Parent Hack: 6 Alternative but Awesome Kids Party Venues in & around Edinburgh

It happens every year: oh god we’ve got to organise a children’s party.

But maybe this time, you don’t want your house trashed or to feel the burden of entertaining.

We’ve put together this list of alternative venues for kids parties, that will certainly earn you the ‘cool parent’ badge.

1. Foxlake Adventures

Image from Foxlake Adventures Facebook page

Where? Dunbar, East Lothian

What? Scotland’s first cable wakeboarding park along with the UK’s only ropes course constructed over water.

Suitable for: kids who love the outdoors, have a sense of adventure or love a challenge

Age suitability? 6+ years old

Supervised? Yes, fully supervised — parents can chill in their onsite cafe.

Party catering? Yes.

Price?

FoxFall — a unique low ropes course challenge over water — £15 per child

Small Ringo — tear up and down the lake on big inflatables (max. 6 people per session)— £25 per child

Big Ringo — tear up and down the lake on big inflatables (max. 10 people per session)— £30 per child

Cable Wakeboarding— an overhead cable which pulls you over the surface of the lake with a feel similar to surfing or snowboarding but on water — £18 per child

Off-road Segway — an off road trek on some of the most scenic trail routes in the whole of East Lothian— £29 per child

They offer any number of different combination of activities, whether you want a to Segway, Wakeboard, Ringo or just take on FoxFall Ropes Course they will make sure the party works for your group.

More info: http://www.foxlake.co.uk/parties-groups/kidsparties-2/


2. Ryze

Image from Ryze Facebook page

Where? Mayfield Industrial Estate in Dalkeith.

What? Over 19,000 square feet of wall-to-wall trampolines, with slacklines, basketball hoops, dodgeball and foam pits!

Suitable for: kids who have love moving their body and have excess energy to burn off

Age suitability?

‘Open Jump’ — 7+ years old

‘KidJump’ — 2–6 years old

Supervised? Yes, includes a Party Host to assist with all setup and cleanup.

Party catering? Yes.

Price?

Parties for 7+ years old:

Mon-Thurs: £135 up to 10 jumpers, £12.50 per additional jumper

Fri-Sun: £150 up to 10 jumpers, £13.95 per additional jumper

Parties for 2–6 year olds:

Mon-Thurs: £105 up to 10 jumpers, £9.50 per additional jumper

Fri-Sun: £120 up to 10 jumpers, £11 per additional jumper

How long is the party for? 45 mins exclusive use of the party room, and each jumper gets a one hour ‘flight ticket’

Cool extras:

  • Free Ryze Gripper Socks for the Birthday Flyer
  • VIP Pass for the birthday Flyer
  • 1 FREE go in their Hurricane Simulator
  • Free online printable party invitations

More info: http://www.ryzeedinburgh.com/Parties


3. Edinburgh Climbing Centre

Where? Newbridge

What? Europe’s largest indoor climbing arena.

Suitable for: kids who have love moving their body and have excess energy to burn off

Age suitability? Options for 1–16 years old

Supervised? Yes, led by qualified instructor and equipment hire is included.

Party catering? Yes

Price?

1–4 years old: Rock Tots Party Room

£12.65 per person

Min. 6 kids, Max. 12 kids

Available: Saturday & Sunday - 10am, 10.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm

1–10 years old: Scrambles Soft Play

£12.65 per person

Min. 10 kids, Max. 30 kids

Exclusive use: £305 + £3.95 pp
Available Saturday & Sunday — 4–5.45pm

8–16 years old: Climbing Party Package

£142.50 for up to 6 people

£285 for 7–12 people

Available Saturday & Sunday — 1.30–3.15pm, 4–5.45pm

4–16 years old: Clip’n’Climb Party Package

£355 for up to 20 people, including food.

Available Saturday & Sunday-10.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm or 3.30pm

How long is the party for? 1 hour activity

More info: https://www.edinburghleisure.co.uk/activities/birthday-parties


4. The Edinburgh Dungeon

Image from Edinburgh Dungeon Facebook page

Where? 31 Market Street, Edinburgh

What? The Edinburgh Dungeon brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages, scenes and rides in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It’s hilarious fun and it’s sometimes a bit scary.

Suitable for: kids who like history, stories, theatrics and a bit of a thrill.

Age suitability? 8-15 years old

Supervised? No. Recommend a minimum of two adults per group.

Party catering? Yes. There are packages which include lunch at the Filling Station on the Royal Mile.

Price?

Package not including food:

£10.50 per child

£11.50 per adult (16 yrs +)

Packages including food at the Filling Station:

£20 per child

£25 per adult

How long is the party for? The full tour is 80 mins.

Cool extras:

  • Free Dungeon-themed invite template

More info: https://www.thedungeons.com/edinburgh/en/plan-your-visit/birthday-parties.aspx


5. Dance base

Image from DanceBase Facebook page

Where? Grassmarket, Edinburgh

What? A National Centre for Dance in Scotland.

Suitable for: kids who love to dance and move, or master the routine to their favourite song.

Age suitability? Unknown — contact venue.

Supervised? Class, yes. Studio time, unknown.

Party catering? No.

Price? £150 flat fee for 1 hour dance class and 1 hour studio time.

More info: http://www.dancebase.co.uk/party-classes/childrens-parties-109


6. Dominion Cinema

Image from Dominion Cinema website

Where? 18 Newbattle Terrace, Morningside, Edinburgh

What? The kids get to see their favourite movie in their very own private screening theatre with their friends

Suitable for: movie buffs & story-tellers.

Age suitability? 5–14 and 14+

Supervised? No, but parents watch the movie for free.

Party catering? Snacks only

Price?

5–14 yr olds: min. 20 children at £11 per person

14 + yr olds: min. 20 teenagers at £15 per person

How long is the party for? 2 hours

Cool extras:

  • Parents/adult watch the film for free
  • Can bring a birthday cake before the film viewing

More info: http://www.dominioncinema.co.uk/private-hire/


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