Jubilee Adventure Playground - Onkaparinga - Adelaide - Review

Come for the giraffe, stay for the awesome day out for small kids and big kids at the Jubilee Adventure Playground! Situated on the lower reaches of the Onkaparinga River, just off Saltfleet Street is, Jubilee Park. The park overlooks both the Port Noarlunga sand dunes and the Onkaparinga estuary, giving nature lovers superb views of this unique ecosystem. Kate and her little ones recently visited this great playground while on a trip to Adelaide and loved it!

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The fantastic Jubilee Adventure playground was built by the community for the community, with multiple bbq and picnic facilities and a small junior playground for little ones.

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This great playground is fully fenced with plenty of swings, slides and seating available for the adults and toilet facilities close by.

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This awesome playground was a hit with Kate and her little ones and you can see why they stayed there for almost three hours. Thanks Kate. xo Catherine

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The Jubilee Adventure Playground is located at Saltfleet Street in Port Noarlunga South.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

This playground has:

  • Accessible and street parking

  • Ball game areas

  • Changing facilities

  • Picnic areas with BBQ

  • Public toilets

  • Seating, tables and benches with shelter

  • Slides, swings and climbing structures

  • Walking and cycling tracks

  • Water Play areas

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens - Adelaide - Review

We love visiting the Adelaide Botanic Gardens every time we visit family in Adelaide. The gardens feature 50 hectares of magnificently maintained gardens and stunning architecture. It’s always a treat with our little ones to walk around the gardens. 

The garden features a variety of gardens and buildings, so make sure you grab a map at either entrance. We walked through the Bicentennial Conservatory which was built in 1989 and is the largest single span glasshouse in the Southern Hemisphere. Home to a number of endangered rainforest plans from subtropical and temperate forests in Eastern Australia and abroad, it is a nice space to walk through and look up and observe. 

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The International Rose Garden is a delight stroll among thousands of species of roses. Flowering in Spring and Autumn, the International Rose Garden and National Rose Trial Garden display over 5,000 roses including areas devoted to Australian-bred roses, single roses, heritage roses and pillar roses.

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To no surprise, the kids loved the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden. This cute kitchen garden was designed as an educational space for children and includes garden beds abundant with seasonal fruit, vegetables & herbs, pots & trays, structures for climbing plants, fruit trees, compost, worms, working bench space and enclosed areas for group discussion and storytelling. It is regularly used by school groups. 

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The First Creek Wetland nearby is a calming spot for visitors. On top of being a sustainable water supply for the garden, the wetlands are beautiful, essential and useful for maintaining a healthy environment for the garden. You might be lucky to see wildlife in the wetlands during your visit. The kids loved the cute water chickens! 

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The 1877 built Palm House features a fascinating collection of plants from the ancient island of Madagascar and is one of the last of its kind remaining in the world. A great building to admire.

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The Amazon Waterlily Pavilion was based on the leaf structure of the Amazon Waterlily and the original 1868-built pond is still the central feature and home of the beautiful and exotic flower.

We also visited the Santos Museum of Economic Botany which was completed in 1881 with a classical Greek-style exterior and features high ceilings, ornate Victorian details and historic cabinet displays. The kids loved looking through the Fruit model showcase, Fungi model showcase, grove and exhibition space.

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Last but not least, the SA Water Mediterranean Garden is a cute water play area for little ones which shows clever strategies of water wise plants from the five mediterranean zones of the world. The garden highlights how careful plant selection and thoughtful garden designs can be used to create stunning garden displays that use water wisely and well.

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Do visit the Adelaide Botanic Gardens next time you’re in Adelaide, the whole family will enjoy it!

Our tips:

  • The Adelaide Botanic Gardens is located on North Terrace in the Adelaide CBD. Entrances are from North Terrace, Plane Tree Drive, Hackney Road and Frome Road.

  • The Gardens is open 7:15 am weekdays and weekends & public holidays at 9am. Closing times vary each month of the year so check the website.

  • Entry is Free.

  • The Gardens is pram and wheelchair friendly.

  • There is parking at various parts around the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

  • There are toilets around the Gardens, grab a map at one of the entrances.

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Photos taken in October 2017

For more information and up-to-date news about the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, head to their website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday - Australian Tour

Following a hugely successful tour of the UK, the enchanting world of the CBeebies’ hit animated series Sarah & Duck will be brought to life on stage for the first time in Australia this summer! Kids aged 3 to 6 years will love the Sarah & Duck show!

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Featuring a host of wonderful characters from the BAFTA Award-winning show embarking on a brand-new adventure, Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday will play in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne. 

  • Sydney - Sydney Opera House Thu 6th Dec to Sun 23rd Dec 2018

  • Adelaide - Dunstan Playhouse Wed 16th Jan to Sun 20th Jan 2019

  • Melbourne - Clocktower Centre Tue 22nd Jan to Thu 24th Jan 2019 and Karralyka Centre in Ringwood Fri 25th Jan and Sun 27th Jan 2019

Join Sarah and Duck, along with all their favourite friends, including The Ribbon Sisters, The Shallots, John and Flamingo and Umbrella, as they plan a circus-themed birthday party for Scarf Lady in their garden. But when the weather turns windy and the big top is blown away, will Sarah and Duck be able to save the day? 

 

Told through a fantastic blend of inventive puppetry, charming storytelling and toe-tapping music, it features all the familiar voices from the CBeebies series, including Roger Allam as the Narrator and Lesley Nicol as Scarf Lady. Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday will take families and children alike on a magical theatrical adventure.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page. 

Goolwa Animal Farm - Adelaide - Review

On our recent Adelaide school holiday trip in July, we took the opportunity to visit relatives on the Fleurieu Peninsula. We couldn't resist popping in to the cute and local gem - the Goolwa Animal Farm.

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Run by friendly couple Allan and Caroline, this cute animal farm is worth a visit as kids will want to stay for hours to pet the animals, go on a trailer ride, ride a pony or play in the little playground so grab some snacks or a picnic.

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Little Miss was given a little spotting game at reception to spot the gnomes around the farm which was quite amusing. The kids couldn't wait to see the animals as soon as we visited and were pretty much in love with the rabbits and guinea pigs so we grabbed some animal feed.

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Animals on the farm include rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, chicks, ducks, turkeys, goats, doves, pigs, donkeys, ponies as well as 3 different types of kangaroos, some emus and alpacas.

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The kids loved the rabbit and guinea pig area and were happy to stay in there for ages while they cuddled, fed and looked at new baby rabbits.

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It was then time for us to jump onto the trailer for a trailer ride around the paddock where we saw emus, alpacas, different types of kangaroos, sheep and more.

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We then had a snake showing of the resident python which the kids and I were happy to pat and hold (yes I held a python to my surprise).

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We continued looking around the farm checking out the ducks, chickens and jumping on the old tractors around and playing in the little play area with sandpit, toys and riding cars.

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Little Miss insisted she wanted to take her first pony ride and loved the experience that Allan provided and wants to ride again. Thank you Allan and Caroline for making this experience for her so special.

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We had an amazing time at the Goolwa Animal Farm and highly recommend a visit if you are in the area. The kids will love it and you will too!

Our tips:

  • The Goolwa Animal Farm is located at 85 Airport Rd, Goolwa minutes from Goolwa on the way to the airport.
  • The farm is open at various times during the school term and school holidays, check their website to check times and opening days.
  • Admission to the farm is $10 per adult, $8 for children/senior/student and Free for kids under 2.
  • A trailer ride is included in admission, pony ride for kids over 2 is $5 and animal feed $1.
  • A play area is available for under 2s and older kids.
  • The farm is pram friendly.
  • Grab some animal feed at reception.
  • Enjoy a coffee or other treats at the café while you're there.
  • Toilets are located at the entrance (male, female, disabled and baby change facilities available).

Busy City Kids were invited to the Goolwa Animal Farm for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel, food and fee paying activities were self funded. 

For more information and up-to-date news about the Goolwa Animal Farm, head to their website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

Goolwa Nature Playground - Adelaide - Review

The Goolwa Nature Playground also known as the Bristow-smith Reserve off Barrage Road in Goolwa is a great nature playground with a gorgeous life size boat with climbing structure, a slide, water play, musical instruments around the playground, more climbing structures and different types of swings.

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Finished in mid 2016, it is a very popular playground and is packed in summer with access to a little sandy beach and access to the water. Supervision is recommended around the road, the water and high grass near the water for little ones as there are no fences. Great for catching up with friends for a play or a picnic or popping in if you are visiting the Fleurieu Peninsula.

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We love the nature feel to it, it suits the area perfectly and the kids loved it! We loved the musical instruments and musical swans around the playground. There is also a cool wooden carved crocodile, large rock to climb and wooden carved tree to climb too!

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The Goolwa Nature Playground is a gorgeous nature and water play playground near the water. There is no shade so do wear protective wear and sunscreen in warmer months. The playground is not fully fenced and it is close to a road and there is access to the water via a little sandy area. Caution must be taken around the road, water and high grass area next to the water with children. There are toilets close to the playground. Try the café or local club.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles
  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhats

This playground has:

  • Public toilets may be accessible in café and club buildings near to the playground
  • Accessible and street parking on the street along and near the playground
  • Seating, tables and benches
  • Slide and climbing structure
  • BBQ area

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

Urimbirra Wildlife Park - Adelaide - Review

Urimbirra Wildlife Park is one little gem we found when looking at things to do around Goolwa, Port Elliott and Victor Harbor when visiting family these last school holidays. I read fabulous reviews online with people loving this local wildlife park so I couldn't wait for us to check it out.

Urimbirra Wildlife Park is located in Hindmarsh Valley just 5 minutes from Victor Harbor. The Park has a range of Australian animals kids will love. Visitors can pat and feed kangaroos, pat a koala, feed an emu, watch a professional snake handler, see reptiles and more.

As soon as we arrived and purchased kangaroo feed at the counter and grabbed a map, we headed straight outside and the kids 'jumped' on the first kangaroo they saw. 

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As you enter the wildlife park, you will see wild birds such as black cockatoos, owls and a cassowary and see lorikeets and other birds in the walk through aviary. There are also some salt and fresh water crocodiles and reptiles to checkout, emus as well as farm animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs and sheep before venturing around to see the rest of the Australian animals.

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The highlight of Urimbirra Wildlife Park is by far the open range area where the kids met various wallabies and kangaroos. Even little baby joeys in their pouches - so cute! The kids loved chatting to them and feeding them. There was a small moment where a few kangaroos were startled which scared the kids a little but other than it was a very pleasant experience and they spent a lot of time with them.

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We managed to catch one of the Koalas Feeding session, there are daily sessions at 11am, 2pm and 4pm as well as a Snake Handling session at 4pm both near the Koala Enclosure. After an intro from the Koala keeper, visitors were invited to pat and take a pic with a koala.

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We continued exploring and saw dingos, wombats, more birds, reptiles and more Kangaroo Island Kangaroos and Eastern Grey Kangaroos. Little Miss fell in love with one of the baby kangaroos and wanted to take him home ha! We had a wonderful time and highly recommend a visit at Urimbirra Wildlife Park!

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Our tips:

  • The Urimbirra Wildlife Park is located at 10 Welch Road, Victor Harbor which is in Hindmarsh Valley just 5 minutes from Victor Harbor. 
  • Urimbirra is open every day of the year from 10 am to 5 pm including public holidays.
  • Admission to Urimbirra Wildlife Park is $14 per adult, $7 for children (4 to 14 yrs), Free for kids under 4. Students & Seniors $10.
  • The wildlife park is pram friendly. 
  • There are toilets inside the wildlife park next to the entrance building.

Busy City Kids were invited by Urimbirra Wildlife Park for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel, food and fee paying activities were self funded. 

For more information and up-to-date news about the Urimbirra Wildlife Park, head to their website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

Glenelg Foreshore Playground - Adelaide - Review

The Glenelg Foreshore Playground is a fantastic addition to Glenelg and we really enjoyed spending time there. The playground is a great mix of nature, water play and traditional climbing structure.

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My little ones loved playing with the water equipment even though it was chilly that day, going around the merry go round and going up and down the rope climb, rock climb and large slide.

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The Glenelg Foreshore Playground is a great nature foreshore playground with wet play, slides and climbing structures suitable for kids for all ages. Perfect for a walk on the jetty or a picnic or run on the beach afterwards and it's sure to be amazing in summer of course!

This playground is located at Moseley Square in Glenelg.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles
  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhats
  • Change of clothes after wet play

This playground has:

  • Public toilets in buildings behind the playground
  • Fee paying underground and street parking nearby
  • Picnic and party areas
  • Seating, tables and benches
  • Slide and climbing structure

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

Marshmallow Park - Adelaide - Review

The Marshmallow Park located on Glen Osmond Road near Adelaide CBD was recently renovated and reopened in April this year. The existing climbing structure remains however this playground has now been transformed into a nature playground with additional wooden climbing structures outside of the playground for even more fun.

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This fully fenced playground offers some jellyfish-like climbing pods for kids to climb on, a climbing structure and a small three person swing (more swings would be great) on one side.

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Close to that, there is a large slide which is quite steep I must say (even for us!) but some kids seem to enjoy it.

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A very popular space is the rock mound with a small structure with slide for little ones and water play activities. There is also a climbing structure with large wooden beams.

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This playground will be a cracker in spring/summer with the water play area, lots to do in this beautiful nature playground. Little Miss wished there were more swings though.

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A fully fenced playground great for kids of all ages. Kids love the water play area even in winter! This playground is located off Glen Osmond Road in Adelaide near the CBD close to South Terrace. There is free parking along Glen Osmond Road. 

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles
  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhats

This playground has:

  • No Public toilets that we could see
  • Accessible and street parking on the street along the playground
  • Dog park nearby
  • Seating, tables and benches
  • Slide and climbing structure

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

South Australian Whale Centre - Adelaide - Review

The South Australian Whale Centre in Victor Harbor is a fantastic place to visit with kids with three floors of interesting and interactive displays - we loved it!

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Upon entry, kids were given a little bucket, spade and dusting brush to take with them for fossil digging on the lower level and couldn't wait to do so however we took the time to look around. We took in the beautiful mural, the sharks teeth and shells on display, the live fish in the little aquarium and other interesting panels showcasing the life of whales in the area along with Southern Right Whale Skull before heading upstairs to checkout the touch tables, microscopes and the live turtle, hermit crabs and yabbies.

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    We then headed downstairs to checkout the whale murals and marine history, the Sea Shepherd Steve Irwin MV Exhibit where the kids had a play and then headed to the Kids Zone where they dug for some whale fossils and shells and crawled through the belly of a giant squid, played with toys and puzzles. There was also a 3D Theatre for a fisheye experience and a shark cage where you can stare and have your pic taken with a Great White Shark.

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    We loved our visit at the South Australian Whale Centre so if you are visiting Adelaide and the Fleurieu Peninsula, take a trip to Victor Harbor. There's also the famous Cockle Train departing Victor Harbor regularly as well as Granite Island and the Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Carriage and great fish & chips and nearby Urimbirra Wildlife Park which we visited and will publish a review of soon.

    Our tips:

    • The South Australian Whale Centre is located at 2 Railway Terrace in Victor Harbor.
    • The centre is open every day except Christmas Day from 10:30 am to 5 pm.
    • Admission is $9 per adult, $6.50 per concession, $4.50 for children, Free for kids under 4 and $24 for a family. 
    • Park your pram near reception and walk up and down the different levels. I cannot recall lifts onsite.
    • There are toilets inside the centre including a change table in the ladies toilets.
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    Busy City Kids were invited to the South Australian Whale Centre in Victor Harbor for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel, food and fee paying activities were self funded. 

    For more information on the South Australian Whale Centre, head to their website.

    For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

    PJ Masks Live! - Australian Tour 2018 - Info & Giveaway

    The NEW live musical show PJ Masks Live! is based on eOne’s top-rated animated TV series PJ Masks which airs daily on Disney, Junior and ABC Kids. There is no doubt PJ Masks is a phenomenon amongst Aussie kids, launching as the Number 1 show on Disney Jr in Australia in 2016, and the top TV show for pre-schoolers on ABC in 2017.

    The tour will see the action packed show, featuring a live cast, perform 27 shows around Australia from September 2018 in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne in what is set to be one of the most exciting and hottest tickets of the year. Aussie kids are the first outside of the US to see eOne’s hit musical production take to the stage; coming direct to Australia after touring more than 70 cities in the USA with sell-out audiences.

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    Catboy, Owlette, Gekko and the baddies will delight fans of all ages with a live performance that features world class production values, familiar and original music and audience interactivity. PJ Masks has more than 1.3M subscribers on YouTube and the custom app has had over 11 million downloads worldwide.

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    To celebrate the PJ Masks Live! Australian Tour this September-October, we are giving away 1 family pass (4 general admission tickets) for one of the 6 Sydney shows at Darling Harbour Theatre at ICC Sydney on either Monday 1st or Tuesday 2nd of October 2018. The show time will be allocated once the winner is drawn so make sure you are free to attend either of the shows.

    To enter, checkout our Instagram @busycitykids page or/and Facebook page in the coming days.

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    Tour Dates:

    • Perth - Fri 21 & Sat 22 Sep - PCEC Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA
    • Brisbane - Wed 26 & Thu 27 Sep - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, QLD
    • Sydney - Mon 1 & Tue 2 Oct - Darling Harbour Theatre, ICC Sydney, NSW
    • Adelaide - Sun 7 Oct - Adelaide Entertainment Centre, SA
    • Melbourne - Sat 13 & Sun 14 Oct - Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
    For more information about PJ Masks Live tour or to buy tickets, head to the Ticketek website.
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    For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

    For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

    For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

    Kid & Hub - Adelaide - Review

    Kid & Hub was founded by Stacey and Giuliana in late 2016 who both moved back to Adelaide from Melbourne and were looking for a space where they could go with their children and help them learn, create and play in a safe environment. They were not able to find such space so they created Kid & Hub and opened in early 2017. We have been looking at visiting Kid & Hub since last September and were lucky to grab two spots for the Movers & Makers 0 to 5 years old program these holidays! As you can imagine, spots do fill up quickly, now we know why!

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    We arrived a little bit early before our Movers & Makers session and sat down at the coffee shop while watching little Miss and her brother enjoy themselves in the little play hub. You can pop in anytime at the coffee shop and let your little ones play in the play area for $5 or for free if you are a member. The coffee and food is very nice.

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    Before our Movers & Makers session started, kids are invited to pop into the little pre-session area 15 minutes before the session starts where they can have a play, go down the slide, make some music with little instruments provided and join the instructor for a welcome song and a few cute activities. When it's time to start the session, kids are asked to take shoes and socks off and put a paint smock on and get ready for some messy fun!

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    The Movers & Makers monthly theme we attended was based on the Seasons and the season for that week was Winter. A variety of messy play, arts & crafts, painting, science skills and some great activities to develop fine and motor skills. Different stations were setup for kids to enjoy and my kids did just that - they loved their 45 minutes and received a fruit at the end of the session. Little Miss has asked to go back again when we visit Adelaide. After they enjoyed the session, they played some more in the café play hub after a juice and croissant.

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    Our tips:

    • Kid & Hub is located at 253A Magill Road in Maylands in Adelaide.
    • The centre is open Monday to Friday, closed Saturday & Sunday and closed on Public Holidays. Opening times vary.
    • Pop in for a coffee and a play in the Play Hub anytime.
    • Admission to Coffee & Play Hub is free for Kid & Hub members or $5 per child for non members. Play & Coffee Tuesday is great for play dates as there are no Movers & Makers sessions on that day and everything is opened up.
    • Admission to Movers & Makers sessions vary. Perfect for kids under 6. You can either pay the casual visit fee of $27 or a five pass membership at $115 or ten pass membership at $200.
    • Book in advance for programs as spots book out quickly.
    • Book your child's next birthday party at Kid & Hub for a fun alternative.
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    Busy City Kids were invited to Kid & Hub for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel, food and fee paying activities were self funded. 

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    For more information on Kid & Hub, head to their website.

    For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

    Sunnyside Up! Studio - Art Gallery of SA - Adelaide - Review

    Pop into The Studio for Sunnyside Up! by local artist Lauren Simeoni and discover that yellow really isn’t very mellow. It’s shiny, full of energy, light and positivity. Discarded pieces of various materials can be reborn as wonderful wearables.

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    Kids can choose their preferred materials and make their own wearable, a piece of art, a sculpture or anything they like really. Their work can then be exhibited in the collaborative display cabinet or they can take their piece home.  

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    Little Miss and Little Mister really enjoyed Sunnyside Up! at the Studio, we were there for closer to two hours and created an array of things and even little Miss' grandmother made a few creatives too!

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    Our tips:

    • Sunnyside Up! is open at the Art Gallery of SA daily 10am to 5pm from now until Sunday 2nd of September 2018.
    • Admission to the Studio is FREE.
    • Admission to the Art Gallery of SA is FREE except for ticketed exhibitions and events.
    • The gallery is kid and pram friendly with toilets located around the gallery.
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    For more information and up-to-date news about Sunnyside Up! or Lauren Simeoni, head to the Art Gallery of SA website. 

    For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

    Migration Museum - Adelaide - Review

    On our recent Adelaide school holiday trip, we visited the Migration Museum in the CBD. The Migration Museum works towards the preservation, understanding and enjoyment of South Australia’s diverse cultures. It is a place to discover the many identities of the people of South Australia through the stories of individuals and communities. We popped in to have a look and were pleasantly surprised by the rich history the Migration Museum presented.

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    The Migration Museum honours the arrival of families those hundreds of years ago in the Leaving Britain & Establishing South Australia permanent exhibition and shares their stories and their brave journey to make Australia their new home in hope for a better life and more freedom and a great future for their children. 

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    The Migration Museum also talks about immigration in the 20th century and how migration in the last few decades as changed Australia in fundamental ways.

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    The permanent exhibition Immigration in the 20th century shows how migrants impacted on the first peoples and how mass migration schemes made us the multicultural country we are today.

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    Last but not least in the exterior building is the permanent exhibition In this Place, which touches on the history of the Migration Museum site which was once part of Adelaide’s Destitute Asylum.

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    If you are a SA resident and have lived in Adelaide all your life and have family in Adelaide do checkout the family register to see if your family is registered. You can also commemorate your family history with an engraved paver which will be placed in the courtyard.

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    Our tips:

    • The Migration Museum is located at 82 Kintore Avenue near the State Library of South Australia.
    • The Museum is open daily 10 am to 5pm except Christmas Day.
    • Admission is FREE.
    • The Museum is pram friendly.
    • There are toilets located next to the Museum near the courtyard.

    Busy City Kids were invited to the Migration Museum for the purposes of a review. Entry is FREE for everyone. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel, food and fee paying activities were self funded. 

    For more information on the Migration Museum and other History of Trust SA Museums, head to their website.

    For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

    South Australian Maritime Museum - Adelaide - Review

    On our last visit to Adelaide, we visited the South Australian Maritime Museum in fitting historical Port Adelaide. The Museum preserves, explores and celebrates the human history of our oceans and rivers with a mix of permanent and temporary exhibitions on display.

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    As you walk into the South Australian Maritime Museum, you will not miss the stunning replica ketch Active II ship. Built by shipwright Bill Porter and rigged by sail maker Don Lucas in 1986, this replica shows how hard the ketch trade was back in the 1800s. The first Active was built in 1873 and worked the coast until 1959. Kids can get on board the ketch and experience life at sea on dry land! Navigate the ship and go below deck to checkout the ship's quarters.

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    Visitors can also catch the permanent exhibition Doplhins! The Port River Pod which talks about the Port River and how a pod of about thirty dolphins makes the river estuary its home. As many as 200 dolphins visit each year, all within a city of more than one million people. The exhibition looks at their anatomy, ecology, how they communicate and how they live in social groups. It also explores how humans communicate with dolphins and how we have impacted on their environment as a result of plastic pollution and sewerage pollution in the river.

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    The Museum also has a great collection of artefacts and model ships upstairs.

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    The Museum also looks at the roles that South Australians have played in the colonial navy and the Royal Australian Navy through the First and Second World Wars and the Vietnam War and from memory it also mentioned recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This is showcased at Action Stations.

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    The Bound for South Australia exhibition on the lower level of the Museum features precious personal mementos first immigrants brought to South Australia. It explores how nine ships left Britain for the newly created Province of South Australia in 1836 and shows life at sea, what they ate, where they slept and how they fared on the long sea voyage.

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    We quite enjoyed our time at the South Australian Maritime Museum, when we visited there were some underwater play stations upstairs for kids to have a go at and other sections were going under development. There was a carnival area with old pier carnival games and some surf boards for the kids to have a go on too. Lots to learn and discover at the South Australia Maritime Museum.

    Don't forget to visit the Port Adelaide lighthouse before you leave Port Adelaide. The lighthouse is Port Adelaide’s icon. It stands at the end of Commercial Road marking the place where the city meets the Port River. Visitors can climb the seventy-four steps and take in the views of Port Adelaide, the coast and back past the city to the Mount Lofty Ranges. The lighthouse was first lit in 1869 and originally stood at the entrance to the Port River. We didn't climb up but it was great to see the lighthouse.

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    Our tips:

    • The South Australian Maritime Museum is located at 126 Lipson Street in Port Adelaide about 30 mins from the CBD.
    • The Museum is open every day of the year except Good Friday and Christmas Day from 10 am to 5 pm.
    • Admission to the Museum is $15 per adult, $6 for children, Free for kids under 5 and $34.50 for a family.
    • The Museum is pram friendly with a lift inside to go between levels. No pram allowed on the Active II ship.
    • There are toilets inside the Museum.

    Busy City Kids were invited to the South Australian Maritime Museum for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel, food and fee paying activities were self funded. 

    For more information and up-to-date news about the South Australian Maritime Museum, head to their website.

    For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

    National Motor Museum - Adelaide - Review

    If you're visiting Adelaide or the Adelaide Hills, do make the drive to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. Motor enthusiasts and families love this museum and for my car obsessed son, this was heaven! Little Miss loved looking at all the cars and motorbikes too, we had a fun afternoon.

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    From the get go at the Museum Shop, the kids got on the little cars for sale and wanted to ride through the museum. Would have been a great idea but we left the cars at the shop for repairs haha!

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    The National Motor Museum has a unique collection of cars, trucks, vans, motorbikes, bicycles, toy and model cars and so much more! Kids will love walking through the aisles of cars and motorbikes and checkout one of a kind vehicles that are only at the museum. 

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    Checkout the latest exhibition Sunburnt Country which celebrates Australia’s unique love affair with all things motoring. The exhibit includes the hand-built 1899 Shearer Steam Carriage, the 1908 Talbot that crossed from Adelaide to Darwin and the faithful 1936 Leyland Badger that enabled the legendary South Australian Mailman of the Outback, Tom Kruse, to deliver mail to rural communities. We liked watching the video in this exhibit showcasing the way cars were built back in those days.

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    Walk through the aisles of motorbikes and scooters on show and make your way to the 1920s mechanical workshop which has petrol pumps, original tools, advertising images, a fire extinguisher, and even a vintage typewriter and small office.

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    Don't miss the Model Behaviour exhibit on your way out which features a number of pedal cars which came to life in the workshop of Adelaide grandfather Bob Phillips, and an impressive collection of Corgi model cars which was the life-long passion of Eric Hauschild.

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    We loved our time at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood and didn't mind the drive up through the beautiful villages. The kids did not stop admiring everything in sight. It was heaven for my car loving son!  

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    Our tips:

    • The National Motor Museum is located at Shannon Street in Birdwood in the Adelaide Hills.
    • The Museum is open every day of the year except Christmas Day from 10 am to 5 pm.
    • Admission to the Museum is $15.50 per adult, $6.50 for children, Free for kids under 5 and $35 for a family of 2 adults and up to 6 children.
    • The Museum is pram friendly.
    • There are toilets inside the Museum.

    Busy City Kids were invited to the National Motor Museum for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel, food and fee paying activities were self funded. 

    For more information and up-to-date news about the National Motor Museum, head to their website.

    For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

    Morialta Conservation Park Nature Playground - Adelaide - Review

    The Morialta Conservation Park Nature Playground opened June last year in 2017 and has been a very popular destination for families since. We visited this nature playground last September and really enjoyed it. Kids 5 years + will love this nature playground with lots of options to climb, slide down and a range of nature spots for them to explore and the nearby creek to enjoy during warmer months. 

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    The $900k construction project inspired by aboriginal culture took more than 6 months to build and includes an Eagle's Nest, Kookaburra Nests, Climbing Boulders, Frog Island near the creek and Great Snake (pictured below). Kids loved exploring through the snake's belly labyrinth and also climbing and walking on top of the snake's back and tail.

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    The giant bird's nest is fantastic to play in and the giant metal slide is fantastic for bigger kids. Pack a picnic and relax on the nearby grass or at designated picnic tables. The playground also has slides, trees to climb on and more. 

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    Kids will love going on a nature adventure at Morialta Conservation Park. This large playground is fantastic to get the kids out in the fresh air and let them run around, climb, slide down huge slides and explore the creek. Caution must be taken as this playground is not fenced near the creek, nor is it fenced near the car park or nearby road. My little one under 2 was very keen to go in the creek so we had to watch him very carefully.

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    Our tips:

    • The Morialta Conservation Park Playground is located 10 minutes from the Adelaide CBD at Morialta Falls Rd in Woodforde off Morialta Road. 
    • Admission is free.
    • There is some free parking at different levels of the park.
    • The park open from 8:30 am to 15 minutes before sunset and closed Christmas Day.
    • There are toilets located near the wooden 'snake'.
    • There are bbq and picnic spots in the playground.
    • Caution must be taken as the playground is not fenced near the car park, road nearby and the creek. 

    Our packing list for this playground:

    • Drink bottle
    • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunhat
    • Spare clothes and shoes in case kids go in the creek
    For more information on the Morialta Conservation Park Playground, head to their website.

    For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

    Justine Clarke - Silly Songs Tour 2018 - Info

    The homegrown queen of children’s entertainment, JUSTINE CLARKE, is getting ready to perform a show with her fans this coming September - October on the Silly Songs Tour!

    How do you make a Silly Song?

    That’s the question Justine Clarke will ask her audience as they traverse through a marvellous musical cacophony! Performing her favourite songs as well as hits from her TV show and new album, The Justine Clarke Show! the concert centres around a shared joy of singing, dancing and all the excitement of show time. From singing songs that make you smile, to stomping like a dinosaur, together Justine and her audience will find their own silly song to perform as one for the grand finale.

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    Photo credit: Justine Clarke and Live Nation

    Silly Songs Tour heads to theatres for reserved seating, 10am shows starting at the Sydney Opera House on September 22 then onto Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and finishing up in Adelaide on October 13.

    SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, SYDNEY                    SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22
    HAMER HALL, MELBOURNE                              SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23
    REGAL THEATRE, PERTH                                  SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30
    CANBERRA THEATRE, CANBERRA                   SATURDAY OCTOBER 6
    QPAC CONCERT HALL, BRISBANE                   SUNDAY OCTOBER 7
    THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE                   SATURDAY OCTOBER 13

    TICKETS ON SALE 10AM MONDAY JUNE 25th - My Live Nation pre-sale: 12pm June 22nd until 5pm June 24th. 

    For complete tour and ticketing info, including group tickets, visit: Live Nation and Justine Clarke Website

    For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

    For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page. 

    Stirling Steamroller Playground - Adelaide - Review

    Originally ordered by the Mt Barker Council, the Steamroller now featured in the Stirling Steamroller playground was being driven from Adelaide to Mt Barker when the driver stopped at the Eagle on the Hill for refreshment and the engine seized. 

    Mt Barker Council subsequently offered the steamroller to Stirling Council for a discount, and the offer was accepted.  The steamroller came into service in 1927 and since its retirement it has continued to serve the community as play equipment in the park.  Kids are particularly fond of climbing up on the steamroller and playing driver. My kids love it every time we visit the Adelaide Hills!

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    This fully fenced playground is perfect for families to pop in the centre of Stirling for a coffee, a shop, a wonder and a play. It features two structured areas, one for little kids under 5 years and one for kids 5+ years. Each area features a climbing structure with a slide as well as age appropriate swings, bouncing cars, seesaws and lots of seating and eating spots.

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    A fully fenced playground separated in two parts, great for kids of all ages. They will love driving the old steam roller! This playground is located at 2 Mt Barker Rd, right next to the first roundabout in Stirling. 

    Our packing list for this playground:

    • Drink bottles
    • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunhats

    This playground has:

    • Public toilets in a brick building next to the playground
    • Accessible and street parking on the street along the playground
    • Picnic and party areas
    • BBQ 
    • Water fountain
    • Seating, tables and benches
    • Slide and climbing structure

    For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

    Adelaide Zoo Nature Playground - Adelaide - Review

    Opened in late 2015, the Adelaide Zoo Playground is pretty impressive! Visitors of all ages can have fun while exploring nature.

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    The playground includes play equipment built on nature play principles that stimulate all the senses through climbing structures, water play features, a natural creek bed and aerial walkways. Kids can a birds-eye-view of the Zoo, the CBD and the riverbank from atop the aerial walkway which is also accessible via a lift for wheelchair and pram users.

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    Kids can slide, climb, jump and wonder around the playground. There are lots of opportunities for them to climb through the structures or around the playground on trees and the like. They can build a fort with branches, sticks and leaves nearby too. They can jump on one of the three inbuilt trampolines. They can also splash and play through a series of water jets and discover tadpoles and frogs in the natural creek bed. Lots to do and the kids won't want to leave the playground after entering it, so best visit the Zoo first ha!

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    This playground is located inside the Adelaide Zoo which is on Frome Road in Adelaide city near the Botanic Park. Entry is included with Zoo entry.

    Our packing list for this playground:

    • Drink bottles
    • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunhats
    • Change of clothes in case kids go in the wet areas

    This playground has:

    • Accessible and street parking on the street
    • Public and disabled toilets and parents room next to the playground
    • Seating, tables and benches
    • Slide, climbing structure
    • Undercover seating area for families

    For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

    South Australian Museum - Adelaide - Review

    Some Museums get better with age! I may have had work drinks at the South Australian Museum back in the 2000's looking at the taxidermied animals gallery, some of which are probably still at the Museum today but one thing is for sure - we love Museums in our family. I grew up going to Museums and Galleries in Paris with my dad every weekend and I wouldn't have it any other way with my kids. The best thing is, most Museums are free to visit and if they're not, entry or membership fee pays itself in knowledge! 

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    We loved visiting the South Australian Museum on our last trip to Adelaide. The World Mammals Gallery, the Discovery Centre, the Fossils Gallery, the Ancient Egypt Gallery, the South Australian biodiversity and Whales & Dolphins are sure to keep your little ones busy and that's not all of the Museum and the best bit is general entry is free!

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    The South Australian Museum's Discovery Centre is a wonderful thing. Located on level 1 of the Museum, it is a place of wonder where many species are exhibited. Children can also see an impressive working beehive, live scorpions, stick insects and more!

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    Visitors at the Discovery Centre can get pretty hands-on (aka my kids - touch everything in sight ha!) and touch real fossils, minerals, rocks, animal skin and the like. Kids will love putting everything under the microscope and complete their own experiments. It was pretty impressive to watch the bees working away in the beehive, and watching them come in and out of the hive and going outside of the building. 

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    Kids can easily spend close to an hour exploring the Discovery Centre as there are an array of things to keep them busy with and keep them exploring around the room. My little ones' favourites are all the insects species throughout the centre hung up in beautiful frames and classified in draws. 

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    The Opal Fossils Gallery has a vast range of opalised fossils from Coober Pedy and Andamooka in the State's north to the largest ammonite ever found in Australia.

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    Other galleries include the South Australian Biodiversity Gallery. More than 12,000 individual models were hand-made to create this gallery, along with historical taxidermy specimens from the Museum’s mammals and birds collections. The Minerals and meteorites gallery has 35,000 specimens ranging in all sorts of stunning colours, shapes and sizes, some of which glow in the dark!

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    The Ancien Egypt Gallery would have to be on of our favourite gallery rooms. Originally established in 1939, it gives an insight into the religion, burial practices and everyday life of Ancient Egypt. The room features some of the 650 artefacts from the museum's collection, most of which are genuine pieces from Ancient Egypt, with only a few replicas and model casts.

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    While you're there don't miss Architeuthis duxthe 11 m long model of a giant squid which is a favourite among children. The display is in an old lift shaft and extends over four floors, complete with life-size models of other creatures that inhabit the murky depths. And if you didn't catch them on your way in, make sure you checkout the Whales and Dolphins skeletons at the front of the museum next to the café. The museum also has a Megafauna gallery with large animals including mammals, birds and reptiles. Don't miss the museum's Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery and Pacific Cultures Gallery as both galleries include large collections of artefacts.

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    The South Australian Museum is a fantastic museum for local and interstate/overseas visitors to visit. Allocate a minimum of 2 to 3 hours if you want to soak up most of the museum's collection and if your time is limited and make sure you visit the Discovery Centre.

    Our tips:

    • The South Australian Museum is located on North Terrace in the Adelaide CBD.
    • The Museum is open daily except Good Friday and Christmas Day from 10am to 5pm. Anzac Day 12pm to 5pm. 
    • The Discovery Centre is open from 11am to 4pm weekdays and 11am to 3pm weekends and public holidays. It is closed from 25 December – 1 January.
    • Admission is Free except for special exhibitions
    • The Museum is pram friendly with lifts around the museum.
    • Parking can be found across from the Museum or along the river and University of Adelaide.
    • Be aware of current tram works extension.
    For more information and up-to-date events news about the South Australian Museum, head to their website.

    For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.