Next to Christmas and birthdays, school holidays are probably the most anticipated times of year for children, which generally means that as a parent you will have to deal with lots of energy, lots of hyperactivity and lots of (over) excitement.
Let’s face it; the weather is unlikely to let up for whole of the school holidays so you will probably be on the lookout for indoor activities to help you get a handle on unruly pre-teens and adolescents, right?
To survive the many times ‘school’s out’ this 2014 you will need to have your A game in reserve by the bucket load, ready to bring out at the first sign of an imminent “I’m bored”… but fear not, Holiday Parks have comprised a simple list of things to do in the local areas surrounding our parks so you too can enjoy the school holidays even if it won’t be in peace and quiet.
Deeside Holiday Park, Aberdeenshire
Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire have a lot to offer kids of all ages, here are some of the most popular local attractions…
Satrosphere is Scotland’s first science centre and offers kids a fun and interactive learning experience in exciting surroundings. I remember going here when I was on holiday from school, many moons ago, and I loved it! Prices from £4.50
Hazlehead Park’s Pets’ Corner is ideal for smaller children as it has a great variety of animals including all the small and furry favourites. There are both outdoor and indoor areas at this attraction and the park has lots of open space for the kids to run free. Prices from £1.00
The Beach Leisure Centre located on Aberdeen’s seafront is a great place to wile away a few hours taking turn after turn on the pools four flumes and bobbing about in the wave machine. Family prices from £10.35
Anyone who is familiar with Aberdeen is likely to have been to Codona’s or at least set eyes on its towering attractions and rides which include a good old-fashioned ghost train and Aberdeen’s own version of the London Eye. As well as the outside theme park, Codona’s has lots of arcades indoors and activities such as bowling and crazy golf. Prices from £12.99
Go Ape at Crathes Castle is an adventure not to be missed; with its Skateboard Zip Wire and Treetop Adventure trail you can really harness your inner monkey! Prices from £24
Blairgowrie Holiday Park, Perthshire
The area of Perth and Perthshire is a god send for adventurous types with land, air and water lovers all being catered for. But don’t worry if adventure does not run through your veins, there is also a lot to do that will not induce an adrenalin rush.
Noah’s Ark in Perth is a great day out for kids and families; it offers fun activities in a safe environment like indoor Karting, ceramics and soft play. Give them a call for more information and prices.
Dunolly Adventures has Perthshire as its playground and offers such activities as archery canyoning, mountain biking and Gorge scrambling, prices from £20 per activity
Saddle up a gentle giant and enjoy a Horse riding lesson at Crieff Hydro. The school runs lessons for beginners as well as walks and hacks for more experienced riders, prices from £26 per hour.
Lomond Woods Holiday Park, Loch Lomond
This park is ideally located for those looking to explore the great outdoors, but as well as the loch and area’s many walking trails there are some pretty cool indoor things close by to keep the sproglets amused.
Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium is offering kids free entry this mid-term for day visits and they have come up with the genius idea to take care of the night time by way of holding sleepovers in its under water tunnel – puts a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘sleeping with the fishes’. Prices £25 per child for the sleepover.
Go Ape, Aberfoyle, is the premier place to run wild with exciting and exhilarating attractions such as the first Tree Top Adventure trail in Scotland and no shortage of Zip Wires. Prices from £24 but if you’re staying with us at Lomond Woods Holiday Park we offer a 10% discount.
Xscape Braehead – a veritable winter wonder land minus the arctic winds and reindeer. This indoor activity centre offers skiers and snowboarders of all levels the chance to catch some slope action and much more without the hassle. Check out the website for activity prices. http://www.snowfactor.com/info/other/xscape.php
So there you have it, a survival guide for the school holidays. Good luck and have fun!