Adelaide School Holidays July 2017
School Holidays are here again next month and once again there are HEAPS of things to do an see for Kids in Adelaide. From sports to museums, theatre to circus, farms, fairies and everything in between. Take a look at all of the options below and don’t forget to enrol early because a lot of them book up fast!
Adelaide Festival Centre’s On Stage Program
Are you a budding singer, actor or dancer (or know someone who is)?
Adelaide Festival Centre is offering a series of performing arts workshops and masterclasses for children aged 8 – 16 in the July 2017 School Holidays.
Featuring dance, theatre, vocal and musical theatre, students will be nurtured by talented South Australian educators in each field to develop confidence, communication and leadership skills.
Both one-day workshops and three-day masterclasses are available, with groups separated by age: 8 – 11 years and 12 – 16 years.
No experience is necessary and no auditions are required. First in, best dressed, so be quick since our summer holiday program sold out very quickly.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn vital skills in the performing arts – while having an enormous amount of fun!
When: 17 – 21 July 2017, 8:45am – 4pm each day
How much: $90 per child for each 1 day workshop, $250 per child for each 3 day masterclass
1 Day Workshops Experience Required: Nil
3 Day Masterclasses Experience Required: Moderate Knowledge and Experience
Registration closes: Friday 7 July 2017
Farm Barn – Hahndorf
A unique blend of a children’s farmyard and wildlife park. Hold, touch and feed most of our animals in complete safety and at your own comfort level. The Farm Barn prides themselves on providing the best school holiday activities in Adelaide! There are many activities for kids at the farm and you can easily spend hours here enjoying quality time with your family.
Play in our BRAND NEW playground and sand pit!
Milk a cow
Bottle feed baby lambs
Cuddle baby rabbits and guinea pigs
Hold baby chicks
Open 10am-4pm daily with a new reptile show at 12.30 Sat and Sun and Farm Shows daily at 11am and 2.30pm.
At Mega Adventure our aerial SkyMate structure takes adventure to a whole new level of fun. Can you imagine playing tennis in the sky, rowing a boat mid-air or manoeuvring between obstacles like our floating esky, BMX bike and sky-high picnic table? The SkyMate structure stands 26 metres tall and boasts over 60 different crossings. Obstacles vary in difficulty so guests can choose their own adventure. And, for those who are up for the ultimate challenge, you can take a leap of faith from our ParaJump – all in the safety of our world-class equipment.
For those feeling less adventurous – you can enjoy uninterrupted and breathtaking views across Adelaide and West Beach from the SkyWalk. For the smaller ones, the MegaBounce bungee trampolines won’t disappoint! More than a trampoline, MegaBounce, with its elastic power cords, allows you to launch yourself 8 metres into the air while performing flips and somersaults.
For bookings and more information visit
The Fairy Garden Hahndorf
The fairy garden is a magical shop full of fairies, gnomes and so much more! Children love to search for and count the fairies and dragons in the garden, then come into take a pinch of fairy dust to make a wish in the wishing well.
We have everything needed to make your very own fairy garden whether it be large or small. Come in and relive your childhood or simply to watch the delight on the faces of your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and best of all there is no charge unless you choose to buy…..
Don’t forget to ring the bell to let the fairies know you are coming
Open 10am until 4pm weekdays CLOSED WEDNESDAYS | Weekends open 11:30am until 5pm
Cirkidz School Holiday Programs
The SA Circus Centre has a huge program that includes circus, parkour and iPad movie making!
The sessions all take place under the roof of their fully equipped centre so the winter chills and weather won’t be bothering anyone come rain, hail or shine!
Choose from a half day, full day or a full week. Mornings 8.30am – 12noon, Afternoons 12.30pm – 4.00pm. Drop off available for morning sessions from 8.00am and pickup available for afternoon sessions until 5.00pm.
Program 1: CIRKIDZ HOLIDAY PROGRAM: Suggested ages 5 – 12. Monday July 10th – Friday July 21st SOAR: It’s all about aerial trapeze, tissue silks, cloud swing, hoop and more! OFF THE WALL: Tumbling, acrobatics, bouncing, trampoline, foam pit (plus plenty of crash mats). NEW SESSION: 15 TRICKS IN THE MORNING/AFTERNOON: Try 15 different tricks in each session. NEW SESSION: CIRCUS PICK’N’MIX: Pick your activities out of a hat!
PROGRAM 2: PARKAWESOME: Ages 9 – 14. Learn cool (and safe) ways to front sault, roll, climb, swing and vault over obstacles.
PROGRAM 3: LIGHTS, ACTION, CIRCUS with Kids, Camera, Action!: Ages 9 – 12. full stop here 2 days of fun, movement & iPad movie making! Learn circus skills and then create your own short film and perform your own stunts!
Are your kids ready to join us for 3-4 days of fun, excitement, creativity, logic, problem solving and coding? Watch your kids become coding superheros as they design and code their very own app that they can take home to share with family and friends!
We’re on a mission to inspire and empower future creators, innovators and changemakers to create infinite possibilities. Code Camp is just the start of our students journey to a new world of digital creation.
With three different code camps suited to different ages and skill levels and with many locations around Adelaide, find a holiday camp these winter school holidays.
Adelaide Aquatic Centre
Help fast track your child’s skills with our Intensive Learn to Swim program at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre this July. The intensive nature of the lessons provide students with the opportunity to receive focused tuition on their skill development in swimming and water safety whilst building on their confidence and endurance by swimming every day.
If you are one of those families with busy schedules who cannot make term time swimming lessons, this is a great alternative for your child to learn to swim.
It also gives them something productive to do during the school holidays.
Adelaide Oval Tours
Take the kids on an unforgettable journey behind the scenes on an Adelaide Oval Tour. Together you’ll discover hidden secrets and relive celebrated moments in the sporting, musical and civic history of this world-famous sporting arena.
The kids will love following in the footsteps of their sporting heroes as they run onto the ground to the roar of a 50,000-strong crowd through the interactive player’s race. You’ll also get to climb the stairs to the 100 year old heritage-listed scoreboard and gain an insight into match-day preparations inside the players’ change-rooms.
You’ll visit areas that are usually inaccessible and learn about the heritage of Adelaide Oval while being entertained with stories of legends and characters who have contributed to the Oval’s rich history.
Adelaide Oval Tours are led by expert volunteer guides who share captivating tales of the venue, the sporting greats who have competed here and the Oval’s iconic status in SA. Each volunteer’s passion for the Oval is infectious while their own unique stories ensure there is always a new experience to be savoured.
Bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment. Please visit our website for departure times or call our team on 08 8205 4700.
SA Whale Centre
This action packed school holiday program is designed for primary school aged kids to learn how penguins stay dry and survive drinking sea water as well as how you can help protect penguins. Kids will take home their own penguin height chart or snow globe!
School Holiday Programs run Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 11th-21st July, 1:30-2:30pm. Children only $8. School aged kids can be left with our trained staff while parents enjoy a coffee! Or parents can enjoy the SA Whale Centre with the kids for only $4.50.
Please ask how to redeem your discount on the Granite Island Nature Tours for your chance to spot a real Fairy Penguin in the flesh! Offer valid 2017 July school holidays only. Call (08) 8551 0750 for information and bookings or book via the website
Mega Courts Indoor Sports
MEGA COURTS INDOOR SPORTS is a new Indoor Sports Centre located in Windsor Gardens (only a 5-minute drive from the CBD). With over 5000m2 of Courts and facilities, our premier centre proudly boasts 4 x Mega Sized Courts (34m x 18m), 2 x Standard Indoor Courts, a Gym & Fitness Centre, Inflatable Fun Zone plus a Cafe’ – perfect for all indoor sports, recreational activities and MEGAFUN!
Term 2 School Holiday Fun: July 8th – July 23rd
2 Hour Sessions | $12 per person | $10 per person (Groups of 8+)
Monday – Friday
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM & 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM & 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Each 2-Hour Session Includes:
- Book one or as many time slots as you like Soccer, Netball, iT20 Cricket, Dodgeball
- Can accommodate up to 150 children per session
- Plus inflatable activity zone with both small and larger inflatables to suit all ages
ATTENTION DETECTIVES! Escape Hunt has mysteries that must be solved, and the clock is ticking. If you’re looking for a unique way to spend time together as a family, solving puzzles, cracking codes and working as a team, Escape Hunt Adelaide in the heart of Rundle Mall is the place for you!
Escape Hunt offers a thrilling experience, suitable for friends and families alike. You and your team enter a themed room with 60 minutes on the clock. You are tasked with solving puzzles, cracking codes and working together to unravel the mystery and escape the room.
Escape Hunt’s escape rooms are a unique experience and a great way for the whole family to get involved and spend an hour together, without the distraction of phones or computers. Escape Hunt is for players 7 years and up and one player in the room must be 16 or over. The game can be played with 2 – 5 people in one room, or you can book multiple rooms and race head to head with another team to see who can escape first!
National Motor Museum
Visit the National Motor Museum during the school holidays to explore over 400 vehicles including the ‘Big Foot’ from the Mad Max films. All children will receive a free souvenir the Wheelie Good Activity Book which contains a range of entertaining and informative activities that young visitors can explore while at the Museum. Kids can also interact with the video gaming machines in the Retro Gaming Lounge (includes the bespoke Virtual Reality racing game based on the 1990s Adelaide Grand Prix). The extensive grounds of the Museum have barbeque areas and are ideal for large or small families and groups to get together.
8 – 23 July 2017, 10am-5pm. $6.50-15.50 F$35 children under 5 free.
Treasure Island: the other side of the story gives us a glimpse into some of the things that can go wrong while sailing in search of excitement.
What was it like having to deal with pirates? What was it like if the food or the wind ran out? How did you cope if your clothes were washed overboard, and all you had were your pyjamas? Follow Captain Pedro Pyjama and his crew on their adventure to almost discover some of the world’s greatest treasures… as they never quite make it to where they are going, or if they do are always the last to arrive. Come dressed in your pyjamas and you might join Captain Pedro’s crew!!
10 – 21 July 2017, performances weekdays at 11am and 1pm. $6 per child. Explore the Museum, climb the Lighthouse and see the performance.
Australia’s migrants come with hopes and dreams for the future – what are yours?
Drop into the Migration Museum and explore why people come to Australia. Some people come as refugees – they have no choice. Others come because they have hopes and dreams. What are your hopes and dreams? Bara, from the Syrian Youth Forum, wants to be the best soccer player in the world and his classmate Khaled wants to set up a prestigious car yard of quality collectable vehicles, Hanan wants to be a famous photographer and Dania a doctor.
Write a Letter of Welcome to our newest Syrian arrivals after viewing their Forum exhibition, dream draw and create your aspirations and make a tree of hope to take home and plant.
8 – 23 July 2017, 10am-4pm weekdays, 1-4pm weekends. Free.
Explore Arts at Carclew
Carclew’s school holiday workshop program offers full day and half-day creative activities for kids aged 5 – 17 years in our stunning North Adelaide venue.
Our team of professional artists present a broad range of inspiring, hands-on experiences that will nurture your child’s inner-artist and allow them to try out new experiences and make new friends.
Our winter program includes some new workshop topics and a few favourites. There is also an opportunity for a deep-dive into the art of PAINTING with a 3-day intensive.
Other workshops include SHOE-BOX PHOTOGRAPHY with Heidi Kenyon, AEROSOL ART with Nish Cash, FLIP BOOK ANIMATION with Alise Hardy and DOT PAINTING with Nikki Carabetta. And that’s only scratching the surface!
Everyone loves spending time with their BFF, especially during the school holidays. Simply book your child into any full priced workshop and book a second place for 1/2 price. This offer applies to friends who haven’t attended an Explore Arts workshop in the last 12 months.
Full program and bookings
Kids in the City
With so much happening in the city, you’re guaranteed to have a good time these school holidays!
Make a day of it and keep your family amused with a variety of school holiday activities in Adelaide’s city centre.
Tour the Adelaide Zoo and spend a day getting to know more about the animals who live there.
Explore the South Australian Museum’s artefact collection in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language, play and learn workshop.
Get creative and take home your very own black and white print at the Art Gallery of South Australia’s Sketch and Etch program.
Escape the Winter weather and enjoy the temperature controlled environment at Adelaide Aquatic Centre. Ride the slides, squeal in delight on our squirt frogs and whale, splash around the octopus or try out the diving boards.
Ingle Farm Recreation Centre
Mad Monday – 10th & 17th July, 10 – 3pm $13.50 per person.
Public Roller Skating – every Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 11-3pm, $8.50 per person or Family of 4 – $30.00 (include skate hire)
Learn to Skate – 14th & 21st July, 10am – 11am, $8.50 per person **
Mega Kindigym – 12th July, 9.30am or 11.00am session, Pirates & Princesses, $6 per session, per child **
Yoga for Kids – 19th July, 11.30-12.15pm, $5.00 per person, Animal theme **
Coyote-Hoops Basketball Clinic – 20th July, 4.00 – 5.30pm, $10.00 per person ** (Chris – 0408 822 374)
Squash Clinics – 11th, 13, 17th, 19th &21st, 2.00pm – 3.30pm, $5.00 per child, per day. Age: 7 – 16 years old ** (Grant – 0419 844 238)
Inclusive Fluoro Disco – 8th July, for people with a disability, 6.30-8.30pm, 8.50 per person (Parents/Carers will not be charged)
Friday Roller Skating Discos – 14th & 21st July, 6-9.30pm, $8.50 per person or Family of 4 – $30.00 (include skate hire)
Saturday Roller Skating Disco – 8th July, Theme – PJ Party, $8.50 per person or Family of 4 – $30.00 (include skate hire)
The Enchanted Palace
Are you looking to hold your child’s next birthday party and don’t know what to do?
Why not book at The Enchanted Palace – Children’s Disco Parties!
We are situated in Prospect and let us take care of your party for you.
We will entertain the children with singing and dancing on stage with microphones , smoke machine and disco lighting all to the latest music plus throw in some party games to play and feed the children while you sit back and relax with your guests over a coffee.
Everything is done for you and all you need to bring is the birthday cake which we will cut and serve to all your guests.
We cater for all parties from 10 children and all the way up to 30 children with ages from 3 years to 16 year olds.
Party invitations plus lolly bags and free tea and coffee for the adults are all included in our packages. Adult platters are available to order as optional extras.
ILookMyStyle – School Holiday Special
A Fun Glitz Girls Glam Pamper Day Out just for you or with a BFF or great For A Birthday Celebration with your special friends!
Suitable for kids of any age who love to get pampered!!
*GLITZ Girls Glam Deluxe Pamper Day Out Now $40 p/p (*Usually $60)
A Deluxe pamper package in our Hollywood Spa Room to make these school holidays really memorable. Package includes:
1 hour duration fully hosted
A butterfly / Kitty Food spa warm foot soak
Finger nails & toe nail painting Choose your favourite colours
FREE (age appropriate) make -up & hair braided with colour hairspray & glitter
3D Hollywood scene setter group Photo shoot
TV screen with favorite music clips
FREE Pink lemonade in flute cup
Theatre Bugs has been teaching Adelaide’s children to sing, dance, and act for nearly 20 years.
Your child will enjoy 5 fabulous days filled with drama activities, rehearsing, and painting props which lead to a production of Thumbelina at 5pm on the last day. Students will perform with a stage set, professional lights, and costumes. Every child will have a special role to play and lines to learn.
These highly popular Theatre Bugs Holiday Programs for children aged 5 to 13 years are filling quickly. There are limited places for each program and some locations are nearly sold out.
When: July 10 – 14 and July 17 – 21
Where: Glenelg, Norwood or Unley Cost: $220 per child covers the full 5 day program
Who: Theatre Bugs www.theatrebugs.com.au
Book online now at
Slingsby Theatre Company
Young Emil catches a train to visit family in the big city. Something valuable is stolen. But the thief soon discovers Emil was not such an easy target. A group of quick- thinking and resourceful children rallies around. Can a bunch of kids work together to uncover and outsmart the true criminal?
Kästner’s 1929 novella is more than a good romp, it broke ground for the independent-children-versus-devious- adults story genre. Streetwise city kids, a hard-working single moth er and Emil’s past brush with the law add grit and nuance to this satisfying tale.
How do we find our friends in the world?
How do we work together to defeat tricksters? In Slingsby’s signature intimate theatrical style, Emil and The Detectives is told by two skilled actors immersed in smoke and mirrors, miniature worlds and a cinematic score. Dark and light, intrigue and delight for audiences aged eight and upwards.
Level 5, Myer Centre Adelaide
The AdventureRooms games have become some of the most successful and popular tourist attractions in cities across the globe, with over 30 venues world-wide including one here in Adelaide.
Room designs were created by a physics teacher in Bern, Switzerland in 2012. To play, players enter the rooms in teams and will have 1 hour to work together in an attempt to escape. The 3 rooms feature individual themes – Gaol Break, The Black Queen and The Mad Scientist – and are filled with hidden and unusual objects and puzzles that need to be discovered and solved in order to perform the escape. There are both Standard (2-7 players) and Duel (8-14 players) formats of the games.
Depending on the size of the teams, players can expect to pay $28-$36 each per game, with vouchers also available for the perfect gift. It is recommended for an older audience with children under 16 needing to be accompanied by an adult. Its global success is largely attributed to its popularity with corporate team building events, students, parties, sporting clubs and family outings.
AdventureRooms is quickly becoming the most popular amusement activity in Adelaide with a 5-star rating on Facebook and TripAdvisor. Only 30% of people escape… Can You?