Art-tastic fun for all the family at Galleries

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PAINTING, outdoor exploring and BYOB tours (that’s bring your own baby), are just three of the activities planned by the National Galleries of Scotland as they get creative this Spring with a series of free and fun events for all the family.

Siobhan McConnachie of the National Galleries of Scotland explains, “We wanted to create fun events where parents and carers can enjoy quality time together with their children.

“Entry to all events, and to the Galleries, is free, meaning a great value day out for all.”

Events include Open Studio: Make an Impression, a free drop-in, messy art-making morning suitable for ages 1-3, at the Scottish National Gallery on The Mound (1 May, 10.30am-12.30pm).

On 6 May and 2 June, Walk, Talk, Make, for 2-5 year olds, is an outdoor exploration of the grassy grounds of Modern One and Two, Belford Road. Wear wellies.

Postcard Portraits, meanwhile, at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Queen Street, on Sunday 13 May (2pm-4pm), is another free drop-in event.

Pick up your postcard pack, find your portraits and create your own personal masterpieces. Suitable for: ages 6+.

Finally, BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby) sessions at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Belford Road, on Monday 14 May and 4 June, are free, informal gallery chats custom designed for grown-ups with their wee-est ones.

Tours are at 10.15am, 10.55am and 11.30am. Suitable for: Babies 0-1.

“With activities indoor and out, be sure to come prepared with a change of clothes and a pair of wellies where needed; from messy art-making mornings to outdoor explorations in the grassy grounds, we’ve created something for all age ranges,” says McConnachie.

For more details and a full programme of events visit