School holiday activities in Adelaide this winter (2024)

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Updated on Jul 09, 2024 · 8 mins read
School holiday activities in Adelaide this winter (2024)

School holidays are fast approaching in South Australia - and if parent stress is coming at you in full blast, your feelings are oh-so-valid. Three weeks of chilly winds, pink noses, and kids at home during the July school holidays? It’s a total recipe for “Muuum, I’m bored!”

Time for you to take a breather, because this guide is running you through every single activity and event happening in South Australia these winter holidays. The school break can be a great time to plan fun activities and family-friendly things to do in Adelaide.

Whether you’re exploring natural wonders and cultural landmarks, or simply enjoying each other’s company over a particularly mouth-watering dish (food’s an activity!), this school holidays guide means you won’t miss a thing.

Outdoor adventures

Dolphin Sanctuary Kayak Tours
Keep the kids entertained these school holidays on an unforgettable adventure with Dolphin Sanctuary Kayak Tours this July. They can paddle through the serene waters of Port Adelaide’s Dolphin Sanctuary, home to a diverse array of marine life including playful dolphins. Led by experienced guides, these tours offer a unique opportunity to observe dolphins in their natural habitat while learning about local conservation efforts.

Suitable for all skill levels, kids can enjoy the mangrove-lined waterways and marvel at the picturesque scenery (tours include kayak equipment and safety briefing, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for families and nature enthusiasts). This is just one of the many options for school holiday fun.

Wilderness Escape Outdoor Adventures
Bushwalking, rock climbing, abseiling – this school holiday program will get even the most restless kids crashing on the couch when they get home (after raving about their day with flushed cheeks).

Your kids will develop outdoor skills, teamwork, and confidence, all while exploring stunning landscapes and discovering native flora and fauna. It’s perfect for breaking the winter blues!

Adventure Hubs SA, Mount Lofty & McLaren Vale
Your little explorers are invited to experience the thrill of outdoor activities with Adventure Hubs SA

Located at Mount Lofty and McLaren Vale, you can choose from activities such as mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, and even wine-tasting tours (for the grown-ups, if that wasn’t obvious) in McLaren Vale’s renowned vineyards. Mini golf is also available as another fun outdoor activity option.

It’s a great way to keep the whole family happily busy.

Cultural and educational activities

Australian Space Discovery Centre
Got a Buzz Lightyear superfan? If your kids all about rockets, planets, and staring up at the stars with wide eyes and an even wider imagination

The Australian Space Discovery Centre features a range of interactive exhibits, workshops, and activities designed to inspire curiosity about space exploration and technology.

Your little space fanatics can discover the latest in space science, learn about Australian contributions to space research, and participate in hands-on activities like building rockets or exploring the surface of Mars through virtual reality simulations. So fun!

On Stage School Holiday Performing Arts Workshops, Adelaide Festival Centre
This July, the Adelaide Festival Centre is hosting On Stage School Holiday Workshops for primary school kids who are aspiring young actors, dancers, and singers.

Industry professionals will teach your tiny dance performance techniques, stagecraft, and teamwork while preparing for a showcase performance at the end of the program (which your photo library will love).

Superluminal, Patch Theatre – Illuminate Adelaide
Running throughout July and August, this production combines theatre, music, and interactive storytelling for a day that’ll impress 6-year-olds through to 60-year-olds.

Five interactive spaces reveal hidden animal tracks, as a performer helps you discover animals from the past, present, and possibly future.

Your child can even create their own mythical creature, bringing them to life with recorded sounds and stunning colourful lighting. The South Australian Museum also offers interactive installations that are perfect for curious minds.

Universal Kingdom: Prehistoric Nights, Dinosaurs at Adelaide Zoo
Time for a throwback (and a pretty big one at that). Adelaide Zoo is hosting an event called “Universal Kingdom: Prehistoric Nights from July 4th to 21st.

This special event brings dinosaurs to life after dark with lifelike dinosaur exhibits, interactive activities, and presentations and displays that teach kids all about the creatures from long ago.

Creative and crafty pursuits

Kids Holiday Pottery Sessions, Urth Clay Studio
Urth Clay Studio always has a banger workshop ready to go for the school holidays, and this winter is no different. They’re hosting pottery sessions where children will learn basic pottery techniques such as clay preparation, wheel throwing, and hand-building.

Each session provides a fun and supportive environment for children to explore their artistic talents and create their own ceramic masterpieces. You’ll definitely leave with a new, funky centrepiece for your dining room table – so enter at your own risk!

Little Picassos: Winter School Holiday Art Classes at Glenelg, Hyde Park, Magill
With locations across South Australia, these interactive art classes are the perfect way to keep your own little Picasso busy.

They’ll learn different themes and techniques, from painting and drawing to mixed media and collage – and experiment with various art materials and learn fundamental skills while creating their own unique artworks.

Sports and active play

Australian Sports Clinics
Take your little athlete to join the Australian Sports Clinics during the Adelaide school holidays from July 16th to 18th, for an exciting program tailored to keep the kids active and entertained during the July School Holiday.

Held at various locations across Adelaide, these clinics offer intensive coaching sessions in sports like soccer, basketball, netball, cricket, and more. In store for your kid are drills, games, and mini-competitions that’ll make them plenty of friends in the process.

Kids School Holiday Sports Programs, Adelaide University Sport
But don’t worry if those dates don’t work for you, there’s more where that came from!

With Adelaide University Sport running a Kids School Holiday Sports Programs during the July school holidays, there’s an opportunity for kids state-wide to participate in a variety of sports and activities. West Beach Mini Golf is another great sports activity option.

Located at the University’s sports facilities, these programs cater to children aged 5 to 12, providing a dynamic mix of sports, games, and recreational activities. Led by experienced coaches and instructors, the program offers a range of sports including soccer, basketball, tennis, swimming, and more.

Family-friendly school holiday events

Family Fun Fair, National Railway Museum
On July 20th and 21st this year, the National Railway Museum is hosting a two-day event you won’t want to miss.

Coined as the “Family Fun Fair”, it features the museum’s impressive collection of locomotives and carriages, interactive exhibits showcasing Australia’s rich railway history, and a bustling marketplace of artisanal crafts, delicious food stalls, and live entertainment.

You’ll also be able to hop on thrilling train rides around the museum grounds and participate in hands-on workshops to learn about steam engines and railway engineering.

Glenelg Winter Arts Festival
We love a winter festival, and the Glenelg Winter Arts Festival (from July 5th to 21st) is one of the cosiest ones you’ll find.

Held along the foreshore of Glenelg, this festival celebrates arts, culture, and community with a series of captivating events and activities. Art installations showcase local talent, along with live music performances, street theatre, gourmet food trucks, and creative workshops for the kids.

Play at the Bay & Days at the Bay, City of Holdfast Bay
The water might be cold, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the beach these school holidays. Located along the picturesque coastline of Adelaide’s southern suburbs, this string of events involves everything from exhilarating beach games to sandcastle-building competitions and water sports activities suitable for all ages.

Families can enjoy beach volleyball matches, paddleboarding adventures, and beach cricket tournaments with prizes to be won. Days at the Bay showcases community-focused events including outdoor concerts, art exhibitions, food markets, children’s rides, and so much more.

Technology and STEM school holiday activities

Olon – Virtual Reality Entertainment & Indoor Sports Centre, Seaton
If all these activities sound cute but maybe a bit old-school for your tech-obsessed kid, this VR centre is a complete game-changer.

From its location in Seaton, Olon offers a cutting-edge blend of virtual reality experiences and indoor sports activities that promise thrills for all ages. Think immersive VR worlds where they can battle robots, fantasy realms, high-speed simulations and indoor sports facilities including basketball courts, soccer pitches, and batting cages.

Illuminate Adelaide, Winter Light Festival
From July 4th to 21st, this spectacular event is lining light installations and interactive displays across Adelaide’s streets and landmarks.

Your kid will fall in love with the illuminated sculptures, digital projectors and immersive light shows that make it feel like anything and everything is possible. They also take you through Adelaide’s cultural precincts and iconic buildings, so it’s a nice way to explore the city. We’d probably recommend rugging up though…

Wrapping it up

There’s always something happening in Adelaide – that’s for sure!

For tourists and in-tune locals alike, we’re pretty confident these July school holiday programs and activities will bring lots of fun, adventure, and wholesome family memories you’ll love.

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