Top Edinburgh Festival Shows for Kids – Week 1


Welcome to our top shows for kids, where we’ll be sharing our show recommendations for each upcoming week of the Edinburgh Festivals for 2019. Visiting Edinburgh during the festival season of August can be a fun and affordable way for your kids to experience the world through arts and culture!

Week 1 – 1st to 7th August

Edinburgh Fringe

2nd to 26th August. While the Fringe officially opens on the 2nd August, there are many preview shows available from the 31st July. Don’t forget to check out the free Fringe shows and there are “2 for 1” tickets for select shows in the first week of the festival as well.

Sparkle – For ages 1-8. A playful and poignant show, celebrating diversity and the power of believing in yourself.

The Listies’ Ickypedia show – For ages 4+. A 5-star show, following sell out years at the Fringe in 2016 & 2017. Australia’s Kidult comedians answer all of life’s unimportant questions.

Beetlemania: Kafka for Kids – The smash hit of last year’s festival is back! A show packed with stories, songs, puppets and laughter for all ages.

The Dark Room (For Kids!) You and your family are stuck inside a live-action video game! How will you escape?! Will you: A) Find light switch? B) Go north? C) Explode in a shower of stinking guts? An interactive adventure featuring terrible prizes and total mayhem! Recommended for 11+ but younger kids are welcome too. Some mild language but it’s more like Roald Dahl than YouTube.

There are so many options for children of all ages, check out the Fringe Programme and treat yourselves and your family.

Edinburgh Art Festival

25th July-26th August. Featuring exhibitions, installations and workshops across the city, be sure to check out the kid-friendly activities they’ll have on offer.

Junior Masterclass: 3D Construction – A two day masterclass inspired by Joana Vasconcelos’ Gateway, offering children a real opportunity to learn, explore and refine a new set of skills and materials in the inspiring landscape of Jupiter Artland.

Don’t forget to check out the Edinburgh Military Tattoo (2nd-24th August) and Edinburgh International Festival (2nd-26th August).

There’s still time to book your accommodation at Edinburgh Festival Camping, throw the kids in the car or onto a plane and make the most of festival season!