Under 5s informal science learning directory, Scotland

 Please note that this list is not exhaustive and details are subject to change. Science from the Start is not responsible for the content of external websites.


Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

Eastpark Farm

01387 770200


Wetland Centres have a range of activities suitable for children – check their events pages for daily and one-off events (please be aware that some activities are listed as not suitable for children or for under 2s – they should be checked individually).


Dobbies Garden Centres

Dobbies Garden Centres run free-to-join Little Seedlings gardening clubs on the first Sunday of each month, which can be attended from the age of 4. Local centres can be found here.


Dundee Science Centre


01382 228800


Dundee Science Centre has a range of activities to support even their youngest visitors, including Baby Sensory, Toddler Sense, and their Early Years programme.

Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense are hosted by Dundee Science Centre, and run by their delivery partner Claire Puzey.  To book a place, contact Claire directly on 0780 300 5970 or email clairepuzey@hotmail.com, and see the Baby Sensory Facebook page for more information.


Edinburgh Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

549 Castlehill

0131 226 3709



Edinburgh Camera Obscura and World of Illusions offers experiences and hands-on exhibits that are suitable for all ages. Additionally, 12th-18th January 2015 sees their first Teeny Tiny Toddler Fest, especially for under 5s:

This winter Camera Obscura and World of Illusions is thinking small. While older children return to school after the Christmas break we will be transforming the centre into the perfect place for a visit with under 5s.

On a normal day your visit includes a Camera Obscura show, six floors of interactive exhibits, a gift shop and an all-day ticket. During Teeny Tiny Toddlerfest we are adding even more. Exclusive Camera Obscura shows for familes will leave the lights up, just in case you don’t like the dark, have lots of toys to keep little hands occupied, and mean that you don’t need to worry about the noise your toddler makes during the show.

Extra exhibits will focus on play at a toddler’s level; both developmentally and by physically lowering some exhibits. We will also have more seating for parents so that you can relax a bit while the toddlers are entertained (we guarantee they will be).

We also know that toddlers are unlikely to wait for a meal, so while you are welcome to head out to a café and come back later, we are also opening up a quiet room; for feeding, relaxing and sharing a cuppa with friends.

If you have any other ideas for us on how to make Camera Obscura an even better venue for young children, please let us know. We have a survey here:



Forest Schools

Some Forest Schools run parent and toddler groups – Forest Schools can be found by region here.


Glasgow Science Centre


50 Pacific Quay
G51 1EA


Glasgow Science Centre has a range of activities suitable for Nursery level, including Planetarium shows, workshops, exploring the mall and a Nina and the Neurons trail.

Visitor information is available here.


National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street

0300 123 6789


Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, art and design, science and technology and Scottish history, all in one amazing building.

Upcoming events suitable for pre-school age children are listed here.


Satrosphere Science Centre

The Tramsheds
179 Constitution Street
AB24 5TU


Little Scientists Days offer fun, hands-on science based activities that encourage learning through play and are suited for little scientists aged 3-5 years. Each Little Scientist Day workshop lasts approximately 30 minutes and is supported by related activity tables on the Exhibition Floor.

These days are open to both the public and groups however if you are wishing to attend with a group then they recommend you book in advance on 01224 640 340.


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