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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 is now the first Maker Faire in Australia after the huge success of an earlier 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.
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.
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.
Of course, there will be food trucks on hand for refreshments - if you can stop long enough for lunch. Maybe long time favourite Wienerbago Gourmet German Food or 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 runs from 10am until 4pm 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 South Road), or you can take a bus to Clovelly Park railway station on the day.
Entry to the Maker Faire is a measly $7 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.
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.