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Spring Fest 2018 - Flinders University

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Spring Fest is for explorers of spring garden fun, education and entertainment. Held during the October school holidays, and hosted by Flinders University and Nature Play SA, this is a free event, however you're required to register for a free ticket. Register every single member of the family or friends that are coming, kids and all, as it helps the events team plan the facilities and activities. All activities and parking is free on Saturday 6 October 2018 from 10am to 3pm at Flinders Uni student hub and plaza, Bedford Park Campus on Sturt Rd, Bedford Park. Check the FAQs page for all other queries.

Come along for a packed program of fun, the weird and the wacky, and the wonders of science live on stage. There's music performances, art and craft, outdoor activities, behind the scenes tours and lots more, plus festival food and coffee to enjoy. Make sure you're wearing sturdy footwear and clothing that can handle the rigours of free play. Bring your own food and a picnic rug or grab a coffee and lunch at the many eateries at the event.

There are still more activities being added to the program, so be sure to check back regularly for updates. Currently the main stage will run throughout the festival timeframe at The Plaza. Kick back and relax at a showcase of inspiring music and performing artists. Meanwhile, on the upper level of the Plaza, outside Flinders Connect, the 3 year olds and above can get their hands dirty with Nature Play SA. Working with clay and soil, they'll create a seasonal seed bomb to take home and throw in a flower pot, veggie patch or garden.

There are also other activities at The Hub, like Leaf Threading for the 4-12 year olds, and Pinky and Peets Adventure for the 3-12 year olds where they'll hear the story and meet the author and more.

Head to the Hub Info Stand as there'll be a tour between 11am and 12noon, of one of the largest University art collections in Australia, giving you insight into a unique and valuable educational resource from four major collection areas including contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art; European prints; post-object and documentation art; and Australian political prints and posters.

You can also catch NZ born, Aldinga-based artist, Gail Hocking's body of new work that quietly reflects upon her research into the resilience of Pukatja women who navigate change through storytelling and art. You'll also have the opportunity to taste premium herbal teas at The Hub for free that are grown on campus, in gardens intended to be therapeutic green spaces, benefitting in more ways than one.

The Humanities Courtyard is the place for nature potions and tinkering, along with family yoga in the grassed area at the end of the Laneway. Times for the yoga are as follows: - 10.30am kids, 11.30am family, 12.30pm kids, 1.30pm family, 2.30pm kids, and suitable for all ages. The Lakeside is where you want to be to try out building your own cubby, in the grassed areas near Anchor Court, or grab a walking tour with the artist Gail Hocking at Lakeside, North Ridge, adjacent to the Plaza at 2pm.

Want to meet a thingodonta or a fangaroo? Anchor Court is where this prehistoric adventure will take place in the company of Danielle Clode, award winning author of From Dinosaurs to Diprotodons. It's suitable for aged 3 plus. Whether you enjoy a Dig Pit, a Dig-A-Dino Ball Bits, hear some teeth talk, or simple hang with The Bone Detectives, there's plenty to catch your interest. If you want to be a Palaeontologist for a day, register and depart from Anchor Court information stand at the following timeframes - 11am, 11.30am, 12noon, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm and 2.30pm. It's suited to ages 7plus years. Not just for the young, there's plenty for the whole family to enjoy!

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Why? Spring Fest 2018 - Flinders University
When: Sat. 6 October 2018 from 10:00 am 3:00 pm
Where: Flinders University, Student Hub & Plaza, Sturt Rd, Bedford Park, SA
Cost: Free but MUST REGISTER
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