The National Galleries of Scotland have launched a month-long summer holiday activities programme at a new pop-up play area in the beautiful, leafy grounds of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art on Belford Road, Edinburgh. We were kindly invited along for a spot of lunch and to check it out, which we did over the weekend and it was fantastic. I love a bit of messy play (especially outdoors).
A lot of you will know I simply love a good cafe. Cafe Modern One is always buzzing because it serves some delicious food – Heritage Portfolio do the catering so I would expect nothing less. The salads and cakes are amazing, as is the coffee. We ate inside over Easter, however really enjoyed sitting in the charming gardens this time which are at the back of the gallery. Plus it gave the kids the chance to run around. A peaceful coffee in the sunshine, yes please. That morning I had received copies of my book (published next month) to do a final proof. I am feeling extra pressure as it has made several top 10 charts on amazon already based on pre orders. Very exciting!
Running daily from 2.00 until 4.00 pm, the family sessions encourage creative play out the front of the gallery.
Come rain or shine, the Gallery will also be hosting daily indoor activities at the same time, with different family-led events running each day, all focussed on colourful, hands-on making.
Oh and they have an ice cream van too but warning it is cash only. Two kids sharing is a recipe for a lot of shouting. On a plus the flavour they picked looked great next to my stunning nails (I feel a giveaway coming on).
The art activities are open to children of all ages – and parents and grandparents too. Outwith the art classes, the fab pop-up play area, which includes colourful climbing frames, play pods, a balance beam and a slide, is open daily from 10am-5pm. Lots of benches for parents to relax/nap on too.
The play area and daily events are supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
A big thumbs up from us x