This October half-term, Edinburgh’s five-star attraction Dynamic Earth is inviting visitors to embark on the adventure of a lifetime through Earth’s fascinating and varying environments, both at home and further afield.

From October 14-22, Dynamic Earth is offering families the chance to become Earth Explorers with lots of exciting hands-on activities that will leave them feeling inspired in our planet’s landscapes.

To kick off October half-term on October 14, visitors can explore amazing rocks and landscapes close to home with the official launch day of the HLF-funded “51 Best Places to see Scotland’s Geology” project. This free event is run in partnership with the Scottish Geodiversity Forum and other partners from across Scotland including the Geoparks, Scottish Natural Heritage and Historic Environment Scotland. Visitors will have lots of opportunities to get hands on with activities and feel inspired by the stunning geology of Scotland.

On Earth Explorered Days (October 15-18) visitors can get even closer to some of the amazing environments of Earth by taking part in additional hands-on drop in activities which extend their journey through time and space in the Dynamic Earth exhibition. With the help of an augmented reality sand-box and drone simulator to name a few, families can think like environmental scientists to get closer to our planet and it processes like never before. Other activities include making your own tornado, uncovering a dinosaur and getting hands on with a tropical bug and polar wildlife samples.

The fun continues from October 19 -22 with special guests from the Scottish Mineral and Lapidary Club, who will give visitors the chance to become Rock Detectives and get hands on with an amazing collection of Scottish fossils and geodes.
Throughout the October half-term break, visitors will also get the opportunity to experience a temporary photography exhibition documenting the lives of environmental scientists living and working on board a research vessel as part of a scientific project exploring the impacts of climate change. The ‘Britice-Chrono’ project is helping us improve our forecasting on how ice sheets are changing in a warming world, and how this is contributing to rising sea levels.

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