Parents, we have your Adelaide school holidays programs covered! You can sit back and relax knowing that we have found activities that you and the kids will love. We know that you have enough to do without worrying about finding the right vacation care so we have done the hard work for you.
Adelaide school holiday programs are a great option for busy families. School holiday childcare can be difficult to find and to fit into our busy lives with everything else that is going on. Finding the right vacation care in Adelaide is important in having a truly great school holiday. These vacation care programs are often half day or full day programs, giving flexibility to busy parents.
Adelaide in South Australia is such a great place that locals and visitors will be spoilt for choice with the school holiday clinics and vacation care ideas we have for you (including winter holiday camps and summer holiday camps). Take a look at our extensive list of school holiday care programs in Adelaide that will make both you and the kids extremely happy.
If you are after school holiday ideas for activities that are only for an hour or two or for places to take the kids with you to enjoy school holiday activities in Melbourne, check out our free, cheap and BIG days out in Adelaide article. If you are looking for school holiday ideas for teenagers in Adelaide, we can help!
State schools finish on Friday 15 December and return to class on Monday 29 January 2024.
Summer school holidays in South Australia are Saturday 16 December – Sunday 28 January 2024.
To help you we have broken our school holiday programs Adelaide guide into sections.
- STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths vacation care options
- School holiday camps – sports & exercise
- Vacation care programs with animals
- Performing arts school holiday workshops
- Get art and crafty at these kids holiday programs
- YMCA vacation care options in Adelaide
- School holiday programs in Adelaide
STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths vacation care options
If you have a child that would prefer a screen to sport, then we have some great vacation care program ideas that don’t involve sitting mindlessly in front of a computer. These STEM holiday programs Adelaide will have kids interacting, making friends and learning, all while doing something they love!
Code Camp – for the best school holidays ever!
Let Code Camp inspire your children to get creative with technology these holidays, learn some valuable new skills, have fun and make new friends. With a wide range of in-person camps and online programs available, there really is something for everyone. Choose from beginner to advanced coding camps, robotics, stop-motion animation, DJing, video production and so much more!
What’s New? Code Camp is launching brand new camps this summer!
Kids can learn to code with DreamWorks Trolls! At Little Coders: Trolls Edition, 5-7 year olds will take their first steps on their coding journey banding together with their favourite characters. At Spark and Ignite, kids 7-12 years can code and create an adventure game with Poppy, Viva, and Branch.
Plus, AI Camp where kids embark on an exciting journey into the world of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the most important technology of a generation. Young minds discover the wonders of AI and its fun and practical applications in our everyday lives and create their own comic book using AI!
Your favourites are also back this season including Minecraft Engineers (for kids 7-12), Minecraft Minis (for kids 5-7), and Roblox Legends (for kids 7-10). Robotics Camp and Drone Camp are also running this summer, offering the coolest few days of STEM learning and fun.
Beam offers out of this world holiday camps! Let their imagination come to life as they explore coding, drones, virtual reality and much more. Problem solving and design skills are encouraged, as well as innovation and creativity. Two and three day themed camps are available and are offered in a number of locations across Adelaide.
Salisbury holiday programs
Great holiday programs including some STEM programs, are run by the city of Salisbury each school holiday. Robotics, video game building and much more are on offer to help build much needed technological skills. Programs are often low cost and an excellent way to introduce kids to a new way of thinking while having fun. Make sure you check out the great variety of vacation care program ideas on offer.
National Motor Museum
A motor museum may not be what you think of for holiday programs for kids, however the National Motor Museum is just that! Digital literacy and apps are a way of life and through these workshops kids can become familiar with this technology. Kids can film their own stop motion animation movies and then watch them come to life! Sounds like some fabulous school holiday fun!
If your kids know what a knight, bishop and king do on a chess board, then they will love attending a Chess School. Kids can learn new skills and strategies and while playing on a giant chess board. After a (free!) pizza lunch, kids can compete for prizes using their new found skills. What a great way to exercise their mental muscles AND have fun!
School holiday camps – sports & exercise
We know that sport is an important (and fun!) part of childhood and we want to make sure that includes the holidays. Thankfully, Adelaide has some amazing Australian sports camps that kids can be a part of. We have listed out the best holiday camps for kids that will that will get them moving their bodies and off the screens.
Adelaide University Sport and Fitness School Holiday Program
School Holiday Program – Thursday 14 Dec 2023 until Thursday 25 January 2024
The Adelaide University Sport School Holiday Program returns these summer holidays, filled with action packed days to keep your children active over the break. Experienced coaches will assist in developing new sporting skills, whilst building social skill and physical literacy.
Your children can train like a pro, while taking on unique sports they may have never tried before! They will stay active and fit over the break, while also developing relationships with others.
Coached by some of the university’s elite athletes, they will learn the fundamentals of sports such as AFL, Soccer, Cricket, Gymnastics and more.
Their School Holiday Program will help develop attitudes and feelings towards interactions with others, while building motivation to stay fit and healthy over the holiday break.
Adelaide Strikers Holiday Programs
Looking for a fun, active option for the kids these school holidays? Give cricket a go at the Adelaide Strikers Holiday Programs!
Every kid gets to bat, bowl and field in every session. Playing fun games that keep them active the whole time and ensure everyone gets a go. No need to bring a bat or pads as all equipment your child needs is provided – they’ll also receive a participant pack when they attend. The clinics focus on building motor skills through cricket and other games, also providing a focus on healthy eating while having fun with friends.
With over 20 locations across South Australia and new formats now available for children of all ages and abilities, there’s something for everyone! The cost is as little as $55, so don’t miss out on the opportunity for your child to grow their skills, learn about living a healthy lifestyle and having fun with their friends these holidays at Adelaide Strikers holiday programs.
The Camp Australia school holiday program is called Rocketeers, an action packed and exciting program full of extraordinary holiday adventures. Days are broken up based on types of activities including incursions and excursions that are based on what the kids and families want to do. Be sure to check out the website to find a program near you.
If you are looking for an adventurous school holiday camps, then look no further than Wilderness Escape. They have day camps with programs like high ropes courses, ziplines, mountain biking and so much more. Wilderness Escape is all about being out in nature and spending time outdoors. Kids will have a great time learning, having fun and making new friends.
Australian Sports Camps
Sport loving kids will go wild over what’s on offer these holidays in Adelaide. Held across a number of venues Australian sports camps run programs on soccer, netball, basketball and AFL. These 3 day intensive camps allow kids to really hone-in on their skills. Programs are interactive and fun based and kids will come away with new friends and new skills.
Adelaide University Sport
The Adelaide University school holiday workshops are a great way to introduce kids to a range of different sports in a fun and engaging way. These day programs focus on 1-2 main sports each day to really give kids a taste of what it is all about. Weaved throughout the program are team building activities and exercises to help build self-esteem. Groups are broken up based on age and half and full day programs are available.
Sport Star Academy
Football is a great way for kids to spend some fun time outdoors learning new skills and making new friends. Half day programs are open for kids aged 5-12 years and are offered in 2 locations across Adelaide. Coaches are dedicated to ensuring kids develop well as players. A fun and relaxed approach is the way these programs are run and no previous soccer experience is necessary.
Get bouncing, jumping and flipping these holidays! Bounce holiday camps are the perfect way to keep kids active and entertained in a way they will love. This week long camp is for kids aged 5-7 years and includes both one-on-one coaching time as well as practice time. A great opportunity for kids to learn to take safe risks and build their confidence.
Vacation care programs with animals
These holiday care programs will have the kids finding their new best (furry) friend. While bringing home a pet isn’t always an option, kids will have the opportunity to spend time with some incredible creatures at these school holiday clinics.
Australian Reptile Park
If your kids love animals, then the Big Kids 2 Keeper program at Australian Reptile Park is a must do. Kids aged 13-18 can get up close and personal with animals like snakes, lizards, frogs and alligators. Help to feed animals and learn about their environment, as well as having a behind the scenes tour of the park. The highlight of the day is participating in the afternoon Keeper Kids Show and presenting and animal! A wonderful memory to take away.
Kirby Park School Holiday Program
Imagine a whole week of spending time with horses! That is what is on offer at Kirby Park, where kids can spend their days riding and learning about these beautiful animals. Located just 30 mins outside Adelaide this is the perfect location to escape the city. While kids have fun parents can enjoy wineries and restaurants and some quiet time – a perfect school holiday combination.
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Got a little one who loves animals? Bring them along to see native animals including snakes, lizards, frogs and possums. In addition to a great vacation care ideas, the Botanic Garden offers a beautiful environment for kids to learn and play in. Located in the heart of Adelaide, you don’t have to go far to have fun!
This ‘kids only’ zone is drop and go – parents, you get to go and relax! The Cleveland Wildlife Park has you covered these holidays with nature based activities like scavenger hunts, animal encounters and games. Every school holidays is a new theme, so there is no way that kids can get bored! These day experiences are open to kids 6-13 years and sell out quick. Get it quick to secure your spot.
Performing arts school holiday workshops
If you have the next budding superstar in your family, send them along to one of these kids holiday programs which we know they will love. School holiday childcare is fun and engaging at any one of the workshops listed below because we know that having fun is FUNdamental to a good holiday!
Kids of all ages will love the school holiday day camps on offer at NIDA. Creativity is encouraged as kids sing, dance, write, direct and act their way through all the workshops on offer. Practical and skill based, these workshops will help inspire kids on their creative development journey. Holiday programs for kids are held across two locations in Adelaide so find your closest one.
A great way to have fun and give kids a taste of performing is to participate in a Theatre Bugs holiday program. Held in three venues across Adelaide this program will build skills and give the chance to make new friends. Groups are broken up based on age with the 5-14 age group putting on a show at the end of the week. Older kids can do film making workshops and learn scriptwriting, filming and directing.
Adelaide Theatre Academy
Journey to the centre of the stage with Adelaide Theatre Academy. Offering older students programs like film making and musical production, the academy is a great way to gain valuable experience in the industry. Learn skills like writing lyrics, developing choreography, filming acting and editing. Programs vary in length so much sure you check out the website to see what is happening these holidays.
Cirkidz Circus School
Run off and join the circus these holiday at Cirkidz! Half and full day programs are available for kids aged 5-12 years and include activities like trapeze, slacklining, ariel, hula, trampolining and much more. Kids 8+ years can also join the parkour program. Programs sell out fast so much sure you get in early. Cirkidz makes childcare during school holidays fun!
Get art and crafty at these kids holiday programs
Let’s get creative at one of these school holiday programs Adelaide. Kids can paint, draw, sculpt, create or engage is storytelling at any of these great holiday camps. You will be amazed what they will come home with.
Get crafty and have fun these holidays at Pottering Around. Their kids holiday programs include jewellery making, having a go at a pottery wheel, candle making and even a make your own slime workshop! A fun way to introduce kids to being creative. Parents, make sure you stop in and grab a coffee and cake while the kids are busy.
Budding artists will love the vacation care programs from Little Picassos. Kids can do anything from creating a piece of fine art to trying a totally new skill. Full and half day programs are available, as well as a three day art camp experience, based broken up based on age. Programs vary each holiday block so there is always something new to try.
In addition to some wonderful exhibitions, the Migration Museum runs popular school holiday programs, including some that are free. Conveniently located in the centre of Adelaide, the museum invites children to participate in their thought provoking and creative holiday workshops. Half day options are available and fill up quickly, so be sure to check out the website and get in quick.
Urth Clay Studio
Urth Clay Studio is a place where kids can explore their creativity. Using clay is a great sensory experience and allows kids to develop confidence and their artistic flair. Choose from a range of items to create and then show them off at the mini showcase at the end of the session. Book one day or more and see what they come home with.
Ruth Tuck Art School
Ruth Tuck Art School believes that every child has a unique artistic spirt that should be encouraged. The team are passionate about providing a supportive environment for kids to discover their talent. Specialising in watercolour, pastels and drawing, these holiday care options will help inspire young artists. Book one or many of the half day workshops available. All materials are provided.
YMCA vacation care options in Adelaide
Kids school holiday camps are something that YMCA pride themselves on. YMCA is all about inspiring young people and as such, we are sure you will find a YMCA school holiday program that is fun and inspires your kids. Physical activity and inquisitive minds are key ingredients for any YMCA vacation care program so take a look at what’s on offer.
Find YMCA holiday programs in these suburbs in Adelaide:
- Aberfoyle Park
- Morphett Vale
- One Tree Hill
- Para Hills West
- Para West
- Salisbury East
- Westbourne Park
- Windsor Gardens
- Woodville Gardens
- Woodville Park
- Woodville South
School holiday programs in Adelaide
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We think our childcare in school holidays options are so good that the kids will love them so much and will be begging to go back for the next school holidays!