Warm Up At Springfest 2019

Flinders University has teamed up with Nature Play SA for this Spring, family-friendly festival.

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Flinders University has partnered with Nature Play SA to host a colourful carnival of free food, live performances, interactive animal experiences, cubby house construction and so much more at the annual Springfest on 19 October 2019, promising fun for the whole family!

What better way to welcome spring than by learning about native wildlife from the team at Animal Anonymous who are bringing along pythons, dragons, goannas and other interesting friends, or if you prefer selfies, outdo social influencers and take a thermal snap of your body temperature.

Liz Calahan from Bey Dance will be teaching how to dance classes after working with the Make A Wish Foundation to help children with serious illnesses achieve their dreams.

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If all that’s not enough to keep the kids on their toes, multi award winning Cabaret Artist, Writer, and Presenter Amelia Ryan will ensure the kids and parents are entertained throughout the day.

Other activities at Springfest 2019 include an African drumming band, a kids market, interactive animal shows and classes on making your own ice cream (that should be the only reason you need to attend!)

Callista Thillou, Executive Director of Communication and Engagement at Flinders University, says Flinders continues to open its doors at the scenic Bedford Park Campus for a great day out for all staff, students and families across the South Australian community.

“Ever wondered how palaeontologists can identify an animal just from its bones or what your teeth say about you? SpringFest is an opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at Flinders academic and research programs, offering a glimpse of how our scientists are working to further knowledge and our understanding of the world. It might inspire parents to pursue new passions, and it is sure to instil a love of learning in kids, by making it fun!” Ms Thillou says.

“Flinders is a friendly, community spirited campus for everyone, whatever their age. So, come and meet our people for an amazing day out where you can see the South Australian Museum collection of ancient fossils, make ice cream with liquid nitrogen or simply enjoy a performance on stage. SpringFest offers a free family day out with events for everyone.”

2019 highlights include:

Wildlife Displays & Shows

Discover and learn about our native wildlife with interactive displays and shows from the team at Animal Anonymous. Each display will have very friendly Australian animals such as pythons, dragons, goannas, skinks, geckos, crocodiles, frogmouths, owls, parrots, squirrel gliders, and many more.

Lakeside Cubbies

Explore the lawns and wild spaces over-looking our picturesque lake as you embark on your cubby building adventure! Nature Play SA will be on hand with ropes, hessian and tips to get you started.

Bubble-Gum Markets

Browse the creative market and support some of the best makers in the State! Trinkets, artworks and crafts is what you will be exploring in this little nook of the event.

Thermal Selfies

Our thermal selfie station will help you take a selfie based on your body temperature. Thermal sense technology is used across the globe by biologists, hydrologists, archaeologists and now, selfiologist!

South Australian Museum Fossil Display

The South Australian Museum proudly presents models of fossils from the first animal life on Earth discovered in the Flinders Ranges. The Cambrian Dig Pit depicts fossils from the Cambrian Explosion!

Admission and car parking are free for the event.

Springfest is set to take place on October 19 at Flinders University.

For more info, see here.

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