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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Darvel, Ayrshire and Arran

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 369 fun things to do in Darvel for you and the family to discover, including indoor and soft play areas, museums and art galleries and parks and playgrounds. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 247 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Darvel day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Darvel with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

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Newmilns Snow and Sports Complex

  • Newmilns
  • Outdoor
  • Skiing and Snowboarding

Want to take the kids on the slopes without the price tag of an Austrian adventure? Newmilns Snow and Sports Complex has brought the fun right to you...

Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre

  • Eaglesham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Just 20 minutes from central Glasgow, Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre  has lots to offer for visitors of all ages. A lot of these include families o...

Dean Castle Country Park

  • Kilmarnock
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Dean Castle Country Park offers a fantastic and fun family day out and it is free to visit! The park covers over 200 acres, with something for everyo...

The Dick Institute

  • Kilmarnock
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Dick Institute, opened in April 1901, consists of 2 Art Galleries and 3 Museum Galleries which house permanent and temporary displays of Fine Art...

ODEON Kilmarnock

  • Kilmarnock
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Everyone loves a night out at the cinema, from the latest blockbusters to those little indie darlings. Add a little movie magic to your life at ODEON...

Jungle Madness Soft Play

  • Kilmarnock
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Jungle Madness Soft Play in Kilmarnock is the new place to be for kids of all ages. They will love our 3 storey structure with giant spiral, drop and...

The Garage5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Kilmarnock
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

The Garage is home to family entertainment and amusements all under one roof. Whether you want to bond over bowling or zoom around the track in go-ka...

Strathaven Park

  • Strathaven
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Strathaven Park is a beautiful place to visit and a great day out for you and your children. Facilities include a boating pond, two bowling greens, c...



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Cafe Ceramico

  • East Kilbride
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Cafe Ceramico is an ideal place to get crafty with the kids and practice your painting skills at this great family run studio, which also has a free...

Calderglen Country Park

  • East Kilbride
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The understated Calderglen Country Park is a much more rounded day than it sounds, boasting Children's Zoo, Tropical Glasshouses, 2 Adventure Play Ar...

Aerial Adventures East Kilbride

  • East Kilbride
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

Aerial Adventures is an indoors, high ropes challenge set to stretch your abilities, but sure to be bundles of fun in the process. As the title sugge...

East Kilbride Ice Rink

  • East Kilbride
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

East Kilbride Ice Rink is a 50m by 25m permanent ice rink in the town centre catering for a variety of skaters, from kids' sessions, family sessions,...

ODEON East Kilbride Luxe

  • Kilbride
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Which movies did you love as a kid? Classic films always stick with you, so why not make some brand new movie memories at ODEON East Kilbride - ODEON...

Rainforest Adventure East Kilbride

  • East Kilbride
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Rainforest Adventure EK (previously Animal Magic) provides a completely unique experience for children and parents. Delve into the jungle with its st...

National Museum of Rural Life

  • East Kilbride
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The national Museum of Rural life invites you to roll up your sleeves and get hands on as you explore and discover what life on a working farm has be...

Gemmells Soft Play

  • Mauchline
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Gemmell's Soft Play is the new attraction at Nurseries Direct. We have dedicated toddler and baby den areas as well as 170m of soft play over 2 level...

James Hamilton Heritage Park5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • East Kilbride
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

James Hamilton Heritage Park is a 4 Star Visit Scotland accredited activity centre just waiting to get you started on your next new adrenaline hobby...

Dundonald Castle

  • Yett
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Dundonald Castle is in its own renaissance period having been developed within the last decade into one of the must-visit attractions in Ayrshire. Si...

Rouken Glen Park

  • Giffnock
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Roll together flora, some fauna and tonnes of fun at Rouken Glen Park. It’s a site of special natural beauty with plenty of seasonal treats; perfect...

Glasgow Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Glasgow
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Fancy doing something completely different with the kids? Explore Glasgow’s West End with this Spy Mission self-guided themed Treasure Trail!  S...

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