Your vacations are no longer just based around museums, art galleries, bars and restaurants since you became a parent. If you are planning a trip to Glasgow, Scotland, these things will be in front of your nose, but you may need help finding activities to keep the children happy. There are plenty of attractions for your preschooler in the city if you know where to look.
You can give your preschooler, and yourself, a hands-on learning experience at the Glasgow Science Centre (glasgowsciencecentre.org/whats-here/whats-here-at-gsc.html) in the Pacific Quay area of the city. The centre features interactive exhibits that have turned science into a colorful playground. You will need plenty of energy to visit here, as your little Einstein is likely to run from area to area, trying out all the different experiments and challenges. He will be able to build things, take things apart, make a mini earthquake, meet some creepy crawlies and even roll around in a soft play area. This is a full day out, so keep in mind you might need to make use of the refreshment areas.
It’s not always snowing in Glasgow, but if your preschooler was hoping for lots of the white stuff, she can experience real snow at Xscape (xscape.co.uk/braehead), in the Braehead area of the city. The Snow Factor section of this complex offers children aged 3 and over a chance to go tobogganing; this activity is sure to bring the child out in you as well! You can warm up afterwards at Paradise Island Adventure Golf, also in the Xscape complex, a crazy indoor golf course based around a tropical theme. If she is growling with hunger after that, the complex has eating facilities — and a bit of shopping for you!
You’re not going to get a beach experience in Glasgow, but your preschooler should enjoy the Time Capsule (thetimecapsule.info/swimming-pools/waterpark-leisure-fun-pool/), known as Scotland’s adventure water park. This swimming complex has slides, water canons and a Tsunami wave pool. Enjoy seeing the surprise on his face as water shoots out of the spouts when he least expects it. Parents and small children can have a more relaxing water experience in the gentle Coral Cove area. If your preschooler still has energy to burn up after all that, the center has a tiny tots soft play area for kids under five, which might give you a chance to sit back and catch your breath.
Soft Play Centers
If your child likes testing out his climbing skills in soft play centers, he is sure to love Glasgow’s versions. Owing to the often unreliable weather, the city does indoor adventure play on a grand scale. Two of the big centers are Adventure Planet (theadventureplanet.com/home/facilities.html), in the Cumbernauld area, and Big Adventure (thebigadventure.com/ba.swf), in the Linwood area. A visit to one of these will give him a chance to test his gross motor skills to the limit — and yours. Both centers are split into regions for different age groups, so your preschooler can clamber on age-appropriate equipment