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Thank you for making many South Australian Children Happy

The Christmas Party for Special Children celebrated its 25th event in 2018 and once again had the privilege of welcoming 2,000 children with special needs and their families. A huge united effort from the MFS, 200+ volunteers, Sponsors and Community Organisations enabled these children from across South Australia, who are either disabled, disadvantaged or seriously ill,  to forget about their cares for the day as they were kept entertained with hours of party festivities spread amongst the Zoo's popular attractions.


The first thing you notice straight away is the smiles on the faces of the children & their carers, they light up all corners of the Adelaide Zoo. The generous offering that put a sparkle in their eyes was provided free to the children, all made possible by our sponsors and supporters. The children are treated to free entry to the zoo, entertainment, activities, food, drink, icy poles and to top it off each child goes home with a very popular Zoo Animal Toy as well as another beautiful Christmas gift and a show bag of goodies. The entire event is powered by our ever enthusiastic team of volunteers, who tirelessly worked to set up, run and pack down. It was a huge effort but the rewards for all are rich and most importantly the happy memories for the children are long lasting.


John Lazarou, from The Coffee Club does a wonderful job of hosting the party and the entertainment includes many local artists and performers. In addition many characters roam amongst the crowds to the delight of all that are there. Scooby Doo, Superman, Fairies, Bumblebee, Star Wars Characters and Elsa are amongst some of the favourites.


For the past three years we’ve had the wonderful support and participation from the members of Cosplay for a Cause who dress as Super Heroes and Comic & TV Characters plus we have the 501st Legion Southern Dewback Garrison & Ryloth Base groups who attend as Star Wars characters, they are not only a hit with the children but we also see many a Mum and Dad having their photos taken with them!


Santa & his Elves arrived on a beautiful sleigh which signalled the opening of the massive toy room. The spirit of Christmas fills the air as screams of delight are heard as children collect their gifts from the busy toy room and Christmas carols echo from the main stage.


The children were able to visit their favourite zoo animals and write letters to Santa. Our fantastic team of volunteer face painters produced amazing creations, transforming the children’s faces into fairies, tigers, butterflies and even panda bears.


After so much activity the children are grateful for their lunch a Zoo-B-Q cooked by the Metropolitan Fire Service, yoghurts donated by The Yoghurt Shop and Slushies on Wheels provide the perfect refreshment. We don’t forget the Mums and Dads, The Coffee Club supply coffees all day free of charge, the volunteers enjoy that too!!


Special thanks must go to the Adelaide Zoo, their staff and volunteers are simply wonderful! Nothing is too much trouble for them, it is always a pleasure to work together to make this a very special event.


If you would like to see photos and read comments that the parents and carers have posted please go to our Facebook page Christmas Party for Special Children Adelaide to have a look, don’t forget to give us a 'like' while you’re there. Below you will see some wild footage from the event:

Please take the time to look at the Photos from last year and see what a wonderful time the children had, there are some magical pictures taken by Darren Williams. Families that attended the party have also posted their own photos and messages of thanks on our Facebook Page.

You can view the sponsorship options for the Christmas Party for Special Children by clicking on the link to the right or call us on 08 8342 3600 for a more comprehensive proposal.


When you purchase a promotional sponsorship package - you support

  • Your Local Children

  • South Australian Children

  • Special Needs Children

  • Children with physical and intellectual disabilities

  • Children with a life threatening illness

  • Victims of abuse

  • Neglected children

  • Orphans

  • Children who are carers to their family members!!!


You will also support

  • A fun filled time at the Adelaide Zoo with Father Christmas

  • Entertainment - Clowns, magicians, face painters etc.

  • Zoo-B-Q, snacks, ice cream and drinks

  • Toys

  • Show bag full of goodies


Depending on your level of support this is how your business can benefit

  • Certificate of Appreciation

  • Radio advertising

  • Exposure on the day – Logo on Flyer, Power Point Presentation

  • Logo on our website

  • Promotion on our Facebook page 'Christmas Party for Special Children Adelaide'

  • Logo on the party T-Shirt

  • Logo on Corporate Invitations

  • Invitations to attend the event and the opportunity to volunteer

The Christmas Party for Special Children is a project run in conjunction with The Metropolitan Fire Service and supported by a number of media companies to provide a Christmas party for children with a variety of special needs.

The Adelaide Christmas Party for Special Children commenced in 1994, and during the ensuing years, tens of thousands of special needs children have had the opportunity to partake in a truly wonderful experience.


Since 2002, the Christmas Party for Special Children has been held at the Adelaide Zoo. Nothing is too much trouble for the Zoo staff and the event has been a tremendous success from the very first year.


Each year we look at ways to improve and expand the event and through the efforts of the Metropolitan Fire Service and the Adelaide Zoo team we have managed to do this. With the continued support of the South Australian business community we will ensure yet another 2000 special needs children from metropolitan and country South Australia will enjoy a wonderful event at the Adelaide Zoo filled with entertainment, a “Zoo-B-Q”, drinks, ice cream and much more.


Please take the time to view our Photo Gallery  we are sure that you will agree that this is a worthwhile cause and worthy of your support.


The Adelaide Christmas Party for Special Children would not have happened without our valued sponsors.


Special thanks to the following Major Sponsors.

Format Homes
GB Galvanizing
Cadzow Tech Pty Ltd
Corporal Security
Slushies n Wheels
Coast FM
Channel Seven

National sponsor

The Coffee Club

Who we support...


Thank you to our Regional Sponsors


  • Kinkawooka Pty Ltd

  • West-Eyre Shellfish

  • Westpoint Shellfish

  • Wudinna Hardware

Below is our presentation which runs on the day thanking our sponsors.