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Maker Faire Adelaide at Tonsley is Fantastic Fun for Kids


This amazing event is no longer a baby, it has grown up - Maker Faire Adelaide 2016 is now the first Maker Faire in Australia after the huge success of last year's Mini Maker Faire at Tonsley.

Maker Faire Adelaide is an expo of technological goodies, from homemade crafts and inventions and hobbyists with bright ideas, to scientists and boffins with weird and wonderful toys - there is something to appeal to everyone with heaps of free things to do.

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Daleks From Doctor Who at Maker Faire Last Year


Last year hundreds of exhibitors filled the huge Main Assembly Building at Tonsley where Chrysler and Mitsubishi once produced cars. The variety of things to see and do was quite amazing, from drone races to daleks and Dulcie the Boutique Bus. It's a family friendly day of fun things to do, with many of the stalls allowing hands-on interaction with their displays.

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See Adelaide FPV Racing and their Drone Races


This year's Maker Faire has more than a hundred exhibitors, here are a sample:
Adelaide FPV Racing putting their spectacular racing drones through their paces
Adelaide Robot Combat where visitors will be able to fight an opponent's robot
AEVA – Electric Vehicle Association showing off the latest advances in electric cars and bikes
Amateur Radio Experiments Group with a hands-on demonstration of radios from the old to the latest software radios
ASTRO SA with a magnetic trick demonstration, and the intriguing Golden Ratio Sound device
Captured Through a Lens - digital photography transforming everyday objects

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Relax in the Garden of the Tonsley Main Assembly Building


Chrysler Club will of course be showcasing some of the beasts that were built at Tonsley
Electronic Music – Where Art Meets Science will make mad MIDI music for your ears
Game Controller Hacking - imagine a multiplayer Guitar Hero that up to ten people can play at once
Hand Carved Acrylic, displaying the process of making their handcrafted goodies
Home Makers – Upcycled Homewares
Its Not Garbage – Creative Play Resources with tips on DIY and sustainability
Jurassic Jeep 14 – Jurassic Park Motor Pool Australia
Keighlians Crooks & Canes will show how to use your horn without blowing it
Priscilla's Emporium guiding you with tips on elegantly dressing to command your own fleet of dirigibles at home
RoboClub: join in free robotics workshop activities
South Australian Historical Tool Association, helping you fill your shed with heritage
TinkerElectric, demonstrating how electronics is fun for kids and adults, and how easily you can get into it

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There are Loads of Fun Things to Do at Maker Faire Adelaide


Maker Faire Adelaide in the Tonsley Main Assembly Building is much more exciting than just a list of stalls. People of all ages were thrilled by the sheer variety of things to see and do last year, and this year's event is even bigger. The program is still being finalised as I write this, but among the free things to do are hands on workshops, speakers and live demonstrations on stage. Expect lots of family friendly activities for kids to ensure there is something to appeal to all ages.

If you love cosplay then organisers want you to come dressed up for the day - they already have people dressed as Vikings, and a medieval trebuchet will be launching things into the air.

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Free Activities for Kids at Tonsley


Of course, there will be food trucks on hand for refreshments - if you can stop long enough for lunch. Long time favourite Wienerbago Gourmet German Food and yummy Satay Grill will add some spice to your life. Bag a Belgian waffle from Delicious Waffles or feast on Fairy Floss Galore and popcorn for dessert.

Maker Faire Adelaide 2016 runs from 10am until 4pm on Sunday November 6 and is packed with fun things to do. Getting there is easy, there's plenty of car parking at Tonsley (enter via Alawoona Avenue), or you can take advantage of a special train service to Clovelly Park railway station on the day.

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Free Things to do - See Electric Cars


Entry to the Maker Faire is a measly $5 for adults, while the fun for kids is all free. The proceeds from Maker Faire Adelaide support Fab Lab Adelaide, a volunteer-run community workshop providing low cost access to 3D printers and a laser cutter.

All you need to know about Maker Faire Adelaide is on their website, or you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Don't miss this fantastic event or you will be sorry you did.
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Why? There's free things to do for all the family, great fun for kids
When: 10am - 4pm
Where: Tonsley, 1284 South Rd, Clovelly Park
Cost: $5 adults, children free
Your Comment
I went last year and thought it was amazing. Since I live nearby this year it is a must see (and I'd recommend for all ages). One thing though, bring your own food- there is little else available other than food vans for which the lines were huge, the wait was long, and the prices a huge gauge.
by rebelnorm (score: 1|14) 258 days ago
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