MandD's Scotland's Theme Park (34 miles)
MandD's Scotland's Theme Park
Scotland's Theme Park is FUN for ALL the family! A great selection of rides and attractions, from the kiddie's corner to the more thrilling rides and attractions for teens and adults!
Edinburgh Zoo (3 miles)
- 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!
Five Sisters Zoo Park (15 miles)
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.
Scottish Seabird Centre (20 miles)
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.
Scottish Owl Centre (21 miles)
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...
East Links Family Park (25 miles)
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.
Gorgie City Farm (1 miles)
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 (6 miles)
A family friendly working farm, where you can pick your own fruit, follow a nature trail or just discover where your food comes from! There is also a café and deli with plenty of locally made treats! Free to visit.
National War Museum (< 1 mile)
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...
National Museum of Scotland (< 1 mile)
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! Ever so much more, as educational as you want to make it: lots to learn but lots to just goggle at too!
Museum on the Mound (< 1 mile)
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.
St Cecilias Hall Museum of Instruments (< 1 mile)
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. Reid Concert Hall Museum of Instruments also on site.
Museum of Childhood (< 1 mile)
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.
The People's Story Museum (< 1 mile)
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 (< 1 mile)
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.
Our Dynamic Earth (< 1 mile)
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 (8 miles)
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.
National Mining Museum Scotland (8 miles)
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!
National Museum of Flight (19 miles)
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 LothianâÂÂs five star attraction with indoor and outdoor fun. Children under 5 free!
Royal Commonwealth Pool and Clambers (1 miles)
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!
Wester Hailes Education Centre (4 miles)
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.
Newbattle Swimming Pool (8 miles)
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.
Xcite Livingston (13 miles)
Leisure centre with a large leisure pool with flumes, a separate teaching pool, and soft play area with 2 level play frame.
Xcite Linlithgow Leisure Centre (17 miles)
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 Whitburn (20 miles)
Leisure centre with a deck level pool, 3 tier soft play area, plus a teaching pool for babies and young children..
Dunbar Leisure Pool (27 miles)
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.
Teviotdale Leisure Centre (40 miles)
Gambado (< 1 mile)
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.
Clown Around Indoor Play Centre (2 miles)
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!
Maddie and Marks Play Town (2 miles)
Maddie and Marks Play Town
Soft play within Ocean Terminal shopping and leisure complex with separate zones for toddlers up to tweenies.
The Fun Factory - Newhaven Quay (2 miles)
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.
Tumbles at Portobello (3 miles)
Tumbles at Portobello
Multi-level play frame with distinct zones for babies (under 12 months), Toddlers (under 3 years) and Juniors (4-10 years).
Orcadia Trampoline Centre (3 miles)
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.
Time Twisters (4 miles)
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.
Amazone at the Kabin (5 miles)
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.
Jamboree Adventure Soft Play (6 miles)
Scrambles (7 miles)
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.
The Happy Castle (9 miles)
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.
Space Bugs (10 miles)
A space themed soft play area, situated in a sports centre with plenty more activities to keep kids entertained!
The Leadburn Inn (11 miles)
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.
Spacebugs at Craigwoods (12 miles)
Overboard Softplay (15 miles)
- an ocean theme, has a massive frame, Go-kart track and spans over 10,000 sq feet of space
Playbugs Play Centre (17 miles)
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...
Pitstop (18 miles)
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.
The Hive Soft Play (18 miles)
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 Space (21 miles)
Indoor skatepark with a variety of sessions and soft play for under 7s plus a cafe.
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.
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions (< 1 mile)
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!
The Real Mary Kings Close (< 1 mile)
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 Dungeons (< 1 mile)
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.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Theme Parks near Edinburgh 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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