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16 Family Friendly Sea & Vines Weekend Events in McLaren Vale

Archery at Kay Brothers as part of family friendly Sea and Vines Image © Winey Kids
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By Winey Mum

The Queen’s Birthday June long weekend is traditionally a HUGE weekend in the McLaren Vale wine region. The weekend is well known for the annual Sea & Vines festival and many wineries (whether they be part of the official festival or not) put on family friendly events, especially on the public holiday on Monday 12 June.

To help you get the most out of visiting Sea & Vines McLaren Vale with your kids in tow, we’ve scoured the brochures and social media and are sharing with you our top picks!

Don’t forget to tell them all that you heard about their events via Winey Kids and send us your photos either by posting on our Facebook page, or tagging us on Instagram with @wineykids and #wineykids!

Whilst we attempt to provide accurate information, please check details of each event with the winery before attending. 

1) Doc Adams – Long Weekend on the Lawn

Date: Monday 12 June 2017
Time: 11am-5pm
Location: Doc Adams Wines, California Road, McLaren Vale
Info: Doc Adams’ luscious lawns were made for families, bring the family along to enjoy your long-weekend on the lawn! With Live music, cheese platters and kid-friendly activities, there’s no better way to relax than with a glass of wine in hand. All ages are welcome. Create your own’ Cheese & produce platters. Kid’s entertainer, Mr Oopy’s Kids Show will be holding 3 different shows throughout the day. This Sea & Vines event is action packed full of kids entertainment, there will be a Kids Disco, bubble shows and kids entertainment. Sing, dance and enjoy a disco with the kids, three different sessions for kids across the day!
Cost: Free entry, no bookings required.
Further information about the event here

2) Kay Brothers – Relax & Unwind

Date: Monday 12 June 2017
Time: 11am-5pm
Location: Kay Brothers, Seaview Road, McLaren Vale
Info: We went to this Sea & Vines event last year and our Winey Kid LOVED the archery! Take a careful aim and join the Archery classes conducted by Southern Vales Archery club or have fun with lawn games on our extensive grounds. BBQ smoked beef brisket and pork sliders with Belgian fries for the grown ups; Beef lasagne and Belgian fries for the kids! First up Dr DeSoto – tumbleweed tunes from the edge of town alongside Polaroid pop with infectious vintage beats followed by Chris Finnen, one of South Australia’s musical gems.
Cost: Free entry, no bookings required.
Further information about the event here

3) Lazy Ballerina

Date: Open all weekend
Opening hours: 11am-5pm
Location: Lazy Ballerina, 1152 Brookman Road, Dingabledinga
Info: Business as usual. Lazy Ballerina run a family friendly venue throughout the June long weekend. Because they are family owned and run, their focus is on all people having a pleasant environment to enjoy.
Cost: Free entry, but booking essential as limited tables available. Call (08) 8556 7085 to book.
Further information about Lazy Ballerina here

4) Beach Road Wines

Date: Monday 12 June 2017
Time: 11am-5pm
Location: Beach Road Wines, Seaview Road, McLaren Vale
Info: A relaxed day of family fun and one of our personal favourite cellar doors to enjoy as a family! The 4 resident Hoare children have chosen a menu item each – JoJo’s Gelati, Henry’s Moo Man’s bubble juice, Jame’s burger bar and Maxinator’s popcorn – to be served to children 2 – 12 yrs attending the day!
Cost: Children $20 – includes a burger, drink ice-cream and popcorn; Adults $30 – includes pizza and a glass of wine. Bookings essential via 08 8323 7344.
Further information about Beach Road Wines here

5) Woodstock Wines Family Fun Day

Date: Monday 12 June 2017
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: Woodstock Wine Estate, 215 Douglas Gully Road, McLaren Flat
Info: Possibly McLaren Vale’s original family friendly destination, Woodstock Wine Estate invites you to bring the kids and join them for a day of family fun! On the lawns at WOODSTOCK, jumping castle slide*, balloon artist & magician, face painter, giant chess & lawn games. Sumo suits for the overgrown kids! (*Weather permitting, gold coin donation) Kangaroo feeding in the Wildlife Sanctuary at 11:30am. A family friendly lunch menu will be available. Fun for all!
Cost: Free (gold coin donation for the jumping castle slide) and no bookings required.
Further information about the event here

6) Maxwell’s on Monday

Date: Monday 12 June 2017
Time: 11am-5pm
Location: Maxwell Wines, 19 Olivers Road, McLaren Vale
Info: A family event at Maxwell’s is always great! This year you can challenge your fear of heights or soak in elevated views of McLaren Vale from their 8m rock climbing wall at Maxwell’s! The hive of activity at Maxwell’s for Sea & Vines will include live bands, food trucks, bouncy castle and an 8m rock climbing wall.
Cost: Free entry but get in early to secure your spot!
Further information about the event here

7) Old Oval Estate

Date: Sunday 11 June and Monday 12 June 2017
Time: TBC
Location: Old Oval Estate, 18 Sand Road, McLaren Vale
Info: The Old Oval Estate is family friendly every day, but for the June long weekend they are having an event on both Sunday and Monday with music by Stuart Russell and catering by ‘Two Fat Blokes’ pizza. They’ll have their usual toys and games available and the more adventurous Winey Kids can dare to adventure through the vines and climb the tree house!
Cost: Free entry. Check with winery for booking requirements.
Further information about Old Oval Estate here

8) Coriole – My Big Fat Greek Winery 2

Date: Monday 12 June 2017
Time: 11am-5pm
Location: Coriole Vineyards, Chaffey Road, McLaren Vale
Info: In one of our favourite cellar door settings in McLaren Vale, with beautiful lawns and amazing views, join Coriole on Monday 12 June for Sea & Vines – My Big Fat Greek Winery! For the kids there will be free face painting & a bouncy castle. Dance with The Band Zeus and DJs, eat Greek food by Coriole chef Tom Reid, and enjoy a glass of Coriole wine.
Cost: Free. No booking required but arrive early to get a close park!
Further information about the event here

9) Hugo Wines Family Day

Date: Monday 12 June 2017
Time: 11am-5pm
Location: Hugo Wines,
Info: We heard great things about this event last year. Live acoustic music, plenty of children’s games & entertainment! Mac & cheese balls on the menu!
Cost: Free entry, no bookings required.
Further information about the event here

10) Gemtree Wines Monday Funday!

Date: Monday 12 June 2017
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: Gemtree Wines, 167 Elliott Road, McLaren Flat
Info: Another one of our favourite family friendly cellar doors for the simple fact they have a playground! Monday is Funday at Gemtree Wines for Sea & Vines! Perfect your golf swing at their pop-up golf academy, lose yourself in their hay bale maze or get your hands dirty potting up your own little veggie garden to take home and nurture. Food trucks, wine, music, friends and family. It’s Monday Funday!
Cost: Free
Further information about the event here

11) Parri Estate Wines

Date: Monday 12 June 2017
Time: TBC
Location, Parri Estate Wines, Ingoldby Road, McLaren Flat
Info: Family day featuring music by Garry Stillwell plus loads of kids activities!
Cost: TBC

12) Cradle of Hills – Rock the Hills Garden Party!

Date: Monday 12 June 2017
Time: 11am-5pm
Location: Cradle of Hills, 76 Rogers Rd, Sellicks Hill
Info: Groove to Marty Summer and ‘Atlantic’ playing funky rock & roll classics to get you dancing throughout the day! At 3pm, enjoy a guided tasting of special Museum wines with winemaker Paul Smith. Kids Meal + Drink + Sweets/Sack Races with Prizes, Ping-Pong and apparently loads of toys!
Cost: Free entry, no bookings required.
Further information about the event here

13) Bondar Wines Pop Up Cellar Door

Date: Monday 12 June 2017
Time: 11am-5pm
Location: Bondar Wines, Chalk Hill Road/Twenty Eight Road, McLaren Vale
Info: We love getting along to this cellar door when it ‘pops up’ in McLaren Vale! Live acoustic tunes by Joe Braithwaite. Seriously cool. We originally included this event as we understood there to be children’s activities on offer but it was a misprint on the Sea & Vines website! Whilst there won’t be any activities to keep the kids occupied, they advise us that children are more than welcome.m
Cost: Free entry, no bookings required.
Further information about the event here

14) Wirra Wirra – Monday Family Band Day

Date: Monday 12 June 2017
Time: 11am-5pm
Location: Wirra Wirra, McMurtrie Road, McLaren Vale
Info: Wirra Wirra will be hosting a relaxed Sea & Vines family day on the lawns at Wirra Wirra, with live music and Adelaide food trucks, as well as catering from Harry’s Deli… they tell us that this is a sure fire, family-friendly way to stay classy at Sea & Vines this year! Wirra Wirra wines by the glass and food by Sookii La La Street Food, Adelaide Woodfired Pizza & Harry’s Deli. There’ll be live music by The Al Milano Project too. We love hanging out at Wirra Wirra!
Cost: Free entry and no bookings required but arrive early as number restrictions apply.
Further information about the event here

15) Bent Creek Wines

Date: Monday 12 June 2017
Time: 12pm-4.30pm
Location: Bent Creek Wines, Lot 10 Blewitt Springs Road, McLaren Flat
Info: Join Bent Creek for a glass of their finest whilst enjoying the casual cuisine created by Exec. Chef Pepe Reyes savoury and sensuous. Catch up with the girls from ADELADY and share a bottle or two of our new ADELADY Sparkling whilst rocking on to award winning vibes by Ben Ford-Davies throughout the day. With Giant Jenga, Bocce and other activities for the big and little kids alike, its sure to be a feast for the senses at Bent Creek Vineyards!!
Cost: Free entry, no bookings required.
Further information about the event here

16) DeLisio Wines

Date: Monday 12 June 2017
Time: 10am-3pm
Location: The Vale Market, McLaren Vale Visitor Information Centre
Info: Over 50 market stalls will span the lawns of the Visitor Information Centre to bring you local produce, arts, crafts, skincare, jewellery, souvenirs and home wares, plus free children’s entertainment and free bouncy castle. There’ll be plenty of room to bring your picnic rug and enjoy the local foods and produce or the offerings from some of South Australia’s best food vans, matched to a bottle of boutique De Lisio wine. Be entertained by dynamic young duo TurnBack, playing all of your favourite pop and rock hits, acoustic tunes and setting a relaxed and fun backdrop for a family day out. Free children’s entertainment & free bouncy castle.
Cost: Free entry, no bookings required.
Further information about the event here

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Published: 12 May 2017

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