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Family Programme

‌Booking events

All events are free but some must be booked. To book an event email museumlearning@st-andrews.ac.uk or call 01334 46 1660. Please include an emergency contact number with your booking.

If you would benefit from an audio description during or before an event please let us know at the time of booking.

 

Baby MUSA Time

MUSA
First Friday of the month, 10:15am-11:15am & again 2pm-3pm
 
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 enjoy time with your children.
 

Friday 7th July             Teddy Bears' Picnic

Friday 4th August        Weather

Friday 1st September   Towns and Buildings

 

Out of the Box: Awesome Archers

MUSA
Each Sunday in June, 1pm-3pm (All ages)
 
Wow, you’ve won this year’s student archery competition. Now you can show off to all your friends by designing your own flashy silver archery medal. Don’t forget to come up with a motto!
 

Summer Programme

Time Travel Week

Top of the Class

MUSA
Monday 3rd July, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
 
What was it like to be a student 400 years ago? Join us at MUSA to put on a red gown, study the stars, play some ancient sports and finish off with an examination and graduation. You’ll even have your own silver spoon to take home with you! Free but booking required.

 

Whale of a Time

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Wednesday 5th July, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
 
How many uses are there for a whale? Take a trip to Victorian Dundee, discover why whales were hunted and why it’s better for everyone if we leave them alone. Held at the Bell Pettigrew Museum. Free, but booking required.
 

Painting the Past Walk

MUSA
Thursday 6th July, 2pm-3:30pm (All ages)
 
Victorian painters were fascinated with stories from the past. Join us on this short walk to see some of the sites that inspired them and to paint some of the stories yourself. Walk length approximately one mile, starting from MUSA. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free, but booking required.
 

Art and Craft Week

Sculpted Heads

MUSA
Monday 10th July, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
 
Let your fingers fly and create a clay portrait inspired by the sculpted heads and figures in our museum collections. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking required.
 

Paper Buildings

MUSA
Wednesday 12th July, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
 
Explore the architecture on display in our Victorian Visions exhibition and create and illustrate your own paper building! Held at MUSA. Free, but booking required.
 

Printed Patterns

MUSA
Thursday 13th July, 2pm-3:30 pm (All ages)
 
Enjoy the magic of designing and printing your own pattern inspired by the objects on display at MUSA. Free, drop-in, no booking required. Suitable for all ages but children should be accompanied by an adult.
 

St Andrews Harbour Gala

St Andrews Harbour
Saturday 15th July, 11am-5pm (All ages)
 
Find us at the St Andrews Harbour Gala where we’ll have crafts, costumes and plenty more hands-on fun for all the family! Held at St Andrews Harbour. All ages, drop-in event. For details see: www.facebook.com/standrewsharbour
 

Explorers' Week

Survival Safari

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Monday 17th July, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
 
Come to the Bell Pettigrew Museum to meet rare, endangered and even extinct animals. Why have some survived and why have others died out? Find out as we explore the plains of Africa, the depths of the ocean, the mountains of Asia and even the islands of Scotland on this worldwide safari. Free, booking essential.
 

Expedition to Africa

MUSA
Wednesday 19th July, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
 
Join us to explore the tribes of Morocco, see some of the recycled objects they made and work out what they were used for. Then have a go at making your own problem-solving objects from the stuff that nobody else wants. Held at MUSA. Free, booking required.
 

Pokémon GO Hunt

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Thursday 20th July, 2pm-3:30pm (All ages)
 
Collect your explorer’s log book and come hunting Pokémon as we explore St Andrews! Then return to the Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History to discover why hunters of the past thought mythical creatures were real and to create your very own Pokémon inspired by the animals on display. Lures will be set up at walk stops. Walk length of approximately one mile. Participants should bring a device with Pokémon Go app pre-installed. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Bell Pettigrew Museum. Free, but booking essential.
 

Geology Week

Fantastic Fossils

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Monday 24th July, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
 
Ever seen a fossil fish, a dinosaur tooth or a 300 million year-old poo? Get your hands on some fantastic fossils and discover what they can tell us about prehistoric life. Held at the Bell Pettigrew Museum. Free, but booking essential.
 

Junior Geologists

MUSA
Wednesday 26th July, 10am-10:45am (3-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
 
How were rocks formed? What can they tell us about how the world has changed over millions of years? Conduct your own experiments on rock samples to discover more about the Earth. Held at MUSA, free, but booking essential.
 

Rock Detectives Walk

East Sands Leisure Centre
Thursday 27th July, 10am-1pm (All ages)
 
Join us on this walk along the coast to see evidence of ancient forests, prehistoric animals and St Andrews’ very own volcano! This guided walk starts and ends at the East Sands Leisure Centre. Please be prepared for all weather and some steep steps and slopes along the coastal path and shoreline. Free, but booking essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
 

Le Petit Monde Puppet Show and Craft Workshop

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Friday 28th July, 2pm-3:30pm (3-8 years)
 
Join Lapin, a French-speaking bunny, and his lively little puppet friends on their adventures at the Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History. The 20-minute show will be followed by some singing, dancing and craft activities. Hailed “the perfect introduction to a foreign language for tiny ones” by The List, Le Petit Monde creates shows that introduce young children and their families to French language and culture. Suitable for ages 3-8, and accompanying adults! Held at the Bell Pettigrew Museum. Free, but booking essential.

 

Sports and Games Week

Archery Taster

MUSA
Monday 31st July, 10am-10:45am (4-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
 
Try your hand at archery with the expert help of coaches from the University’s archery club. Takes place outdoors, at MUSA. Please wear suitable clothing. Free, but booking essential.
 

Board Game Café

MUSA
Wednesday 2nd August, 2pm-3:30pm (All ages)
 
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. Free, drop-in, no booking required.
 

Victorian Games

MUSA
Thursday 3rd August, 2pm-3:30pm (All ages)
 
Are you an expert at hopscotch? Do you know your Jacks from your marbles? Are you a caich ball champion? Join us at MUSA for a fun-filled afternoon of Victorian games and activities. Free, drop-in, no booking required.
 

Science Week

Pond-dipping

St Andrews Botanic Gardens
Monday 7th August, 2pm-4pm (All Ages)
 
Explore the mysterious underwater world of the pond with ranger Tony Wilson at this fun event for all the family! Meet at the entrance of the St Andrews Botanic Garden, Canongate. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free, but booking essential. Contact MUSA to reserve your place.
 

Kitchen Chemistry

MUSA
Wednesday 9th August, 10am-10:45am (4-6 years) & 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
 
Grab some kitchen ingredients and make stuff fizz, pop and whizz without getting your own kitchen dirty! From homemade dyes and invisible inks to an erupting cola fountain and slime you can squeeze… It’s not rocket science but it’s guaranteed fun! Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.
 

Ingenious Inventors

MUSA
Thursday 10th August, 2pm-3:30pm (All ages)
 
Have you got an eye for invention or simply a bright idea to solve an everyday problem? Then put on your thinking cap, dust off your drawing board and design a machine of the future, inspired by the gadgets and discoveries made right here in St Andrews. Held at MUSA, free drop-in.
 

Think Like An Animal

MUSA
Monday 14th August, 11am-12pm (7-12 years)
 
Does your cat love you? Are butterflies clever? How do monkeys see the world? (And how can we tell?) Scientists and philosophers are trying to solve these and other puzzles about animal minds. This is your chance to join the conversation, and try some experiments yourself with the help of the University’s own philosophers and pyschologists! Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.
 

Young Archaeologists

Have you got the curiosity and patience to piece together evidence from the past? Join us on the last weekend of each month at MUSA to develop your archaeology skills and discover fascinating facts about people of the past. Free, but booking essential.
 
New for teens:
Saturday 24th June            Osteoarchaeology
Discover how the lives of ancient people are written in their bones and see archaeological science at work in this hands-on event with professional osteoarchaeologist Maureen Kilpatrick.
 
Saturday 26th August         Magnificent Metal
Saturday 23rd September    Ancient Art