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Top 10 School Holiday Activities to do in Adelaide 2018

Adelaide is the perfect adventure destination for kids, and the Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre is conveniently located near to each of these fantastic kid-friendly school holiday activities and offers accommodation in the heart of Adelaide City. And with this list, you no longer need to search for ‘things for kids to do near me’ as we have you covered.

When staying in Adelaide City Centre, you can take advantage of the free city connector bus and the free tram to make your way from activity to activity.

1. Adelaide Zoo: Go wild in the city

A visit to the zoo during the school holidays is guaranteed to thrill the kids. Adelaide Zoo is located just a 20-minute walk from the Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre. There is also a bus that runs every 15 minutes and is just 2 minutes away from the hotel. The zoo is home to 2,500 animals, including giant pandas, hippopotamus, Sumatran tigers and reptiles. Kids will also love the playground where they can burn off some excess energy. Adelaide Zoo is open 7 days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2. The Adelaide Oval

Any kid who is obsessed with sports is going to love visiting the Adelaide Oval. For the more adventurous, it is possible to climb the roof of the Adelaide Oval or simply take part in one of the behind the scenes tours. Tours of the oval are available on a daily basis, and it is recommended to book in advance. Reaching the Adelaide Oval from the Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre is just a short 8 minute (650m) walk.

3. Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Just a 10-minute bus ride away from the Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre is the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Inside you will find native Australian plants, roses from around the world, the Mediterranean water gardens and the first creek wetland. For those travelling with younger kids during the school holidays, the little sprouts kitchen garden is a fun and educational way of learning more about bees, worms, composting, and growing fruit and vegetables. The Adelaide Botanic Gardens are open every day and entry is 100% free.

4. River Torrens Cruise

Just a 9-minute walk from the Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre is Elder Park. This Riverside park is where you can climb aboard the Popeye for one of the daily cruises lasting approximately 40 minutes. If taking a cruise up the River Torrens is not what your kids will enjoy. Why not hire one of the brightly coloured paddle boats and let them burn off some steam on the water. The Popeye Cruise also stops at Adelaide Zoo with tickets costing $10 for an adult and $5 for kids under 16. The pedal boats can be hired for $20 for a 20-minute experience.

5. Adelaide Gaol

Jump on the tram toward Glenelg from Adelaide railway station and make your way to Adelaide Gaol. Kids can explore one of the oldest buildings in South Australia and glimpse inside the hanging tower, the original prisoner cell blocks and the yards. For those travelling with kids aged 12 years and over during the school holidays, why not book on to one of the ghost tours held throughout the year. The Adelaide Gaol is open 7 days a week.

6. Haigh’s Chocolate Tour

Located just a 15-minute bus ride from the Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre is Haigh's chocolate factory. What kid doesn't dream of experiencing their own Willy Wonka chocolate factory. Watch as melted chocolate is carefully crafted into delicious treats. Abundant tasting opportunities are available and there is a daily tour that takes you behind the scenes at the chocolate factory visitor centre. To participate in one of the tours, it is recommended that you make a reservation one day in advance by calling 08-8372-7070.

7. Glenelg Beach

If you are staying in Adelaide and find yourself Googling ‘things to do with kids near me’ then put down your phone and jump on the tram to Glenelg from Adelaide railway station. No school holiday is complete without a visit to the seaside. And Glenelg Beach does not disappoint. With outdoor and indoor playgrounds, a jetty, lots of wildlife, Moseley Square and plenty of shopping spots and cafes, it is the perfect Adelaide city beach excursion. Enjoy ice cream on the beach. Fun and games in the gentle surf and lots of sandcastle building.

8. Adelaide Central Markets

Located just 800m from the Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre are the Adelaide Central markets. Famous for being the southern hemisphere's largest undercover market, kids will love wandering around the abundant market stalls selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, delicacies, trinkets and souvenirs and just about anything else you can think of. There are also plenty of dining opportunities from bakeries to restaurants. It is the perfect place for kids to stock up on goodies as a reminder of their best school holiday ever.

9. South Australian Museum

Located just 700 meters from the Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre is the South Australian Museum. This museum is one of the most popular activities to do during the school holidays in Adelaide. Inside there are five floors filled with Pacific and aboriginal cultures collections. Kids will love exploring the fossils, ancient Egyptian artefacts, mammals and the giant squid hanging in the elevator shaft over four floors. The South Australian Museum puts on free school holiday programs making it a budget-friendly attraction.

10. DreamBIG Children’s festival 22nd May 2019 – 1st June 2019

Every two years the DreamBig children's festival is held in the Adelaide Festival Centre. Located just a five-minute walk from the Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre, the hotel is the perfect place to stay during the festival. It is one of the best educational yet extremely fun school holiday activities for kids to enjoy. There is also plenty for the grown-ups to take part in, too. So why not make a weekend of it?

A Hotel In The Heart of Adelaide City Centre

Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre is the perfect place to head to with kids during the school holidays. Located in the beating heart of the CBD, it makes the holiday experience one that everyone will love. With three different offers and deals available, check out our hotel deals to book the best accommodation in Adelaide City Centre.

Get the best deals on Adelaide City Centre accommodation at Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre by booking with us directly. Things for kids to do in Adelaide are abundant, and the school holidays will be one they will remember.

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