The sights and sounds of the Arctic Circle and the world of mining will be introduced to children under five at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh this Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May as part of the attraction's programme of Magic Carpet events.

Supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery, the sensory storytelling sessions introduce young children to different topics inspired by objects in the Museum through 25 minutes of stories, songs and activities. Saturday's session is inspired by the polar bear and arctic fox in the Museum's Animal World gallery, while Sunday's session on mining includes objects from the Museum's industrial heritage handling collection including a miner's Davy lamp.

All of the Magic Carpet events take place on a giant, colourful patchwork carpet and are free of charge. Places are limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Stephen Allen, Head of Learning and Programmes, National Museums Scotland, said, "Our Magic Carpet sessions are a great way to stimulate young minds and provide a fascinating, fun way to engage and inspire them and their families. We're extremely grateful to players of People's Postcode Lottery for their generous support of these family events."

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, added, "We're absolutely delighted that players of People's Postcode Lottery have been able to ensure that so many young minds will be able to take part in such an enjoyable, educational and creative programme of events."

For further information on the National Museum of Scotland's family events programme, visit the National Museum of Scotland website.

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People's Postcode Lottery Trusts Officer Stephanie Kerr shows off the National Museum's polar bear to a young visitor