Things to do with the kids

If you are planning a family trip to the zoo, we’ve got you covered! 

Here’s our top thing’s to do with the kids at the zoo along with some useful tips on how you and the kids can have the most ROARsome day out.

Edinburgh Zoo Brick Safari

From Friday 24 May to Wednesday 31 July, you can experience our fantastic new trail of toy bricks inspired by your favourite animals during your next unforgettable adventure to the zoo.

The trail is included with your zoo admission ticket and is free for RZSS members. 

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Dinosaurs at Edinburgh Zoo!

Immerse yourself in our T-riffic dinosaur exhibition (which is included in your Edinburgh Zoo ticket) and see prehistoric beasts come to life around you! 

Located near the top of the hill along from the anteaters, this exhibition transports your young adventurer back in time to meet these RAWR-some giants. 

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Boy and girl climbing on dinosaur at Dinosaurs! IMAGE: FoSho 2022
Edinburgh Zoo visitors family with young kid (boy) sitting on bench by marquee with ice cream. IMAGE: Robin Mair 2022

Kids food and snacks

If you or the kids are feeling a little p-p-p-eckish head over to scoop an ice cream from Rockhoppers Ice Cream located next to the penguin enclosure! 

If you’re looking for something a bit more filling, hop over to Penguins café next door which serves kids lunch boxes alongside a variety of other tasty lunch options.

mansion house exterior taken from mansion house lawn with green hedges and trees in shot IMAGE: Robin Mair 2024

Stretch your legs

We have plenty of space for running around on our Mansion House lawn where you can also enjoy a picnic or a bite to eat from The Gannet restaurant next door. 

If you fancy a bit more of a wander, we recommend walking up to the top of the hill where you can tower over the city whilst saying hello to our handsome giraffe herd!

Edinburgh Zoo visitor kid (boy) getting face painted. IMAGE: Robin Mair 2022.jpg

Face painting

Transform into your favourite animal at our face painting station!

Whether the kids want to roar like a lion or flutter like a butterfly, waddle this way for some face painting fun! 

Our face painting station is available during the summer and can be found next to the penguins play park.

Best views for the little ones

It is sometimes difficult for children to see our animals because of walls and fences restricting the view. 

Swing by to see the animals with enclosures that have glass viewing down to the floor – allowing the kids to get up close without you having to lift them up! 

These include meerkats, penguins, otters, capuchins, squirrel monkeys, chimpanzees, koalas, sloths, wallabies, kangaroos and many more!

two children looking over enclosure at meerkats
Boy on slide at penguins play area IMAGE: FoSho 2022


We have three playgrounds located at various points in the park that are PURR-fect for having a break from your WILD day out whilst the kids swing, climb and slide in a fun and safe environment.

  • Hang out with the chimps at the playground next door to the Budongo trail
  • Waddle your way over to the playground next to the penguins enclosure
  • STOMP up the hill to the playground next to our RAWR-some dinosaur exhibition

Gift shop

Take one of our furry friends home with you on your way out of the zoo! 

We have a large selection of soft toys and other fun souvenirs which are perfect for remembering your WILD day out at the zoo. 

Our gift shop is open daily and closes half an hour after the zoo. Did you know that you can also visit the shop without visiting the zoo? Browse our selection of gifts and souvenirs online today.

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Edinburgh Zoo visitors family at gift shop holding lion stuffed toy. IMAGE: Robin Mair 2022