Livingston Skate Park (3 miles)
Livingston Skate Park
Concrete skate and bmx facility boasting plenty of features suitable for every level of progression. Popular with professional skateboarders.
Outdoor Trax (20 miles)
Outdoor activities on the Lowland Canal system and surrounding countryside including cycling, kayaking, canoeing, water waltzers, archery and much more.
Go Ape Peebles (22 miles)
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.
7stanes Glentress (22 miles)
Family friendly mountain biking trails with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a Visitors Centre, Cafe and Bike Hire.
Air Space (24 miles)
With over 100 linked trampolines covering floor and walls, even 5 year olds can perform superhuman feats of athleticism on the dodgeball, basketball and football courts, plus airbag and slack lines for tricks!
Cluny Clays (25 miles)
Play Naturally outdoor area and activities such as clay pigeon shooting, golf and archery! Restaurant, free parking and excellent disabled facilities.
The Climbing Academy Boulder Club (28 miles)
The Climbing Academy Boulder Club
Bouldering is climbing on short walls above crash mats without harnesses! Boulder Club is for 8-16 year olds; From a Taster through level 1-5. We proved instructors, logbooks and certificates as you progress through the levels. It’s a great environment to climb whilst having fun with friends.
Rednock Trekking (35 miles)
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.
McLaren Leisure Centre (37 miles)
McLaren Leisure Centre
Activity Centre with 20m swimming pool, climbing wall and a soft play area for children under 7.
Unit 23 Skatepark (39 miles)
Unit 23 Skatepark
At 56,000 sq-ft they have ramps spread over 3 halls, that are designed to suit everyone and every skill level, including a massive replica of the legendary little devil bowl and a huge foam pit!
Go Ape Aberfoyle (40 miles)
Go Ape Aberfoyle
Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest 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 high above the forest floor.
7stanes Ae (46 miles)
Family friendly mountain biking trail with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a skills and warm up area, uplift service plus cafe and bike hire on site.
Ancrum Outdoor Centre (48 miles)
Ancrum Outdoor Centre
Almost defying description these guys offer a seriously wide range outdoor activities, wet and dry, active and serene, on foot and by vehicle. Take a look!
Avertical World Climbing Centre (48 miles)
Avertical World Climbing Centre
Tayside’s only dedicated indoor climbing centre with over 300 routes for both top rope and lead climbing plus a bouldering area. Regular kids' club held at weekends. For ages 5 and over.
The Factory Skatepark (50 miles)
The Factory Skatepark
The UK's first custom built indoor extreme sports arena for Boarding, Blading and BMXing. With special beginners' sessions available for over 5s!
The Bike Place in Kielder (57 miles)
The Bike Place in Kielder
Bike hire centre located in superb habitat for rare birds and animals. Varied range of trails available to cycle along, suitable for all abilities. Trail maps and helpful free advice available.
Five Sisters Zoo Park (1 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 Owl Centre (6 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...
Edinburgh Zoo (13 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!
Scottish Seabird Centre (36 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.
East Links Family Park (40 miles)
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.
Craigie's Farm (11 miles)
A great farm to visit, enjoy the treats of the farm shop, see the animals or discover just what goes on down the farm.
Gorgie City Farm (15 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!
National War Museum (16 miles)
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 (16 miles)
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 (16 miles)
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 (16 miles)
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.
Museum of Childhood (16 miles)
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 (17 miles)
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 (17 miles)
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 (17 miles)
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.
National Mining Museum Scotland (20 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!
Prestongrange Museum (23 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 Museum of Flight (34 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!
Xcite Livingston (3 miles)
Leisure centre with a large leisure pool with flumes, a separate teaching pool, and soft play area with 2 level play frame.
Xcite Whitburn (5 miles)
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 (9 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.
Wester Hailes Education Centre (12 miles)
Royal Commonwealth Pool and Clambers (17 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!
Newbattle Swimming Pool (20 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.
Overboard Softplay (< 1 mile)
- an ocean theme, has a massive frame, Go-kart track and spans over 10,000 sq feet of space
Pitstop (2 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 (4 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.
Spacebugs at Craigwoods (4 miles)
Space Bugs (7 miles)
A space themed soft play area, situated in a sports centre with plenty more activities to keep kids entertained!
Playbugs Play Centre (9 miles)
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 (10 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.
Time Twisters (12 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.
The Happy Castle (14 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.
The Leadburn Inn (14 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.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Things for Active Kids to do near West Calder 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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