The Top 10 Things To Do With Kids In Edinburgh

© Pabak Sarkar/Flickr
© Pabak Sarkar/Flickr
Photo of Tori Chalmers
9 February 2017

For anyone, Edinburgh is a playground waiting to be explored. Add kids into the equation and matters become even more fun and adventurous. Free from the confines of social constructions, children see the beauty of any place through an entirely different lens. Revert back to your inner child, unleash the imagination, and enter into your very own wonderland with the best things to see and do with kids in Edinburgh.

Dynamic Earth

Our Dynamic Earth Edinburgh Scotland with Salisbury Crags in the background.
Learn all about planet Earth at Dynamic Earth | © John Peter Photography / Alamy Stock Photo
Head towards Arthur’s Seat to find Dynamic Earth, a mysterious spaceship-esque building filled to the brim with the most fascinating things. Via the multiple interactive exhibits, impressive technology, and a 4D experience, the little ones will discover one of the most captivating stories out there — the tale of planet earth. Dynamic Earth also hosts the only 360-degree full dome film theatre in Scotland. Prepare to be transported back in time and blown away.

The Museum Of Childhood

The very first museum in the world to place all focus on the history of children, the Museum of Childhood on the Royal Mile is a must-visit spot with the kids. Tour the collections of children’s toys from throughout the ages while taking a wander down memory lane. The whole family can see how playthings have evolved, but be prepared to feel bemused at the lack of technology! The dress up area is a must-see and the puppet theatre can keep kids entertained for days.


Kids and adults will no doubt have oodles of fun at Doodles, Edinburgh’s first ‘do it yourself’ informal ceramic workshop. A wildly therapeutic activity, let those creative juices flow and delight in creating your very own artistic masterpiece. You can choose what to make from an exciting selection of unglazed pottery items, from mugs and plates, to bowls, and eggcups. From there, let the brushes do the talking. With over 80 under-glaze colours on hand, half the fun is deciding on that perfect shade. Let’s be honest — this isn’t just for kids.

National Museum Of Scotland

The National Museum Of Scotland
The National Museum Of Scotland | © glynniqua/Flickr
A true treasure of Edinburgh, The National Museum of Scotland is a gargantuan cabinet of curiosity waiting to be explored. With piles of riveting interactive exhibits and impressive collections, it’s safe to say that all kids will be in awe. The museum is not just for the heritage of Scotland but also for the world, so expect to absorb mountains of fun facts and figures. From the hypnotic Earth In Space Gallery to one of the greatest mammal collections out there, children of all ages will be teleported into a whole new universe.

East Links Family Park

Take a field trip away from the concrete jungle and venture into a land where animals roam free, train rides are plentiful, and go-karts whizz around like no tomorrow. East Links Family Park, situated just outside of Dunbar, is a short distance from Edinburgh and yet it feels like another planet. For kids and adults who like to run around, this is the place. There really is quite the list of activities: train safari and indoor animal barn, trampolines and jelly belly, crazy golf, hay barn and climbing walls, go-karts, outdoor farm animals, a ball blast arena, education barn, and giant fortress. It’s an escape to the countryside and you can consider this the perfect blend of structured education and wild fun.

East Links Family Park, Dunbar, Scotland, + 44 1368 863607

Scottish Storytelling Centre

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
The Scottish Storytelling Centre puts on a variety of performances and other events | Courtesy of Scottish International Storytelling Festival
The world we live in is comprised of a multitude of oral narratives all told by different cultures. Explore this cultural tradition and see the importance of preserving what is one of humankind’s oldest art forms. The Scottish Storytelling Centre is home to the Scottish International Storytelling Festival and hosts countless cultural programs throughout the year. Discover Scotland’s history through stories, delight in the interactive story wall, and absorb all the classic Scottish tales. Kids can also search for Greyfriars Bobby and meet Nessie, the Gruffalo, and Wee Willie Winkie. This treasure chest is also home to the most delectable baked goods, too.

Jenner’s Toy Department

Jenner’s is rightfully renowned for having a sublime toy department. Whether kid or adult, there’s no denying the excitement that enters the soul the moment you set foot in this magical place. From bucket loads of Lego and puzzles, to board games, video games, talking toys, action heroes, bikes, collectables, and more, a trip to this toy paradise will leave you feeling like Kevin in Home Alone when he steps into the New York toy store. Oh, and good luck trying to refrain from taking home every single teddy bear in there — each one is as adorable as the next.

Jenners, 48 Princes St, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 225 2442

Deep Sea World

Kids or no kids, those who are adamant to search for Nemo and Dory should look no further than Deep Sea World. A most magical place in North Queensferry in Fife, this underwater paradise contains the largest underwater tunnel in the UK. From sharks and piranhas, to starfish, seals, underwater safaris, and more, watch in awe as you witness the soothing rhythms of the fish and overwhelming majesty of nature’s most magnificent sea creatures. This giant aquarium features multiple themed zones while using Scottish seawater from the Firth Of Forth to provide the animals with their essential minerals. Immerse yourself in an alternate world overflowing with sea beings and dive deep into a truly unique educational aquatic experience.

Deep Sea World, Forthside Terrace, North Queensferry, Scotland, +44 1383 411 880

S Luca

Running around like a wild child can certainly work up an appetite. Satisfy those taste buds and grab a bite at S Lucas at either of their Morningside or Musselburgh locations. This diner-style ice cream parlour is quite the treat and has a never-ending selection of eats suited to both children and adults. From paninis and breakfast rolls, to soup, nachos, and baked potatoes, this place never fails to please. Sweet-toothed foodies can indulge in an ice cream float, the multiple award-winning selections of sensational ice creams, and their artisanal range of confectionery.

Ice Cream | © distillated/Flickr

Ryze Edinburgh

Jump out all that excess energy and ascend towards the sky at Ryze. This trampoline paradise isn’t like the bouncy castle at the local sports center from back in the day — it’s the epitome of epic. Expect a myriad of trampolines and the most entertaining dodge ball game of all time. Whether gymnast or jumping newbie, kids of all ages will be on cloud nine following a visit to this bouncing palace.

Ryze Edinburgh, 23, Mayfield Industrial Estate, Dalkeith, Scotland, +44 131 634 0140

Jump out all that excess energy and ascend towards the sky at Ryze © Courtesy of Ryze Edinburgh

Jump out all that excess energy and ascend towards the sky at Ryze © Courtesy of Ryze Edinburgh

By Tori Chalmers

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