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Glasgow School Holidays: Things to do, activities and ideas

Lisa O'Keeffe

8 January 2021

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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 holiday dates for this year.

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 year. With the facts on your side, you’ll be the most prepared parent out there!

A view of Glasgow.

Glasgow School Holiday Dates 2020/21

  • Term Starts: 12th August 2020
  • Autumn Term: 12th August - 22nd December 2020
  • Autumn Holiday: 25th September - 28th September 2020
  • October Half Term: 9th October - 16th October 2020
  • Christmas Holidays: 23rd December - 5th January 2021
  • Spring Term: 5th January - 24th June 2021
  • February Half Term: 5th February - 10th February 2021
  • Easter Holiday: 2nd April - 16th April 2021
  • May Holiday: 28th May- 31st May 2021
  • Summer Holiday: 25th June -13th August 2021

Glasgow School Holiday Dates 2021/22

  • Term starts: 16th August 2021
  • Autumn Term: 16th August - 22nd December 2021
  • Autumn Holiday: 24th September - 27th September 2021
  • October Half Term: 11th October - 15th October 2021
  • Christmas Holidays: 23rd December 2021 - 4th January 2022
  • Spring Term: 5th January - 1st April 2022
  • February Half Term: 14th February - 16th February 2022
  • Easter Holiday: 3rd April - 18th April 2022
  • May Weekend: 27th May - 30th May 2022
  • Summer Holiday: 24th June - 11th August 2022

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 2019 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!

 

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