School's Out For Summer!

04 July 2022

School's out for summer! Thankfully in Edinburgh there are plenty of great activities and events taking place throughout the summer months to keep boredom at bay, no matter the weather.

From bus tours to dinosaurs trails take a look at our round-up of events and activities and start planning your family's summer of fun!

Giraffe About Town

Giraffe About Town Royal Mile

Featuring more than 40 eight-foot-tall models, Giraffe About Town is a free public art exploratory trail, running all the way from Edinburgh Zoo to Leith.

In partnership with Wild in Art, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) will display this magnificent herd across Edinburgh to raise much needed funds for wildlife conservation.

If you’d like a paper copy of the map, you can find them at Edinburgh Zoo, Lothian travel hubs and the Visit Scotland Edinburgh iCentre.  An optional App can also be downloaded for just 89p!

Giraffe About Town runs from 01 July – 30 August.

Discover Dynamic Dinosaurs

Edinburgh Zoo Afterhours Dynosaurs 2022

Dino-fans will be in their pre-historic element with not one, but two dinosaur-themed events to explore this summer.

Are you brave enough to enter dinosaur territory at dusk? If so, then don’t miss Edinburgh Zoo After Hours’ for lots of dino-themed kids entertainment, music, outdoor games and more.

Or take a step back in time to the Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous periods and come face-to-face with an assortment of 50 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs at Jurassic Encounter Edinburgh, which takes place within the historic grounds of Newhailes Estate.

Edinburgh Zoo After Hours runs from 01 July – 06 August.

Jurassic Encounter Edinburgh runs from 02 – 17 July.

Discover The Deep

With lots of hands-on interactive displays, loads of fascinating facts to learn about marine science and the chance to discover more about deep-ocean exploration, Discover The Deep at Dynamic Earth is sure to fascinate young (and old) minds.

Discover the Deep family drop-in activities run daily from 02 July - 16 August.

Enjoy a Summer of Stories at NMS

Adventure Planet At The National Museum Of Scotland Photo Ruth Armstrong 5 (Image Credit: The National Museum Of Scotland - Ruth Armstrong)

From trails to storytelling, origami to film screenings, there's lots going on at National Museum of Scotland’s this July as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, the majority of which are free to attend.

View the full Summer of Stories programme here

Summer of Stories runs from 09 – 23 July.

Discover Harry Potter in Edinburgh

Grey Friars Graveyard With Tourist

Can’t get enough of all things wizard? From the graveyard thought to have inspired some of the key characters in the world-famous books, to an assortment of magical shops where you can stock up on replica Nimbus 2001 broomsticks, Edinburgh is jam-packed with Harry Potter sights and attractions.

Why not kick off your wizarding adventure with The Potter Trail – led by a knowledgeable and entertaining guide, this 90 minute tour is not only free, but you’ll see all Edinburgh’s top Potter sights, and you may even learn a spell or two along the way!

Get a real sense of Hogwarts and the Wizarding World in our Ultimate Harry Potter Guide to Edinburgh >

Experience the Tartan Titan

Take family fun to another level with the exhilarating assault course experience that is The Tartan Titan.

This spectacular course is the latest addition to Conifox Adventure Park at Kirkliston on the outskirts of Edinburgh and is billed as the world’s longest inflatable assault course.

At a whopping 560metres, the whole family can climb, crawl, jump and bounce their way to glory, with dedicated time slots for adults and younger children. Open to everyone taller than 1.1metre, this new attraction features 50 sections of obstacles including the Corkscrew, Wipe Out, Ninja Run, Ladder Challenge, Tidal Wave and Everest Slide.

The Tartan Titan will be at Conifox Adventure Park from 06 – 16 August.

Go on a Daytime Ghost Tour

Mercat Tours Family OG

A daytime tour for kids, Mercat Tours’ Gory Stories: The Kids’ Tour shows you a side of Edinburgh that others don't see, providing an informative and fun way to learn about the secrets of our city.

Suitable for ages 5+, wander through the ancient streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town and learn about creepy characters from the past, the meaning of gardyloo (and hope you never hear it!) and what treasure could be found buried in a 19th century graveyard!

Hit the Beach

Portobello Beach Couple Playing With Dog

From wide proms that are prefect for exploring the coastline on two wheels, to golden beaches with breath-taking views, you’re never far from the perfect coastal retreat in Edinburgh.

Get ready to feel the sand between your toes with our guide to Edinburgh’s Seaside

Step into Nature with the Scottish Seabird Centre

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

Alongside the Scottish Seabird Centre’s Education Officer, the centre’s Holiday Clubs offer an exciting programme of nature and science-based activities to delight and inspire young minds.

Scottish Seabird Centre Holiday Clubs run on select days from 04 July – 21 October.

Become a Skeleton Investigator

Surgeon Hall Museum

As part of Surgeons' Hall Museums summer kids drop in sessions, Skeleton Investigators 

gives curious minds the opportunity to have a closer look at animal skeletons.

Sessions are included in the cost of museum admission.

Skeleton Investigators: Drop in sessions run 19 and 20 July, from 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 3pm.

See Edinburgh from the top deck

On a bright summer’s 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.

Join Paddington for a unique adventure 

Pack a marmalade sandwich and head to Dalkeith Country Park to join Paddington’s Marmalade Messiness.  

In this unique outdoor adventure, can you track the pawprints and half-eaten marmalade and find Paddington?

Paddington Marmalade Messiness runs from 13 July - 04 September.

Explore Holyrood Park

Arthurs Seat

Holyrood Park’s Rangers are offering a range of fascinating events as part of their Holyrood Holiday Club.

Get crafty using the natural material found within this majestic park, discover more about the park’s wildlife, history and volcanic landscape, or learn more about the minibeasts and creepy crawlies that live here.

Holyrood Holiday Club runs on selected days from 13 July – 10 August.


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