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30 Fun Things To Do With Kids In Glasgow

by Jemma (follow)
The ultimate list of family friendly activities in Glasgow.

There is so much to see and do around Glasgow, including indoor, outdoor and eating activities.

Take a look at our list of 30 awesome activities around Glasgow that kids will LOVE.


Pin this list to your tab bar and refer to it whenever you need to get out the house for a bit of fun!

Indoor Activities

1. Indoor Play Centres

Indoor play and activity centres can be a lifesaver for parents no matter what the weather is like!

Kids are sure to burn lots of energy while you can supervise comfortably with a coffee – what’s not to love?

Take a look at our list of The Best Play Centres in Glasgow.
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2. Loch Lomond SEA LIFE Aquarium

Only 30 minutes from Glasgow, a day trip to Loch Lomond SEA LIFE Aquarium is a fun and educational experience for every member of the family.

For more information, see here.
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3. Escape Room Experiences

This involves being locked in a room with a time limit to follow the clues, solve the puzzles and find the key to escape.

Pre-teens and teenagers will love solving these!

Take a look at our list of Best Escape Rooms in Glasgow.
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4. Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre presents science and technology in a fun, inspiring way, making it a fantastic day out for the whole family.

For more information, see here.
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5. Scotland Football Museum

As one of Glasgow’s leading attractions, the Scottish Football Museum is a wonderful day out for fans of the great game.

If you've got any football fanatics in the family, big or small, this museum has something for all ages.

For more information, see here.
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6. Glasgow Climbing Centre

Whether your child is a regular climber or has never tried it before, the Glasgow Climbing Centre has something for everyone. Climbing is a great workout (often with out realising it) and is a lot of fun!

For more information, see here.
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7. The Glasgow Police Museum

The Glasgow Police Museum is an independent museum set up and manned by volunteer members of The Glasgow Police Heritage Society.

As well as as history education, there is an interactive part of the exhibition where the kids can play at being mini detectives to find all of the clues and get a certificate.

For more information, see here.
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8. Mini Professors Science Classes

Mini Professors are passionate about teaching science, with the aim to inspire the next generation.

Their science classes provide a warm and welcoming environment in which young children can explore and marvel at science.

For more information, see here.
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9. The Tall Ship at Riverside

The Tall Ship operates a programme of year-round maritime themed events and activities, with specially devised talks and tours, school visits and costumed volunteer days.

Explore this restored Victorian sailing ship with maritime-themed exhibitions and tours - suitable for the whole family!

For more information, see here.
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10. The Craft Pottery: Kids' Workshops

The Craft Pottery is an independent pottery and craft studio in central Glasgow, which gives both adults and kids the opportunity to paint ceramic bisque pieces (pottery blanks) in a relaxed and creative environment.

For more information, see here.
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11. Glasgow Tower

Did you know that we have a Guinness-World-Record in our own backyard? Glasgow Tower holds it for being the tallest fully rotating freestanding structure in the world.

Take the 2.5 minute journey to the Tower cabin where you can enjoy spectacular views of Glasgow and the River Clyde, and earn about the history of Glasgow and the site on which the Tower is built.

For more information, see here.
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12. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is the largest museum in Glasgow and is amongst the top three free-to-enter visitor attractions in Scotland.

With 22 galleries and 8000 objects, its exhibitions range from natural history, world cultures and one of Europe's great art collections. Don't worry - there are plenty of interesting displays to keep younger minds intrigued too!

For more information, see here.
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13. Flip Out Glasgow Trampoline Arena

Get the kids out from under your feet and take them to this flipping brilliant trampoline arena.

With a ninja warrior course, a huge main arena, a stunt box section, battle beams, football goal, dodgeball, basketball, a bungee run and a 5m helter skelter, there is plenty to keep them occupied.

For more information, see here.
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14. Laser Station

Laser Station is the ultimate futuristic adrenaline pumping laser quest adventure to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Laser Station is a clean safe family environment and gets you moving and working together as a team.

For more information, see here.
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15. Riverside Museum

Located on the North bank of the River Clyde, Riverside Museum is home to some of the world’s finest cars, bicycles, ship model and trams.

With interactive displays and a hugely popular historic Glasgow street scene, this museum brings the objects and stories to life, making it a fantastic educational trip for the whole family.

For more information, see here.
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16. Kids Art and Craft Classes

Getting your kids involved in arts, crafts and creative play is a vital learning tool when it comes to colours, shapes and textures.

Let your little ones get messy and use their imagination at one of THESE great arts and craft classes around Glasgow.
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17. The Time Capsule Waterpark

This exciting water park is home to the only indoor water ride in Scotland (Tornado Tantrum), and Splashdown Island where you'll find huge tipping water bucket (2’000 litres of water!), powerful water cannons and randomly activated water spouts.

There's also 100m high speed Storm Chasers, amazing twisting twin flumes, a Tsunami wave pool (can reach 2.3m in height) and a lazy Riptide River. And for those with tiny tots, Coral Cove is their safe and sheltered section. Finish off with a swim, sauna and steam room.

For more information, see here.
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Outdoor Activities

18. Farms

Visiting a farm is a wonderful experience for the little ones, and a fun and educational day out for the whole family.

Get up close and personal with the animals, learn more about rural life, and enjoy the nearby country theme activities

Take a look at our list of Kid Friendly Farms Near Glasgow.
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19. Camping

It's the perfect family experience to reconnect with nature, live 'off the grid' and to get some much needed quiet time.

Camping also provides you with a fun, inexpensive opportunity to explore new places that you wouldn't normally think of going to, and the kids will love it!

Take a look at our list of Best Campgrounds For Families in Glasgow.
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20. Day trip to the Isle of Cumbrae

If you fancy a family island adventure, The Isle of Cumbrae makes for a fantastic day out.

Just a short ferry trip from Largs (45 minute drive from Glasgow), Cumbrae is regarded as Scotland’s most accessible island. It's picturesque, easy to travel to and there's plenty to keep the kids occupied with.

For more information, see here.
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21. Glasgow Treasure Trail

Treasure Trails are the perfect way to explore different areas across Glasgow. An easy to follow route will enable you to crack the clues whilst taking in some of the most fascinating sights along the way.

They're a great option to get some fresh air, explore new parts of Glasgow, and for everyone to learn something along the way. And best of all, it's self-guided, so you can go whenever you like, at your own pace.

For more information, see here.
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22. Day trip to Stirling Castle

Only a 45 minutes drive from Glasgow city centre is Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s grandest castles with stunning scenery.

With its impressive architecture, historical importance, beautiful gardens, as well as fun games and activities, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

For more information, see here.
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23. M&D's Scotland's Theme Park

Located just 20 minutes from Glasgow city centre is Scotland's premiere theme park.

M&D's Scotland's Theme Park features both thrill and kids' rides, 18 hole miniature golf, glow in the dark indoor bowling, a massive indoor complex including a gigantic soft play area, bars and restaurants.

For more information, see here.
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24. The Glasgow Necropolis: Tours for Children

Located within the very heart of Glasgow, right next to Glasgow Cathedral, is The Glasgow Necropolis.

It's a hidden time capsule of Glasgow, where approximately 50,000 people are buried. This can sound like an upsetting experience for children, but an informal and friendly tour with one of their experienced tour guides can help bring history to life.

For more information, see here.
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25. Holiday Parks

Here are four local holiday parks that come highly recommended, and are within a 2 hour drive of Glasgow Centre.

They all have a fantastic choice of caravans and lodge holiday homes, and many of them welcome pets so your furry friends can join in on the fun too!
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26. Visit A Garden Or Park

If you've got an empty day ahead of you, but you don't want to lock the family into a airtight activity or day trip, we suggest popping to a free park for fresh air, to stretch the legs and maybe even enjoy a picnic or cafe lunch.

View our list of family friendly parks and gardens in Glasgow here.
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27. TreeZone Loch Lomond

Ideal for both adults and kids, there are zip wires, balance beams, hanging platforms, tight-ropes, scramble nets, white knuckle bridges and gap jumps, set on the shores of the awe-inspiring Loch Lomond.

For more information, see here.
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Eating

28. Nardini's Byres Road Cafe

This lovely cafe is conveniently parked in the middle of Byers Road in Glasgow's West End, with 32 flavours of the finest ice creams on offer, as well as breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee.

From the traditional Double Cream Vanilla, though to modern classics like Scottish Tablet, as well as the unusual like Peach And Passionfruit Cheesecake, there's a flavour to suit everyone's taste.

For more information, see here.
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29. Tantrum Doughnuts

Tantrum Doughnuts (along with their glazes and infusions) are made every morning from scratch using the finest seasonal ingredients.

Next time the kids are due for a treat, pop in and watch their little faces light up as they pick their doughnut of choice - they'll be spoiled for choice! Hot chocolate, homemade milkshakes and fresh coffee are also available.

For more information, see here.
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30. Kids Eat Free Restaurants

More and more restaurants now offer "Kids Eat Free" days in order to encourage parents to enjoy a meal out every once in a while.

Take a look at our list of Kids Eat Free Restaurants. And the best part? A night off from cooking!
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Have you visited any of these? Let us know what you think in our closed discussion group.

Read A Day Trip To Helensburgh
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Read Child Friendly Cafes In Glasgow
Read Kid Friendly Farms Near Glasgow
Read Activity Days Out Near Glasgow
Read Kids Eat Free Restaurants in Glasgow
Read Best Campgrounds For Families in Glasgow
Read Holiday Parks Near Glasgow
Read Indoor Family Activities in Glasgow
Read Best Escape Rooms in Glasgow
Read Swimming Pools Across Glasgow



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