School's Out For Half Term

05 October 2022

Conifox Spider Halloween

Edinburgh has plenty of fun lined up this October half-term break, so there's no excuse for boredom!

Whether you fancy going to a kid friendly event at Edinburgh’s museum and attractions, or embracing all things autumn and getting involved in the outdoors, we’ve got your family fun covered for the school holidays.


Mix it up with the National Museum of Scotland

Adventure Planet At The National Museum Of Scotland Photo Ruth Armstrong 5

Explore some of the fascinating objects in the National Museum of Scotland's collection by making your own. With a different theme each day, get crafty creating your own exhibits such as an 18th century-inspired mantua dress, an ancient Egyptian pyramid or a woolly mammoth mask.

Museum Mid Term Mash-up runs from 17 - 21 October. Full the full programme here >


Discover Edinburgh’s most child-friendly places

Child Friendly Guide

In partnership with egg, Scotland’s largest online and offline platform for women, we sourced Edinburgh’s most child-friendly place by asking the experts themselves…. Edinburgh’s youngest residents!

Discover their top suggestions > 


All Hands on Deck

This October, Dynamic Earth are inviting intrepid adventures to join them for All Hands on Deck. 

Build a boat strong enough to withstand Scotland’s waters or try your hand at navigating a Remote Operated Vehicle simulator as part of their family drop-in activities. Pop along on 22 Oct for the Marine Family Science Showcase Day and you’ll meet real life Marine Scientists and Researchers!

All Hands on Deck takes place at Dynamic Earth from 15 – 23 October


Step into Nature with the Scottish Seabird Centre

Seabird Scottish Sealife Centre Credit Helen Pugh(Image Credit: Helen Pugh)

Offering an exciting programme of nature and science-based activities to delight and inspire young minds, the Scottish Seabird Centre’s Holiday Clubs are fast becoming a holiday favourite with young explorers.

From discovering how fossils are made to learning about the marine minibeasts that live in the shore’s rockpools, this is a great chance to get up and close to nature. 

Scottish Seabird Centre Holiday Clubs run on select days from 17 – 21 October


See Edinburgh from the top deck

On a bright autumnal day, what could be better than taking in the sights and capturing the best views across the city in an open top bus?

Lasting for around an hour, Edinburgh Bus Tour’s latest tour, Cobbles’ Tour takes in famous sights such as Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket and the Royal Mile, all while listening to a fun commentary.

Not only that, but kids go free! (when accompanied by a paying adult)

Cobbles' Tour departs from the Lawnmarket


Explore Holyrood Park

Arthurs Seat

Fancy learning some bushcraft skills? Then join Holyrood Park’s Rangers for Holyrood Holiday Club: Bushcrafty. 

Suitable for children aged between 8 and 12 (who must also be accompanied by an adult) this fun session will feature skills such as fire lighting and shelter building.

Holyrood Holiday Club: Bushcrafty runs on 19 October


Take part in some spooktastic Halloween events

Halloween At Camera Obscura

Edinburgh’s once again got the best on offer this Halloween and as always, its more treat than trick!

From spooky craft sessions to ghost hunts, check out our top tips and choose the right haunt for you this Halloween.

Discover some frighteningly fun things to do in Edinburgh this Halloween > 


Explore Lauriston Castle

Lauriston Castle Front Entrance On Sunny Day

Truly one of Edinburgh's 'hidden' gems, Lauriston Castle grounds burst into beautiful autumnal colours this time of year. With free entry to the expansive grounds, it's the perfect place to enjoy the tranquillity of nature.

Afterwards, why not explore the castle itself by going on a guided tour and experience what life was like in a wealthy middle-class home in the 1900’s.

Family Tours run every Saturday and Sunday at 11am


Hear some tall tales at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Bringing together Scottish and international storytellers and musicians, The Scottish International Storytelling Festival features captivating performances and a lively programme of activities for all the family.

For the younger members of the audience, there’s stories about Greek gods, Robin Hood & his Outlaws, Vikings, mystical sea monsters and unicorns!

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival runs from 14 – 31 October


Make your own story props at Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle From Esplanade

Occupied for centuries and home to such treasures as the kingmaking Stone of Destiny and the medieval cannon, Mons Meg, it’s no surprise that Edinburgh Castle is bursting with stories.

This October, they’re giving young storytellers the chance to let their imagination run wild with drop-in craft sessions where you can create your own storytelling props. Will you be a regal monarch or a fire breathing dragon?

Make your own story props at Edinburgh Castle runs from 19 - 23 October


As you can see, there is plenty to do in Edinburgh this October half-term. Still looking for more ideas? Head to our What’s On page to discover even more things to do in the city.