Plenty of dinos, puppets, cute animals and, of course, chocolate in Scotland this Easter

With the Easter holidays quickly approaching, now is the perfect time for children of all ages (and the young at heart) to enjoy some of Scotland’s finest attractions and Easter-themed activities to make for a memorable visit during Scotland’s Year of Young People… Whether that be through discovering dinosaurs, watching a puppet show, going wild in the countryside or simply indulging in a sweet tooth.

Get creative….

Edinburgh International Science Festival

Saturday, 31March – Sunday, 15 April, Various venues across Edinburgh

The Edinburgh International Science Festival delivers one of Europe’s largest science festivals, giving audiences amazing experiences through a programme of innovative and inspiring discussions, workshops, performances, screenings, special events and exhibitions.

A family programme jam-packed with inspiring shows and workshops has been created, where visitors of all ages can get hands-on with cutting-edge science through interactive events and workshops on everything from accessible technologies to spacecraft, dinosaurs and the inner workings of the human body and mind.


Puppet Animation Festival

Saturday, 24 March – Saturday, 14 April 2018, various locations throughout Scotland

Now in its 35th year, the Puppet Animation Festival is the largest festival for children’s performing arts, with 165 puppetry performances, workshops and animated films in more than 90 venues across Scotland. Events include puppet making and animation workshops, puppet theatre and animated films, with events in English and Gaelic.


Dumfries & Galloway Wild Science Festival

Saturday, 21 April, Dumfries

Visitors can release their inner scientist at this annual extravaganza of workshops, stalls, demonstrations and interactive displays. Activities include designing and making rockets, using digital microscopes, learning to juggle, animal handling, K’NEX challenges and so much more.


Operation Earth

Saturday, 31 March – Sunday, 15 April, Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Special events for Easter include ‘Operation Earth’, which sees youngsters transformed into doctors of the planet in an interactive family show; along with the Meet the Expert days, where scientists at the forefront of Polar research, marine life and forestry will be on hand to share stories of what it’s like to live in some of the most hostile environments on Earth, and demonstrate the fascinating technology involved in their jobs.


Eat chocolate…..

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt with the National Trust of Scotland

Friday, 30 March – Sunday, 15 April, various locations throughout Scotland

With over 40 different locations taking part in this delicious chocolatey event including Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and Kellie Castle, the Cadbury’s Easter Egg Trail is a hard event to resist. The whole family is welcome and younger visitors can become explorers for the day by enjoying different attractions for them to gain their chocolatey reward. Each hunt is completely different and unique at each venue with even more of an excuse to hop along to as many attractions as possible.


Pirate Easter Egg Treasure Hunt

Friday, 30 March – Monday, 2 April, the Tall Ship at the Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Visit the Tall Ship at the Riverside Museum where you will join other mini pirate crew members in search to find Easter eggs amongst Captain Scallywag’s treasure.


Epilepsy Scotland Easter Egg Trail

Sunday, 1 April, 11am – 2pm,Glasgow

Hop along to Epilepsy Scotland’s second annual Easter Egg Trail. Children of all ages can follow the map to locate all the clues to find their chocolatey prize. With colouring-in, a pop up café and a special visit from the Easter Bunny himself, it’s a perfect way to spend Easter Sunday with friends and family.

Even more chocolate….

Scottish Chocolate Trail

All year round, Various locations throughout Scotland

Chocolate lovers can treat their sweet tooth this Easter by exploring Scotland’s Chocolate Trail. From creamy and sweet white chocolate to rich and bitter dark chocolate, this trail is a dream come true for every chocoholic out there. Prepare to indulge in sweet treats from the Highlands & Islands to the Scottish Borders, with Scotland boasting over 70 chocolate producers from around the country.


Make new friends….

Spring into Easter

Saturday 31 March – Monday 2 April, National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride

Join the museum for three days of springtime surprises. From lambs and chicks to Easter activities, storytelling and music, each day will be different and fun.

To find Easter days out closer to home, have a look at our suggested Easter Activities –

Fun Days Out for the Easter Holidays


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