75 Activities for Kids in Edinburgh

Do you have kids? Are you in Scotland, planning to visit Scotland, or are you just curious as to what there is to do here with kids? Below is a huge list of activities to do with children, and I can honestly say that we’ve been to some of them as a family and have had a fantastic time! Some of them on the list are a bit of a drive to get to from Edinburgh city centre, but it’s well worth the trip! I hope you find something your family will love.

75 activities for kids in edinburgh


75 Activities in Edinburgh for Kids, listed by activity


Activity Centres

Ryze Edinburgh

 Orcadia Trampoline Centre

portobello beach


Belhaven Bay

Portobello Beach



Tenpin Edinburgh

World of Bowling

Edinburgh Castle sunset

Castles and Palaces

Palace of Holyrood House

Edinburgh Castle


Gorgie City Farm

Children’s Farms

East Links Family Park

Gorgie City Farm


Cinema and Theatre

Dominion Cinema Edinburgh

Vue Cinemas Edinburgh


indoor climbing wall


Alien Rock

Edinburgh International Climbing Arena

Crazy Golf

Crazy Golf

Reboot Disc Golf Course

Paradise Island Adventure Golf Livingston

Go Karts

Go Karting and Driving

Xtreme Carting Edinburgh


Horse Riding and Stables

Houston Farm Riding School

The Scottish National Equestrian Centre

Whiteloch Farm riding and Trekking

Ice Skating - Princes St Gardens

Ice Skating and Roller Skating

Murrayfield Ice Rink

Saughton Skate Park

Ball Pit

Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Space Bugs

Ocean Playcentre

Time Twisters

Maddie and Marks Play Town

Wonder World Soft Play Edinburgh

The Leadburn Inn

The Amazone at the Kabin

Jamboree Adventure Soft Play

Tumbles at Portobello

The Pitstop

laser tag

Laser Tag

Edinburgh Combat Challenge

National Museum of Scotland


Bo’ness Motor Museum

The National Museum of Scotland

The National War Museum

The People’s Story Museum

The Museum of Edinburgh

St Cecilia’s Hall Museum of Instruments

The Linlithgow Story Museum

National Museum of Flight

Prestongrange Museum

Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions

Museum on the Mound

Dynamic Earth

Museum of Childhood Edinburgh

National Mining Museum

Dalkeith Country Park

Parks & Playgrounds

Polkemmet Country Park

Almondell and Calderwood Country Park

John Muir Country Park

Pease Dean Wildlife Reserve

Dalkeith Country Park

The Yard Edinburgh

Beecraigs Country Park

East Meadows Play Park

Pottery & Ceramics for Kids

Pottery & Ceramics

Potter Around

Fingers and Thumbs Crafts Centre

Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway

Railway & Transport Attractions

Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway

Midlothian Snowsports centre

Skiiing and Snowboarding

Midlothian Snowsports Centre

royal botanic garden edinburgh

Stately Homes and Gardens

Hopetoun House

indoor swimming pool

Swimming and Leisure Centres

Dunbar Leisure Pool

Craiglockhart Leisure & Tennis Centre

Xcite Whitburn

Royal Yacht Brittania

Tourist Attractions

The Royal Yacht Brittania

The Edinburgh Dungeon

Linlithgow Palace

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Real Mary Kings Close

The Real Mary Kings Close is a one hour guided tour through the original 17th century streets and spaces preserved beneath Edinburgh’s City Chambers. Please go to the website for age recommendations before you book your visit.


Maid of the Forth

Tours and River Cruises

The Cadies and Witchery Tours

Sandemans Edinburgh Free Tour

Maid of the Forth


Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Scottish Owl Centre

Edinburgh Zoo

The Scottish Seabird Centre

Five Sisters Zoo Park

And here are two bonus attractions purely because we love visiting them!



Butterfly and Insect World

Deep Sea World


As of August 1, 2017 all links are live. If in the future you find a broken link, please send me a message and I will either remove the activity from the list or insert a new link if possible. Thank you for joining us at Coffee and Kerfuffles, and we hope you have a fantastic day out in Edinburgh!

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