Those of you with a toddler in the house will know how challenging it can be to keep them entertained, especially over the holidays! Thankfully, there are plenty of places to visit in Edinburgh for a great family day out. There are some fantastic open spaces to visit right in the City Centre. How about a walk through Princes St. Gardens and a visit to the playpark? Royal Botanic Gardens is another gem to do some leisurely exploring in nature. Or why not grab an ice-cream and take a stroll along the Portobello Promenade?
But as we all know, the weather at this time of year can get a bit miserable, so chances are high that it will be cold, wet and windy when you venture out….here are some of the best family attractions to visit in Edinburgh if you would rather be indoors!
National Museum Of Scotland
From meeting a giant T-Rex in the interactive ‘Adventure Planet’ to exploring the Universe in ‘Earth in Space’ – there is so much to discover at the National Museum. The kids will love the interactive ‘Imagine’ gallery, looking at colours patterns and shapes from around the world. And currently you can see a fantastic exhibit on children’s toys over the last 150 years! Free to enter, it is a great place to spend a day, for people of all ages. Check out their website for further information.
Our Dynamic Earth
A five-star visitor attraction in the heart of Edinburgh, learn all about Planet Earth through a series of interactive exhibits at Dynamic Earth. There are many discoveries to be made as you explore the world and how it works – you can see everything from a watching a bubbling volcano to touching real polar ice! Fun for the whole family (and educational too!). Further information can be found here.
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
There are an incredible six floors of interactive fun to explore here at Camera Obscura. Check out some of the incredible optical illusions before exploring the Mirror Maze and the Magic Gallery. With some incredible city views from the rooftop terrace, you can even spy on the city when you reach Camera Obscura…. a great place to spend a family afternoon together! Check out our website for further information and current opening times.
Museum of Childhood
A must-see for all ages, the Museum Of Childhood in Edinburgh is the first of its kind! Kids can marvel at toys and games throughout the ages, with interactive games and even a dress-up station! And of course the grown-ups can get involved too – how many toys do you recognise from childhood? Bring the family for a free day out and catch the current exhibition “26 Children’s Winters”. Further information can be found here.
Further great ideas for activities and events in Edinburgh can be found at http://www.edinburghforunderfives.co.uk