Thursday, 28 July 2016

Unbelievable really, but we’re over half way through the summer holidays already in Scotland! We don’t know about you guys, but we’re starting to run out of ideas to keep the little ones constantly entertained. Why can’t we have as much energy as them? So unfair.

Anyway we’ve pulled together some fantastically useful online resources to keep the good times rolling until it’s time to go back to school.


One of our favourite words. If the purse strings are starting to feel a little tight, worry not and let this list inspire some adventures without financial strain. 

- VisitScotland -
It’s easy to forget to look to VisitScotland for inspiration because surely it’s mostly a resource for tourists? Wrong! VisitScotland has a massive list of free attractions and days out in all regions of our beautiful country.  

- Edinburgh – Free Festival - 
If you live in or near the city of Edinburgh then you know that August only means one thing – The Edinburgh Festivals! This is fantastic news for parents and families because the Free Festival brings an enormous variety of free children’s shows right to the heart of Scotland’s capital. 

Finding a Day Out

There are some great websites with days out for families organised by local area. Using these is a quick and easy way to see what’s around you.
- Kids Day’s Out -
This easy-to-use site makes it simple to find out what free and paid for activities are in your local area. 

- Day Out with the Kids -
This site is organised by region and then by activity category. This makes it easy to find specific types of activities.

One off Events

Annoyed that you missed that cake festival or play day? Never let it happen again with these handy feeds that are kept up-to-date with events taking place all over Scotland.

- What’s On Scotland -

- The List -

Vouchers and Offers

There are some attractions where you can make a little saving.
Days Out is a great website which has hundreds of vouchers for attractions all over the country. Definitely worth checking if your destination of choice has a voucher available before you go out, it all adds up!

Taking the train? Scotrail do Kids Go Free. Travel off-peak any day of the week and up to two children aged 5-15 can travel free with each adult. That’s already a great help but as a bonus, presenting a valid Kids Go Free ticket will earn one child free entry to some of Scotland’s top attractions. 

Finally, if the weathers a bit rotten, funds and energy are low and you literally cannot face watching Inside Out for the 654th time then Pinterest is a great place to go looking for inspiration. There are thousands of crafty, creative and fun ideas for different games and activities you can do without even leaving the house. Click here to get those creative juices flowing!

If there’s anything you think we missed, any sites or platforms you use to plan your children’s summer calendar or even any exciting events that you’re going to then please share them with us! You can do it in the comments or over on Facebook or Twitter.

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