Published on 23 September 2022

Trucks on Tour headlines bumper school holidays program

Back by popular demand, City of Onkaparinga's free Trucks on Tour event returns on Friday 14 October, offering young and old the chance to get up close and personal with their favourite vehicles.

The event, to be held at Morphett Vale's Wilfred Taylor Reserve from 10am to 2pm, is just one of a range of events being held during the school holidays (1-16 October), including the statewide Nature Festival, and at council's libraries, youth centres and community centres (details below).

A variety of council vehicles will be on display at Trucks on Tour so children can see them up close and explore, meet the drivers and take photos. Trucks, tractors, mowers and crushers, to name a few, will be on display, along with some heroic emergency services vehicles.

Every hour there will be a variety of vehicle demonstrations, showing what they're made of, while roving artists, live music and activities for children will also be part of the fun.

There will be a variety of food and drink available, including coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cold drinks, hot food and snacks, noting it's a cashless event. Although there'll be room within the event zone to enjoy your food and drinks, attendees are encouraged to also enjoy ‘The Green’ and the excellent play facilities Wilfred Taylor Reserve has to offer.

Vehicle demonstrations will be offered each hour (repeated) from 10am-1pm, with the final hour (1-2pm) being offered as a sensory hour for those families who prefer a quieter experience (no horns, sirens, vehicle demonstrations or live music).

Children’s activities and entertainment will continue throughout the event. Attendees are encouraged to consider arriving throughout the event duration of 10am to 2pm to avoid a congested experience. Head to council's website for more information.

The full suite of Onkaparinga school holiday events can be found at the events page on council's website, and Onkaparinga Now has listed some of the other highlights below.

Nature Festival

The statewide Nature Festival, an annual celebration of a love of nature in SA, is back from 6–16 October, and there are more than 300 events across the state.

A Nature Craft for Kids session where children can collect and create their own nature weaving with native plants ($15, Friday 7 October, EcoClassroom Sanctuary at Tatachilla Lutheran College) is just one of the many events being held down south, which are selling out fast.

Head to the event map at the Nature Festival website to see what events are happening near you.

Onkaparinga Libraries

There are dozens of events and activities happening at Onkaparinga's libraries these school holidays, with most of them free.

Enjoy Halloween make-up and decoration making, a Lego dinosaur challenge, dinosaur storytime and craft, dinosaur fossil making, dino digs, chamber music discovery, Minecraft fun, Professor Flint's dinosaur show, a 3D dinosaur model making session and much more.

Sports and recreation

If the kids are looking to get active in the school holidays, there are a number of free programs on offer.

The Noarlunga Aquatic and Recreation Centre is hosting Skate & Swim sessions every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the school holidays, allowing kids to roller-skate, enjoy music, games and disco, and tackle the crazy race pool inflatable and Tarzan rope swing.

At Niipu-niipu Wama (Morton Park) in Christie Downs, free school holiday tennis and skateboarding sessions are being offered thanks to the Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation (RRSF).

There are also free (non-RRSF) skateboarding sessions being hosted at Seaford and Aldinga community centres.

Youth centres

City of Onkaparinga's youth centres will be buzzing with activities and an eclectic program.

Enjoy sewing; a "suburb crawl" around Noarlunga; Dungeons and Dragons; creating beautiful woven wall hangings, terrarium gardens or street art; a pamper salon; beatboxing and beat making workshops; and the inaugural Aldinga Clothes Swap.

For the entrepreneurial-minded, there are three sessions happening at Onkaparinga Youth Enterprise Hub on collaboration, cameras and makeup artistry.

Community centres

You're also spoilt for choice at Onkaparinga's community centres, with sessions including those on Dungeons and Dragons; a Lego challenge (online); playgroups (including at Woodcroft and Seaford); Christmas crafts; Halloween-themed face painting; a pizza hangout; Animals Anonymous wildlife show, workshops on dumpling-making, mosaics and tie-dye/bath bombs; and a teddy bears picnic.

Comedy

Weird kids aged five and up (and their even weirder parents) can enjoy Mr Snot bottom, a deeeesgusting kids comedian brimming with all the ooey, gooey, yucky, slimy topics kids love: boogers, bottoms, pop-offs and smells!

Expect snot-loads of gross-tastic gags, tasteless tunes and just wrong routines. Tickets cost $12 for the one-off show at the Arts Centre in Port Noarlunga on Tuesday 11 October.

A smiling boys sits inside a council truck, hands on the steering wheel.