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Carnival of the Mind

Roll up, roll up and step inside the  Carnival of the Mind  to discover the secrets of your brain! Visit our fortune teller to explore the function of your frontal lobe, take a turn on the high striker to uncover how you process pain and learn about vision at our coconut shy and hall of mirrors. Brand new for 2015, this…

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 7 more dates until 15 Apr

At the Fringe of Reason: Skeptics in the pub

Edinburgh Skeptics head back to the pub for Science Festival 2015. In the heart of the city that was at the centre of the Scottish Enlightenment, the Skeptics will consider a selection of topics relating to science, reason and critical thinking at the Banshee Labyrinth. Join them on Tuesday 7 April to hear about Animal…

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 9 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 14 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 16 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Board Games with a Science-y Twist!

Enjoy an afternoon of science-inspired board games that will give you the chance to tackle climate change, cure diseases or prevent lab explosions. Drop in for anything from 15 minutes of dice-throwing and collecting dinosaurs, to an hour or two of solving puzzles and saving the world. Children are very welcome but must…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sun 12 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

A crime has been committed; can you help us solve it? Become a forensic scientist in our special Crime Scene Investigation workshop. Study the crime scene and decipher the clues left behind by finding fingerprints, identifying soil samples and investigating blood. Can you solve the mystery and help us catch the…

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 18 Apr

The Chemistry Show

Prepare yourself for bangs, colours, flames, foam and possibly learning something! How can we make cars that don’t harm the environment? What happens when things get really cold? And why should you cover your ears when Paul Murray and Robin Andrews light a match? The vibrant chemistry show returns, jam-packed with…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Wed 15 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 16 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Edible Gardening Project Spring Festival

Come and join in with the Edible Gardening Project as we get started on the vegetable patch for another year. From growing chillies on the windowsill to creating a vegetable garden with habitat for wild pollinators, there will be information and hands-on activities for all the family. Take part our fascinating Really Wild…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Fri 17 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sat 18 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sun 19 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Energise!

*Energise! *is packed full of high energy, interactive activities to keep you fighting fit. Journey through a giant digestive system as we explain basic human biology and what impact the food you eat has on your body. Find out what you can do to stay healthy in this energising exploration of how the body works. Ages 5+

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 18 Apr

Earth Craft

Join us at Dynamic Earth for a celebration of Scotland's unique, diverse and awe-inspiring landscapes. We've teamed up with Voluntary Arts Scotland to enable you to get hands-on and create something inspired by our landscapes and learn about our environment as you do it. Drop-in to find out more about Earth and…

Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Sun 5 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 3 more dates until 14 Apr

21st Century Brain

Even in today's world of advanced technology, the human brain is still the most complex structure known to man, containing almost 100 billion nerve cells that work together to control your behaviour. Using the latest technology, computer games and hands-on challenges for children and adults, we'll explore this…

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 4 more dates until 11 Apr

Amazing Immunology

Reveal the secrets of your immune system in a fun interactive session where you'll explore allergies, infections and vaccinations with real medical research scientists. Help Denny and the T-Team find and solve 3D puzzles, try the Rash Decisions ball pool challenge and complete your Immunological Stickers story. For ages…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 14 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Wed 15 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 16 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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The Art of Science

From biological sciences to particle physics, this exhibition of striking images and objects celebrates the diverse and surprising range of scientific research going on right now at The University of Edinburgh. Be inspired and ponder the science at the heart of so many aspects of our lives. All Ages

University of Edinburgh Visitor Centre

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Artists’ Open Studios and Exhibition

Coburg House Art Studios Seventy contemporary artists/makers open their studios to the public. Quality contemporary paintings, ceramics, jewellery, wooden boxes, textiles, weaving, metalwork, printmaking illustration/design, signwriting, architecture and landscape design. Also an exhibition in the gallery connected to…

Coburg House Studios, Edinburgh

Sat 8 Aug

Free / 0131 554 6888

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Free / 0131 554 6888

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Bright Bread and Crafty Cranachan

Join food scientists from The Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health in a quest to improve Scotland's diet as you make and taste familiar Scottish recipes with a healthier twist. Recipes are taken from the Institute's new book, which exchanges and enhances ingredients to make these delicious dishes healthier and more…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Wed 8 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 9 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Astro-teenies

A chance for very little ones to explore some of the fantastic things in the National Museum of Scotland as they reach for the stars in our space-themed story sessions. There'll be songs, science sensory activities and more. Perfect for ages 0–3 with an adult helper. Under 3

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 14 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Wed 15 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 16 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 3 more dates until 19 Apr

Astro-tots

Toddlers will love our space science adventure as they explore some of the fantastic things in the National Museum of Scotland with space-themed stories, songs and mini experiments. Perfect for ages 3-5 with an adult helper.  Ages 3+

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 14 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Wed 15 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 16 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Brain Box

What's in the Brain Box? There are clues inside but you'll need to use your brain to work it out! Become a brain scientist, find out how amazing your brain is and investigate how it works. Follow us on Twitter @brainboxone. For ages 8-12. Ages 8+

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 14 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Wed 15 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 16 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 2 more dates until 18 Apr

Buzz Around the Botanics

Join Bumblebee Conservation Trust and the Open Air Laboratory in the hunt for bees and other minibeasts at the Botanics. Pick up your guide to identification and a recording sheet, explore the Garden, noting what you see, then add your results to our big map. All young scientists taking part will receive an activity pack…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Sat 11 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Caledonian Folk and Blues at The Guildford 21st Year

Yard of Ale and Guests The festival's best free music event hosted by Yard Of Ale, Scotland's favourite folk'n'fun band and guests: Sandy Tweeddale, Bedford Falls, FCUKulele, Maria Barham, and On The Wagon.

The Guildford Arms, Edinburgh

Thu 20 Aug

Free / 0131 556 4312

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 21 Aug

Free / 0131 556 4312

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 22 Aug

Free / 0131 556 4312

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 29 Aug

Chain Reactor

This machine is quite simply bonkers. It’s 10 metres of unstoppable reactions as the wonders of chemistry are revealed in a procession of knock-on effects. Stay behind the Danger Line as acids splash and alkalis flow and if you’re very lucky, you'll get to start the whole process using the spectacular Toroidal Vortex…

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 18 Apr

Closing Time

Wag the Tale Productions In this play about a pub, in the pub, the audience catch a glimpse of the last days of its existence. It focuses on the lives that exist within it, including landlord Johnny, his returning, heroin-addicted son, his God-fearing, vodka-loving, interfering sister in law, his confidante and cleaner…

Jinglin' Geordie, Edinburgh

Fri 14 Aug

Wag The Tale

Free / 0131 225 2803

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 15 Aug

Wag The Tale

Free / 0131 225 2803

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 16 Aug

Wag The Tale

Free / 0131 225 2803

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Cosy Cosy Game Show

A game show for parents and children in which we challenge you to work out how to stop heat leaking from model houses. Play the game against the clock and try to beat those around you by saving the most energy, and money! All Ages

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 18 Apr

Dancing Light

If you think science and dance have nothing in common, think again. In this dance workshop you'll learn to move like a photon. We'll illustrate the features of light and its uses in everyday technologies using movement, dance, music and fun interactive activities. No dance experience needed. For ages 8-13. Ages 8+

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 9 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Fri 10 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sat 11 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 2 more dates until 13 Apr

Dr Book

Stuck for something to read? Looking for new and exciting authors to explore? Then visit Edinburgh City Libraries' very own* Dr Book *where our book doctors will dispense advice and suggestions to cure all your reading ailments and you’ll even get your own reading prescription to take away with you. Consultations…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 11 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

ER

Emergency, emergency, there’s been an accident! This is your chance to scrub up and save lives. Meet your ‘patient’, identify what’s wrong and let a 'surgeon' help you operate using endoscopes supplied by Karl Storz. Learn the medical names for parts of the body and discover the tools a surgeon needs to do their job.

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 18 Apr

The Face in Film

Throughout the history of cinema, filmmakers have used facial deformity to signify negative personality traits, and this is particularly true in war films. Join us for a special showing of the award-winning documentary  The Guinea Pig Club  and explore the real experiences of people with facial deformities in warfare. The…

Surgeons' Hall Museum, Edinburgh

Sat 18 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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