Adelaide - Top 3 Free Things to Do with Kids This Summer
South Australian Museum
Housed in an ornate French chateau-style building on North Terrace, the South Australian Museum is a great place for families to visit. In fact it is one of the most-visited cultural institutions in Australia.
The beautiful building is home to the world’s largest collections of Aboriginal artefacts, with over 3,000 items on display.
Apart from the indigenous collection, the museum has a number of other rooms devoted to fossils, minerals, megafauna, ancient Egypt and a wonderful Pacific Cultures gallery packed with canoes, clubs and other weapons. The Mawson Collection is devoted to the celebrated Antarctic explorer and geologist.
The museum also hosts a vibrant programme of free temporary exhibitions. This summer make sure you visit the Spectacular Space exhibition running until 28 January. Check out Adelaide-born Astronaut Dr Andrew Thomas’s space memorabilia and suit, on loan from NASA.
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St Kilda Adventure Playground
This award winning adventure playground has a huge reputation. An icon to locals, it is located 45 minutes north of the Adelaide CBD in the historic seaside town of St Kilda.
Covering 4 hectares this playground is the biggest in all of Adelaide and like no other. Think giant slides, a massive maze, a life sized pirate ship right on the beach (that you can board and explore), a fabulous castle and big flying fox.
If you are looking for something a little more sedate you can enjoy a gentle family stroll along the elevated boardwalk of the nearby St Kilda Mangrove Trail. About 1.5km return, you will meander throughout a flooded mangrove forest, through tidal salt marches and sea grass channels with great views across the Barker Inlet. Please note you need to pick up a gate key from the Tackle and Tucker Kiosk.
The availability of toilets, barbecue and picnic facilities in addition to ample parking, means the whole family can enjoy an afternoon of adventure and keep everyone happy for hours.
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Local Adelaide Beaches
There are endless free activities for families at the beach, and Adelaide beaches offer some of the most beautiful, yet unspoiled and uncrowded city beaches in Australia. Some of the best, family friendly beaches include Henley, Grange, Semaphore and West Beach and of course the ever popular Glenelg.
Semaphore is our pick for its white sands, family friendly shallows and the fact that it is backed by low dunes (rather than tall buildings) makes you feel like you are miles from anywhere. And during summer the foreshore is a hive of activity with a host of traditional family attractions, many of them free.
The jetty is a Semaphore landmark and is nearly 600m long. Take a stroll to the end and try to spot all the schools of small fish swimming in the shallows. It’s a beautiful view from the end of the jetty looking back at Semaphore and along the coast. And a great spot to drop a line too if you like to fish.
For a small outlay (just $5 per ride) the Semaphore Carousel is a must do. Located right on the foreshore it is believed to be the largest operating carousel in Australia with 40 handcrafted wooden horses.
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