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.
Adventure Golf Island (17 miles)
Adventure Golf Island
Scotland's first 'Florida style' 36 hole indoor and outdoor Adventure Golf complex! Putt your way amidst waterfalls, fountains, Palm trees, Tiki Huts and a Pirate Ship, while playing in Europe’s first mini golf dome! Plus floodlit night course. The ideal fun activity for everyone from toddlers to Grandparents!
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.
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.
Laser Station (31 miles)
Bruise-less battle fun for the whole family, tracking down mean old aliens!
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.
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!
Galleon Centre (40 miles)
As well as providing facilities for swimming it houses an ice rink, bowling hall, two sports halls, squash courts, a sauna/solarium suite, a superb fitness room and two bars - fun swims available to kids aged 8 and over, under 7's must be accompanied by an adult.
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.
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!
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.
Eden Rock (72 miles)
is an indoor climbing centre catering for kids' birthday parties and have kids' clubs running every day of the week. It doesn’t matter if they haven’t climbed before; our fully qualified instructors will supervise the whole session; so you can just sit back and enjoy a coffee.
Laggan Outdoor (74 miles)
Offering zorbing, archery, clay pigeon shooting, dirt scooters, Segways, mountain boarding, grass sledding and the UK's longest Zip Wire! Spanning 820 metres, the double line zip allows 2 people to 'zip' at the same time next to each other up to 45mph.
Five Sisters Zoo Park (1 miles)
Five Sisters Zoo Park
- FIRE ON 14th APRIL 2013 CAUSED MAJOR DAMAGE - PLEASE CHECK WEBSITE FOR UPDATE - boasts a wide variety of mammals, birds and reptiles from all over the world as well as an indoor soft play centre, ensuring a fun and educational day out for all ages.
Edinburgh Zoo (13 miles)
is the largest and most exciting wildlife attraction in Scotland offering the opportunity to see over 1000 wonderful animals!
Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World (19 miles)
Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World
- is the world's longest running indoor butterfly house. Discover an abundance of tropical butterflies, insects, snakes, frogs and more. Animal handling sessions at 12 & 3pm daily, snake feeding at 4pm on Saturdays, special exhibitions and workshops. Great idea for fun things to do in Edinburgh with kids.
Scottish Seabird Centre (36 miles)
Scottish Seabird Centre
This award-winning Centre has something for all ages. The Discovery Centre is an adventure to remember, come rain or shine! The world leader in remote wildlife viewing, visitors can get up close and personal with amazing wildlife via interactive cameras that beam incredible live close-ups of marine wildlife from the nearby islands 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, kids can also enjoy cuddle corners with rabbits and small animals, pony rides and work alongside a farmer, no admission charge.
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 its mark on Scotland's history, image and reputation abroad.
National Museum of Scotland (16 miles)
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.
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 historic building.
The Museum of Edinburgh (17 miles)
The Museum of Edinburgh
A delightful maze of historic rooms crammed full of iconic objects from the Capitals past. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Edinburgh
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 Edinburghâs five-star visitor attraction, Our Dynamic Earth
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 Lothianâs five star attraction with indoor and outdoor fun. Children under 5 free!
Wester Hailes Education Centre (12 miles)
Royal Commonwealth Pool (17 miles)
Royal Commonwealth Pool
Swimming Pool - Diving Pool - Childrens Pool - Clambers childs play area (a multi level adventure area for children)
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
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.
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.
Gambado (15 miles)
We offer children the chance to play, learn, explore and party in some of the most exciting indoor play venues in the world.
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 (16 miles)
Amazone at the Kabin
A 3 tier jungle themed adventure soft play facility with all the classic fun features to entertain and exhaust, and a comfy cafe for parents.
Clown Around Indoor Play Centre (18 miles)
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.
Edinburgh Castle (16 miles)
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 (16 miles)
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. It is a 'must' on any visit to Edinburgh.
The Real Mary Kings Close (16 miles)
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 (16 miles)
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 things to do in Edinburgh but with older kids only.
Palace of Holyroodhouse (17 miles)
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.
Midlothian Snowsports Centre (15 miles)
Midlothian Snowsports Centre
Skiing, snowboarding, race training and tubing for the little ones. All in a family friendly environment supportive to your skill development.
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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