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Our learning destinations

Every learning activity takes place at a learning destination, and there are lots to choose from!

Learning Activities & Destinations

At Children's University Scotland there’s a very long list of learning destinations. We're adding more all the time!

Each learning destination offers a unique, exciting, interactive learning activity. And each time you take part, you get a credit in your Passport to Learning.

Head to our Activity Search to find a destination near you!


Search all activities

Large learning centres

Museums, science centres, art galleries and historic venues

Small local venues

Libraries, sports centres, local parks, community centres

One-off events

Open days, festivals, summer camps, special events

Your regular venues

Weekly workshops, lunchtime clubs, after-school groups

Find a learning destination near you

There are three ways to search for public learning destinations.


  1. Search for public learning destinations on this website.
  2. Head to the e-Passport site and search for activities
  3. Download the e-Passport app to your phone (or a grown-up’s phone) and use the map to find learning destinations.

If you’re looking for an activity that takes place inside your school, you can only search for it on the e-Passport site.


Start your website search here


Suggest an activity

Is there an activity that you’d like to collect credits for, but that doesn’t appear in our activity search? We’d love to add it so you can collect credits for taking part. In order to set this up, please send the activity provider some information about Children’s University Scotland and ask them to sign up as a learning destination.

Download our Welcome Guide and pass it on to the person that runs your activity:

Welcome Pack

Download our Welcome Guide


Before we can add the activity to our list we we need to make sure that it takes place outside school lesson hours, is voluntary, free or low-cost, and provides a high-quality learning experience. Most importantly, it should be fun!

Want to know more?

Here’s some more information about learning activities and destinations.

How do I know if a venue is a learning destination?

There are ways you can tell:

1. They might have a Children’s University learning destination sticker or poster in their window, at their ticket desk or on their website to advertise their status as a learning destination. It looks like this:

2. Try searching for it on this website or on the e-Passport. If you can find it, it’s one of our learning destinations.

3. Simply ask the venue staff if they’re involved in Children’s University!

My activity isn’t on your list – can it be added so I can get a credit?

We try to include as many activities on the list as possible, but this is a big task - especially if you think about how many activities take place in one small part of Scotland!

If you take part in a fun educational activity outside school, but it doesn’t appear in our list, we’d love to add it so you can collect credits for taking part.

In order to set this up, please send the activity provider some information about Children’s University Scotland and ask them to sign up as a learning destination.

There are two ways to do this:

  1. you can download our Welcome Guide and pass it on to them, or
  2. you can send them this link - - where they can find all the info they need and sign up online.


Is the number of credits always the same as the activity duration?

Usually, the credits for an activity are the same as the number of hours the activity lasts for. So, an activity that lasts two hours might be worth two credits, and one that lasts 30 minutes might be worth half a credit.

But for some activities, the number of credits might be less than the number of hours you spend on the activity. For example, an activity that lasts one hour and 20 minutes might only be worth half a credit.

There are two reasons for this:

  • Firstly, we want to focus each credit on the learning that takes place at the learning destination, rather than the whole amount of time you spend at the venue. For example, someone might spend six hours at a gymnastics competition day, but they might only be taking part in the competition themselves for an hour or so - that's the bit we want to give credit for because it involves active learning.
  • Secondly, we want to encourage you to take part in as many activities as possible in order to gain your Children's University award, rather than gaining lots and lots of credits for doing one type of activity.

How many activities should be used to gain an award?

There’s no limit to the number of activities you can do. They can all be different if you want.

If you do something regularly — like going to a swimming club — and you get really good at it, then that’s brilliant. Keep it up!

But to achieve a Children’s University award, you need to do more than one activity. That’s because we want to encourage you to try out new and unfamiliar experiences — we think that’s the best way to learn. Trying things you’re not used to will help you achieve your ambitions as you grow up.

But your favourite activity (let’s say it’s the swimming club) can still count towards your award. It just can’t count for more than one third of your award credits.

So, if you’re aiming for an award that needs 30 credits, your activities could be:

  • 10 hours of swimming club — practice, competitions, coaching
  • 4 hours of Brownies — badge work is the main focus of learning
  • 10 hours of school clubs — like the chess club or cookery club
  • 6 hours of music — tuition, practice, performance

What is the criteria to become a Children’s University learning destination?

All prospective learning destinations are approved by a trained Children’s University validator. The validator will ensure that the learning destination:

  • Offers activities to children aged between 5-14 on a voluntary basis, outside school hours
  • Hosts activities with clear learning outcomes, allowing for different styles of learning
  • Offers exciting, inspirational, enjoyable learning activities that allow children to interact and collaborate
  • Provides a safe, secure environment for learning with properly trained staff
  • Is low cost or free, so there is no barrier for children to take part.

Find out more about learning destinations here.

Can my parent or carer help to validate new activities for Children’s University?

Only trained Children's University validators can complete the full process of validation for a new learning destination or activity. This is because we need to make sure we have a consistent approach, and that all our national requirements are met.

However, parents are very welcome to help with the first step of introducing new organisations and venues to Children's University, so that they could sign up to be a learning destination.

Your parent or guardian can get in touch with your local centre manager to register their interest in helping out in this way.