Haigh’s Chocolates – an Adelaide icon

A Family-Centred Partnership

Partners since 2017, Haigh’s Chocolates and Children’s University have been working together to bring members and families learning activities that showcase an iconic family-owned business. Community is at the heart of Haigh’s and allows Children’s University to give children an insight into an important local industry in a welcoming, and accessible environment.

‘Being a Learning Destination for the Children’s University allows us to make a contribution to the Student’s learning that exceeds the boundaries of typical classroom education.  When the student participates in a broader community experience, it makes a connection between learning and real life.  It’s a joy to see students make that connection.’ Marion Veal, Learning and Development Specialist. July, 2020.

About Haigh’s Chocolates

It was 1st May 1915, when Alfred E Haigh opened the doors of the very first Haigh’s Chocolates store at 34 King William Street, Adelaide. Alfred began adding his own flavour to the industry and in 1917 he started producing chocolate-covered fruit centres, which they still make today. The site of the original factory is now the visitor centre and the place where Children’s University members can take a free factory viewing tour, sample delicious Haigh’s chocolates and complete the Children’s University activity worksheet.


Tours are available Tuesday – Saturday, and take 20 minutes. To book please call Haigh’s, and mention at the time of booking that you are a Children’s University member. Tour worksheets are available from the friendly staff at the Reception. Before the tour commences be sure to let the Tour Guide know that you are a Children’s University member. After the tour show your completed worksheet to any Haigh’s staff member to receive a stamp in your Passport for 30 minutes.  Click here for more information.

You can also sample an online activity here.

Working Together

Being a family-owned business is something in which Haigh’s Chocolates take great pride to pass on to Children’s University members. This becomes abundantly clear in their online activity. Developed in response to the COVID 19 pandemic, this activity quickly became one of Children’s University top 10!

During a short video clip, Children’s University members ‘discover what it is like to work at Haigh’s in manufacturing and view behind the scenes chocolate making’. Hearing the voices of people going about their business helps to connect children with a wide variety of professions. Children’s University were happy to assist Haigh’s Chocolates in the creation of this activity knowing that by doing so we are supporting both our learning destination partners and Children’s University members, especially those living in regional and remote areas.

With the support of local businesses like Haigh’s Chocolates, Children’s University is able to fulfil its goal of promoting a love of lifelong learning through community engagement.