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Glasgow School Holidays 2018: Things to do, activities and ideas

Jo Dorey

04 January 2018

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A view of the Glasgow Riverside Museum.

Everyone looks forward to the school holidays, whether it be time away with the kids or simply getting some fresh air. Here at DOWTK we’re no different and love to celebrate days out (the clues’ in the name!) so we’ve pulled together some fantastic activities for the Glasgow school holidays in 2018.

We also know that being a parent is about planning so in the interest of making things easy, feast your eyes on every school term date, bank holiday and Glasgow school holidays’ date for the whole of 2018. With the facts on your side, you’ll be the most prepared parent out there!

Glasgow School Term and Holiday Dates, 2018

  • Spring term: 4th January - 29th March (school closes at 2.30)
  • February half term: 12th - 13th February
  • Easter holidays: 30th of March - 15th April
  • Summer term: 16th April - 26th June (school closes at 1pm)
  • May half term: 25th - 28th May (May weekend)
  • Summer holidays: 27th June - 14th August
  • September Weekend: 21st - 24th September
  • Autumn term: 15th - 19th October
  • Autumn half term: 15th August - 20th December (school closes at 2.30)
  • Christmas holidays: 21st December - 6th January

Wondering when you'll be off work at the same time as the kids are off school? Take a look at the bank holiday dates below:

  • New Year’s Day: 1st January
  • 2nd January: 2nd January
  • Good Friday: 30th March
  • Easter Monday: 2nd April
  • Early May bank holiday: 7th May
  • Spring bank holiday: 28th May
  • Summer bank holiday: 6th August
  • St Andrew’s Day: 30th November
  • Christmas Day: 25th December
  • Boxing Day: 26th December

This is one to check with your specific school, but we’ve also squirrelled out the preplanned Inset days for Glasgow schools:

  • Wednesday 14th February
  • Tuesday 8th May
  • Monday 13th August
  • Tuesday 14th August
  • Friday 12th October

Top activities for the Glasgow school holidays

Next on the agenda is deciding what to do. A great way to start would be on our ‘Things to do in Glasgow’ search page where you can explore all sorts of days out that would be perfect for filling the Glasgow school holidays. Another way would be checking out our ‘10 reasons why Glasgow is perfect for families’ post.

To get you going, here are some of our top activities in Glasgow. Simply take your pick!

  • It gets rather cold north of the border so a dip in a heated pool is always a good idea, especially an indoor one. During the school holidays, any one of the swimming pools in Glasgow could be a good shout for a family outing, as well as being the best way to burn off all that excess energy. Here’s hoping they have the floaties out!

Kids swimming underwater.

  • There is a brilliant selection of museums in Glasgow, ones which are suited to all sorts of personalities. Footy fans will head straight to the Scottish Football Museum where the world’s oldest international match ticket is held, while little luvvies will find plenty of oddities to examine in the Mask and Puppet Centre. See where your brood leads you.

  • Bowling in Glasgow is a great way for the whole family to get involved, with the sides up or down, and with a ramp lying in wait in the wings - or at least that’s how we play it! This classic game has been a family favourite for generations and with good reason - just be sure to put a funny name on the leaderboard.

  • Pretty much all creatures, great and small, can be found in one of the zoos in Glasgow. Amazonia is a toasty indoor trip into the jungle with nocturnal beasts and an interactive gaming experience, while World of Wings shows the best of the beaked community. See which creatures your tribe can name on a dive into the wild.

A monkey at Amazonia.

  • As well as being masses of fun, trampoline parks in Glasgow are a great way to burn off energy and get fit. In fact, if you’ve got kids who are always glued to their screens, an afternoon bouncing all over the place will be an easy method for getting them out of the door! Throw in a springy dodgeball court and that’s the day sorted.

Top places to visit in the Glasgow school holidays

For that extra dose of inspiration, we’ve pulled together our tippy top attractions in the area for the Glasgow school holidays. Hopefully, there’s something here that’ll tickle your fancy. We’ve also found the events taking place in the city in 2018 so you can stay ahead of what’s on in Glasgow.

Glasgow Science Centre: Slap your thinking caps on and discover all sorts of mind-boggling information at the Science Centre. Watch a 3D film at Scotland’s biggest IMAX screen or chat to the original spaceman, Buzz Lightyear.

Kids at the Glasgow Science Centre.

Escape Reality: Ready, set, solve. With one hour on the clock, you’ll have to solve a series of tricky clues and as the name suggests, escape! It’s one for slightly older kids (9 and up) but is a great way to get the whole gang thinking.

Glasgow Riverside Museum: You might not think that ‘transport’ was an obvious winner with kids, but this museum is an award-winner with a Global Treasure Hunt, Riverside’s Hidden Stories and over 3,000 intriguing objects.

Flip Out Glasgow: Flip, flop and fly through the school holidays with a visit to Flip Out. It’s a cracker of a trampoline park with battle beams, a parkour arena and well over 200 trampolines.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens: Any families with green fingers will love a trip to the Botanic Gardens; with their Children's Garden in the Old Nursery and a vast array of tropical plants, it’s great for a half term outing.

Families playing at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

That’s all, folks! See what you think of our top tips and be sure to let us know if we’ve missed any of your favourites. Equally, you can hop onto the homepage and search for things to do In Glasgow and filter to your heart’s content.

Now go and make your Glasgow school holidays great!



Jo Dorey

04 January 2018

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Jo is a Copywriter at Day Out With The Kids. She’s lived all over the world in places like Pakistan, Hungary and Hong Kong - these days though she loves a good, long walk and hanging out with her cat, Fergus.

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