As we head down a long straight to the finish line of our peak cultural festivals in Adelaide, the Clipsal 500 is now coming into view. With the Adelaide Fringe Festival well under way, the Festival of Arts and Writers Week are now in full swing.
If you need some alternatives to watching performances and wandering the Garden of Unearthly Delights or Royal Croquet Club, our writers have been hunting fun things to do and activities for kids in Adelaide. Flinders University is hosting Ultimate come and try nights which will kill a few calories, or take an evening walk along the beautiful Marion Coastal Walking Trail around sunset.
Families with children will find plenty of fun for kids at the recently upgraded Shepherds Hill Recreation Park. Come to the Adventure Day hosted by National Parks SA on March 20 and enjoy the guided tours and other free things to do.
Shepherds Hill Recreation Park is also Nature Play SA's Park of the Month in March. Here are some tips on how to enjoy unstructured nature play in the park anytime.
Another place that kids love to visit is the new Glenelg Foreshore playspace. It's handily located between the beach and the shops, so you won't even have to walk far when its ice cream time.
What's On in Adelaide - Free Events
You Have to Love Street Food Like Pan Fried Halloumi
There's more food and free things to do as Meningie proudly celebrates its 150th birthday with a Food Fun and Family Fair on March 11.
Feast on the Foreshore on March 20 is not only about food - it celebrates a new era of positive connection between gay and lesbian people, and the wider community. Semaphore always puts on a great party, so don't miss this one.
Historic Cars - Ford Thunderbird in the Bay to Birdwood
History lovers will want to celebrate the Spirit of Anzac Centenary at the free event in the Adelaide showgrounds. Be shore to book early for this spectacular experience, as weekends are almost booked out.
Historic car enthusiasts should put the free Historic Car Gathering Day into their diaries for March 20. The range of vehicles on display will be awesome.
After you've checked out the historic cars, follow the parklands to Veale Gardens, where you will find the free Walyo Yerta Community Garden Open Day. With live musical entertainment and free workshops, there are plenty of fun things to do including activities for kids.
Also good for gardeners is a free workshop on how to grow your own vegetables on March 6. it's another free event, but please register in advance.
I do love to treat myself occasionally, lashing out on an indulgence after I have saved money on all the free things to do. Steven Ter Horst Chocolatier is a delightful way to pleasure yourself if you have a sweet tooth.
For savoury food and wine the Cremorne Hotel just got a good wrap in a write-up, and you can end your meal with a dessert that's sweet as. The Coal Cellar and Grill was not so highly recommended by another writer - have you tried them out yet?
In the suburbs the Once Again Cafe is a little treasure that you might easily miss. It's strange how you can almost literally stumble over such places before discovering them.
Cremorne Hotel 1947 (Image: State Library SA B19261)
I was always skinny as a kid, but I think recently my indulgences have been more than they should. I'm keen to try out the Tinjella Trail in Kuitpo Forest - even in summer it should be cool with all those trees, and I need the exercise.
Basham's Beach Regional Park looks another practical place for exercise. Set on the south coast it will be cooler than Adelaide, and has some historical gems to find.
In Adelaide we have many fun things to do and see. Some are actually out of sight though - beneath our feet. Take a guided tour with me of the curious basements of Adelaide, It won't cost you anything but a little time.