31 Things to Do with the Kids in the Summer Holidays in Glasgow
Yep, it happened again. You tried to get the kids ready for school and they protested even more strongly than normal. “It’s the holidays!!”, they laugh, as you try to make sandwiches and tie laces at the same time before being hit by the enormity of the situation (or was it a rogue milkshake carton flung from the fridge?). What on earth are you going to do with them?
Never fear! We’ve put together a handy and enormous list of things to do, places to go and fun to be had over the next six weeks with the weans in tow. It’s easy. If it’s taps oan weather, pick from the indoor list. Taps aff, go for outdoors and check out the big list of events which make up the third section for one-off exciting things happening this summer. Let us know what we’ve missed, and stay strong, Glasgow parents. You got this!
Taps Oan (Things to Do with the Kids Indoors)
June 16th – September 2nd @ Clydebank Town Hall. Super cool Lego constructions of amazing proportions!
Follow individual links here for extra events to check out throughout the summer (not all are free, but you can explore the museum for free):
- Frank Quitely – an exhibition on comics and the work of a local comic artist who made it big.
- RSPB ‘Give Nature a Home in Glasgow’ – weekly workshops on everything from minibeasts to whales.
- 25 Things to Do in Glasgow Museums Before you are Five – you can pick up this little booklet at any Glasgow museum and give the wee ones a real adventure this summer. They’ll collect stickers for completing each thing, and a certificate (downloadable online) to mark their achievement.
Super cool old transportation in a big, award-winning space by the Clyde. Right next to the Tall Ship (see further down).
- A Fair Life (Showmen and women) exhibition – a new display all about life on the road as a performer.
Visit Glasgow Film Theatre for special showings where each kid’s ticket gets an adult in too. All films are suitable for all ages and will vary throughout the summer.
This incredible building is the oldest surviving Music Hall in the world. Visit for old-fashioned shows and good fun – free events, too!
The summer program at Kelvinhall features free events and the moving image archive and gym facilities are accessible by arrangement, too!
Festivals and free events galore.
There are free sessions for kids and toddlers to get arty this summer at the sculpture studio.
The circus is coming to town from 28th – 30th July!
There are regular tours called ‘Meet the Piper’ – get the kids along and introduced to one of the few people who can make more noise than them.
Taps Aff (Things to Do with the Kids Outdoors)
Download these tours and go on your very own adventures around the city.
If the kids get too annoying, take them here to walk the plank, ahem, blow off some steam. Check out the cool summer exhibition all about Pirates and keep an eye out for Captain Scallywag’s treasure.
Open from the 28th June to July 10th, the inflatable city is sure to tire out the kids enough for an early night.
We love the big red busses, and the view from the top deck is a cracker. You’ll be taken around all the museums and sights for a fun, touristy day out.
There are plenty of fabulous parks in Glasgow and you can see a full list here, but we love the events at Dams to Darnley this summer. Fancy making a shelter with the family and a little help from the park rangers?
gers? Of course you do, check it out here.
3rd – 8th July @ King’s Theatre
A musical inspired by Alice in Wonderland.
4th – 9th July @ Theatre Royal
A new stage production based on the classic story.
26th August – 10th September @ Glasgow Botanic Gardens
An animatronic dinosaur experience! If the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park escaped to the Botanics, this it what it would be like…
29th – 30th June @ Pollok House
Suitable for ages 3-7, all about the live of Bubble McBea on a remote Scottish island.
Feeling inspired by the Clydebank Lego expo? Kids can learn, build and play at these summer camps, creating the scenes of their imagination.
July 1st @ Royal Concert Hall
A dedicated kids section will feature art workshops and games, plus a chance to meet some of the incredible local talent of the comic scene.
2nd July – Kelvingrove Park
Scotland’s largest free multicultural festival. Music, food, fun, games, and sunshine? If we’re lucky? A colourful and fabulous celebration.
July 9th @ Holmewood House
Holmewood House are throwing a party to celebrate famous architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thompson and you’re all invited!
12th July @ Pollok Country Park
Hunting for bugs and planting wildflowers in this enormous and beautiful park.
11-12th July @ Various
Folksy Theatre are performing a kid-friendly version of Twelfth Night! One is at Cottiers in the West End, the other in the great outdoors of Queens Park Amphitheatre.
15th July @ The Stand
Comedy for kids that will entertain the grownups, too. By Scottish comedian Chris Henry.
Various Dates @ King’s Theatre
There are people for whom the idea of singing frozen voluntarily is a nightmare. I am not one of those people. Do you wanna build a snowman?
7th July, 6th August @ Bridgeton Bus Garage
On open days, you can ride the old style busses around the city. Better get practising your wave!
Fun for all the family at Alexandra Park Festival on July 29th.
4th – 6th August @ SECC
Track displays and car closeups for the kids (and parents) who dream of driving race-cars.
Events all through the summer, from shows to hands-on workshops. See the full list of events here.