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
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
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
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.
16 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh, UK, +44 131 446 0233
32-38 High St, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, UK, +44 131 665 2237
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
By Tori Chalmers