Family days out
For an extra 'cool' family day out, glide along to East Kilbride Ice Rink. As well as general skate sessions, we have sessions specifically tailored towards families on Saturdays from 5.30pm-7pm and Sundays from 11.30am-1pm.
Enjoy the panoramic views of Glasgow and its surrounding hills from the front of the 18th century hunting lodge on the grounds of this five star visitor attraction. View the banqueting suite and formal gardens of the Duke of Hamilton and find out about its history in the visitor centre. Enjoy a snack or some lunch in the Oak Trees café and visit our gift shop. There are 10 miles of beautiful walks, with guided walks available, along the banks of the River Avon and among ancient woodland. The highlight for many children is the large adventure playground and fun programme of children's activities.
Introduce your children to a bit of culture at our five star visitor attraction, Low Parks Museum. Children's activities are incorporated into our exhibitions so the whole family can have fun while discovering local history, from Hamilton Palace to local regiment, The Cameronians. The Mezannine café caters for all tastes, whether you want a tasty treat or a healthy lunch and our gift shop's range includes unique gifts and 'pocket money' mementos. Tours of the nearby Hamilton Mausoleum can also be booked in advance from Low Parks Museum. Experience the infamous 15-second echo of this extravagant private tomb.
There's something for everyone at this four star visitor attraction. Visit the meerkats and monkeys at the zoo, enjoy the art and photographic exhibitions in The Gallery and let the children burn some energy in the adventure playground and toddler's play area. Take a stroll through the 5km of scenic river-side woodlands and enjoy refreshments back at the Courtyard Café. There is also an exciting programme of events and activities at the park throughout the year.
Get outdoor and active at James Hamilton Heritage Park. This four star visitor attraction is ideal if you want to try something a bit different with your family, with a vast range of water sports on offer. 'Come and try' sessions are available for adults and children in canoeing, dinghy sailing and windsurfing. Fun boats are also popular along with the two adventure playgrounds. The flat path walk around the loch is very buggy friendly and there is a bird sanctuary for wildlife enthusiasts. To round off your visit, pop into Gracies café which offers a delicious menu and views of the loch. Please note that water sports activities are seasonal.
Four star tourist attraction, Hamilton Water Palace, features a 25m pool, along with a flume, tyre slide, lazy river and a fantastic under 8s shallow pool complete with pirate ship! For the over 16s in the family, there is a sauna, steam room, spa pool and relaxation area. After your family has had a splash, why not enjoy a snack and a Puro coffee at our popular café?
Dollan Aqua Centre in East Kilbride boasts South Lanarkshire's only 50m swimming pool, a health suite complete with sauna, steam room, sanarium, spa pool and relaxation area for over 16s. Enjoy a hearty lunch after your swim at our modern café.
Why not plan a show-stopping family day out at one of our fantastic theatres? You will find a diverse programme of live performances ranging from west end musical theatre through to an array of sensational puppet shows that will transport your family to the magical world of make-believe. So treat your family to a unique day out and take a look at our venues' events brochures: Hamilton Town House, Lanark Memorial Hall, Rutherglen Town Hall, East Kilbride Village Theatre and East Kilbride Arts Centre.
As well as our larger country parks, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture offer various activities at Lanark Loch, Strathaven Park and Biggar Park. Activities range from putting, bowling and tennis to children's play parks, pedalos and bumper boats. Please note that some of these activities are seasonal.