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Family activities

Family activities in Glasgow

Family activities in Glasgow

Glasgow is a family-friendly city with top attractions and activities. Check out our list of just some of the experiences to keep the whole family entertained.

Fun-filled attractions in Glasgow

A sail ship is berthed on the river beside a modern building, which is silver with a jagged wave-like roof.

Attractions by the river

Step aboard The Tall Ship on the River Clyde and have an adventure on the water in this Clyde-built ship. Follow The Tall Ship on Twitter for updates. The Tall Ship is berthed beside the Riverside Museum, where you can enjoy through-the-ages displays of bikes, trains, buses and cars. Find out more about the Riverside Museum at Glasgow Life's website. While you're there, take a walk down the recreated old Glasgow street (era 1895-1930) and feel like you've been transported back in time.

On the opposite side of the River Clyde is Glasgow Science Centre. The little ones (and the big ones!) will be wowed by the amazing displays and exhibits on life, science and the universe. Visit to book tickets in advance and make time to explore the cosmos at their planetarium.

The Floating Heads installation at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, with each head displaying different emotions.

Museum collections that will interest the kids

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has great displays for all the family. See animals, Ancient Egypt and the Floating Heads installation, and have fun trying to make the facial expressions! There are plenty of displays to explore at the Gallery of Modern Art, as well as a 'create space' where kids can make their own artwork. Visit Glasgow Life's museum pages for details.

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The Burrell Collection in Pollok Country Park is more accessible than ever before. Video walls and interactive elements bring the stories behind the Collection to life. Visit to plan a day out to this modern and green museum, set within one of the city’s beautiful country parks.

The Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow has collections of fossils and dinosaur bones. It also has a 330 million-year-old shark that was found in Bearsden in the north of the city! While visiting, check out the university campus, said to be the inspiration behind Hogwarts! Visit for opening hours.

Unusual attractions

Find out about the crimes and characters that impacted Britain's first-ever police force at the Glasgow Police Museum. Visit for more information on this hidden gem of an attraction. For something completely different, visit the Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre at Trongate 103. You'll watch scrap metal sculptures and tiny carved figures perform with haunting music. Find out showtimes at

Action-packed experiences

A skateboarder goes down a ramp within an indoor skate park that includes rails, ramps and a yellow sign that reads "Play Port".

Credit: Play Port

A young person on a wakeboard holds onto a cable that is being towed. The water from the canal sprays behind the wakeboard.

Credit: Play Port

Play Port

Three sports attractions have teamed up to create Play Port, an urban playground along the Forth and Clyde Canal. Pinkston Watersports, Glasgow Wake Park and The Loading Bay Skatepark offer a range of experiences for all ages. There is something for everyone including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, skateboarding, BMXing and wakeboarding. Visit the Play Port website to find the right adventure for you.

Two children are seated on pedal bike while coming up behind them on the track is a pedal cart with two adults and children seated in it.

Credit: Free Wheel North


Cycling enthusiasts of every level are well catered for with facilities like Free Wheel North Cycle Centre. Kids can have fun on trikes, tandems and go-karts, visit to book. For those with their own wheels, head to Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails for some cycling with beautiful city views.

For electric power over pedal power, visit the indoor electric bike arena, iMotoX, at Linn Park. The 48,000 sq ft dirt park has three tracks; one to suit small kids, one for learners and a challenging track with jumps for the more experienced. Visit for details on booking.

Adventures of all kinds

Take to the slopes at Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre (check out their range of activities online) or jump around at kids’ favourite, Flip Out adventure and trampoline park (book via the Flip Out website). For wheelie-good fun for all the family, book a session at Roller Stop roller-skating rink.

Scale 40 ft and enjoy looking out into the canopy of trees in Pollok Country Park by booking a tree climbing adventure with Tree Top Rocks. And for something totally different, head to Jurassic Parrr in the city's west end. Try and get a hole-in-one at the dinosaur-themed mini-golf while avoiding the moving dinosaurs (book a visit at Jurassic Parrr's website).

Tours and trails for all the family

Hand Shadow Puppets Mural showing a rabbit and a bird shaped hand shadow.

You can't go far in Glasgow without spotting colourful and quirky street art. Check out our City Centre Mural Trail page for information on where to find these urban pieces of art and see who can spot them first on your walk. The open-topped city bus tour is also a great way to take in multiple top attractions in the fresh air - visit the City Sightseeing Bus Tour website to book a trip. For details on many more city tours, covering everything from music to cycling, visit our tours in Glasgow page.

Outdoor time at city parks

Two people with a pram admire flowerbeds which are in bloom beside a low hedge maze.

Some time in the fresh air does everyone the world of good. And Glasgow has plenty of options for getting outdoor time in green spaces with over 90 parks and gardens. Enjoy a woodland walk at Cathkin Braes, adventure play at Glasgow Green, the skatepark at Kelvingrove Park, the children’s farm at Tollcross Park, Highland cows, a maze and a miniature fairy trail at Pollok Country Park and much more. Visit our parks and gardens page for more information.

Dumbreck Outdoor Playbarn at Pollok Country Park is a brilliant place for families with pre-schoolers. A former horses' hay barn has been converted into a sensory play zone with both outdoor and indoor spaces. Visit for more details.

Family shopping and entertainment

The city's shopping malls are great for family shopping, eating and entertainment. At the top of Buchanan Street is Buchanan Galleries, home to The Lego Store, The Entertainer toy shop, Flying Tiger Copenhagen and the always popular Smiggle stationery store.

At the bottom of Buchanan Street is St. Enoch Centre, home to Scotland’s only Hamleys. St. Enoch Centre is also home to a new 9 screen Vue Cinema and is preparing to open Gutterball, which is billed as a fun day or evening out for families, with bowling, mini-golf and lots more exciting games. Watch this space!

If you prefer a more intimate cinema experience, then settle down for a family-friendly movie at the independent Glasgow Film Theatre - check out their film schedule online. Or visit Princes Square for the boutique Everyman Cinema and a trip to Hotel Chocolat for some of the most indulgent hot chocolates around. Find out more at

A number of independent retailers offer fantastic kids shopping, entertainment or both! Gamers of all ages will love retro gaming store and social space R-cade. Buy a pass at and enjoy access to over 1,500 games for an hour and see which generation of the family can win at Mario Kart, Space Invaders and more.

The Root of Magic run a children’s potions and science class led by a trained professor – perfect for fans of Harry Potter (visit their website for details). The Craft Pottery run kids classes to make your own decorated ceramics (details can be found at

Looking for events to take the family to? Check out our what's on pages and search for family-friendly days out.

Article last updated: September 2021

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