Family Day – Saturday 13 April

Take part in the SCI-FUN Roadshow extravaganza that will enthral and expand minds of all sizes with an encyclopaedic range of hands-on activities from giant optical illusions to spinning chairs and solving crimes.

Find out exactly what constitutes a Makey Makey Kit or discover the secrets of deep-sea coral reefs.

Step into the solar wonderland of a huge inflatable planetarium or join our panel discussion on How To Live Plastic Free.




What’s on offer?

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock

In Conversation with Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock (ages 8+) (Debating Chamber, 12-1pm)
An award-winning space scientist and broadcaster with a passion for inspiring young people to enter the interstellar world of space science, join Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock as she brings to life her latest book The Sky at Night: Book of the Moon.  Followed by book signing in the Main Hall.  This event is free but ticketed – find out how to BOOK TICKETS (external website).

Environmental Scientists and Creative Engineers (all ages) (10am-4pm) 
From discovering hidden pollution in rainwater to building a geodesic dome – this is the event for every budding engineer of the future.

Powering the Future (age 5+) (10am-4pm) 
Get to grips with the energy sources of the future through hands-on exhibits that will make you question how we can be smarter and more efficient with our limited fuels.

The Secret life of Deep Sea Coral Reefs (all ages) (10am-4pm)
Immerse yourself in the deep-sea world of coral, sponges and sea stars.

How to Live Plastic-Free (aged 14+) (2-3pm on a first-come first-served basis)
Join our expert panel to hear practical ideas on eliminating plastic from your daily life.

The SCI-FUN Roadshow (age 5+) (10am-4pm) 
This whizz-bang, jaw-dropping science roadshow of 40 activities introduces the science behind forensic crime to spinning chairs, blood components, giant optical illusions and even virtual pigs!

Inflatable planetarium (age 5+)
Explore our incredible solar system in this mind-expanding 30-minute presentation that journeys through the night sky from the comfort of Earth.

The inflatable planetarium can accommodate a maximum of 25 people per 30-minute session, with two places used per wheelchair.  Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Sessions will run at the following times:

10.15 to 10.45am 
11 to 11.30am 
11.45pm to 12.15pm 
1.15 to 1.45pm 
2 to 2.30pm 
2.45 to 3.15pm

Ask an astronomer (age 5+) (10am-4pm) 
Meet a real-life astronomer from The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh and find out the answers to every solar and deep-space query you’ve been waiting aeons to ask.

Space-hoppers (all ages) (10am-4pm) 
Unlimited bouncing fun awaits with these retro orange space-hoppers – children-only activity!

Space-themed craft tables and quiet space (all ages) (10am-4pm) 
There will be a quiet space for those who prefer some time out and a separate space-themed craft area for everyone to express their scientific creativity!

Beekeeper and birds of prey (all ages) (10am to 12pm, and 1pm to 3pm)
Learn about the Parliament’s very own bee population and their tasty brand of honey. Meet the graceful birds of prey who swoop and dive around the skyline keeping pigeons at bay.

Scottish Parliament activities (all ages) (10am-4pm) 
Discover the Debating Chamber and find out where the First Minister and other party leaders sit. Learn all about the Scottish Parliament in our fascinating 10-minute talks or chat to our friendly guides dotted about the Parliament building.

Baby-changing facilities and a buggy store are available.

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