Spring into the School Holidays

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24 September, 2020

It’s school holiday time and there’s plenty of opportunities to get your kids out and about without breaking the budget. With the restrictions put in place for social distancing being lifted and the weather starting to warm up again, it’s a great time to get out and explore South Australia.

In order to inspire you and get you thinking about the possibilities, we’ve listed a selection of cheap and free activities for children to experience across South Australia.

Some of the best places to find low cost activities for young children during the holiday season are your local Public Library, Community Centre and Community Gardens. From Lego construction and fun craft activities to gaming and learning new tech. There are a host of school holiday programs to keep the kids minds engaged or at the very least amused. 

As there are still some social distancing restrictions in place, please check booking requirements carefully and book early to avoid missing out.

If we’ve missed a great, low cost activity or location, let us know about it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

South Australian Museum

  • Always a fantastic place for the family to explore! The SA Museum is one of the most visited museums in Australia and holds collections of national and international significance.
  • https://www.samuseum.sa.gov.au/


  • Visit a futuristic museum of discovery. Explore the current exhibition: SEVEN SIBLINGS FROM THE FUTURE
  • https://mod.org.au/

Art Gallery of South Australia

  • The Art Gallery’s collection comprises almost 45,000 works of art and design, featuring an extensive Australian collection – including works by Aboriginal and South Australian artists – contemporary art, and European and Asian collections.
  • https://www.agsa.sa.gov.au/

St Kilda Adventure Playground

Botanic Gardens of South Australia

Public Swimming Pools

Holiday Fun Fair (Sept 25 – Oct 5) 

  • Are you missing the excitement and fun of the sideshows, rides and showbags of the Royal Show? If you said yes, you might like the Holiday Fun Fair being held in Bonython Park. Featuring a range of children’s rides, thrill rides, show bags, sideshows, and food trucks, Mix 102.3 Holiday Fun Fair is the place for the whole family.
  • Tickets are $3 per person, children under two-years-old are free. Tickets must be pre-booked and purchased on the Mix102.3 website. 
  • Plan ahead and budget carefully as rides and showbags can be expensive.
  • https://www.mix1023.com.au/events/mix-102-3s-holiday-fun-fair/

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As part of Anti-Poverty Week, Wednesday October 14 is The Salvos National ‘Moneycare Day’.

Moneycare is The Salvos free and confidential financial counselling service, offering in-person or phone assistance to anyone in South Australia.

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The theme of this year’s event will be ‘Disasters don’t Discriminate’, with The Salvos seeing the devastating financial impacts of the year that has been, from bushfires to the economic turmoil of COVID-19.

“We have seen in the past 12 months the wide-ranging impacts that these disasters have had. They haven’t only impacted the most vulnerable in society but have reached people who never thought that they would ever find themselves in financial hardship. The Salvation Army is encouraging anyone who needs a hand with their finances to get help early, and reach out to a Moneycare financial counsellor,” Sharon Maslen said.

To access the online resources or to register for the free financial coaching webinars taking place at 12.00 noon (AET) each day and 2pm on the Tuesday and Thursday of Anti-Poverty week (12-16 October), visit https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/get-involved/anti-poverty-week/

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For more information or to contact The Salvation Army’s free and confidential Moneycare service, please visit https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/get-involved/anti-poverty-week/ or call the Moneycare Intake Service Line: 1800 722 363