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Edinburgh for Kids

Things for Kids to Do in Edinburgh

Things for Kids to see and do in Edinburgh from party activities through to places to visit and stuff to see that will hopefully entrance and entertain them which means you can rest easy for a short while before it all starts again! Suits 6-9 year olds!


Whether you live in Edinburgh or are simply visiting for a time, finding things for your kids to do is not easy and expensive as often as not. We have scoured the city for fun and interesting ideas (many of them totally free) which you can use to keep the kids interested. Some are fun and some even educational. 

Alien Rock

Indoor climbing centre in Leith with a series of different climbing walls. 5 and upwards with lots of guidance and safety paramount. Excellent for a rainy day!

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Arthur's Seat

The remnants of a volcano that helped form Edinburgh and is brilliant for clambering and charging around. 

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Calton Hill

Brilliant views over the city and tons of space for running around. Ideal for working some excess energy off the little monsters.

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Craigmillar Castle

Well preserved castle simply made for hide and seek and exploration. Very quiet out of season. Need to drive to it. Netted play area nearby.

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Edinburgh Castle

Outstanding example of the castle builders art and home to loads of treasures. Perfect for hide and seek and dont miss the gun at midday!

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Edinburgh Zoo

One of the UK's top zoos and close to the centre of city. Good for a whole morning or afternoon!

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Malleny Garden

Suburban garden on the outskirts that is as good for the horticulturist as children roaming around. Adult in its outlook to be fair but still good for kids. Something a secret garden!

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Our Dynamic Earth

Museum near Parliament that explores geology and history of the planet with hands on and interactive exhibits.

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The Edinburgh Dungeon

Super central location beside Waverley. Not cheap, but what child can resist? And can you resist them! 

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The Museum of Edinburgh

Museum that explores Edinburgh's long and often smelly history. You can track how the city has changed and the events that changed it.

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However beautiful and lovely a city is, there comes a point in the day when the kids want to do something that interests them - it could be ghoulish, or just involving the space to run around and let their hair down without causing parental consternation.

We have gathered a selection of places to visit that not include a few typical visitor places, but also some open spaces kid friendly venues where they can get stuck in!

Happily, Edinburgh is filled with stuff for the kids and not just the parents. We also know that budgets won't stretch to the horizon, so we have recommended activities that won't cost you a penny. We not only have a brief description but contact and travel details so you can decide what you want to do and get there too, hopefully before you get the dreaded question: are we there yet?

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