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Family Days Out in Lothian
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Edinburgh Zoo
Edinburgh
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!
Scottish Seabird Centre
North Berwick
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
West Calder
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
Dunbar
East Links Family Park a train safari where you can feed the farm animals, as well as pony rides and small animal handling. Big and little kids can play outside on the Go-Karts, toboggan run, milk can skittles and giant maze. as well as soft play and trampolining indoors.
Scottish Owl Centre
Bathgate
Scottish Owl Centre One of the largest collections of owls in the world and located within a lovely country park.
Gorgie City Farm
Edinburgh
Gorgie City Farm - with it's 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 & long tongued cows- especially if you buy some feed!
Craigie's Farm
Edinburgh
Craigie's Farm A great farm to visit, enjoy the treats of the farm shop, see the animals or discover just what goes on down the farm.
Our Dynamic Earth
Edinburgh
Our 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
Prestonpans
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
Edinburgh
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
Edinburgh
Museum on the Mound Want to see a million pounds? See Scotland's oldest banknote? Explore the changing face of Edinburgh? Build a model home? Crack open a safe? These are just some of the things you can see and do at the Museum on the Mound.
National Museum of Scotland
Edinburgh
National Museum of Scotland Another great museum. All our collections have tales to tell. See treasures from the edges of history and trace Scotland's story from fascinating fossils to popular culture. For generations we've collected key exhibits from all over Scotland and beyond.
National War Museum
Edinburgh
National War Museum Discover how war and military service have touched the lives of countless Scots. In the magnificent setting of Edinburgh Castle, explore over 400 years of the Scottish military experience. Uncover stories of courage and determination, victory and defeat, heroics and heartbreak and find out how war has left...
The People's Story Museum
Edinburgh
The People's Story Museum The People’s Story explores the lives of Edinburgh’s ordinary people at work and play from the late 18th century to today. Visitors can see displays showing a bookbinder’s workshop, a wartime kitchen and much more, all packed with real objects. You can even see a former jail, an original part of this...
The Museum of Edinburgh
Edinburgh
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
North Berwick
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 Lothian’s five star attraction with indoor and outdoor fun. Children under 5 free!
St Cecilias Hall Museum of Instruments
Edinburgh
St Cecilias Hall Museum of Instruments The oldest concert hall in Scotland and a museum of musical instruments. There are kids' trails, tours for all ages and demonstrations of harpsichords.
National Mining Museum Scotland
Newtongrange
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
Dunbar
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
Edinburgh
Royal Commonwealth Pool Swimming Pool - Diving Pool - Childrens Pool - Clambers childs play area (a multi level adventure area for children)
Newbattle Swimming Pool
Midlothian
Newbattle Swimming Pool offers a diverse range of water based activities and facilities include 25m swimming pool, 8m training pool, high and spring diving boards. Disability accessible.
Wester Hailes Education Centre
Edinburgh
Wester Hailes Education Centre Main and teaching pools, plus diving pool with 1m springboard and 2m platform.
Teviotdale Leisure Centre
Hawick Borders
Teviotdale Leisure Centre Lagoon style swimming pool with a soft play centre and cafe to ensure a busy family day out.
Xcite Whitburn
Whitburn
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
Linlithgow
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
Livingston
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
Edinburgh
Clown Around Indoor Play Centre Our new 0-3 year softplay has its very own trampolines to allow the tots to bounce around freely, is brightly coloured with interactive surprises, a slide and much more! This area is strictly for the smaller ones as there is a separate area for older children together with 6 large trampolines.
Time Twisters
Edinburgh
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
Linlithgow
Playbugs Play Centre For the older children there are 3 floors of crazy fun to be had – for those making their way to the 3rd floor there are rope bridges to climb over, a mystery tunnel and wobble board, on the 2nd floor there is access to our very own super fast astro slides, tunnel tube slide, mouse holes and much more
Scrambles
Edinburgh
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
Polbeth
Overboard Softplay - an ocean theme, has a massive frame, Go-kart track and spans over 10,000 sq feet of space
Gambado
Edinburgh
Gambado We offer children the chance to play, learn, explore and party in some of the most exciting indoor play venues in the world. Plus new carousel! Bring the children to Gambado and let them play in a healthy, fun and above all safe environment whilst learning some of the most valuable development skills.
Amazone at the Kabin
Loanhead
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
Bathgate
The Hive Soft Play is an indoor play centre with a spectacular play frame. We have a cafe serving delicious homemade food and treats. The play centre is for children aged 0-12 years. Also a fantastic party venue offering a variety of party options to celebrate your child’s birthday.
The Leadburn Inn
Peebleshire
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
Musselburgh
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
Edinburgh
The Fun Factory - Newhaven Quay This Fun Factory attached to Newhaven Quay Brewers Fayre family friendly pub is a multi-level play space with adventure equipment, ball ponds and a toddler zone and can also be booked out for childrens parties.
Orcadia Trampoline Centre
Edinburgh
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
West Calder
Pitstop The 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
Edinburgh
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
Edinburgh
Maddie and Marks Play Town Soft play within Ocean Terminal shopping and leisure complex with separate zones for toddlers up to tweenies.
The Space
North Berwick
The Space Indoor skatepark with a variety of sessions and soft play for under 7s plus a cafe.
The Happy Castle
Penicuik
The Happy Castle Soft play centre with a separate area for toddlers and a huge multi-storey area for older children with ariel slides, rope bridges etc. A good seating area for parents with highchairs, baby change and kid's meals for post play snacks.
Spacebugs at Craigwoods
Livingston
Spacebugs at Craigwoods 2 level play frame within this leisure centre where you can also play sports or workout.
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle No visit to Edinburgh is complete without a visit to the Castle. You will be overwhelmed by the spectacular views and history of this "Castle of Castles". Monday to Saturday the One o'clock gun is fired so check your watch and cover your ears! Great idea for fun things to to in Edinburgh with kids.
Edinburgh Dungeons
Edinburgh
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
Edinburgh
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
Edinburgh
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions The Camera Obscura show is a fascinating and highly amusing way to see the city and learn about its history. This unique experience has delighted and intrigued people for over 150 years.Great idea for fun things to do in Edinburgh with kids.
The Real Mary Kings Close
Edinburgh
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.
Hopetoun House
South Queensferry
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
Linlithgow
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
Edinburgh
Midlothian Snowsports Centre Skiing, snowboarding, race training and tubing for the little ones. All in a family friendly environment supportive to your skill development. Great idea for fun things to do in Edinburgh with kids.
Murrayfield Ice Rink
Edinburgh
Murrayfield Ice Rink A great ice skating rink, fun for all ages!
Alien Rock
Edinburgh
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
Edinburgh
Edinburgh International Climbing Arena Their Rock Tots playroom is for under fives, and the indoor play is for under nines, but actual climbing wall opportunities start a lot later. If you want them to watch you, however, great for any age and it's nice to have the play areas too.
Rednock Trekking
Stirling
Rednock Trekking Family and beginner friendly Pony Trekking with new additional outdoor activities, Quad pods, Segways for older children and orienteering: a wonderfully memorable way to show the kids the beautiful scenery.
Go Ape Peebles
Peebles
Go Ape Peebles The UK’s No.1 Tree Top Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set up high above the forest floor.
Funtastic Fantasy Golf
Livingstone
Funtastic Fantasy Golf Black-Light UV indoor miniature golf arena.
McLaren Leisure Centre
Stirling
McLaren Leisure Centre Activity Centre with 20m swimming pool, climbing wall and a soft play area for children under 7.
Bedlam Paintball Winchburgh
Edinburgh
Bedlam Paintball Winchburgh Renowned for its imaginative, realistic paintball Game Zones built to evoke highly developed game scenarios, Bedlam offers junior day packages for over 12s plus Splatmasters for ages 9-11 available as a party package and Lasertag at this venue for over 12s.
Tenpin Edinburgh
Edinburgh
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
Edinburgh
World Of Bowling Kids love bowling, and gutter guards and ramps help even the odds! WOB offers 12 AMF professional ten pin bowling lanes, sports bar and cafe. Children's parties catered for.
Xtreme Karting Edinburgh
Edinburgh
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
Edinburgh
The Cadies and Witchery Tours The award-winning Cadies & Witchery Tours invite you to join our fearless phantoms for a suspenseful and mirth-filled tour of Edinburgh's Old Town. Step back a few hundred years as Adam Lyal (deceased) and his spooky chums bring the Capital's grisly past vividly to life.
Sandemans Edinburgh Free Tour
Edinburgh
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.
Edinburgh Treasure Trail
Edinburgh
Edinburgh Treasure Trail Spend an hour or so in the Lothians with family and friends. A selection of Trails take you on a hunt for clues through towns such as Linlithgow and North Berwick as well as a number of Trails in the capital, Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Bus Tours
Edinburgh
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.
Edinburgh Royal Mile Treasure Trail
Edinburgh
Edinburgh Royal Mile Treasure Trail A walking mystery themed Treasure Hunt around the winding streets of the top half of the Royal Mile. The trail is around 1 mile long and should take no more than 1.5 hours to complete.
The Royal Yacht Britannia
Edinburgh
The Royal Yacht Britannia See five decks of this famous ship with your complimentary audio guide.
Boness and Kinneil Railway
Boness
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
Edinburgh
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 Estate
Edinburgh
Dalkeith Country Estate From quiet woodland walks to the rough and tumble of the adventure playground; from a riverside picnic to the Stable Yard Tearoom; there is definitely something for everyone at Dalkeith Country Estate.
Almond Valley Heritage Trust
Livingston
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
Whitburn
Polkemmet Country Park Polkemmet Country Park is a popular 68 hectare (168 acre) visitor attraction near Whitburn.
Beecraigs Country Park
Linlithgow
Beecraigs Country Park Colour coded trails lead you through the park that take you to the adventure playground and deer farm. The play park has activities to suit all ages. You can cycle along forest paths or ride on horses.
John Muir Country Park
Dunbar
John Muir Country Park A great country park with childrens adventure play area, BBQ spots and events all year round!
Vogrie Country Park
Gorebridge
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
Broxburn
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
Dunbar
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
Falkirk
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
Edinburgh
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
North Berwick
Yellowcraig Isolated mix of woodland, dune grassland and coast plus a great play park to boot!
Gosford Sands
Longniddry
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
Dunbar
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
Angus
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.
Weans World Screenings
Edinburgh
Weans World Screenings Showings especially for little ones! No more embarrassment of excited chatter or toilet breaks. Films just for toddlers!
Create Craft Cafe
Whitburn
Create Craft Cafe At Create Craft Café you can explore your creative side in our Paint it Yourself Pottery Workshop.
Potter Around
Midlothian
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.
Fingers and Thumbs Crafts Centre
North Berwick
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
Edinburgh
The Ceramic Experience Paint-your-own pottery studio, with soft play and cafe.
Doodles Ceramics Workshop
Edinburgh
Doodles Ceramics Workshop Paint-your-own pottery workshop.
Splatz Activity Cafe
Dunbar
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 Imagination Workshop
Edinburgh
The Imagination Workshop Come and indulge in some happy go lucky creativity! Whenever you feel inspired or your child wants to get stuck into making something, just pop into our warm and welcoming Edinburgh shop.
The Yard
Edinburgh
The Yard Creative and adventure play for children and young people with additional support needs!
ReBoot Disc Golf Course
Dunbar
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.
Houston Farm Riding School
Broxburn
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.
The Scottish National Equestrian Centre
Ecclesmachan
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
Tranent
Whiteloch Farm Riding and Trekking BHS approved facility offering lessons plus beaches, railway line, old drove roads and farm tracks for hacking.

Thanks for all the great things to do in Lothian with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.

Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed

So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Lothian can enjoy the great day out as well.



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