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Things To Do & Days Out in Lothian
Edinburgh Zoo - is the largest and most exciting wildlife attraction in Scotland offering the opportunity to see over 1000 wonderful animals, including their new, first ever banteng calf! Great idea for fun things to do with kids in Edinburgh
Scottish Seabird Centre This award winning Centre has something for all ages. including soft play zone and wildlife cinema! The world leader in remote wildlife viewing, featuring interactive cameras beaming incredible live close ups of nearby marine wildlife onto giant screens.
Five Sisters Zoo Park boasts a wide variety of mammals, birds and reptiles from all over the world. New Exhibits include the adventure playground, monkey area, walk through aviary plus lemur enclosure.
East Links Family Park Features a train safari where you can feed the farm animals, pony rides and small animal handling zone. For play there are go karts, toboggan run and giant maze plus soft play and trampolining indoors!
Scottish Owl Centre One of the largest collections of owls in the world ranging from Rainforest varieties to Snowbirds! Plus loads of great kid friendly exhibits, fascinating daily flying shows and a special section full of adorable dwarf owls called Wee Owl World! other highlights include the Adventure playground, play nest and...
Gorgie City Farm with its animals and gardens, has always been considered as a place to visit, relax and see what's new, and of course it's free so even a short visit is good value! Spot chickens, woolly sheep, oinking pigs, adventurous goats and long tongued cows, especially if you buy some feed!
Dynamic Earth Thundering tropical storms, icy winds from the North Pole and moving tectonic plates bring the extremes of Planet Earth to life at Edinburgh's 5 star visitor attraction for families.
Prestongrange Museum A museum site of major importance in the story of Scotland's Industrial Revolution, you can still see the remnants of glass works, potteries, coal mine and brick works, as well as the Hoffman Kiln and the unique Cornish Beam Engine. Games, toys and trails keep children occupied inside and out.
Museum of Childhood Young people can learn about the children of the past and see a fantastic range of toys and games, while adults enjoy a trip down memory lane!
Museum on the Mound Want to see a million pounds or Scotland's oldest banknote? Explore the changing face of Edinburgh or crack open a safe? You can do this and more at the Museum on the Mound. Free to visit!
National Museum of Scotland Has loads of stuff that kids will love, like the life size T Rex, costumed deep sea diving game, Viking Tour and mock archaeological dig site, and more! As educational as you want to make it: lots to learn but lots to just goggle at too!
National War Museum Explore over 400 years of Scottish military history within the historic setting of Edinburgh castle. A number of excellent displays that are full of numerous artefacts, will help you discover how war has left its mark on Scotland.
The People's Story Museum Explore the lives of ordinary people in Edinburgh from the late 18th century to present day, in an historic building built in 1591. Plenty to see and do, open all year, and free to visit!
The Museum of Edinburgh A delightful maze of historic rooms crammed full of iconic objects from the Capital’s past. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Edinburgh with kids.
National Museum of Flight Something for the whole family! Have you tried to fly our airship, seen a Spitfire, got on board Concorde or completed our assault course? The museum also includes hands-on games, cafe and shop. East LothianâÂÂÂÂÂÂs five star attraction with indoor and outdoor...
St Cecilias Hall Museum of Instruments The oldest concert hall in Scotland and a museum of musical instruments. Re Opening Late 2016.
National Mining Museum Scotland Guided tours and interesting historical mining information, plus the new Mini Miners' softplay area for kids up to 8, to help soften all the education!
Dunbar Leisure Pool The pool has a beached area with water characters for younger children to play with, a wave machine, water jets and flume. Quiet sessions too for serious swimmers.
Royal Commonwealth Pool and Clambers Decent main, lane and teaching pool swimming facilities with an additional diving pool for the kids to show off in! Plus Clambers adventure play and party centre is on the same site and they do a mutual discount. Handy!
Newbattle Swimming Pool Pool offering a diverse range of water based activities, with facilities that include 25m swimming pool, 8m training pool, and high and spring diving boards. Disability accessible. A number of party options available.
Wester Hailes Education Centre Centre with 25m leisure pool, diving pool with 2 boards, plus toddler pool. Also has fitness suite, plus lots of activities for kids, including karate, gymnastics, basketball, badminton and more! Junior Holiday Sports Camp during school holidays.
Teviotdale Leisure Centre Lagoon style swimming pool with a soft play centre and cafe to ensure a busy family day out.
Xcite Whitburn Leisure centre with a deck level pool, 3 tier soft play area, plus a teaching pool for babies and young children..
Xcite Linlithgow Leisure Centre 20m Pool, Teaching Pool with toddler slides and splash area and Space Bugs Soft Play Adventure zone with 2 level play frame.
Xcite Livingston Leisure centre with a large leisure pool with flumes, a separate teaching pool, and soft play area with 2 level play frame.
Clown Around Indoor Play Centre Loads of physical play fun with a multi level adventure play structure, trampolines for all age ranges, a particularly good toddler zone and a mesmerising sensory room to calm everyone down!
Time Twisters offers a completely unique soft play experience for both children and parents; with its state of the art play facilities and unique Ancient Egyptian themed environment.
Playbugs Play Centre A triple level adventure wonderland with loads of fun features with highlights including super fast slides, trampolines and sports area, plus the toddler zone has it's own play frame with slide and other fun like the ball juggler! So whatever age you're packing this is the place for you, and they do...
Scrambles play frame for children 2 to 5 years old and a play frame for children up to 9 years old. Recent additions include a bigger chute, and an interactive Flasma floor with HD moving images.
Overboard Softplay Huge ocean themed play centre with a massive play frame and plenty of features to entertain the kids, plus we have a Go kart track, astro turf football area, and a caf;© with extensive seating. We also do childrenâs parties.
Gambado We offer children the chance to play, learn, explore and party in some of the most exciting indoor play venues in the world. Try our 31 seat carousel. Bring the children to Gambado and let them play in a fun and above all safe environment whilst learning some of the most valuable development skills
Amazone at the Kabin A 3 tier jungle themed adventure soft play facility with all the classic fun features to entertain and exhaust, plus a comfy cafe for parents.
The Hive Soft Play Indoor play centre with a spectacular play frame, desgined for children aged 0 to 12 years. Also a fantastic party venue offering a variety of party options to celebrate your child’s birthday. We have a cafe too.
The Leadburn Inn Bar, Restaurant and Soft Play Centre just outside Penicuik with Soft Play Area housing a three level soft play frame plus separate toddler area.
Jamboree Adventure Soft Play Multi-level soft play centre in Musselburgh Sports Centre where you will also find a 25m swimming pool.
The Fun Factory - Newhaven Quay attached to a friendly pub, this is a multi-level play space with adventure equipment, ball ponds and a toddler zone, that can also be booked out for children's parties!
Orcadia Trampoline Centre 5 full sized trampolines embedded into the floor and soft play bricks at one end for younger ones make this a soft play centre with a difference.
Pitstop offers a multi-level soft-play facility for children under the age of eight as part of a One-Stop Shop of services plus a Gym and Sauna.
Tumbles at Portobello Multi-level play frame with distinct zones for babies (under 12 months), Toddlers (under 3 years) and Juniors (4-10 years).
Maddie and Marks Play Town Soft play within Ocean Terminal shopping and leisure complex with separate zones for toddlers up to tweenies.
Spacebugs at Craigwoods 2 level play frame within this leisure centre where you can also play sports or workout.
Jabberwocky Soft Play and Cafe is a soft play and café inspired by the classic poem. Featuring a dragon-themed soft play!
Wonder World Soft Play Edinburgh is a soft play themed around the wonders of the world, designed to stimulate children's imagination and encourage physical development.
The Real Mary Kings Close 1600s period tour with costumed guide and characters throughout the recreated environment. It is atmospheric and some stories are a bit blood curdling, so choose your kids' suitability for this wisely.
Edinburgh Castle No visit to Edinburgh is complete without a visit to the Castle, with spectacular views and an amazing history. See the Stone of Destiny, and the crown jewels, explore the battlements and stone vaults, and loads more!
The Royal Yacht Britannia Explore 5 decks of this famous ship with your complimentary audio guide and learn all about the fabulous luxury that carried the Royal Family a million miles over 40 years! It's so big there was even a Rolls-Royce for driving on board!
Edinburgh Dungeons The ultimate thrill-filled journey through Scotland’s murky past! 11 live shows, and 80 minutes of laughter, screaming, theatre, history and special effects. Great idea for fun things to do in Edinburgh but with older kids only.
Palace of Holyroodhouse The Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen, stands against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat. This fine baroque palace is closely associated with Scotland's rich history especially the reign of Mary Queen of Scots.
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions A chance to see Edinburgh as you never have before, from the rooftop and through a giant periscope! Loads of cool hands on exhibits, optical illusions, hidden images, holograms, and more! You won’t believe your eyes!
Hopetoun House House open daily to visitors from Easter until the last weekend in September and 150 acres of gardens with regular events and activities for families.
Linlithgow Palace The ruins of Linlithgow Palace are set in a park beside a loch with walks you can download and a nearby play park and canal to explore too.
Midlothian Snowsports Centre Skiing, snowboarding and race training for the serious types with all sorts of lessons available, plus Junior and Premium Tubing for kids over 4 and kids who never grew up. We mean you! Great idea for fun things to do in Edinburgh with kids.
Murrayfield Ice Rink A great ice skating rink, offering a variety of sessions suitable for different ages and ability levels. Family Skating, and Disco Sessions available twice per week. Plenty of skates in different sizes to hire.
Alien Rock Indoor climbing! Discover the thrill and excitement of climbing walls 10 meters high! Try walls from easy slabs to steep overhangs. Kids clubs at weekends, taster sessions, parties and groups. Parent and child courses. Suitable for 8's and over. Please book in advance for all instruction.
Edinburgh International Climbing Arena Largest indoor climbing arena in Europe offering climbing and bouldering for ages 4 and up. Aerial assault course and abseiling also available. Scrambles Soft Play and Rock Tots Play Mega Room for your little monkeys. They do parties too!
Go Ape Peebles The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
McLaren Leisure Centre Activity Centre with 20m swimming pool, climbing wall and a soft play area for children under 7.
Ryze Edinburgh Stylish and family friendly, their vast field of trampolines beckons for your bouncing delight! Plus play epic dodgeball, super slam dunk or even try slack lining! Sessions from 2 years upwards.
Tenpin Edinburgh is a bowling centre located in Dundee Street. We have 18 modern fully computerised lanes, American and English Pool tables, Amusement Arcades all catered towards families and kids. There is also the Beach Road Cafe Bar for some delicious meal and snack options.
World Of Bowling offers 12 AMF professional ten pin bowling lanes, sports bar and cafe plus snooker and pool tables. Even the odds for the smalls with gutter guards and balls ramps!
Xtreme Karting Edinburgh Indoor Karting Centre offering a range of different karting formats for both Junior Drivers (Ages 8-16) and Senior Drivers (Ages 14+).
The Cadies and Witchery Tours join professional costumed guides for a suspenseful and amusing tour of Edinburgh's Old Town suitable for brave kids and their families. Choose from Ghosts And Gore or Murder And Mystery versions!
Sandemans Edinburgh Free Tour If you're visiting on a budget and have a few hours to spare a free fun tour is just what the banker ordered! Perhaps for the less boisterous child, or one who's already been run ragged! One of many family places to visit if you're looking for fun things to do in Edinburgh with kids.
The Edinburgh Treasure Trail Explore Edinburgh on a treasure hunt with this self guided themed Treasure Trail. Follow the directions and solve the clues to reveal the location of the lost treasure!
Edinburgh Bus Tours Edinburgh city sightseeing from an open top bus including a Forth Bridges Bus and Boat tour, and tour that includes looking around the Royal Britannia Yacht.
Boness and Kinneil Railway Only 40 minutes from Glasgow and Edinburgh, it's full steam ahead for great family fun as you soak up the atmosphere of this heritage railway, travel by steam train and explore Scotland's largest railway museum.
Maid of the Forth is a Sightseeing Boat Trip under Forth Bridges and to Inchcolm Island. Depart daily from Hawes Pier South Queensferry, Edinburgh. 90min Cruise with option to land on Inchcolm Island to make the trip 3 hours.
Dalkeith Country Park is an open space with rivers and woodlands to explore. Cyclists, dog walkers and adventurers are all welcome. Please note the Adventure Playground is closed for redevelopment until 2015.
Almond Valley Heritage Trust Kids can let off steam and engage their imagination in a range of unique play facilities including a simulated archaeological dig, a play mine, toy tractors, pedal carts and trampolines. Nestled in a pleasant riverside site with woods and green spaces that extend for almost a mile, there's so to do and...
Polkemmet Country Park A quick stop at the informative Visitor Centre with helpful Ranger service will help you map your day: features include the cool adventure playground, family BBQ and picnic spot, nature displays, led outdoor activities and summer events plus woodland and riverside walks. Will you see the elusive white...
Beecraigs Country Park Country Park with colour coded trails lead you through to attractions such as the adventure playground and deer farm. You can cycle along forest paths or ride on horses. Free to visit and open all year.
John Muir Country Park A great country park on a lovely stretch of coastline, with children’s adventure play area, BBQ spots and events all year round! Plenty of wildlife to enjoy and free to visit!
Vogrie Country Park is a beautiful Victorian parkland estate which is a haven of tranquillity in the heart of Midlothian's countryside. Facilities include an adventure play area, barbecue sites, 9-hole golf course, over 4 miles of woodland walks, water features, a miniature railway and the Cedar Tree Cafe.
Almondell and Calderwood Country Park Woodland and riverside walks, picnic areas and seating and barbecue facilities (pre booking required to BBQ). The Park's Visitor Centre also has an aquarium, audio/visual and classroom facilities.
Pease Burn For a traditional local woodland ramble you literally can't beat this as it's one of the few areas where native woodland can still be found in this area. Great for spotting butterflies.
Muiravonside Country Park 170 acres of woodland and parkland with an open farm, play parks, river walks and ruins to explore.
Meadows and Bruntfield Links Park in the centre of Edinburgh with loads to do for children of all ages - everything from a flying fox, sand play, swings, slides, climbing frames and suitable for toddlers to teens.
Yellowcraig Isolated mix of woodland, dune grassland and coast plus a great play park to boot!
Pennine Way National Trail A 268 mile (429km) walking route between Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders and Edale in Derbyshire. See the highest waterfall in England, explore deep potholes and see cheese being made. Loads of wildlife to spot and enjoy.
RBGE and John Hope Gateway boasts 70 acres of beautifully themed and landscaped gardens and glass houses, plus public access microscopes and loads of useful facilities in the centre. Cool!
Gosford Sands A fairly isolated sand and shingle beach, good for bird watching as it is a haven for waders, kite flying and coastal walking.
Belhaven Bay Sandy beach with good swimming and surfing, and excellent cliff views with nesting birds. Also popular with kite fliers. Limited immediate amenities.
Lunan Bay Fabulous for bird watching, walking, surfing and horse riding, this sandy beach is overlooked by dramatic castle ruins. Swim only with caution: strong currents.
Potter Around Pottery painting and craft studio. Try your hand at ceramic painting and have loads of fun. Arts and crafts parties and courses held in our specially decorated children's room too!
Fingers and Thumbs Crafts Centre We have a large selection of crafts for all the family. You can just drop in anytime and enjoy ceramic painting or decopage. We have a wide range of items to suit all ages! Celebrate your Birthday with us or join in one of our workshops, run during the holidays!
The Ceramic Experience Friendly paint-your-own pottery studio, with soft play and cafe too! So make a mess, make a fuss, make time for a treat, and make a bee line for the Ceramic Experience!
Splatz Activity Cafe is a cafe which serves fresh homemade food and great coffee come rain or shine. It has a 2 tier indoor play area for younger children and also provides ceramic pottery painting and ipad hire to keep older children and adults amused.
The Yard Creative and adventure play for children and young people with additional support needs! Loads of different acitivities, plus a number of clubs for different ages. A great way to have fun and make friends with support from the play team.
Houston Farm Riding School BHS approved all weather facility offering lessons from 3 and a half, plus jumping courses! Also a recognised Pony Club with associated events and expert level testing and qualification training available too.
The Scottish National Equestrian Centre BHS approved facility for serious and experienced riders with excellent resources including 6 furlong all-weather gallops and a British Eventing Cross Country course.
Whiteloch Farm Riding and Trekking BHS approved facility offering lessons plus beaches, railway line, old drove roads and farm tracks for hacking.
Edinburgh Combat Challenge Zero contact combat gaming for over 6s played in an outdoor arena with cammo gear and loads of natural obstacles and hiding places. Crunch through the leaves, slink through the trees, and shoot everyone you see! Zapzapzap!
Lasertag Games venue Edinburgh is an outdoor activity centre based around strategic game play. Our Lasertag facility for 8 year olds to adults runs 2 hour sessions 7 days a week. Play multiple exciting scenarios!
ReBoot Disc Golf Course is a family friendly 9-hole disc golf course. If you have thrown a Frisbee and played golf, you are ready for some disc golf. Disc golf is easy to learn, enjoyed from the onset, and fun for all ages and abilities.