Wondering what to do over half-term? Why not fill your days with what the Council has to offer?

For the February break, the Council and our partners are offering children of all ages and interests a wealth of exciting and rewarding activities, many of which are free!!

Love your city this Valentine’s weekend with a trip to East Market Street after dark. You will find a quote chosen by Monty Python star and Edinburgh-fan Terry Gilliam lit up in bright lights as part of the City of Literature’s Words on the Street campaign.

The Museum of Childhood is a fun day out for the whole family. Young people can learn about the children of the past and see a fantastic range of toys and games, while adults enjoy a trip down memory lane. Admission is free.

Meanwhile, just down the Royal Mile is the Museum of Edinburgh. Housed in beautifully restored 16th Century buildings on the Canongate, it is the city’s principle museum of local history. Whatever the February weather, you can picture being outside with a visit to ‘Paths, Parks, and Pencil: Exploring Edinburgh’s hidden wooded places’. This temporary exhibit from local artist Adele Gregory is a love letter in sketches to the city’s public parks and secret places. Again, admission is free. 

At the City Art Centre, Edinburgh’s artistic stars of the future will preview colourful work for the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival 2016. The Festival takes place in galleries across the city between 12 – 16 February and aims to encourage students to showcase their artwork to the public at large. Pay the City Art Centre a visit at 3pm on Saturday (13th February) for a sneak peek.

The City’s 28 community libraries are, of course, open for borrowing – and much more besides. Visit the libraries' website for further details or contact your local library for details of special holiday events. 

Edinburgh Leisure has a range of dedicated holiday activities from Multi-Activity Activator and tennis camps or training for budding tennis stars to climbing at EICA Ratho. Visit Edinburgh Leisure's website for further details.

There is also free family fun as part of Edinburgh Play Ranger Week where you can drop in and join in scrap play, den building and arts and crafts. Running on Monday 15 February (11am-3pm) at Brustane Primary School and Thursday 18 February (11am-3pm) at Jack Kane Sports Centre.

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