Skip navigation to content

Family Summer Programme

Recording St Andrews

Why not join in and record the world around you in St Andrews? Share your thoughts and digital artworks on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Remember to include  #RecordingStAndrews 

Baby MUSA Time 

First Friday of the month, 10.15-11.15am

Held every month, Baby MUSA Time allows your little one to discover some of the fantastic things found in museums through stories, songs, art and messy play.  This drop-in activity is for pre-school children and whoever looks after them. The MUSA Learning Loft provides a place to relax, park your buggy and have a tea or coffee. 

Fri 7 August
Teddy Bear's Picnic        
Fri 4 September
Clothes       
Fri 2 October
Musical Instruments  
Fri 6 November
Time         
Fri 4 December
Little Stars and Angels  

MUSA Young Archaeologist

Image of children's archaeology workshop.

Last Saturday of the month, 2-3.30pm (Ages 7-12) 

Fancy searching for clues in the ground with a trowel and toothbrush?  Then these events are for you! Join us on the last weekend of each month at MUSA to develop your archaeology skills and learn about people of the past.  Free but booking essential. 

Sat 29 August Dig, Discover, Digitise       
Sat 26 September Picts  
Sat 31 October Bronze Age   
Sat 28 November Experimental Archaeology 

Image of children at boat-making workshop.

History Week (3 - 9 August)

Evacuee for the day

Mon 3 August, 10.30-11.15am (Ages 3-6), 11.30-12.30pm (Ages 7-12), 2-4pm (Drop-in activities for all ages)

Can you imagine leaving home for your safety? Travel back in time to the 1940s, when childhood was very different. Meet our WWII Evacuation Officer and find out some of the fun things and challenges that children encountered when they were evacuated. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking is essential for the morning workshops.

Ancient Astronomers

Thurs 6 August, 10.30am-11.15am (Ages 3-6), 11.30am-12.30pm (Ages 7-12)

People in the past used the stars and planets for all sorts, from predicting the future to finding their way home and discovering more about the universe. Join us at MUSA to find out more about space through the ages and become an ancient astronomer by making your own telescope. Booking essential.

Back in Time – A Family Walking Tour

Friday 7 August, 2-3.15pm

Come and meet some colourful characters from St Andrews’ past, including a bold bishop, a troublesome queen and an eccentric scientist (with his parrot). Not only that, there’ll also be singing, exciting stories and a competition complete with prizes. The whole family can join us on this walking tour of almost one mile, but be prepared to take part! Free, but booking essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Out of the Box – Drawing Detectives

Sun 9 August, 1-3pm (All ages)

Take a closer look at the fantastic pictures in the Recording Britain exhibition. Zoom in with a magnifying glass to find all the different things on the list, whether a horse and cart or WWII soldiers, and see if you can spot everything. Activities are self-led at MUSA, but staff will be happy to help you on your journey. Free, drop in, no booking required.

Games Week (10 - 16 August)

Board Game Café

Mon 10 August, 12-4pm

Whether you love the strategy of Risk or the simplicity of Snakes and Ladders then the MUSA Board Game Café is for you! Drop by the museum to play some of your old favourites, or try your hand at something new. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Held at MUSA.

Archery Taster

Wed 12 August, 10.30am-11.15am (Ages 3-6), 11.30am-12.30pm (Ages 7-12)

Try your hand at archery with the expert help of coaches from the University’s archery club. Takes place outdoors. Please wear suitable clothing. Free, but booking essential.

Mystery of the Museum

Thurs 13 August, 1-2pm (Ages 3-6), 2.30-3.30 pm (Ages 7-12)

Dare you try and solve the mystery of the museum? Complete a series of exciting challenges in order to discover the location of the secret treasure! Will you be triumphant or will your rivals get there first… Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Autumn workshops

Shelter!

Sat 22 August, 10-10.45am (Ages 3-6), 11-12pm (Ages 7-12)

Where do people stay safe when they face danger? Shelter! See if you can spot some WWII shelters in the artworks on display. Then, help us build our own copy of an air-raid shelter to learn how it would protect people. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Foraging for Food

Sat 12 September, 2-4 pm

Find out more about our wild food heritage, healthy eating, free food and folklore on this fun and informative walk through St Andrews with Tony Wilson! Meet at Botanic Gardens Entrance, Canongate. Free, but booking essential.

Out of the Box – Ration Book

Sun 13 September, 1-3 pm (All ages)

What is your weekly shopping list? Times were different during WWII and many items were limited and even unavailable. Create your own WWII Ration Book and add up the cost of your WWII shopping list. Activities are self-led at MUSA, but staff will be happy to help you on your journey. Free, drop in, no booking required.

Back in Time – A Family Walking Tour

Sat 19 September, 2-3.15 pm

Come and meet some colourful characters from St Andrews’ past, including a bold bishop, a troublesome queen and an eccentric scientist (with his parrot). Not only that, there’ll also be singing, exciting stories and a competition complete with prizes. The whole family can join us on this walking tour of almost one mile, but be prepared to take part! Free, but booking essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult.