Under 5s Guide

 Edinburgh & the Lothians

The Essential Guide for Parents and Carers with Babies and Toddlers Living In and Around Edinburgh 

Edinburgh Leisure

3 Fantastic soft plays at EICA Ratho, the Royal Commonwealth Pool and Tumbles at Portobello are all open along with their cafes. Unlimited soft play at all 3 venues with the Young Explorer soft play membership.

Edinburgh, Ratho & Portobello

Joy Tots
Offer great coffee, delicious food, a safe clean play area and wonderful drop in craft opportunities. 

117 Ferry Rd, Leith, EH6 4ET

Jungle Tumble Play Cafe
Soft play with a cafe and party venue.

85 High St, Musselburgh, EH21 7DA

King’s Table Sundays Play Cafe
King’s Table is a Christian play café for the under 5’s and their parents on a Sunday morning run by Edinburgh Vineyard. Inch Park Community Sports Centre, Inch Park Community Sports Centre, 227 Gilmerton Rd, EH16 5UD

Little Seedlings Soft Play 

Walk-in spaces may be available however we recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment. Dedicated baby area.

Dobbies, Lasswade EH18 1AZ

Dobbies, Beughburn, Houstoun Mains, Livingston, EH52 6PA

Tribe by Nurture the Play

Calm play sessions, a range of toys including puzzles, loose parts, and wooden toys that you won't find elsewhere from £5 per adult and up to 3 children and includes a hot drink for adults.

46 Granton Road Edinburgh EH5 3QS

Time Twisters Play Centre
Soft play centre and party venue with cafe. Toddler Morning sessions are available for every child aged 4 and under.

Catalyst Trade Park, Unit 5 Bankhead Drive. Sighthill, EH11 4EJ

Tots Spot Play Cafe

Tots Spot is uniquely child-focused with imaginative and creative play for children aged 5 and under. Classes, events and a tasty menu.

200 Main St, East Calder, Livingston, EH53 0EJ

Turtle Dove Play Cafe
Cafe and party venue, dedicated play areas for babies, toddlers and older children including a series of 'play scenes’ and reading nooks.

31 Corbiehill Rd, Davidson’s Main, EH4 5BQ



Cafes with dedicated play areas for babies, toddlers and older children. Some also host baby and child classes, workshops, monthly memberships and party hire.



Venues and party services which help to create a perfect children's birthday party.


Bumble Bee Sports

Sports Coaching for children aged 2 years +. Parties are available at the weekends and they take care of the kids for the duration (different packages available). They cater for up to 30 kids.

We will come to your chosen venue Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian and West Lothian

Ceilidh Kids

Scottish dancing for children. Suitable for families with children aged 3-9 years old, but everyone welcome.

Events venues across Edinburgh

It’s In The Bag

50 mins of story telling for little people.  Interactive stories are told using puppets and props. (Suitable for max. 20-30 children) 

We will come to your chosen venue in Edinburgh & Lothians

Juniper Bakes

Bespoke celebration cakes for all ages and occasions

Delivered to Edinburgh & Lothians

LCDC - Fitness & Dance Studio Venue Hire

You can hire our studio for all events, clubs, meetings, parties and more for only £50 per hour.

Unit 9 Newhailes Business Park, Musselburgh EH21 6RH

Magic Gareth

Magic, ballon twisting and excitement for your wee one’s most special day of the year. Magic Gareth has options to suit all from 3 years +

Gareth will come to your chosen venue in Edinburgh & Lothians

Pure Brilliant Events

Bex and her team can organise and run events for up to 30 children. Face painting, balloon modeling, bouncy castles, glitter tattoos, mascots, popcorn.

We will come to your chosen venue in Edinburgh & the Lothians

Splat Messy Play

Will come to your chosen venue at an arranged time and create the most magical special party for your little one. The best part is whilst you enjoy tucking into the party food, we will clean up the mess!

We will come to your chosen venue in Edinburgh & Lothians

The Little Pastel Castle Co.

Scotland’s first pastel Castles, modern luxe bounce house rentals for indoor & outdoor use. 

Deliver to Edinburgh & Lothians

Tots Toun Softplay Hire

Soft play bronze, silver & gold party packages available for home or hall bookings.

Deliver to Edinburgh & Lothians

Blessing & Blossoms Children's Boutique
Suppliers of christening wear, christening gowns, dresses and outfits.

132 St John's Rd, Corstorphine, EH12 8AX


Edinburgh’s oldest independent bookshop with a lower ground floor dedicated to children’s books. Free delivery for online orders within the UK.

53-62 South Bridge, EH1 1YS

Cloudberry Gifts & Coffee Shop

Coffee shop selling cards, gifts, jewellery, homewares plus toys, clothes, and books. Nestling in the back of the gift shops you will find a place to enjoy some of Edinburgh's finest day-time delicacies.

193 Whitehouse Road, Barnton,

EH4 6BU  0131 538 0168

1 Craigcrook Place, Blackhall,

EH4 3NG  0131 467 2878




Ginger and Pickles Children's Bookshop

Ginger and Pickles is an independent bookshop for children. The shop is both cosy and quaint, designed especially with young readers in mind.

51 St Stephen St, Stockbridge, EH3 5AH

Gulliver's Toys and Gifts 
Family owned shop with a great selection of traditional toys and gifts from birth to ten

165B Bruntsfield Place, Bruntsfield EH10 4DG

Maddie and Mark's Shoes

Specialise in first shoes with experts fitting crucial to the growth and development of your child.

205 Bruntsfield Place, Bruntsfield EH10 4DH

Mulberry Bush Shop

A good range of children’s books, toys, artisan gifts, craft materials, candles and cards. Specialise in works by Rudolf Steiner and educational wooden toys.

77 Morningside Road, EH10 4AY

Pippin Gifts

Selling cards, gifts, jewellery, homewares plus toys, clothes and books.

30 Haymarket Terrace, West End, EH12 5JZ

The Edinburgh Baby Company

Baby and children’s shop in Edinburgh offering organic clothing, wooden toys, prams, nursery furniture. Specialising in organic fair trade products.

28-30 Marchmont Cres, Edinburgh EH9 1HG NB The shop is moving online only. 

The Edinburgh Bookshop

Cosy store, shelves piled high with books for adults and children. Signed copies and readings. Under Fives Story-time is free, every Thursday and Friday from 9.3o am

219 Bruntsfield Pl, Bruntsfield EH10 4DH

The Treasure Trove
Everything is handmade and makers are members of a unique charity using traditional skills for dressmaking and special knitwear.

23A Castle Street, EH2 3HT

The Write Stuff

Independently owned and operated stationery shop. Contemporary stationery products and children's craft materials are just a few of the items stocked.

43 Raeburn Pl, Stockbridge, EH4 1HX

Treehouse Childrenswear
Treehouse Childrenswear is a family-run independent shop that kits a young baby/toddler out from head to toe. Quality shoes, toys, clothing and gifts.

10-12 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, EH3 5AU

Wooden Toys Edinburgh

Plastic free shopping for under 5s - they have a good range of toys, jigsaws and books. Stock can also be viewed and bought online. 

Ferry Rd, EH6 4NW

Worn In Wardrobe

You can buy and sell preemie to preschool preloved children’s clothing directly. 

Buy and Sell Online



Shops in Edinburgh offering quality shoes, toys, clothing and gifts for babies and children.



Exercise after you've had a baby is not easy. So we have selected classes which both of you can attend!


Fit and Happy Mamas

A buggy boot camp catering for all fitness levels. Helps women become fitter, stronger and more confident. 

Colinton & Murrayfield

Sweaty Mama  

A unique and effective way to exercise with your child. A fun workout to upbeat music to rehabilitate your body after having a child.

Currie & Corstorphine

Turtle Tums Aqua-Natal Yoga Classes

Mums-to-be from 14 weeks of pregnancy onwards regardless of fitness level, yoga experience and swimming ability.

Various pools across Edinburgh


123 Come Dance With Me

Fun, friendly dance classes for babies and the under 5s.

Classes at Time Twister, Broxburn Sports Clubs & Party Place EH14.

Angela Watson School of Dance

Creative, fun nursery ballet class for children from 3 years +.

Colinton, Fairmilehead, Firrhill


Ballet for 'tots' aged 6-18 months, 'tinies' 18 months-3 years and 'Movers, Tappers and Groovers' aged  3-5 years.

Venues across South Edinburgh

BW Dance Works

'Moving with my mini' - for toddlers who are walking and until they are 3 years old. Dance classes for 3+ years featuring ballet, tap, modern, cheer and Acro.

Cramond Kirk 16 Cramond Glebe Rd, Cramond, EH4 6NS 

Oriam, Heriot-Watt, Currie EH14 4AS

Ceilidh Kids Events

Scottish dancing for children suitable for families with children aged 3-9 years old, but everyone welcome.

Events venues across Edinburgh

Dance Pointe Academy - Mini Movers

Different styles of dance for all ages from 18 months to adults.

Dance studios in Penicuik and Peebles

Dance@Studio 21

Different styles of dance for girls and boys from 3.5 years and up.

Edinburgh and West Linton

DN Dance Babies

Dance Classes for mums and babies/toddlers aged 1-3 years plus classes for kids aged 3 years +.

Classes in 7 venues across Edinburgh

Dunedin Dance Academy

Tinies ballet 18 months - 3 years, Nursery ballet 3 - 5 years. 'Tots Tap' 3 - 5yrs.

Carrickvale Community Centre Saughton Mains St, EH11 3HH

LCDC Dance and Fitness

Bambino Ballet 18 months - 3 years. Dance classes from 3 years +

Unit 9 Newhailes Business Park, Musselburgh EH21 6RH

Morag Alexander School of Dance

Parent and Toddler Ballet Classes 18 months - 3 years.

Stage Door Studios, 8a Bridge Street EH21 6AG Musselburgh

Trinity Centre, 5 Church St, Haddington EH41 3EX

The Little Dance Company 

A fun new class introducing your little ones to the world of dance. Aimed at 2-3 year olds accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Morningside Dance Academy, 9B Grange Rd, Newington, EH9 1UQ

Phelan School of Dance

Pupils commence training aged 2yrs+. Tap, ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, highland/national and line dance.

Leith Community Centre 12A Newkirkgate Leith Edinburgh EH6 6AD

Revolution Dance

Starts at age 2. For those who just want to dance!

St Bride’s Centre, 10 Orwell Terrace, Haymarket EH11 2DZ

RMB Dance

 Modern Ballet and Street Steppers classes are open to boys and girls aged 3 up. 

The Crags Centre 10 Bowmont Place,EH8 9RY

Waterfront Dance - Tutu Tots & Twinkles 

Tutu Tots for 2yrs +. Twinkles is the next class up for children aged 3yrs+ who are ready to dance without parental support.

75A Main Street ,Davidsons Mains,EH4 5AT

Zayna Dance Academy

Classes for children aged 2.5 + . Free trials available.

60-62 Newhaven Road, Granton EH6 5QG



Dance classes for children from the age of 18 months require parental to attend. Classes for children from the age of 3 will usually require parents to sit outside the classroom.



Classes at this age offer a fantastic opportunity for you and your child to spend quality time together. Activities such as these help with  socialisation and sleep.

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Bumble Bee Sports

Sports Coaching for children. Walking-10 years

Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian and West Lothian

CEK (Chris Ewing Karate)

Practise the style of karate known as 'Wado kai'. Kids aged 3-5 years old. 


Edinburgh Leisure

Swimming from 3 months+, Gymnastics from 18 months+. Classes from 3 years+ include 'Mini Kickers', 'Tots Tennis', Trampolines, Ballet, and Diving

Various venues across Edinburgh.

Super Strikers

Fun, weekly play sessions, 30-minute classes for boys and girls from 2 yrs+

10 New Market Road, Slateford, EH14 1RJ

Tumble Tots

Designed to develop a child's agility, balance, co-ordination and climbing through the use of brightly coloured Tumble Tots equipment. Age groups: 6 mths – Walking, Walking – 2 Years, 2 – 3 Years, 3 Years – School Age.

Cramond, Murrayfield, Corstorphine and Stockbridge

Tutti Footy FC

Fun football classes for 2 years +.

Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian and West Lothian

Turtle Tots

Swimming classes 0 - 14 mths, 14mths - 3 yrs, 3-4 yrs

Various Pools Across Edinburgh & Lothians

Racquet Buddies

Baby and Toddler classes from birth to 3 years. Saturdays 12.15pm

College, Milton Rd E, Portobello, EH15 2PP

Rugby Tots

Fun-packed football classes for children aged 18 months - 5 years

Edinburgh & Lothians

Water Babies

30-minute swimming classes (max. 10 little ones). 0-1yrs, 1-2yrs, 2-3yrs, 3-4yrs & 4-5yrs.

Various Warm Pools Across Edinburgh & Lothians


Boogie Beat Music & Movement

Singing, dancing, story telling, classical fairy tales, traditional nursery rhymes and more! Suitable for children from 6 months to 6 years.

Venues across Edinburgh

Doodles Ceramics

Edinburgh's longest established "paint your own" pottery studio. They specialise in helping you design pots featuring your baby's hand and footprints. 

27-29 Marchmont Crescent, Marchmont, EH9 1HQ

Edinburgh Young Musicians

A Saturday morning music school.. Helping all ages from 3+ to enjoy music and to realise their individual potential.

George Watson's College Junior School, 69 Colinton Rd, EH10 5EG.

From Acorn to Oak

Baby and child massage, baby yoga, baby sign and parties.

Various locations Across Edinburgh

Jack and Jill Music

Jack and Jill's music classes in Edinburgh are live, interactive music classes for babies, toddlers, and pre-school children with accompanying adults. Fantastic large hall and a lovely enclosed external quadrangle for toddlers to run around. Possibility for outdoor classes too! 

07809 154415

The Reid Memorial Church W Savile Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 3HY 


Jo Jingles

Baby, toddler & preschool music classes & children's parties in Edinburgh, East Lothian, Mid Lothian and the Borders. Suitable for children from 3 months.

Venues across Edinburgh and Stirling

Le Petit Jardin d'enfants

The French Institute in central Edinburgh offers gentle, fun immersion classes for children from 3 to 5 years old. Children have the opportunity to learn French through song and games. All classes are taught by a qualified native French speaker. 

The French Institute, West Parliament Square,EH1 1RF

Little Learners 

From 5 months to 5 years. We learn how to write through messy play, painting, playdough, scribbling, dance and more.

Venues in: Currie, Dalkeith, Dalmahoy and East Calder

Music Bugs

Nursery rhymes, counting songs, finger-play rhymes, knee bouncers and action songs. For babies and toddlers. 

Various locations Across Edinburgh

Nurture the Play
Classes for 0 - 6 year olds.  Includes messy play, yoga, drama and sensory play.

5a Portland Gardens, Leith, EH6 6NA

Portobello Music School

Baby and toddler music classes from birth to 3 years. Saturdays at 12.15pm

College, Milton Rd E, Portobello, EH15 2PP

Tots Play

Fun, interactive developmental play classes and resources for children from birth to 4 years. Available classes: Birth - 6 mths, 8 wks - Crawling, 8 mths - 2.5 years.

Edinburgh North West - Carrick Knowe, Murrayfield

Sing and Sign

For babies from 2 months - 6 months, 6 months to 18 months, 14 months to 2 years +. Featuring lots of music, fun, interaction and, of course, signs! Marchmont, Portobello, Stockbridge, Leith

Song Circle

Song Circle is an independently-run music group for 0-5s hosted by Scottish folk singer, Gill Bowman and exclusive to Stockbridge, Edinburgh.

Skylark Cafe. 40 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge EH3 

21, Pilrig Street , Leith

Splat Messy Play

Classes are 1 hour long. Babies and toddlers are given the freedom to move around at their own pace and explore the structured activities prepared.  They will clean up the mess!

Various Venues across Edinburgh


A good class for a toddler or preschooler should foster their love of music, communication, listening, creativity and the arts.



Ideas for days out with the family in and around Edinburgh. Look out for cost-effective annual memberships!


Blair Drummond Safari Adventure Park

Home to over 350 animals. Drive and walk around 160 acres of parkland. Raised viewing platforms mean exciting eye-to-eye views of the giraffes, lions, free-roaming lemurs. (Under 2s: free; 3 -15yrs: £13.50; Adult: £16.50)

Outside the city of Stirling, FK9 4UR.

Conifox Adventure Park

Indoor soft play, outdoor off-road pedal tractors, 9-hole footgolf course, giant jump pillow, trampolines, supersized sand pit.

Foxhall, Kirkliston, Edinburgh, EH29 9ER

East Links Family Park

Family-friendly park with animal enclosures, train rides, go-karts, bouncy castle and trampolines.

Dunbar EH42 1XF

Fort Douglas

Open 7 days a week . Two play zones: one that’s perfect for toddler play with Mini Maze and another for children aged five plus.  (0 - 24 Months: FREE; Adult- 13+: £3.00; 2 - 4 Years: £6.50)

Dalkeith Country Park, Edinburgh

Vogrie Country Park

Adventure play area and toddlers' play park. Picnic areas and open lawns in the Victorian Policy areas.The Tree Top Café within Vogrie House has a Soft Play area.

Gorebridge, Midlothian, EH23 4NU



Expert services and advice to ensure healthy development.  


Cameron Optometry

Provides comprehensive eyecare. Specialist Myopia Management programme which aims to reduce the progression of short-sightedness in children.

5 St. Vincent Street, Stockbridge, EH3 6SW  

0131 225 2235



Chatterbox™ Speech Therapy 

Chatterbox™ has a range of services to help you children with speech and language development difficulties. Assessments via a range of standardised tests. Will take children from 18 months +. 


Meadows Dental Clinic

Specialist children’s dentistry. For children aged 6 months +. 

18 Thirlestane Road, Marchmont, EH9 1AN



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