Whether you are living in Adelaide or visiting, you may find yourself trying to find fun things to do with a toddler in Adelaide.
Luckily, Adelaide has so many activities that are kid friendly! But of course, not all are toddler safe, or stroller friendly. As you probably know, toddlers are very, very busy, and don’t often enjoy things that are aimed at older children.
Finding activities that suit their development level as well as their physical needs is important. With that in mind, we’ve put together our top toddler activities in Adelaide. You will find something here that will work for your family.
Here are our top ten things to do with a toddler in Adelaide.
The Top 10 Best Toddler Activities in Adelaide: Fun things to do with a toddler in Adelaide
1. Adelaide Zoo
Adelaide Zoo is one of our favorite thing to do with a toddler in Adelaide and it’s easy to see why. The zoo is home to 2500 animals and 250 species, including beautiful pandas Wang Wang and Funi.
Adelaide Zoo also has one of Adelaide’s largest nature playgrounds, with slippery dips and trampolines galore.
Be sure to check out the Variety Children’s Zoo precinct, where kids can feed goats, and see bunnies, chickens and guinea pigs free ranging in the area.
If you are concerned about Zoos and their treatment of animals, there is no need. Adelaide Zoo is a true conservation zoo. Not only is it Australia’s second oldest zoo, but it is one of the few that is owned by a conservation charity with profits invested into saving wildlife around the world.
2. Hahndorf Farm Barn
Located in the Adelaide hills, Hahndorf farm barn is perfect for all ages. There are super friendly and tame farm animals, there are also friendly kangaroos. Be sure to buy some feed at the gate and they will eat right out of your hand. Hahndorf Farm Barn is more than just a farm animals, there is also a reptile display that your little ones will delight in!
An excellent idea for rainy days, funtopia is really a dream for toddlers and families. Featuring a floor-to-ceiling play area perfect for toddlers, as well as an electric ride-on race car track and even a baby play area, Funtopia is sure to delight. Plan for a whole day.
4. Cleland Wildlife Park
An excellent wildlife park located in the Adelaide Hills, Cleland has plenty of Australian native wildlife to spot. The animals here mostly roam wild and as you walk through the different areas of the park you will spot everything from bandicoots to kangaroos. Many are tame enough to feed! Check out the koala cuddling experience for something different.
5. Cockle Train
While it’s not technically in Adelaide, the Cockle Train is a toddler’s dream and a cruisy afternoon activity while visiting Victor Harbor.
This historic steam train journey runs between Goolwa and Victor Harbor, traveling along the Oldest steel railway in Australia. The train runs return with a half hour stop in Victor Harbor – but you can stay longer by taking a later train home.
It was nicknamed the Cockle Train because locals used to take a horse drawn carriage to Goolwa to collect Cockles from the beach.
The line has both diesel engine locomotives and steam trains. The steam trains typically run during school holidays and when the Southern Encounter is operating. To avoid disappointment, you can check online to see which train is running on the day you are planning to go. They are updated in the morning before first departure.
There are no bookings, but be sure to get there early as the ticket line can get quite long. For the best views, sit on the left hand side between Goolwa and Victor, and the right hand side for the return trip.
6. Adelaide Aquatic Centre
Adelaide gets pretty hot in summer, and if you’ve had enough of beaches or you just don’t like sand, the Adelaide aquatic centre is worth checking out. A huge aquatic facility, located just outside the city in North Adelaide, this is more than a swimming pool. There is a dedicated toddler pool as well as areas for the bigger kids, a waterslide and lap swimming. The café sells all the usuals for when you get hungry, and there is an outside sitting area for play and sun when you are done in the pool.
7. Latitude Kidzone
There is more than just trampolines at latitude. It’s a great spot, particularly if you have a mix of age ranges in your group. Older kids can enjoy the trampolines and hire ropes course, while toddlers under 5 have their own area with 3 trampolines, foam pit, ball pit and playground. There is a café upstairs for the coffee you will probably need, and birthday party facilities available. Be sure to book as sessions do sell out!
8. Morialta nature play
On the outskirts of Adelaide is one of my favorite things to with toddlers. The Morialta forest has a huge nature play zone, just perfect for little kids and big.
A 7m tall birdsnest with slipperydip, a giant snake for climbing on and running around, rope ladders, log frames, swings and walkways make this a great area for exploring. There is a creek close by which kids love to explore, but there is no fence so keep a close eye on your toddlers. There is an abundance of wildlife here, and we’ve spotted koalas, wallabies, echidnas and heaps of native birds, so be sure to explore the walkways and tracks up to Morialta Falls.
9. Monarto Zoo
The sister zoo to Adelaide Zoo, Monarto Zoo is located about an hour away from the city. Don’t be fooled though, monarto is very very different to Adelaide Zoo. While still being a conservation zoo, Monarto is actually the largest safari experience outside of Africa, and is home to 50 different species of exotic and endangered wildlife. Set on 1500 hectares, Monarto is home to Australia’s largest lion pride and giraffe herd.
To get around the Zoo, Zu-Loop buses run every few minutes. You could stay on the bus and see all the animals, or jump off at the different stops to enjoy a closer experience. The carnivore area is not to be missed with African dog feedings and lions in their natural environment
10. Adelaide Railway Museum
Adelaide has a number of museums that will delight toddlers but the railway museum is always a favorite with train-loving toddlers. The entry fee is under $10 for adults, and you can easily spend a few hours wandering around the train carriages and seeing the evolution of trains over the years. There is also a free kid-size ride-on train that does laps around the museum.
There is so much fun to be had in Adelaide and this list has only scratched the surface. There are ample playgrounds and parks to explore, as well as more play centres than we have had room to list here.
Now it’s your turn, what are your favorite toddler activities in Adelaide, or where are you planning to go first?
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