Child Friendly Beaches in Adelaide
Henley Beach is popular with families (especially those with younger children). The surf is pretty tame and there are lots of nice cafes nearby in the town square to stop for a coffee first or an ice cream after.
Glenelg Beach is located 11km from the city and is one of Adelaide’s most popular beachside resorts. A lovely long, clean, safe beach and lots of shops, cafes and restaurants along the Esplanade. For added fun visit The Beach Hose with its old fashioned fairground style rides – great fun.
Parks & Playgrounds in Adelaide
Rymill Park, located in the East Parklands of Adelaide has great climbing equipment, a big circular swing, pretty duck pond and acres of lawns to run on. There is a kiosk serving good coffee, breakfast, and hot dogs. There is also row boat hire if you feel like taking to the water.
Jubilee Park Adventure Playground in Port Noarlunga, is great for older kids with lots to play on and explore. There are BBQ and picnic facilities as well as a smaller junior playground for the little ones.
Glover Playground in North Adelaide has a great fenced playground including a sandpit plus BBQ facilities and shaded areas.
Child Friendly Restaurants in Adelaide
The Esplanade Hotel, Brighton. With a relaxed family friendly vibe and reasonable priced meals this is an easy place to take the kids. Adults get a chance to relax as the kids are entertained – there is a game room with video games and toys, Nintendo DS consoles for hire ($3 an hr) and special entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights such as face painters, magicians and balloon artists. www.esplanadehotel.com.au
Caffe Primo @ New York Bar & Grill, Oaklands Park. Located in the Westfield Shooping centre this is a great pit stop between shopping. Prices are reasonable, there is a kid’s menu and an enclosed play area to keep them busy. Kids eat free here on Mondays (with a paying adult). www.nybg.com.au
Roachdale Nature Trail is one of the last untouched forest areas near to Adelaide. the walk willl only take an hour and is very lovely but it will be closed during the fire ban season from December 1st to April 30th.
Nearer to Adelaide is St Kilda Mangroves with a 1.7km boardwalk through the mangrove swamp.
At Bool Lagoon Game Reserve your wetland walk takes you along the lake where you can slip into a hide to watch the myriad of birds which feed in this area.
Keeping the children entertained in Adelaide
- South Australia Museum
Very child friendly and full of everything from fossils to aboriginal artefacts. Lots of computers so the kids can learn more in an interactive way about Australia’s past. Entry is free and the Discovery Centre (with lots of touch and feel stuff) is great for little ones.
North Terrace, Adelaide (08) 8207 7500 www.samuseum.sa.gov.au
- Haigh’s Chocolate Factory
For a sweet-toothed treat, you can take the kids to one of the 20 minute tours run daily from Monday to Saturday (11am, 1pm and 2pm). Watch how chocolate is made and best of all you can taste some along the way.
- Monarto Zoo
This zoo is spread out over 1,000 hectares and offers a safari style experience with animals such as lions, elephants, cheetahs as well as some more unusual offerings, such as African painted dogs and a black rhinoceros. The Adelaide Zoo is also worth a visit especially to see the giant pandas.
3401 Old Princes Highway, Monarto, SA (08) 8534 4100 www.monartozoo.com.au
- The Beach House
In the popular seaside resort of Glenelg, 11km from the city, is this great indoor collection of old fashion fairground style rides, waterslides and arcade games. There is a café on site if parents want to sit some of the fun out. www.thebeachhouse.com.au
- Farmer’s Market Kids Club
For kids aged 5-12 years there is lots of fun to be had at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market on the weekends. Kid’s activities including tastings and cooking lessons are held at 10am (register your child from 9am). Mums and Dads can also have their own fun picking out fresh produce as well as sampling food along the way. www.asfm.org.au