Events and Activities

Download our What's On for 2014! http://www.edubuzz.org/museums/files/2014/03/ELC-Whats-On-2014-online.pdf   

 
Holocaust Memorial Day
Thanks to everyone who joined us for Holocaust Memorial Day at the John Gray Centre. Details about the event, including a report from the school children attending the event, will appear online shortly here.
 

John Muir's Birthplace

John's Friday Friends
2.30pm-4pm, every second Friday
John Muir's Birthplace
£3.60 per child
Booking beforehand is essential. Phone us on 01368 865899, email museumseast@eastlothian.gov.uk, or drop into John Muir's Birthplace.

Discover John Muir’s love of nature at our fortnightly sessions for children aged 5–11. Each workshop takes a different topic and children take part in hands-on activities, stories, crafts and games to learn more about John Muir and the environment.
 
2nd May – Spinning Spiders – Find out more about spiders through a story, song and a quiz. You’ll be amazed at the secrets behind spiders, plus make your own spider to take home!
 
16th May – Marvellous Mini-beasts! – Discover some disgusting facts about mini-beasts that slither, squelch and smell! Worms, slugs, flies and dung-beetles can be disgusting but in this workshop, you’ll learn to love them.
 
30th May –Chomping Caterpillars & Brilliant Butterflies – In this workshop, we’ll start off as caterpillars, and we’ll need to find food and plants hidden around the Birthplace to help us become butterflies! After seeing some real butterflies, we’ll make our own to take home. 
 
13th June – Buzzin’ Bees – Meet a real life beekeeper and find out what they wear, how they care for their bees, and what products bees make. Then learn the waggle dance, before making our own bee to fly home!
 
27th June – Mini-beast Montage – Come dressed as your favourite mini-beast as we finish off our mini-beast marathon by creating a huge collage! Our collage will create places for our mini-beasts from each week to live in.
 

Celebrate the John Muir Festival in Dunbar

Thursday, 17 April to Saturday, 26 April 2014 
The John Muir Festival will be one of the signature events of the Homecoming Scotland 2014 celebrations. It marks the opening of the John Muir Way, a new coast to coast national pathway from Muir’s birthplace in Dunbar to Helensburgh, and coincides with the centenary of John Muir’s death.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond will officially open the new coast to coast pathway in Dunbar on the 21st April. Come join us for a fun family atmosphere with live music, art, performance and food stalls. This is a free, unticketed event.
 
Produced by UZ Arts, the John Muir Festival is funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, Homecoming Scotland and Creative Scotland and will take place along the length of the new John Muir Way. It will include community participation events, artist-led events and large-scale public performances to celebrate the life and legacy of John Muir. There will be plenty of exciting events and activities in East Lothian, including celebrations at our venue, John Muir’s Birthplace.
 
Further details about the festival see: www.johnmuirfestival.com and look out for more information on www.jmbt.org.uk
 
Please note that John Muir's Birthplace will be closed from 12:30pm to 2pm on Monday 21 April.
 

Dunbar

Thursday, 17–Saturday, 26 April
The John Muir Festival will be one of the signature events of the Homecoming Scotland 2014 celebrations. It marks the opening of the John Muir Way, a new coast to coast national pathway from Muir’s birthplace in Dunbar to Helensburgh, and coincides with the centenary of John Muir’s death. Produced by UZ Arts, the John Muir Festival is funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, Homecoming Scotland and Creative Scotland and will take place along the length of the new John Muir Way. It will include community participation events, artist-led events and large-scale public performances to celebrate the life and legacy of John Muir. There will be plenty of exciting events and activities in East Lothian, including celebrations at our venue, John Muir’s Birthplace.
For further details about the festival, see www.johnmuirfestival.com and look out for more information on www.jmbt.org.uk.
 

John Gray Centre, Haddington

Sunday Activities for Families
Drop in, no need to book
1.30pm-3.30pm
Free, suggested donation £1 per child
Every Sunday until 20th April 2014
 
Our exhibition ‘The King, the Queen and the Vicious Strumpet’ will continue until the 22nd April. Discover characters from East Lothian’s past by dressing up and learning about their secrets.

Friday 18th April- Monday 21st April: Egg-cellent Easter Hunt - The Easter bunny has visited our museums at night and left behind some eggs. Families will be challenged to complete a trail sheet which will lead to some Easter surprises. We'll also have Easter mask-making so children can become a lamb, chicken or bunny. (Trail Sheets or Masks £1 each)
 
*This activity will also be available at Prestongrange Museum, Morison's Haven, Prestonpans EH32 9RX*
 
Sunday activities will return in the autumn. We'll have drop in craft activities in the museum every day throughout the Easter and Summer holidays.

Prestongrange Museum

Wild Weekend for Wee Ones!
Sunday, 18 May  I  1pm-4pm  I  Suggested donation £2 per family/group  I  Everyone welcome (children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult)  I  Drop-in event, no booking required

 

Celebrate John Muir’s love of everything wild at our fun, interactive weekend of events designed for younger children. Children aged 6 and under, and their families, can handle exotic animals, go on a magical storytelling adventure, create natural art or learn some gardening tips from Dobbies. There will also be hands-on activities by the Ranger Service, a music session for little ones, and a buggy-friendly nature trail. Don’t miss these unique events! This event is part of the Festival of Museums weekend and is part-funded by Museums Galleries Scotland.
 
Spectacular Edinburgh Marathon Event
Sunday, 25 May  I  10am-4:30pm  I  Free, donations welcome  I  Everyone welcome  I Drop-in event, no booking required
Prestongrange Museum sits at mile 12 and 25 of the Edinburgh Marathon 2014. The Visitor Centre will open earlier than usual and includes a café, shop, children’s area and toilets. Free parking is available at the museum for spectators. The perfect base for families cheering on their friends and family members taking part in this popular marathon.
  
Tiny Tuesdays
Tuesday, 27 May  I  10am - 11am  I  Suitable for 0-4 years old  I  3.60 per child, includes tea/coffee and cake for accompanying adult
Tiny Tuesdays is our new programme for under-5s and their families. Families can bring their baby or toddler along to find out more about Prestongrange through songs, stories, games and crafts. Refreshments for adults are served at 11am and families are invited to stay on and enjoy the museum at their leisure. Book beforehand on 0131 653 2904 or email prestongrange@btconnect.com.
 
Battle of Prestonpans Family Weekend
Saturday, 31 May - Sunday, 1 June  I  12 noon–4pm  I  Suggested donation £2 per family/group  I  Everyone welcome (children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult) I Drop-in event, no booking required
Step back in time to 1745 as Jacobites and Redcoats battle for control of Scotland! A patrol of government soldiers has stumbled across a Jacobite outpost, meaning trouble is sure to follow! Join Alan Breck's Regiment for a weekend of living history and exciting skirmishes. This year, there will be hands-on activities for families, including the chance to march with the soldiers and decorate a wooden sword and shield to take home for £5 per child. There will also be Scottish-themed refreshments in the museum café, including locally made shortbread.