What's Happening in Edinburgh - 17.07 – 30.07

What's Happening in Edinburgh - 17.07 – 30.07

17 Jul 2017 Posted by: Guest blogger


Two weeks of the school holidays down! How’s that bucket list coming along?

We have been super busy moving house, how on earth did we end up with SO MUCH STUFF? Thank goodness we are all in now… we just need to unpack!

Poor Teddy has mostly been playing ‘packing’ and ‘unpacking’ but I did set up a great sensory activity for him in the garden. I froze a selection of toy dinosaurs in blocks of ice and we had a lovely morning freeing them from their icy tombs!

This is a really simple activity, with very little prep, although you do need to think ahead to allow them to freeze; extend the play by encouraging discussion about how the ice feels. Is it hard or soft? Warm or cold? Smooth or rough?

I also asked Teddy what we should use to break them out, he suggested ‘A hitting thing and a pokey thing’… we used a spoon!

Great preparation for our next visit to Ocean Terminal, see below for more details.

parks and recreation

National Museum of Scotland Summer Family Activities, Various Dates  

An amazing selection of free events taking place at the National Museum of Scotland over the summer holidays.

Inspired by the vast museum collection, there is something to suit everyone, from a story corner in the Imagine gallery, Gallery Safaris and an Ancient Egypt Tomb-bola!


Polar Extremes, Dynamic Earth, 1st July – 28th August

Dynamic Earth is a great day out for all the family and this summer they are offering a selection of extra activities, included in the entry price, allowing you to explore and learn more about the extreme conditions of our polar regions.

Arts and crafts, experiments and a green screen digital photo booth to document your family’s visit just for starters.


Dynamic Earth is open 10am-6pm 7 days a week through July and August. Admission on the door Adults - £15, Child (4-15) - £9.50, Concessions - £13. Book your tickets online before your visit to save 10%.

fairs and events

Roar! Dinosaurs Return to Ocean Terminal, 17th July – 13th August 

After visiting the Dinosaurs at Ocean Terminal in spring 2016, Teddy now asks to see them every time we visit… We are so excited that they are back! 

Twelve animatronic model dinosaurs take over the centre across three floors and nine locations. As well as coming face to face with T-Rex, Spinosaurus, Raptorex and Troodon, you can even excavate dinosaur bones in the giant sand pit on the first floor. 

In addition to the models, workshops will be running 12-4pm weekdays and 11am-5pm at the weekends.

The workshop activities are free and run on a drop-in, first come, first served basis and may get very busy. 


My Pet Pals Activity Club, Pets at Home Fort Kinnaird, Corstorphine and Straiton, Various Dates

These workshops for children aged between 5 and 11 years old, aim to teach them how rewarding having a pet can be and how to look after them in a responsible way.

Each workshop consists of activities, puzzles and games, as well as the chance to get up close to the animals in the store. Choose from ‘Small and Furries’ or ‘Fish Friends’ and book your free place online. 


Midlothian Snowsports Centre, EH10 7DU 

With two main artificial slopes, three nursery slopes, jump slope and range of freestyle features, Midlothian Snowsports Centre has something for every level of ability, all year round. 

The centre also offers tuition for both adults and juniors in skiing and snowboarding, including week long summer camps. 

If you don’t fancy skiing or snowboarding, why not give Tubing a try? Tubes are inflatable doughnuts with smooth bases, allowing you to slide downhill. Suitable from age four (and over one metre tall). 

Tubing sessions are available in one-hour blocks 10am – 5pm until 13th August. 


Summer Holiday Sewing, The Red Thread Studio, Newington, Various Dates and courses

It’s never too early to learn to sew and create!

These fun, creative courses, allow children to learn to use a sewing machine, sew seams, hems & corners as well as cut, design and be creative with fabric!

The summer kids courses are especially designed for children aged between 8 - 12 years, classes are lovely and small, enabling each child to have plenty of assistance.

The studio is well equipped with sewing machines, cutting tables & snack area. The courses will be led by Rachel Treloar, who has full PVG disclosure and is highly experienced at working with children.


activities and offers

Scents of Wellbeing

Fabulous accredited provider, Anne Young at Scents of Wellbeing offers a wonderful range of services for pregnant women and new mums including Baby Massage, Relax and Breathe Birthing, Pregnancy and Postnatal Massage and Reflexology.

Anne has also recently qualified as a Relax and Sing Baby Signing Instructor! Find out more by visiting Scents of Wellbeing’s profile here


Win a Confidence Coaching Course and Inspirational Coaching Cards for Your Child

We've teamed up with KalliKids accredited Mind Tools for Kids to give away one of their Spark Confidence Coaching courses worth £179 alongside a pack of their brand new Coaching Cards.

This course is designed to give you the practical tools you need to help your child boost their confidence. Each module will introduce a way to build and develop confidence and self-esteem.

You can work through each module with your child or use the videos with each downloadable worksheet. It is perfect for ages 7-13 years.

mind tools for kids


Teen Yoga, Projekt 42 Leith, Tuesdays through the summer 4-5pm

Projekt 42 is a community gym and wellness centre focusing on strengthening the connection between mental health and physical fitness.

The teen yoga programme is run on a donation basis (pay what you can) and is a great way to introduce your teen to the importance of looking after both body and mind.


As a charity, Projekt 42 is supported by donations, grants and with the help of generous supporters.

They also offer a fantastic selection of fitness and yoga classes available at low prices to make them accessible to everyone. Find out more about this amazing community project by visiting the website projekt42.co.uk.

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