Things to do in Edinburgh with the Kids

Children taking part in an activity at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh

There are so many fantastic things to do in Edinburgh with kids. We've made a list of our favourites, to give you some suggestions for your next visit.

This list is ideal for families staying in our child-friendly holiday lets

National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

Dozens of galleries, across 7 levels in an impressive space. Specific kids galleries with plenty of activities and two restaurants. The National Museum of Scotland is a brilliant place to spend a day.

For all ages.

East Meadows Play Park

Melville Drive, Edinburgh, EH8 9LW

If the sun is shining, there's no better park in Edinburgh for the kids than East Meadows Play Park. Different zones for age groups, this park will please younger and older kids. Cafe and toilet block next to the park.

Ages 0 - 12.

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

549 Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2ND

Camera Obscura is Edinburgh's oldest visitor attraction, with several floors of fun including illusions, tricks, puzzles and wonders.

Ages 5+

Dynamic Earth

112-116 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS

Journey through time to learn about the story of planet Earth. Lots of interactive exhibitions and displays at Dynamic Earth science centre.

Ages 5+

Edinburgh Zoo

134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS

See the world famous pandas, travel through the Tiger walkway or visit the new Koala enclosure! Edinburgh Zoo is a great day out, with plenty of playparks as well as animal enclosures.

For all ages.

Gorgie City Farm

51 Gorgie Rd, Edinburgh EH11 2LA

Gorgie City Farm is a community-run farm right here in the city. Children can get up close to the animals and learn about life on a working farm. There's also a playpark and cafe on site.

For all ages.

Scottish Storytelling Centre

43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

The Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile offers a programme of wonderful storytelling events for all ages to enjoy.

For all ages.

Wonderworld Soft Play

377 Easter Road, Edinburgh, EH6 8HU

Let the kids burn off some energy at Wonderworld Soft Play in Leith. A custom-built indoor play area with everything from trampolines to go-karting.

Ages 0 - 12.

The Yard

22 Eyre Place Lane, Edinburgh, EH3 5EH

The Yard is an adventure play ground designed as a fun and safe environment for disabled children and their families. On Sundays it is open to the general public and everyone is welcome to play.

For all ages.

The Best Things to do in Edinburgh with Kids

We hope you enjoy these family activities. They are some of our favourite things to do in Edinburgh with kids! And, if you're making a holiday of it, check out our family itinerary and browse our range of family holiday rentals here in Edinburgh. We have lots more ideas for days out and things to do. Simply get in touch if you need any help in planning your visit.

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