Activities for children

The University offers a range of events and activities for children. Whether you are a family looking for ideas for a day out in St Andrews, or a school group interested in visiting the University, please find information on activities for children below.

University museums

Children and families are welcome at all four of the University’s museums. Children may be especially excited by a visit to MUSA (the Museum of the University of St Andrews) where they can find plenty of child-friendly activities. As well as organising events ranging from scientific experiments to arts and crafts, MUSA is home to the Learning Loft — an interactive space for the whole family to explore. Take a look at the MUSA website or the upcoming events at MUSA page to find out more.

MUSA is currently closed for refurbishment and is expected to re-open in late 2019. MUSA has a continuing events programme during this time. Find out more about MUSA events.

Music and theatre

For children interested in the performing arts, the University offers a range of opportunities. From lessons in a variety of instruments through to musical performances to delight little ones, the University Music Centre is well worth investigating. Find out more about music lessons or take a look at the latest events leaflet (PDF) ‌.

There are also a number of ways to get involved in one of the University's theatres. Take a look at the events on at the Byre Theatre for children. Children and families can also get involved with On The Rocks, the annual arts festival in St Andrews.

Sport

The Sports Centre runs a number of events for children throughout the year.

Junior Saints

The Junior Saints programme includes activities for children aged 3 to 5 years, after-school activities, summer schools and birthday parties. To find out more, take a look at the Junior Saints pages on the Sports Centre website.

St Andrews sports camps

The University's summer sports camps programme is run by a team of highly qualified coaches and provides children the opportunity to develop their sports skills and meet new friends, whilst experiencing university campus life in a fun and friendly environment.

The five-day camps have been designed to give an insight into all facets of performance sport at university, and incorporate individual specialist skills coaching, technical drills focusing on team play, and general fitness and conditioning sessions.

St Salvator’s Chapel

St Salvator’s Chapel is open to the public for individual prayer and exploration of this historic building. Families and those with children are invited to download and enjoy the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) church trail for St Salvator’s Chapel during their visit. The trail guides visitors around the church and encourages them to engage with the architecture, history and furnishings.

Summer schools

Young people may be interested in the summer schools available at the University.