Brodick Castle and Country Park (5 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.
Newtons Family Funfair (11 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.
Robertson Museum and Aquarium (11 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!
Bute Museum (13 miles)
Isle of Bute
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.
Kelburn Castle Country Centre (14 miles)
Kelburn Castle Country Centre
Kelburn is a fun day out for the whole family with a working pottery, playbarn falconry, assault course and the amazing Secret Forest! Plus new features the off road Bike Track and Horse Riding!
Escape (14 miles)
The complex houses an 8 lane 10 Pin Bowling Alley, arcade games and amusements, a Wimpy food outlet, and Fluid Bar
Vikingar! (15 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.
Luskentyre Beach (17 miles)
Isle of Harris
With white sand, turquoise water and purple mountain back drop this is a stunning beach teeming with varied bird life. Boat trips available nearby.
Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park (18 miles)
Magnum Leisure Centre (19 miles)
Magnum Leisure Centre
Leisure Pool, Ice Rink, Soft Play, Birthday Parties;
Dry Sports Activities: Squash, Badminton, Volleyball etc.
Scottish Maritime Museum- Irvine (19 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.
Eglinton Country Park (19 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.
Creepy Crawlies (20 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.
Castle House Museum (21 miles)
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.
Riverside Swim and Health Centre (21 miles)
Machrihanish Bay (22 miles)
A soft sandy beach surrounded by rocky coastline good for swimming, surfing and kite-surfing. You can usually see seals and wild goats in their respective habitats, and there is a nearby wildlife observatory.
Dundonald Castle (23 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.
Gourock Park (24 miles)
Young children can enjoy the petsâ corner and substantial play area, while mum and dad can enjoy the array of plants and shrubs in the walled garden. There's also an outdoor pool nearby.
Gourock Outdoor Pool (24 miles)
Gourock Outdoor Pool
Enjoy a family swim in a lovely open air, heated, salt water pool. Open during the summer. Family Fun Sessions, kayak lessons, and midnight swimms available. Free entry for Inverclyde school children, and residents over 60 years of age.
Kidz Play Indoor Play Centre (24 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.
Davaar Island and Crucifixion Cave (24 miles)
Battery Park (25 miles)
There are two children's play areas, a skateboard park, and two grass pitches for football and rugby. The park is also home to two of Inverclyde Leisure's astroturf pitches and a pavilion with toilet facilities and cafeteria.
Funworld Leisure Play Centre (25 miles)
Funworld Leisure Play Centre
A multi level play frame and giant play pirate galleon, ride on kiddie karts with passenger option, sports court, toddler zone, bouncy castle and inflatable Superclimb indoor climbing wall with super slide at the top! Good times!
Laser Matrix (25 miles)
Award winning multi levelled laser tag arena with UV glow Matrix movie theming throughout: grab your laser phasor and set to work zapping your enemies and running for cover! Harmless zero contact maximum action fun for over 7s!
McLean Museum and Art Gallery (25 miles)
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.
Heads of Ayr Park (25 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.
Citadel Leisure Centre (25 miles)
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.
Pirate Pete's Playcentre (25 miles)
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.
The Waterfront Ice Rink (25 miles)
The Waterfront Ice Rink
offers public skate sessions, curling, figure skating and skating lessons. Penguin Skating Aids are available too: a sturdy little buddy to hang on to! Plus a regular Disco session.
Clyde Cruises (25 miles)
Short Cruises on the River Clyde, Glasgow. Little Pirates activity sheet will keep curious minds busy during the trip.
Waterfront Leisure Complex (25 miles)
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!
LA Bowl and Megazone (25 miles)
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 (25 miles)
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.
Benmore Botanic Garden (26 miles)
Benmore Botanic Garden
In the wonderful woodland setting of the Eachaig Valley lies this garden steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery. It boasts a world-famous collection of magnificent conifers, flowering trees and shrubs. Great for exploring.
The Culzean Experience (26 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.
Jungle Madness Soft Play (26 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!
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (26 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!
The Dick Institute (27 miles)
The Dick Institute
The museum is nicely family oriented and the ever changing exhibits are frequently focused on children's interests.
Dean Castle Country Park (27 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!
Newark Castle (28 miles)
Historic castle dating back to the 15th century, housing a collection of historic prints of the local area. Great for kids to explore with tall winding staircases and atmospheric rooms.
Finlaystone Country Estate (28 miles)
Finlaystone Country Estate
Country Park with play areas, woodland walks, picnic and bbq areas, gardens and waterfalls, events and activities, tearoom, shop and visitor centre.
Ardardan Estate (28 miles)
It is a working farm actual so animal interaction is kept to a minimum, though they can still be viewed. It's more about the pleasing woodland walks, enjoying the walled garden etc., so probably a stop for smaller, less expectant kids.
The Ayrshire Equitation Centre (28 miles)
Machrihanish Seabird Observatory (28 miles)
Machrihanish Seabird Observatory
The modern focus of bird watching in Kintyre, this purpose-built sea hide provides shelter for sea watchers can take place during the worst weather, yet best sea watching conditions. 200 species regularly sighted, including some rarities.
The Big Adventure (29 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.
Scottish Maritime Museum- Dumbarton (30 miles)
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.
Unit 23 Skatepark (30 miles)
Unit 23 Skatepark
At 56,000 sq ft they have ramps spread over 3 halls, that are designed to suit everyone and every skill level, including a massive replica of the legendary little devil bowl and a huge foam pit!
The Meadow Leisure Centre (30 miles)
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!
Gleniffer Braes Country Park (30 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 .
The Observatory (31 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.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Sannox 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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