We are very lucky these April school holidays – the weather is perfect for getting out and about! Our volunteer committee have shared some of their plans to make the most of the nicer weather before winter kicks in.
Mt Lofty Botanic Garden
Autumn is such a lovely time to visit Mount Lofty Botanic Garden. The tree colours are just amazing – our social media feeds are full of fantastic pictures taken by visitors at this time of year. A perfect spot for a picnic. Of course, there is usually an opportunity for jumping in a pile of leaves too!
Pop Up Wild Goblin Garden
We think our pre-schoolers will love the City of Adelaide have set up a Pop Up Wild Goblin Garden at 88 O’Connell. It’s on until 18 April 2019 so we need to get there quickly! They have set up a sustainable village with natural and upcycled materials by Climbing Tree Nature Play. There are plenty of cafes to visit close by too. You’ll find it at 88 O’Connell Street North Adelaide.
If your pre-schooler has not visited the SA Museum yet then now is the time to do it! There is something for everyone there and it is free to enter (although you may make a donation if you wish). A show of hands around the committee tells us that the giant squid is the overwhelming favourite thing to see. Yes, the Museum is indoors, however it is a lovely spot to have a picnic lunch outside before or after (or even at ‘half-time’) during your visit when the weather is lovely. They usually have school holiday activities too – some may or may not be suitable for pre-schoolers. For more information visit their website.
Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Zoo
A visit to Adelaide Zoo is always enjoyed by everyone and there is also a fantastic playground, picnic spaces and cafes. Monarto Zoo is a longer drive but so worth it! Children under four are free. Memberships are worthwhile considering for the grown ups and older children and make an excellent present idea! For more information visit their website.
Cleland Wildlife Park
Children will love getting up close to the animals at Cleland Wildlife Park. As the animals are adapted to the park environment children are able to pat and feed the animals. You can also add animal experiences to your visit – we think our little ones would love the butterfly experience. It is especially nice to visit Cleland when the weather is warmer – we find that it is the coolest part of Adelaide! For more information visit their website.
The Semaphore Carousel is over 90 years old and is always a favourite when heading to the beach. Follow up your visit with fish and chips on the beach or perhaps an ice cream. You can also walk across the jetty or have a play on the beach.
SASMEE Train Park
The South Australian Society of Model and Experimental Engineers (SASMEE) Park at Millswood has been a hit with our children. Children can get up close to and ride on the miniature trains.
A great spot to have a picnic (get there early to get a great spot!). The next running day is 20 April 2019. For more information visit
Carrick Hill is always a great spot to visit and these school holidays they have a “Bee Babies” program for children aged 3-12 years. It sounds like a fun adventure!
Markets are a great learning experience for your child. There are many to choose from. Our favourites are the Central Market, Plant 4 Bowden and on Sundays the Wayville showgrounds offer the Farmers Market and Gilles at the Ground.
A Culinary Drive to the Hills
It’s strawberry season (but only just!) so you could head along to Beerenberg Farm at Hahndorf to pick some delicious fruit. It’s a good idea to check their website or Facebook page daily to make sure they are picking on that day. Another favourite of ours is Melba's Chocolates and Woodside Cheese Wrights which are conveniently next door to each other. You may be able to find other fruit picking and other culinary delights in the hills.
Visit a Playground Outside Your Local Area
For a special treat make a special trip to a playground outside of our local area. Some of our favourites:
**All opinions are of the volunteer management committee. This post is NOT sponsored.**