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Family Days Out in Glasgow If you’re planning to take the kids with you on your trip to Glasgow then you’re in luck because the city is packed to bursting with attractions to keep children occupied for days on end!

For a start there is a wealth of fascinating museums in the city centre, so your little ones can learn something new whilst having fun.

The Museum of Transport [map] is home to a huge collection of trams, buses, ships, circus caravans, bikes and prams, along with a recreated 1938 cobbled street featuring an old Italian coffee shop and an old-time Underground station.

If it’s history that your kids are into then the Hunterian Museum [map] is the place to take them as it has many exciting exhibitions, including Ancient Egypt and the Romans in Scotland. There are also displays about Captain Cook, dinosaurs and fossils, human evolution and a vast array of coins and medals.

To take your kids back millions of years, why not pay a visit to Fossil Grove, Glasgow's most ancient attraction. Here you can see 330 million-year-old fossil trees, which are the remains of an ancient forest.

Young scientists may also enjoy a trip to the city’s newest attraction, the Glasgow Science Centre [map], which has four floors of interactive exhibits, an Imax cinema, planetarium and theatre.

For children who are simply football mad the Scottish Football Museum [map] at Hampden Park, Scotland’s national stadium of football, is a must see. There is an extensive collection of memorabilia, video clips and displays covering almost every aspect of the game and its importance in Scotland. You can also enjoy a guided tour of the stadium.

If your kids are animal lovers, why not head to Glasgow’s very own Zoopark [map], where they can see lions, tigers, cheetahs, black bears and an array of reptiles.

Or to meet more friends from the animal kingdom you could make the pleasant hour-long journey to Blair Drummond Safari Park [map] in Stirling. Here you can see elephants, rhinos, giraffes, monkeys and bears roaming around the park while you stay safely tucked up in your car. There is also a pet farm housing more down to earth creatures, such as pigs and goats, and an adventure playground for children.

If your kids are thrill seekers why not head to Scotland’s theme park in Strathclyde Country Park [map] near Motherwell, which boasts more than 40 exciting rides and attractions. Not for the faint hearted, the rides here include the White Water Log Flume and the double looping corkscrew rollercoaster – the Tornado. Here there’s even fun to be had when the rain comes down as the indoor entertainment complex has a children's soft play area, the Bizarre bar and diner and the Cosmic Bowl – the most hi-tech ten-pin bowling alley in the country.

The theme park is just 20 minutes from Glasgow city centre and once there big kids will also find things to do as there is also a full-swing golf simulator and American pool salon!

For a fun-packed day out with a difference head 30 minutes out of the city centre to Vikingar [map], at Largs, an award-winning multimedia experience taking visitors from the first Viking raids on Scotland to their defeat at the Battle of Largs in 1263. Costumed interpreters, life-sized displays and videos combine to bring the Viking experience to life in an hour-long tour. And don’t forget to take your swimming trucks because the complex is also home to a swimming pool, cinema, gift shop and a theatre.

If you’re looking for something to do in the evenings why not take the kids to one of Glasgow’s multiplex cinemas, such as the Odeon [map] or UCG [map], which both show the latest Hollywood blockbusters and children’s movies.

Alternatively you could enjoy a game of ten-pin bowling at AMF Bowling [map], which has 26 lanes, six full-sized pool tables and a selection of state-of-the-art Japanese arcade games.


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