Kids Day Out
Explore the fun trails below and find the perfect day out for your little adventurer.
The Playground Hop
Grab your bikes for a great playground hop, then sit back, relax and experience one of Adelaide’s best kept secrets.
Start at Princess Elizabeth Playground (Mirnu Wirra, Park 21)
Suitable for: 4-8 years olds
• Starting at Princess Elizabeth Playground, have a go at climbing the giant spider web, slide down the large tower slide, and feel the breeze as you relax in the swinging basket.
• Then hop on your bikes and ride up to the South Terrace Glover Playground to have a go on the popular flying fox.
• Riding along, hop off at Marshmallow Park for a fun climbing session on the play equipment.
• You’ve now visited three fun playgrounds and it’s time for a rest. Hop on your bikes and your final stop is Himeji Garden; a Japanese garden oasis in the heart of the City and Adelaide’s best kept secret. You’ll have to visit to see why!
• Now to find your Zen. Find a soft lawn spot in Himeji, lay down your picnic rug, and focus on the relaxing sounds of the birds and the water fountain.
Image: Marshmallow Playground
Tracks 'n' Trees
Got any dare-devils in the family? Explore your wild-side with this adventure lovers’ itinerary
Start at Kurangga (Park 20)
Suitable for: all ages
• Visit the BMX track for some thrills and test your BMX skills. There are now 4 tracks to cater for various skill levels - beginner, pump, intermediate and advanced.
• Head over to TreeClimb Adelaide for tree-top adventures. 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.
• Hop on your bikes and follow the Park Lands trail (Criterion track) through to Victoria Park.
• Worked up an appetite? Grab your bikes and cycle from Victoria Park (Gate 1) over the Hutt Street precinct for lunch, via East Terrace.
Splash ‘n’ Ride Day
Activity packed, so have a go; float your boat and become a master at riding your bike.
Start at Bonython Park (Tulya Wardli)
Suitable for: 4-8 years old
• Visit the Bonython Park and follow the signs to the Bunyip Trail. Before you start the Trail download your Bunyip Trail Activity Booklet. You can also collect the activity booklet from the Bonython Park Kiosk during operating hours.
• Frome here head over to the Nature Activity hub, where you can dig for bones, be a water engineer using the water-play features and experience the human hamster wheel; so much fun!
• Did you bring your model boat? The duck pond nearby is the perfect spot for you to let it splash and float along.
• Continue on to the nearby Road Safety Centre, a fun opportunity for young cyclists to learn road and traffic safety, complete with road signs and traffic lights.
• Finish the day with a sausage sizzle at one of the nearby barbecue spots.
Image: Bunyip Trail
Kites ‘n’ Bikes Day
A full day itinerary with the thrill of kite flying, and picture-perfect scenic bike riding.
Start at the River Torrens
Suitable for: 9-12 years old
• Hire FREE bikes from the kiosk and ride along the River Torrens, starting at Weir (2).
• Take a tour with the Popeye or relax on a paddle boat on the Torrens. Spot the local bird life, and have a look at the impressive new footbridge, as you pass by.
• Along the riverbanks is the perfect spot to fly your kite; and a great location to snap some photos in a setting that is picturesque all year round.
• Want to try something different? Move along for a game of family golf at the Par 3 Golf Course, located off Memorial Drive in North Adelaide.
• Finish the day with a snack at the River Café.
Magical Garden Escape
Hustle and bustle be gone, in this whimsical and majestic oasis you won’t want to leave.
Start at Botanic Park, Frome Road
Suitabe for: 4-8 years old
• Start your journey at the SA Water Mediterranean Garden where the garden beds tell the stories of Mediterranean plants, people and places.
• Next, enter the Garden of Health; located next to the Ginko Gate you will see over 2500 plants from 295 species that offer healing benefits.
• It’s time for some hide n’ seek at the majestic Moreton Bay fig trees which are over 100 years old and have roots large enough for little children to hide in.
• Amongst the rose bushes you’ll notice the Bicentennial Conservatory, a spaceship like building hosting tropical plants including enormous water lilies. Follow the guided path inside to discover some of the strangest plants you’ll ever see.
• With plenty of open spaces surrounded by giant trees, find a spot and have a game of frisbee.
• Finish off with a picnic, and enjoy the peacefulness of this paradise-like oasis.
Explore the West
Up the coolness factor and explore the cemetery, then follow the city’s best interpretive trail.
Start at the West Park Lands, Wirrarninthi (Park 23)
Suitable for: all ages
• Try something a little different. The historic West Terrace Cemetery has always been a place of intrigue and dates back to the European settlement of South Australia. Have a self-guided tour through the Heritage Highlights interpretive trail, or book a FREE tour, and see if you can spot some of the resting places of historical South Australian figures.
• Wear some comfortable shoes and enter the Wirranendi interpretive trail (Park 23) for a one-hour exploration walk. Here you’ll discover natures themes; earth, wind, water and fire, a wetland and sculptures that reflect these. Surrounded by flora and fauna, see if you can get some rubbings from the etched rocks you’ll find at the trail.
• Find a comfortable spot and finish the day with a picnic; surrounded with incredible nature sounds, it’s hard to believe you’re still in the city.
Image: You will find this possum sculpture by Silvio Apponyi on the Wirranendi interpretive trail (Park 23)