Family Activities at City Art Centre for Edinburgh Science Festival

This Easter, the City Art Centre (CAC) again plays a major part in the annual Edinburgh Science Festival (ESF) with its family experiences set for the upcoming Easter holidays. Featuring five floors of hands-on science workshops and activities, the CAC is offering all-day educational fun for children aged between 3 and 12.

CAC presents a mixture of bookable and drop-in activities, including the family-favourites such as E.R. Surgery where children perform a surgery of an abdomen, knee or brain; Splat-tastic  that explores the chemistry behind producing your own slime or Dig Up a Dinosaur, where children can uncover the mysteries of dinosaurs that  roamed Earth millions of years ago. This year’s offer includes 6 new fantastic workshops with experiences such as engineering-focused Construction Challenges; all about the sound with Ella’s Wobble; problem-solving orientated Speedy Sails that delves deep into the world of motion; Creative Coding that introduces the young sci-curious minds to Marty and robot coding; Tech Corner that looks at how technology transforms our lives, from smartphones to home security andLEGO® Build The Change that  imagines the world without waste and a fully embracing circular economy.

As in previous years, CAC becomes a home to several artworks. These include artist Robert Powell and philosopher Alasdair Richmond presenting Conference for Chrononauts, an installation exploring the philosophical questions behind time travel; Alan Brown’s Biological Clock that looks at ideas around genetics and time by displaying twenty-four electric alarm clocks showing the genome sequence of human individuals and Signal: Noise, a visual exhibit by radiologist Dr Michael Jackson, that can resemble abstract art more than anatomical reality, and showcases the role computers have in generating and analysing medical images, with the added human dimension of making sense of these pictures.

Adults can join in too when on 30th March for one night only, ESF transforms the family venue into a LateLab for an adult-only science party.

Tickets are on sale now.

Irene Brown

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