10 Top Ideas for Things To Do with Kids near Adelaide

surf lesson for a family photo



Adelaide is a fantastic city for families, with lots of parklands, playgrounds, and attractions to keep all ages entertained.

Here's the ‘10 Top Ideas for Things To Do with Kids near Adelaide’ if you need suggestions on when discovering a great place in Australia:

South Australian Museum

The South Australia Museum is far from stuffy and traditional with interesting displays and permanent galleries that will ignite learning in your child.

There’s plenty for kids to see and discover including world mammals, minerals, Ancient Egypt and meteorites.

The Museum is an excellent option for a family-friendly attraction and is baby-stroller accessible, has a parent’s room, cafeteria, toilets and shop.


Hire a bike from Fleurieu Adventures and pedal your way around Adelaide’s well-marked cycle pathways. A great way to see the city, you can bike to major attractions or discover routes off-the-beaten track.

Fort Glanville

Fort Glanville is one of the best preserved colonial forts in Australia and easily reached from Adelaide city.

The fort is a great option for families with kids interested in history or military as there is a visitor centre with displays and historical artefacts related to colonial defence. They stage monthly re-enactments of military activities such as cannon firing.

The fort is accessible to all visitors and has barbeque picnic areas and onsite car parking.

Aviation Museum

The Aviation Museum is a fun place for families with lots of planes on display, with many open for cockpit access so your kids can pretend to be pilots.

Located at Port Adelaide, it’s well set up for family visits with good facilities including baby change rooms, a gift shop and toilets.

Naracoorte Caves

The Naracoorte Caves have preserved fossils for the past 500,000 years awarding it the title of South Australian’s only UNESCO-listed World Heritage site.

There are walking tours of various caves including a ‘Bat Cave’, or you can participate in adventure caving through vaulted chambers and rocky passages.

Duck feeding

What child doesn’t love to feed ducks, swans and other bird life? Low-cost and family-friendly, a picnic day with duck feeding is perfect in Adelaide as there are many choices for parks and wetlands.

Some Adelaide waterways popular for duck feeding are Woorabinda Lake Reserve, Apex Park Wetlands, and the Wittunga Botanic Gardens.

Cleland Wildlife Park

Cleland Wildlife Park is an excellent attraction where you have the chance to see iconic Aussie animals up close – cuddle a koala, feed kangaroos, wallabies, and see emus in a natural setting. They also offer night walks so visitors can learn about the nocturnal animals.


Surfing is a great way for kids to burn off excess energy and build confidence in the water.

Book your kids a surf lesson with Surf & Sun who runs affordable surf lessons Middleton. They have a ‘Surf Groms’ program aimed at kids 5-12 years of age that will have your budding surfer hanging ten in no time.

Kangaroo Island

Highly recommended as a family destination, Adventures Beyond have excellent value packages to Kangaroo Island.

An amazing place to visit, Kangaroo Island is reached via a ferry trip (that’s sure to entertain your kids before you get there) where you’ll be greeted by stunning beaches, picturesque landscapes and a wide variety of wildlife such as sea lions, koalas, penguins, and kangaroos.

Whale watching

From June to September, the waters near Victor Harbour are inhabited by Southern Right whales that come here to mate and give birth. Join a whale watching boat tour for a unique wildlife experience.