Discover Adelaide: Top things to do these July School Holidays

Winter school holidays are the perfect time to explore Adelaide with the family. Despite the chilly weather, this vibrant city offers a wealth of activities and attractions to keep everyone entertained. Here’s a roundup of the top places to visit in Adelaide during the winter school holidays.

1. Adelaide Zoo

Adelaide Zoo is a perennial favourite for families. Home to over 2,500 animals and more than 250 species, the zoo offers a unique blend of native and exotic wildlife. This winter, don’t miss the special animal feedings and keeper talks that provide fascinating insights into the zoo’s inhabitants. The children will love the interactive animal experiences, and the zoo’s lush gardens provide a beautiful backdrop for a winter day out.

2. Illuminate Adelaide

Illuminate Adelaide is a must-see event that transforms the city into a dazzling spectacle of light and art. It features stunning installations, interactive displays, and multimedia projections, turning Adelaide’s landmarks into a visual wonderland. With performances by renowned artists and unique attractions like the enchanting Fire Gardens and the immersive EDEN digital experience, the festival offers magical moments for all ages. This vibrant celebration supports local creativity and brings a lively, enchanting atmosphere to the winter season, making it an unforgettable experience for visitors.

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3. South Australian Museum

The South Australian Museum is a treasure trove of natural history and cultural heritage. This winter, the museum has curated special exhibits and hands-on activities tailored for young explorers. The Discovery Centre is particularly popular with children, offering interactive displays and a chance to get up close with fossils, minerals, and insects. Admission is free, making it an excellent budget-friendly option.

4. Cleland Wildlife Park

Experience the magic of Australian wildlife at Cleland Wildlife Park. Nestled in the Adelaide Hills, the park allows visitors to get up close and personal with kangaroos, koalas, wombats, and more. Winter is a great time to visit, as the animals are often more active in the cooler weather. The park offers daily feeding sessions and educational talks, providing a memorable and immersive experience for the whole family.

5. Migration Museum

Delve into the history of South Australia at the Migration Museum. Through engaging exhibits and personal stories, the museum chronicles the diverse waves of immigrants who have shaped the state. During the school holidays, the museum offers special programs and workshops designed for children, making history fun and accessible.

6. Glenelg Winter Arts Festival

Experience the enchanting Glenelg Winter Arts Festival from July 5th to 21st. This lively event transforms the coastal town into a hub of artistic expression, offering music, visual arts, theatre, workshops, and more. Embrace the warmth of community amidst the cold season, and discover the beauty of Glenelg through a tapestry of creativity and imagination.

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7. Adelaide Central Market

Warm up with a visit to the Adelaide Central Market, a bustling hub of fresh produce, gourmet foods, and artisanal goods. The market is an excellent place to sample local delicacies and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. Kids will love the wide variety of foods to taste, and the market often hosts cooking classes and food workshops during the school holidays.

8. Art Gallery of South Australia

The Art Gallery of South Australia is a cultural gem, housing an impressive collection of artworks from around the world. This July, the gallery is hosting special family-friendly tours and creative workshops. The gallery’s Kids’ Art Club offers engaging activities designed to inspire young artists and encourage creativity.

9. Adelaide Hills

For a day trip, the Adelaide Hills offer a picturesque winter wonderland. Visit the charming town of Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, where you can enjoy hearty German cuisine and explore boutique shops. Be sure to stop in and visit the fairy garden cafe while you’re there too – the kids will love it. The hills are also home to numerous hiking trails, wineries, and the famous Beerenberg Farm, where families can pick their own strawberries.

10. Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Another gem in the Adelaide Hills, the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, is particularly stunning in winter. The cool climate garden features a diverse range of plants from across the world, set against the backdrop of the rolling hills. Wander through the garden’s many trails, enjoy a picnic, and soak in the tranquillity of this beautiful natural setting.

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11. Holey Moley Golf Club

For a unique and fun indoor activity, head to Holey Moley Golf Club. This mini-golf venue combines creative, themed holes with a vibrant, energetic atmosphere. With locations in Adelaide’s CBD, it’s a fantastic spot for both kids and adults to enjoy a few rounds of mini-golf, complete with quirky and entertaining obstacles. The venue also offers food and drinks, making it a great place to spend a few hours out of the cold.

12. Maniax Axe Throwing

For something a bit different, try Maniax Axe Throwing. Suitable for older kids and adults, this indoor venue provides a safe and thrilling axe-throwing experience. Professional instructors guide you through the basics, ensuring a fun and memorable activity. It’s an excellent way to release some energy and try something new.

13. The Beachouse

Located in Glenelg, The Beachouse is an indoor entertainment complex perfect for families. It features a variety of attractions, including waterslides, bumper boats, mini-golf, an arcade, and a play castle. The heated indoor environment makes it ideal for winter visits, and there are plenty of food options available to keep everyone fueled for fun.

14. The Pancake Kitchen

Located in the heart of the city, The Pancake Kitchen is a beloved spot for families. This charming restaurant serves up an extensive menu of pancakes, crepes, and other breakfast delights. Kids will love the fun toppings and creative pancake designs. The cosy and whimsical atmosphere makes it a perfect spot for a winter treat.


Where to stay in Adelaide with kids

Comfort Hotel Adelaide Meridien

Finally, taking one small step further away from the CBD, Comfort Hotel Adelaide Meridien is the answer for those who like the affordable option in a quirkier part of town. Snug North Adelaide is a leafy grid of gorgeous streets, many lined with cosy cafes and boutique shops. Adelaide Meridien, found in the heart of North Adelaide, is a comfortable hotel with a beautiful location. Spacious rooms and an onsite Angus & Co restaurant mean that you’re truly set up for the weekend here.

Adelaide Royal Coach

Alternatively, the Adelaide Royal Coach, located just outside of the CBD, is perfect for those who prefer to rest their heads in a slower part of town. Situated park-side, yet with only a short 10 minute walk to the bustling east end of Adelaide, the Royal Coach is convenient and highly comfortable. An indoor pool and onsite Angus & Co restaurant make your stay that little bit more enjoyable.

Quality Apartments Adelaide Central

Found in the very heart of Adelaide CBD, walking distance from everything you’d want to explore in the city, Quality Apartments Adelaide Central is an unbeatable Adelaide accommodation option. Found within a beautiful, historic building, the apartments here offer a dose of luxury living. One or two-bedroom apartments are complemented by open-plan living spaces and luxury amenities.

More things to do in Adelaide with kids

For more information on things to do in Adelaide, check out our Ultimate Guide to Adelaide