Activity week for kids to remember WW1

Youngsters will be able to take part in hands-on science activities exploring buoyancy, density and ship design.
Youngsters will be able to take part in hands-on science activities exploring buoyancy, density and ship design.
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There’s a series of exciting events at Kirkcaldy Galleries during these school holidays with enough activities to keep everyone entertained.

Kids can get creative and hands on in workshops at the venue next week with a World War One theme.

On Tuesday, October 21 children will learn how the poppy became one of the most recognised symbols of the sacrifice of war and will be able to make their own poppy paper chains.

The conflict, with its submarines, tanks and dreadnoughts, which were all products of then cutting edge technology, also changed how wars were fought.

A session teaching youngsters about the advances in naval technology in the early 20th century on Thursday, October 23 will see various hands-on science activities and a boat building challenge on offer, exploring buoyancy, density and ship design.

Both workshops take place between 10.30 a.m. and noon and are free, although spaces must be booked in advance.

All children under the age of eight must be accompanied by an adult.

But it’s not just the younger members of the family who will be entertained - there’s something for all ages at the Galleries.

Exhibitions currently on display at the galleries in the War Memorial Gardens include a photography exhibition featuring the work of local photographers.

The Kirkcaldy Photographic Society exhibition opened on Saturday and runs until November 23.

It showcases members’ talents, with a wide variety of photographs of landscapes, people, places, sporting events and more.

However if that’s not for you, then perhaps you’ll be more at home with The Real Bothy.

It’s a replica of a basic Highland shelter that also opened last weekend.

Devised by three talented artists, Claire Lamond, Andrew Lennie and Alan Grieve, it toured four Fife communities in the summer of 2013 when local people were encouraged to drop in to share their memories and experiences.

As well as reading the stories written inside the bothy itself, visitors can also enjoy a number of other treats, including a short film and framed works inspired by people’s memories.

All of the workshops and exhibitions are free of 
charge.

To book places for youngsters on the Poppy Paper Chains or Shipwright Science workshops places must be pre-booked by calling (01592) 583206.