22 things to do with kids in Glasgow 2022: activities nearby

If you’re running out of things to do with the kids, here’s a list of the best places to go in and around Glasgow.

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With the holiday weekend and summer vacation coming up, parents will be looking for things to keep the kids busy.

Luckily, Glasgow is full of fun things to do that even parents will enjoy, while keeping the kids tiring.

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It can be difficult to scour the internet for things that will fit the budget and something the kids will enjoy.

The most popular

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular activities at every price point, from free parks to bouncing trampoline parks.

So what are the best things to do and how much do they cost?

Here is a list of some activities and everything you need to know about them.

Flip

Flip Out are one of the UK’s leading adventure park and trampoline operators, offering massive amounts of fun.

Since 2015 the UK has pioneered the adventure style format to include slides, free runs, inflatables, obstacle course with the latest technology and amazing customer service.

Glasgow Science Center

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Prices: £10.50 for ages 3-15, £12.50 for adults

The Glasgow Science Center offers a range of incredible experiences, from the planetarium to the Glasgow Tower. It’s a great day to learn new things for the kids and for you!

Parking at the Glasgow Science Center costs £3 per day for GSC visitors.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

With over 11,000 five-star reviews, Kelvingrove is Glasgow’s top entry. Marg0deans wrote: “We visit Kelvingrove often and never tire of it. Our favorite experience is the daily organ recital with the added bonus of an optional visit to the organ loft.”

This establishment has been a local favorite since it opened in 1901.

It is open Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It operates shorter hours on Friday and Sunday, opening at 11 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

No trip to Glasgow’s West End is complete without a visit to Glasgow Botanic Gardens to wander around Kibble Palace. This huge glass house was originally built for wealthy engineer John Kibble at his Loch Long home in the 1860s, before being transported to Botanics in 1873 and fully restored in 2004. It contains tropical plants, statues and a fish-pond, and is much -loved by the people of Glasgow.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens are beautiful all year round, but spring/summer is when the gardens really come alive.

They are full of stunning plants and trees of all shapes, sizes and vibrant colors. It’s a chance for children to learn, take them out and appreciate the beauty of nature.

The park is open year-round from 7:00 a.m. to dusk, the greenhouses both close at 4:00 p.m.

Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis

It may sound somewhat macabre, but a trip to the Glasgow Necropolis makes for an interesting and unique couple of hours. Offering sweeping views of the city and Glasgow Cathedral, look out for monuments designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Alexander “Greek” Thomson. It is arguably Scotland’s most picturesque graveyard and can easily be combined with a visit to nearby Glasgow Cathedral.

This year, Glasgow was put on the map even more globally when it was announced as the scenery for much of the new Gotham, which is set to feature in many upcoming DC projects.

More recently, he’s featured heavily in The Batman, starring Robert Pattison and Zoe Kravitz.

Why not wander around and see what scenes you can spot from the film, or even create your own Batman?

Lighthouse

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Glasgow Lighthouse is Scotland’s center of design and architecture. It is temporarily closed, however, walking around to see the lighthouse in person will no doubt be a great photo opportunity and something the kids will talk about for the rest of the day!

It was opened as part of Glasgow’s status as a UK city of architecture and design in 1999. Not to mention, it’s a three-minute walk from the Gallery of Modern Art.

The Riverside Museum

Located on the banks of the Clyde, Glasgow’s Riverside Museum, designed by Zaha Hadid, displays more than 3,000 objects, from trams to bicycles. Freddiedoncaster wrote, “You just have to visit to see the most remarkable exhibits you will ever see. The curators were so knowledgeable and the layout was amazing. Worth a visit.”

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 construction, with more than 3,000 objects from the city’s world-renowned collections on display inside.

The collections reflect the important role Glasgow has played in the world through its contributions to heavy industries such as shipbuilding, train making and engineering.

modern art gallery

In front of the famous statue of the Duke of Wellington with the cheeky addition of a traffic cone on his head, the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow has reopened. Current exhibitions include ‘Domestic Bliss’, featuring works from the collection that have never been shown at GoMA before, as well as new acquisitions.

This gallery houses Scotland’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art.

They usually offer a range of exciting exhibits which may cost extra, however, for the most part the experience is free and provides a great educational opportunity.

GoMA is located in central Glasgow. It contains four galleries, a shop and a library.

Photoworks at street level

Street Level offers inspiring photography encounters for everyone. Take your budding photographers to a place guaranteed to inspire them.

The website states that it is a locally integrated and internationally connected place; a creative framework to create, interact and buy photography.

Glasgow cinema

The Glasgow Film Theater is presenting a series of specially themed films before and during COP26. Tickets for the films can be purchased on the GFT website and include the environmental documentaries Whale Island, 2040 and Journey to Utopia, as well as the environmental thriller Wood.

Spring and summer are usually the time to go out. However, with Scottish weather, we know that is not always the case.

Why not take the kids to see one of the latest movies? The Glasgow Film Theater is Glasgow’s first independent cinema and has a long history since it opened in 1939.

Escape Glasgow

Prices: £16 to £22 per person depending on group size.

Escape rooms have exploded in popularity in recent years and are not for the faint of heart. You will be locked in a room and given 60 minutes to figure out how to escape. Sound fun to you?

This one would be a great day for the puzzle lover in your life, and it’s a great way to create some hilarious memories.

Games are recommended for ages 10 and up, although younger guests are also welcome.

R-CADE Glasgow

Prices: From £6

Step back in time and spend the day in Scotland’s retro gaming social space.

Reserving a pass means you can play as many games as you want and you’re not tied to one machine.

Since opening in 2018, it has proven to be a fan favorite among locals. Provide a safe, fun and inclusive environment for all.

Ryze Glasgow

Ryze – Xtreme Air Sports is the perfect place for kids, parents and grandparents looking for thrills!

They house a trampoline, foam pits and even a giant airbag! They have great activities like competing in the dodgeball trampoline.

It’s the perfect way to beat school break boredom and tire your energetic kids!

Sweet wonderland game

Prices: £7.95 for ages 3-12

This is Glasgow’s quintessential children’s play and adventure centre. The Custom Build Zone is designed to encourage imagination and physical development in a safe and fun environment.

Not to mention, the price includes unlimited rides on the Wonderworld Express train throughout your visit.

Glasgow City Center Wall Trail

With over 30 vibrant murals across the city, this trail will keep you and the kids entertained for hours.

Glasgow City Council has established the Mural Trail and an associated grant fund for artists.

The goal was to help residents and visitors find and enjoy our incredible downtown and the unique and exciting street art it has to offer.

wing world

Prices: Rates from 50€

Take the kids on a spectacular experience where they can get up close to over 70 birds.

World of Wings is home to Scotland’s largest collection of birds. Thus, you will have the chance to learn more about a wide range of birds.

There is also the possibility of flying amazing birds among owls, hawks, eagles and vultures.

inflatable nation

Inflata Nation offers classes, birthday parties and unique sessions. It’s full of fun things to do, from bouncing and falling to climbing and sliding.

It’s a great way to keep the whole family active whatever the weather, with a whole arena of inflatable activities.

climb area

Whether you’re looking for a venue for a birthday party or just a place where the kids can burn off their energy, Climzone has you covered.

Climzone is Glasgow’s first indoor adventure park. It’s the perfect playground for everyone and is even home to the tallest indoor slide in the UK.

Glasgow Club Easterhouse Pool

Prices: Prices vary depending on membership status

A day at the pool is a classic day when looking for things to do during the school holidays.

This pool has an incredible slide for thrill seekers! All sessions must be booked in advance and you can find out more by calling the pool on 0141 276 9696.

Kelvingrove Park

The woman was forced through Kelvingrove Park.

It’s a Glasgow classic and incredibly popular with locals. When the weather’s nice there’s nothing like packing a picnic and taking it to Kelvingrove Park, even in the rain why not put on some wellies and fetch some puddles to splash around in ?

Paradise Island Adventure Golf Glasgow

Prices: £7.50 for ages 5-16, £9.50 for adults

This unique style of indoor golf offers 18-hole courses for you and your family to engage in healthy competition.

Adventurers will face their first challenge upon arrival, where they will decide if they want to go on Tiki Hut Trail or Maggie McCaw’s Challenge.

Kelvingrove Walk

The look of Kelvingrove Park is a short but enjoyable 3.2 kilometer track. It’s perfect for sunny spells between spring showers for those desperate to get outside.

The trail is used for all activities such as walking, running, and road biking. Dogs are also welcome on this trail, however, they must be leashed.

The trail is open year round.

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