As the largest city in Scotland, there’s no shortage of things to do in Glasgow with kids. From indoor activities like museums and soft-play to parks and more adventurous activities, you’ll find plenty of family-friends activities in Glasgow to keep kids of all ages entertained.
Here are a few of our favourites!
Table of Contents
- 1 Riverside Museum & Tall Ship
- 2 Kelvingrove Art Museum
- 3 Scottish Football Museum
- 4 Cuningar Loop
- 5 Scotland Street School Museum
- 6 Kelvin Hall
- 7 Scottish Mask and Puppet Theatre
- 8 Pollok Country Park
- 9 Tollcross Park
- 10 Glasgow Science Centre
- 11 Soar at Braehead
- 12 Glasgow Green
- 13 People’s Palace Museum
- 14 Soft Play
- 15 Tennent’s Training Academy
- 16 R-CADE
- 17 Snow Factor
- 18 Big Feed Street Food Social
Riverside Museum & Tall Ship
Get onboard a historic sailing vessel at the Riverside Museum. This living museum lets you explore one of five remaining Tall Ships in the UK. Learn about the maritime heritage of Scotland and enjoy exploring this historic vessel.
The museum is quite extensive with several levels and lots of interactive exhibits that will appeal to children, including a play area for wee ones on the bottom level.
Kelvingrove Art Museum
We love visiting Kelvingrove when we go to Glasgow, and luckily it’s a great spot for kids too!
A beautiful museum of art and architecture, the Kelvingrove Art Museum of Glassgow has lots of things to appeal to children. Exhibits include everything from art to ancient Egypt and even animals and there are interactive elements for kids.
It’s a little out of the centre of Glasgow but easy to reach by public transport or they have a limited car park outside. There’s also a cafe on site.
Scottish Football Museum
Young (and older!) sports fans will love the Scottish Football Museum. Celebrating some of Scotland’s best athletes, this museum is dedicated to all things football.
The museum takes you through the heritage of football in Scotland and the Scottish Football Hall of Fame. Since it’s located in Hampden Park, you can also take a behind the scenes tour of the stadium while you’re there.
The Cuningar Loop offers up the perfect natural landscape for kids to walk and play. Take the whole family on an over 3 miles of accessible paths (mixed surfaces) to enjoy some of the many play areas. The bouldering area offers up a chance to play on the rocks while the adventure play area has designed challenges for all abilities.
Scotland Street School Museum
Just one of many distinctive buildings designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Scotland Street School Museum is a former school that now showcases what schooling has been like through the ages, as well as the work of Mackintosh.
This family-friendly museum includes lots of things to keep kids occupied along with baby feeding and changing stations.
Kelvin Hall is a mixed arts and play venue. With a kid-friendly climbing wall and soft play area there’s plenty of opportunities for indoor play.
As one of the best things to do in Glasgow with kids, this active playhouse features plenty of playtime activities for kids of all ages. The Clip n’ Climb area lets older kids expand their climbing skills and reach new heights with unique climbing challenges. While the soft play area lets younger children imagine and play in a safe environment.
Scottish Mask and Puppet Theatre
Exhibits, museums, and a live theatre make the Scottish Maks and Puppet Theatre one of the most exciting things to do in Glasgow for kids. Check the schedule to see the latest live show and plan your visit to the museum.
Pollok Country Park
Get outside and stretch your legs at Pollok County Park. There’s a playground for kids and also Highland Coos to see. It’s the only country park within Glasgow and was part of the Pollock Estate.
There are walled gardens and woodland walks, and even an orienteering course, plus plenty of picnic areas and other gardens to roam.
You can also visit Pollock Country House which has a cafe, however, it’s not entirely buggy accessible.
Beautiful rose gardens and a children’s farm are just some of the highlights of Tollcross Park. Located in the Tollcross neighbourhood of Glasgow, this city retreat is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Amenities include picnic benches, toilets, and a children’s play area (kids 12 and under).
Glasgow Science Centre
With remarkable modern architecture and plenty of hands-on exhibits, the Glasgow Science Centre is worth a visit! Kids of all ages can learn about different sciences and engage with museum exhibits. There are plenty of children’s areas, toilets, cafes, breastfeeding areas, and changing facilities.
Soar at Braehead
Soar at Braehead brings top-notch entertainment to the heart of Glasgow. Play put-put at the Paradise Island Adventure Golf or enjoy an indoor snowpark at Snow Factor. Soar at Braehead has fun, active entertainment for everyone. When you’re tired from playing, refuel at one of the many kid-friendly eateries inside.
As one of the oldest parks in Glasgow, taking a stroll through this historic park is a must-do on a warm day. Pack a picnic and play on the green. Plenty of paved trails wind their way through the park and the area is suitable for children.
People’s Palace Museum
Within Glasgow Green, you’ll find the historic People’s Palace and Winter Gardens. Inside the building dating back to 1898 is a museum with a variety of exhibits showcasing the history of daily life in Glasgow, and also a large glasshouse with a cafe too.
Perfect for a few hours rest while enjoying the Green, the People’s Palace Museum includes baby changing and feeding stations, parking, a cafe, and free WiFi.
Work out all that extra energy at a few of Glasgow’s best soft play areas for young children!
From the adrenaline-pumping Xtreme Air Sports Park to the toddler-friendly soft-play area, Ryze Glasgow offers the ideal place to play for families with different aged children.
There’s something for everyone at Ryze. The team is known for their exceptional hospitality and has amenities for all children.
Suitable for children between 0 to 12 years old, the Jurassic Jungle has different play areas for different age levels. With interactive play, parking, changing areas, and a cafe, it’s easy to plan a trip and you can relax while your kids engage in safe, soft-play. Separate areas exist for children under 3.
Tennent’s Training Academy
Come together and cook at Tennent’s Training Academy. Although the centre usually focuses on professional development in the hospitality sector, alongside the famous Tennents Brewery, there are several kid-friendly, family-oriented classes to choose from too.
Learn to cook burgers, cookies, or ice cream together as a family. A great way to bond and spend time together, these family-friendly cooking classes in Glasgow are whipping up some of your favourite treats.
Come enjoy group gaming at the R-CADE centre in Glasgow, a retro video game cafe. Plan a party or come with the whole family for arcade games and fun. There’s a cafe to help quench your hunger too!
Take ski lessons indoors at Snow Factor. With activities from Ice Climbing, skiing, tubing, and more, there’s something for everyone.
Opt to learn a new sport or hone your existing snow skills. Go together as a family and make memories sledging (3+) or take family skiing and snowboard lessons (7+).
Big Feed Street Food Social
Outdoor seating and plenty of food options for the whole family the Big Feed Street Food Social is a Glasgow highlight. They run twice-monthly indoor markets and other festivals and events too.
Sample local fair and support small business at their street food market. Plenty of live music and kid-friendly entertainment mean it’s fun for the whole family.
Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there’s always plenty of kid-friendly activities to be found about the city! As well as lots of things to do in Glasgow for kids there are some great family day trips from Glasgow too.
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