The Best Activities for Kids and Families in Glasgow

The Best Activities for Kids and Families in Glasgow

Glasgow Science Centre

A quick guide to some of the city's best days out

Much more than just a shopping centre, Braehead could keep a family occupied for the whole day. Gambado soft play caters for the little ones, while for the more adventurous there’s The Drop climbing centre, Snow Factor ski and snowboard complex, and ice skating at the Arena. Alternatively, you could bowl some balls at Bowlplex, enjoy a 6D motion ride at XD Experience or keep it simple with a visit to the Odeon cinema.

The Burrell Collection/Pollok Country Park
A firm favourite with Glasgow families, this award-winning park has a walled garden, play park, heavy horses, woodland and riverside walks and more. Nestling in the heart of all this outdoor splendour, is the Burrell Collection, featuring over 9,000 objects and paintings, and a regular programme of fun family activities.

Gallery of Modern Art
Although not everything on show in this city-centre contemporary art gallery will appeal to children, a lot of effort is made to engage younger visitors. Go along to the drop-in workshop on Saturday mornings, where everyone (grown-ups, too) can use the gallery’s art materials to make your own creation. Nice café and library space, too.

Glasgow Rocks Basketball Team
Scotland’s only professional basketball team has regular home games at Glasgow’s impressive Emirates Stadium, and families make up a big part of their audience. The games themselves are fast-paced and exciting, with chances for children to get involved during the breaks.

Glasgow Science Centre
Set aside a whole day to visit this superb hands-on centre, filled with gadgets and games designed to educate and engage everyone, from toddlers to grandparents. Visit the Planetarium and IMAX cinema, then swallow any fear of heights and go to the top of Glasgow Tower – the tallest freestanding building in Scotland (reopening 30 Mar from winter 2014/15 closure).

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
This gorgeous red sandstone building is one of the most visited museums in Britain, catering for all ages. Temporary exhibits change regularly, but the permanent attractions - over 8000 of them – include everything from a stuffed giraffe to an old spitfire, plus many fine artworks.

Riverside Museum
Climb on board a 1930 tram, walk down a re-constructed street from 1895, step inside an old subway car and lots more besides at this award-winning celebration of all things transport-related. As well as the exhibits, featuring everything from old police cars to bicycles, there are lots of interactive computer screens.

The Tall Ship
Find out what life was like on fascinating 19th century cargo vessel, the Glenlee. Once on board, you can scrub the deck, build a barrel, load sugar into a pulley and learn about international trading through interactive exhibits. Plus peep inside the captain’s fine quarters, and slightly less fine bedrooms of the poor crew members.

Tollcross Farm and Children’s Farm
Situated in Glasgow’s East End, this popular park features a play area for under 12s, and a farm park with ponies, sheep, rabbits and more. Take a walk through the nature glen, find the ‘secret’ sensory garden or visit the well-loved rose garden.

Tollcross International Swimming Centre
One of the most popular swimming pools in Glasgow, Tollcross benefitted from a multi-million pound upgrade in preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Now it boasts three separate pools of varying size, so plenty of space to swim and play.

A Braehead Arena
Kings Inch Road, Glasgow, G51 4BN
B The Tall Ship at Riverside
150 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS
The Glenlee is one of only five Clyde-built sailing ships still afloat, and it nearly didn't happen; launched in 1896, she carried cargo for 20 years before spending decades as a training ship for the Spanish navy. Recovered from the brink of scrapping…
C Riverside Museum
100 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS
Riverside Museum is Glasgow's award-winning transport museum that opened in 2011. The award-winning building by Zaha Hadid houses over 3,000 objects, from bicycles and cars to a 100-ton Class 15F steam engine, built in Glasgow for South African…
D The Burrell Collection
Pollock Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G43 1AT
The Burrell Collection is temporarily closed until Spring 2021. In the heart of Pollok Country Park is this collection of art, including work by Degas, Rodin and Cézanne as well as ancient and medieval artefacts. It is named after shipping tycoon Sir…
E Glasgow Science Centre
50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1EA
Situated on the site of the 1988 Garden Festival, Glasgow's £75 million Science Centre features hundreds of interactive exhibits. Opened to the public in June 2001, Glasgow Science Centre is part of the ongoing redevelopment of Pacific Quay in Glasgow.
F Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, an exuberant piece of Edwardian architecture, was built in 1901 to house both an art collection and Glasgow's old industrial museum, and its eclecticism is part of its appeal; few other museums can offer a stuffed…
G Gallery of Modern Art
Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH
Located on Royal Exchange Square, in William Cunninghame of Lainshaw's imposing 1778 townhouse, the Gallery of Modern Art's monumentalism is offset by the traffic cone that's usually perched on the head of the equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington…
H Tollcross International Swimming Centre
Glasgow Club Tollcross, Wellshot Road, Glasgow, G32 7QR
I Tollcross Children's Farm
Wellshot Road, Glasgow, G32 7AX