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
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...
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions (< 1 mile)
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 Cadies and Witchery Tours (< 1 mile)
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.
Weans World Screenings (< 1 mile)
Weans World Screenings
Showings especially for little ones! No more embarrassment of excited chatter or toilet breaks. Films just for toddlers!
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 Treasure Trail (< 1 mile)
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 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
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 (< 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.
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
Edinburgh Royal Mile Treasure Trail (< 1 mile)
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.
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.
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...
Doodles Ceramics Workshop (< 1 mile)
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.
The Imagination Workshop (< 1 mile)
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.
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 (1 miles)
Royal Commonwealth Pool
Swimming Pool - Diving Pool - Childrens Pool - Clambers childs play area (a multi level adventure area for children)
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!
Clown Around Indoor Play Centre (2 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.
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
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.
The Royal Yacht Britannia (2 miles)
The Ceramic Experience (2 miles)
Murrayfield Ice Rink (3 miles)
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, 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.
Wester Hailes Education Centre (4 miles)
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)
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.
Potter About (8 miles)
A Ceramic cafe, with play corner! Come and paint pottery, from a little froggy to a 'little miss' piggy bank. Either leave for a few days, to be glazed and fired or take home on the day. Fairtrade tea and coffee, hot lunches and yummy home baking available.
Edinburgh International Climbing Arena (8 miles)
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.
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 Fife can enjoy the great day out as well.
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