Glasgow offers great kids activities! The city is relatively compact and as a result, easy to walk around, with over 90 parks and gardens.

Glasgow also has a fantastic range of indoor attractions to visit with your kids, including loads of museums, independent cinemas and theatres, smart shopping and entertainment arcades and indoor play centres.

In short, you’ll find you are never far from somewhere for the kids to burn off some energy. Above all, the city is surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, including wild beaches and awe-inspiring mountains and lochs.

To make your journey easier to travel around the Scottish city, I have added a map at the bottom of this article where you can see all the activities you can do in Glasgow.

If you’re visiting Glasgow with kids, check out below our selection of the best activities indoor and outdoor:


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1. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

First opened in 1901, this museum and gallery is a firm favourite with families, both locals and tourists. It boasts stunning architecture and 22 galleries displaying a diverse range of treasures, from Ancient Egypt to Art and Animals. There is also an ever-changing programme of temporary exhibitions and displays. At weekends and during the school holidays there are lots of family-focused events on offer too, many of them free.

Address: Argyle Sreet, Glasgow G3 8AG

Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm (11am – 5pm on Fridays & Sundays)

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2. Hollywood Bowl

If you are looking for a fun family activity to do indoors in Glasgow, you simply can’t go wrong by spending some time at Hollywood Bowl. The venue has 25 lines including VIP Lanes. Moreover, you can challenge your children in different arcade games including air hockey.

You can also have a family meal at the Hollywood Dinner where you can eat burgers, salads, hot dogs and plenty more.

Address: Springfield Quay, Glasgow G5 8NP

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3. Fun Street Soft Play Glasgow

A lot of local families organise birthday celebrations with their kids in this unique soft play venue in Glasgow. Fun Street Soft Play is a great indoor attraction to do with young children with plenty of space to let them go wild.

We particularly love the fact how the venue is organised in play houses. You can explore the Hair & Beauty corner, an Art Gallery or even a Hospital. Lots of fun guaranteed for your children for sure. And parents can also enjoy their time at the café Erina’s Kitchen and sip their favourite hot drink with snacks.

Address: Silverburn Shopping Centre, Barrhead Rd, Glasgow G53 6AG

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4. Glasgow Police Museum

This little museum is a hidden attraction in Glasgow that families are discovering bit by bit. Who thought a museum dedicated to Police would be so attractive to children and their parents. Well, Glasgow Police Museum has a unique collection of police memorabilia including over 2,000 uniforms through different times and different countries.

If you feel adventurous and learn about the greatest crime, thief cases solved by the police, this place is also a great start. We’ve heard the owner and the guides are very nice and can answer any questions you may have during your visit.

Address: First Floor, 30 Bell St, Glasgow G1 1LG

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5. Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre

Are you looking for something unique and exciting to do in Glasgow? Well, Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre might be the best attraction to do with your children. This theatre is home to unique mechanical creations: they are called kinetic sculptures which made from different objects.

Expect to spend 30 min at the exhibition but we highly recommend booking also one the main 1 hour shows called Promenade and Wheels of Life. This attraction will probably trigger some nice conversation with your children during and after the show for sure!

Address: Trongate 103 – A Centre for Arts & Creativity 103, Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HD

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6. Go Wild Soft Play Centre

If you are searching for a soft play venue in Glasgow to let your littles ones having fun with others, Go Wild is a great option for families. Go Wild has a huge soft play area but also a mini town with some role play actions called Play Street.

Your toddlers will have their own designated area too, especially if they are bit shy to play with older kids.

Address: 59 James St, Bridgeton, Glasgow G40 1BZ

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7. The Riverside Museum & Tall Ship

The kids will love this award winning transport museum where they can see everything from skateboards to historic trains, and get hands on with interactive displays. Step back in time as you can walk through recreations of Glasgow’s historic streets, climbing aboard vintage trams and fire engines along the way. When you’re done inside, head out to the Tall Ship that’s moored outside – a floating museum detailing Glasgow’s rich shipbuilding heritage.

BabyBreaks Tip: Don’t miss the pop-up ‘Riverside Beach’ during the summer!

Address: 100 Pointhouse Rd, Glasgow G3 8RS

Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm (11am-5pm on Fridays and Sundays)

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8. Glasgow Science Centre

The ultra-modern, unique domed architecture of Glasgow’s Science Centre hints at what you will find inside – boundary-pushing experiments, research and displays to enlighten young minds and get them excited about the world around them. Finally, there are loads of interactive activities, from a workshop highlighting the importance of bees, to an alien show in the Planetarium.

Address: 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA

Opening Hours: Open daily 10am-5pm.

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9. Soar at Intu Braehead

Located within one of the city’s largest shopping centres, Soar is an amusement centre which provides loads of entertainment for a rainy day. There are also laser games, a climbing wall, bowling, indoor skiing, a trampoline park, adventure golf. And let’s not forget a chocolate making experience and a 17 screen cinema!

There really is something for all ages and tastes here. When you’ve worked up an appetite after all that excitement, there are also lots of dining options to choose from within Intu, including Pizza Express, TGI Fridays and Nandos.

Address: King’s Inch Rd, Glasgow, Renfrew PA4 8XQ

Opening Hours: Individual attractions vary, check the website for more details

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10. Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre

Finally, enjoy a family friendly show at this arts centre in Glasgow’s West End. The kids will be enchanted by the puppet master’s performances, and there are also workshops and special events where they can get involved, at weekends and during the school holidays.  As well as the theatre, there is a mask and puppet museum, library and a café onsite.

Address: 8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Glasgow. G12 0QF

Opening Hours: Open 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday.

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11. Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Wander around the beautiful Glasgow Botanic Gardens and greenhouses. Including the famous Kibble Palace which houses the National collection of tree ferns. Get lost amongst the exotic and rare plants, soak up the history of the iconic buildings, established in 1807. Afterwards, head to the charming tea shop for refreshments on the sun terrace.

Address: 730 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 0UE

Opening Hours: Grounds: 7am – dusk. Glasshouses: 10am-4pm / 6pm (winter/summer)

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12. Cuningar Loop

This recreational space next to the River Clyde is certainly a popular family hangout. It offers an adventure playground, bicycle tracks and a bouldering area. So stay active with your family and follow the 3 miles of walking paths, soaking up the tranquil riverside atmosphere.

Address: Downiebrae Rd, Rutherglen, Glasgow G73 1PW

Opening Hours: 24/7

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13. Pollok Country Park

At first, this sprawling country estate on the west of the city feels worlds away from the bustling streets. In others words, it is a wonderful place to escape to with your family. Immerse yourselves in nature as you discover extensive woodlands and gardens teeming with wildlife. Including clydesdale horses and highland cows. There are also picnic areas, a play park, walled gardens and riverside trails. No wonder the park has won numerous awards including Britain’s Best Park (2006) and Best Park in Europe (2008).

Address: 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT

Opening Hours: 24/7. Individual attractions may vary.

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14. West Highland Way

If you have kids old enough to walk a few miles, a hike on this stunning stretch of Scottish Highland is certainly a must. Stretching for 154 km from Milngavie to Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis. Most importantly the route offers breathtaking views of some of the most wild, unspoiled countryside in the UK.

You can walk as far as you like, depending on your fitness. In addition, the website below has useful itineraries to follow with maps and tips.

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Source: West Highland Way.org

15. Loch Lomond

A 40 minute drive out of Glasgow will bring you to one of Scotland’s most famous beauty spots, Loch Lomond. Therefore this huge stretch of water surrounded by the mountainous landscapes of the Trossachs National Park is truly inspiring. The kids will also love following the ‘Fairy Trails’ near the village of Luss or at Balloch Country Park. That is to say, if you’re camping enthusiasts, there are several sites where you can pitch up next to the water. A chance for some real downtime with your your brood.

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Source: Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

16. Flip Out Glasgow

A popular British city like Glasgow wouldn’t be complete without a Flip Out park that has become so popular with families and adults in the past few years. Flip Out Glasgow has over 63,000sq ft of trampolines, enough to spend hours in this indoor fun park for sure. The operator organises a special session called Family Bounce pass which can give access to 4 guests including one adult. Finally, we have heard that the Ninja Obstacle Course is worth the trip if you dare to try it!

Address: 89a Southcroft Rd, Rutherglen, Glasgow G73 1UG

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17. Inflata Nation Park Glasgow

If you are looking for another great indoor fun park for your little ones, you can’t go wrong by booking a session at Inflata Nation Glasgow. Your children will have hours of fun on different inflatable rides such as slides, climbing walls, balls pool and an obstacle park. For younger children, the venue also offers the Inflata Tots park, perfect for kids under 3. This attraction is a great way to see your kids interacting with others whilst you are enjoying a drink at the café.

Address: 134 Portman St, Kinning Park, Glasgow G41 1EJ

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18. Whale of a Time

Whale of a Time is a lovely little venue to get your young children excited to play indoors. Expect to find multiple rides and slides and even a dedicated area for babies and toddlers. There is also a cafe with different meal options, cold and hot drinks. So if you are looking for a great indoor activity to do in Glasgow that doesn’t cost the earth and safe for your children, have a look at Whale of a Time and pre book your session.

Address: 1273 Pollokshaws Rd, Shawlands, Glasgow G41 3RR

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19. Celtic Park Stadium Tour

With a capacity of over 60,000 spectators, Celtic Park is home to the famous Celtic Football club, famously known for their green jersey shirt. This is the largest football stadium in Scotland and a venue that also organised huge concerts from U2 or Prince. The home fans call their stadium Paradise. So if you are football fan, your family will enjoy this behind the scenes tour of Celtic Park where you will have access to the dressing room, the players tunnel room and so much more.

Address: Celtic Park, Glasgow G40 3RE

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20. City Sightseeing Glasgow

Every big city in Europe has its hop on hop off bus tour. So it comes without a surprise that Glasgow also offers the City Sightseeing tour bus that allows you to visit different places around Glasgow with the freedom to get off the bus at different stops. The operator offers 1 or 2 day unlimited use of their bus, so perfect for children who can’t walk too much but still like to see what Glasgow looks like.

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A family friendly tour bus in Glasgow
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Here is a map of Glasgow and its surroundings with all the activities I have selected for you. Zoom in to check things to do in Central Glasgow.

CONCLUSION

I hope you have found this guide useful and pick the things you would like to do in Glasgow with your kids.

So if you visit Scotland, make sure to stop by Glasgow before you take your train back home, we recommend spending 1 or 2 nights before you take the famous Caledonian Sleeper train from the main train station.

Happy Travelling in Glasgow! Most importantly, we hope you will enjoy fully your next trip in Glasgow and have lots of fun!

20 Things to Do in Glasgow with Kids

1. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
2. Hollywood Bowl
3. Fun Street Soft Play Glasgow
4. Glasgow Police Museum
5. Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre
6. Go Wild Soft Play Centre
7. Riverside Museum and Tall Ship
8. Glasgow Science Centre
9. Soar at Intu Braehead
10. Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre
11. Glasgow Botanic Gardens
12. Cuningar Loop
13. Pollock Country Park
14. West Highland Way
15. Loch Lomond
16. FlipOut Glasgow
17. Inflata Nation Park Glasgow
18. Whale of a Time
19. Celtic Park Stadium Tour
20. City Sightseeing Glasgow

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