Half-term Hotspots

This week in Scotland it’s the half-term hols. The October break can be a funny old time – it seems to spring up on us, the weather can be all over the place and the kids can get under your feet. Here are just a few of the many things going on in the Glasgow area this week, many of which are FREE, that might just help you keep your sprogs entertained and your sanity intact. It’s worth a shot.

Monday 15th October

Bush ‘n Bash (suitable for ages 5-9) at Mugdock Country Park in East Dunbartonshire.

Time: 10-11.30am and 12.30-2pm

Cost: £4

What is it? Pull on your wellies because it time to get muddy! We are going on an adventure, without our parents, amongst the woodlands and moorlands of Mugdock. Exploring through thick vegetation, deer tracking and playing games: having messy fun whilst using our initiative and gaining some appreciation of nature.

Booking contact: www.mugdock-country-park.org.uk

Little Red Riding Hood (suitable for ages 3-8) at Scottish Mask and Puppet Theatre Centre

Time: 2pm

Cost: Child £5.50 Adult £5.95

What is it? Banyan’s Little Red Riding Hood is designed for children, but if you, an adult ever wondered, why you were fascinated by the art of Puppetry, go and see it, and you will be well reminded

Booking Contact: www.maskandpuppet.co.uk

Tuesday 16th October

Adventure Afternoon (suitable for ages 8-12) at Milton of Campsie

Time: 2-4pm

Cost: FREE

What is it? A Ranger led afternoon of adventure for active kids in the woods around Milton of Campsie.

Booking contact: www.mugdock-country-park.org.uk

Behind the scenes of the museum (suitable for families) at Kelvingrove

Time: Pre-Five Session 11.30am-12pm,   Family Session 1.30- 4pm

Cost: FREE

What is it? Is Kelvingrove Really built backwards? Is it haunted? What’s the most expensive object? How old is the elephant? How did you get the spitfire in the building?  Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will be unveiling all of its well kept secrets to the public during the October week holiday.  Have all your questions answered and more!

Booking Contact: Sign up on the day

Wednesday 17th October

PH Arty Club: Clay Modelling (suitable for ages 6+) at Pollok House

Time: 11-1pm

Cost: £4

What is it? This sounds like such good fun. Using air dry clay you can make your own model of a small animal or flower – anything that takes your fancy. Try putting wild flower seeds in it and then do some guerilla gardening. Put it outside and see the wild flowers grow throughout the summer.

Booking Contact: 0844 493 2202

IMAX cinema (suitable for all ages) at Glasgow Science Center

Time: To The Arctic 3D 12.15pm The Dark Night Rises 2D 15.15pm

Cost: Adult – £9.95 Child – £7.95

What is it? IMAX is the ultimate movie experience. With crystal clear images and wraparound surround sound, IMAX lets you feel like you’re really there.

Booking contact: www.gsc.org.uk/imax

Thursday 18th October

Rendevous (suitable for pre-5 and age 5-11) at Riverside Museum

Time: 1.30-4pm

Cost: FREE

What is it? Drop-in sessions are inspired by the traditional sweets that would have been sold in old fashioned cafés like our Rendevous Café. Make (pretend) giant ice cream cones!

Booking Contact: Just drop in

Potter Around with Peter Rabbit (suitable for all ages) at the Scotland Street School Museum


Cost: FREE

What is it? Family activities inspried by Peter Rabbit exhibition

Booking Contact: Just drop in

Friday 19th October 

Family Fun (suitable for ages 5-12) at The Burrell Collection

Time 2-4pm

Cost: FREE

What is it? The Burrell Collection’s arty holiday activities are inspired by the Millet exhibition. Look out for a free film screening on Friday 19th too!

Booking contact: Just drop in

The Elephant Angel (suitable for ages 7+) at Eastwood Park Theatre

Time: 2pm and 7pm

Cost: Adult – £13, Child – £9

What is it? Commissioned by the Scottish Opera, The Elephant Angel is a heart warming new opera for of all ages

Booking contact: (0141) 577 4970

If all that doesn’t keep them quiet then I’m not sure what will. Maybe some sort of gag. Kidding.