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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 

Out of the Box

Image of families and student volunteers at a craft workshop

Pop into MUSA for our new Out of the Box activity in the galleries each month. Look inside the box to kick-start an exciting challenge, activity or craft. Take a closer look at objects, navigate the museum or solve the clues of our rhyming riddles. This is fun for all your friends and family. Activities are self-led, but MUSA staff will be happy to help you on your journey. Free, drop in, no booking required.

Out of the Box - Graduation

Sun 14 June, 1-3pm (All ages)

Well done you've finished your time at University. Wait! The hard work is not over because you need to graduate. Tick off the list of tasks from the box in order to graduate and get your degree. Can you do it all in time?

Out of the Box - Shoebox Scenes

Sun 12 July, 1-3 (All ages)

This month, Out of the Box goes inside the box! Take a look at the scenes inside and outside shown in the Recording Britain paintings. Try to recreate a scene from an artwork in a shoebox, or create an entirely new scene from your own imagination. 

Baby MUSA Time 

First Friday of the month from 9 January, 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. 

Animals           Fri 5 June 

MUSA Young Archaeologist 

Sat 31 January to Sat 27 June, 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 andlearn about people of the past.  Free but booking essential.            

Aztecs                  Sat 30 May       

Cave Painting       Sat 27 June           


Plant Hunters: Herbs

Sun 31 May, 1-3pm (All ages), St Andrews Botanic Garden

Whether cooking, medicine or perfume, you use herbs every day! Become a Plant Hunter and search for herbs at St Andrews Botanic Garden. Look through the Herb Garden with Tony Wilson and touch and smell plants to guess what they are used for. Held in association with St Andrews Botanic Garden. Meet at main entrance of the garden, Canongate. Free, but booking essential. Please contact MUSA to reserve places.

Nature Detectives: Dinosaurs

Sat 6 June, 1-3pm (All ages), Bell Pettigrew Museum

Family event, all ages. Find the fossil which is as old as a dinosaur! Can you find similar animals on display in the Bell Pettigrew Museum? Cast your own fossil or draw from your imagination what dinosaurs would have looked like. Free, drop-in, no booking required.

Watercolour for Kids

Wed 22 July, 10-10.45am (Ages 3-6), 11-12pm (Ages 7-12)

Where is your favourite place? Brush, stroke, dab, splash, spatter and wash watercolour paint onto paper. Create a picture of your favourite place for all to see. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Dig for Victory - Printed Posters

Thurs 23 July, 1.30-3.30pm

Showcase fantastic fruits and victorious veggies in your very own WWII style poster design. How will you encourage your friends to try new food? With a sponge of sprouts and a print of pineapple, you can create a colourful poster to take home. Held at MUSA. Free, drop-in, no booking required.

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.


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.