Many families decide to move to South Australia to experience the amazing life style that SA offers. With a state full incredible landscapes and unique wildlife, SA offers a world of entertainment for kids – both free and paid.
This page is designed for migrants to share amazing locations throughout SA where your kids have had a great day out. It could be learning, eating, playing or holidaying. From nature walks to play groups, any thing you would recommend that kids can attend, so new comers to SA can find a great day out.
From bike rides, family picnics, parks, wild life and adventure parks, South Australia has it all!
If you have any suggestions for kids entertainment, please feel free to complete the below form so we can share your experience with other migrants.
Outdoors and Wildlife
Morialta Conservation Park
About 30 mins from the city. A massive nature play area, a waterfall and a GIANT cave! Wildlife (you will probably see koalas at the car park) galore, and packed with olives growing in winter.
Fish for carp at Murray Bridge. Great place to take kids as there is a big playpark right by the river. Park an esky and make it a daytrip (about an hour from Adelaide) on a budget.
Catch the Tram to the Botanic Gardens and walk through parklands to the zoo (spotting the flying foxes as you go), or simply drive and park outside it. Big open zoo, cafes, play areas and cooling mist when it’s hot. Tip: don’t attempt to do this on a mega hot day. It’s quite sheltered and so there isn’t much breeze. Good for spring/winter/autumn. If you enjoy it and want to go multiple times, they offer annual passes that are good value.
Capella Reserve, Hallet Cove
Huge and I mean HUGE reserve. It’s got a skate park, basketball hoops, climbing rock, scooter track, ninja course, bmx jumps, flying foxes, huge slide. Loads of space for bbqs and picnics. Toilets, parking and free bbqs! Of and a view of the sea…
Wigley Reserve, Glenelg
Big play space by the Marina in Glenelg. BBQ facilities, toilets, a cafe and a bakery on site, plus a short stroll to the sea. Perfect!
Moonta Bay pool
Sea pool with pontoons for jumping and diving!
Murray Bridge Outdoor Pool
About an hour or so’s drive from Adelaide is Murray Bridge and this outdoor pool.
For all ages, it’s a great place to visit when visiting Murray Bridge.
Tip – Murray Bridge is usually a little warmer in the daytime than Adelaide, so this is good for Spring and Autumn.
Belair National Park
For a very small entrance fee of $12 you have access to this amazing national park. Bring a picnic or use the free bbq’s and get back to nature. There is a massive play area with a fort so this appeals to younger and older kids (and adults)!! Take a walk and spot lots of wildlife.
Cleland Wild Life Park
Cleland Wildlife park is right up in the hills close to Mount Lofty. It’s an open air wildlife park. You can feed Kangaroos and get up close with Koalas. Wallabies and Potoroos are free roaming and tame. As it’s up in the hills, expect it to be a bit colder than Adelaide. We visited in May, and it was 10 degrees at the park, and 19 degrees then we went back home in Adelaide! Good place for hot days in the Summer!
Harvest the Fleurieu, Mount Compass
Pay per person and for the container. Pick as many as you like to fill the container. Big plus, you can eat what you want there too!
The Surf Life Saving Nippers Program.
The Surf Life Saving Nippers program is an amazing way for kids to gain confidence, make friends and develop an awareness of sea safety. Extra curricular activities on the beach… Just one of the many reasons we made the move! – Katie
Marion Outdoor Pool
Marion Outdoor pool is great for all ages. Big lap and recreation pool, baby and toddler pool and splash area.
Free bbq’s, a cafe and big clean changing rooms, plus free parking.
Urimbirra Wildlife Park
Located close to Victor Harbour, this is about a 40 minute drive from Adelaide. It’s great value, kids get in for just $7 and adults for $14. You want to feed kangas right? Well this is the place to do it! And pet a Koala. And hold a snake! There is plenty more to see including Wombats and Dingoes. No time limit, so bring a picnic and have a really good value day out. Good place to go all year, and it’s a little cooler down that way then Adelaide so also good for a hottish day.
Hugh Johnson Boulevard Reserve in Sheidow Park
Such a great new park with amenities for all ages. Basketball and netball nets, mini soccer goals, separate play areas for bigger and smaller kids. Super cute woodland and nature area with secret codes to solve and a scooter and bike pump track. All of this surrounded by beautiful creek’s, bridges and a duck pond. If you are into Geocaching there’s a couple to find here too. Plenty of picnic, BBQ facilities and toilets. Big thumbs up from the Davey children!
West Beach Mini Golf
Great mini golf course. Finish it off with a walk on the beach afterwards.
Take a bike ride on the Coast to Vines trail
Great cycling trails, with cafes, vineyards etc along the way!
Moonta Bay Splash Park
Literally on the sea front and FREE!!!
If you are not afraid of heights take the teens to West Beach Adventure Park! It is tight ropes, obstacle courses, massive climbs, frightening swings and Jumps. You may not want to watch..
West Beach skate park
Skate park that is under the route most planes take into Adelaide airport! Cafe, parking, toilets and free bbq facilities too.
Tree Climb Adelaide
Tree Climb Adelaide has a course for beginners and a main tree top obstacle course. There are rope walls, flying foxes and rope bridges. Its a great day out for the kids.
Wood House is an outdoor obstacle course and adventure park. It has a fence maze, climbing boulders and a tube slide. Its also got accommodation if you want to make a weekend of it.
Elizabeth/ Playford skate park is perfect if your teen skates, scooters or rides BMX. There is plenty of parking if you plan to stay and watch.
Wood House Advenure Park
Great day out at the museum. Free entry and so much to see and do. We did buy the family membership for $99 which gets you into all the exhibitions and to other museums and attractions and gives you discount at the museum cafe. Well worth it.
South Australian Aviation Museum
Run by volunteers this is a great value place to visit. Family ticket will set you back less than $40! Hands on, go into planes – the kids loved it!
Art Gallery of South Australia
Free entry and on North Terrace in Adelaide close to the SA Museum. Great for a visit with or without kids and perfect for a rainy afternoon as part of a ‘museum hop’.
State Library of SA
Located on North Terrace, Adelaide by the SA Museum and Art Gallery is the State Library. Worth a visit!
Adelaide Goal at Halloween
Great event at Halloween where you can dress up and be spooked at the Goal. Educational too.
Girls party idea!
I look my style… is a party venue in Hindmarsh Adelaide. It has so many different packages, our daughter Alicia is 6 and she had her hair done and make up with loads of glitter and sparkles. She had her nails painted and they also have a disco area where they danced the afternoon away and also some games. A young girls perfect afternoon!
Adelaide Aquatic Centre
Good selection of pools. Diving boards. Slides. Small kids splash area. BBQ facilities as well as a cafe. Great place for a kids party.
Basketball is big here, the kids love it, so look into joining a team. Dave