Glasgow Science Festival programme appeals to both children and adults

Opportunities to do some gardening, bread-making and seabird tracking

Glasgow Science Festival presents a programme of events that appeals to both kids and adults

For some parents, it’s always been fascinating, for others it was the worst block at school. But one thing’s for sure, these days the world of science offers more fun and creativity than you can shake a pipette at. With four action-packed family days on offer, Glasgow Science Festival aims to keep kids occupied, and allow adults to see that fun doesn’t have to be vicarious once you become a parent.

‘We hope people will feel that science can be fun and interesting for all,’ says Festival Director, Dr Deborah McNeill. ‘That there’s something for mums, dads, kids, young people, grans and grandpas. It’s for anybody who ever wondered what we know about the world – and what mysteries are out there, waiting to be solved. We want them to go away thinking that science is cool, exciting and important – and definitely not dull and dusty.’

Taking place on Sat 4 June in venues around Govan, Sun 5 June at the University of Glasgow, Sat 11 and Sun 12 June at Kelvingrove Museum and Sun 12 at Glasgow Cathedral, the family days are almost as diverse as science itself. As well as more traditional scientific fair such as peering through microscopes, extracting DNA (from a banana!) and chemical experiments, there are also opportunities to do some gardening, bread-making, seabird tracking and searching for hidden artifacts on an archaeological dig.

‘We make sure that kids get to take part and engage in science – to do or create something for themselves and not just be told about it,’ says McNeill. ‘We also choose themes which seem cool to us, such as animal handling, space travel, robotics and climate change.’

Various venues, Glasgow, Wed 1–Sat 18 Jun. For a full line-up of all the family-friendly events at this year’s Festival, including activities at Glasgow Science Centre, visit Glasgow University's Science Festival page

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