Things for kids to do in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh isn’t normally the first place of you’d think of when looking to take away your kids for a few days, however there’s more than enough on show to entertain the family.

Normally a popular city breaks destination for people who want to see Edinburgh Castle, watch the Military Tattoo or check out the Fringe Festival, Edinburgh is also filled with things to keep children happy whilst you’re away for a few days, so read on and find out what to do & how much it costs.

Edinburgh Zoo

Set in 82 acres, the Zoo is home to over 1000 different animals including dogs, lions, wolves, anteaters, bears, sea lions, monkeys, deer, birds and the only Koala bears in Britain amongst their huge collection of wonderful creatures. There are also penguins, which take part in a parade every day at 2.15pm where they stroll round the park accompanied by a zoo keeper who will talk the crowds through the penguin’s daily life.

Admission costs £12.40 for adults and £8.80 for children.

Edinburgh Zoo Penguin Parade

Deep Sea World

Continuing with the animal theme, Deep Sea World allows you to explore the thousands of species of marine life found at Sea, with many different areas such as the Amazon area, where you’ll see Piranhas amongst the other creatures found in the Amazon River, the Krakatoa area with many different coloured fish including the Yellow Saffin Tang, the Blue Damsel, the Green Chromis amongst the Krakatoa tank.

There are also other zones such as Lake Malawi, the Rocky Shores and a huge underwater tunnel that allows you to come within inches of Sand Tiger sharks. If you’re feeling daring, you can go diving with the sharks (although you have to be a qualified diver), and even kids can get in the shark tanks, with the added protection of a metal cage so they are never in danger.

Admission costs £12.50 for adults and £6.75 for kids.

Alien Rock

Alien Rock is an indoor climbing centre with over 200 different routes for all difficulties, including an overhanging roof so you’ll be upside down as you scale the course. There’s a separate area for total beginners so you can get used to climbing properly first before hitting the walls.

Climbing for adults costs £8.20, and £5 for children under the age of 16. There’s an additional charge for boot and harness hire.

Alien rock climbing

Camera Obscura & The World of Illusions

Camera Obscura is a great way to view the city of Edinburgh. Using a huge mirror and lens, you can see the city from top of a tower, with the images projected onto a table. There’s also the World of Illusions, a separate area with a magic gallery; x ray your hands, swim in a virtual fish tank, look through giant kaleidoscopes or check out the light fantastic area with holograms, 3d pictures and a science and nature exhibition.

Admission is £10 for adults and £6.95 for children.

The Imagination Workshop

The Imagination Workshop is a place for you and your kids to get creative; where you can learn arts and crafts and decorate pretty much anything you want. There are workshops such as T shirt painting, create your own shoes, making clocks, decorating sunglasses, creating masks and painting canvas collages. On different days, there are sewing classes, a bedroom makeover day, fabric fun and a summer workshop with prices ranging from £15-£20.

Time Twisters Indoor Adventure Centre

Time Twisters Adventure Centre

Time Twisters is a soft indoor play centre that offers a fun day out in a safe environment, where the kids can go down slides, jump over (toy) crocodile infested swamps, swing across snake pits, cross rope bridges, crawl through underground tunnels or simply climb over any obstacle that gets in their way.

Entry for adults is free, while admission for children ranges from £4.45-£6.50 depending on their age and which day of the week you visit.

As you can see, there’s more to Edinburgh than meets the eye, so if you’re planning a weekend away there, don’t worry about your kids being happy; there’s plenty to see and do!

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