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Event National Museum of Rural Life

Spring Explorers

3 Apr - 6 Apr 2023

Learning Centre , Theatre and Farmhouse

Free with museum admission and Annual Pass

Our Spring Explorer school holiday activities are back, and this time they’re all to do with Scotland’s folklore and wildlife! 

Storytelling and Songs: The Three Donalds / Na Tri Domhnall

Dates and times: Mon 3–Thu 6 Apr, 11:00–11:30, 12:00–12:30, 13:30–14:00 

Location: Theatre 

Booking: Sign up on the day, limited places 

Settle in with storyteller Allison Galbraith to enjoy a classic Scottish children’s story with Gaelic songs to join in with.

The Three Donalds / Na Tri Domhnall by Linda Bandelier and David Campbell takes us on a journey to a Highland village where three identical babies have been born. How will the families tell them apart? The magical answer comes from colours and ribbons and is celebrated worldwide.

Colour photo of a fair skinned woman with long blonde hair. In the backgound there is a woodland.

Allison Galbraith. Photo: E. Livingstone.

Storytelling: Herbal Magic and Potent Potions  

Amanda Edmiston.

Dates and times: Mon 3–Thu 6 Apr, 10:30–11:00, 12:00–12:30, 13:30–14:00 

Location: Farmhouse (upstairs in the Education Room)

Booking: First come first served, limited places 

Join herbal storyteller Amanda Edmiston for some tales that reveal the real power of plants, then mix up your own magical potion – if you dare!

Will you risk a sip of the brew that cures a bump from a dancing tree? And which plant will you choose to use to escape from the ill-intentioned spirits known as ‘broonies’ in Scots?

Drop-in Crafts: Ladybirds, Bees and Butterflies

Dates and times: Mon 3 – Thu 6 Apr, 10:30 – 12:45 & 13:30 –15:30 

Location: Learning Centre 

Choose one of our fun crafts to make and learn all about the importance of Scotland’s pollinators. Make your own eggbox bee or ladybird, or create your own seed-paper butterfly to take home and plant to encourage lavender, poppies and blanket flowers to grow, then discover what these minibeasts are called in Scots and Gaelic.

Craft butterflies and bees.

Where’s Dolly?

Head shot of Dolly the sheep.

Dates and times: Sat 1 Apr–Sun 4 Jun 2023

Location: Around the museum galleries

Discover some facts about Scotland’s most famous sheep and see how many Dolly cut-outs you can find around the museum. Complete the challenge, then head to the museum’s ticket desk to collect your sheepy surprise.

Getting here

National Museum of Rural Life
East Kilbride
G76 9HR

Maps and directions


  • Adapted toilets are available, including baby changing and an adult changing bench.
  • There is an induction loop in the cinema
  • Paths leading to the farm buildings provide firm smooth surfaces for pushchairs and wheelchairs. However, the distance is approximately half a mile and in places, the path is relatively steep. Seating is provided at regular intervals. A tractor and trailer, the Farm Explorer, is provided for this purpose and is suitable for wheelchair users. This service is free of charge and runs regularly throughout the day.
  • The ground floor, but not the first floor, of the farmhouse is accessible by wheelchair.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.

For more information, click here. 

Visiting safely

Safety measures are in place to ensure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible. Current visiting information can be found on our Plan Your Visit page.

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