Alloway by Ayr
Heads of Ayr Park There's almost 50 different types of animal, each with its own particular charm. Meet them, touch them, feed them! And it's packed with fantastic activities like indoor and outdoor play areas, an aerial runway, thrilling ringo sledging, tunnel land and the combine castle.
MandD's Scotland's Theme Park Scotland's Theme Park is FUN for ALL the family! A great selection of rides and attractions, from the kiddie's corner to the more thrilling rides and attractions for teens and adults!
Amazonia Scotland's largest indoor rainforest attraction offering a new fun and educational experience for all ages. It's a unique place to learn and explore, offering children and adults an insight into life in a tropical forest. Visitors are also given the opportunity to take part in daily animal handling...
Loch Lomond Bird Of Prey Centre A small centre attached to a garden centre close to Loch Lomond. Around 30 birds in total. Regular flying displays and some handling opportunities. They also run introductory days, hawk walks and hunting days.
Loch Lomond Aquarium Journey through the magnificent Ocean Tunnel surrounded by tropical fish from around the world! There are loads of amazing live exhibits to explore including the new Stingray Discovery display, plus specific tank talks and feeding sessions for otters, seahorses, turtles and sharks!
Lamont City Farm A friendly domestic animal exposure experience featuring kune kunes, llamas and bearded dragons plus a unique and wonderful Kids' Club where over 8s can volunteer and be of genuine help to the farm!
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum In memory of the poet; the museum includes plenty of hands-on and interactive exhibits to keep the kids interested, plus a nice play area outside to reward them for paying attention!
Scottish Maritime Museum- Irvine Museum with lots for families to do including building model boats, exploring a vessel and seeing others up close, and entering a workers tenement flat.
The Dick Institute The museum is nicely family oriented and the ever changing exhibits are frequently focused on children's interests.
Scottish Football Museum Museum and Stadium Tour dedicated to the beautiful game located at Hampden park- the oldest continually used international ground in the world.
Scotland Street School Museum A must-see for fans of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the architect of the building, and tells the story of education in Scotland from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.
Glasgow Science Centre Fun, excitement and intrigue with free interactive science shows, fun workshops like the 'Egg Drop Challenge' and the 'Perception Deception', the amazing new BodyWorks' exhibition and 3 floors of fascinating displays showcasing science and life. Glasgow Science Centre is a world of...
Glasgow Riverside Museum The Tall Ship is berthed alongside the Museum, creating a fantastic experience in this stunning setting, which also offers over 20 hands on exhibits, plus 3 interactive historically recreated street scenes and over 90 large touch screen activities. Plus new Adventurers' gallery!
The Peoples Palace Explore the city's social history through a wealth of historic artefacts, paintings, prints and photographs, film and interactive computer displays.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Family friendly art gallery and museum including a Mini Museum for under 5s and activity trails plus Spitfires and dinosaurs! Great temporary exhibits!
Clydebank Museum Museum with permanent exhibitions including large model ships and exhibitions concentrating on Clydebanks proud industrial heritage alongside high specification temporary galleries, for exciting touring exhibitions.
St Mungos Museum of Religious Life Welcoming those of all faiths including none, this friendly and enlightening museum takes an artistic gaze at the world's major religions and is a fascinating but casual educational experience for all ages to enjoy free of charge.
David Livingstone Centre Child-friendly museum with hands-on exhibits and packed with items relating to David Livingstones explorations in Africa plus 20 acres of parkland and gardens. Closed Jan-Mar.
Isle of Bute
Bute Museum Discover the fascinating history, archaeology, and natural history through a number of interesting exhibits and varied items, from the necklace of a Bronze Age princess, to a Penny Farthing! A number of hands on and interactive displays to explore.
Scottish Maritime Museum- Dumbarton Maritime museum with lots of hand-on activities and plenty to see including carving your own hull and imagining that you are a ship designer.
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre Museum with changing exhibitions, hand-on discovery, craft activities, family events and a garden play area.
McLean Museum and Art Gallery The Museum features an Egyptian mummy cartonnage, a Samurai warrior, an Indian Tiger, a Nile crocodile, a Sloth Bear and other animals, also ship models. Free quiz sheets are available along with an art table with activity materials for children. Gift shop.
Castle House Museum Well stocked museum on upper floors of one of Dunoon's most historic locations. Putting and tennis also available in the Castle Gardens with excellent views of the Firth of Clyde.
Citadel Leisure Centre Leisure centre with multi purpose Hall, 3 swimming pools (25m, teaching pool, and flexi pool with movable floor), a large gym, squash courts, and more. Variety of swim sessions, plus club activities, and galas.
Magnum Leisure Centre Leisure Pool, Ice Rink, Soft Play, Birthday Parties;
Dry Sports Activities: Squash, Badminton, Volleyball etc.
New Cumnock Open Air Pool Welcomes families between May and September for heated outdoor public swimming and children's lessons. Now also a RLSS officially registered Lifeguard Training Centre!
Glasgow Club Pollok Pool Large leisure pool with flume and wave machine, great for fun sessions, pool parties and everyday swimming.
Lagoon Leisure Centre Their leisure pool features a serious wave machine and flume slide plus a smaller pool for learners and their families, so whether you want to whoosh, to splash or to actually swim there's a space here for you!
Glasgow Club Bellahouston Main Pool, Leisure Pool, Outdoor Pool, Flume and Baby Pool at this leisure centre set in Ballhouston Park.
Gorbals Swimming Pool 25m main pool, leisure pool, flumes, river rapids, plus poolside spa with sauna, and steam room at this leisure centre.
Hamilton Water Palace features flume and tyre slides, lazy river and under 8s' interactive splash play zone! There's also a 25m pool if they want to actually swim, plus lessons available if they're struggling.
The Play Drome boasts some of the best swimming facilities in the West of Scotland. The leisure pool has numerous water features including a wave machine, river rapids, water canons, tyre ride, fast flume and a beach area.
The Meadow Leisure Centre Wild Wave Machine, flume slide and open swimming area, plus ladies' only and inflatable sessions. Loads of fun, loads of exercises, loads of waves!
Aquatec Motherwell A free form leisure pool with a flume, a spa bath, two water cannons, a waterbed area, geysers, bubblers, wild water channel and a linked outdoor pool and childrens fun pool.
Waterfront Leisure Complex Boasting a tropical paradise with 2 flume rides, the UK’s longest tyre ride and a body wave ride, plus ultra safe toddlers' spray play section! Wet, shrieky heaven!
Glasgow Club Easterhouse Pool 20m main pool, a teaching pool, flume and water slides, river rapids, plus sauna and steam room.
Wishaw Sports Centre Sports Centre with a 25m 6-lane deck level pool, 13m x 7m teaching pool and toddler fun pool.
Leisuredrome Leisure Centre Flume slide and wave machine available in the leisure pool, as well as standard swimming and teaching facilities, and indoor play further in.
Riverside Swim and Health Centre Main pool 25m with a 100m flume plus a teaching pool 12.5m with fun sessions, parties and a cafe.
The Time Capsule Superb indoor waterpark with twin flumes, wave pool, group water ride, lazy river and coral cove for the little ones. There are also an ice rink, full gym and sport facilities plus a tots' play zone.
Lanark Loch 20 acre man-made loch with fishing, adventure playground, trampolines, bumper boats, pitch and putt golf and more between mid April and the end of September.
Pirate Pete's Playcentre With four decks of slopes and slides, climbs and tubes, Pirate Pete's is a treasure trove of attractions to put your pirating skills to the ultimate test. There are ball lagoons; soft bouncers; aerial runways and loads of slides before you walk the plank at the bottom.
Kidz Play Indoor Play Centre Let your child's imagination run riot on the snake slides, tube slides, activity towers, ball pool and soft play area for toddlers. Jungle themed equipment that lets your child play in safety while you watch from the comfort of the cafe.
Gemmells Soft Play is an indoor soft play for kids up to age 11 with dedicated toddler/baby den, drive-through car wash and two levels to explore! We serve healthy, homemade food and snacks, great coffee and the garden centre offers gifts, toys, gardening essentials, and great food in the restaurant.
Creepy Crawlies Bright and colourful multi level indoor soft play is a clean, safe and thrilling environment provided for physical family fun and children's parties.
Jungle Madness Soft Play With a 3 storey structure, 3 massive slides, a sport’s court, go-karts and a toddlers' and babies' area, there’s plenty to keep the kids occupied. And with Laser Tag Parties too, even the older kids will be entertained!
Juniper Jungle Jungle themed soft play structure with classic fun features to challenge and stimulate under 9s. Comfortable seating area for parents in the cafe.
Sporty Kids Southside Multi level adventure soft play with all the trimmings for under 8s including a dedicated toddler area, baby room and party options. Yay!
Rainforest Adventure State of the art multi level jungle themed adventure play facilities, huge slides, go karts and some stunning giant artwork. Plus real snakes!
The Big Adventure 5 fantastic levels of slides, climbs, tubes, spinners, helter skelter, rope bridges, mazes, net climb, roller squeeze, aerial runway, Free Fall Chute and ball lagoon plus separate toddler and baby areas! Wow!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Theme Parks near Ayr 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 Strathclyde can enjoy the great day out as well.
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