What's on in Glasgow for Kids. October Half Term Edition
The Half Term break has come around quickly, and whether you’re a working mum or not, sometimes you need a helping hand to keep everyone entertained and inspired! That’s where a day trip, show, workshop or class can be perfect.
Here’s what’s on this October Half Term in the Greater Glasgow area. There’s something for everyone, so no one will miss out!
BRICK CITY, Second Installment at the St. Enoch Centre
If your kids are lovers of LEGO, head to St. Enoch to view some of the world’s most recognisable and iconic architectural landmarks recreated in miniature by Warren Elsmore and his team. Tiny versions of the casinos of Las Vegas, Rome’s Trevi Fountain and the Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur are just some of the iconic constructions which have been created out of LEGO.
Bricks 4 Kidz workshops will also run on Saturdays between 12 noon and 4pm until October 20, perfect for those looking to build on their engineering skills or get creative on the weekend!
The exhibition is located on the first floor, opposite H&M, and is open daily during Centre opening times.
When: September 21 to October 20
Where: St Enoch Centre. 55 St Enoch Square, Glasgow City Centre
Age Group: 5 years & up
Cost: FREE. Shoppers are encouraged to donate to one of St. Enoch Centre’s charity partners, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice and
Simon Community Scotland during their visit.
More Info: Visit the St Enoch website for more info.
Abhinaya Autumn Holiday Fun Programme
If you're looking for activities to keep the kids busy each day of the half term, this is the program for you!
With an amazing variety of fun things to do every hour of the 10am - 3pm day, your kids won’t be bored.
The weeks activities include:
Science Workshops (Chemical reactions, Slime making, Fire Bubbles, Air cannon, Mentos fountain etc)
Indian Folk & Bollywood Dance Classes (a blend of aerobics and dance moves with upbeat Bollywood music),
Puppet Workshops (create rod puppet designed with all colourful bits and bobs, and learn to do amazing things with recycled materials)
Japanese Drumming (Taiko basics (kihon), such as the grip, general striking technique (waza), stance, posture, use of verbal notation (kuchi shoga)
Arts & Crafts (mind and draw workshop with aim of helping kids express themselves through the art of being creative)
Kids can attend the whole week programme or a day programme.
When: Daily from 9:30am - 3pm. October 14 to October 18
Where: Maryhill Community Central Halls. 304 Maryhill Road, Glasgow West End
Age Group: 6 -15 years
Cost: £14 per day or £55 for full week block
More Info: Visit the Abhinaya Glasgow website for more info and to book a place.
Baltic Street Adventure Playground
The Batlic Street Adventure Playground will be running their usual holiday sessions this October half term. There will be plenty of free play, self initiated building, climbing, fires and free hot meals for all attendees.
Image: Baltic Street Adventure Playground Facebook Page
The free meals are made possible by funding from The Glasgow Food programme and Glasgow City Council.
When: Daily from 11am - 5pm. October 15 to October 19
Where: Baltic Street Adventure Playground. 427 Baltic Street, Glasgow East End
Age Group: 5 years & up
More Info: Visit the Baltic Street Adventure Playground Facebook Page for more info.
Where's Wally? The Big Museum Hunt at Riverside Museum
Celebrating the release of the new Where's Wally? book, Double Trouble at the Museum. Kids in Museums are inviting families to visit their local museum during the October half term. There are 50 museums across the UK involved in the search!
Image: Kids in Museums Facebook Page
Kids can pick up an activity sheet and find Wally hidden amongst Rierside's amazing artifacts and exciting exhibitions. You'll get a special sticker if you find Wally! Families will also have the chance to enter a grand prize draw competition to win an Art Fund Family Membership and a bundle of Where’s Wally? goodies.
Use the #WallyBigMuseumHunt to share your search on social media and follow @kidsinmuseums on Twitter.
When: Daily from 10am - 5pm, October 12 to October 26
Where: Riverside Museum, Pointhouse Place, Glasgow
Age Group: 5 years & up
More Info: Visit the Kids in Museums website for more info.
Halloween Half Term Hunt at RSPB Loch Lomond
To celebrate Halloween, RSPB will once again be setting up their spooky trail around the Nature Hub and Woodlands for kids to pick up a hunt with creepy clues, magic and potions.
Image: RSPB Loch Lomond Facebook Page
No booking necessary, just drop-in to join in the fun!
When: Daily from 11am - 3pm, October 14 to October 20
Where: RSPB Scotland: Loch Lomond Reserve. G83 8SB Balmaha, Stirling
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: £2 (£1.50 for member) per hunt
More Info: Visit the RSPB website for more info.
Fortnite Dance Workshop at Partick Burgh Halls
If your child loves everything Fortnite and you are desperate to get them off their consoles and active this half term, then get them along to one of these events.
The workshops encourage active play, creativity and teamwork. Kids will enjoy showing off their emotes (dance moves), creating new ones in a team, competing in team dance offs, plenty of energetic games, including musical statues and relay races, taking part in a quiz, prizes and much more, and of course not a console in sight!
Image: What's On Glasgow Website
When: 2pm - 4pm. Tuesday, October 15
Where: Partick Burgh Hall. 3-9a Burgh Hall Street, G11 5LW Glasgow
Age Group: 5 - 11 years old
More Info: Visit the Fortnite Dance Workshop Facebook Page for more info.
Beat The Street Silent Disco
To celebrate the conclusion of the Beat The Street Glasgow City game, they are holding a silent disco on the morning of Thursday 17th October at Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre.
Bring your kids and boogie together! All the equipment and the DJ will be provided, all you need to do is bring the moves. There are only sixty spaces to be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Family Attractions to visit this October half term:
Explore the mystical woodlands of the Kelburn Castle Estate. If you visit between 14 – 23 October, your family can experience the Freaky Forest, a Halloween themed woodland daytime event for younger children.
With over 777 km² of forest, loch and highest mountains in all Scotland, the Galloway Forest Park is an exceptional place for walking, cycling and spotting wildlife during the day. By night, this official ‘Dark Sky Park’ – the first of its kind in the UK – has near zero light pollution and offers out-of-this-world stargazing opportunities. For children with an avid interest in space, visiting one of the Dark Sky discovery sites is a must.
For the curious young ones, not all beaches have to be sandy. The rocky coastline of Aberlady is packed full of delights if you look close enough. There are rock pools full of life – especially crabs! Not to mention, these sites are perfect for fossil finds; you might even find an amazingly well-preserved souvenir.
Boasting rollercoasters, water rides and attractions that twist and blend amongst the beautiful Highland woodlands, Landmark Forest Adventure Park is suitable for families of all ages. Full of routes to explore and navigate, you’ll want to come back again and again to conquer everything.
Located in Glasgow’s West End is Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, a real treasure trove of fascinating artefacts and exhibits curated from all across the globe. There is so much to discover as you explore the museum – what will be your kids’ favourite item on display? Sir Roger the Asian elephant is popular with many visitors, or maybe they’ll be captivated by the Egyptian coffin!