Mini Mechanics

Become a mini mechanic and discover the power of the internal combustion engine in this fascinating workshop.

Mini Mechanics

About Mini Mechanics

Age 7+

Take a closer look at what makes an engine tick and use real tools to take one apart in this introduction to engineering. Discover what parts are needed to make a car move, while exploring our full-sized engine model. Stand back as we create a fire piston explosion and show how power is created through the magic of combustion.

Please note: This event is part of our family science playground at City Art Centre - a day pass is required for entry.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Mini Mechanics are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

Other Events at City Art Centre or Edinburgh International Science Festival

In Focus: Scottish Photography

In Focus: Scottish Photography

7th July 2018 - 12th May 2019
This exhibition showcases the City Art Centre’s photographic collections, charting the development of fine art photography in Scotland from the 19th century to present day.
Edwin G. Lucas: An Individual Eye

Edwin G. Lucas: An Individual Eye

4th August 2018 - 10th February 2019
This is the first major exhibition to focus on this unusual and enigmatic artist and features over sixty artworks from public and private collections.
The Edinburgh Sketcher In The Gallery

The Edinburgh Sketcher In The Gallery

19th October 2018
Come along to the City Art Centre on 19th October and learn to sketch with the famous Edinburgh Sketcher!
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

19th October 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Photography into Art

Photography into Art

20th October 2018
To complement our In Focus: Scottish Photography exhibition, join Erik Petrie for a talk outlining his journey as an artist and how photography influences him.
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

20th October 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Black Minstrelsy in Scotland

Black Minstrelsy in Scotland

24th October 2018
Dr Eric Graham will discuss the Black faced minstrel shows from America at a critical time in the battle for “hearts & minds” on the issue of slavery in the southern states of America.
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

26th October 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
The Morton Photographic Project: Exploring the Photographic Collections of the National Trust for Scotland

The Morton Photographic Project: Exploring the Photographic Collections of the National Trust for Scotland

27th October 2018
Ben Reiss, the Morton Photographic Curator, will share photographic discoveries made at properties as diverse as Canna House, Brodie Castle and Culzean Castle.
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

27th October 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

2nd November 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

3rd November 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
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Stereoscopic 3D Images - Creative Workshop

8th November 2018
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Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

9th November 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

10th November 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

16th November 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

17th November 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

23rd November 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
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Robert Blomfield: Edinburgh Street Photography | An Unseen Archive

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Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

24th November 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
The Early Life and Times of Robert Blomfield: The Making of a Street Photographer

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30th November 2018
This talk by Robert Blomfield's brother Johnny will give an insight into the man behind the evocative images of Scotland’s urban landscape during the 1950s and 60s.
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

30th November 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
An Audience with Dark Edinburgh

An Audience with Dark Edinburgh

1st December 2018
Join Scott Liddell, the man behind ‘Dark Edinburgh’ to hear about his work documenting hidden and changing aspects of the City in atmospheric light.
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

1st December 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Edinburgh: A City of Contradictions

Edinburgh: A City of Contradictions

2nd December 2018
Lynn and Paul Henni (henni.photo) will give an illustrated talk about their work on the more unique and less conventional views of Edinburgh.
Edwin G. Lucas: An Individual Eye - Lecture by Dr Helen Scott

Edwin G. Lucas: An Individual Eye - Lecture by Dr Helen Scott

7th December 2018
In this illustrated lecture Dr Helen Scott, Curator of Fine Art, traces the career of Edwin G. Lucas and reveals the stories behind his intriguing artworks.
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Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

7th December 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

8th December 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

14th December 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

15th December 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

21st December 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

22nd December 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

28th December 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

Gallery Tours at City Art Centre

29th December 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.

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