Free and family-friendly – Adelaide’s top 5 things to do with kids

Experience the best of Adelaide without breaking the bank: fun for all the family.

Children playing in fountains in Adelaide
  • Jetstar
  • January 2019

Adelaide opens in new window is a relaxing destination, rich in coastal beauty, famous wineries, arts festivals and family-friendly attractions. Here are some of our favourites, that also happen to be absolutely free!

Art Gallery of South Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia.

Start with art

The Art Gallery of South Australia opens in new window offers free admission for the whole family, so everyone can fill up on their favourite artworks. For little kids who aren’t quite into Impressionism just yet, there’s START at the Gallery. START at the Gallery, held on the first Sunday of the month, offers a free introduction to visual art for children and families. It’s a super-fun event with art activities, tours, live performance and entertainment.

Our favourite link: START at the Gallery opens in new window

The home of Haigh's chocolates
The home of Haigh's chocolates.

Eat free chocolate!

Yes, you read that right. Heritage-listed, historic Melba’s Chocolate Factory is a ‘working’ tourism factory that uses 1940s-era chocolate and confectionery-making equipment to recreate yummy, old school treats. There are six rooms in the complex that showcase six different processes in the manufacturing and packing of chocolate. You can see up close how they’re made and handled, and you’ll get yummy samples too!

Want more chocolate? (Who doesn’t?) You can also tour South Australia’s famous Haigh’s chocolate factory opens in new window, where you can watch chocolatiers hand-craft Haigh’s gorgeous chocolates and truffles. There are samples along the way and free tea and coffee at the end.

Our favourite link: Melba’s Chocolates opens in new window

MOD at the University of South Australia
MOD at the University of South Australia.

Supersize your science

If you’ve got slightly older kids who love their tech, bring them along to MOD. at the University of South Australia. With a focus on science, technology and futuristic innovations, MOD. is a brilliant attraction, with intriguing, creative and interactive exhibitions, activities and events across its seven different gallery spaces. It’s off the planet!

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Hire a free bike for a family bike ride
Hire a free bike for a family bike ride.

Go free-wheeling

Adelaide’s a scenic city and it’s easy to get around, so why not hire free bikes for the whole family and see it on two wheels? Adelaide FREE Bikes opens in new window is a council initiative offering free bike hire, including a helmet and bike lock, so you can cycle around town at your leisure and take in the sights. Good option for tiring kids out too! You can hire the bikes from multiple locations, so ride on!

Our favourite link: Bike SA opens in new window

The playground at Hart's Mill
The playground at Hart's Mill.

Play to your Hart’s content

Head to Port Adelaide for a playground with a difference. Hart’s Mill is a lively new precinct rejuvenating an industrial port with pop-up events, the Wonderwall opens in new window outdoor art pieces, Folklore Café opens in new window and, using the area’s industrial history as inspiration, the Hart’s Mill Playground. This enormous, interactive playground’s design riffs on the area’s milling history and is loaded with swings, slides, hamster wheels, flying foxes, climbing frames and sand pits. There is also a walking track opens in new window that loops around the port for a scenic walk or bike ride.

Our favourite link: An overview of Hart’s Mill opens in new window