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Adelaide Adventures for the Young and Young at Heart

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Glenelg Adelaide South Australia
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Adelaide Adventures for the Young and Young at Heart

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No matter how beautiful the architecture, how fascinating the history and how abundant the gourmet cuisine is in any given city, your kids are always going to overlook those features in favour of playing. Luckily, Adelaide is a city that accommodates running, jumping, climbing, crawling and all manner of other movements of play with ease, along with presenting a truly delightful city for the adults to enjoy too. Here are our picks of what to do in the city to please the whole family.

Cheeky Ratbags Play Cafe
Cheeky Ratbags in Victor Harbour is the perfect destination for when the weather turns and your kids still want a taste of adventure. The centre has a new Mega Structure which offers more than 20 activities, keeping your little ones entertained for hours. Let them play on the twin super slides, flying fox, bridge climbs and plunge into the ball pit while you recharge with a coffee at the on-site cafe. There's also Black Paw Laser Tag, a special toddler area and even a soft play baby area for the youngest members of your family.

Belair National Park
When it stops raining and you feel like stretching your legs, a trip to Belair National Park, only 13km south of Adelaide, is in order. It's set within natural bushland and offers everything from walking trails and tennis courts for your family's leisure. 

It's home to some of Adelaide's best heritage attractions, such as the State Flora Nursery and Old Government House, so you may even get to sneak in some education while you're letting the kids explore. 

There are 13 gas barbecues spread throughout the park, so you can bring your own lunch to enjoy during your visit. There's also an adventure playground with tunnels and wooden fort for your kids to commandeer.

The Beachouse
Journey to Glenelg beach for one of Adelaide's best family entertainment centres, only a 20-minute drive from Adelaide city centre. The Beachouse has no entry fee, making it easier than ever to enjoy a day out with your family, and all you need is a re-loadable Fun Card if you do want to access the rides and games - and trust us, you will. 

There's every chance you'll be even more into the arcade games than the kids, while the bumper boats are the perfect opportunity for everyone to let off some steam. There's also a play castle boasting the 'Rolls-Royce of dodgem cars', plus heated water slides, an 18-hole mini golf course overlooking the beach with a Wild Wild West theme, a Ferris wheel with spectacular views of the city, and outdoor train which circles the golf course, and everything else you can imagine to keep the whole family on their toes. 

Monarto & Adelaide Zoos
For an animal experience with a difference, seek out Monarto Zoo. The zoo originated in 1983 when it was a special purpose breeding environment. Over time it has developed to become an 'international standard conservation, national and zoological bio-park' featuring more than 1,000 hectares of fauna and flora sanctuary. There's also an open range zoological park that kids fall in love with.

Explore the park's five major exhibits, which include African plains and Asian grasslands. There are also habitats for African dogs, cheetahs, black rhinos and African lions. Take your brood to the Tasmanian Devil exhibit, or check out the massive white rhinos that seem too huge to be real.

There are daily keeper exhibitions here, giving you the chance to see how various animals interact with the staff while learning more about the animals.

For a Panda encounter (children must be aged 6 years+), head to Adelaide Zoo and take part in Panda tours including meeting the Red Pandas and see the Keeper provide their morning feed before moving to the Giant Panda viewing area to see Wang Wang & Fui being released to their day exhibit.

SA Maritime Museum
Port Adelaide is home to the SA Maritime Museum, which boasts one of the best nautical collections in all of Australia. Its history as a museum dates back to 1872 but many of its objects' origins date back well before this. Aimed at preserving South Australia's maritime heritage from the coast to inland waters, the museum boasts almost 20,000 objects and more than 20,000 images.

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