City Art Centre

City Art Centre
2 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE
Part of the
Green Arts Initiative

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Aside from being home to one of the finest collections of Scottish art in the UK, Edinburgh’s City Arts Centre behind Waverley Station hosts some of the best international touring exhibitions across fine art, photography and design. The Arts Café offers a great children’s menu alongside some classic burger and vegetarian options.

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There are 23 events at this location

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Adventures in Audacious Songwriting

Join singer-songwriter Penny Stone to build songs and improvisations.

Thu 23 Feb

Free / 0131 529 3993

Part of Audacious Women Festival.

Blood Bar

Prepare to be grossed out at the Blood Bar *as you make your own scabs, mix up a gooey blood clot and even touch a real heart. Explore the science of blood and see how we can diagnose disease with some cutting-edge technology. Take a closer look at the heart, lungs and oxygen in *Don’t Hold Your Breath, and find out what…

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 3 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 15 Apr

Bricks and Blocks

Join the robot sports training camp where our coaches will put you through your paces. You’ll learn about robots and coding as you use a LEGO® WeDo kit to build your own goalkeeper and program it to play. Then it’s time to test everyone’s skills in the *Robot World Cup *penalty shoot-out. How many attempts can your…

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 3 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 11 more dates until 15 Apr

Carnival of the Mind

Roll up, roll up and step inside the *Carnival of the Mind *to discover the secrets of your brain! Visit our fortune teller to explore the function of your frontal lobe, take a turn on the high striker to uncover how you process pain and learn about vision at our coconut shy. It’s all the fun of the fair but with added…

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 3 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 15 Apr

Chain Reactor

This machine is quite simply bonkers. It’s 10 metres of unstoppable reactions as the wonders of chemistry are revealed in a procession of knock-on effects. Stay behind the Danger Line as acids splash and alkalis flow and if you’re very lucky, you’ll get to start the whole process using the spectacular Toroidal Vortex…

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 3 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 15 Apr back to top

City Art Centre Day Pass

During the Science Festival we transform Edinburgh's City Art Centre into a science playground packed full of workshops, shows and interactive events. How to book A Day Pass gets you into City Art Centre to explore as many events as you like. The events are a mixture of bookable and drop-in sessions. Pre-booking…

Sat 1 Apr

£8 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 3 Apr

£8 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 4 Apr

£8 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 15 Apr

Coming Out Audaciously Workshop

A workshop offering a safe and supportive space to explore different aspects of coming out to ourselves or others.

Sat 25 Feb

Free / 0131 529 3993

Part of Audacious Women Festival.

Dig Up A Dinosaur

Millions of years ago, dinosaurs ruled the Earth, but how do we find out more about them? Learn the techniques and tools scientists use to dig for bones and fossils, and then use your skills to brush away the sand and see what you can learn from your discovery. Ages 5+

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 3 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 15 Apr

ER Surgery

Emergency, emergency, there’s been an accident! This is your chance to scrub up and save lives. Meet your ‘patient’, identify what’s wrong and let a ‘surgeon’ help you operate using endoscopes supplied by Karl Storz. Discover the secrets of surgery as you operate on the knee, abdomen and brain. Please note: this…

…and 10 more dates until 14 Apr

Gadget Factory

Investigate and explore how everyday gadgets work and build your own in our mini Gadget Factory. After you’ve grasped the basics of creating an electrical circuit, pick your kit and use your skills to assemble your very own working electronic gadget. Once you’ve learned the secrets of soldering there’s no end to the stuff…

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 3 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 15 Apr back to top

Hide and Seek with Indi

Indi, our friendly IndigoVision monster, has lost her camera and she needs your help to find it! Using IndigoVision’s video surveillance technology, you'll find Indi’s monster friends and help her feel safe again. Each friend holds a clue to help you find where Indi has left her camera… Can you solve the clues and find…

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sun 2 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 3 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 15 Apr

International Images for Science

The Royal Photographic Society brings its exciting new exhibition to the Science Festival. Supported by Siemens as part of the Curiosity Project, the exhibition includes amazing images of everything from galaxies and blood cells to a computer chip and dancing paint. Follow the discovery trail and find the key photos for…

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 3 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 15 Apr

Little Giants

Buzzy, the giant honeybee, leads you into the wonderful world of bees in this highly interactive show. Learn how a bee’s body is different from ours and find out how bees and flowers work together. Then join our Bee Keeper on a magical mystery tour of a beehive and follow Buzzy on a trip to giant flowers, make pollen…

Little Sparks

Get stuck into circuits and discover what electricity does, as you work through challenges to create an electric-powered device. We’ll start things off simply by making an easy electrodough circuit, move on to the next level with a snap circuit board, before using your skills and knowledge to build an electrical device.

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sun 2 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 3 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 5 more dates until 8 Apr

Mars Master Constructors

Humanity’s first Mars Colony needs your help! Come and build pods, buildings, labs, habitats, and anything else you think that humans need to live on another planet. We’ve started with the first building, but now it is up to you to add to the Mars landscape and help construct the first colony. All Ages

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 3 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 15 Apr back to top

Marvellous Magnets

Welcome to the mysterious world of magnets! Join our storytellers on a journey of discovery and explore magnetic attraction and repulsion, fields and poles. As you investigate magnetic forces first hand you’ll also learn about the amazing effects they have on the world around us. Ages 3+

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 3 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 15 Apr

Mini Mechanics

Take a closer look at what makes an engine tick and use real tools to take one apart. Discover what parts are required to make a car move while exploring our full sized engine model. Then stand back as we create a fire piston explosion and demonstrate how power is created through combustion. Ages 7+

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 3 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 15 Apr

Paper Trail: Drawings, Watercolour, Prints

An exploration of how artists create work on paper, from the late 18th century to the present.

Thu 23 Feb

Free / 0131 529 3993

Fri 24 Feb

Free / 0131 529 3993

Sat 25 Feb

Free / 0131 529 3993

…and 84 more dates until 21 May

Science Festival Lates

Get ready to party as we turn our flagship children's venue over to adults for one very special night. Enjoy the fun of the fair with Carnival of the Mind, *prop up our *Blood Bar and make a connection in Little Sparks. We've got brains, blood, engines and slime mixed in with music, drinks and fun. Don't miss the chance…

Thu 30 Mar

£12 (£10) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Science Mini Cinema

In *Science Mini Cinema *you can see how scientists and engineers have used technology and design to create new inventions, tackle global challenges and improve our daily lives. From growing food in space to making a sandwich using an incredible prosthetic hand, and there are even science demonstrations that you can do at…

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 3 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 15 Apr

Secret Life of Coral

Find out what’s lurking underwater as you explore the *Secret Life of Coral. *Do you know about the incredible animals and plants in a coral reef? Discover the amazing creatures that live in its communities and help us build a coral reef by making your own sea creature in this captivating hands-on space. Ages 5+

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 3 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 15 Apr

Splat-tastic

This interactive workshop invites you to get creative with chemistry and design your very own slime. Test its thickness and stickiness under the extreme conditions of our ‘Splat-o-Meter’ and perform high-impact investigations into how the appearance and properties of materials can change when a chemical reaction takes…

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 3 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 15 Apr

Wee Wonder World

Have fun learning about science as you journey through our special space for smaller scientists. Explore why things float, listen to some classic stories with a scientifc twist, construct a marvellous tower, build your own spinning toy or create a musical instrument. Ages 3+

Sat 1 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 3 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 15 Apr

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