Explore more for less at Dynamic Earth this half term

11th October 2022

Visitors to Edinburgh’s science centre, Dynamic Earth, will get more than they bargained for this half term, as for a limited time only, a day ticket can be upgraded to an Annual Explorer Pass for only a small additional cost.

Anyone who buys a full price ticket for a visit from now until Monday 24 October 2022, can enjoy a full year of visits for just £3 more.

To celebrate this special October offer, the science attraction is hosting a number of exciting activities to interest and excite visitors of all ages. From drop-in activities to science showcases, there is something to inspire everyone this half term.

From 10am each day between 15 – 23 October, visitors can set sail for a day of fun with ‘All Hands-On Deck’ family drop-in sessions. Themed activities – which are free with admission to Dynamic Earth – include ship building, coral crafting and even an opportunity to drive a Remote Operated Vehicle simulator.

On Saturday 22 October, families can get involved in a Marine Family Science Showcase day. Expert guests will be attending from Heriot Watt University, Whalewise, St. Abbs Marine Station and Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS), to discuss the diversity of research within the field of marine science. Scientists will chat about careers within their fields, allowing enthusiastic youngsters to see how to follow in their footsteps – or swim in their flippers!

The much-loved Planetarium Lates events will also be returning from this weekend (14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 October) with evening viewings of the three most popular shows: ‘Dark Side of the Moon’, ‘You are Here’ and ‘Planets 360’. Audiences will enjoy a fully immersive cinematic treat, featuring digital dome technology and thunderous surround sound.

Starting with presenter-led show ‘You are Here’ at 18:30, the audience is taken on a dramatic journey to the edge of the solar system and back to see the boundaries of human exploration while following in the footsteps of some very special space missions. This is followed at 19:30 by ‘Planets 360’, a 132-piece orchestral recording of the original Holst suite with solar system visuals featuring the latest images that have been captured by robotic explorers.

The grand finale of Planetarium Lates is the return of the incredible dome screening of ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ at 20:30, following its series of sell-out shows at this summer’s Edinburgh Fringe. Inspired by the music of the legendary rock band, Pink Floyd, the experience incorporates spell-binding abstract projections and mesmerising HD graphics, along with the iconic soundtrack.

Prices for Planetarium Lates start at £12 for an adult/£10 for a concession for ‘You are Here’ and ‘Planets 360’, and £14 for an adult/£12 for a concession for ‘Dark Side of the Moon’.

Commenting on the half term events, Hermione Cockburn, Scientific Director at Dynamic Earth, said: “It’s all hands on deck for family fun at Dynamic Earth this October. Our marine-themed activities are our very own ‘Blue Planet’ experience and will be a great way for kids and adults alike to learn more about the seas and deep oceans, how we can protect them, and the pathways into these exciting careers.

“We also hope many will ‘dive’ right in to the upgrade of an Annual Explorer Pass this October. It allows unlimited access to our science centre for the next 12 months, which is a fantastic offer for families to enjoy the attraction over and over again for less. It’s also the perfect excuse to come along and explore our incredible new exhibition ‘Discover the Deep’, which we opened earlier this year. We can’t wait to ‘sea’ you there!”

The annual explorer pass means visitors can have unlimited visits to Dynamic Earth over a period of 12 months. Holders of the pass will also receive discounts in the Dynamic Earth café and gift shop.

In June 2022, Dynamic Earth opened its new £1 million exhibition, Discover the Deep, dedicated to the world’s ocean. Thanks to major funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other trusts, foundations and private donors, Discover the Deep is a permanent exhibition that replaces three pre-existing gallery spaces within the centre. Complete with models, displays and interactive experiences, it is designed to inspire people with the magnificence of Scotland’s deep-water marine environments and help them engage with the threats they face.

Regular Dynamic Earth features include the ever-popular real iceberg, a bone-shaking earthquake and the Deep Time Machine which takes visitors billions of years back in time.

Tickets can be purchased in advance on: www.dynamicearth.co.uk