April school holidays - what's on

From dinosaurs to pirates, film making, circus and more, there's plenty to see and do in South Australia's arts and cultural institutions these 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:

Hybrid Creatures - ages 5 to 12
$10pp, April 16 - 20, 10am, 11.30am and 1pm   
Draw, cut and combine your best qualities and the characteristics of animals you admire to create a super-powered hybrid creature. 

Digital Storytelling - ages 9 to 15
$30pp, April 23 and 24, 10am 1 - pm and 2 - 5pm 
Learn how to use photography to tell stories in this workshop with Nat Rogers, editorial and commercial photographer.

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

Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay
Tickets from $10 (children under four free)
Featuring more than 65 Impressionist masterpieces from the renowned collection of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris including works by Monet, Renoir, Manet, Morisot, Pissarro and Cézanne, among many others.
Free daily guided tours at 11am, 2pm and 3pm.

2018 Biennial of Australian Art: Divided Worlds
The 2018 Adelaide Biennial presents an allegory of human society, one that meditates on the drama of the cosmos and evolution; on the past and the future; and on beauty and the environment. Delivering new and unexpected visions in mediums such as photography, painting, sculpture, installation and the moving image from artists from all corners of the country.


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

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

Legends of the Dinosaurs: Theatre Shows with Professor Flint
FREE (bookings required), April 16-20, 11am and 1pm daily
Prepare to challenge everything you thought you knew about dinosaurs in an interactive, musical and scientific adventure.

Drawing Workshop: Constructing a Dinosaur
FREE, April 23, 24, 26, 27, 11:30am and 12:30pm
Flinders Palaeontology Lab will teach kids how we can make a picture of a dinosaur from an image of a skeleton.

Family Movie Night: The Good Dinosaur
FREE, April 26
Relax on the Museum’s North Terrace Lawns and enjoy a FREE evening screening of The Good Dinosaur hosted by renowned Palaeontologist Professor John Long from Flinders University. 

Click here to download the full Museum school holiday program PDF.

Dinosaur Revolution
Tickets from $5 (children under 3 free).
This new touring exhibition from Gondwana Studios explores the thrilling world of dinosaurs and their descendants.

Milerum and Me, the Art of Jacob Stengl
Jacob Stengl is a significant Aboriginal artist entering a bold new phase of his career. His grandfather Milerum (Clarence Long) is amongst the most important researchers and cultural authorities to have ever worked with an Australian Museum. In this dramatic exhibition of new works, Stengl reframes the South Australian Museum as a site of reconciliation, as his grandfather did before him.



11 Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide
Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, except ANZAC Day.
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. 

Full day workshops - $85 / $65 conc
Half day workshops - $55 / $45 conc

Highlights include:

WEAR YOU FROM - ages 5 to 12
April 17

Fashion design using papercraft and collage. Use atlas pages to create identities of style and place - an Adelaide shirt or New York onesie. Create personal collage portraits and original works with paper. 

MIRROR MIRROR - ages 7 to12 
April 18
Treat yourself to a “me” day drawing and painting your self- portrait. Explore your facial features, expressions,  profile and silhouette using mixed media including pencil, pastel, paint, paper cutouts and mirrors.

SPOKEN WORD - ages 7 to 12
April 19
Everyone has a story to tell and in this workshop you will look at different ways that you can tell yours! Draw inspiration from the sublime to the mundane and everything in between, whilst gaining confidence in public speaking and performance. Once you have developed your poem, you will have an opportunity to perform, just like at an open mic.

CLAY CRITTERS - ages: 12 to 17
Explore ceramic techniques such as slip casting, coiling, inlay, sprigging and sgraffito. Poke the wild spaces of your imagination to see what emerges from the clay in your hands.

April 23 and 24
If you solemnly swear you're up to no good, come spend a few days at Carclew as it turns into a School for Witches and Wizards these school holidays! Be spellbound by making our own wands, creating our own house crest banners, banish our own boggarts and much, much more. Mischief managed!

April 26 and 27
Close-up!  Wide shot!  What do you want to show? Combining intuition and technical skills, this workshop will cover essential story-telling theory and apply these techniques in practical activities, from conception to finished product. Participants will create their own short digital movie that they can take home with them. NOTE: iPads required, BYO or $10 hire.

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

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

Shipwrecked: AGAIN!
April 16 to 27, 11am and 1pm weekdays (excluding ANZAC Day)
$6 per child
On a perilous adventure, Captain Horatio Bumblefingers and crew lose their way and grow ever more paranoid over tales of sea monsters. What are those gigantic shadows below the waves, above the waves, everywhere? Who is making those strange sounds? Presented by the crazy team at Heapsgood Productions, Shipwrecked! is an hilarious and life affirming adventure filled with song, dance and a surprise heroine from the ocean’s depths!

Leviathan: An Astonishing History of Whales
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
April 14 to 15
Become a movie making master with this Mixed Media Animation workshop with GooRoo Animation, teaching kids of all ages how to create their own animated movies. Get your inspiration from by the National Motor Museum’s amazing collection of vehicles to create your very own stop motion animation. All finished videos will be uploaded to YouTube via the GooRoo Animation Workshops channel so you can share them with your friends and family! Bookings preferred.

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.


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

Holiday Fun: Tapestry Your Way to Croatia - ages 7+
April 16 to 29
Drop by the Migration Museum and create your own Croatian tapestry. Thread a needle and learn how to cross stich, long stich and stich to design, inspired by the exhibition Croatians in South Australia: community and identity. All materials supplied, just bring your ideas and nimble fingers.

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 and Sym Choon: Changing Fortunes in White Australia.


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


Wizard of Oz Cast reading
FREE, April 19
There's no place like.. your State Library! Join us for a special cast reading event from Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz production, currently on at the Festival Theatre. Spaces are limited so bookings are essential.


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

Woody's World School Holiday Show
April 25 to 28
$15pp or $50 family
Imagine a musical Dr Seuss in a teddy bears' picnic at Woodstock - welcome to Woody's World! Returning to the iconic grounds of Carrick Hill in the April school holidays with their acclaimed family show, Woody and his family band share a musical adventure with young audiences full of colourful puppetry, fabulous songs and loads of heartwarming engagement. Bring the kids, a picnic hamper and enjoy this school holiday event on the picturesque lawns of Carrick Hill. Be sure to check out the Kids Ukulele Workshop directly after the show - limited ukuleles provided so book early!

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. As well as the permanent collections, currently on show is Inside the Cover: The Bookplates of Adrian Feint. Daily guided tours at 11.30am and 2.30pm.


19 Morphett Street, Adelaide
Open 10am to 5pm daily.
Ph: 8231 0005

Seppeltsfield Road, Seppeltsfield
Open 11am to 5pm daily.
Ph: 8562 8149

JamFactory’s exhibition spaces showcase local, national and international work by leading artists, craftspeople and designers. Currently on show in the city galleries are artists Kirsten Coelho and Maria Fernanda Cardoso as part of the 2018 Biennial of Australian Art, and Collect: Vessel, featuring works by Gerry Wedd, Helen Fuller, Gabriella Bisetto, Clare Belfrage, Bruce Nuske, Honor Freeman, Deb Jones, Nick Mount, Jeff Mincham and Jessica Loughlin. The Barossa gallery features Generate 2017, an annual exhibition of work by JamFactory second year Associates showcasing future directions in ceramics, glass, metal and furniture design.


King William Street, Adelaide
Ph: 8216 8600

The Wizard of Oz
Festival Theatre, until April 29.
Tickets from $59.90

Grug and the Rainbow
Space Theatre, April 13 to 21
Tickets from $25

The 78-Storey Treehouse
Space Theatre, April 24 to May 5
Tickets from $25



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. They have a packed program of workshops and community events these school holidays, with highlights including:

Danger Club Four Day Circus Workshop - ages 7 to 18
$50pp, April 16 to 19
Northern Festival Centre, Port Pirie
Ever wanted to run away and join the circus? Here’s your chance: join the world famous Circa Contemporary Circus for a four day workshop to learn new tricks, explore the art of danger and present your very own show. Danger Club brings together local kids and Circa’s acrobats (people who live danger every day) to perform a brand new show for friends, family and the community.

Reclaimed Pianos
April 19 - Port Pirie
April 21 - Burra
Tickets from $10
Stunning, graceful and evocative, Reclaimed Pianos returns to South Australia after a sell-out 2016 regional tour. This intimate creation by internationally renowned acrobatic company Circa taps into the piano’s magical ability to transport us through time and to other places. As notes reverberate, they echo our memories of times before, places travelled and worlds to be discovered. From classical recitals to family sing-alongs: pianos have stories to tell. In this beautiful work, the incredible physicality of Circa’s acrobats will breathe fresh life to music layered with a soundscape of local voices.


The Nut Job: Nutty By Nature
April 17 and 18
Northern Festival Centre, Port Pirie
Tickets from $12

Peter Rabbit
April 13 to May 2 - Whyalla Cinema
April 14 to 20 - Chaffey Theatre, Renmark
April 19 to 24 - Northern Festival Centre, Port Pirie
Tickets from $12

Sherlock Gnomes
April 13 to May 2 - Whyalla Cinema
April 26 to 28 - Northern Festival Centre, Port Pirie
April 26 to 29 - Chaffey Theatre, Renmark


Various locations across the southern Eyre Peninsula
April 20 to 29

Now in its second year, the SALT Festival sees the southern Eyre Pensinula come alive with a packed program of more than 200 live music concerts, theatre, comedy and burlesque shows, exhibitions, workshops, artist talks and more. Highlights this year include concerts in Port Lincoln by Australian jazz legend James Morrison, roots band The Beautiful Girls, Adelaide blues/rock musician Timberwolf and Port Lincoln born folk singer Luke Morris, as well as a three-day street art festival in Tumby Bay, plus loads of events especially for families and kids.