6 ways to enjoy a day out with the family at Fort Kinnaird

With a whole host of things to do in Edinburgh with kids this summer, here are our top tips for how to get the most out of your family visit.

  1. Take advantage of great dining deals for kids

A young boy eating with chopsticks at wagamama

*Image provided by wagaamama

Whatever you’re in the mood for, we have a fantastic range of places to eat at Fort Kinnaird.

If you have little ones in tow, then check out the Nando’s dedicated Nandinos set menu which offers three courses for £10.

Frankie & Benny’s know the score when it comes to keeping kids happy and parents relaxed: good food and great fun. Their kids’ menu offers lots of tasty mains for big and little eaters alike – plus healthy, vegetarian and vegan alternatives too. For when they get a bit restless, kids can turn to their fun, free activity packs to keep them entertained.

Another venue for great-tasting Italian-style food is Pizza Hut, which also has a great kids menu. With the Little Boss option, kids can choose a main, salad, drink and dessert for just £5.99. Bigger kids can upgrade with the Big Boss menu which also includes a side dish for £7.99.

Craving a wagamamas? Enjoy your favourite dishes while your little noodlers slurp a mini ramen, sip on a fresh juice or enjoy a mini chicken katsu from the kids menu – packed full of nourishment to fuel them for a big family day out.

  1. Watch a movie on the big screen

Interior of a cinema screen with a large 'O' on the screen.

*Image provided by Odeon

Sit back, relax and enjoy a movie on the big screen at ODEON Fort Kinnaird – cinema treats compulsory of course.

Featuring seven screens of pure entertainment showing stunning RealD 3D, including a pitch-perfect Dolby Atmos sound system, there are plenty of options on offer.

Visitors also benefit from super speedy ticket collection with ODEON’s fast ticket machines.

It’s always best to plan ahead by viewing the latest Edinburgh cinema listings and booking tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

Current opening times for the cinema are:

Friday- 6pm-late and Saturday and Sunday 10am-late

  1. Stock up on summer essentials

Exterior of Primark at Fort Kinnaird.

With so many shops under one roof, you’re spoilt for choice at Fort Kinnaird. Whether you’re looking for a new summer wardrobe, toys to keep the kids entertained, or furniture and accessories to give your garden a summer glow up, there’s something for everyone.

From Primark, TK Maxx, JD Sports and Next to the Clarks, Game and Typo, you’re never far from your favourite stores.

  1. Make it a fuss-free journey

Whether you’re arriving by car, train or even bicycle, it is super easy for families to get here for a day out in Edinburgh.

Heading here on a bike? Take advantage of our free bicycle parking stations and simply store your bikes during your visit.

If you’re travelling by train, there are regular services from Edinburgh Haymarket and Waverley stations to nearby Newcraighall station, and from there we are around a 10-15 minute walk. It’s worth keeping an eye on Scotrail for full timetable and ticketing information.

There are also plenty of car parking spaces available at our free car parks, including over [number] parent and child spaces. We also have free EV charging points to charge your electric or hybrid car during your visit.

  1. Check out our family facilities

Exterior of Fort Kinnaird with play area.

To take away some of the stress around visiting with little ones, Fort Kinnaird has a host of family-friendly facilities, so it’s worth checking them out before you set off.

Baby change facilities are located throughout the centre for both mums and dads, and you can find our outdoor children’s play area for under 10’s outside Caffe Nero.

Find a full list of our stores, restaurants and leisure operators on our Eat Drink and Shop page.

We want everyone to feel safe and comfortable visiting us, find out more on our planning your visit page.

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