This year, we took our annual foreign holiday outside summer and now have the school summer holiday ahead of us to fill with activities in Scotland that will keep the kids entertained. And it appears I’m not alone as more and more are shunning expensive summer holidays abroad in favour of holidaying at home. So, here is our guide to staycationing with little ones.
Museums. Glasgow and Edinburgh both have fantastic museums so if it’s raining outside or too hot get inside and see what’s on offer. We love the National Museum of Scotland on Chamber Street which has a fabulous child-friendly play area, interactive zones and great cafes with lots of choices for kids.
Jupiter Artland. Set within the picturesque 80 acre estate of Bonnington House in West Lothian, Juniper Artland is a stunning garden and sculpture park which is full of surprises. It’s open every day in July and August and there’s a programme of talks, tours, events and workshops to keep the whole family entertained.
Farms. There are plenty of farms in and around Edinburgh; our personal favourites are Almond Valley Heritage Centre, East Links Country Park and Gorgie City Farm. Kids of all ages love spending time at a farm so it’s well worth a visit.
Beach. Just because you’re in Scotland doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the beach life. You will find us basking in the sun or sheltering from the rain in North Berwick, Yellow Craig’s and Burnt Island and I thoroughly recommend a picnic to any of them.
The Scottish Deer Centre. This top visitor attraction is a little further afield in Fife, but it’s one of our favourite spots and great for a whole day out. Set in the Fife countryside over 55 acres, the Scottish Deer Centre allows visitors the opportunity to observes a remarkable array of deer species.
Swimming. Always a winner with children, we love Perth swimming pool, the Time Capsule in Coatbridge or Bubbles Leisure Pool in West Lothian.
Loch Lomond. For beautiful scenery and one of the best playgrounds we have found so far in Scotland.
Moffat. A quaint Scottish town with a great wee park and rowing boats which all the children love.
Castles and Palaces. Absorb some fascinating history at Linlithgow Palace, Edinburgh Castle or Drumlanrig Castle.
You don’t even need to leave the house – here are our favourite activities within your home:
Baking. I have never met a child who doesn’t like baking and you don’t even need a recipe book. Simply Google three ingredient recipes for some great ideas.
Sand. You don’t need a fancy sandpit just a plastic container and a couple of things to dig with.
Digging patch. Separate an area of the garden which is theirs to dig and play in, add a few cars in the mud and let them stretch their imagination for hours.
Creative play. Whether it’s painting, shaving foam or pasta there are plenty ideas for getting messy and being creative.