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Booking your City Art Centre day pass

During the Science Festival, our flagship family venue City Art Centre is transformed into a five-floor science playground packed full of workshops, shows and interactive activities.

A day pass gets you into City Art Centre to explore as many events as you like. You can browse the events at City Art Centre below.

Events at City Art Centre are a mixture of bookable and drop-in sessions. Pre-booking your day pass and a selection of bookable events is strongly advised to avoid queues and disappointment.

When you're ready to book your tickets you can add up to three bookable activities to eligible child day passes. Drop-in activities don't need to be reserved and can be enjoyed by all the family throughout the day.

Early Bird Offer

Book over the phone or in person before Monday 25 March and get £1 off all day passes on Saturday 6, Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 April. 

Please note: when attending City Art Centre children must be accompanied by an adult and unfortunately we do not issue tickets to lone adults.

If you would like to discuss large group bookings for City Art Centre please call our box office on 0131 226 0005 and they will be happy to help you plan your visit.

Gift Aid

Edinburgh Science Foundation, which runs Edinburgh Science Festival, is an educational charity. All ticket prices for City Art Centre include a voluntary 10% donation to support our work. For UK tax payers, this also allows us to reclaim the tax you pay through the Gift Aid Scheme; every pound you pay is worth £1.25 to us. If you do not wish to make a charitable donation, the admission prices for City Art Centre are as follows: £7.20 adults/£8.65 child aged 7+/ £6.36 child aged 3–6. For more information about our charitable work please click here.

Drop In All Ages

Art Meets Science

Saturday 6 — Sunday 20 January
9.30am–4.30pm | Drop-in | Not on Sundays
First Floor, City Art Centre
Free with City Art Centre day pass

Bookable Ages 7+

CubeSat Creator

Saturday 6 — Saturday 20 April
10am–4pm (Hourly) | 45 mins
Third Floor, City Art Centre
City Art Centre day pass and individual workshop booking required

Drop In All Ages

The Modelmakers

Saturday 6 — Saturday 20 April
9.30am–4.30pm | Drop-in | Not on Sundays
First Floor, City Art Centre
Free with City Art Centre day pass

Bookable Ages 5+

Wild Vets

Saturday 6 — Saturday 20 April
10am–4pm (Hourly) | 45 mins
Fourth Floor, City Art Centre
City Art Centre day pass and individual workshop booking required

Drop In All Ages

Mars Master Constructors

Saturday 6 — Saturday 20 April
9.30am–4.30pm | Drop-in
Fourth Floor, City Art Centre
City Art Centre day pass required

Drop In All Ages

Science Mini Cinema

Saturday 6 — Saturday 20 April
9.30am–4.30pm | Drop-in
Fifth Floor, City Art Centre
City Art Centre day pass required

Drop In Ages 3+

Wee Wonder World

Saturday 6 — Saturday 20 April
9.30am–4.30pm | Drop-in
Fifth Floor, City Art Centre
City Art Centre day pass required

Drop In Ages 10+

Virtual Worlds

Saturday 6 — Saturday 20 April
9.30am–4.30pm | Drop-in
Third Floor, City Art Centre
City Art Centre day pass required

Drop In Ages 7+

Blood Bar

Saturday 6 — Saturday 20 April
9.30am–4.30pm (Hourly) | Drop-in
First Floor, City Art Centre
City Art Centre day pass required

Drop In Ages 3+

Tetracolours

Saturday 6 — Saturday 20 April
9.30am–4.30pm | Drop-in
Second Floor, City Art Centre
City Art Centre day pass required

Drop In All Ages

Zoom Box

Saturday 6 — Saturday 20 April
9.30am–4.30pm | Drop-in
Third Floor, City Art Centre
City Art Centre day pass required

Bookable Ages 8+

ER Surgery

Saturday 6 — Saturday 20 April
10am–4pm (Hourly) | 45 mins
First Floor, City Art Centre
City Art Centre day pass and individual workshop booking required

Bookable Ages 8+

Geo Explorers

Saturday 6 — Saturday 20 April
10am–4pm (Hourly) | 45 mins
Fourth Floor, City Art Centre
City Art Centre day pass and individual workshop booking required

Bookable Ages 7+

Robo Constructors

Saturday 6 — Saturday 20 April
10am–4pm (Hourly) | 45 mins
Third Floor, City Art Centre
City Art Centre day pass and individual workshop booking required

Bookable Ages 5+

Energy Makers

Saturday 6 — Saturday 20 April
10am–4pm (Hourly) | 45 mins
First Floor, City Art Centre
City Art Centre day pass and individual workshop booking required

Bookable Ages 5+

Colour Investigations

Saturday 6 — Saturday 20 April
10am–4pm (Half Hourly) | 20 mins
Second Floor, City Art Centre
City Art Centre day pass and individual workshop booking required

Bookable Ages 5+

Splat-tastic

Saturday 6 — Saturday 20 April
10am–4pm (Half Hourly) | 20 mins
Second Floor, City Art Centre
City Art Centre day pass and individual workshop booking required

Bookable Ages 5+

Little Sparks

Saturday 6 — Saturday 20 April
10am–4pm (Hourly) | 45 mins
Second Floor, City Art Centre
City Art Centre day pass and individual workshop booking required

Bookable Ages 3+

Little Giants

Saturday 6 — Saturday 20 April
10am–4pm (Half Hourly) | 20 mins
Fifth Floor, City Art Centre
City Art Centre day pass and individual workshop booking required