Summer Fun for Families
Keep your family amused with a variety of summertime activities in the city. Here's our top picks of both free and paid activities.
Fun for free!
Santos Tour Down Under
City of Adelaide Tour Village
Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga
With plenty for the whole family to see and do, the Tour Village is literally the heart of the event. Enjoy live DJ sets, kids science workshops, and watch the StreetVelodrome kids challenge (fee required to participate).
Santos Tour Down Under Family Day
Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka (Park 14)
Sunday 13 January
9 am - 5 pm
Enjoy the racing action of the Down Under Classic with your family at Family Day. There will be a variety of cycling-themed interactive activities including rock climbing, mini-golf, face-painting, giant board games aand more.
Brekkie & Bikes on O'Connell Street
88 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide
Tuesday 15 January
9 am - 1 pm
Cheer on the riders as the Santos Tour Down Under Ziptrak® Stage 1 kicks off from North Adelaide. Grab brekkie and coffee from one of the many venues along O’Connell Street then join in the fun and entertainment at the iconic Eighty Eight O’Connell site. There'll be plaenty to entertain the kids with two giant waterslides, water-play, imagination playground, giant games and face-painting.
Go for the race and stay for the FREE family fun!
Australia Day in the City
Australia Day in the City is a FREE major public event to celebrate Australia Day in South Australia. Bring the whole family and enjoy the street parade, concert and fireworks!
The Parade includes community groups, vintage cars, horses, marching bands, a giant echidna, floats, giant characters and includes a fly past by an F-18 Hornet. The concert features Australian artists The Veronicas and The Sundance Kids.
Marshmallow Playspace and Oxbow Playspace
Pelzer Park / Pityarilla (Park 19), off northern end of Glen Osmond Road
When it comes to play experiences, you’ll be spoilt for choice at the Pityarilla Activity Hub. Adventurous kids can roam wild in the nature play of the Oxbow Playspace, hop cross the rocks of the renewed creek bed, and then skip into Marshmallow Playspace.for water play and a slide.
Unique play: Marshmallow – water play, wooden climbing frame. Oxbow – Large wooden climbing frame, boulder island and stepping stones
Traditional play: Marshmallow - long and small swings, big slide, sandpit
Facilities: Marshmallow only fenced. Shelter and picnic tables. Accessible BBQs and toilets. Half basketball court and tennis court.
Visit our Playspaces webpage and discover more unique playgrounds for the family to enjoy!
North Terrace, adjacent Morphett Street Bridge, Adelaide
MOD. at the University of South Australia is a futuristic museum of discovery, a place to be inspired.
With seven interactive gallery areas and seasonal exhibitions, MOD. aims to inspire young adults aged 15+ about science and technology, showcasing how research shapes our understanding of the world to inform the future.
Entry to MOD. is free.
Open Tuesday to Thursday 12pm to 6pm, Friday 12pm to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 4pm
Credit: roseliemoon via Instagram
South Australian Museum
North Terrace, Adelaide, between the State Library and Art Gallery
Open 10am – 5pm daily
The SA Museum hosts a variety of fun activities for children during the school holiday break, including model-making, painting with machines and collaging. Each session combines a fun, educational element with craft activities, leaving the children a little wiser and with something fun to take home.
Entry to the museum is free, except for special exhibitions.
Adelaide Botanic Garden
North Terrace, Adelaide
Pack a picnic and stroll through the Adelaide Botanic Garden, explore the wide range of exciting garden displays including the enchanting Australian Forest.
Open weekdays 7:15am to 5pm, weekends and public holidays 9am to 5pm
Entry to the garden is free.
Fun for a fee!
Kurangga (Park 20) | Corner of Greenhill and Unley Roads
Adelaide's first nature-based aerial adventure park is now open! Offering six elevated tree walk courses, including a range of suspension lines, bridges, flying foxes and climbing obstacles set amongst the beautful trees of the Adelaide Park Lands.
It's located adjacent the newly updated Kurangga BMX tracks, perfect for planning one very action-packed day!
Image: TreeClimb Adelaide / SATC
Frome Road, Adelaide
Open 9.30am – 5pm daily
The Adelaide Zoo provides a naturally wild experience right in the heart of the city.
Children can interact in the Children’s Zoo and hand feed the animals, or take a walk on the wild side and experience Nature’s Playground, with nature-inspired play equipment suitable for all abilities.
Be sure to look out for the themed animal presentations explaining just how their incredible animal residents use nature in the wild to learn and play.
Entry cost to the zoo varies - see price information here.