10 things to do in & around Edinburgh over Easter 2017

We are sat here this morning with nothing in the diary for the next two weeks and we’ve been looking at all the exciting things we can get up to – These are the 10 things that between me and the boys we have chosen. I am not going to pretend, I absolutely cannot afford to do all of these things, but we are going to do as many as we can. We have really enjoyed researching this, so in itself, this is a great activity to do with the kids and get them involved.

The Edinburgh Science Festival
As usual, the Edinburgh Science Festival is running throughout to Easter holidays – We love science type activities, the boys are really interested, but I haven’t been to the Science Festival before, I’ve always felt they were too young.  This year with Bubbles being 5, I have found there are lots more that we can go to – We have been through the programme and decided on things to do. The boys are especially interested in the drones and so I’ve chosen this event for them. Researching with Drones event at Dynamic Earth

I’ve been advised by a friend you should book for all events even if they are free to make sure you get a place!
Easter Egg Hunt 
If you looking for an Easter Egg Hunt – National Trust for Scotland properties are hosting Cadbury Easter Egg hunts from Friday 14th April – Monday 17th April

RSPB Reserves
RSPB are helping the pockets here by offering half price entry to their reserves until the Summer – Great way to get out and about and having two boys, I know the benefits of getting them outdoors to run off some energy.  The nearest one to us is the one at Loch Leven, so it’s a bit further away, but the boys will love it!

Edinburgh Castle 
And on our bucket list is Edinburgh Castle – Again there is an offer here – when you sign up for a Historic Scotland membership by direct debit you get 18 months membership for the price of 12 – yes that is 6 months free!! Where do I sign?

Dynamic Earth
Dynamic Earth is great for us – we can hop on the train – and yes up to 2 kids free for every full paying adults – so can’t complain there and a short walk and we are there. Looking at the prices, again worth buying an annual membership rather than a day ticket.

National Museum of Scotland
The boys love it here – We could spend a day just mouching round the museum and we have and what’s more, it’s completely free!

Edinburgh Zoo
We have in the past had a membership and if we are heading to the zoo this Easter, we will do this again – not only do you get free admission but you get free parking too and so it’s a great money saver.

Dalkeith Country Park
Fort Douglas at Dalkeith Country Park is great – it’s super easy to get to and the boys love it – The people who built it also built the treehouse at Bubbles’ Forrest School nursery and the boys love it – There are extra activities here at weekends, so take extra money if you want to do zorbing or archery – £5 each from memory.  The Restoration Yard is a gem of a place to find unusual gifts, the deli section is also great – I love it! Just don’t tell Hubster, he thinks I go there for the kids!

Vogrie Park
Again great outdoor space – £1 honesty box for parking – yes I do always pay  and the boys love running around. There are picnic areas a park and lots of open space for them to run around – It’s super easy as a day out.

Camera Obscura
My last one is one that loads of people have recommended and I’ve never been, so Camera Obscura has made it onto the list. It says its six floors of interactive fun. I’ve seen loads of people posting pictures on various different social media platforms and I’m intrigued – It’s even made it to number 10 on Trip Advisors things to do in Edinburgh so it’s a must!

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