kids playing outdoors


Finally, the October break is here. I know how challenging it could be for us, parents, to find interesting, engaging and challenging activities for our kids so that we can enrich their days with lots interactions, learning and fun. That is why I made a list of places that I plan to bring my daughter to. Indeed, not everything is within the city boundaries but this is a great opportunity to explore and go on adventures!





Royal Botanics – go for a Halloween trail, engage in Santa Claus ornaments worshop or simplu enjoy the serenity of the gardens and gather pinecones and use them for some crafts at home and pre-Xmas decorations.

Hermitage of Braid local Nature Reserve – great for walking, cycling, exploring, picnic and paddling in the river.

Sunday Funday at The Yard – nice playground with various activities for kids.

Dalkeith Country Park – run off some steam at the epic Fort Douglas, go for a walk and picnic and the enjoy beauty all around.

Hillend – have you tried tubing?

Craigie’s Farm – pick your own Pumpkin, explore the shop with delicious local food and play on the lovely playground outside. 

Archerfield Walled Garden – explore the Fairy Trail. 

Gorgie City Farm – pet and feed the animals, explore and then play on the playground and taste the food at the store that is all local produce.

Cramond Island – check the tide times, cross over and enjoy the adventure!  The views from the island are mesmerizing!






Central Children’s Library – join the storytelling, lego and art happenings.

Doodles – go for a clay wokshops in which kids could mould their own amazing Autumn hedgehog pencil holder OR create a spooky/cute Halloween face themed bowl OR make a beautiful Christmas garland of cookie-cutter clay shapes.

National Galleries – enjoy the numerous family and children activities both indoors and outdoors.

Royal Common Wealth Pool – if you have older kids you should definitely go for the Aqua Dash OR bring the wee ones for a Halloween costume party at the soft play on 24th October (tickets should be bought). 

Wonder World Soft Play – spacious, challenging and energy draining place that my daughter truly adores!

Dynamic Earth – there are a couple of amazing events related to the Moon, Dinosaurs, physics and geology! 

Gravity Active Centre – a Halloween Spooktacular or just jumping or rocks climbing. An amazing place to get active!

Museum of Edinburgh – go for super trails or just get lost and explore on your own paste. There is so much to see and learn at this museum. 

Mary Kings Close – go beneath the streets and discover Edinburgh’s ‘hidden history’.

Lauriston Castle – check out their ‘Spooky Castle’ event!

Stargazing at the Royal Observatory – whether dependent you can actually see the stars from a telescope on the roof 🙂

Scottish Owl Centre – explore the largest collection of awls in the world and enjoy the adventure play park. 

The Broadwalk at Ocean Terminal – enjoy the roller rink and indoor skatepark.

Ratho International Climbing Arena – challenge yourself in the Europe’s largest climbing indoor arena. 

Murrayfield Ice Rink – ice skating is so much fun! 

Turtle Dove Play Cafe – enjoy some playtime and hot coffee and babycinos.

Museum on the Mound – ever seen a million pounds?  Also last time we went there with my daughter there was a workshop in which kids were drawing and painting money 🙂

Camera Obscura – delve into the world of illusions.

Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World – small but beautiful place to recharge your imagination!


Wanna get some good food, coffe for you and babycino for the kids? My best choices are LOVE, PEACE & COFFEE, NERO CAFE & SODERBERG.


Enjoy the break folks 🙂



The Mermaid


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