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Venture up a nose, discover who killed Kenny then scoot off into deepest darkest space. Yes, it’s Science Festival time again and a city brimming with fun and stimulating shows, exhibits and workshops awaits. Listed below are highlights of the Family Programme until Tue 16 Apr. Events in the Popular Science Programme are listed in Edinburgh Life. To book tickets or find out more information call 0131 473 2070.
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN EDINBURGH lmerleith Row. 552 7l7l. l'ntil Sun 14 Apr. l()am 5pm. Free £3 for shows. Science fun with interactiyc c\hibitions. science show s and workshops. Highlights include: Treasure Seekers 1; 1. Ages oy er 4. ('an you sol\c the clues to follow a trail of disco\ cry through a tropical forest and an arid descrt'.’
Plant Doctor Thu 1 l Apr. l()am noon ck 2 5pm. Free. lixamine plant diseases under the microscope and bring along sick plants for an expert diagnosis. Rainforest Roadshow t'ntil Thu 1 1 Apr. 10.30am. noon. 2pm (\1 3.30pm. £3 (£2.50). See photo caption.
Masters Of The Skies 'l‘hu l 1 Apr.
2 4pm. Free. (‘ome face to lace \\ ith birds of prey with a spectacular display by the lidinburgh Bird of Prey Centre.
Plastic Or Elastic? tn )2 Sun 14 Apr. 10am 5pm. l‘ree. See photo caption. Madflap Flight And Weather Show Fri 12 Sun l4Apr. l().30am. noon. 2pm & 3.30pm. £3 (£2.50). Laurie Barbour hosts an interactive show depicting how we are influenced by the forces of weather.
PLASTIC OR ELASTIC? Royal Botanic Garden. lnverioith Row. thnhurgh. 0131 5:32 7171. Fri ('2~Sun 1/1 Apr. 10am—5pm. Free. We take glass for granted, but turning sand into smooth glass could he considered magic. Ed lgolhart works his own magic to transform glass into huhhlos. goblets and mushrooms.
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LEGO ROBOTIC ADVENTURE Assembly Rooms. 54 George Street.
Edinburgh. 0131 473 2070. Until Sat 13 Apr, 10am, 11am. noon. 1pm. 2pm. 3pm 8. 4pm. £2. Indiana Jones is on the lookout for cadets to help him in his quest to retrieve the missing magic power rocks. Dare you join his robotic helpers and venture into the desert to tackle the mighty dragons? This new adventure game from Legoland will put budding adventurers to the test.
Light Fantastic Fri l2~-Sun l4 Apr.
| lam. 1.30pm (‘2 3pm. £2 (£l.50). Freddy i-‘iretly's light has gone out and it’s tip to junior-assistant-third-class to help find a way to switch it back on.
WHIZZ BANG, BIG BANG @ DYNAMIC EARTH llol)'rood Road. 550 7800. l'ntil Sun )4 Apr. l()am- (1pm. £7.95 (£4.50). A mass of explosive experiments. chemical chaos and terrific tricks for ages 6- 12. Highlights include: Out Of This World Make badges or keyrings inspired by the planets of the solar system.
Dancing With Dinosaurs 11‘ you imagine dinosaurs as being slow. cumbersome creatures. then this workshop will put a stop to that when you make a disc puppet that can really boogie. Exploding Custard l-‘ri l2--Sun 14 Apr. 11.45am (Q 2.45pm. £3 (£2). See over 30 stunning experiments which you can try out later on your kitchen table at home.
The Big G l-‘ri 12 Sun 14 Apr. l.l5pm & 4.15pm. £3 (£2). The science magic performer will illustrate how to defy gravity. plus demonstrate lots of magic tricks.
The Adventures Of Dino 5pm. Free. Dino the Dinosaur and the mad professor round off an explosive day at the centre with their chaotic capers. TECHNOPOLIS @ ADAM HOUSE 3 Chambers Street. 473 2070. ['ntil Sun )4 Apr. l()am--I5pm. £2. Ages over 1 1. More amazing tricks. challenges and interactive exhibits capturing the teen market.
Robosports Marvel at the robust robots playing rugby like you've never seen it before.
Cyberghost Take a virtual reality tour of Edinburgh‘s haunted vaults to solve a supernatural mystery.
Get On Your Bike Have a go on the generator bike and discoverjust how much energy you cart make.
The Magic Of Chemistry 'l‘echnopolis' resident chemist will make things explode. fizz and freeze. Watch out for the scenes of vegetable torture. Whose Lie Is It Anyway? 1 l.45am & 4.30pm. Take a lie detector test and find out what makes a lie obvious before seeing if you can beat the tnachine and recognise when someone is lying.
Who Killed Kenny? Noon 8; 3pm. £2. Poor Kenny r he's been killed yet again and it's up to you to find his murderer. l'sing l).\'A fingerprinting. can you discover who is responsible for the heinous South Park murders'.’
Mini-bot Maze Challenge Noon 8.- 3pm. £2. Train a robot to litid its way out of a complex maze. Shotild the programming go wrong. it could be stuck there forever.
Design A Dinosaur .\'oon a 4pm. £1. A challenge to design and make a dinosaur with the best combination of jaws and claws.
Wacky Races Team Challenge 3.30pm. £4 per team of four. A team challenge to design and build an elastic- powered racing buggy in just one hour. SCIENCE @ ASSEMBLY Assembly Rooms. 54 (ieorge Street. 473 2070. lintil Sat 13 Apr. 9.30am--5pm. Ages 3—6 £2.50—£5.50 ages over (i. Iixplore the world of bubbles. get up close and personal with creepy crawlies orjourney tip a ttose in workshops. shows and activities for ages 3—-l l.
Aibo Puppies Spot. l)ot and Bob are three robot dogs making their debut at the Science Festival. Watch them stretch and chase a ball or tell them to perform tricks. Maestro McHanical Make an unusual mechanical conductor from pieces of wood. card and string.
From Yardsticks To Laser Beams Measure your own height and find out about light. temperature. acoustics and time keeping.
Deep Sea Wonders An interactive touch pool with rock pool animals such as starfish and crabs from Deep Sea World.
MadLab £3 in addition to admission. Make and take home a working electronic toy or learn to use your television as an oscilloscope.
Lego Robotic Adventure 10am.
1 lam. noon. 1pm. 2pm. 3pm & 4pm. £2. See hoto caption.
Up or Hooter l()am. 10.30am. 11am. 11.30am. noon. l2.3()pm. 1pm. 1.30pm. 2pm. 2.30pm. 3pm. 3.30pm. 4pm & 4.30pm. £2. Captain Bogey is embarking on a joumey and he wants you to join him. Climb inside a giant nostril. wade through a windpipe to the lungs before being sneezed out onto a hankie at this Science Festival institution.
Paint Set 10.15am. 11.30am. 1.15pm. 2.30pm & 4pm. £2. A practical and messy workshop combining art and science. Find out how paints are tnade. grind your own pigment and then paint an Aboriginal ﬂoor tnat.
The Secret Life Of Bubbles 10.30am. l 1.30am & 4.30pm. Marvel at the amazing world of bubbles by trying to burst the unburstable bubble. meet the sheep-bouncing bubble. and come face to face with art elusive child-eating monster. Fast Food l2.3()pm 8; l.3()pm. Herbert and Zach are on the lookout for kitchen assistants for the Greased Lightning cafe. Could you help them explode eggs. electrocute gherkins. or make instant ice scream?
So You Want To Be A City Farmer? L'ntil Sat 13 Apr. l()am. £4. (Jorgie City Farm. 51 (‘rorgie Road. 623 7031. (iroom a pony. plant crops. build a scarecrow or clear a duck pond with this opportunity to try your hand at farming. Delving Into Geology Sat 13 Apr. 10am—4pm. Free. Royal Museum. 2 Chambers Street. 247 4219. Ages over 5. A hands-on drop-in session with quizzes. fossil casting. model making and a rock clinic.
Marine Wildlife L'ntil Tue 16 Apr.
1 lam. noon. 2pm. 3pm & 4pm. £3.50—£4.95. Scottish Seabird Centre. The Harbour. North Berwick. 01620 890202. Explore rock pools to learn more about the world of marine wildlife.
RAINFOREST ROADSHOW Royal Botanic Garden, Inverleith Row. Edinburgh.
0131 473 2070. Until Thu 11 Apr. 10.30am. noon, 2pm 8. 3.30pm. 933 ($32.50). Leap into the tribal cultures of Smith America. Borneo and Malaysia with BBC
presenter Dave Shaw.