Make the most of the Easter break

The Easter holidays may be flying by, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the city before term begins.

Luckily, the City of Edinburgh Council has a calendar packed full with fun, educational and entertaining events for all the family.

Culture and Sport Convener, Councillor Richard Lewis, said: “This Easter we’ve got lots going on across the capital, with exciting and educational activities to suit all ages and tastes.

“Along with partners, we’re providing plenty of opportunities to try something different – whether it’s delving into Edinburgh’s history or taking part in a writing workshop – so I would encourage people to take a look at what’s on and get involved.”

Learn something new

Expand your mind with a visit to this year’s Edinburgh International Science Festival, which has transformed the City Art Centre into a six-floor ‘science playground’. From unearthing the secrets of the brain to ‘mini mechanics’, visitors of all ages can discover something new. View the full programme of events across the city online.

Discover Edinburgh’s past

Take to the Royal Mile to travel back in time for free at the Museum of Childhood, where the whole family can learn about the children of the past through toys, games and activities. Further down the street, at the Museum of Edinburgh, find out about the capital’s history by exploring its treasure trove of objects from the city’s past.

Over Easter, both the Museum of Edinburgh and The Writers’ Museum will be running Growing with Songs, free musical performances by storyteller Phyllis Davison (Thursday, 13 April at 2pm at The Writers’ Museum; Saturday, 15 April at 2pm at the Museum of Edinburgh).

Love your library

Elsewhere in the city, Edinburgh Libraries have a range of books, ebooks and magazines on offer in addition to an exciting seasonal line-up across each of the 28 community libraries.

As well as crafts, Easter card-making, Bookbug sessions and teen activities, events include Explore Learning young writers workshops at Colinton, Currie and Oxgangs Libraries, a teddy bear picnic at Fountainbridge Library and Portobello Library’s celebration of Where’s Wally? at 30. Find out more about your local library and the events taking place on the Council website and on individual library Facebook pages.

Explore the outdoors

Should the sun come out over the holidays, there’s also lots to do outdoors – why not visit one of the city’s 137 parks? Whether it’s the Meadows or Montgomery Street, Inverleith or Inch, there are parks spanning the city. Head along to Saughton Park from 12pm to 4pm on Saturday, 15 April for an ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’, featuring live music, a teddy bear hunt and an Easter egg quiz trail – all for free.

If you enjoy the great outdoors, Lauriston Castle is just the spot for you. Make a visit on Easter Monday (17 April) for a spring-themed celebration, including craft-making, egg and spoon races and exploring woodland trails, between 10am and 1pm. Booking is advised, which can be done online.

Get active

Finally, Edinburgh Leisure has a range of dedicated holiday activities running throughout the break at venues across the city including Portobello, Ratho and the Royal Commonwealth Pool. Visit their website for further details.

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