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Adelaide and more.
Things to do in Adelaide from $38
Available on select travel dates for activities such as sightseeing cruise, wine tours, zoo and wildlife interactions and more. T&Cs apply.
Free activities for the spring school holidays in Adelaide
- Glenelg Beach: Weather permitting, head to the beach for a splash and embark on a shell safari.
- The Jam Factory: Take the kids to see the artists at The Jam Factory and catch one of the glass-blowing artists in action.
- Morialta Conservation Park: Just a short 10km from the CBD, spend a day witnessing crashing waterfalls, wandering numerous walking trails and encountering the native wildlife.
- Adelaide Botanical Gardens: Free guided tours take place at Adelaide's three botanical gardens throughout the holidays. This is a good option for older children and wannabe explorers.
- South Australian Museum: Programs and activities for kids are on year-round at the South Australian Museum. Over the school holidays, kids can participate in events and workshops while you roam the museum.
Events in Adelaide for the September school holiday
Basketball clinic - 8 October. Shoot hoops and meet new friends during a day filled with fun on the court.
School holiday skating sessions - 30 September and 7 October. Put your skates on and get onto the ice these school holidays for a skating session with music and games to add to the experience.
School holiday dance workshop - 30 September. Perfect for staying active and meeting new friends, choose from a variety of dance styles for a workshop your kids will love.
KangaU School Holiday Drama Workshop - 28 September - 9 October. Feel confident your kids are learning new skills during the school holidays with a drama workshop that will have them learning the basics of speech, drama and movement through improvisation games and theatre sports.
Frequently asked questions about Adelaide school holidays
What should I keep in mind with COVID-19 when going out during the school holidays?
When planning your family's school holiday activities, remember to maintain good hygiene and social distancing. If you're planning to visit an attraction in an enclosed space, it's best to book in advance so you don't miss out.
Are all attractions in Adelaide open?
Favourites including Adelaide Zoo, Monarto Safari Park and South Australian Museum are open during the school holidays.
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