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Magic Carpet: Maths in Motion Special

27 Sep 2023
10:30 - 11:00 and 14:00 - 14:30

Meet in Grand Gallery, Level 1

Free with booking required

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Bring your little ones for a fun session on the Magic Carpet exploring maths in motion.

Discover shapes, numbers, time and more through songs, action rhymes, objects and sensory play. Suitable for children ages 2–4 and their adult helper.

Sessions last 30 mins which includes settle and chat time and free play. Places are limited to 10 children per session plus accompanying adult. Due to the interactive nature of Magic Carpet there is a maximum ratio of 2 children to 1 adult.

Free, booking required. Booking opens Monday 4 September.

Additional information

On the day

If you are visiting with a pram or buggy we advise you to use the Tower Entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge. Lifts are available to all floors and accessible toilets and changing spaces are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0. 

For those who wish to leave their buggies we have a brand new buggy park in the Kingdom of the Scots gallery, level 1.

On the Magic Carpet

We want to keep the Magic Carpet a comfortable and safe space for all so please remove your shoes before you sit down.

The session will last approximately 30 mins, including some free play, chat and relax time. There will be songs, rhymes and lots of interaction. If at any point you need to stand up, walk around, take some time out with your child please do so.

Adults are usually seated with their child on the Magic Carpet so they can play together but if you require additional seating for health or comfort reasons please let us know.

Feeding and changing

Please feel free to give your little one milk or water during the session. We kindly ask that no other snacks are consumed on the Magic Carpet. At the start of each session we will let you know where the nearest baby changing facility is and also public seating with backs should this be easier for feeding

Masks and illness

We continue to follow Scottish Government guidelines for COVID procedures.

Our staff may choose to wear a facemask while delivering Magic Carpet and we encourage you to do what makes you most comfortable. Please only attend sessions if you and your child are feeling well.


We are happy for you to take photos of you and your child on the Magic Carpet (and share with #magiccarpet) but please be respectful and not include other children.

We have a ‘no photography’ sign nearby to advise the general public.


Your continued feedback is very important to us. We appreciate you taking the time to complete any surveys we may send you after your sessions.

Please also take the opportunity to chat informally to our Learning & Engagement team directly after the session.

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    Magic Carpet Minis sessions © Ruth Armstrong Photography.

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    Magic Carpet Minis sessions © Ruth Armstrong Photography.

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    Magic Carpet Minis sessions © Ruth Armstrong Photography.

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