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Picks for October Week

With holidays just around the corner, are you wondering what to do to keep the family entertained? Here are our picks (and links with more info) to help with organising October break antics!


Big Music for Minis
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October

A whole host of activities and performances designed especially for little ones (from babies up to age 7) at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. CCC are teaming up with NYOS Camerata on the Saturday to present Melody Quest:  Owen and Olly are enlisting the help of adventurous children everywhere - solve the cryptic clues that will take you around the globe, collecting tunes and finding rhythms that will have you dancing on the deck!

Theatre Toolbox Workshops, Scottish Youth Theatre
Monday 16th – Friday 20th October, 9:30am – 4:30pm

SYT are inviting young people aged 8 - 11 to have fun learning theatrical skills from highly skilled and passionate professionals.
Participants will work with artists, actors, and directors to develop techniques which they will then share in an informal session at the end of each day.
The workshops are suitable for beginners or previous participants who wish to develop their skills. Advance booking and fees apply.

Roller Disco, Roller Stop Roller Rink 
Monday 16th – Friday 20th October, 12noon – 3:30pm

Disco lights, catchy music, lots of hire skates and experienced skate coaches. All you need to bring is a smile! There will be games and opportunities to learn some simple skate moves, perfect for children and adults alike.
For age 4+

First Aid for Kids, Tollcross International Swimming Centre
Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th October 1pm – 2pm

Learn first aid fundamentals in a fun and engaging environment – it could save a life, so definitely a worth-while holiday activity. (See page 5 of the Activity Programme, link above).
For age 8+

Holiday Fun, Pollok Park
Saturday 14th – Sunday 22nd October

Lots of Autumnal arts and crafts on offer!

Pumpkin Picking Open Days at Arnprior Farm
Saturday 14th – Sunday 22nd October, 10am – 4pm

As well as picking your very own pumpkin for Halloween, there’s also a kale maze, face painting, local yummy food and drink, Alpaca trekking, a pop up photography studio, craft workshops and an Autumnal shop – what’s not to love? A word of advice, though – wear wellies! 


October Half Term at the National Museum of Scotland
Saturday 14th – Sunday 22nd October, 11am – 4:30pm

Design your own prosthetic limb, find out more about how your mind controls your body and get to grips with prosthetics from the museum collections (over 7s can also try out Virtual Reality and Leap Motion technologies).  Time-hop through the museum’s favourite periods in history featuring different themes throughout the week. Take part in costume capers, make and take activities and hands-on demos. Then, meet Alan Breck's Regiment and the soldiers of 1745 as they take over the museum. Visit the Jacobite and Redcoat armies in their encampments and see them prepare for battle.
Halloween Magic School with Edinburgh International Magic Festival, Lauriston Castle  Monday 16th October, 10:30am - 12 noon

Enter the enchanting castle in costume and learn some magic fitting for your awesome outfit.  A chance to make new wizard friends and perform your new found skills at this wicked workshop! Recommended for age 7 -11
Woodland Magic, Hopetoun House (Queensferry)
Wednesday 18th October, 2pm – 3pm

Join the rangers for this fun-filled magical walk. Children and non-magical adults are invited to learn potions and spells.

Wee Folk Magic, Museum of Childhood
Saturday 21st October, 2pm

An afternoon steeped in folk and fairy. The event features a galaxy of Scotland’s storytellers: Ailie Finlay, Beth Cross, Daniel Allison, Robbie Fotheringham, Sheila Kinninmonth, Senga Munro and Sylvia Troon.
Free drop-in, no need to book, for ages 4 and above. All children must be accompanied.

We’ve tried as far as possible to make sure that details are correct, but we advise that you check with the event organiser(s) before setting out to avoid disappointment.