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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 

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 3 July
Islands and Oceans  
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 25 July Castles
Sat 29 August Dig, Discover, Digitise       
Sat 26 September Picts  
Sat 31 October Bronze Age   
Sat 28 November Experimental Archaeology 

Science Week (6 - 12 July)

Animal Antics 

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

Make your own animal mask and join in with some animal-themed stories and games at the Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History. Free, but booking essential.

Fresh Pickings

Wed 8 July, 1 - 3 pm

Reap the rewards of MUSA’s fine fruit trees around the museum courtyard. Can you tell which fruit it is? Find out what makes fruit grow and how you can make food grow too. Held at MUSA in partnership with Transition St Andrews. Free, suitable for all ages. Drop-in, no booking required.

Science Magic

Thurs 9 July, 10-10.45am (Ages 3-6), 11-12pm (Ages 7-12)

Cast your science spells at MUSA and learn impressive tricks to share with friends and family. Discover science-fact instead of science-fiction. Marvel at magic slime and optical illusions. Join us to make ping pong balls levitate, chicken sounds in a cup and help volcanos explode. Free, but booking is essential. All ages, children should be accompanied by an adult.

Image of children at boat-making workshop.Design and Construction Week (12 - 19 July)

Out of the Box - Shoebox Scenes

Sun 12 July, 1-3pm (All ages)

This time, 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. Activities are self-led at MUSA, but MUSA staff will be happy to help you on your journey. Free, drop in, no booking required.

Build a Boat

Mon 13 July, 1.30-3.30pm

Design and make a boat that floats, then borrow some binoculars to spot pirates from MUSA’s roof terrace. When the coast is clear we’ll wander down to the beach to set sail! Free, drop-in, no booking required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

MUSA Crazy Golf

Wed 15 July, 1.30-3.30pm

Fore! Try a round of golf at MUSA but with a twist. You will be designing, constructing and playing the course around the museum yourself. St Andrews is hosting the Open Golfing Championship 2015 so come to MUSA to join in the golfing fun too! Free. Drop-in, no booking required.

Art Week (20 - 26 July)

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.

Geology Week (27 July - 2 August)

Rock through the ages (Fossils)

Mon 27 July, 1-3pm

Ever seen a giant scorpion trail, a shark’s tooth or a fossil fish? Get your hands on some fantastic fossils and make a fossil cast to take home. Held at the Bell Pettigrew Museum. Free but booking essential.

Geology Walk

Wed 29 July, 1-3pm

Discover more about the rocks under your feet and what they can tell us about the ancient environments of St Andrews. This short guided walk with MUSA’s Geology Interns starts and ends at East Sands Leisure Centre. Please wear walking shoes and suitable clothing for the weather. Free, but booking essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Junior Geologists

Fri 31 July, 10-10.45am (Ages 3-6), 11am-12pm (Ages 7-12)

Find out why geology rocks at this hands-on workshop where you’ll conduct your own experiments on rock samples and learn how they were formed. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

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.