A Family Affair: Kid-Friendly Edinburgh

Kid Friendly — By Christina Maria Paschyn on November 8, 2010 at 9:00 am

We present our latest guide: Family Fun in Edinburgh, featuring great activities that children of all ages will enjoy. Download and print the guide for free! For now, here are the highlights:

Edinburgh Castle

What kid wouldn’t love exploring Edinburgh’s iconic fortress, with its twisting halls, interactive displays, battle memorabilia and, of course, shiny jewels?! It’s a must stop for every tourist.

The Museum of Childhood


This museum is bound to put a smile on your face and children will love it. Toys, games, books, memorabilia and countless other objects are crammed into the four fandabidozi floors. It has come a long way since its foundation in 1955 – there are displays charting the childhood experience down the ages, space to play and themed temporary exhibitions. Some of the pieces are relatively recent, so the visit can be a nostalgia trip too. Mementos are on sale in the shop, so you can play at home.

Our Dynamic Earth

Our Dynamic Earth is an action packed educational adventure. With lots of interactive exhibitions charting the evolution of planet Earth, visitors are encouraged to discover fun facts about the environment. A café is available on site as is a car park.

Leith Waterworld

There is lots of wet fun for the entire family at this popular waterworld. Splash from one water feature to another-there are several to sample: a whale slide, flumes, a learner pool, a river run and fast flowing channels. As an antidote to the action, there is a relaxing spa pool. There is also a creche for those just a bit too young to enjoy it all-book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Butterfly and Insect World


This is a fantastic place for the kids and more fun for adults than you might expect. Wandering through the various differently landscaped areas, you can actually walk amongst hundreds of gorgeous, exotic butterflies which flutter around you. There are handling sessions at 12pm and 3pm every day. Take the chance to peer at all kinds of tiny beasts, from lizards to scorpions and amazing leaf-cutter ants. There are regular sessions where you can handle some of these creatures, including stick insects and snakes, and there’s a gift shop on site, offering lots of butterfly and insect-related things. The Bird of Prey Centre is on the same site.

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo has lots to offer, with scheduled activities such as petting and feeding and everyone’s favourite highlight- the Penguin Parade. Visit Rainbow Landings to meet and feed the rainbow lorikeets and see Budongo Trail where they can get up close and personal with chimpanzees. Serengeti animals live on the sprawling land at the peak of Edinburgh Zoo. There are Sun bears, Indian one-horned rhinos, Sumatran tigers, Amur leopards, the UK’s only koalas and European wolves.

Princes Street’s Winter Wonderland Festival


Starting November 25th, your children can frolic in the Princes Street Winter Wonderland which features an ice rink, a amusement park (including the Edinburgh ferris Wheel), a German Market and more. More details to come next week in our post all about the Christmas season in Edinburgh.

[Photo credits: Girls in kilts by Randy Son of Robert; Museum sign by Kjetil Bjørnsrud; Butterfly by Chris Booth; Winter Wonderland by Geograph]

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