5 fun things to do in parks these school holidays

Need inspiration? Check out what’s going on in national parks this winter – it’ll keep the whole tribe entertained.

School holidays aren’t just for the kids to chill out – they’re also a chance for you to spend some quality time with your loved ones. And what better way than by exploring the great outdoors.

Thinking of fun ideas can be a task in itself. If there’s only so many ‘kiddy’ activities that you can handle, these ideas might be more up your alley.

1. Discover July’s Park of the Month

Nature Play SA and National Parks SA have joined together to put on a range of fun events at July’s Park of the Month – the magnificent Belair National Park. There’s plenty to keep the whole family busy, including:

  • Nature wellness
  • Ranger guided walks
  • Belair culture and history day
  • Nature Play SA's Cubby Town
  • Disc Golf
  • Guided bus tours
  • Fungi Foray
  • Devonshire tea and hot soup
  • Friends of Belair guided walks
  • Friends of Belair working bees

For all the details, including how to book, head to the event page.

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2. Choose a seedling to plant

Visit a local native plant nursery, such as State Flora, and choose a seedling to plant for National Tree Day at the end of the month.

The great thing about State Flora is that they are located in the middle of Belair National Park, so you can make a day of it and visit historic Old Government House and the adventure playground while you’re there.

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3. Go mountain biking

Pump up those sweet wheels and head down to Anstey Hill Recreation Park to try out the new mountain biking trails. If you want to ease your way into it, try the Little Quarry Loop first. This trail features a gravel surface with easy but optional trail obstacles and features.

If you don’t have a bike, no fear! Head for the Hills has two school holiday adventures available. All you need is you and your mates – and a sense of adventure.

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4. Explore the Kites and Kestrels Play space

The new play space at Cobbler Creek Recreation Park was inspired by the kites and kestrels that fly overhead, and features BBQs, picnic shelters, toilets and a bike pump track.

Sandpits have been designed to look like bird nests with giant eggs in the middle, and there’s a flying fox and traditional play equipment to enjoy as well.

If you like the sound of this, keep in mind that there is another huge new play space opening in August at Morialta Conservation Park.

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(Image courtesy of Alan Burgess)

5. Spend a night out under the stars

Take the kids on a camping adventure to Deep Creek Conservation Park. Deep Creek is located within an hour-and-a-half drive from Adelaide, so why not pack the car and head off for the weekend?

Winter is the best time to camp as you can snuggle up around a camp fire and watch your marshmallow crisp up over the coals. If it’s your first time camping, check out our guides to camping with kids and how to be a courteous camper.

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(Main image courtesy of Alan Burgess)

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