Best Educational Destinations for kids around Adelaide

Family orientated educational treats are waiting to be discovered in Adelaide

Visitors to Australia often leave Adelaide off their itinerary but there’s far more to the capital of South Australia than most people realise. The compact city is ideal for a family holiday with many of the attractions within walking distance of each other and the city and surrounds are packed with fun and educational attractions. If you’re after attractions which give kids an insight into Australian heritage and history, as well as lots of recreational activities, Adelaide has plenty to offer – here are 6 of the best…

Art Gallery of South Australia

 The Art Gallery of South Australia is a perfect way to introduce children to art. The Gallery collection has an array of Australian, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander, European, North American and Asian artwork, and there are often special exhibitions too. There’s a great program running on the first Sunday of each month, 11-3 which aims to give children between 5-10 years old an introduction to visual art. The ‘Start at the Gallery’ program is free and has art activities, tours, live music and entertainment. Child-friendly programs are also run in the school holidays.

Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute

This aboriginal owned and managed multi-arts centre is an innovative centre which will give deep insight into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history. Here you can meet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people who love to tell you about how they live, their beliefs and where they are from. Be prepared for visual amazement from the different art galleries, cultural presentations and traditional dance performances. Everyone will learn something new at this centre.

Adelaide Gaol

Built in 1841 and home to approximately 300,000 prisoners, the Adelaide Gaol is a unique chance to show kids where they will go if they’re naughty! You can walk the hallways, enter the cells, see the gallows and also try on handcuffs and leg irons to get the real ‘prisoner experience’. Plus there are guided and self-guided tours to explain prison life in full. If you’re after something a bit spooky, the Gaol also runs night time ghost-tours; ghostly sightings include Ben Ellis the hangman, the first Governor of the Adelaide Gaol, William Baker, and one of the inmates, Frederick Carr.

 Enfield Heritage Museum

Just 10 km north of the city centre, Enfield Heritage museum is a fascinating insight into life in the 1880s, and great for showing kids how we used to live. Housed in three buildings of the historic Sunnybrae Farm, visitors of all ages will enjoy what’s on display, with exhibits ranging from farm machinery, Gepps Cross Abattoirs Big Wheel and household items, to blacksmiths tools, bicycles and even typewriters. The museum is only open on Saturdays, 10 – 4pm and it is a gold coin donation.

National Railway Museum including Steam Train Rides Semaphore to Fort Glanville

 To find out more about locomotive history, the National Railway Museum is a great day out for all. Climb on board to experience engines from all eras and discover what it was like to travel in first and lower class carriages. Here you can learn just about everything there is to know about trains and railways, from how a signal box works, to historic Australian rail routes and the railway memorabilia will enthral railway enthusiasts and general visitors alike. Visitors can also experience a real steam train ride along the coast from Semaphore to Fort Glanvile.

South Australian Maritime Museum

Located at Port Adelaide, The South Australian Maritime Museum takes you on a journey through Australian maritime history. There are lots of exciting exhibits varying from artefacts such as the first European charts of Australia and souvenirs from James Cook’s Endeavour voyage and a replica Ketch (fishing boat), to learning about the Port River dolphins and South Australia’s role in naval history. There’s even an original light house.

I am adding one last place to visit because you ARE of course meant to be on holiday…..

Haigh’s Chocolate FactoryNow we all know children are the finest connoisseurs of chocolate so a visit to the chocolate factory is sure to keep their attention after a day or two of sightseeing. Your kids will get excited while learning about how the chocolates are created and also get to sample a few at the end of the tour. There are 3 tours a day running from Monday – Saturday and as you can imagine the tours are popular so it is essential book.

Staying in Adelaide is made easy by the choice of accommodation to suit all budgets. Your choices range from child friendly Adelaide hotels to self-contained city apartments. Plus, there are caravan parks just a 20 minute drive away up in the Hills and on the beach. There are also so many other child friendly attractions in Adelaide … too many to list here. So take a trip for yourself and discover the fun.

Carla C. Burton is a self-employed Travel and Hospitality writer with a BBA in Business Administration from Bond University.  Although a Gold Coast native, Carla moved to Melbourne in 2008 to further her writing career in the Travel industry.  Carla has become a top contributor to many Travel blogs world-wide and thoroughly enjoys the freedom that self-employment has provided her.  To find out more about Carla or to follow her other posts, follow her on Twitter @CarlaCBurton.