Feeling the pressure to constantly entertain your children these school holidays? With the cost of living increasing over the last few months, most people have less disposable income to spend on entertaining and family activities. To help out, we have compiled some fun family ideas that won’t break the bank.  

Culture, culture, culture…
Are your children interested in the way the world works? Or perhaps you’re racking your brain for an indoor activity that will keep them entertained for hours? Adelaide has a range of cultural hotspots that will wow the kids, from the South Australian Museum to the Art Gallery and the Australian Space Discovery Centre. And they’re all FREE! You will also find that many of these places have school holiday programs and workshops, and are great for those who are particularly interested in a certain subject. 

Find a new favourite playground
Make it your mission these school holidays to find your kids’ new favourite playground! From adventure parks to huge slippery dips, climbing obstacles and bike tracks, Adelaide has so much to offer when it comes to playgrounds. Here is a list of the top playgrounds in each area.  

Get out in nature
There is nothing quite like rugging up and getting outside in the colder weather (though you might still want to avoid the rain). Adelaide is home to many beautiful National Parks and gardens, all of which offer scenic walks or longer hikes. For those whose kids seem to have endless energy, taking a drive and stopping at Belair National Park, Mount Lofty, Hallett Cove Recreation Park or Morialta Conservation Park will be sure to tire them out – with lots to look at along the way. You can find the 50 best walking trails for kids here.    

On the cheap
If you have a little spare cash this school holidays, it is worth keeping an eye out for Groupon, Scoopon and discount deals that offer a range fun children’s activities. From Xtreme Inflatables to bowling, go-karts and paintball, these discount sites offer vouchers for activities at a considerably lower cost – especially if you have more than one child. There are also vouchers for restaurants and cafes, so you can treat the kids without breaking the bank.