South Australian School Holidays Events Guide

South Australian School Holiday Event Guide

School holidays are upon us. Before you go into a frenzy about what you’re going to do with the kids for the next few weeks, stress ye not – we’ve got you sorted. There are plenty of events happening in and around Adelaide, and they won’t break the bank. There’s something for little kids (and big kids too).

The Big Wedgie Summer 2018

There’s no denying the Big Wedgie made a huge splash last year in Glenelg, so we’re in luck that it’s back again for the 2018 school holidays. The Big Wedgie is the tallest freestanding inflatable waterslide in the world, (it’s not for the faint-hearted). So, if this sounds a bit too out of your comfort zone – don’t worry. Take your pick between the Big Wedgie, The Just Right Wedgie, or the Little Wedgie (perfect for the little tykes).

The Big Wedgies is open from 1 January to 4 February 2018. Colley Reserve, Glenelg. Ticket prices and open times vary.

Story Telling Circle

Story Telling Circle

The people at Alexandrina Cheese are holding daily readings of Simone Kain and Ben Hood’s new book ‘Ruby and the Dairy Dilemma’. Children up to 12 are welcome to sit on the veranda in the shade and enjoy learning about life on the farm while fourth-generation cheese extraordinaire Rebekah reads.

3 to 5 January 2018, 2.30pm to 3pm. The Cheesery, Sneyd Road, Mt Jagged. The reading is free. Bookings essential. Email Rebekah

Operation Ouch!

Operation Ouch

Identical twins Dr Chris and Dr X from ABC’s ‘Operation Ouch!’ are set to be on stage talking all things biology and bodies, as well as exploring medical science in a way everyone can understand – especially children. The doctors will also include their favourite bits from their show. Crowd pleasers. Kids age five and up welcome.

4 and 5 January 2018. Her Majesty’s Theatre. Full details and tickets here.



Open for all ages, this workshop is an opportunity to get involved with the kids. Learn circus skills from professionals, including juggling and acrobatics. Litha will be running all afternoon, so you can come as you please. Not only that, but Cirque Nocturne will be putting on a free show at 8.30pm. Bonus.

6 January 2018, from 3pm. Rundle Park/Kadlitpina, Rundle Road. Free entry.

Steve Backshall’s ‘Deadly 60 Down Under’

Steve Backshall

Steve Backshall is the presenter of TV show ‘Deadly 60’, and he’s back in Australia with his new stage show. Not for the faint-hearted, the show brings some of our country’s deadliest animals before your eyes. There will be plenty of audience participation, storytelling, and footage of Steve’s time spent in Australia, including when he was lowered into a crocodile’s nest from a helicopter. Kew the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’.

6 and 7 January 2018. Her Majesty’s Theatre. Details and tickets here.

My Ngurra

My Ngurra

My Ngurra translates to ‘my home’ in the language of the Ngaanyatiarra people in Western Australia. This summer, the state museum’s school holiday program is an ode to what home means to the Ngaanyatiarra community. Activities include building wiltjas (traditional shelters) from leaves and branches, as well as painting a pannikin (camping mugs), which are symbols of home for many Ngaanyatiarra people. See the full program here.

8 to 12 January 2018, South Australian Museum. Free entry.

Big Market Adventures for Little Foodies

Little foodies

This school holidays, the Adelaide Central Market is letting parents kick back with a coffee while the kids get their hands dirty. There’s a workshop for children over four to decorate their own calico bag, and a baby animal nursery open for all ages. You’ve gotta be happy with that.

12 January 2018 – My Market Bag Workshops
19 of January 2018 – Baby Animal Nursery.
Adelaide Central Markets. Free entry. Details here.

Junior Sous Chef Workshop

Junior Sous Chef Workshop

Do the little ones in your life love being in the kitchen? Le Cordon Bleu and the Festival Centre have the answer for foodie kidlets these school holidays with a mini cooking workshop. Le Cordon Bleu is renowned for teaching the ‘the art and mastery’ of French culinary techniques. These school holidays, opening up the invitation to those aged 4 to 12. Kids can get creative and decorate their own cupcake. Bon appetit.

13 January 2018, 11am and 12pm. The Bistro, Leigh Street. Tickets are $7. Details and tickets here.

BUPA Family Ride

BUPA Family Ride

Ever wanted to ride on the same course as the Tour Down Under cyclists? Now’s your chance. This event allows you and your family to hit Adelaide’s pavement just a few hours before the world’s best cyclists ride through. If you’re down south, you can peddle through the Victor Harbor course, too.

14 and 18 Jan 2018. Tickets from $30. Full details here.

Stage Sparks Summer Intensive

Stage Sparks Summer Intensive

If your mini-me is leaping, singing and twirling around the house, it might be time to check out Carclew’s fantastic program, a hit with Adelaide kids every summer. This year, they’re hosting a free three-day performance workshop for children between five and 12, including theatre, singing, dancing, and circus skills. Whether or not your little one is a seasoned professional or has never stepped foot on a stage, all tiny feet and toes are welcome on the Carclew turf.

16 to 18 January, 2018. The Arts Centre, Port Noarlunga. The workshop is free, but you must book your space. Details and bookings here.

Shrek The Musical

Shrek The Musical

Animated characters coming to life? Yes, you heard right. The giant green ogre is making his Adelaide stage debut this holidays in Shrek the Musical. Based on the DreamWorks Animation motion picture, the show is presented by Adelaide Youth Theatre and brings back all the characters you know and love from the film to life on stage. Who could resist seeing Donkey in the fur?

19 January to 27 January 2018. Arts Theatre, Adelaide. Find out more about the event here.

Roller Skate Disco!

Roller Skate Disco!

Get your skates on and get ready to party these school holidays. Campbelltown Youth are putting on a night of great music, competitions, prizes, roller skates and a whole lot of fun for high school kids aged 12-17. Held at the ARC Campbelltown, there’ll be plenty of food and drinks on offer so your adolescent teens can skate the night away with friends. Be sure to book a spot before the event.

20 January 2018, 6 – 9pm. ARC Campbelltown.  FREE entry with $2 skate hire (BYO skates welcome).

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