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 its mark on Scotland's history, image and reputation abroad.
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. It is a 'must' on any visit to Edinburgh.
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 things to do in Edinburgh but with older kids only.
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
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 historic building.
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 Capitals past. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Edinburgh
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 Edinburghâs five-star visitor attraction, Our Dynamic Earth
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.
Black Hart Edinburgh Tours (< 1 mile)
Black Hart Edinburgh Tours
Special tours for kids - Secret City and Secret Scotland Walk plus tours for older kids - Underground City of the Dead - Twisted Tales of St.Andrews - Haunted Graveyard Tour
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.
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)
Gorgie City Farm (1 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.
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.
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)
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!
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.
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, and a comfy cafe for parents.
Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World (5 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.
Dalkeith Country Estate (7 miles)
Dalkeith Country Estate
From quiet woodland walks to the rough and tumble of the adventure playground; from a riverside picnic to the Stable Yard Tearoom; there is definitely something for everyone at Dalkeith Country Estate.
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.
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.
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!
Aberdour Silver Sands (8 miles)
Aberdour Silver Sands
Blue Flag Awarded sandy beach, with lifeguard covered swimming conditions, a great play area and even a bouncy castle!
Craigie's Farm (8 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.
Deep Sea World (9 miles)
Deep Sea World
With so many fascinating creatures to meet, a visit to Deep Sea World offers a great day out for your family. Explore the aquariumâs hidden depths at this triple award-winning National Aquarium of Scotland. For the really adventurous visitor, there are diving opportunities, as well as shark awareness courses. You will find us on the banks of the Firth of Forth, just below the Forth Railway Bridge.
The Play Planet (9 miles)
The Play Planet
The equipment includes ball pools, soft slides, cargo netting, balance beams, wavy walks, aerial glides, log climbs, stepping stones, full length astro slide and much more!!
Potter Around (10 miles)
Pottery painting and craft studio. Try your hand at ceramic painting and have loads of fun. Arts and crafts parties and courses held in our specially decorated children's room.
Vogrie Country Park (10 miles)
Vogrie Country Park
is a beautiful Victorian parkland estate which is a haven of tranquillity in the heart of Midlothian's countryside. Facilities include an adventure play area, barbecue sites, 9-hole golf course, over 4 miles of woodland walks, water features, a miniature railway and the Cedar Tree Cafe.
Space Bugs (10 miles)
A space themed soft play area, situated in a sports centre with plenty more activities to keep kids entertained!
Almondell and Calderwood Country Park (11 miles)
Almondell and Calderwood Country Park
Woodland and riverside walks, picnic areas and seating and barbecue facilities (pre booking required to BBQ). The Park's Visitor Centre also has an aquarium, audio/visual and classroom facilities.
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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