4 places you can connect with nature these school holidays

Don’t let winter keep your family cooped up indoors these school holidays. Check out these fun activities in SA.

With the July school holidays just around the corner, you may already be starting to plan activities to keep the little people in your life entertained.

It’s normal to want to hibernate at home, but don’t look past these activities and school holiday programs that will encourage your kids to get out and about and explore.

1. Cubby Town at Belair National Park

Nature Play SA’s popular Cubby Town event is back at Belair National Park for the July school holidays.

On Wednesday 17 July, loads of families will descend to the park’s Adventure Playground for a day full of fun activities and, of course, cubby-building.

You can also try your hand at wattle and eucalypt crown-making, read a book together in the bell tents, take a ranger-guided walk, orienteer your way through the park, build a Wardli  (The Kaurna word for ‘house’) or enjoy a walk with Kaurna Elder Tamaru.

Tickets are available on the Nature Play SA website.


2. Cleland Wildlife Park

Head for the hills these school holidays and pay a visit to Cleland Wildlife Park. Cleland has loads of fun activities on offer so there will never be a dull moment.

Book the kids in for the full-day ‘Wildlification’ program, or enjoy the park at your own pace and one of the many ‘Tunnelling Tales’ activities throughout the day.

Don’t miss the Wonderful Wombats exhibition and celebrate the arrival of a 14-year-old Southern hairy-nosed rescue wombat ‘Casanova’ who has just joined the Cleland family.

Check out the Cleland website for details.


3. Adelaide Gaol

Can you escape from the Adelaide Gaol?

Try the challenging new twist in the gaol’s popular Escape Trail activity.

As your little rascals explore the gaol they will need to solve a number of clues, with each clue providing a letter that will lead them to freedom.

These school holidays, the kids will be taken to locations in the gaol they may not have explored before!

The Escape Trail is included in your entry fee to the Gaol.


4. Adelaide Botanic Garden

Budding gardeners, plant and animal lovers, and crafty types will love the activities in the Adelaide Botanic Garden these school holidays.

The July school holiday program includes Aboriginal plant use, a native wildlife show, and papermaking activities, just to name a few.

Be sure to purchase your tickets online before you get to the garden to avoid disappointment as these events are usually quick to sell out.


Prefer to enjoy the school holidays at your own pace? Here’s some additional activities to enjoy in nature.

(Main image courtesy of Jason Tyndall Nature Play SA)

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