Best winter activities for kids near Edinburgh   

Jack Frost may be nipping at our noses, but we won’t let him stop us from having fun days out! Though it may feel colder, there is still plenty of fun to be had during the winter months.  

Plus, getting outdoors, even in winter, can help boost our immune systems! In this blog, we outline the best winter activities for kids in and around Edinburgh. 

Dynamic Earth  

One of Scotland’s top visitor attractions, Dynamic Earth is guaranteed to be a hit with your little ones. Kids get to explore, learn and play, figuring out how things work and how to world around them was formed.  

Not only does the building itself have fascinating architecture but it is also filled with engaging, exciting exhibits to enjoy for children and parents alike.  

Scottish Storytelling Centre  

Escape through the pages of top story books at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Edinburgh’s High Street and enjoy one of the city’s best literary experiences. From one-off performances and seasonal events, children of all ages can enjoy story times with famous authors, poetry writing workshops, and more! 

Craigies Little Farmers  

Little Farmers at Craigies Farm is the perfect play haven all year round. Our very own farm-themed adventure park is all about family-friendly, fun, food and farming of course! Come play and explore both indoors and outdoors, meet the sheep, Shetland ponies, guinea pigs and more furry friends in the mini animal farm, take in a farmer’s talk, and enjoy some hearty grub in our family-friendly cafe.  

Book in for Little Farmers here! 

The National Museum of Scotland  

The National Museum of Scotland (NMS) is fantastic for kids, offering a mix of ancient history, technology, fashion, dinosaurs and more! 

NMS guided tours, workshops and immersive exhibitions encourage learning by doing and are sure to spark your little ones’ imaginations.   

Edinburgh Zoo Lanterns  

Edinburgh Zoo is a lovely, family-friendly place all year round, but it gets even more exciting and delightful around the festive season. Every year starting in November, the zoo exhibits hundreds of new lanterns that will mesmerise both kids and their parents. Previous year’s themes included Chinese lanterns, Lost World, and more!  

Coro The Chocolate Café 

Coro is a centrally located – just off of Princes Street – café that specialises in exceptionally fun desserts. Kids can pile up waffles, build their own crepes, or enjoy a milkshake in this lesser-known child-friendly café in Edinburgh. Just watch out for the sugar rush afterwards! 

Plan your winter day out with Craigies Little Farmers here!