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Sat 1st Dec at 10:00am - 5:00pm (last entry 4:30pm)

Family Day

@ The Scottish Parliament Visitor Centre, Edinburgh

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Family Day

Rocket launching and measuring your Olympian potential are just two of the amazing challenges on offer at Family Day on Saturday 1 December at the Scottish Parliament.

Marking St Andrew’s Day with a fun-packed day of free events for families and visitors, the Parliament has teamed up with the Glasgow Science Centre to offer a series of nine fascinating science workshops and demonstrations suitable for inquiring minds of all ages.

Choose from the hands-on Bodyworks exhibition and investigate how high you can jump; explore the cool science of nitrogen gases and then test your strength, speed and agility at the Fit Lab. Follow that up with a session on making magnificent magnets, racing paper airplanes and top off the day with the K’nex tower building challenge.

Complete list of fascinating science sessions:

Hot air balloons
Work together in this family group activity. Make and launch your very own hot air balloon as you learn all about the properties of gas.

See Isaac Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion made easy. If you love discovery, laughing and “having a go” then you’ll enjoy this interactive physics experience.

Could you be an Olympian?
Come to the Fit Lab and test your strength, speed and agility with the state-of-the-art light-gate system.

Magnificent magnets
Aimed at younger children, this activity will develop an understanding of magnets and how they work. Make your own magnet and take it home.

Plane crazy
Whose plane can fly the farthest? This activity is for people of all ages. There are many different planes to choose from. How far will yours go?

Take the K’NEX challenge
Compete as a family group to see who can make the tallest tower out of K’NEX with a set kit, in a set time. Be creative and reach for the sky.

How high can I jump? How much water is in my body? How flexible am I? What will it look like if I smoke? The exciting BodyWorks exhibition is a fully hands-on, active learning experience. Investigate your amazing body and what it can do.

Design and launch a rocket to hit a target. Investigate Newton’s 3rd law – ‘every action has an equal and opposite reaction’. (For every force in one direction there is an equal force in the opposite direction).

Cool Science
Even though you can’t see it, the air around us is filled with lots of different gases. Come and explore some of the properties of carbon dioxide and nitrogen in this uniquely chilling opportunity.

Cooperage demonstrations
John Carberry is a Cooper with 23 years’ experience in the industry. John will be giving a public demonstration to show how casks are made and repaired, showing how a traditional craft is still as relevant today as it was over 100 years ago. You will be guided through the complexity of cask building and re-building as barrels are constructed to ensure that they are robust enough to be filled.
The free demonstrations will take place at 11:30am and 2:00pm.

There will also be free guided tours of the Scottish Parliament and a cooperage demonstration on the traditional art of cask building as part of the exhibition ‘From Grain to Glass’ currently in the Parliament’s Main Hall.

Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

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Venue Facts

Venue: The Scottish Parliament Visitor Centre


EH99 1SP 55.951965, -3.174907

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Website: scottish.parliament.uk

Enquiries: 01313485200


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