Kids in Adelaide 2019 Bucket List

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Adelaide is AWESOME with a capital A. There is so much to see and do although I really do not need to tell you that – you already know!

So how about a challenge to experience the best of the best in 2019… think beyond the newest playground, the local beach.. and truly immerse yourself in SA beauty…family style! 12 Bucket List items for 2019.

If less screens, more sunshine, less stuff, more experiences, less same-same, and more amazing is your idea of a great year, then read on and enjoy!

Be sure to share all your experiences with us using #kidsinadelaide and tag us @kidsinadelaide1

Admiring Dolphin Beach, Innes National Park

Road Trip to Innes National Park

Innes National Park is Parks SA Park of the Month and what a great fit for January to start your bucket list journey into the new year.

Innes National Park is located on the south-western tip of the Yorke Peninsula, approximately 300km by road from Adelaide via Port Wakefield, Ardrossan, Minlaton and Warooka. Its a paradise for beach lovers and surfers.

The four top things to do when visiting Innes National Park would have to be..

  •  A swim at Dolphin Beach (a beach which could be hands down one of the prettiest beaches in Australia)
  • Watch the sunset from the cape Spencer light house lookout
  • Visit Ethel Beach and draw your name on big letters in the sand so you can see it when you get back to the lookout
  • Go shipwreck hunting and discover the shipwrecks of the Investigator Strait Shipwreck Trail on the beautiful Yorke Peninsula. Start at Edithburgh and follow the trail of interpretive signs around the coast to Innes National Park.

Check out our full Innes Itinerary here
Or read more about what’s happening as part of Park of the Month here

Fringe Time!

It’s festival February and if the Adelaide Fringe is yet to be crossed off your bucket list then 2019 is the year to do it with a line up for 2019 like no other for kids and families. I lost count at how many shows across 8 pages in the guide!

Consider Tindo Utpurndee the official opening of the Adelaide Fringe festival on February 15. Everyone’s invited to this deeply culturally significant sunset ceremony to recognise and acknowledge the culture of the First Nations and to pay respect to the spirit of the land – a great way to begin the Fringe Festival.

To immerse yourself into Fringe life why not make a weekend of it? Or better yet why not follow Fringe on Tour and support Fringe in our regional locations. You see there is no right or wrong way to do the Fringe – just make it up as you go. Pick a free show, pick a headliner, take your interstate visitors… just go and lose yourself in the weird, the wacky and the wonderful.

Market to Market

Calling all future chefs and culinary kids! Love a market? Who doesn’t! Why not discover Adelaide’s oldest market of 146 years – the Central Market. Experience the sights, sounds, stories of the traders, aromas, and generous samples, on a guided tour of the Central Markets. There are lots of tours to choose from, but we love the half day central market tours suited for ages 7 + where you enjoy a guided tour of the markets and delicious samples along the way. Pick up your city bike and enjoy a lunch in the Adelaide Parklands.                              

See a show …

Festival Theatre, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Dunstan Playhouse, Space Theatre and more! The 2019 line up boasts theatre, dance, music and exhibitions galore in our Festival state.

Fun for families is Something on Saturday which has been running for 40 years provides captivating live performances and craft workshops in the winter months for children.

The favourites are back like Sarah & Duck,  ABC kids stars and of course the DreamBIG Festival is back for 2019 all dedicated to Children from 22 May – 1 June 2019.

Saving the best to last…do your kids (and you) have the wish of seeing a Disney musical but have missed out when there visiting the “bigger” cities or broadway New York is out of the budget? Well Adelaide your wish is granted. Aladdin is coming in April 2019 at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Mother Nature Pink

Did you know South Australia is home to some beautiful pink ladies? aka Pink Lakes! Have you ever seen a Pink Lake? It shines like a bright diamond and is will make you ohh and ahhh when you see one with your own eyes! Better yet they are in our backyard!

They are spread across South Australia from Eyre Peninsula to the Outback and turn pink from the high salinity levels, combined with the presence of salt-loving algae and pink bacteria known as halobacteria that turn them bright pink. The less water in the lake, the more concentrated the salt and the brighter the colour…. we understand Science is not everyone’s cup of tea so just plan the road trip and see for yourself.

The Pink Lake most accessible to Adelaide is Lake Bumbunga, Clare Valley. It is one hour and 40 minutes drive from Adelaide. Located in Lochiel, the lake is known to change colour from pink, to white, to blue, depending on the salinity of the water throughout the year. It’s best to visit the lake during summer when the water salinity is high.

Head north-east from Lake Bumbunga and you’ll find yourself in the famed Clare Valley another great destination for kids to explore. From the Mintaro Maze, to hiring bikes along many great trails or exploring endless gorgeous open gardens in the wine region.

For more info about Lake Bumbunda – click here

See a Sports Game at Adelaide Oval

Calling all Sporty families! 2019 is the year to book a family pass to your choice of sport and cheer with the 50,000 crowd for your favourite team. A great venture out for the whole family especially to inspire all future sporting stars to imagine themselves out on that very field one day.

From Big Bash League, International Test series, home team AFL games and the occasional International Soccer exhibition game there is bound to be a game the whole family can enjoy.

Research Family History at  State Library of South Australia

We love our community libraries but when was the last time you visited the State Library of South Australia? Take the kids out for a day in the largest library in SA and explore the custom children’s trail of the Mortlock Wing otherwise known as Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School…. ahh the smell of old books – do you love it?

As a family bucket-list item why not also explore your family history and create your family tree with specialised resources available to begin this fascinating journey. Maybe one was even a convict!

Get amazed and amused in Adelaide’s museums

A great one for the colder months when indoor activities are more favoured due to outdoors being a bit soggy, wet and grey!

Adelaide is home to more museums than you think. There is something for everyone in your family, from arts to automobiles!

How many museums can you visit as a family and tick off your bucket list? Our favourites would have to be the Trio of Museums in the Port (The Railway Museum,  The Aviation Museum and Maritime Museum) If your local at the Port another great museum is try out is the Army Museum as  the only military museum in SA.

For all Museums in SA checkout the list of Museums here ranging from The Moonta Mines to South Australian Whale Centre and support regional where you can!

City to Bay Fun Run

Fitness – Fun – Family ! Whatever your reason to run gather your family and join a team for the 3km, 6 km , 12 km run or walk or if you dare the marathon! A great focus for the whole family to train together in the lead up and reap the benefits of regular exercise.

Raise much needed funds and awareness for a cause close to your heart, and become a part of a special community. Recommended training commences 12 weeks prior to race day.

Pack a Picnic

The hills are alive with the sound of spring! The spring air is beautiful and flowers and sun glowing after winter. This bucket-list item is best recommended after winter to choose a story book setting and enjoy one of South Australia’s best locations for a picnic. Venture to a new town, regional location or just somewhere different and unpack the picnic for a perfect picnic in the sun .. some of our favourite locations can be found here.

Climbing on Charlotte’s Web on the Carrick Hill Storybook trail

Strawberry Picking at Beerenberg Farm

Home made strawberry jam for days? Strawberry cake? All made from the strawberries you pick! There’s nothing like the taste of freshly picked strawberries. Gather the family together for a day out of strawberry collecting.

Beerenberg Farm is a great local South Australian business and success story. It’s the place to go where pickings have occurred since 1975 usually from November – April in the warm months.

Christmas Lights

The Adelaide Christmas lights come alive about one month before Christmas. The ritual of Adelaidians proudly decorating their homes with stunning displays of lights and Christmas scenes just has to be seen to be appreciated. Once the sun goes down, our suburban streets and beyond are transformed into magical wonderlands… where is best? The West? The Hills? Year after year the competition grows stronger as the lights get brighter and the magic goes next level.

Every year Kids in Adelaide put together a map of the best lights. Keep your eyes peeled closer to 2019 Christmas for our map OR check out our awesome 2018 guide to get you excited!

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Jenn is a Mum of two boys and a wife of one boy. She has one of the best engagement stories ever. Ask her about it one day.

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