45 Rainy Day Activities in Adelaide for All Ages

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Well my plans are scuppered – Rain, rain go away!! I suspect you have found my article because it’s a rainy day and you are looking for the best rainy day activities in Adelaide, SA to help you pass the time.  Well, here at Get Out with Kids, we love… well… getting out with kids…. So, we won’t let the rain stop us, with some awesome rainy day activities for you to get stuck into!

While I absolutely LOVE the sunny lazy days on the beach and the clear nights watching the sunset while watching the kids busy themselves on the sand or in the park waiting for the BBQ to fire up, there are times when equally the odd rainy day forces me to think outside the box and enjoy some rainy day activities. Adelaide on a rainy day may not be your idea of fun, BUT…..

Having the knowledge and ideas up my sleeve at a moment’s notice, no matter where I am, makes the job of transitioning from a sunny day of activities to a rainy day so much easier to contend with and while other members of my family may not be so enthusiastic to start with, I can assure you that being prepared and having a few alternative plans and experiences to draw from, can actually make the day more enjoyable and memorable than you would first believe. 

Indoor activities in Adelaide for kids

Rainy day activities for children can be super fun but that said, it is also much much easier when someone else has already put the ideas in a handy list of indoor activities in Adelaide so I have the best list of things to do in Adelaide on a rainy day broken down by age to help you find the perfect rainy day activities for families.

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Rainy day activities for toddlers

I wake up and hear the sound of water hitting the windows and glare out to find all my best laid plans are no longer useful – a visit to the beach to make sandcastles or go to a park to let my toddler run around and blow off steam….. panic sets in about what am I actually going to do to get out of the house and entertain my ‘full of gusto’ toddler/s. Well – grab a cuppa and peruse the list below to plan your ‘alternative’ day of fun with a group of places that are great rainy day activities for toddlers.

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1. Wacky Warehouse | South Australia

Adelaide rainy season can play havoc with best laid plans.  However this place with over three levels of fun play activities for your toddler to be immersed in and over 200 square metres, is a wonderful location to bring your toddler and older children too! With wave slides, and a separate soft play zone for under 5s, this will keep your toddler occupied and an onsite café is just the icing on the cake! 

Check out the Wacky Warehouse website for more information.

Address: 162 Gorge Road, Newton, South Australia

2. The Cirkidz Circus School | Bowden

rainy day Adelaide
Teenagers having a good time practicing tricks at Cirkidz

Rainy day activities for 2, 3 and 4 year olds and even older can be located here! A great place to learn a number of different activities made famous as ‘circus tricks’. From acrobatics for toddlers and older children alike, with aerial stunts for the older children and a smaller gym version for the toddlers of the group together with juggling activities, this is a great way to spend a rainy day in Adelaide. Various workshops and sessions are available at varying prices.

To find out more, visit the Circus Adelaide website.

Address: 27 Fifth Street, Bowden

3. Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense | Various Locations

Wonderful adventures to be had for busy minds of the younger group, ideally from 1-3 – 5 years.  This is, as the name suggests, fun for all the senses.  Rainy day activities for babies and toddlers are well covered here with baby sensory classes on site. This is a world of discovery for toddlers learning and having fun at the same time.

Website: Toddler Sense Multi-sensory adventures

Address: Various locations throughout Adelaide/South Australia, check website for locations.

4. Toddler World at Funtopia Prospect | Sefton Park

Rainy day activities for toddlers can be tricky but this is a playground for children of all ages with a dedicated toddler zone which includes building blocks, slides and play equipment, interactive games and obstacles. The separate Playground World will keep the older children engaged as well as climbing walls for the even older age group – everyone covered at this place and even a coffee while you watch!.

Visit the Funtopia World Australia website.

Address: Tenancy 8, 259-269 Main North Road, Sefton Park

5. The Cockle Train | Various Locations

The stunning location of Victor Harbor is a great place to visit but also the backdrop to the Cockle Train.  This railway is said to date back as far as 1887 so a great piece of history and a fabulous way to spend the day together travelling the train!. 

Check out The Cockle Train website for more details.

Address: Available from stations at Goolwa, Port Elliot and Victor Harbor.

6. Croc’s Playcentre | Kilburn

To avoid Adelaide Wet season why not try another great indoor playground with lots to keep your toddler happy on a rainy day!.  With slides, climbing activities, bricks, toys to name but a few, this is a great place to check out when you are looking for rainy day activities indoors.

To find out more, visit the Croc’s Playcentre website.

Address: Shop 4, 4/252 Churchill Road, Kilburn

7. Adelaide Aquatic Centre | North Adelaide

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Teenagers enjoying the cool slides at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre

With a Leisure Pool that has shallow waters to frolic in, waterslides and fountains, if you have a water baby, this is the place to visit.  Bigger kids can enjoy the 50 metre main pool and there is also a dive pool. The centre has a café onsite.  It is situated in the Adelaide Park Lands, so even a great option when the weather is also fine and sunny.

Head to the Adelaide Aquatic Centre website for more information.

Address: Jeffcott Road, North Adelaide

8. Copper Coast Indoor Play Centre | Kadina

Situated at the Copper Coast Tourism Centre this huge indoor play area with café has everything to keep them entertained while you rest up in the café area.  From ride on toys to slides they will have great fun here! A great location when trying out rainy day activity for toddlers.

Website: Copper Coast Indoor Play Centre

Address: 50 Mines Road, Kadina

Rainy day activities in Adelaide for kids aged 5 – 12

Rain has set in for the day and no hope of getting to that park for a catch up.  Here is my go to list of indoor activities/places for you to visit where you can relax knowing that everyone will be entertained (and satisfyingly tired out!), with some ideas on what to do when its raining.

9. Bounce | Marleston

Employee doing cool tricks at Bounce

When in Adelaide on a rainy day why not try bouncing!! A great big warehouse style venue set up with trampolines, and obstacle Ninja-style courses.  The gymnasts of the family will certainly enjoy this rainy day activity indoors and there is a café onsite serving hot and cold food! 

Website: BOUNCE Inc Australia

Address: 164-168 Richmond Road, Marleston

10. Cinema | Various Locations

Adelaide wet season can be difficult to navigate through however there are any number of cinemas in and around the Adelaide and these are great, particularly in school holidays when there is always a number of film options for children.  Grab the popcorn and get the group together a movie extravaganza!

Visit the Event Cinemas website to find out movie session times and locations.

Address: Please check website for locations and events

11. Mega Fast Karts | Richmond

Children racing at Extreme Indoor Go Karting

A rainy day in Adelaide?  No problem – Located at Richmond, this place has a number of areas to choose to tackle!  The main race kart, dodgem car race track, laser skirmish and arcade centre.  Various packages are available for purchase and can get the whole family involved.!

Check out the Mega Fast Karts Australia website.

Address: 6 Deacon Avenue, Richmond

12. Art Gallery of South Australia | Adelaide

The Art Gallery of South Australia has so many areas and always lots going on.  Various programs and events can be accessed so its worth doing your research before going.  However, there is currently an inflatable wonderland to enjoy together with plenty of arts and crafts and even dancing to join in with together with storytelling performances.

Website: Art Gallery of South Australia

Address: North Terrace, Adelaide

13. Zone Bowling Cross Road | Various Locations

Who doesn’t love a good bowling session and a fab rainy day activity with friends! With laser tag as an additional activity along with food and drinks – this is a great activity for the whole family to enjoy (with a little gentle competition!).

Check out the Zone Bowling Cross Road website for more details.

Address: Various locations throughout Adelaide – please check website for further details.

14. Lollipops Playland & Cafe | Croydon

Lollipops is an indoor playground activity for children of various ages to enjoy.  With an onsite café and lots of play areas to enjoy, this is sure to keep your kids happy for a long while.  Plenty of favourites here such as soft toys and slides, etc!.

To find out more, visit the Lollipops Croydon website.

Address: 449 Port Road, Croydon

15. Little Rockets Play Café | Various Locations

There are three located around Adelaide, Munno Para, Murray Lands and Westfield West Lakes.  These playgrounds are HUGE!  Onsite café for when you are peckish! If your kids enjoy letting off steam with plenty of playground equipment to try in a great space, this is definitely one to try!

Take a look at the Little Rockets Play Cafe website to find out more.

Address: Three locations to try: Munno Park, Murray Lands and Westfield West Lakes. Please refer to website for further details.

16. National Railway Museum | Port Adelaide

Situated in Port Adelaide is this beautiful interactive location all about TRAINS!.  A rainy day activity with tweens who are sure to enjoy the mini railway and train rides, this is a wonderful alternative activity when its raining outside. The older members of the family will also enjoy the information and array of exhibits on view.

Head to the National Railway Museum for more information.

Address: Central Port Adelaide

17. Henley Square Water Play | Adelaide

Located at Henley Beach, this recently refurbished development is great for all members of the family, but particularly toddlers and younger children.  This inground water feature provides great fun for children to chase.  Whilst its not a ‘traditional’ indoor activity for rainy days, it is a great place to come if you are in the area and the weather is that on and off style rainy day – they will probably be wet, so why not enjoy it a little!!.

Address: Henley Square, Henley Beach, Adelaide

Things to do in Adelaide when it rains with teens

Rainy day activities for teens anyone?! I struggle to sometimes interact with my teenager who would much prefer to spend time on devices, or catching up with friends online.  However, I do try connecting outside of this world and I enjoy seeing the look of enjoyment on my kids faces when they try something or visit somewhere a little different – even though it may well have been met with a little resistance to start with.  Some of the places that may help when in Adelaide include ….

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18. Adelaide Gaol Ghost Tour | Thebarton

If your teenager has a fascination of the ghostly kind, why not take them on a two hour guided tour of the supernatural.  Here you will uncover Adelaide’s darkest moments with stories of ghosts and visits to burial sites. Not for the faint-hearted!! Tours run on some Fridays and Saturdays so please check beforehand.  Prices start from $41.

Website: Adelaide Gaol Ghost Tour

Address: 18 Gaol Rd, Thebarton

19. Adelaide Oval | Adelaide

Rainy day activities for teenagers don’t come much better if you have a sporting enthusiast in your midst. This is a great opportunity to experience some of the areas normally off-limits.  With a guided tour listening to some of the history of the venue this is a unique experience to be had. Prices from $25

Get your discounted tickets here: Adelaide Oval Stadium Tour

Address: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

20. South Australia Museum | South Adelaide

Visiting Adelaide during the rainy season means changing plans at the last minute. However museums are fascinating places and engage interest, with any number of unique exhibits of days gone by.  This here is no exception. Examining Australia’s history and cultural heritage is a great way to spend the day – makes history come to life!.

Check out the SA Museum website.

Address: North Terrace, Adelaide South

21. Maniax | Thebarton

Yep ….. axe-throwing – a great rainy day activity in Adelaide! But before you disregard this as dangerous for your teenager, please be assured that there are rigorous safety checks in place prior to being allowed to partake in this!.  You can even engage in a coaching and target practice session with a designated member of staff.   Great for small groups to indulge in and have some fun!. Various packages are available for purchase.

Head to the MANIAX website for more information.

Address: 1 Light Terrace, Thebarton

22. X-Golf | Marion

This state of the art indoor golf experience is good fun – housed in kiosks with the opportunity to buy food and drink or even golf lessons!!  It is a relaxing atmosphere here, with the opportunity to try something new or hone those golfing skills with the simulators available to use.

Website: X-Golf Australia’s Leading Indoor Golf Simulators

Address: X-Golf Marion, 838-842 Marion Road, Marion

23. Neo, Art Gallery of South Australia | Adelaide

This is only held at certain times of the year but if you are in the area, this is definitely worth a go if it is on for your teenager.  This is ONLY for teenagers 13-17 years – no adults/parents are allowed.  It is a safe place within the Art Gallery where kids use the creative labs available or listen to live music and discover some of the exhibitions.

Visit the Neo website for more information on this event.

Address: North Terrace, Adelaide

24. Escape Hunt | Adelaide

Escape rooms are very popular at the moment and this one is no different.  With three different escape rooms to try you can decode puzzles or hunt for various clues in a timeframe before you are ‘locked in’. 

Check out the Escape Hunt Adelaide website.

Address: 133 Rundle Mall, Adelaide

25. Adelaide Indoor Sports Centre | Windsor Garden

Laser tag and gel ball facilities are located at this indoor sports centre.  This is a new facility and includes the newest of sports – gel-ball.  With gel blasters and safety equipment available to use, this is a safe but fun battle arena!! 

Website: Adelaide Indoor Sports Centre

Address: 10-18 Albert Street, Windsor Gardens

Rainy day activities for adults in Adelaide

Whilst my kids are important to keep entertained (and for my ultimate sanity in getting through these unusual rainy days out), my world would definitely be missing something if I didn’t get to enjoy something that was solely for my adult world with friends or partner.  There are plenty of things to do in Adelaide when its raining. Here are some activities that can be enjoyed while in Adelaide on those less than perfect sunny days or clear nights!

26. Adelaide Central Market | Adelaide

Who doesn’t love a good market – thrilling for all the senses, vibrant, lively chatter and banter, delicious food and great colours and aromas to enjoy.  The markets are a wonderful place to come visit and this particular tour will take you on a three hour visit – perfect way to try the best of the best!. From $168 per person.

Visit the Adelaide Central Market Tour with Lunch to find out more about this deal.

Address: Adelaide Central Markets 44-60 Gouger Street, Adelaide

27. The Lane Winemakers Experience | Hahndorf

Well while you are close to the vineyards why not try an interactive winemaking experience in the Adelaide Hills.  This gives you the opportunity to experience all things wine in a very different way and gives you a good indication of what a working vineyard involves with this hands on experience – bottling your own blend of wine! Afterwards you will delight in a degustation with 5 wines and accompanying food dishes to enhance the flavours and complement each other!

Head to The Lane Winemakers Experience for more details.

Address: 5 Ravenswood Lane, 5245, Hahndorf SA

28. Adelaide Hills & Hanhdorf Hideaway Tour | Adelaide Hills

This tour within the Adelaide Hills will take you to two cellar doors for wine tastings and to Melba’s Chocolate Factory together with a two course lunch including wine or beer – a wonderful way to explore the area. Prices from $200 – a great rainy Sunday activity.

Website: Adelaide Hills & Hanhdorf Hideaway Tour

Address: Adelaide Hills

29. Barossa Valley Hop on Hop Off Tour | Barossa Valley

This famous region can be explored in a number of ways but why not try the hop on/hop off variety and taste some wines without the worry of driving. This particular experience gives you four stops and also the opportunity to try tapas on your travels.

Visit the Barossa Valley Hop On Hop Off Tour from Adelaide to find out more.

Address: Barossa Valley

30. Tiny House Staycation at the Pink Lake | Bumbunga

A little different, why not cosy up at this beautiful ‘tiny house’ experience at The Pink Lake which is only 90 minutes from Adelaide city. Within the region of the Clare Valley, this beautiful tiny house affords fantastic views and has everything you need but in tiny proportions.  Rekindle that romance with a wonderful rainy day activity for adults!

Check out the Tiny House Staycation at the Pink Lake website.

Address: Pink Lake, Bumbunga

31. National Wine Centre | Adelaide

Situated within the Botanic Gardens in the city, this is a great place for you to learn and try ….. wine!!  If you are a wine lover, this centre is a great place to take in on your visit to Adelaide.

Website: National Wine Centre of Australia

Address: Corner of Botanic & Hackney Roads, Adelaide

32. Motor Museum | Birdwood

If you are interested in all things motor, then this is the place for you to visit.  With all sorts of cars exhibited from the very old vintage style cars of days gone by to more classic style vehicles to the most speedy and expensive!!  Prices start from $21.50 for adults and $8.50 for children but packages are also available to purchase.

Head to the Motor Museum website for more information.

Address: Shannon Street, Birdwood

33. Endota Spa | Adelaide

Well, when the weather is not great, what better way to spend the day than relaxing at a day spa.  With various treatments from massages, to facials to many other pampering goods to try or purchase, this is a great way to while away a few rainy hours!

Website: Day Spa

Address: 100 Rundle Mall, SA

34. Shopping | Adelaide

There are a few shopping precincts in and around South Australia.  This is just one, which incorporates boutiques, classic shops, cafes and restaurants – watch the budget though!!

Check out the Rundle Mall website.

Address: Rundle Mall, Adelaide

35. French bar and restaurant – La Buvette Drinkery | Adelaide

As with most cities, the night life is usually in abundance and with multiple choices.  This is a chic place to trial – offering French cuisine and various beverages including French wine and many cocktails – a lovely way to finish off your rainy day in Adelaide.


Address: 27 Gresham Street, Adelaide

Rainy day activities for home

OK, so you have read through all my rainy day ideas in Canberra and you still don’t want to venture out. Fret none, I have also got a great list of things to grab now for any future rainy days in Canberra. Just like the Scouts, you will always be prepared! 

When you can’t get out and about, finding activities at home can be tricky on short notice. Because we know everyone is different, we have compiled a heap of entertaining and interesting activities, including art ideas for rainy day activities in Canberra you can do at home (or in a hotel room!).

36. How to draw cool things drawing guide

Have a budding artist in your midst?  Then how about following a step by step instruction book – ‘How to draw cool things’ which will suit even those just starting out. Includes optical illusions, 3D letters, cartoons are just some of the things they can learn to draw.

Get your drawing guide here.

37. Be a rubber band engineer

Maybe even a mechanic that loves fiddling and fixing things, this book will help create all sorts of gadgets. You will never believe what they can make with just a rubber band and the ideas between the pages.

Find out how here.

38. Get procrastibaking

Baking is always a favourite in my house, so grab a recipe book and get them into the kitchen for a chance to be the next Masterchef!

Buy the book and get started.

39. Non boring board games

Why not invest in a different style of board game – definitely helpful in getting them away from those electronic devices!  It even includes some team building games for teens.

Get playing with these board games.

40. Learn how to ride a hoverboard

Why not try a new skill – hoverboarding!  Spend the time learning how to ride one and impress their friends!.

Purchase a hoverboard here.

41. An escape room in a book

Escape rooms are definitely a favourite but if getting to one is a problem then why not try one from the comfort of your own home with this unique book. With just 60 minutes to escape from a labyrinth, you must take on the challenges and solve mysteries to finish the book.

Find out if you can escape.

42. Put your time to good use

This selection of books assist in areas that we could all improve upon such as increasing level of happiness and even confidence building books like ‘What’s my super power’.

Check out this selection of books on highly effective teens.

43. Master a remote controlled car

Building and driving remote control cars is an activity that can start indoors and be taken out when the sun makes an appearance. 4WD’s, mini coopers and heavy machinery vehicles are just some of the vehicles you can control or why not try with Lego!

Choose your vehicle here.

44. Fun things to do when stuck at home

Still can’t think of anything, then this book is jam-packed with alternative ideas – you are bound to find something here.

Read up on things for kids to do here.

45. Fly a drone

Kids will love learning how to fly a drone – varying models are available from the basic to something more sophisticated so why not give this activity a go.

Purchase a drone here.

Things to do in Adelaide on a rainy day

Adelaide rainy day activities are plentiful – but its easy when there is a place to start your research.  Hopefully this has helped you identify something that you can all enjoy from rainy day activities kids-style to rainy day activities indoors or even rainy day activities couples-style (even outdoors activities if the weather doesn’t bother you!). 

It doesn’t have to be expensive either, there are plenty of things to do when its raining to keep those kids from getting bored (and lets face it the kids rainy day activities really helps us to reconnect as a family).  ENJOY!!

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Alex has been writing for his mum's website since he was 10 years old and now he runs his own website, Get Out with Kids. He attends high school and works part time at McDonald's. Born in the UK but growing up in Australia he has a passion for travel, and has visited more than 25 countries. He has a Cert III in Hospitality and holds the Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate. With this background he is well qualified to write the website's restaurant reviews and travel articles. When he grows up he aims to be a pilot and is currently studying for his Recreational Pilot License.

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