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5 Things to do at Half Term in Edinburgh

14 February 2015

Don't let your kids get stuck in front of the TV this Half Term! Get out and have some fun together in Edinburgh.

Take a look at our suggestions of 5 Things to do at Half Term in Edinburgh. 

Game Masters at The National Museum of Scotland

Games Masters

This is the event that will have gaming boys and girls up and out of bed this half term.

The National Museum of Scotland’s latest exhibition 'Game Masters', showcases the talent of more than 30 leading video game designers. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, this is Game Masters’ first European venue to display all these fantastic objects from gaming history.

Discover more about the development of video games through over 100 games, interactive exhibits and original artwork. Icons from Scottish gaming history are featured, including the designers of widely successful Grand Theft Auto, and creators of the pioneering game, Glitchspace.

For Half-Term, from 14th to 22nd February, the Museum are also running a programme of free, interactive workshops which give kids the chance to try their hand at games from throughout the ages. Featured in the programme are video game tournaments, dance workshops and challenge trails. For details on the full programme of activities taking place visit the National Museums Scotland website.

Please note entry to Game Masters is not included in the Half-Term Workshops. Game Masters is running until 20th April 2015. Head on over to the National Museum of Scotland’s website to find out more about this interactive exhibition.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Edinburgh Playhouse

Joseph At Edinburgh Playhouse

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat shimmies onto the Edinburgh Playhouse stage between the 17th – 21st February. Providing an all singing and all dancing retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph and his many-coloured coat, is Lloyd Daniels from X Factor and Matt Lapinskas, famed for playing Anthony Moon in BBC’s drama Eastenders. Amelia Lily, also from X Factor fame, will be joining the cast for her debut as the Narrator. You and the kids won't be able to resist singing along to the muscial's much loved hits 'Close Every Door' and 'Any Dream Will Do'. As the UK’s longest running musical, this is one not be missed!

For more details and to book your tickets visit the Edinburgh Playhouse website.

Dome Fest at Our Dynamic Earth

Our Dynamic Earth Half Term Dome Fest

Visit Our Dynamic Earth this Half-Term for an out-of-this world offer with Dome Fest. With every ticket purchased between 9th and 22nd February, you'll be able to see two amazing free films in Our Dymanic Earth's magnificent 360 ShowDome. The fantastic line up of films being shown features 'Natural Selection', 'Wildest Weather', 'We are Aliens' narrated by Harry Potter's Rupert Grint, 'We are Astronomers' narrated by David Tennant and 'Astronaut' with Ewan McGregor.

Dynamic Earth also offers a range of other activities to whet your appetite for adventure this half term. Immerse yourself in an innovative journey, including 4D and 3D experiences, of our planet’s present, past and even the future. The journey through time represents all aspects of planet Earth’s vast and explosive history – from super volcanoes to their own iceberg, there is definitely something to touch, hear and see from every member of the family.

To uncover more about Dynamic Earth and its intriguing exhibitions, visit their website.

Can You Escape? 

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You are locked in a mysterious room. You have just sixty minutes save the city from the evil Dr Herr Kutz's devious plan. Tick tock, tick tock. 'Can You Escape?' is a game for three to six players who are challenged to work together in order to look for clues and solve a sequence of puzzles which will enable them to escape before their hour is up. The game is recommend as being suitable for players aged 12 and over but if you do have children younger just call or email them before your visit so they can tailor the game for your arrival.  

Can You Escape? are currently running a great family offer for you to take advantage of over Half Term. They are offering 25% off their normal prices for weekday daytime slots, simply enter "FAM-100" at the check out to qualify for the discount. Book over on their website now. 

Farmers Helpers Holiday Club at Gorgie City Farm

Gorgie City Farm Goats

Is your wee one a mucky pup? Do they prefer pigs over Peppa? Sounds like they would be the perfect helper for Gorgie City Farm! They'll learn all about farming and caring for animals, whilst making new friends and having a heap of fun. This activity is suitable for children aged between 8 and 12 years old, and runs from 10:00 and 12:30pm – perfect time to get a few bits and bobs out of the way. Sessions are £10 a day so grab their wellies and a watering can, and head on over to Gorgie City Farm for a farm-filled two and half hours!

To find out more about this and other experiences available at Gorgie City Farm visit their website.

For more fun things to do with the kids in Edinburgh take a look at our Family page