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.
National War Museum (< 1 mile)
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.
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 Cadies and Witchery Tours (< 1 mile)
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!
Museum on the Mound (< 1 mile)
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!
Weans World Screenings (< 1 mile)
Weans World Screenings
Pleasing family suitable cinematic environment offering all the latest releases. Special Carer and Baby sessions welcome under 1s with their grown up for a supportive youngster screening.
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.
The Edinburgh Treasure Trail (< 1 mile)
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 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.
Edinburgh Bus Tours (< 1 mile)
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.
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!
Sandemans Edinburgh Free Tour (< 1 mile)
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
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
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!
Laser Quest Edinburgh (< 1 mile)
Laser Quest Edinburgh
Super modern tag played with infra red laser guns in an immersive and atmospheric arena. Shoot the targets, shoot the enemy, shoot everybody! No mess, no pain, no worries!
Doodles Ceramics Workshop (< 1 mile)
The Yard (< 1 mile)
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.
Tenpin Edinburgh (< 1 mile)
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.
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.
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.
Palace of Holyroodhouse (1 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.
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!
Meadows and Bruntfield Links (1 miles)
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.
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!
Murrayfield Ice Rink (2 miles)
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.
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!
Alien Rock (2 miles)
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.
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.
World Of Bowling (2 miles)
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!
The Royal Yacht Britannia (2 miles)
The Ceramic Experience (2 miles)
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!
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!
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.
Midlothian Snowsports Centre (4 miles)
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.
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.
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.
Edinburgh Combat Challenge (5 miles)
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!
Jamboree Adventure Soft Play (6 miles)
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.
Dalkeith Country Park (6 miles)
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.
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.
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.
Beacon Leisure Centre (8 miles)
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.
Maid of the Forth (8 miles)
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.
Thanks for all the great things to do in 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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