October School Holidays - what's on

Fossick for opals at the South Australian Museum, create monsters at Carclew, make a Lego animation at the National Motor Museum, or leap into circus with Cirkidz -  there's plenty to see and do in South Australia's arts and cultural institutions these October school holidays!

North Terrace, Adelaide
Open 10am to 5pm daily.
FREE entry, some exhibitions ticketed.
Ph: 8207 7000

The Gallery has a range of school holiday activities on offer, including:

START at the Gallery - ages 3 to 12
Sunday October 7, 11am to 3pm
Weave your way through tours that look at the art of Chiharu Shiota, be immersed in the sounds of stringed instruments, enjoy swing dancing and storytelling performances. 
For more info click here.

School Holiday Workshops: Webs of Threads - ages 5 to 12
Tuesday October 2 to Friday October 5, 10am, 11.30am and 1pm
Experience the kilometres of red string that have transformed the Gallery, then learn to tie, knot, weave and thread to make your own creation in art workshops. 
For more info, click here.

The Studio
Open daily from September 29 to January 27, 10am to 5pm
Inspired by the animals of Arnhem Land, artists from Bábbarra Designs in Maningrida have created a series of printing plates for children to create their own textile design. Learn the Kuninjku name for your favourite Australian animal, and make a colourful printed design of your own.
For more info, click here.

Chiharu Shiota
Open during Gallery hours
Recognised the world over for her string installations, Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota is the subject of three major projects at the Art Gallery including the first solo exhibition of Chiharu’s work in an Australian public gallery, and a new sculptural work made for the gallery's North Tce facade.


North Terrace, Adelaide
Open 10am to 5pm daily.
FREE entry, some exhibitions ticketed.
Ph: 8207 7404

The Museum has a rocks, gems and minerals themed school holiday program of daily talks, workshops, craft activities, shows and more - most of them FREE!:

Art Rocks
Tuesday October 2 to Fridey October 5, 10am to 12pm
Drop in to the main foyer and make your own minerals-inspired artwork.

Minerals and Fossils ID Station
Monday October 8, Tuesday October 9 and Wednesday October 10, 10am to 12pm
Rock up with fossils or minerals from home, and the resident mineralogist will see if your exciting finds can be identified.

Buried Treasure: Opal Fossicking
Monday October 8 to Friday October 12, 10am to 3pm
Hunt through genuine Coober Pedy rubble for your very own chip of opal, potch, jasper or gypsum to take home with you.

Jewellery Workshop
Monday October 8 to Friday October 12, 1pm to 1.45pm
FREE (bookings required - click here)
Make your own polymer clay jewellery, inspired by the shapes and colours of the Minerals and Meteorites Gallery.

Gemmology Touch Table
Thursday October 11 and Friday October 12, 10am to 12pm
Take a look at precious and semi-precious stones under the microscope with the Museum's gemmologist.

Click here to see the Museum's full school holiday program.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2018
Open during Museum hours.
Tickets from $5 (children under 5 free).
Explore the stunning beauty of our natural world in this special photographic exhibition.


11 Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide
Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Ph: 8267 5111

Carclew's Explore Arts program offers full day and half-day creative activities for children aged 5 to 17 years, run by a team of professional artists. Bookings are recommended, as these popular sessions often sell out!

Full day workshops - $85 / $65 conc
Full day excursions - $95 / $75 conc
9am to 5pm

Half day workshops - $55 / $45 conc
9am to 12.45pm (morning) and 1.30pm to 5pm (afternoon)

Tuesday October 2
Create your own mouldable characters and bring them to life with claymation techniques. Design and direct your own Lego "Brick Film" Animation. The finished videos will be shown on the big screen and then uploaded to YouTube. 
Artist: GooRoo Animation

Wednesday October 3
Go on an inspirational behind the scenes tour of the ANIFEX facilities and studio space. Learn about stop motion, simple lighting and camera set up from the experts then create your own cut out animation and clay characters for a mini group animation project.
Artist: Anifex Studios

CELLOGRAPH: AEROSOL ART - ages: 5 to 8 (morning) and 9 to 12 (afternoon) 
Thursday October 4 (can combine with below workshop to make a full day)
Explore aerosol art creative techniques including can control, spray can design tricks and effects with mentor graffiti artist. Work outdoors to design and create a graffiti work as a group, then a solo piece to take home.
Artist: James Dodd.

FLORA AND FAUNA: PRINTMAKING - ages: 9 to 12 (morning) and 5 to 8 (afternoon)
Thursday October 4 (can combine with above workshop to make a full day)
Take inspiration from native plants and animals to create your very own collection of prints. Learn lino cutting techniques on foam print sheets, to create a tile to transfer onto to a variety of materials. Create your own card or artwork to frame.
Artist: Bronte Woyziechowsk

CRAZY CREATURE HEADWEAR: Sculpture - ages 5 to 8 (morning) and 9 to 12 (afternoon)
Tuesday October 9 (can combine with below workshop to make a full day)
News Flash: a new creature has been discovered at Carclew. Does it have the horn of a unicorn? Scales of a fish? Teeth of a lion? You decide! We will be creating wearable, hangable masks inspired by a mixture of our favourite animals. Your crazy creatures will then be featured in an exhibition at the Carclew Dusk Markets.
Artist: Ruby Chew

MONSTER MAKING: ILLUSTRATION & PAPERCRAFT - ages: 5 to 8 (afternoon) and 9 – 12 (morning)
Tuesday October 9 (can combine with above workshop to make a full day)
Turn the monsters of your dreams into reality! Imagine the gruesome textures and anatomy of your monster, make a cardboard cut-out of them to stand on your desk and then create its story and sketch out in a mini zine while it looks on. 
Artist: Mitch Hearn

Wednesday October 10
Create huge artworks that fill a room, art you can play IN! Walk through and around art by working on large scale materials. Come make installations and props with Dave Court that will be displayed at the Dusk Arts Markets. 
Artist: Dave Court

Two day workshop: Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 October
Learn the ins and outs of book illustration from character development, storyboards to final illustrations. Use elements of illustration to create a visual language that extends and complements the words. Bring along a story, poem or song lyrics to illustrate.
Artist: Sally Heinrich

Thursday October  11
Turn static objects into interactive and playful works of art. By experimenting with mechanisms such as cams, cranks, followers and levers, you will create your very own mechanical sculpture. Build your sculpture using cardboard and recycled materials, then bring it to life through movement.
Artists: Sylvia Nevistic and Susie Boeselt

Click here to see Carclew's full school holiday program.

Click here to book for any of the above sessions.

126 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide
Open 10am to 5pm daily.
Entry $6 to $15.
Ph: 8207 6255

Sunken Secrets
October 2 to 12, 10am to 3pm weekdays
$6 per child (includes lighthouse access)
The ocean holds many secrets hidden in the muddy sea bed.  How do we find sunken relics, how do we know what they are, and what do they reveal about lost ships and past voyagers? Sunken Secrets lets you get your hands on history—literally.   Working with our archaeologists, you will handle real artefacts and learn how they help piece together the puzzles of our maritime past. Equipped with your new skills, follow the museum trail and take the ‘Time Detectives Challenge’. Reward yourself with a climb up the lighthouse and imagine the Port River one hundred years ago.  Will there be secrets there? You will soon find out!

October 13 and 14, 10am to 5pm
FREE, museum entries ticketed.
This fun family event sees wooden and heritage boats, working shipwrights, steam engines, kids’ activities and street markets take over the Port. The SA Maritime Museum, National Railway Museum and SA Aviation Museum will be joining in the fun by holding an open day on both days. Children under the age of 15 will have free entry to all three Museums and adult admission will be discounted to $5.

Leviathan: An Astonishing History of Whales
Until November 11, during Museum hours
FREE with museum admission
Around the globe and across centuries whales have inspired awe and wonder. Leviathan takes you on a voyage through the science of whales in their environment and the astonishing history of whales and humans. View a giant whale skull in augmented reality, exploring the anatomy of whales and their amazing senses for navigation and communication. Watch whales dawrf visitors as they swim across the gallery walls in a series of stunning projections. See artefacts from across the Pacific, Fiji, Hawaii, New Zealand and beautiful artworks from Ngarrindjeri and Mirning artists in South Australia, and learn about the brutal history of whaling in Australia.



Shannon Street, Birdwood
Open 10am to 5pm daily.
Entry $6.50 to $15.50
Ph: 8568 4000

School Holiday Animation Workshops - all ages
October 13 and 14, 11am to 3pm
FREE with museum admission
Drawing inspiration from the vehicles on display at the museum, create your own "brick film" of a Lego car chase, or assemble your own unique vehicle, in a GooRoo Animation Claymation workshop. Learn what goes into making a film, and get a behind the scenes glimpse into producing an animated movie at a professional level. Movies will be filmed and put together using the Stop Motion Studio App available on mobile devices. They will then be uploaded to YouTube via the GooRoo Animation Workshops channel so you can share them with all your friends and family.

Permanent Collection
Discover how motor vehicles have opened up our country, linking some of the most isolated communities in the world. From the stately to the absurd, from the hand-built to the mass-produced, see the vehicles people loved and loathed, thrashed and pampered, in the pursuit of their motoring dreams. As well as the permanent collections on display, currently on show is one of the world’s most expensive and fastest cars - a 2008 Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 (pictured above).


82 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide
Open 10am to 5pm daily.
Ph: 8207 7580

Belongings: An Interactive Installation - ages 12+
September 29 to October 14
For many in the developed world, life can be consumed with material objects. Our possessions inadvertently become everything to us. But what if you had to flee your homeland forever? What’s the one item you couldn’t live without? Created by SBS’s Digital Creative Labs using technology developed by Google’s Creative Lab, this interactive experience shares stories of people who left their homeland, and almost everything they own, in search of a new life in Australia. Use your mobile phone to engage with this interactive experience. Free WiFi available.

Departure, Transit, Arrival: Stories by Joanna Majchrowska - ages 5 to 12
September 29 to October 14
Where do you come from? Come and see this beautiful photographic exhibition that illustrates Joanna’s journey from Poland to Australia in the 1960s, long before digital cameras were invented. Think about your family’s journey to Adelaide, and make your own personal life map.  

Permanent Collection
The Migration Museum works towards the preservation, understanding and enjoyment of South Australia’s diverse cultures. It is a place to discover the many identities of the people of South Australia through the stories of individuals and communities. As well as the permanent collections documenting immigration in the 20th Century and 21st Century migration, current exhibitions include Croatians in South Australia.


Corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide
Open Mon, Tues & Wed 10am to 8pm, Thurs and Fri 10am to 6pm, Sat and Sun 10am to 5pm
Ph: 8207 7250

Crazy Caps - ages 6 to 12
Wednesday October 3 and Thursday October 4, 10am to 12pm
FREE (bookings essential - click here)
Discover how important hats were to signify status and roles and who wore hats at various points in history, then design and decorate a hat that you might wear for a special occasion. Be inspired by a guided tour of the State Library Gallery's current exhibition: One mountain, one river, one sage: Treasures from the Shandong Library and view images of Emperors. Children will then proceed to the level 1 of the Spence Wing to view images of the First Colonists and then to the Centre of Democracy to view images of current and past people who shaped our democracy. The second part of the program will be to design and decorate your own hat.

One Mountain, One River, One Sage: Treasures from the Shandong Library
Until January 7, 2019
This exhibition tells the stories of China's Shandong Province through rare pieces from the Shandong Library, and features over 60 original items including ancient books, press plates, calligraphy tools, paintings, wall hangings and stone rubbings. The oldest original items on display are five books of Yongle Beizang Buddhist sutras, which were engraved and printed between 1419 and 1440. Explore ancient everyday life in Jinan, capital of Shandong Province, and learn about key historical figures, such as Confucius, Mencius, the Emperors, imperial families, and the people of Shandong. Discover the printing and binding methods of ancient books and how the Shandong Library is preserving the history of their country for future generations.


46 Carrick Hill Drive, Springfield
Open 10am to 4.30pm daily
Free admission to gardens and grounds, house entry from $12.
Ph: 8433 1700

Bush Characters with Zinia - ages 7 to 12
Wednesday October 3, 10.30am
$35pp (includes all materials)
Create your own 'bush character' inspired by the work of Zinia King and May Gibbs. Zinia's class will ignite the imaginations of aspiring artists by drawing from the environment and around them at Carrick Hill, as well as Victorian costume and native animals to create their very own character. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Stories by the Stables - ages 4 to 8
Wednesday October 10 to Friday October 12, 10.30am to 11.30am each day
$5 per child
A fun morning of stories and paper craft on the stable lawns. Children should bring their own cushions - seating will be provided for adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Carrick Hill is Australia’s most intact 20th Century heritage house museum and garden. Aspects of its privately-collected French, British and Australian fine and decorative arts collection are of an international standard, including masterpieces of British modernism and fine examples of 17th Century furniture and house fittings. The garden features the Storybook Trail, a pleasant stroll that uses classic children’s tales to encourage the imagination. Daily guided tours at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

King William Street, Adelaide
Ph: 8216 8600

Cranky Bear - ages 3 to 8
Tuesday October 9 to Saturday October 13
Dunstan Playhouse 
All tickets $25.

Inspired by the award-winning best-selling book, The Very Cranky Bear, by Nick Bland. Zebra, Lion and Moose each think they know how to solve the Bear's crankiness, but their shenanigans just make him even crankier! It takes a humble and empathetic Sheep with an open heart and listening ear to solve the Bear's woes. Cranky Bear is a rollicking cabaret-style show for kids by award-winning company Patch Theatre, packed with music, laughter and mayhem.


On Stage Performance Workshops - ages 8 to 16
Tuesday October 2 to Friday October 12
Prices vary, bookings essential.

This popular performing arts program for 8-16 year olds brings together the best dance, theatre and vocal instructors to teach participants in all areas of the performing arts, as well as encouraging confidence, communication and leadership skills.


Institute Building, corner North Tce and Kintore Ave
10am to 5pm every day
FREE entry
Ph: 8203 9888

KIDS' TRAIL - ages 8 to 10
Use the free, specially designed trail to explore the Centre of Democracy and discover treasures and interesting facts from South Australia's history.

27 Fifth St, Bowden
Ph: 8346 5735

Cirkidz offers a whole swag of school holiday circus and acrobatics workshops for all skill levels, for ages 5 to 12.

Download a PDF of the full program here, or visit cirkidz.org.au/participate/holiday-programs



Country Arts SA is a dynamic arts organisation committed to bringing the arts to life in regional South Australia, with arts venues in Noarlunga, Whyalla, Port Pirie, Renmark, Berri and Mount Gambier. 


Wizard of Oz Interactive Show
Friday October 5 to Saturday October 13
Tickets from $15
Hopgood Theatre, Noarlunga | Northern Festival Centre, Port Pirie | Chaffey theatre, renmark | Middleback Arts Centre, Whyalla | Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mount Gambier
Rap with the Tinman, roar like a Lion, wake up sleepy Shakey the Scarecrow and dance with Dorothy in this interactive, new re-telling of Frank Baum’s classic story. Powerful story-telling interacts with striking 3D animation on screen and catchy music to conjure up the magic of Oz in this production by Sydney-based Youngstars2.com.


Wednesday October 10 to Sunday October 21
GU Film House, 128 Hindley Street, Adelaide

The Adelaide Film Festival is an 11-day celebration and exploration of cinema, with a unique program of films from Australian and international creators, plus forums and special events. To search for child friendly events and films, browse the family section of the program.


Adelaide Symphony Orchestra: Orchestra Fantastica! in Aldinga - ages 4 to 8
Tuesday October 2, 2.30pm and 3.45pm
Aldinga Community Centre

Experience the sights and sounds of 12 fantastic ASO musicians as they bring their instruments to life in the wonderful settings of Adelaide’s Community Centres. Led and developed by the ASO’s own Peter Duggan, who is joined by singer Susan Ferguson, children aged 4-8 will be encouraged to sing, dance and play whilst actively learning about the instruments of the orchestra. A fun, engaging way to introduce young minds to the wonders of the orchestra.