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The Murray River Splash Festival is returning to Murray Bridge this summer!

A family friendly New Year’s Eve event will kick start festivities at Sturt Reserve with fun activities to follow, culminating in Australia Day celebrations on Friday 26 January 2021. Follow the event to stay up to date here

NOTE: In accordance with current emergency directions all activities will have a COVID Safe plan in place - including COVID Marshals, cleaning, food safety handling, monitoring attendance numbers and appropriate signage. Safety will be prioritized.

You can view the events in a calendar format by clicking here

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

**UPDATE 30/12/20: The event site for Murray Bridge NYE is now SOLD OUT however you can still watch the fireworks which are scheduled for 9:45pm from many vantage points along the River Murray including the Wharf Area, the Southern end of Sturt Reserve, the entire eastern side of the riverbank or from Hume Reserve.**

31 December 2020

Murray Bridge New Year’s Eve event is an event that caters for a family audience to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

The event is conducted from 5pm to 10pm with the culmination being the fireworks display that is launched from our iconic Bridge at 9.45pm.

The event features a series of activities for children that includes the giant hamster ball, laser tag, glitter tattoos, inflatable water slide and bubble entertainment.

Enjoy live music from local entertainers.

Food trucks will also be onsite.

Because of COVID restrictions this event will be fenced and ticketed (free). Book here

Sturt Reserve is a dry zone so no alcohol is allowed.

Arts in the Park

14 January 2021

Wire Figures craft sessions:

30 min sessions available, 10am – 12.30pm . limit of 10 per session
Making simple wire animals and people mounted on wooden discs. Then wrapping with wool or raffia.
We supply prepped wooden discs wire, tools, wool, raffia etc
Suitable for kids from 7 years or younger working with parents.

Fish Hat craft sessions:

30 min sessions available, 1pm – 3.30pm . limit of 10 per session
Make your own fish, crab, octopus or swan hat cut out cardboard from templates and decorate.
We supply cardboard, scissors, punches, glue & decorations.
Suitable for 7 and up or younger with parent assistance.

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Bubble City

***NEW DATE due to unforeseen circumstances: 21st January 2021 (previously 14th Jan) ***

21 January 2021

A safe crawl/walk explore experience for young children where 3 fans create a cool breeze vortex in the three pods that swirl streamers and balloons.

Children often go through the inflatable in 3-5min, and may come back and do it again depending on demand. A blackboard system is used to limit numbers to approx. 10 children at a time.

The inflatable is a crawl, stand space so parents don’t go in. They can follow their children from outside observing through clear windows.

Bubble City two sessions:
10.00am - 12.45pm
1.15pm - 4.00pm

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Bubble Entertainer

31 December 2020, 5pm - 8pm (part of NYE event - no booking required)

1 - 3 January 2021, sessions at 11am-12noon & 2pm-3pm (please book)

No matter what age, everyone loves bubbles!

Whether it is watching them, making them, or of course POPPING them!

Come along and see the giant bubble maker and join in the fun.

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Calligraphy Workshop

Calligraphy Workshop

Date: 23rd January 2021

Session Times: 10.00am, 11.30am, 1.00pm

Chinese calligraphy is the writing of Chinese characters as an art form. It combines purely visual art and interpretation of the literary meaning.
This type of art has been widely practiced in China and held in high esteem across East Asia.

Bao Luo is a Chinese migrant and a Chinese calligraphy lover. Through this workshop, Bao will introduce the Chinese calligraphy culture including the calligraphy tools (the Four Treasures of Study), different types of scripts and more.
Participants can practically create their own calligraphy art piece in the workshop and take it home as a wall decoration.

Book here

Captain Proud Paddle Boat Cruises

Captain Proud Paddle Boat Cruises depart 7 days a week and offer a range of cruises including daily lunch cruises, regular Saturday evening dinner cruises and regular Sunday breakfast cruises.

See the wonderful scenery as you take in the fresh air on the deck outside the dining room. Learn of the wonderful history of the area as you relax in comfort with friends and loved ones.

The Captain Proud Paddle Boat boasts a fully decked out period styled dining area and bar. Air conditioned and heated for passenger comfort.

We will deliver a unique experience that will be both fun and memorable!

Circus School

*** NEW DATE due to unforeseen circumstances: 22nd January 2021 (previously 7th Jan) ***

Supervised circus equipment and tuition for Adults and kids. Take a challenge with juggling, diabolo, poi, staff twirling, tight rope, rola bola, skipping, stick balance, hand held stilts. Human pyramids.
Available 10.00am – 4.00pm

Circus School: 30 min sessions (15 participants per session).
Available 10.00am - 3.30pm with the last session finishing at 4.00pm

For participants aged 4 years and up. Children under 6 must be supervised by parent.

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Clown Workshop

14 January 2021

2 x 45 minute workshops with a 15 minute show at the beginning.

Session Times 10-11am and 12-1pm

Book here

Come and Try Dragon Boats

9 January 2021

Dragon boating is a fantastic team sport for all abilities and fitness levels.

Whether you want to get fit, participate in a competitive sport or are just looking for a fun and social activity – give dragon boating a go – you will thoroughly enjoy it.

The standard crew comprises 20 paddlers, 1 drummer and 1 sweep.

Minimum age to participate is 12 years.

Maximum of 12 participants per session.

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Come and Try Kayaking With Paddle SA

** Cancelled due to high temperature forecast **

10 January 2021

Fun paddling session conducted by fully accredited Paddle SA instructors suitable for people of all ages and paddling ability.
Beginners welcome, suitable for children over 4 years. Children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult (may be in a separate kayak in the group).
Double and single kayaks available.
Maximum 8 participants per session.

Session Times:

  • 10.00am - 3.00pm
  • 11:30am - 12:30pm
  • 1:30pm- 2:30pm
  • 2:45pm - 3:45pm

We will supply all equipment (boats, paddles, PFDs, sunscreen etc). The sessions are free to all participants.

Book here

Come and Try Kayaking with Canoe the Coorong

17 January 2021

Join in and have some fun on the river with qualified guides from Canoe the Coorong!
Each 1.5 hour session starts with safety lessons followed by exploring on the mighty Murray River with games and fun activities.

Each session includes 2 qualified guides and double kayaks with a maximum of 16 participants per group.
Suitable for participants aged 5yrs+
Children aged 5yrs to 14 yrs must be accompanied by one Adult per Child.

Session times:

  • 10:00am to 11:30am
  • 12 noon to 1:30pm
  • 2:30pm to 4:00pm

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Come and Try Rowing

21 – 24 January 2021

Sessions: 10.00am - 11.00am & 11.30am - 12.30pm daily

Come and try rowing in non-powered row boats in crews.

Each boat will be instructed by 1 coach and the boats will be tethered to the riverbank so they do not drift down the river.
The duration of each session will depend on the age and experience of the participants but no longer than 1 hour per session.
Please meet in front of the Murray Bridge Regional Rowing Facility.

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Discover Indigenous Culture

24 January 2021

10.00am Feather Flowers

Create beautiful flowers using feathers and take home your creation. Also includes indigenous storytelling from Ngarrindjeri dreaming.
Caregivers may need to assist children.
Max. 15 per session, 45mins approx. Book Here.

11.30am-12.30pm Indigenous Cultural BBQ

Sample kangaroo, fish and traditional damper cooked by local Indigenous Ngarrindjeri. Max. 25 people, Book here.

1.00pm Boomerang Painting and Throwing

Boomerangs are used in many Aboriginal cultures for hunting or ceremonies. Come and learn how to throw a boomerang and be creative and paint your own design. Max. 20 per session, Book Here.

Discover River Critters

Fri 15 & Sat 16 January 2021

10.30am - 4.00pm daily with regular 1/2 hour sessions running

Come along and learn about the critters living in and around the Murray River!

Catch and identify water bugs plus check out the five senses nature display featuring turtle shells, bird nests, snake skins and seed pods.

Maximum of 12 participants per session.

Suitable for all ages.

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Double Lane Splash Slide

  • 31 December 2020 (part of NYE event)
  • 1 – 3 January 2021
  • 21– 24 January 2021

Have fun and cool down on the double lane splash water slide!

If the weather is a little chilly the water will be turned off and you can still enjoy a slide.

Maximum of 8-10 children allowed on the slide at any one time.

Suitable for Children aged under 12 years.

No Booking Required

Eco Maze

7 January 2021

The Eco Maze is a guided environmental education experience. Learn the importance of eco systems and interaction with nature.

Handmade inflatable mazes featuring animals, insects and plants. Each maze designed for a particular theme – the River Murray Dome, Giant Flowers & Plants, Outstanding Australian AnimaMazes can be zipped together creating a multi-textured, exotically coloured, imaginative exploratory journey.

Sessions run for 20 minutes between:

  • 10am-12:30pm
  • 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Book here

Giant Hamster Ball

31 December 2020, 5pm - 8.30pm (part of NYE event)

14 - 15 January 2021, 10am - 4pm

16 January 2021, 10am - 4pm + 5pm - 8pm during Rhyme, Grind & Climb twilight event

17 January 2021, 10am - 4pm

Children can walk, crawl or run inside the Giant Hamster Ball, travelling 15 metres up then back. A most popular activity for the children.

Suitable for Children aged 3 years+

Book here

Glitter Tattoos

NYE only 5.00pm - 8.30pm

Enjoy a free glitter tattoo at our NYE Fireworks event!

No Booking Required

Kahuna Water Slide

7 – 10 January 2021

14 – 17 January 2021

10.00am – 4.00pm

Have fun and cool down on the big Kahuna Water Slide!

If the weather is a little chilly the water will be turned off and you can still enjoy a slide.

Suitable for Children aged 2-12yrs but bigger kids can enjoy too!

Maximum of 8-10 children allowed on the slide at any one time.

No Booking Required

Kids Sumo Suits

1 - 3 January 2021

10.00am - 4.00pm

Battle, battle, battle until you either are knocked out of the circle or someone is sitting on you!

No Booking Required

Kite Making workshop with Adelaide Kite Flyers Association

10 January 2021

  • A short description of the history of kites and kite making.
  • All tasks are age appropriate
  • A visual display of different styles of kites
  • Demonstration of how to build a kite
  • Participants build their own kite under the guidance of AKFA members

10:30am workshop for 10 participants (12 yrs and under)
12:30pm workshop for 10 participants (13 yrs and older).
maximum 10 participants per session.

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Laser Tag

31 December 2020, 5pm - 8.30pm (part of NYE event)

14 - 15 January 2021, 10am - 4pm

16 January 2021, 10am - 4pm + 5pm - 8pm during Rhyme, Grind & Climb twilight event

17 January 2021, 10am - 4pm

Laser Skirmish pits the children against each other in a battle of wits, reflexes and accuracy. Players divide into teams and battle for supremacy games like Team Challenge. At the end of the game, see which team got the highest score and which 2 children got the highest score.

Suitable for children aged 6 years+

Maximum of 10 Children playing per session (5 vs 5)

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Lawn Games

Daily during Murray River Splash

Thursday – Sunday, 10am - 4pm

Enjoy Mini Golf, Giant Jenga, Giant Connect 4 and more plus fun photo opportunities all set up on the lawn for free play fun!

No Booking Required

Magic Workshop

15 January 2021

2 x 45 minute workshops with a 15 minute show at the beginning.

Session Times 10am-11am, 12pm-1pm

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Mega Lego Blocks

1 – 3 January 2021

10.00am - 4.00pm

Build a wall, build a house, build to your heart’s desire.

No Booking Required

Nerf Shooting Range

1 - 3 January 2021

10.00am – 4.00pm

Hover Ball target. Come test your skill. Can you hit a target, can you knock a ball out of the sky?

Suitable for Children aged 6yrs+

No Booking Required

Nylon Zoo

8 January 2021

The NYLON ZOO is a choreographed participatory event - you are the dancers and performers!

Fly like a bird, flutter like a butterfly, swoop like a bat, hop like a frog, kangaroo or bilby.
Twirl in a rainbow cape, bobble like a hoopla mushroom or chill like a koala.
Evelyn’s handmade costumes are a hit with kids of all ages inspiring their sense of creativity and imagination.

  • 10.00 – 3.00pm
  • 5 x 45 minute sessions
  • Starts at 10.00am
  • 20 to 30 participants per session

Book here

Our River and Environment

**Extra session added - Thursday 21 January 2021

Session time: 10:00am to 10:45am

Join in the fun with Council’s Community Biodiversity Officer, and learn about how the River, trees, plant and bugs work together to make an Eco system.

Free activity sheets, colour-in and plant to take home.

No bookings required - first in best dressed!


Also learn more about our river environment with the Murray Darling Basin Authority and take home some fun activities!

Session Dates: Thursday 21 & Friday 22 January 2021

Session times: from 11:00am

No bookings required.

Rhyme, Grind and Climb #3

16 January 2021

4.00pm - 8.00pm

A free, outdoor Hip-Hop event featuring local young performers.

An event for the whole family, featuring a rock climbing wall, laser tag, live art demonstration, break-dancers & skate/scooter workshops.

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Rock Climbing Wall

31 December 2020, 5pm - 8pm (part of New Year's Eve event)

7 January 2021, 10.00am - 2.00pm

16 January 2021, 5.00pm - 8.00pm (part of Rhyme, Grind & Climb event)

Test your skill with this outdoor rock climbing wall!

No equipment required.

Participants required to be over 16kg but no heavier than 118kg.

Maximum of 5 climbers at any one time.

No Booking Required.

SA Water

SA Water presents The Well – A Story Well Told

7 & 8, 14 & 15 and 21 & 22 January 2021

10.30am - 3.00pm Thursdays
10.30am - 2.00pm Fridays

POO - No one talks about poo like we do! Where does it go once it’s down the loo? Come and discover how we keep our sewers healthy, and our waterways clean by joining our team for a short talk on all things POO!

And what better way to learn about poo than getting your hands dirty? After all our toilet talk, you’ll be making poo-slime to take home too.

Suitable for Children aged 7yrs+

Maximum of 16 Children per session.
Please note there is not enough room for parents to remain at the session but can wait nearby, therefore both parents and children must be comfortable with this.

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YMCA Action Sports Skate Park League SA Round

23 January 2021

5.00pm – 10.00pm

Scooter, BMX and Skateboard categories. All skill levels from beginner to advanced are welcome.

Twilight event under lights.

Free to enter and attend - no booking required.

Free BBQ and water provided.

Wakeboard SA competition rounds

16 & 17 January 2021

Come and watch all the exciting action of the Club Marine Wakeboard SA series with competition rounds being held at Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge, 16 & 17 January 2021!

First Rider off the Dock at 8.15am

Spectators welcome - no booking required.
For anyone keen to get involved in the sport you are welcome to speak to club members at the event for more information.

Online Registration is required only for competitors. Pre-registration accepted only, no on the day registration. Registration link coming soon....

Water Wars

1 - 3 January 2021

Ultimate Water Wars is wild water fun!

Let the kids run riot armed with water pistols, water bombs, slip-n-slides, loads of games and of course LOADS OF WATER.
We will lead the kids through a series of fun water sport challenges designed to get them drenched and laughing.
To finish off the session each kid is equipped with the Water Tag vests and armed with Stream Machine water guns for some serious summer fun shooting games!

Maximum of 24 children per session

Suitable for Children aged 5 years +

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Wildlife SA

Date TBC

Visit us and our cute critters at Murray River Splash!

Learn about how we can live in harmony with wildlife, such as providing nest boxes for wildlife on your property, creating wildlife friendly gardens and building wildlife friendly fencing.

At Wildlife SA our mission is rescuing and rehabilitating sick, injured and orphaned Native Wildlife, and where possible returning them back to their homes in the wild.

Wildlife SA is a not for profit charity and does not receive any financial help from the government or other groups.

No Booking Required