One of the main tasks in the summer holidays is often balancing your free time and keeping the kids entertained. We have devised our family-friendly list of things to that will ensure you and the kids have a fun-filled summer. From evenings at the theatre to countryside adventures this is what we would recommend. And best of all, everything is within easy reach of Eskmills!
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Soundplay Dome
We love visiting the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but with so many shows to choose from, where do you start? We’d recommend going to the Soundplay Dome, a sensory interactive show created for all ages.
This show is ideal if you have young children, as it uses animation, visuals, audio and interaction. The experience becomes a digital instrument allowing children to take part, play, move and creatively to express their energy. The show is designed to spark creativity in young people. The show is on from the 12th to the 16th of August, and tickets are available to book now. It takes place at the City Art Centre.
More information: tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/soundplay-dome
Gorgie City Farm, Edinburgh
If you’re looking for a free day out in the city with kids that need to be kept busy, we would recommend Gorgie City Farm. The farm is based in the city centre of Edinburgh and it’s a great educational experience for those who don’t live in a rural area.
It runs on public donations so showing up and donating what you can afford is a great way to support your local community. The farm also practices social inclusion with volunteering opportunities. From a wide range of farm animals to smaller pets you can experience a hands-on visit in groups. As well as farm life there is a greenhouse, herb garden, and vegetable garden. It is the perfect way to experience animal life in the city centre.
More information: gorgiecityfarm.org.uk
The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh: The Fringe Festival ‘Oliver!’
For some fun that will entertain the whole family, you can see the classic Dickens’ tale ‘Oliver!’ at The Brunton Theatre in Musselburgh. The musical sensation includes the well-known soundtrack, cleverly devised plot and characters from one of the world’s best storytellers. The show will be on from the 8th of August to the 10th of August and you can purchase tickets on the website now.
More information: thebrunton.co.uk/en-GB/shows/oliver!/events
Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith
For a breath of fresh air and stretching your legs, Dalkeith Country Park is the place to go. There are a variety of outdoor activities including adventure, walking and cycling. If you want to relax there is a restaurant and coffee bar, or alternatively if you were looking for a cheaper day out brining a picnic is also an option.
The Fort Douglas playground which is included in the free entry is a great place to let the kids loose to climb, play and jump (with adult supervision). Dalkeith Country park has also arranged a range of craft activities and workshops for over the summer. These include Crafty Card Making, Face Stencilling, Wand Making, Clay Creatures, Tree Discovery, Forest Faces and Pebble Painting. For more information and activities visit the Dalkeith Country Park website.