Media Release: Rainy day ideas

WITH the wettest summer in memory not showing any signs of letting up, many parents may already be running out of ways to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays.

For the remaining four weeks, here is a round-up of rainy-day ideas for kids of all ages.


Located just next to Edinburgh Castle, the Camera Obscura & World of Illusions offers a day out with a difference for adults and children alike. The five-storey house of fun boasts a labyrinth of over 100 mind-bending interactive exhibits.

The 176 year-old attraction is home to Scotland’s first Vortex Tunnel and Ames Room; a clever room that uses perception to make dwarves and giants of those who enter.

Visitors can also enjoy getting lost in the Mirror Maze, checking out what’s hot and what’s not with HeatCam, capturing their own shadow and swapping heads with a friend.

The Camera Obscura and World of Illusions is open from 9:30am to 9:30pm everyday throughout July and August.

All day ‘drop in/drop out’ tickets are priced at: adult £8.95; senior/student/language school £7.95; children (5-15) £6.35. Under-5s go free.

For more information, visit or call 0131 226 3709.


At the end of the Royal Mile, near Holyrood, Our Dynamic Earth offers visitors of all ages a memorable experience, taking them back 15,000 million years on a journey through space and time.

The five star attraction features Scotland’s only permanent 4D cinema, a real iceberg, a bone-shaking earthquake, a tropical rainforest with actual rain and for this summer only, the opportunity to meet a dinosaur.

Our Dynamic Earth is open from 10am to 6pm everyday throughout July and August.

Admission prices are: adult £11.50; concession £9.75; children (3-15) £7.50. Under-3s go free.

For more information, visit or call 0131 550 7800.


One of few places where water remains fun, the Time Capsule in Coatbridge is one of Scotland’s best loved family attractions.

Having recently gone through a £6.5 million renovation, the four-star swimming and leisure complex is the ideal location for a watery family adventure, with flying flumes and racing rapids.

The attraction’s two cafés also provide a welcoming atmosphere for visitors to enjoy a snack after their dip.

For more information on prices and opening times, visit or call 01236 449572.


Located in Lanarkshire, in the grounds of Strathclyde Country Park, M&D’s is the only theme park north of the border.

It is also home to AMAZONIA, Scotland’s only indoor Tropical Rainforest, packed with exotic animals, birds, creepy crawlies and – above all – guaranteed good weather.  If the rain clouds do happen to clear, there is also the chance to experience the thrill of their five white knuckle rollercoasters and 20 kids’ rides. And, if not, there is also glow in the dark indoor bowling, bars and restaurants.

M&Ds is open from 11am to 6pm throughout July and early August. For more information about ticket prices, visit or call 01698 333 777.


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Debbie Standen or Craig MacLellan

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