Fun days out in Falkirk help beat summer boredom

The summer holidays from school can feel like a long time, but there is plenty locally to keep the kids entertained
The summer holidays from school can feel like a long time, but there is plenty locally to keep the kids entertained

The summer holidays are now in their second full week and there is a good chance if you have a little one, by now you are fed up hearing ‘I’m bored’.

But luckily, there is loads on to keep the kids entertained at a minimal cost.

Falkirk Community Trust has dozens of events and activities over the long eight week school break

All libraries are holding sessions through out the summer suitable from all ages.

Tiny tots can enjoy Rhymetime - and unlike most toddler classes, they continue throughout the summer. The free sessions involve music and movement and the littles ones get a biscuit and drink at the end.

For slightly older children, Storytime at the libraries bring books to life and the craft sessions for 5-12 year olds are also free and help them express themselves using art supplies.

For 7-12 year old, Callendar House is hosting a tea clipper race. Youngsters can build their own Tea Clipper Ship, just like the vessels that delivered tea from half way around the world in the 1890s.

After assembling their boats, the children will race them on Callendar Loch and try to deliver their cargo the fastest.

The class costs £3.50 and is on various dates throughout the summer.

For adventurous families, FCT has outdoor activities at The Helix.

Run at the lagoon, instructors will deliver water sports such as canoeing and kayaking and lessons costs £10 per hour.

Coasteering for children aged nine and up takes participants on a trip to the coast for them to climb, jump and swim as well as discover a part of Scotland they might not have seen before.

The adventure trip costs £28 and lasts all day.

At Polmont Ski Centre, new skiers can take a week of beginners lessons all summer long Those with younger children, or a lack of natural balance, can try tubing. The fun activity costs £5 and involves hurling down the dry slope in a rubber ring.

For those days featuring more rain than sunshine, the Hippodrome cinema in Bo’ness and Falkirk’s Cineworld have movies suitable for all ages.

Cineworld extends it’s Movie for Juniors programme, which is on at the weekend all year long, to run every day over the summer.

Audiences can enjoy films such as ‘Home’ or ‘Cinderella’ for just £1.75 a ticket and a kids munch box filled with snacks and juice if only £2 for these performances.

At the Hippodrome, there is a season of family films on during the day, check the listings for more information.

Neil Brown, general manager at Falkirk Community Trust said: “Falkirk Community Trust has been delighted to welcome everyone into our jam-packed programme over the summer period.

“We have events ranging from the summer blockbusters at the Hippodrome, arts and crafts in our libraries and a wide range of sporting and outdoors activities to name but a few.

“We want to help keep the kids fit, healthy, active and engaged this summer.”

For details on all the FCT summer events, visit www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Local businesses are also including children activities during the holidays.

Behind the Wall will welcome animal presenters from Zoolab on Sunday July 12, July 26 and August 16. Youngsters can handle creepy crawlies and wildlife as well as learn more about the animals. BTW now also offer a soft play area and mocktails for those too old for soft play, but not quite ready for mojitos.

For more information, call the pub on (01324) 633338.

New cafe Seventy Six in Manor Street, Falkirk has a bouncy castle in the outdoor area all summer long for children to enjoy while their parents grab a coffee or lunch.

Galaxy Sports appreciates that the holidays can be an expensive time and so are opening up their pitches for youngsters to play for free.

Under 18s can enjoy a game of footie at Little Kerse with no cost from 4-6 pm Monday to Friday throughout the holidays. The games are unsupervised.

Stirling’s Tolbooth has a whole summer programme for children and teens. The venue offers everything from photography classes, jazz band and puppeteering to music production, art and Scottish songs.

The classes are for children aged six and over and range in price from £6 for to £24 for a two-day course.

Visit www.stirling.gov.uk/tolbooth for further information and to book.

If organised events aren’t for you, The Forestry Commission Scotland have ideas to help you enjoy the outdoors.

Ranger Gordon Harper said Callendar and Larbert woods are the idea places to spend summer days.

Gordon said: “The lighter evenings mean you can even enjoy the great outdoors after work with the kids. There is so much to discover right on your doorstep and with a little imagination, the woods can be transformed into whatever you like.”