Regular Free Activities

Art Maker (Ages 4-12)

Join the Art Maker Club and make your own masterpieces with artists Tessa Asquith-Lamb and Louise Fraser. An activity sheet tells you about a particular exhibit in the gallery, giving step-by-step instructions on how to make your own related work of art. Once complete, you can take your masterpiece home!

Art Maker is at Scottish National Gallery on the first Sunday of each month, 2-4pm. Supported by the Friends of the National Galleries of Scotland.

Portrait Detectives (Ages 4-12)

Become a Portrait Detective for the afternoon! Join Detectives Raeburn and Rothko as they attempt to keep order amongst the rogues and vagabonds in our portraits! Simply collect a detective kit, don your deerstalker and follow clues to solve a mystery from history.

Portrait Detectives is at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery every second Sunday of the month, 2-4pm. Supported by the Friends of the National Galleries of Scotland.

Bags of Art (Ages 4-12)

Cool and creative fun with artists Tessa Asquith-Lamb and Louise Fraser. Collect a bag of activities from the art station to help your family explore the collection and create your own artworks.

Bags of Art is at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - Modern One on the third Sunday of each month, 2-4pm. Supported by the Friends of the National Galleries of Scotland.

BYOB

Join us on the first Monday of the month for a fun, relaxed morning planned especially with parents and carers of young children in mind. Enjoy special offers and family-friendly facilities in the café and sign up for one of our short buggy/baby-friendly art tours for adults. Gurgling, laughing, crying or screaming welcome as well as lots of informal chat. Free, drop in. 

Wee Treasures

Join us for storytelling for early years children and their families inspired by a different portrait each month, and delve into our magic treasure chest to find out what the story will be. With fun rhymes and songs, puppet characters and lots of opportunities to join in, this is sure to become a firm favourite with little ones!

Places limited, sign up on the day.

No booking required: free, unticketed. Wee Treasures happens on the second Saturday of the month at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. 

Family Trails

Our trails are just as much fun for adults as for children and a great souvenir of your visit to take away.

Faces, Features and Creatures - includes handling bag

At the Scottish National Portrait Gallery pick up this exciting trail created by children's illustrator Sara Ogilvie at the main information desk. Have fun and get creative with things to spot and things to draw; delve into the handling bag and find mysterious objects to help you find out more about our portraits. A small deposit is required to borrow the handling bag.