Half Term Fun in Edinburgh

Are you looking for an exciting destination to take the tots to this half term? Great deals on hotels in Edinburgh put you at the heart of a vibrant city, filled with family friendly attractions and events. With half term falling over the Halloween period for 2012, booking your city break in advance is advised to secure the best prices.

October is a magnificent month to explore many of Edinburgh’s popular tourist hot spots. Children will love the huge array of wildlife on show at Edinburgh Zoo. With over 1,000 animals including Giant Pandas, safari rides, keeper experiences and autumn-leaf adorned picnic areas, a full day can be spent appreciating the activities and amenities on offer.

Should the Scottish heavens open, take a nature trip to Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World. Get up close and personal with ‘tropical butterflies, insects, snakes, frogs and more’ at one of the handling sessions held at various times during the day.

A visit to Edinburgh Castle presents the perfect opportunity for children to let their imaginations run wild. Conveniently located within the city centre, the iconic castle stands in the backdrop of so many city centre hotels. Standing for over 1,000 years, youngsters can enjoy an authentic afternoon of medieval role play – the place where stories of knights and damsels come to life.

Child friendly tours in Edinburgh add an element of adventure into exploring the local culture. The Edinburgh Treasure Trail along the Royal Mile encourages families to search for clues and discover a wealth of information about the capital’s heritage.

Baby Loves Disco is back in town on Sunday 21 October. Two Halloween themed discos will be held at the Electric Circus club, where free snacks and drinks and costume competitions are included in the admission price. Tots and toddlers are invited to get down and boogie to a range of dance classics, party anthems and contemporary club hits. Crawlers get in for free.

The ultimate in interactive learning, the Museum of Childhood invites every member of the family to take a trip down memory lane and rediscover hundreds of classic and contemporary toys. With a focus on the Halloween festivities, the museum will host a Ghost and Ghouls workshop on Saturday 27 October. Make paper lanterns, ghouls and beasts, with artist, Louise K Fraser.

Homing in on the spooky season, the Halloween Castle of Magic at Traquair House on Sunday 28 October is day out full of creepy activities. ‘Sorcery, storytelling, illusions and mind-reading’ are scheduled to keep the brood entertained, while prizes will be awarded for the best Halloween themed costumes.

Expanding on the monster mayhem of the moment, the 3D Loch Ness Experience takes guests on an exciting tour through the depths of Loch Ness. Learn the legends, uncover the myths and uncover the natural underwater world of the loch. Keep your eyes peeled, in case the infamous Loch Ness Monster, Nessie, decides to make an appearance.

Start your half term Halloween inspired adventures today and book great deals on hotels in Edinburgh. The best prices are available online now.

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