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What's Happening in Edinburgh Issue #1
My name is Rachael, I'm mum to Teddy who is two and a half and bump due to make an appearance mid-September.
We live in Leith and like most modern families, juggle our time between work and play.
In these bi-weekly newsletters, I will be letting you know about some of the fabulous events and activities going on in our beautiful city for both you and your family.
This week we spent a lovely morning at the St Paul's and St George's Playgroup on York place.
With stay and play sessions morning and afternoon on a Thursday for just £2 donation per family, it's a great place for little ones to let off steam!
We also discovered a wee gem of a family friendly cafe at the Youth Hostel on Haddington place. Plenty of room for buggies, a small playroom with soft play, books and toys to keep the little ones entertained and tasty, reasonably priced food!
I even had a chance to have a proper chat with a friend while the boys played!
Saturday 20th May - Opening Events, Edinburgh Alphabet, The City Arts Centre
Edinburgh Alphabet brings together over 300 objects across four gallery floors, creating a rich and diverse insight into our city’s history. Saturday sees a number of exciting events for the whole family throughout the day, details can be found through the link: Festival of Museums (Saturday)
The exhibition runs from 19th May until 8th October, entry is free and the exhibition also includes a dedicated activity area designed especially for family groups.
Friday 26th May – 4th June – Hidden Door Festival, Old Leith Theatre, Ferry Road
Ten days of music, theatre, visual arts, film and spoken word in the new venue of old Leith Theatre. The festival is free to explore until 6pm every day, with tickets available for the evening events.
27th May – 4th June – Imaginate, Edinburgh’s International Children’s Festival, various locations
Imaginate is the national organisation in Scotland, which promotes, develops and celebrates theatre and dance for children and young people.
The Festival opens with a weekend of free performances and drop-in art activities at the National Museum of Scotland, from 10am until 5pm on 27th and 28th May. Activities include storytelling, mini performances, hands-on art activities and live music.
27th - 28th May, Edinburgh Marathon Festival
The marathon festival kicks off on Saturday with a whole host of shorter and junior races and the full, half and relay races taking place on the Sunday. It may be too late to compete this year (applications are open for 2018) but you can still follow the route and cheer on the runners.
If you have other plans for this weekend, please also be aware that there are road closures and parking restrictions that may affect your plans.
Vue Cinemas run Mini Morning sessions every Saturday and Sunday mornings to give both adults and kids the chance to experience big-screen entertainment for a very small Price (from just £2.49).
Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience, Sing, The Lego Batman Movie are all showing over the next two weekends at both Ocean Terminal and the Omni Centre, and Moana is showing at The Omni on the 20th and 21st May.
Sunday 21st May – 2-5pm - Stockbridge Colonies Yard Sale
A chance to have a wander around the Stockbridge Colonies, pick up a bargain, hear some fantastic live music and possibly even get a sneak peek into some of the lovely houses!
The Pitt, Street Food and Drinks Market, 125 Pitt Street
This weekly Street Food Market with drinks and music has a fantastic, hip atmosphere and is an excellent opportunity to try some of Edinburgh’s best food. We particularly love the crab from Barnacles and Bones and pretty much everything from The Umami Spice Girl!
£2 entry. Kids cool till 8pm, dogs always welcome.
Did you know that if you are a grandparent that cares for a child whilst their parent is at work you may be entitled to National Insurance credits? Follow the link to find out more: Specified Adult Childcare credits: fact sheet
Edinburgh has an excellent network of Community Cafes across the city providing a clean, welcoming and safe environment for different community groups.
The cafes are all very different but work towards similar aims; providing a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, sociable places to prevent isolation, promoting healthier eating while still affordable using fair trade, local where possible and ethical resources.
Details can be found here: Edinburgh Community Cafes