Murray River Splash festival to bring family fun to Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge every day in January

Murray Bridge will start 2019 with a splash.

The inaugural Murray River Splash festival will offer something new for families almost every day from New Year's Day to Australia Day at Sturt Reserve.

A Slip 'n' Dip inflatable water playground will be floated on the river from January 1, with one-hour passes available for purchase for children aged six and over if accompanied, or 10 and over on their own.

On January 2, a free pop-up science show between 10am and 3pm will give children aged three and up a chance to see experiments performed and have a go themselves.

The next day, children aged eight and up can take part in free 15-minute laser skirmishes in an inflatable battlefield between 11am and 4pm.

An outdoor cinema will show movies every Friday night: Dirty Dancing on the 4th, The Lion King on the 11th, a date movie on the 18th and Storm Boy on the 25th.

Saturdays will be themed.

The First Wave, on the 5th, will feature a performance of party anthems by cover band Early Warning.

The Little Splash, on the 12th, will be a family carnival, with bouncy castles, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, craft activities and more.

The Big Splash, on the 19th, will be a youth event featuring a skate park competition, live music from local Band Connections performers, food and fun.

Other highlights will include an inflatable obstacle course, Obstacool, to be set up from January 14-18; and nature play with the Eastern Hills and Murray Plains Catchment Group, guiding children through a world of trees, water, bugs and more, from January 21-25.

There will also be activities around fishing, circus workshops, art, rocketry, native animals, Ngarrindjeri weaving and bats throughout January.

The usual Australia Day breakfast and awards ceremony will wrap up the month on January 26.

Project manager Michelle Chambers said the riverfront was the jewel in Murray Bridge's crown, and that families deserved some affordable fun along its length.