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Kids will love Adelaide - there's tons of activities to keep them active and entertained. Parents should pick up a copy of James Muecke's "Adelaide for Kids" which lists over 400 ideas and activities, along with maps and location guides. Almost half of the activities listed are free.
Spend the day at the beach - there are plenty within the area such as Glenelg, West Beach, Brighton and Seacliff. You can get to all these beaches easily, because they're so close to transport terminals. If surfing is the sport of choice in your family, you might have to head a little further out than those popular swimming beaches.
Although you don't want to spoil your kids with tons of sweets, make an exception for the Haigh's Chocolates Visitor Centre for some chocolate tasting, located just outside of the city centre. Your kids will love you for it! Call (08) 8372 7070 for more details on tour times.
For a true Australian experience, the whole family will love Urimbirra Wildlife Park because you can cuddle koalas, hug a kangaroo and feed the crocs. If you'd rather keep your distance from the wild animals, then check out Black Hill Conservation Park or Cleland Wildlife Park where you can see animals like koalas, dingos, Tasmanian devils and wombats in their natural habitat.
The Belair National Park is a great place for families to get out and about in the Hills. You can book one of the tennis courts, and there are barbecues there so you don't need to take your own. There is plenty of space to move around and experience the bushland. It is closed during total fire bans in the Adelaide Hills, which only happen for a few days each summer. If there is a total fire ban, it is announced in the weather reports starting the night before. Accessible by public transport, the train leaves from Adelaide railway station at regular intervals, as people commute from this area to the city to work.
For a fun day of adventure and excitement, visit the Adelaide Aquatic Center, Greenhills Adventure Park or The Beachouse (website for this newly opened replacement for Magic Mountain is http://www.thebeachouse.com.au/ - watch the spelling - only one h.). Waterslides, mini-golf, dodgem cars and more await you and your kids when you're done taking them on educational tours or showing them the animals of Australia.