Edinburgh Theatre, Festival Shows & Gigs this Summer for Kids

It’s fair to say Edinburgh is buzzing during the school summer holidays and it’s not just because of the Fringe. During the months of July and August Edinburgh hosts 7 different types of festivals, so there is bound to be something that catches yours or your children’s fancy!

To help you, we have come up with a list of Theatre, Shows and Gigs for kids that are taking our fancy this year and have included which age they are recommended for. Hopefully it might inspire you too!



Sat 16th July

Mardi Gras – 1pm – Grassmarket – FREE

edinburgh mardi gras

Non stop entertainment and a party atmosphere as a host of bands perform on multiple stages at Grassmarket.

Ages U

Sun 17th July

Edinburgh Festival Carnival – 2pm – Various Locations – FREE


Music, dance, costumes, circus acrobatics, puppetry from all over the world.

Ages U


Tues 19th July

The Hairy Maclary and friends show


Church hill theatre

Tickets from £10

Meet the doggy crew and their feline antagonists in a show based on the enormously popular books by Lynsey Dodd.

Ages 3+


Thurs 21st July



Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre – 7.30pm

Tickets from £18 – £65

Featuring an Oscar-winning catalogue of classic songs including: Food Glorious Food, Where is Love?, Consider Yourself, Who Will Buy, Pick a Pocket or Two, As Long As He Needs Me and Reviewing The Situation this production promises to be the perfect treat for all the family.

Ages 7+


Friday 22nd July

Bring it on

Bring it on

Kings Theatre – 7.30pm

Tickets from £15 -£17.50

The story is loosely based on the 2000 film of the same name and focuses on the competitive world of cheerleading and over-the-top team rivalries.

Ages 9+

Aug 3-15, 17-29

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass

Captain Flinn

Pleasance Courtyard

Tickets from £7

When Flinn is in the middle of his school play his old nemesis, Mr T the T-Rex, appears and kidnaps his friends forcing them to hunt for the Magic Cutlass: a sword that grants any wish! The children are whisked away for another fantastic adventure to a world of devious dinosaurs, deep sea dangers and smelly sausages!

Ages U

Aug 3-5, 7-16, 18-21

The Snail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale

Pleasance Courtyard

Tickets from £7

Tall Stories’ hugely popular Julia Donaldson adaptation returns. A tiny snail longs to see the world, so she hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. Follow the snail’s amazing journey, as seen through the eyes of an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father.

Ages 4+


Aug 3-21

The Cat in the Hat

The cat in the hat

Pleasance Courtyard

Tickets from £7

Based on the much loved book by Dr Seuss, The Cat in the Hat is a lively, engaging first theatre experience. Expect towering hats, mischief and fun that is funny!

Ages 3+


4th – 18th August & 20th -29th Aug

The Amazing Bubble Man

Bubble Man

Underbelly, George Square

Tickets from £6

A Fringe favourite, he has sold out shows for the last nine years. Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding tricks to keep everyone mesmerized.

Ages U


Aug 5-6, 8-13, 15-16

The Elephant of my heart


Greenside @ Nicholson Square

Tickets from £5

A nine-year-old recovering in hospital is taken on a magnificent journey by an elephant and a host of other splendid creatures. Together they help her to find her courageous heart, though she does get rather wet along the way!

Ages 6-14


Aug 5-13, 15-20

The Grimmest of Grimm Tales

Grimm brothers

The Space @ Surgeons Hall

Tickets from £5

In this brand new family comedy with music and puppetry, The Story Squad introduce a whole new cast of weird and wonderful Grimm characters.

Ages 6+


Aug 5-8, 10-15, 17-21

I Got Super Powers fro my Birthday

Super powers

Roundabout @ Summerhall

Tickets from £5

Ethan, William and Fiona are about as different as three almost-teens can be. The only thing they have in common is that tomorrow is their birthday. And they’ve just discovered they have superpowers.

Ages 7+


Aug 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27

Baby Loves Disco

Baby loves disco

Electric Circus

Tickets from £6

Always a sell-out, the original family dance party returns to Edinburgh’s funkiest nightclub for its eighth Fringe run. Expect the coolest day-clubbing experience for parents with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Ages 0-5


Aug 8-21, 23-27

James and the Giant Peach

james and the giant peach


Tickets from £4

UCLU Runaground presents a fantastical retelling of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel.

Ages 6+


Aug 12-20, 22-27

The Giants Loo Roll

Giants loo roll

Space Triplex

Tickets from £10

‘Oh Fe Fi Fo, And Fe Fi Fum! Now what shall I do to wipe my…’ Look out for the biggest loo roll ever on stage in this giant children’s musical.

Ages 0-11


26th September

Union J


La Belle Angele


After finishing up as semi finalists the 4 boys went on to have chart success with 4 top 10 UK Official Chart singles and their first album selling over 100,000 copies hitting the charts at #6 in 2013. In 2014 the boys released their most successful single to date ‘You Got It All’ which hit the charts at #2 sending the boys on a whirlwind sold out tour across the UK.

Age 12+ with an Adult

       16+ without an adult

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