Festive Family Fun Day at The Arc, University of Glasgow

family fun day the arc

Saturday 17 December, 2022, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Drop-in, with some free but ticketed sessions – see programme for details

Advanced Research Centre , University of Glasgow 11 Chapel Lane Glasgow G11 6EW

The very first Festive Family Day at The Arc.

Drop-in any time between 11:00 and 15:00

Enjoy a whole host of FREE festive activities, including:

What’s On?

Festive Tales and Songs with storyteller Anna Lehr

11:30 – 14:30

Ages 3 – 10 (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Drop-in, with story sessions starting at 11:30, 12:30 and 13:30

Join wonderful storyteller Anna Lehr for some festive tales and songs! Listen to how Santa made his very first ever visit, help put together the perfect present and explore what it takes to cook up a festive feast!

Please note: Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Science of Santa workshops

12:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 14:30

Ages 9+

Limited availability, Booking essential

Join Kevin O’Dell, Professor of Behaviour Genetics at UofG, to discover why 2020 was Santa’s most difficult Christmas ever. Find out how Santa’s remarkable understanding of biology, and Mrs Santa’s incredible inventions, helped save the day and Christmases to come!

Mindful Eating During the Festive Season

14:00 – 14:45

Ages 16+

Limited availability, Booking essential

Join Simone, a registered sport and exercise nutritionist, for a chocolate-eating experience demonstrating how wonderful mindful eating can be, focusing on using our sensory experiences of sight, smell, touch and taste.

DIY Virus Snowflakes


All ages


Join researchers from the UofG Centre for Virus Research and make your own virus snowflakes. Through the beautiful symmetry of snowflakes, learn about a range of viruses and take home your own paper copies.


  • Virtual Reality Winter Wonderlands
  • Carols from the University of Glasgow Chapel Choir
  • Music making on the theremin
  • Christmas crafts
  • Superconducting levitating train
  • …and more!

Reserve a Spot and Information

Itison and Social Bite – £5 Christmas fundraiser meals and gifts for the homeless
Dirty Laundry, The Squints/Yellow Helen/Kloans at McChuills

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