A Hopping Good Time: Easter in Edinburgh

Kid Friendly — By Christina Maria Paschyn on April 20, 2011 at 8:00 am

Easter is just a few days away, and if your kids are hopping for the chance to gorge themselves on chocolate eggs or search for that elusive holiday bunny, check out these events in Edinburgh.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trails

Fun at a Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

For the fourth year running, Cadburys  is joining forces with the National Trust for Scotland to offer kids across the city Easter egg hunts. Every child who completes a trail gets a Cadbury Egghead and the chance to design his/her own egg. One lucky winner’s egg will even appear in stores next Easter.

The trails will be held on Sunday, April 24th and Monday 25th from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at three historic buildings in Edinburgh: Newhailes (Newhailes Road, Musselburgh, Edinburgh & Lothian, EH21 6RY), the Georgian House (7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR) and Gladstone’s Land (477b Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2NT). There will also be face painting, games and activities. Tickets range from £5 to £8 for children and £6 to £11 for adults depending on the trail location.

Easter Sunday Fun Day at the Museum of Rural Life

From 10 a.m.-5 p.m., children can meet the Easter Bunny and pet the museum‘s newly born lambs and calves. There will also be a Wild Food Walk and an Easter Egg Hunt.

Musselburgh Race Course Easter Weekend

Easter fun at the Musselburgh Race Course

Here’s a treat for Dads: Easter at the horse races! Now you can cheer along at the Musselburgh Gold Cup while the kids play with the Easter Bunny. The first 500 to meet the bunny will receive a free Easter egg. Families should come early to see the new Scottish Mascot Gold Cup race, an hilarious event featuring life-size mascots that will run and jump over small obstacles (after the first race at 2:15 p.m.). Really want to make your kids smile? Why not enter to compete as a mascot yourself!

Held Saturday, April 23rd and Easter Sunday; race course opens at noon. Adult tickets cost £21.00 which includes admission,  parking,  race programme,  funfair and Easter egg or chocolates on arrival for the children. Kids 16 and under get in free.

Dalkeith Country Estate “Egg-citing Easter”

Held on Easter Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., this woodland playground located five miles outside Edinburgh, features  giant slides, tree top walkways, rope swings and a zip slide –  and of course special Easter celebrations including face painting and a BBQ. Maybe they’ll even spot the Easter Bunny hiding in the forest! Just £5 per person.

[Egg race and trail courtesy of Cadbury Easter Egg Trail website;  Facepainting courtesy of the Musselburgh race course website]

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