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From chocolate factories to opal mining – a family-friendly guide to the holidays

A sunny, Spring school holidays means it’s time to soak up some Vitamin D and have some fun before tireless term four is upon us.

Whether you’re planning a few nights away or looking to schedule in some day trips- there’s loads of family-friendly activities happening around Regional SA.

From playgrounds to pump tracks, country shows and strawberry picking- the options are endless.

Greater SA has put together a list of a few activities we would happily jump in the car and check out with our own little explorers.

Melba’s Chocolate Factory

With an endless supply of chocolate and confectionery, who wouldn’t want to spend some time at Melba’s ‘working’ Chocolate Factory in picturesque Woodside in the Adelaide Hills.

Melba’s is open every day from 9am to 4.30pm, but for the middle weekend of the school holidays, on October 7 and 8, the Woodside factory is tripling the treats, with face painting, giant lawn games and wood over pizzas. There’s also a colouring-in station with prizes up for grabs and you can indulge in Melba’s famous Chocolate Dipper Cups.

For everything you need to for a deliciously fun time click here.

Open season at Harvest the Fleurieu

The strawberries are ripe and ready to be picked at Harvest the Fleurieu in Mount Compass. It seems eager strawberry pickers are ready and raring to go to – with over 400 people “picking out” the patch on the public holiday season opening day. But the Spring sunshine has ripened an abundance of the sweet berries, now ready for the picking.

At the family owned and run strawberry farm, kids under 12 are free, over 12’s are $5 and you can take home your fresh-picked produce for around $12 a kilogram.

For bookings and info click here.

Become a Junior Wildlife Keeper at Urimbirra

Take a walk on the wild-side at Urimbirra Wildlife Park, just five minutes from Victor Harbor. The open-range wildlife park is home to over 400 Australian Native animals as well as some resident farm yard pet including George the greedy sheep, an alpaca, rabbits, guinea pigs and chooks.

Open every day, Urimbirra offers an up-close experience with the animals – you can pet a kangaroo, pat a koala, feed an emu and watch a professional snake handler!

Throughout the school holiday program, kids aged between 10 and 16 can have the unique opportunity to become a Junior Wildlife Keeper, spending time and caring for the unique animals and learning about their incredible skills.

To find our more click here.

Andamooka Observatory Opal Mining Tours

This is better than Minecraft! In the Northern Flinders Ranges, Andamooka Observatory is an off-grid art space/observatory that offers astronomy, opal mining, and tag-along tours. Ranked right up there with the best places to stargaze in South Australia, this is a real taste of our beautiful outback.
Opal mining tours run daily from 10am and when the sun goes down, the outback beauty is revealed, and you can take it all in with a two hour stargazing and opal noodling tour, as featured on the Discovery Channel.
Tours provide the time and space for you to relax, learn about opal mining, observe the night skies, and soak up the elements.
For more info click here.

Lego Trail and Tom Kruse Storybook Trail at Birdwood Motor Museum

The National Motor Museum has added some fun for the kids this school holidays.
As you explore the Museum, Lego figures are hiding amongst some of Australia’s most iconic vehicles, waiting to be found. Complete the trail to reveal a secret phrase that could win some fantastic Lego prizes.Tom Kruse, the Outback Mailman, and his truck ‘The Badger’ feature in a unique storybook trail designed for children, families, and carers. With a path to discover, participants will enjoy exploring the Museum grounds to locate pages of the illustrated children’s storybook ‘Tom the Outback Mailman’. Children will receive a storybook trail activity sheet and a free Tom Kruse bookmark.
GooRoo Claymation will be back on the last weekend of the holidays, with some movie-making fun. Learn how to make your very own stop-motion film using bright colourful clay! Create your own figures, objects, and sets to be the star of the show, and bring them to life with the help of the wonderful GooRoo team. For info click here.

Meadows Country Fair – October 15

Meadows Country Fair is regarded as one of the best event of its kind in the Adelaide Hills. This year’s fair is set to be bigger and better than ever, with amusements, rides, children’s races, quality market stalls, Farmers Alley, live entertainment, yard dog trials, animal expo, special guest speakers, demonstrations, and so much more!

The fair will again feature one of its traditional main attractions, the‘’Udder Tug’’ hand milking competition. The Meadows Country Fair is a community organisation and all proceeds are distributed to local community groups, sporting bodies and emergency services as well as each year a Charity is chosen and a $2,000 donation of gate takings is given. This year it’s a cause close to everyone’s heart, The Cancer Council of SA. For more details click here.

These family-fun activities are just a snippet of what’s on offer in Regional SA. If you’re passing through Whyalla, we suggest your pack some extra wheels and try out the colourful Norton Park Pump Track. Barossa Adventure Station in Angaston is also a great way to get the kids outdoors and wear them out, and it won’t cost you a cent!

 

 

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