It’s now half term in Edinburgh. As always there is a need to find something to do with children, that doesn’t cost too much money. A friend and I decided to take our daughters to The Scottish National Portrait Gallery and try out their Face Features and Creatures Trail designed by award winning artist and illustrator Sara Ogilvie.
Location: Central Edinburgh so easily accessible by public transport.
Cost: There is no cost, although you do need to leave a £10 deposit for the trail bag. The bag includes colouring pencils, costumes to dress up in at certain portraits and objects.
The objective: The trail takes you round the different floor of the galleries, stopping at eight different places to find specific things, then followed by a drawing task.
Time: It took both girls two hours to complete. Importantly though, it didn’t feel like two hours.
Is it fun for the parents: Well, I have to admit while the girls dashed from gallery to gallery us Mummies trailed behind them having a chat. If you get some catch-up time will largely depend on where your child is on the independence spectrum. Our two girls were eight.
Child’s perspective: When I asked my daughter what she thought she said “Good. Really fun to dress up. That was the best part. Now I want to watch more TV. I cant believe you’re writing that Mum!”
Downsides: Fortunately one of the pictures on the trail, of Queen Charlotte, had been moved so we were no longer able to find it in the gallery.
Staff: I’ve found with the staff of the various National Galleries in Edinburgh are always very kind to children.
Overall: There are a series of different events for children, free, fun and time consuming. We’ll definitely be going back