Days out, Family friendly

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Inflatable Fun City

Yes, it is exactly as it sounds – a whole load of inflatable objects for wee ones to jump around on, with everything from bouncy castles to slides. Bad news for grown ups though, it's only for ages 2–12.

Glasgow Green

Sun 19 Apr

£7.99

Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

The Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire is back for its third year at Summerhall, showcasing the diversity of human creativity and bringing together all sorts makers under one big roof. There will be gadgets, hardware, software, knitwear and food and the whole family will love interacting with robotic puppets, 3D printers, models…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sun 19 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Edinburgh International Science Festival

Having celebrated its 25th anniversary two years ago, Edinburgh International Science Festival was the world’s first large-scale festival of science and technology. The event is still among the biggest of its kind and is a success story which also involves year-round outreach and international engagement. This year it…

Various venues: Edinburgh

Sun 19 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Baby Loves Disco

Baby Loves Disco is a chance for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents to get their respective grooves on and enjoy some dayclubbing with real club DJs spinning retro and pop tunes. Chillout room, themed crafts, facepainting, healthy snacks and more – all included in the price, plus licensed bar for parents.

DNA, London SW11

Sat 25 Apr

£9.94–£144.19 / 07986 527947

Sat 30 May

£9.94–£144.19 / 07986 527947

Sat 27 Jun

£9.94–£144.19 / 07986 527947

Electric Circus, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Jun

£8.94–£128.75 / 07986 527947

Hummingbird, Glasgow

Sun 10 May

£8.94–£128.75 / 07986 527947

Sun 14 Jun

£8.94–£128.75 / 07986 527947

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The Inquest

Join the Inquest! We're taking you back to 1829 and an unidentified person has been found at Surgeons' Hall. Without any obvious cause of death, curator Robert Knox is finally called into question. Examine the scene of the crime, explore contemporary medical texts and illustrations, and discover the good and bad sides of…

Surgeons' Hall Museum, Edinburgh

Sun 19 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Bags of Art

Collect a bag of art activities from the art station, and you and your family can explore the gallery with its help and make your own art. Ages 4–12.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Sun 19 Apr

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 14:00 – 16:00 Bags of Art Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Sun 17 May

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 14:00 – 16:00 Bags of Art Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Borders Book Festival

Taking place in the National Trust's Georgian Harmony Garden, the Borders Book Festival attracts world-class literary figures.

Harmony Garden, Melrose

Thu 11 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2257

Fri 12 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2257

Sat 13 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2257

Sun 14 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0844 493 2257

Moscow State Circus: Park Gorkogo

The internationally-acclaimed Russian circus troupe returns with ever more impressive acrobatics, clowning and aerial feats.

Cardiff City Stadium

Wed 29 Apr

£7–£39 / 0845 365 1115

Thu 30 Apr

£7–£39 / 0845 365 1115

Fri 1 May

£7–£39 / 0845 365 1115

…and 3 more dates until 4 May

Cheltenham Racecourse

Wed 6 May

prices vary / 01242 513014

Thu 7 May

prices vary / 01242 513014

Fri 8 May

prices vary / 01242 513014

…and 2 more dates until 10 May

Harewood House, Leeds

Wed 3 Jun

£10–£39 / 0113 218 1000

Thu 4 Jun

£10–£39 / 0113 218 1000

Fri 5 Jun

£10–£39 / 0113 218 1000

…and 2 more dates until 7 Jun

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This unique event draws crowds (and performers) from all over the world with massed pipes and drums, massed military bands, display teams, dancers and the haunting lament of the Lone Piper set against the magnificent backcloth of Edinburgh Castle.

Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

Sat 8 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

Mon 10 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

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West End Festival

Taking over the West End of Glasgow each year, the festival treats the ears to a great musical line-up, tantalises all the senses with a carnival and delves into the creative depths of local studios and exhibitions with the Hidden Lane open days.

Various venues: Glasgow

Fri 5 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

Sat 6 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

Sun 7 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

…and 21 more dates until 28 Jun

Animation Jam: Toys Alive Animation Workshops

Learn how to bring inanimate objects to live using animation. Ages 7–12.

Filmhouse, Edinburgh

Sun 19 Apr

£14.50 / 0131 228 2688

Easter Eggcitement

Head down to the farm to meet the new arrivals, take part in the springtime trail and get crafty making bonnets and masks.

Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Livingston

Sun 19 Apr

included in admission / 01506 414957

£6.50 (Family £21–£29; Children £5) / 01506 414957

Mon 20 Apr

included in admission / 01506 414957

£6.50 (Family £21–£29; Children £5) / 01506 414957

Edinburgh International Magic Festival

MagicFest pulls another rabbit out of the hat with a programme of close-up conundrums, mindboggling illusions, comic cabaret and other feats of the impossible. The festival features workshops as well as shows and ends with the illustrious Closing Gala, a fast paced performance of illusion, sleight of hand, circus and mind…

Various venues: Edinburgh

Fri 26 Jun

Times vary / £15–£32 / 0131 226 1918

Sat 27 Jun

Times vary / £15–£32 / 0131 226 1918

Sun 28 Jun

Times vary / £15–£32 / 0131 226 1918

…and 6 more dates until 4 Jul

Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

A celebration of maker culture with exhibits, installations and interactive workshops from all kinds of makers including designers, scientists, artists, crafters and inventors. Meet the makers and get hands on to become a maker yourself.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sun 19 Apr

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

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Mum2Mum Market

This pop up baby and children's market features stalls manned by mums selling to other mums. Buy and sell children's clothes and maternity wear, equipment, toys and prams. Sellers must book a stall in advance.

BGN School, Banbury

Sun 10 May

£2 (Children free) / 01295 264216

2 for 1 voucher on website

Sun 19 Jul

£2 (Children free) / 01295 264216

Sun 11 Oct

£2 (Children free) / 01295 264216

Sun 6 Dec

£2 (Children free) / 01295 264216

Chenderit School, Banbury

Sat 13 Jun

£2 (Children free) / 01295 711 567

2 for 1 voucher on website

Sat 12 Sep

£2 (Children free) / 01295 711 567

Sat 7 Nov

£2 (Children free) / 01295 711 567

Christ Church Ministry Centre, Aughton

Sat 25 Apr

£2; free in the last half hour (Children free) / 01695 424530

  • 14:00 – 16:00 Mum2Mum Market Christ Church Ministry Centre, Aughton

Sat 25 Jul

£2; free in the last half hour (Children free) / 01695 424530

  • 14:00 – 16:00 Mum2Mum Market Christ Church Ministry Centre, Aughton

Sat 24 Oct

£2; free in the last half hour (Children free) / 01695 424530

  • 14:00 – 16:00 Mum2Mum Market Christ Church Ministry Centre, Aughton

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Talking Trees Storytelling

Let the RBGE’s volunteer storytellers grow your imaginations with tall tales from around the world.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Sun 17 May

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

Aboyne and Deeside Festival

A small yet diverse festival that offers an eclectic selection of classical, folk and contemporary music, politics, thought, art, drama, literature and film.

Various venues: Aboyne & Deeside

Fri 24 Jul

Times & prices vary / 07799 772316

Sat 25 Jul

Times & prices vary / 07799 772316

Sun 26 Jul

Times & prices vary / 07799 772316

…and 13 more dates until 8 Aug

Colchester Arts Centre

Fri 1 May

Free / 01206 500900

Hatfield House

Sun 17 May

Stable Yard

Phone for prices / 01707 287010

Sun 21 Jun

Stable Yard

Phone for prices / 01707 287010

The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

Thu 7 May

Phone for prices / 01298 23114

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Camp Indy – Summer Camp in Glasgow

A summer camp where kids aged 6–14 can receive tuition in sport, art, dance and performing arts with all-camp activities including carnivals, campfires and colour wars.

Kelvinside Academy, Glasgow

Mon 27 Jul

£150 per week (Children £35 per day)

Tue 28 Jul

£150 per week (Children £35 per day)

Wed 29 Jul

£150 per week (Children £35 per day)

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The largest arts festival in the world and the greatest show on earth. Every year thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and…

Various venues: Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 226 2000

Sat 8 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 226 2000

Sun 9 Aug

Times & prices vary / 0131 226 2000

…and 22 more dates until 31 Aug

Making It

An interactive exhibition all about the modern maker movement and its links to science, technology and design. Celebrating the rise of do-it-yourself culture this fun, engaging exhibition is packed with interactive demonstrations of modern design, innovation and technological futures, from 3D scanning to smartphone…

Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh

Sun 19 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Man at Arms Guided Tour

The Man at Arms tells bloodthirsty tales of siege warfare and castle life, with a selection of medieval weapons to show off.

Dirleton Castle, North Berwick

Sat 23 May

Normal admission charges apply / 01620 850330

Savour

Foodies delight as Edinburgh's top wine merchants, chefs and food and drink producers come together for an afternoon of tasty exploration. There's a mix of artisan producers, local restaurants, craft beers, puddings purveyors, gins, mixologists and wine sellers throughout the venue.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sun 5 Jul

£12–£15 (under 12 free with paying adult) / 0131 560 1581

£13 (Under 12s free with paying adult) / 0131 560 1581

  • 13:00 – 18:00 Savour Summerhall, Edinburgh

Big Sunday Dundee WestFest

Big Sunday is Dundee WestFest’s own mini festivalette. Magdalen Green is filled with stalls, children’s rides, art activities, live music, sport tasters, a beer garden and food vendors.

Magdalen Green, Dundee

Sun 7 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01382 433 647

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