What’s on for kids this half-term? From sports camps to free sessions at Glasgow’s museums, there are loads of events and activities to keep kids entertained.
For the great outdoors, check out Mugdock’s programme for kids (and occasionally their grown ups). It includes mountain biking and a range of outdoor sessions for various age groups as well as some fab craft activities. The outdoor stuff is organised by Wild By Nature who run adventure courses for pretty much any occasion (including birthday parties).
Green Aspirations near Killin is running two workshops - Green Woodworking for kids and another of their popular Family Bushcraft
Days. If your youngsters would prefer to exercise their creative muscles, there is plenty to enjoy.
October is Big Draw month – not just here but in fifteen other countries. It started in 2000 and is now the biggest festival of its kind in the world. Drop in to GMRC for some African-themed
activities. Over at Kelvingrove, it is Viking Week
, time for the Big Draw and the Village Storytelling Centre
Another highpoint of the October Break is the Magipup Festival
which is back for a third year. Kidsfest
returns in East Dunbartonshire and The Spree is back in Paisley (comedy for kids
and Lets Do Robotics
are our two top tips). At the Scottish Youth Theatre, there’s a special edition of their popular, interactive Family Storytime - enjoy the tale of the Enormous Turnip
. The Curse of the White Pearl
and Save the Servants- Find the Medal
are back at Pollok House. This is a game especially for wannabe detectives and super-sleuths who must solve these mysteries.
Advanced booking is essential as places are limited.
Lastly, all skater boys and girls should head out to Radworx for a free week of skating tips and practice
.Big (Tree) Country
The Enchanted Forest
is back. What’s On For Kids went last year and while it was spectacular, it was incredibly busy. The forest was packed with people trying to take photographs, there were queues to cross the loch and so on. We couldn’t fault the organisation - the buses ran like clockwork and Pitlochry seemed totally geared up for this influx of visitors. However, the 8 year old found it all a bit overwhelming and we had the best time visiting The Hermitage
nearby where you can see some of the tallest trees in the country and Blair Castle
which is just 15 minutes up the road from Pitlochry. We explored the grounds - seeing more big trees, some deer, highland cattle and generally have a good time enjoying nature just as she is.Book now
for the Halloween Children’s Classic Concert with Owen and Olly. This year’s creepy concert has a distinctly strictly come dancing flavour. Dress up and kids have the opportunity to win a trolley dash round A1 Comics to the value of £250!