Things to do in Glasgow for Kids - Free Things & Indoor Activities
Written by Jonny Gordon Tuesday, 31 January 2017 10:56
Pay a visit to Glasgow and you’re guaranteed to find plenty of things to do with the kids. Toddlers or teenagers, rain or shine, Scotland’s friendliest city (officially) has a wealth of interesting experiences to offer, indoor and out and none of them will break the bank.
Here are some of our top recommendations for things to do to keep the kids entertained in Glasgow:
Fascinate them With Tech at the Glasgow Science Centre
Kids of all ages, whether they’re science lovers or not, will be enchanted by hundreds of interactive exhibits and attractions. They include a full-dome planetarium, an IMAX theatre with the biggest screen in Scotland, the revolving Glasgow Tower with 360-degree views of the city (open in Spring 2017), and the science mall, which is home to three entire floors of hands-on activities. There are free workshops too.
Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA
Phone: 0141 420 5200
Let them Loose in Wonder World Soft Play
The little ones will find no end of adventure in Glasgow's biggest indoor play centre. Slides, ball pools and labyrinthine tunnels will keep them occupied for hours, while parents can relax in the on-site café. Perfect for using up some energy on a rainy day.
Wonder World Soft Play, 99 Middlesex St, Glasgow G41 1EE
Phone: 0141 429 8004
Visit the Animal Kingdom at Tollcross Children’s Farm
Children and adults alike will content themselves with Shetland Ponies, llamas, Shire Horses and a whole host of other animals to play with here. There are plenty of things to do including educational activities to get involved with, and best of all – it’s free!
Tollcross Children’s Farm, The Courtyard, 254B Wellshot Rd, Glasgow G32 7AX
Phone: 0141 276 0931
Introduce Them to Riding at Tannoch Stables
If they liked the farmyard, they’ll love these stables, set within half an hour’s drive from Glasgow city centre. Visitors flock here for friendly riding lessons, hacks for kids, and “own a pony” days. There are arenas both indoors and outdoors, and miles upon miles of country paths to ride on, so it’s sure to be a great day whatever the weather.
Tannoch Stables, Palacerigg, Cumbernauld, G67 3HU
Phone: 01236 733424
Immerse Them in History at the Hunterian Museum
The University of Glasgow is home to Scotland’s oldest museum, which displays a staggering collection of over a million artefacts. They include a real, 2500 year old Egyptian mummy, a prized map of the world from 17th century China, a 330 million year old fossilized shark and all manner of other archaeological, zoological and geological wonders.
Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow, University Ave, Glasgow G12 8QQ
Phone: 0141 330 4221
Intrigue Them With art at the Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre
This one’s something a bit different. Located in the heart of Glasgow, the Kinetic Theatre showcases the eccentric creations of sculptor-mechanic Eduard Bersudsky – which are made entirely from scrap. Visitors can wander among dozens of weird and wonderful sculptures of every shape and size, which range from mystifying contraptions to other-worldly, dragon-like creatures. Each tell a different story; with a whole heap of things to do in the Theatre it’s an experience the kids are unlikely to forget any time soon.
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, 103 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HD
Phone: 0141 552 7080
Hit the Beach Without the Journey at Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow
You don’t need to head to the coast to play in the sand. The indoor beach in Glasgow's Buchanan Galleries is the perfect setting for sandcastle-building, with slides, climbing frames, buckets and spades scattered around everywhere. There are a couple of sharks as well, although fortunately, they’re not as real as they look.
Buchanan Galleries Indoor Beach, 220 Buchanan St, Glasgow, G1 2FF
Phone: 0141 333 9898