days out with kids in edinburgh

Days out with Kids in Edinburgh on a budget

(Last Updated On: 29/08/2020)

Looking for ideas for cheap days out with kids in Edinburgh? Here are my top five suggestions. It is definitely possible to have a fun day out with kids without breaking the budget.

Craigies Farm & Farm Shop

I feel like everyone who has been to Craigies raves about it – myself included! Entrance is free and there are a selection of animals to see (including Shetland ponies, pigs, goats and chickens). There is a lovely farm shop if you fancy something special for dinner or are looking for a gift for someone. I can recommend their vegetable boxes if you are planning a Sunday roast, and their gin and craft beer selections are definitely worth a peruse. Seasonally, you can also participate in pick-your-own fruit/pumpkins. One of the best parts for me is that there is a large enclosed play area for the kids to run around, overlooked by plenty of picnic tables so us parents can relax with a coffee and a scone from the cafe whilst the kids have fun.

days out with kids in edinburgh
Toddlers can’t resist a chance to sit on a tractor

National Museum of Scotland

Entrance to this enormous museum is free. You could spend the whole day here if you have older children, but even with younger kids, we can definitely spend a fun couple of hours exploring the amazing Animal World room (complete with T-Rex skeleton) and the Adventure Planet area. I look forward to seeing more of the museum as they get older. A trip here is my go-to on a rainy day when I’m looking for cheap days out with kids in Edinburgh.

Lauren dressed up as a hunter, chasing her little brother

Cramond Island

If you’re in the mood for an adventure, I can’t think of a better one than walking across the causeway to Cramond Island (not buggy friendly unfortunately). Just make sure you check the tide times to make sure you don’t get stranded!

LOVE Gorgie City Farm

Entry is free but please donate if you can to this amazing enterprise. The farm isn’t huge, but there is a selection of animals, a decent playpark and a cafe – it’s a lovely urban oasis in which to pass a lovely hour or two.

What did I say about toddlers and tractors?

Royal Botanic Garden

This is an amazing place for toddlers to burn off all that energy, not to mention incredibly educational. A wonderful place to have a picnic whilst watching the squirrels scampering about. Entry is of course free.

Hope this blog post has been helpful! Do you have any other ideas for days out with kids in Edinburgh?

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