Adelaide City Family Holidays

Bring the family

Check out some of Adelaide's best-loved playgrounds and parks - you might be surprised what you'll discover.

We’ve stacked our festivals and major events with child-friendly stuff, so it's not only just the big kids who get to have all the fun.

Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide, South Australia

The Adelaide Fringe Festival's kids' program just keeps growing and the opening night parade is always a family favourite - and it's free. Come Out is Australia’s premier youth arts festival. 

Get into the (kid) zone

If you’re here for the Santos Tour Down Under in January, register the children in the mini tour. They’ll love riding their bike around Adelaide city, just like the professional cyclists. They'll also love the chance to get up close and personal to their favourite cycling stars - and maybe grab an autograph too - at the Adelaide City Council Tour Village and Bike Expo.

Storytelling, dress-ups, multicultural craft workshops, face painting and giant building blocks make-up WOMADelaide's free KidZone play space - just look out for the giant coloured letters spelling 'WOMAD'.

If you're taking the kids to the Clipsal 500 V8 Supercars race, they'll enjoy the free attractions and shaded family area.

Play, climb, fly, dig and grind

Kids are happiest when they can climb, dig, fly and just be a kid, right? Well, Adelaide has heaps of playgrounds that tick all the boxes.

Take the tram from the city towards the Entertainment Centre and hop at the Bonython Park stop - one of Adelaide's time-honoured family playgrounds. A recent makeover has transformed the space and it now features a double flying fox, slides, hammocks, spinning chairs, swings for toddlers and special-needs kids, an oversized spider's web and a sandpit. Add to this heaps of trees, a kiosk and barbecue facilities, it's perfect for a family outing.

Elder Park on the banks of the River Torrens is a great place to hang out. There’s plenty of grass to run around on. Take the kids on paddle boats and the Popeye river cruise boats if you want to get on the water.

Older kids can “grind” their way around the City Sk8 Park on North Terrace. Floodlit for 24 hour fun, it’s one of Australia’s best.

Our Playgrounds and Picnic Spots page has even more ideas to keep the young ones busy.

Rides, shows and a pageant

Each September, the Royal Adelaide Show comes to town and that means thrilling rides, sideshow games, show bags and farm animals. The Royal Adelaide Show runs for 10 days, making it bigger and better than ever before.

There are rides all year around to be found at The Beachouse at Glenelg, just a few steps away from Adelaide's favourite beach. Along with a vintage carousel, there are three heated water slides, games, dodgem cars and the only single-armed ferris wheel in Australia.

Semaphore Beach also boasts year-round carnival rides, a water slide, mini-golf, the oldest working carousel in the southern hemisphere and a steam train that puffs long the shoreline.

Theatre-goers can catch a show at the Adelaide Festival Centre which runs the “Something on Saturday” program to entertain children.

Every November, Christmas comes early to Adelaide with the annual Credit Union Christmas Pageant - the biggest and best Christmas-themed parade in the world. More than 300,000 people line the streets of Adelaide to watch more than 80 floats and bands and 1000 performers glide past.

Meet the zoo's most famous pair

A visit to the Adelaide Zoo is a must - especially to see Wang Wang and Funi, the southern hemisphere’s only giant pandas. In residence since 2009, it's hoped the pair will eventually add to their family and the world's panda population.

The zoo is also home to thousands of other animals in a botanic garden setting and offers behind the scenes tours and wild nights sleepovers.

Adelaide - it’s action-packed family fun!

Andrew Cosi Costello and family

He's the host of South Aussie with Cosi, a family man and most importantly, passionate about South Australia. Andrew 'Cosi' Costello shares his top five tips for a great family holiday in South Australia.

1. I love exploring my own city. Why not grab a well-located and priced hotel and stay the night? Walk the streets you normally drive past and you will see them in a different light.

2. Grab dinner, some gelati or churros for dessert on Rundle Street. It's also home to The Stag, which is my favourite city drinking spot - sitting on the balcony and overlooking the parklands.

3. The Adelaide Central Market is SA’s most visited tourist attraction and you can see why when you go there. Oozing with character and well-priced local produce, it's simply awesome. Oh yeah, and loads of free samples for the kids!

4. I’ve been to zoos all over the world and I rate Adelaide among the best - way better than London. Visit the zoo's two most famous residents, giant pandas Wang Wang and Funi. Go and say g'day.

5. Plane Tree Drive is a drive I do almost weekly by choice. It's a little detour I take to just appreciate the city. Find a place to stop and explore the Adelaide Botanic Garden - an underrated and free activity to do.

What's on in SA

There are plenty of events on in South Australia. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Things to do

Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in Adelaide.

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