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The Easter Bunny is coming: Easter activities for kids in Scotland

27 Mar 2015

An eggstravaganza of Easter egg hunts, crafts, Faberge face paints and eggcellent family fun days

Easter, a celebration of spring, eggs, cute baby animals and copious amounts of chocolate that once had something to do with the resurrection. Mascot to the festivities is the Easter Bunny, and unlike that pushover Santa who leaves your presents under…

Top 10 Edinburgh Science Festival Events for 2015

26 Mar 2015

A selection of hot Edinburgh International Science Festival events for the grown-ups

Calling all grown-ups: get stuck into the Science Festival’s children’s activities for one night only. Roll up your sleeves and dive into the Blood Bar and ER.

The best Edinburgh Science Festival arts and culture events

26 Mar 2015

From drone orchestras to geek songs, we’ve picked our top tips for this year's science fest

The white coats are let out for the day to hop on their bikes as part of Edinburgh International Science Festival’s Street Science team. Engaging with audiences across the city, the aim is to shake up science, blow off the cobwebs and prove that it’s…

GastroFest at the Edinburgh Science Festival: from fermentation to head cheese

24 Mar 2015

We pick our way through the delights of the science festival’s food and drink strand for 2015

The nation’s obsession with the process of how food and drink reaches our table doesn’t just stop at the preparation worktop, it seems. As Edinburgh International Science Festival has been proving over the last few years with one-off events scattered…

Imaginate director Tony Reekie talks about his last festival

24 Mar 2015

The performing arts event for children and young people continues to push boundaries

Despite its size, funding climate and number of full-time children’s theatre companies (two to Denmark’s 130), Scotland has built a strong reputation for creating groundbreaking work for young audiences. That’s due, in part, to the people making it…

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International Day of Happiness is today: can you dig it?

20 Mar 2015

Our guide to getting the most out of the UN-mandated annual celebration of happiness

Today is, whether you like it or not, International Day of Happiness. In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/66/281, recognising that 'pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal'

The Big Glasgow Comic and Craft Fair finds a bi-monthly niche

18 Mar 2015

Thanks to the popularity of superhero movies, comic conventions in Glasgow are growing

The success of the Big Glasgow Comic and Craft Fair is symptomatic of just how much superhero movies have helped revive the industry they sprang from. Older comic lovers with more than two decades’ recall might remember Glasgow supporting just one major…

Edinburgh Zoo Nights returns with a dinosaur theme

18 Mar 2015

Edinburgh Zoo’s late night event focuses on the threat of extinction

Even though the name Zoo Nights sounds like it might be the title of a late-night Channel 4 shock doc with dubious morals, Edinburgh Zoo's series of after-hours special events are all totally legit. Nothing dodgy going on at all. Just good, clean…

Barter Swap Shop sees art exchanged for experiences

11 Mar 2015

Art made by people with learning disabilities to be swapped for lessons, makeovers and more

A new swap shop is coming to Edinburgh, which will see art that has been designed and made by people with learning disabilities swapped for experiences. Taking place at the Pig Rock Bothy in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, the work…

The best country parks near Glasgow and Edinburgh

6 Mar 2015

Central Scotland’s top parks for kids and families including Craigtoun and Mugdock Country Parks

Almondell and Calderwood Country Park, near Broxburn Bordering two estates, Almondell and Calderwood Country Park offer two parks in one, each with its own distinct personality. Calderwood is an unspoilt haven of wildlife and nature, perfect for walks…

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Things to do on Mother's Day in Edinburgh and Glasgow

3 Mar 2015

Our guide to how to treat your Mothers-in-question on Sun 15 Mar

Mother's Day hoves into view, the day on which mothers all over Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland are expected to be delighted to be awoken from that all-too-infrequent sleep-in by an inexpertly cooked breakfast. It's easy to be cynical, but…

The Best Activities for Kids and Families in Edinburgh

3 Mar 2015

Places to go and things to do in Auld Reekie

Visitors have been climbing to the top of Camera Obscura’s rooftop chamber for over 150 years, so they must be doing something right. Up there, you can view Edinburgh through a giant periscope, ‘pick up’ a bus or person on a piece of paper, and learn…

The Best Activities for Kids and Families in Glasgow

3 Mar 2015

A quick guide to some of the city's best days out

Much more than just a shopping centre, Braehead could keep a family occupied for the whole day. Gambado soft play caters for the little ones, while for the more adventurous there’s The Drop climbing centre, Snow Factor ski and snowboard complex, and ice…

The best child-friendly art galleries in Central Scotland

27 Feb 2015

Where to take your art-loving wee ones

Any contemporary art gallery with good accessibility and ideally a decent café and bathrooms is worth a visit with the kids – if only to get some interesting conversations about the art on the go and take advantage of the facilities. Yet many go one…

The best things for Dads to do with kids in Edinburgh

27 Feb 2015

Top activities and days out in the capital, including Dads Rock, Happy Ears and Rugby Tots

1 Dads Rock Trailblazers in the field of encouraging dads and male carers to spend more solo time with their kids, enthusiastic outfit Dads Rock run two play groups in Edinburgh on Saturday mornings featuring a fun blend of play, snack, stories and…

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Best events for kids at the Edinburgh International Science Festival

25 Feb 2015

2015's programme has plenty in store for little ones

Dino Day It’s a dinosaur takeover at Summerhall, with a range of workshops and family activities. From robotic dinosaurs to dressing up, discovering fossils to hunting dino eggs, the prehistory fun never stops. Summerhall, Sat 4 Apr, times and prices…

The Scottish Tattoo Convention puts body art in the frame

24 Feb 2015

Admire others’ tattoos and display your own ink at this Edinburgh weekend

Anyone who’s into a bit of body decoration will be familiar with the curious stares that a visible tattoo can attract on the bus. If your skin is of an inky persuasion, it can get a bit tiring. The fifth annual Scottish Tattoo Convention should, then…

Edinburgh International Science Festival launches its 2015 programme

19 Feb 2015

This year's theme is 'The Ideas Factory'

A neuroscience ceilidh, a celebration of Disney’s Tron, and an exhibition of visual artists working with light – all are among the huge and eclectic programme for this year’s Edinburgh International Science Festival, launched today. Subtitled ‘The…

An (In)complete guide to the Year of the Sheep

18 Feb 2015

It's almost the Chinese year of the quadrupedal ruminant mammal, but what does it all mean?

The Year of the Sheep begins on February 19 2015 and runs until Feb 7 2016 – just think of all the puns ewe (that one's on us) can slip in over the next 50 weeks and three days. But what does it all mean? The Chinese New Year (or Spring Festival) is…

World Community Arts Day

13 Feb 2015

A worldwide celebration of community arts has its roots in 1970s Edinburgh

On Tue 17 Feb the eighth annual World Community Arts Day (WCAD) will take place. The event seeks to promote the value and impact of arts within communities, and while previous events have attracted participants from Israel, Canada and Australia, the…

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Arenacross brings a rock concert vibe to Motocross

4 Feb 2015

The sporting spectacular sets out on its 2015 UK stadium tour

’It’s a very unusual event,’ says Arenacross organiser Matt Bates of a sporting phenomenon that was founded three years ago and which has rapidly built to the scale that it can fill indoor arenas like the Hydro, around the country. He describes it as a…

Half-term activities for kids in Edinburgh this Spring

3 Feb 2015

Our top five activities for wee ones this Spring half-term

Ah, to be young in Auld Reekie. In addition to all of the usual activities on offer, such as trips to one of the city’s famous museums, parks or attractions, there are plenty of creative goings-on to keep the kids occupied during the school break.

Guide to Scotland's Festivals 2015: Edinburgh's best festivals

2 Feb 2015

Scotland's capital fully deserves its reputation as the UK's festival city

August is the month Scotland’s capital really comes to life. And it doesn’t get any bigger – and better – than the mighty Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Brilliant and bonkers in equal part, the world’s largest arts festival welcomes acts from all over the…

Guide to Scotland's Festivals 2015: food festival round-up

2 Feb 2015

Foodies Festival, GastroFest and more fly the flag in Scotland's Year of Food and Drink

Stick a pin in the map of Scotland, and chances are you won’t be far off finding one of the many food and drink festivals that take place across the nation. We’re rightly proud of our produce, and what better way to demonstrate that than by throwing a…

Guide to Scotland's Festivals 2015: Scotland's Year of Food and Drink

2 Feb 2015

There's much more to Scotland's food culture than deep fried Mars Bars

Hopefully, these days it’s only bad Edinburgh Fringe comedians that are making those jokes about all the food in Scotland being deep-fried. Yes, Scotland still does an excellent fish and chips (particularly good when eaten next to the sea, while dodging…