How Parents Can Achieve Cool Status With Their Kids In Adelaide

3 November, 2014

Surf and Sun Middleton

Parenting can be a tough gig.

Between school, work, holidays, sports, finances, childcare, health – the list goes on – it can be tricky to juggle all the options of child-friendly activities in Adelaide.

Add to the mix is the concept that you as a parent will never be ‘cool enough’ and it’s a one way ticket to Dilemma-Ville.

If you’re searching for fun things to do with kids, we have the answer to how parents can achieve cool status with their kids in Adelaide. 

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Adelaide is a family-friendly city, but one of the biggest gems of South Australia is the Fleurieu Peninsula.

A pleasant drive from Adelaide, it’s a great place to earn some parenting brownie points by signing your kids up for Surf Groms, children's surf lessons South Australia run by Surf & Sun Surf School.

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Surf Groms in a nutshell

Surf Groms is a National Development Program started by Surfing Australia aimed at children aged 5-12 years. 

Each lesson is 2 hours, so they’re perfect for kid’s attention spans and burning off energy.

The progressive programs vary from 8-12 hours.


Why you should choose Surf & Sun

As an Australian company, we grew up at the beach!  We place importance on the ability to swim, and teach beach and water safety. 

Kids will gain an awareness of the ocean and environment, and foster an appreciation for a healthy lifestyle.

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The benefits of a well-organized activity

Ever left home with 5 suitcases, toys, sports equipment and all the extras and still wondered if you forgot anything?

Parents are like NASA astronauts, they understand how much stuff is needed for each mission.

Surf & Sun provides instructors, and all the equipment (soft surfboards, wetsuit) so it saves you buying all the sports gear and your child then changes their mind.

After registration, kids receive a cool Quiksilver or Roxy backpack with goodies like caps, wax combs and Vegemite.

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As your child progresses through the different levels, they receive wristbands to show their achievement.

There’s also a secure online site ‘Grom Room’ to connect with other surfer kids – kind of like a Facebook for Surf Kids!

Surf & Sun even include sun cream – a little bonus that’s so important in the harsh Australian climate.

Equal fun for girls and boys

Surfing has traditionally been a male-dominated sport, but the presence of top female surfers like Australians Tyler Wright and Laura Enever on world surfing circuits has increased exposure for the sport.

Surf & Sun encourages ‘girl power’ and Surf Groms is open to all girls keen to try surfing.

Quality and safety are paramount

Surf & Sun has been operating and teaching surf lessons in Middleton for over 12 years, and has Advanced Eco and Tourism Accreditations.

Most importantly, they employ qualified, professional and fun coaches to ensure your child’s safety, with surf rescue and first aid certification and ‘working with children’ cards.

Program partners are Quiksilver, Vegemite, Roxy, Waku, Nikon, AIS and Surfing Australia who provide strict guidelines about operational quality and safety.

Things to do with kids in adelaide

Extra tips for parents

  • Other fun suggestions for South Australia are biking, snorkelling and boat cruises. Check out Fleurieu Adventures as they have lots of hire options.
  • A nifty website for local reviews on family-friendly places in South Australia is Little Lattes.  Reviews include Adelaide and the Fleurieu Peninsula, including Port Elliot, just 5 minutes from Middleton.

If you’re doing a lot of travelling with your family, download TripCase, an iOS and Android mobile application that feeds all your travel information into one itinerary so you have all your reservations ready.

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