LA Bowl and Megazone (< 1 mile)
LA Bowl and Megazone
Modern tenpin bowling facilities for a classic calm activity plus a laser tag arena for the opposite: adventure weaponry based live action role play with exciting environment and effects! Pins or opponents: someone's going down!
Megazone (< 1 mile)
A cool futuristic laser game where you stalk your opponents through the atmospheric maze environment, zapping harmlessly when you catch them in the open! A zero impact score based war game for over 7s.
Pirate Pete's Playcentre (< 1 mile)
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.
Citadel Leisure Centre (< 1 mile)
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.
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (2 miles)
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!
Kidz Play Indoor Play Centre (3 miles)
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.
The Ayrshire Equitation Centre (3 miles)
Heads of Ayr Park (4 miles)
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.
Gemmells Soft Play (8 miles)
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.
Dundonald Castle (8 miles)
One of the must-visit attractions in Ayrshire with outstanding views and loads of recent developments including a friendly visitor centre and interpretive displays.
The Culzean Experience (10 miles)
The Culzean Experience
A splendid and atmospheric castle full of history and significance, and surrounded by beautiful country parkland. Houses the 2nd largest armoury display in the world.
Magnum Leisure Centre (10 miles)
Magnum Leisure Centre
Leisure Pool, Ice Rink, Soft Play, Birthday Parties;
Dry Sports Activities: Squash, Badminton, Volleyball etc.
Scottish Maritime Museum- Irvine (10 miles)
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.
Creepy Crawlies (11 miles)
Bright and colourful multi level indoor soft play is a clean, safe and thrilling environment provided for physical family fun and children's parties.
The Dick Institute (12 miles)
The Dick Institute
The museum is nicely family oriented and the ever changing exhibits are frequently focused on children's interests.
Jungle Madness Soft Play (12 miles)
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!
Eglinton Country Park (13 miles)
Eglinton Country Park
There are tranquil country pursuits available here, from walking, horse riding, and fishing on the lochside to the range of children's play areas to span all ages.
Dean Castle Country Park (13 miles)
Dean Castle Country Park
Over 200 acres of parkland to explore, with beautiful woodland walks, an adventure playground, and a fantastic 14th century castle to discover. There is also an urban farm full of animals, all open all year and all free to visit!
Juniper Jungle (14 miles)
Jungle themed soft play structure with classic fun features to challenge and stimulate under 9s. Comfortable seating area for parents in the cafe.
Newmilns Snow and Sports Complex (16 miles)
Newmilns Snow and Sports Complex
- offers skiing and snowboarding with lessons available for all ages on their dry outdoor slope. Youngsters can also join in the fun, sledging or using ringos on the mini slope.
New Cumnock Open Air Pool (18 miles)
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!
Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre (22 miles)
Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre
Entry to the windfarm and visitor centre is free and with an interactive exhibition and over 70km of cycling and rambling trails, there is a lot to explore!
Brodick Castle and Country Park (22 miles)
Brodick Castle and Country Park
There are dramatic gorges with water-carved shapes in the rocks to discover. and you can experince stunning views across Brodick Bay.
Robertson Museum and Aquarium (23 miles)
Isle of Cumbrae
Robertson Museum and Aquarium
The museum exhibits illustrate the history of marine science, features of the marine environment, local marine habitats and examples of current research backed up with fascinating living aquarium displays specifically from the local area. An educational or whimsical trip, interesting either way!
Kelburn Castle Country Centre (23 miles)
Kelburn Castle Country Centre
Home to the Earls of Glasgow, Kelburn is a fun day out for the whole family with a working pottery, playbarn falconry, assault course and the amazing Secret Forest!
Newtons Family Funfair (23 miles)
Isle of Cumbrae
Newtons Family Funfair
All weather family fun in Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae, for the whole family to enjoy! Games and prizes, bowling, basketball, air hockey, driving and shooting simulators, and a mini summer funfair outside.
Escape (25 miles)
The complex houses an 8 lane 10 Pin Bowling Alley, arcade games and amusements, a Wimpy food outlet, and Fluid Bar
Vikingar! (25 miles)
This award winning visitor attraction in Ayrshire takes you on a multi-media journey through time from the earliest Viking raids to their defeat at the Battle of Largs in 1263. Vikingar! also boasts a swimming pool, theatre, fitness centre, Winter Garden cafe and children's soft play area.
Gleniffer Braes Country Park (26 miles)
Gleniffer Braes Country Park
Approximately 480 acres in size, three miles long and one mile wide. It is an upland park, mainly of moorland but it also has woodland parts and hill farming areas. The park is located just over 2 miles from the centre of Paisley .
Strathaven Park (26 miles)
Facilities include a public boating pond, two bowling greens, children's play areas, putting green, outdoor tennis courts and a fantastic miniature railway.
7stanes Glentrool (27 miles)
Family friendly mountain biking trail with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a Visitors Centre and local bike hire.
Cafe Ceramico (27 miles)
Get creative at this great family run, family oriented ceramic painting studio. Alongside the pottery painting there is a free soft play area and a cafe. Birthday parties, craft classes and ceramics tuition also available.
Rouken Glen Park (27 miles)
Rouken Glen Park
Walking trails through the woods, a great adventure play area, a skate park, five a side football pitches and a summer boating pond.
Sporty Kids Southside (27 miles)
Sporty Kids Southside
Multi level adventure soft play with all the trimmings for under 8s including a dedicated toddler area.
Rainforest Adventure (27 miles)
State of the art multi level jungle themed adventure play facilities, huge slides, go karts and some stunning giant artwork. Plus real snakes!
National Museum of Rural Life (27 miles)
National Museum of Rural Life
Working farm and museum where you can get hand-on finding out all about rural life with lots of seasonal activities too.
Rainforest Adventure EK (27 miles)
Rainforest Adventure EK
State of the art soft play for toddlers and older children with multilevel play frames, slides, climbing frames, rope maze, roller challenge zone plus lots of seating and a restaurant.
Calderglen Country Park (27 miles)
Calderglen Country Park
A fabulous, full and moreover free day out with adventure playgrounds, children's zoo, nature trails, tropical glasshouses, ornamental gardens and even 18 holes of golf! Pretty epic, in park terms!
East Kilbride Ice Rink (27 miles)
East Kilbride Ice Rink
A fantastic 50m by 25m permanent ice rink offering several session types including kids' sessions and family ones. Sessions to suit all ages and ability levels, plus free skate hire.
The Big Adventure (28 miles)
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.
Glasgow Club Pollok Pool (28 miles)
Glasgow Club Pollok Pool
Large leisure pool with flume and wave machine, great for fun sessions, pool parties and everyday swimming.
Sma Shott Cottages (28 miles)
Sma Shott Cottages
A unique attraction providing visitors with the opportunity to see two distinct periods in Paisley's weaving history, in the form of restored cottages.
Please note the limited opening times.
James Hamilton Heritage Park (28 miles)
James Hamilton Heritage Park
Offering indoor activity centre, outdoor water sports, adventure playgrounds, bird watching, and fun boat hire.
The Observatory (28 miles)
Observatory and planetarium established since 1883, offering fascinating and educational views of the night sky. In order to enhance the customer experience of this unique building, visitors will be able to explore the Observatory with organised tours run throughout the day.
Lagoon Leisure Centre (28 miles)
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!
Pollok Country Park (28 miles)
Pollok Country Park
The part of the park near the Centre is full of themed trails and speciality gardens, plus a playground and orienteering. Further out you'll find their fold of award winning Highland Cattle and there are annual family events held here seasonally.
Ruff and Tumble (28 miles)
Ruff and Tumble
is a children’s softplay. There are 2 main areas, 1 for the toddlers with a small frame and toys for the under 4s. The large frame has a two lane chute, spinning poles, rollers, monkey bars, football pitch and bouncy castle. There are also 2 basketball hoops.
Barshaw Park (28 miles)
A 55 acre traditional park located 1 mile east from the centre of Paisley, Renfrewshire. The recreational ground provides facilities suitable for all age groups to enjoy including walks, walled garden, nature corner, play area and many more. Attached to the park is also an 18 hole golf course.
Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum (28 miles)
Air Space (29 miles)
is Europe’s largest freestyle jumping arena featuring over 100 interconnected, wall-to-wall trampolines. Create your own moves in the main arena, freestyle jumping from one trampoline to the next, or join in team sports including dodgeball and football.
Thanks for all the great things to do in 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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