Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre Exotic and domestic animals for visiting, petting and feeding; plus multiple indoor and outdoor play areas, mini golf, pony rides, fly fishing and seasonal farm stuff too.
Camperdown Wildlife Centre The wildlife centre is one of Dundee's most popular attractions and is home to around 50 species of animals, birds and reptiles.
Arbroath Signal Tower Museum and tower building. You can find out about the fascinating history of the Bell Rock Lighthouse and visit the outhouse to see the massive lens of the last manually operated lamp.
Dundee Science Centre Immerse yourself in their interactive exhibitions! Move a ball with the power of your mind; Enjoy dramatic science demonstrations; See yourself in infrared; Morph yourself into an ape; Investigate a crime; Try keyhole surgery or Take part in a science show!
Broughty Castle Museum housed in an imposing castle close to Broughty Ferry beach and with displays, events and activities for everyone.
Dundee Museum of Transport Opening 26 April 2014 at this temporary location, this new Museum will be dedicated to the transport heritage of Tayside and beyond.
The Black Watch Castle and Museum A family friendly military museum housed in a dramatic castle, full of uniforms, paintings, medals and military equipment. Learn the history of an elite military regiment that spans nearly 300 years.
Perth Museum and Art Gallery One of the oldest museum collections in the UK with a changing exhibition programme that explores the creativity and heritage of Perthshire. Unique collection of art, natural history and archaeology on display and free activities in the galleries.
Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum A museum with an impressive collection of Pictish carved sculptures including gravestons and rare architectural fragments. Fun sheets for the kids to complete. Something a little different, but fascinating.
Perth Leisure Pool The centre offers 5 indoor swimming pools, an outdoor lagoon, 2 flumes, a Wild Water Channel, Poolside Whirlpools and Bubble Beds plus slide.
Olympia Leisure Centre The leisure pool features are a rapid river, wave pool and seated bubble beds, plus toddler’s pool with smaller slide and more fun features! Several flumes have cutting edge features including 3D holograms, clear sections and LED light effects!
Kidz World has a massive play frame full of excitement and adventure for children up to the age of 10. Separate area for babies and toddlers to enjoy. Birthday party packages available.
Cheeky Monkeys Montrose An indoor kids play centre, large play frame and slides to entertain the children, enclosed baby area for the younger ones, large seating area for the adults, fantastic menu at the snack bar for everyone, wheelchair and pram friendly, fun for all.
The Fun Factory is a custom built indoor Soft Play Family Entertainment Centre. The Fun Factory provides an activity centre for children with sections for those age 1 to 4 and another for those aged 5 to 11 years. There is also a sensory area specifically for children with additional or special needs.
Frostys Funhouse Multi level winter themed adventure main frame featuring four lane ice slide, football and basket ball area, rapid fire cannons, ball juggler and ball pit, toddlers' race track, separate toddlers' area and loads more!
Doune Castle The castle featured in the cult comedy movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail! All together now: your mother was a hamster! With audio tour.
Discovery Point Hands on interactive features, audiovisual shows, computer based multimedia and fascinating displays of artefacts will draw your family into the rich history of Captain Scott's Antarctic Expedition Vessel!
J M Barrie's Birthplace Fly as part of the 'Peter Pan Experience, inside the enchanting cottage where Sir JM Barrie was born; plus Peter Pan garden with a living willow crocodile and adventure playground.
Barry Water Mill Enjoy the splash of the waterwheel and the smell of grinding corn in this picturesque 19th-century working mill.
Crieff Visitor Centre Follow in the footsteps of Scotland's 18th century Cattle Drovers and experience the life and times of the people who made Crieff the crossroads of Scotland at the turn of the 18th Century. Also home to a fascinating Caithness Crystal and Glass facility.
HM Frigate Unicorn Step on board this historic Warship and travel back in time to the days when Britannia ruled the waves. Now one of the six oldest ships left in the world.
Verdant Works A great day out for all the family. Hands on interactive displays and Computer-based multimedia, an Audio visual show and there are Guided Tours available.
Glamis Castle Castle open Easter to November with extensive garden and grounds with plenty for families to enjoy including a family exhibition room and a playground and picnic area.
Mills Observatory Space exploration, astronomical displays, planetarium shows and a fully computerised telescope that can detect 30,000 objects in the sky at this observatory.
Elcho Castle One of Scotland’s best preserved tower houses, built in 16th century. A maze of stairs and rooms to explore and you can walk around outside at roof level. Free quiz for kids, plus costumes to try on.
Fair Maids House Visitor and Information A geographical delight, housed in the oldest secular building in Perth. Learn about space, the earth and other planets, plus explorers and exploration. You can also see the oldest rock in Scotland. Free to visit.
Huntingtower Castle A medieval castle with beautiful grounds, carvings and a painted ceiling. Good access, including rooftop. Full of history and a ghost! Grassy area with picnic tables. Free quiz for kids.
Stanley Mills An 18th century cotton mill and exhibition centre with lots of interactive displays that show you what life was like during this time. Family friendly place that is also a great spot for a picnic.
Dewars Centre Seasonally available ice skating, curling and more, including a pre school ice activity session, public skating, and skating lessons for ages 5 and older. Indoor bowls also available. Based at Live Active in Perth.
Dundee Ice Arena A state of the art multipurpose ice arena offering an excellent skating venue for all ice users. A variety of sessions available, including lessons, Disco, Sunday Funday, and After School sessions. Ice sports also offered, and parties catered for.
Forfar Ice Rink With experienced skaters stewarding the sessions anyone who visits the rink can enjoy their skating in a relaxed yet safe environment. Special toddler and learners sessions. We also have great bowling, and curling facilities.
The Factory Skatepark The UK's first custom built indoor extreme sports arena for Boarding, Blading and BMXing. With special beginners' sessions available for over 5s!
Ancrum Outdoor Centre Almost defying description these guys offer a seriously wide range outdoor activities, wet and dry, active and serene, on foot and by vehicle. Suitable for all abilitiy levels. Take a look!
Battle Grounds Paintball An experienced paintball site that is great for all the family. Outdoor activities including Laser Tag, Archery and Airsoft. Five custom built game zones. Paintball and Tag birthday parties for kids aged between 6 and 12.
Avertical World Climbing Centre Tayside’s only dedicated indoor climbing centre with over 300 routes for both top rope and lead climbing plus a bouldering area. Regular kids' club held at weekends. For ages 5 and over.
Dundee Treasure Trail Get out and about with the kids exploring Dundee with a difference with this self guided themed Treasure Trail. Follow the directions whilst hunting for the answers to the clues to discover the location of the long lost treasure!
The Perth Treasure Hunt Treasure Trail Get your pirate hats on and start searching for the fictional treasure as you solve the clues on this self-guided treasure hunt around Perth for all the family.
Kerr's Miniature Railway is located on the seafront of Arbroath. It is a miniature railway where children can enjoy a 5 minute long journey. There is also a miniature bus and fire engine which operate along the promenade. Children can also enjoy picnics on the grass whilst watching the trains go by.
Camperdown Country Park Combined with the wildlife centre, seasonal family fun fair, adventure playground and golf courses, Camperdown can offer a fantastic, fun filled day out for all the family. Dundee Ice Arena and Cineworld nearby.
Charleton Fruit Farm There are 2 play zones to choose from, a gated one for kids aged 12 and under, plus another for older kids and adults! Plus pick your own fruit: sweet!
Hazlehead Park Over 180 hectares of parkland to enjoy, with a large children’s play area, Pet’s Corner, football fields, pitch and putt, 2 golf courses, a number of gardens, and a maze! Free to visit and open throughout the year.
Dundee Law Climb this extinct volcano for views of Dundee and beyond with an observation point, art and fact panels to guide your way.
Monikie Country Park Country Park with reservoirs and water sports, woodland adventure playground, high ropes course and parkland with a Ranger Service offering events and activities.
University of Dundee Botanic Garden A Botanic garden with a wide range of plants, trees and shrubs. There are also temperate and tropical greenhouses, a water garden and a herb garden. Family events held throughout the year.
Barnhill Rock Garden A beautiful garden, peaceful and off the beaten track with a number of mixed planted islands, an integrated fountain and a great variety of plants to enjoy. Picnic tables and seats to use as you enjoy the views.
Cineworld Cinema is a 9 screen cinema including a 3D screen with all the latest family flicks, comfy seats and sumptuous snacks.
The Ceramic Experience Paint-your-own pottery studio, with soft play and cafe too! So make a masterpiece, have an adventure, or do both while mum and dad have a coffee! Good for all ages, even nan can paint a plate!
Claverhouse Equestrian Centre is a horse riding school that caters for all abilities, from beginner to advanced. We offer both trekking and lessons. We take children from age 4+, we have no upper age limit. Weight limit of around 16 stone.
Battlefield LIVE Dundee Authentic combat entertainment experience using military grade infra-red gaming guns for anyone over 8 years old.
Combat City Harmless but thrilling laser tag game using infra red weaponry, brilliant for tech heads who are usually glued to the screen! Alongside Scotkart.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Tayside with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Tayside can enjoy the great day out as well.
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