If you’re running low on things to do with the kids - here’s a list of some of the best places to go in and around Glasgow.
With bank holiday weekend and the summer holidays coming up parents will be looking for things to keep the kids occupied with.
Luckily, Glasgow is filled with fun things to do that even the parents will enjoy, as well as tiring the kids out.
It can be hard to scour the internet for things that will suit the budget and something the kids will enjoy.
We have compiled a list of some of the most popular activities that come in at every price point, from free parks to bouncing trampoline parks.
So, what are some of the best things to do and how much are they?
Here is a list of some activities and everything you need to know about them.
Flip Out is one of the UK’s leading adventure & trampoline park operator delivering massive amounts of fun.
Since 2015 the UK has pioneered the adventure style format to include slides, free running, inflatables, assault course with the latest technology and incredible customer service.
Address: 89a Southcroft Rd, Rutherglen, Glasgow G73 1UG Website: https://www.flipout.co.uk/
Glasgow Science Centre
Prices: £10.50 for ages 3-15, £12.50 for adults
The Glasgow Science Centre has a range of incredible experiences available, from their Planetarium, to Glasgow Tower. It’s a great day out to spend learning new things for the kids, and you!
Parking at Glasgow Science Centre costs £3 a day for GSC visitors.
Address: 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA Website: https://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
This establishment is a favourite with local people and has been since opening in 1901.
It is open Monday to Thursday, and Saturday from 10am - 5pm. It operates on shorter hours on Friday and Sunday, opening at 11am and closing at 5pm.
Address:Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AG Website: Kelvingrove Museum
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Glasgow Botanic Gardens are stunning all year round, but the spring/summer period is when the gardens really come to life.
They are booming with stunning plants, and trees in all shapes, sizes and vibrant colours. It’s a chance for kids to learn, and to get them outside and appreciate the beauty of nature.
The grounds are open all year round from 7am to dusk, the glasshouses both close at 4pm.
Address: 730 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 0UE, Website: https://glasgowbotanicgardens.co.uk/
Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis
This year Glasgow was put on the map on a global scale even more when it was announced as the landscape for much of the new Gotham, which is set to feature in many upcoming DC projects.
Most recently it featured heavily in The Batman, starring Robert Pattison and Zoe Kravitz.
Why not take a stroll through it and see what scenes you can spot from the movie, or even make your own Batman?
Address: Castle St, Glasgow G4 0UZ Website: Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis
The Lighthouse in Glasgow is Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture. It is temporarily closed however, going for a walk to see the lighthouse in person will no doubt be a great photo opportunity and something the kids will be talking about for the rest of the day!
It was opened as part of Glasgow’s status as UK City of Architecture and Design in 1999. Not to mention it is a three minute walk from the Gallery of Modern Art.
Address: 11 Mitchell Ln, Glasgow G1 3NU Website: https://www.thelighthouse.co.uk/
The Riverside Museum
Located at the junction of the Rivers Kelvin and Clyde, it houses the city’s fabulous transport and technology collections.
It opened in 2011 after a four-year build, with over 3,000 objects from the city’s world-famous collections displayed inside.
The collections reflect the important part Glasgow has played in the world through its contributions to heavy industries like shipbuilding, train manufacturing and engineering.
Address: Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS Website: The Riverside Museum
Gallery of Modern Art
This gallery is home to Scotland’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art.
They usually have a range of exciting exhibitions on offer that may cost an additional fee, however, for the most part the experience is free and a great educational opportunity.
GoMA is located in the centre of Glasgow. It contains four galleries, a shop and a library..
Address: Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH Website: Gallery of Modern Art
Street Level Photoworks
Street Level provides inspiring encounters in photography for all. Take your budding shutterbugs to a place guaranteed to inspire them.
The website states that it is a place that is embedded locally and connected internationally; a creative setting to make, engage with, and buy photography.
Address: 103 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HD Website: https://www.streetlevelphotoworks.org/
Glasgow Film Theatre
Prices: Prices vary
Spring and summer is usually a time to get outside. However, with Scottish weather we know fine well that is not always the case.
Why not take the kids to catch one of the latest movies out? Glasgow Film Theatre is Glasgow’s original independent cinema, and has a strong history since it first opened in 1939.
Address: 12 Rose St, Glasgow G3 6RB Website: https://glasgowfilm.org/
Prices: £16-£22 per person depending on group size.
Escape rooms have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, and are not for the faint of heart. You will be locked in a room and have 60 minutes to figure out how to escape. Sound like fun?
This one would be a great day for the puzzle lovers in your life, and is a great way to make some hilarious memories.
Games are recommended for ages 10 and up, though younger kids are welcome too.
Address: 50 Wellington St, Glasgow G2 6HJ Website: https://www.escape.game/escape-glasgow
Prices: Starting from £6
Step back in time and spend the day at Scotland’s very own retro gaming social space.
Booking a pass means you can play as many games as you like, and you are not tied to a single machine.
Since opening in 2018 it has proven to be a fan favourite among the locals. Offering a safe, fun and inclusive environment for all.
Address: 146 Saltmarket, Glasgow G1 5LB Website: https://www.rcadeglasgow.com/
Prices: Prices vary
Ryze - Xtreme Air Sports is the perfect place for thrill seeking kids, parents and grandparents alike!
They are home to trampoline, foam pits and even a giant airbag! They have great activities like facing off against each other in trampoline dodgeball.
It is the perfect way to beat the mid school break boredom, and tire out your energetic kids!
Address: 120 Portman St, Kinning Park, Glasgow G41 1EJ Website: https://www.ryze.co.uk/
Wonder World Soft Play
Prices: £7.95 for 3-12 year olds
This is Glasgow’s ultimate children’s soft play and adventure centre. The custom build area is designed to encourage imagination and physical development in a safe and fun environment.
Not to mention included in the price is limitless rides on the Wonderworld Express train throughout your visit.
Address: 99 Middlesex St, Kinning Park, Glasgow G41 1EE Website: https://www.wonderworldsoftplay.co.uk/uk/glasgow/
Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail
With over 30 vibrant murals across the city, this trail will keep you and the kids entertained for hours.
Glasgow City Council created the Mural Trail and an associated grant fund for artists.
The aim was to assist residents and visitors in finding and enjoying our amazing city centre as well as the unique and exciting street art it has to offer.
Address: Glasgow G1 1NQ Website: https://www.citycentremuraltrail.co.uk/
World of Wings
Prices: Prices starting from £50
Take the kids for a spectacular experience where they can get up close and personal with over 70 birds.
World of Wings is home to the largest collection of birds in Scotland. So you will have the chance to learn about a huge range of birds.
There is also the opportunity to fly some amazing birds from owls, hawks eagles and vultures.
Address: Luggiebank, Cumbernauld, Glasgow G67 4AA Website: https://worldofwings.co.uk/
Inflata Nation has classes, birthday parties and one off sessions on offer. It is packed full of fun things to do, from bouncing and tumbling to climbing and sliding.
It’s a great way to keep the whole family active whatever the weather, with an entire arena of inflatable activities.
Address: 134 Portman St, Kinning Park, Glasgow G41 1EJ Website: https://www.inflatanation.com/locations/glasgow/
Whether you’re looking for a birthday party venue, or just somewhere for the kids to get their energy out - Climzone has you covered.
Climzone is Glasgow’s premier indoor adventure park. It is the perfect playground for all, and is even home to the UK’s tallest indoor slide.
Address: Braehead, King’s Inch Rd, Paisley, Renfrew, Xsite PA4 8XQ Website: https://climbzone.co.uk/
Glasgow Club Easterhouse pool
Prices: Prices vary depending on membership status
A day at the swimming baths is a classic day out when you’re looking for things to do during school break.
This pool has an amazing slide for the thrill seekers! All sessions must be booked in advance and you can find out more by calling the pool on 0141 276 9696.
Address: 1000 Westerhouse Rd, Easterhouse, Glasgow G34 9JW Website: https://glasgowclub.org/Pages/Home.aspx
This is a Glasgow classic, and incredibly popular with locals. When the weather is nice there’s nothing quite like packing a picnic and taking it to Kelvingrove Park, even in the rain why not get the wellies on and go find some puddles to splash in?
Address: 6 Professors’ Square, Glasgow G3 6BY Website: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=16589
Paradise Island Adventure Golf Glasgow
Prices: £7.50 for 5-16 year olds, £9.50 for adults
This unique style of indoor golf offers 18 hole courses for you and your family to embark on a bit of healthy competition.
Adventurers will face their first challenge upon arrival, where they will decide whether to tee off on Tiki Hut Trail or Maggie McCaw’s Challenge.
Address: Braehead, King’s Inch Rd, Glasgow, Xsite PA4 8XQ Website: http://www.paradiseislandgolf.com/Glasgow
The Kelvingrove park look is a short but sweet 3.2 kilometre track. It’s perfect for those sunny spells between spring showers for those who are desperate to get outside.
The trail is used for all activities like walking, running and road biking. Dogs are also welcome to join on this trail, however, they must be kept on a leash.
The trail is open all year round.
Address: Kelvinbridge, Glasgow G3 6NJ Website: Kelvin Grove Park loop information
- Have a reading marathon.
- Write stories together.
- Play soccer.
- Paint or draw together.
- Create a fort in your living room out of blankets or cardboard boxes.
- Go on a hike.
- Have a sunset picnic at a park or beach.
- Make a batch of homemade play dough.
- Go on a nature walk and collect leaves or rocks.
- Move the furniture around so your little gymnast can practice their tumbles.
- Play “Go Fish.”
- Make a fort out of blankets and pillows.
- Plant flowers in the garden.
- Camp out in the backyard.
- Create a home cinema. ...
- Go swimming. ...
- Do a jigsaw. ...
- Create a puppet show. ...
- Go for a picnic. ...
- Go Geocaching. ...
- Do some gardening. ...
- Go on a bike ride.
Book family-friendly attractions
- Warner Bros. ...
- Hop-on-hop-off bus tour.
- London Transport Museum.
- Tower of London.
- IFS Cloud Cable Car.
- Glasgow Science Centre and IMAX Cinema.
- Cawdor Castle, Nairn.
- Balgove Larder Farm Shop, St Andrews.
- Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow.
- Princes Square, Glasgow.
- His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen.
- Edinburgh Filmhouse.
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow. ...
- National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh. ...
- Cairngorms National Park. ...
- National Galleries, Edinburgh. ...
- The McManus, Dundee. ...
- Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. ...
- The Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, Coatbridge. ...
- Glenkiln Sculpture Park.
- Glasgow Botanic Gardens. Begin the day with a refreshing stroll through the leafy lanes and lawns of the Botanic Gardens. ...
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. ...
- Glasgow University and Òran Mór. ...
- The Riverside Museum. ...
- The West End. ...
- The Old Fruitmarket.
- Tai Chi and Yoga. ...
- Board Games, Cards, and Puzzles. ...
- Arts and Crafts. ...
- Knitting and Crocheting. ...
- Cooking and Baking. ...
- Watching Movies. ...
- Reading. ...
A 4 to 7 year kid can't able to make voter id card because it is legal at age of 18.What do you do in school holidays with no money? ›
- Go on a picnic. ...
- Get a Kids Pass. ...
- Find some water. ...
- Use your local library. ...
- Garden fun for kids. ...
- Free sports coaching. ...
- Camp out. ...
- Visit a museum.
Play video games with your kids but enforce limits.
- Join in on multiplayer games.
- Keep the kids active on rainy days with video games that have a physical component.
- Make sure to pay attention to game ratings and content warnings.
Break out the boardgames, puzzles, and cards! Read a book aloud as a family. Play charades. With sticks or pencils and some yarn, your kids can create lovely mandalas to hang in your windows or decorate the house.Where can I take my kids on Children's Day? ›
- Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. ...
- S.E.A. ...
- Universal Studios Singapore. ...
- Museum of Ice Cream. ...
- SuperPark Singapore. ...
- Tayo Station. ...
- Jurong Lake Gardens. ...
- Legoland Malaysia.
- Watch the National Day Parade on the telly. ...
- Join in the National Day fun at the heartlands. ...
- Experience the iconic National Day Light-Up. ...
- Check out an art exhibition by persons with disabilities. ...
- Experience Singapore Discovery Centre's National Day celebrations.
- Enroll in a hardship program. ...
- Make a budget and prioritize your expenses. ...
- Cut your spending. ...
- Manage credit cards wisely while unemployed. ...
- Apply for government assistance. ...
- Think before withdrawing money from your 401(k) ...
- Take out a home equity loan to pay off debt.
- Do chores and odd jobs around the house or neighborhood. Kids who are old enough to help out with household responsibilities and yardwork can cash in on their chores. ...
- Sell your stuff in person or online. ...
- Sell lemonade. ...
- Teach others a skill.
- 1 Room tidying competition.
- 2 Pizza party.
- 3 Movie afternoon.
- 4 Board games.
- 5 Building blocks.
- 6 Visit your local library.
- 7 Theatre afternoon.
- 8 Rainy walks.
- National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.
- Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire.
- Skara Brae, Orkney © Iain Sarjeant.
- Tall Ship, Glasgow.
- Jacobite steam train at Glenfinnan, Highlands.
- National Museum of Flight, East Lothian © Paul Dodds.
- Five Sisters Zoo, West Lothian.
Glasgow has the second largest amount of rainfall for a town or city, but has the highest number of wet days with 14.2 on average every month. Here's a full breakdown of the wettest towns and cities in the UK.Is life cheap in Scotland? ›
The cost of living in Scotland is $1466, which is 1.26 times less expensive than the average in the United Kingdom. Scotland ranked 8th most expensive and 1st best state to live in the United Kingdom. The average salary after taxes in Scotland is $2754, which is enough to cover living expenses for 1.9 months.
Kilchurn Castle has to be one of the most picturesque castles in Scotland, so it's surprising that visiting this historic attraction at the head of Loch Awe is completely free of charge. To find it, look for a car park on the side of the A85 at the northern end of Loch Awe, around 2 miles (3.22 kilometres) north of St.Is toilet paper free in Scotland? ›
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- Glasgow has seen a huge surge in popularity amongst both buyers and renters... In fact, according to Rightmove's house price index for June 2022, house sales across Scotland were up 7.8% on the previous year. ...
- Dennistoun. ...
- Merchant City. ...
- Hillhead. ...
- Bearsden. ...
Family of four estimated monthly costs are 2,877$ (2,435£) without rent. A single person estimated monthly costs are 830$ (703£) without rent. Glasgow is 39.37% less expensive than New York (without rent). Rent in Glasgow is, on average, 74.70% lower than in New York.Is Glasgow a cheap city? ›
One of the greatest advantages of Glasgow is the lower cost of living compared to other UK cities. For example, living in Glasgow is on average 20% cheaper than London and 10% cheaper than the rest of UK.What are some fun game ideas? ›
- Actors. Players 'react' to a made up scenario and others have to guess what it is.
- Back Draw. Players try to guess the word that their teammate is drawing on a piece of paper on their back.
- Back Up. ...
- Bite the Bag. ...
- Blindman's Swag. ...
- Charades. ...
- Cherry Pie. ...
- Dizzy Bat.
- Set up easels and paint pictures outdoors.
- Visit your local science museum.
- Learn how to knot friendship bracelets.
- Go to a coffee shop and write poetry.
- Put on an impromptu play.
- Put together a scavenger hunt.
- Bake a loaf of homemade bread.
- Build and launch a model rocket.
Startles at noise and responds to sounds in time. Stretches or moves arms and legs. Lifts head when lying on tummy. Holds head up to search for sounds and movement.How mature is a 10 year old? ›
Parents may notice that around age 10, children start thinking and sounding almost “grown-up.” Children this age are on the cusp of adolescence and have the language skills and cognitive ability to gather information and formulate well-organized opinions and thoughts.What do you call a 5 year old? ›
Toddlers (2-3 years) Preschoolers (3-5 years) Middle Childhood (6-8 years) Middle Childhood (9-11 years) Young Teens (12-14 years)
According to a recent survey of nearly 2,000 families, 40 percent of parents found their children to be the most lovable/fun at the age of 5. Meanwhile, they found kids to be the most difficult to spend time with between the ages of 10 and 12.How do you go to school when your broke? ›
- Identify schools that are or almost tuition-free.
- Apply for federal and state grants.
- Seek out merit-based scholarships.
- Ask for help.
- Trim your academic expenses.
- Consider federal and private loans.
- Volunteer. Want to jet off and help others in need at the same time? ...
- Work for a Travel Company. ...
- Ask a Loved One Really Nicely.
- Play a game of "Rock, Paper, Scissors."
- Arm or thumb wrestle for a few minutes to keep those little hands busy. ...
- Play patty-cake or teach your child some clapping games. ...
- Play a fun game like "20 questions" or "I went to ...". ...
- Speak pig Latin or make up your own secret code.
- Read “friendship” stories. Read stories about other children or storybook characters making friends. ...
- Role play and use puppets. ...
- Group small numbers of children for activities. ...
- Play games to help children learn each other's names. ...
- Teach children that friends make mistakes.
- Create a scavenger hunt. Kids this age love a good scavenger hunt! ...
- Let them build. ...
- Enlist their help with chores. ...
- Get moving!
- - See animals up close. It is no surprise that young children are fans of all kinds of animals because they are the protagonists of most of the stories they know and the cartoons they see. ...
- - Dress up and see people in disguise. ...
- - Go to the beach. ...
- - Playing in the water. ...
- - Eat sweets!
- Create your own stickers.
- Go for a bike ride.
- Take a museum tour.
- Join in with a Joe Wicks workout.
- Interview a family member.
- Make your own puzzle.
- Create your own music video.
- Enjoy a virtual trip to the Aquarium.
2. Fill That Tank
- Give your child a hug. ...
- Read a book. ...
- Sit down and just play for a few minutes. ...
- Go outside together. ...
- Get quiet. ...
- Play a board game or card game.
- Boredom Jar. One creative parent told us she made a “boredom” jar for her house. ...
- Build a Fort. Who doesn't love a fort on a stormy day? ...
- Indoor Obstacle Course. ...
- Write a Letter. ...
- Sock Puppets. ...
- Dress Up. ...
- Imaginary Creatures. ...
- Tea Party.
- Play a Game. Gathering with your family around the kitchen table with popcorn and a game is timeless. ...
- Do Chores Together. ...
- Get Crafty. ...
- Go for a Walk. ...
- Cook Together. ...
- Free Play. ...
- Go on a Scavenger Hunt. ...
- Pretend Play.
Here are the five types of boredom identified by researchers:
- Calibrating boredom. ...
- Searching boredom. ...
- Reactant boredom. ...
- Indifferent boredom. ...
- Apathetic boredom.
Kids often complain about being bored. But boredom can actually help them develop skills, creativity and self-esteem. Both little kids and older ones often need some help coming up with things to do with unstructured time. But once you've got them going, they can take the boredom ball and run with it.Why is my child always bored? ›
If you're dealing with a child who is constantly bored, then odds are you need to up the activity level. “Sometimes when kids are really bored, it's because they're looking for more challenge,” says Lynn. Make sure their toys are age-appropriate, and that they're getting enough exercise.How much time should a mother spend with her child? ›
With the average amount of time parents spend on their kids at 150 minutes and and 115 minutes for college-educated moms and dads, we can conclude that 115 – 150 minutes is the gold standard. A stay at home parent spending 2X – 5X more time with their kids is unnecessary.What activities are done together in a family? ›
Family has a group of people sharing same bloodline. The members of the family involve in doing many activities together like, watching movies, going out on picnics, playing games, gardening, etc.How can I keep my child busy for 3 hours? ›
- 1 Give Them a Busy Book.
- 2 Ice Cubes.
- 3 Science Experiment.
- 4 Set Up a Sensory Bin.
- 5 Give Them a Box.
- 6 Stay, Play and Walk Away.
- 7 Bathtub Play.
- 8 Dance Party.
- Build a Fort. Create a fort using blankets, coffee tables, couches, boxes or whatever you've got in your home. ...
- Start a Journal. ...
- Learn to Draw. ...
- Hear a Story from Space. ...
- Build the Ultimate Paper Airplane. ...
- Put on a Play. ...
- Collect Broken Crayons. ...
- Bake or Decorate Cupcakes.
ADHD causes kids to be more inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive than is normal for their age. ADHD makes it harder for kids to develop the skills that control attention, behavior, emotions, and activity. As a result, they often act in ways that are hard for parents manage.