Here comes the fun

Here comes the fun

As the school holidays stretch out before us, Kelly Apter finds there’s no shortage of ways to get your hands dirty and learn something new this summer

  • ZEST Holiday Programme
    Taking place across four Glasgow museums – Museum of Transport, Scotland Street Museum, Gallery of Modern Art and the Burrell Collection – all ZEST events are free and give 5–11-year-olds and their families a chance to get stuck in to some truly inspired craft activities. Fancy making a piece of art from bicycle chains? Creating your own Charles Rennie Mackintosh print or fashioning an Olympic medal? Then visit to find out more.
  • Impact Arts Summer Art Camp
    Now in its 12th year, the Impact Arts Summer Camp takes place on weekdays throughout July at Kelvinside Academy in Glasgow’s West End. Workshops for 5–15-year-olds include Get Animated, Arty Craftmasters, Eco Chic Fashion Freak, Pick‘n’Mix, The Dance Factor and many more. To download a full programme go to
  • The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour
    Family Events As if climbing onboard 19th century vessel The Glenlee wasn’t enough, The Tall Ship also has a range of fun workshops on offer. Not only that, their ‘Unlimited Admission’ policy means you can return with your original ticket as many times as you like throughout the holidays. Hear nautical tales of faraway lands then write your own, drop-in to some maritime-themed craft activities or dress up and take part in their ‘Play in a Day’. Visit to find out more.
  • Giant Summer Holiday Fun
    Once again, Giant will be offering inclusive workshops for all children and their families. Including Wind Catchers at the Hidden Gardens outside Tramway and the chance for 6–11-year-olds to make their own silent movie. See the Kids listings for full details or call 0141 357 5000.
  • Astounding Discoveries at Almond Valley Heritage Centre
    The Livingston-based farm is always a great place for a day out, with animals, soft play, train rides and loads more. Throughout the summer they’ll be running daily drop-in craft, activity and discovery sessions – plus the chance to become a ‘Young Farmer’ at their animal handling session. Go to for full details.
  • Summer Science at the National Museum of Scotland
    You can’t get many things for free in Edinburgh, but these workshops for ages 5+ are one of them. Find out what’s inside your body and brain or take part in ‘Zoolab’ with live animals and insects including a two-metre snack and giant lizards. For dates and times visit
  • School Holiday Farm Work at Gorgie Farm
    8–12-year-olds can pull on their wellies and try their hand at some real farm work down at Gorgie Farm. Your muddy chores will include mucking out the stables, collecting eggs and cleaning duck ponds. Places cost £5 and there are ten slots each day until 15 Aug. Find out more at
  • Summer Art Programme at Lauriston Castle
    One of the capital’s hidden gems, Lauriston Castle is home to beautiful grounds and a host of fun kids activities this summer. Workshops include Fuzzy Foxes and Rascal Rabbits Felt Collages, Bugs Galore, Japanese Blossom Tree Mobiles, Wonderful Wildlife and Marvellous Marbling. See the Kids listings for more info or visit
  • Superhero Sized Fun at Dynamic Earth
    Already a quality day out, Edinburgh’s time-travelling attraction just got even better. Their summer programme features two live shows, interactive family activities including a dinosaur hunt and, for the first 3000 visitors, free Earth Hero Toolkit goody bags to help you save the planet. For detailed info and to download your Toolkit voucher, go to


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