Family days out in Scotland for under £50

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With the festive period now well beind us, cash-strapped parents will be wondering how they are going to keep the kids entertained in the next few weeks.

To help families save a pretty penny, has collated activities for a group of four (2 adults, 2 children) to do for under £50 in Scotland’s main cities. From immersive theatre shows to showcasing artistic flair… this money saving website has the new year covered.


Keep active

Following a calorific Christmas and lots of lounging about, a fun filled day at Glasgow’s Ryze will have the whole family feeling energised. With a number of obstacles, from dodgeball to foam pits, the little ones will be bursting with excitement as they bounce around the venue. The facility also offers special trampolining sessions of children under six-years-olds costing just £7.

Cost: £40 – tickets priced at £10 per person for a 1 hour session.

Something sweet

Pay a visit to The Cocoabean Company in Braehead, Glasgow and discover all there is to know about the world of confectionery. The mouth-watering day trip is both educational and fun for the kids as they will have a go at becoming chocolatiers during interactive workshops.

Cost: £32 – tickets priced at £16 per child.


See a show

Pay a visit to The Studio at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre and enjoy the enchanted story of The Attic. The play tells the tale of Grandma and Lucy’s magical discovery of hidden treasures at the top of their house! An intimate setting for children between the ages of 2-5 years old, the production is a fun filled show to get everyone’s imaginations running wild.

Cost: £26 – tickets are priced at £5 per child and £8 per adult.

Historical tour

If you’re heading to Edinburgh on a rainy day then a City Sightseeing Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour is a great way to see the metropolitan whilst staying dry. Enjoy the 14-stop tour which will show you landmarks, such as Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat. As you travel, the kids can enjoy a fun and freaky Horrible History audio tour on the headphones provided.

Cost: £45 for a family of four.


Hollywood from home

The Dundee Contemporary Arts centre is the gateway to all the latest blockbusters and cult classics in 2D or 3D at a competitive rate. Whether it’s a movie to have the whole family laughing or an action-packed flick to keep you on the edge of your seats, there’s a film for everyone. The venue also hosts special Bring a Baby screenings for £6 that include tea/coffee and biscuit as well as a Discovery Family Film Club with discounted tickets for £19.

Cost: £22.

Culture vulture

Visiting the The McManus Gallery in Dundee is totally free and it plays host to 400 million years’ worth of history with a number of exhibitions. Go on a journey with the kids to have a look at what life was like for the men who first roamed the earth while getting lost in stunning painting and decorative art. Also, be sure to take advantage of the gallery’s creative learning suite which encourages exploration and innovation.

Cost: Free.


Get creative

Keep your kids entertained on a wet and windy winters day, by getting creative and crafting handmade pieces of art. They will love getting their hands dirty while setting their imaginations alight and what’s best is you’ll be saving a fortune staying indoors. So, pop down to your local arts and crafts shop and stock up on supplies now!

Cost: Optional costs depending on how many crafts you want to buy.