If your family is relocating to Edinburgh in the near future – or simply visiting on holiday – then you will be gratified to hear that this vibrant historic capital is packed with fun-filled attractions and activities for children of all ages. Read on to find out more.
The National Museum Of Scotland
After the help of a moving company, like Doree Bonner, providing a stress-free removals service in Edinburgh, you can begin to explore. Once you’ve settled into your new life in the capital, perhaps one of the first visits you will make with your kids is to the National Museum of Scotland. Here, you will find fascinating exhibits spanning the vast stretch of earthly history – from the age of the dinosaurs to modern scientific breakthroughs. Younger kids, in particular, are sure to be enthralled by the mighty T-Rex skeleton, but there are also lots of interactive activities for them to enjoy – including digging for their own cache of dinosaur bones.
Zoos are fail-safe family attractions, and Edinburgh Zoo is no exception. Sprawling across 82 lush acres, the zoo is home to the UK’s only pandas – who have made headlines on numerous occasions – as well as Britain’s only captive koalas. Of course, there are also 1,000 other animal inhabitants to meet, from majestic tigers to penguins – who, if you are lucky, you may just witness going on a little promenade around the zoo itself.
The Museum Of Childhood
If your children would like to discover how kids have kept themselves entertained over the past 200 years, there’s no better place to take them than the Museum of Childhood. Refurbished in 2018, this fascinating museum features colourful displays containing toys, games, dolls, clothes, and books dating back to the 1800s. These include the Radio Rex voice-activated toy (from the 1920s) as well as more recent additions, such as a Buzz Lightyear action figure. Perhaps most intriguing, however, is its Queen Anne doll, which is almost 300 years old and is the museum’s oldest toy.
Journeying back into the past is particularly interesting in Edinburgh, which is renowned for its tumultuous – and often bloody – history. Older kids keen to explore the dark mysteries of the past will relish a visit to the Edinburgh Dungeon. Not for the faint of heart, this spooky attraction is a 70-minute walk-through extravaganza which features the talents of live actors as well as adrenaline-pumping rides and all manner of creepy special effects. Its exhibits include a Torture Chamber, a recreation of Sawney Bean’s infamous Cannibal Cave, and a visit to the Grassmarket Gallows.
On cold wet winter days in Edinburgh, there’s no need for your kids to be bored – simply take them to Fountain Park, and they can enjoy hours of fun interspersed with pauses for delicious refreshments at the Park’s various restaurants and food outlets. From urban climbing and trampolining to bowling and perfecting your putt at the Volcano Falls Adventure Golf course, there is plenty to keep you and your family amused.