What’s on: 5 spring picks for kids

By Lana Guineay

As anyone with tiny humans will know – spring is the best time to get the kids outside and engage in some good old-fashioned fun.

Until the ideas for activities run out!

So with the sun (finally) making a reappearance and a calendar loaded with events across South Australia, we’ve put together a guide to keeping the kids thinking, moving, and having loads of fun – whatever the budget.

Here are 5 spring ideas:

Baby meerkats! If you like happiness, we suggest visiting them at the Adelaide Zoo.

Baby meerkats! If you like happiness, we suggest visiting them at the Adelaide Zoo.

If you’re after something… wild, cute, fluffy or scaled
Try: Adelaide Zoo
Because: Baby meerkats. If that wasn’t enough to entice you to take a trip to the Adelaide Zoo, they are also putting on a school holiday program themed around mythical creatures, filled with the weird and the wonderful while also learning a thing or two about the zoo’s real residents. The program includes themed activity trails, crafts, and presentations…better yet, it’s all free with the price of entry. But school holidays end soon – so be quick!

We’re running a competition for one lucky winner and six friends to go right into the heart of the lion’s den, and be among the first to check out the new Lions 360 experience at Monarto Zoo – enter now!

If you’re after something … in nature
Try: The Botanic Gardens
Because: There is probably no better way to bask in the sunshine and engage in a good old-fashioned game of hide and seek than visiting the Botanic Gardens. A picnic on the lawns is always a good idea, but the nature-loving Botanic Gardens team are hosting a series of hands-on school holidays events to encourage learning about plants, people and the environment. From paper making to story-telling, free to $30, you’ll find something for all nature-loving kids aged 5-12. Again, be quick – the holidays are almost at an end!

If you’re after… community events
Try: your local council
Because: Got a library card and not afraid to use it? Head down to your local library or community centre – you won’t regret it. Each council area has it’s own calendar of public events geared towards the little ones, from embroidery to yoga and everything in-between. You can find your local council website here, for a run-down of what’s happening near you.

Bunyeroo Valley Lookout, Flinders Ranges. Photo: SATC

Bunyeroo Valley Lookout, Flinders Ranges. Photo: SATC

If you’re after…a family getaway
Try: The Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, the Flinders Ranges….
Because: If you’re looking to hop in the car for a family-friendly road trip, the state is your oyster, with a range of short trips from the outback to the Mighty Murray. If you’re pressed for time, try an overnighter closer to home – the Hahndorf Resort Park is a short drive from the CBD and jam packed with kid friendly facilities.

If you’re after something… for energetic older kids
Try: The Ridiculous Playground 
Because: If your kids (age 10+) have loads of energy and like inflatable stuff, this is for you. The Ridiculous Playground is setting up at Victoria Park Racecourse for a weekend of bouncy shenanigans. The arena-style, larger than life obstacle course is perfect for thrill seekers, and features unlimited turns in each 2-hour session. Inflatables include a 4 storey waterslide, a 3+ metre free fall, and a foamy slide.

Need more spring activity inspiration? Check out the What’s On calendar.