Family Spring Programme
NEW: Out of the Box
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 – Egg Heads
Sun 5 April, 1-3pm (All ages)
Who are the clever people featured in the museum’s displays? Hunt the Egg Heads throughout MUSA. Find out facts about these noteworthy people who have studied and taught at the University of St Andrews.
Out of the Box - Pilgrimage
Sun 10 May, 1-3pm (All ages)
Never mind Out of the Box, how about out of the museum? Start your pilgrimage at MUSA where you can gather equipment and make a map to set you on your way around St Andrews.
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?
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.
New themed sessions for 2015!
3 April : Hats
1 May : Travel
5 June : Animals
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.
Jewellery Sat 28 March
Ancient Bones Sat 25 April
Aztecs Sat 30 May
Cave Painting Sat 27 June
Nature Detectives – Scavenger Hunt
Sat 4 April, 1-3pm (All ages)
Explore outside just like St Andrews plant hunters of the past. Walk through the gardens with Tony Wilson and look carefully for flowers, ferns, shrubs, trees and lots more. See if you can find everything on your list! 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.
How do I work? Perfect Poo
Thurs 9 April, 1-2 pm (Ages 3-6); 2.30-3.30 pm (Ages 7-12)
We know what food looks like when it goes into our body and we know what it looks like when it comes out. But what happens in between? And why do things sometimes go wrong? Find out using some exciting experiments. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.
Up, Up and Away
Fri 10 April, 10-10.45am (Ages 3-6); 11am-12 noon (Ages 7-12)
Do you have what it takes to build and fly your own plane? Join us for an aeroplane-themed arts and crafts morning! Held at the Gateway Galleries. Free, but booking essential.
How do I work? Wonderful Wee
Thurs 16 April, 1-2 pm (Ages 3-6); 2.30-3.30 pm (Ages 7-12)
What happens if we don’t drink enough? And what can our wee tell us about our health? Join us for some fascinating experiments that reveal the secrets of the human bladder. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.
Fri 17 April, 10-10.45am (Ages 3-6); 11am-12 noon (Ages 7-12)
'Left, left, left, right, left!' Come along to learn some basic military drills and commands for a fun morning of physical activity at the Gateway Galleries. Free, but booking essential.
How do I work? Brilliant Blood
Sat 18 April, 1-2 pm (Ages 3-6); 2.30-3.30 pm (Ages 7-12)
What’s the point of blood? How does it move around the body? To find out, join us, help us make a heart and see how it works when we look after it properly (and what happens when we don’t). Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.
Nature Detectives: Jars of Specimens
Sat 2 May, 1-3pm (All ages)
Can you tell what creatures are inside the jars at the Bell Pettigrew Museum? Invent your own animal, insect, or organism in modelling clay and preserve in a jar for all to see. Free, but booking essential
Mon 4 May, 11am-4pm (All ages)
Travel back in time to auld Medieval Scotland. Make your own armour, design your family heraldry and see how far our home-made catapult will launch balls of paper. Drop-in activities for all the family. Free, no booking required.
A Pilot's Best Friend
Sat 9 May, 2-3pm (All ages)
Join us in our story-telling session to learn about the terrific tales of RAF Leuchars' most memorable mascots who accompanied our pilots on their daring and dazzling missions! Meet the Cowardly Welly, Winky the Pigeon and their friends to hear their amazing stories, and then create your own adventure for these lovable characters! Free, but booking required.
Plant Hunters: Herbs
Sun 31 May, 1-3pm (All ages)
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)
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.