This October half-term, Edinburgh’s five-star attraction Dynamic Earth is inviting visitors to embark on the adventure of a lifetime through Earth’s fascinating and varying environments, both at home and further afield.
Throughout October half-term (14 – 22 October) Dynamic Earth is offering families the chance to become Earth Explorers with lots of exciting hands-on activities that will leave them feeling inspired in our planet’s landscapes.
To kick off October half-term on 14 October, visitors can explore amazing rocks and landscapes close to home with the official launch day of the HLF-funded “51 Best Places to see Scotland’s Geology” project. This free event is run in partnership with the Scottish Geodiversity Forum and other partners from across Scotland including the Geoparks, Scottish Natural Heritage and Historic Environment Scotland. Visitors will have lots of opportunities to get hands on with activities and feel inspired by the stunning geology of Scotland.
On Earth Explorered Days (15-18) visitors can get even closer to some of the amazing environments of Earth by taking part in additional hands-on drop in activities which extend their journey through time and space in the Dynamic Earth exhibition. With the help of an augmented reality sand-box and drone simulator to name a few, families can think like environmental scientists to get closer to our planet and it processes like never before. Other activities include making your own tornado, uncovering a dinosaur and getting hands on with a tropical bug and polar wildlife samples.
The fun continues from 19 -22 October with special guests from the Scottish Mineral and Lapidary Club who will give visitors the chance to become rock detectives and get hands on with an amazing collection of Scottish fossils and geodes.
Throughout the October half-term break, visitors will also get the opportunity to experience a stunning temporary photography exhibition documenting the lives of environmental scientists living and working on board a research vessel as part of a scientific project exploring the impacts of climate change. The ‘Britice-Chrono’ project is helping us improve our forecasting on how ice sheets are changing in a warming world, and how this is contributing to rising sea levels.
Commenting on the half-term programme, Eilidh Massie, marketing manager at Dynamic Earth said: “Exploring Earth’s different environments is a huge part of the Dynamic Earth experience and we are very excited to welcome so many experts in this field to talk to our visitors over half term.
“With help from the very latest in technology, the fully immersive activities will hopefully inspire youngsters to learn more about our amazing earth and maybe even one day become real life explorers themselves!”
The daytime half-term activities will run throughout the day between 14 and 22 October and are free with admission to Dynamic Earth. Admission to Dynamic Earth costs £15 adult and £9.50 child.
For more information on events and activities happening at Dynamic Earth, visit the website.