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Edinburgh International Children's Festival: Family Encounters Day

25 May 2024
10:00 - 16:30

Grand Gallery, Level 1

Free, drop-in

Some activities may require sign-up on the day

Explore the festival programme
Young children are sat cross-legged on the floor with their parents, looking up at something beyond the camera in awe.

Children sit and look at a performance during Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

© Ruth Armstrong Photography

Children sit and look at a performance during Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

© Ruth Armstrong Photography

Join us as we kick off the 2024 Edinburgh International Children’s Festival with a day of free pop-up performances and activities for the whole family. 

At our Festival Family Encounters Day, enjoy exciting new performances and interactive experiences from local artists, pop-up theatre and dance shows, walk-about character actors and plenty of hands-on family activities.

Discover the full programme of activity for the day.

The 2024 Edinburgh International Children’s Festival runs 25 May–2 June in venues across Edinburgh. The Festival aims to push the boundaries of what is expected of children’s theatre and dance, exploring timely themes in joyful, exciting and accessible ways. 


Edinburgh International Children's Festival logo.

Five visitors look at shelves of agates in our Natural World galleries.

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National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street

Visiting information can be found on our Plan Your Visit pages.

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We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit. 

  • There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge.  
  • Lifts are available to all floors and accessible toilets are available on Levels 0 and 3, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0. 
  • Wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge. Please note wheelchairs cannot be booked in advance. On arrival, ask about availability at the Information Desk. Small mobility scooters are permitted inside the museum.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted. 

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