One of our favorite things about Glasgow is that it’s a city for all ages. So if you or your guests have children who need to be entertained, remember it’s not all high-brow art or late-night live music in this city. In fact, there’s so much on for little people you’ll be spoilt for choice. Here are our top family-friendly picks for the summer months…
1. Go west (end)
The West End Festival isn’t just about the music. There are over 400 events, including more fun for families than we can tell you about here. Highlights include a puppet show about looking for Nessie, zombie science and ceilidh dancing. And it runs for most of June, too…
West End Festival: 2nd – 25th June, 75 venues across the west
2. Corner the market
Who doesn’t love shopping? Take the kids down to the Mum2Mum market and see if you can grab a bargain in the process. This pop up baby and children’s market is made up of stalls manned by mums selling to other mums. You can book a stall in advance and get rid of your spare kids’ clothes, maternity wear, equipment, toys and prams – or just head down for a browse.
Mum2Mum Market: 3rd June, Stamperland Church
3. Stand up straight
Who says stand-up comedy is just for the grown-ups? Head to the Stand Comedy Club on the 4th June for the last Sunday in a series of kids stand-up shows. For just £4, over fives (although it’s best for 8-12 year olds) will get some serious belly laughs from three comedians without a swear word in sight.
Glasgow Kids Comedy Club: 4th June, The Stand Comedy Club
4. Glasgow explores
This year’s Glasgow Science Festival’s theme is ‘Glasgow Explores’ and the festival follows Glasgow researchers as they push the boundaries. There’s loads on, from workshops and shows to films, exhibitions and art. Got a budding scientist in the family? Get the lab coat and safety goggles on and head down…
Glasgow Science Festival: 8th-10th June, venues across Glasgow
5. There might be giants
Jack & The Beanstalk is a much-loved, classic fairtytale and this version of the show won’t disappoint with enormous shoes, tiny houses, showers of silver and gold and a big, leafy explosion. Look out for Cbeebies Patrick Lynch in this production by the Lyngo Theatre Company, suitable for anyone over 3.
Jack & The Beanstalk: 11th July, Eastwood Park Theatre
6. Surprise – it’s Peppa
Peppa is considered part of the family for many children, so this opportunity to see everyone’s favourite pig live is not to be missed. In this fun family show, we follow the adventures of Peppa (and brother George), who’s having fun playing outside, but Mummy and Daddy have a surprise…
Peppa Pig’s Surprise: 13th-14th July, King’s Theatre
7. Superheroes unite!
Do you have a budding comic book illustrator in the family? A Batman fan? Or just kids who love drawing? Then head along to this superhero comic book drawing class, where children have the opportunity to create their own super powered person, or just be inspired by the world of Marvel and DC comics. Each day is a different comic class.
Comic Avengers Assemble: Wed 2nd-Fri 4th August, CCA
8. In the pipeline
Piping Live is an amazing celebration of Scotland’s national musical instrument, including outdoor performances by full bands as well as evening gigs. For kids, look out for competitions such as Pipe Idol for musicians aged 21 and under. The week-long festival culminates in the World Pipe Band Championships when over 200 bands from around the world congregate on Glasgow Green.
Piping Live: 7-13th August, various venues
9. Paws for thought
Are your little ones Paw Patrol fans? The live show, based on the hit animated TV series, is arriving in Glasgow for an action-packed musical adventure. A great intro to theatre for young children, the show includes a mix of video and traditional scenery. Get your tickets now as it’s sure to be a sell-out.
Paw Patrol Live: 1st-3rd September, SEC
10. Ice, ice, baby…
Celebrate their favourite Disney tales at Disney On Ice ‘Passport to Adventure’. Look out for Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Daisy on a journey to the magical worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter… With well-known characters for the kids, and ice skating skills to keep the grown-ups mesmerised, this is one for the whole family.
Disney on Ice: 22nd-24th September, Braehead Arena
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