11 indoor family fun activities in Falkirk

Winter months can be a bit dreary to enjoy time outdoors, but don't let this stop you from having fun. You will find a huge range of indoor activities from Karting to Laser tag, trampolining to soft play and loads more. So visit the Falkirk area for family fun.

Discover 2,000 years of history at Callendar House & Park

Callendar House is a stunning 14th century, French chateau styled house, rated 5-star visitor attraction. Enjoy a wide range of temporary and permanent displays, including The Story of Callendar House, The Antonine Wall and Falkirk: Crucible of Revolution 1750-1850.

Don’t miss the Georgian kitchen with costumed interpreters creating an exciting interactive experience, visit the newly refurbished Tearoom and explore the magnificent park and woodlands, have fun in the newly re-opened Roman themed play park (weather permitting). Check the Falkirk Community Trust Website for upcoming family events.

Callendar House - Georgian Kitchen

Explore the world’s largest equine sculptures – The Kelpies

A visit to the Falkirk area must include the world famous Kelpies in the Helix Park! A colossal 30 metres tall sculpture above the Forth and Clyde Canal.

Pre book a Kelpie’s Tour which will take you inside one of the horses heads, marvel at the architecture, afterwards enjoy a warming hot drink and cake or a tasty lunch at the visitors centre’s café.

The Kelpies by David Wilkinson

Sail into the air on an unforgettable boat trip at The Falkirk Wheel

Just a short 10 minute drive or bus trip from the historic Falkirk Town Centre will take you to The Falkirk Wheel,  the worlds only rotating boat lift. Sail 115 ft into the air in one of their barges, have a delicious coffee and a wide variety of quality foods at the visitor centre.

The Wheel hosts a range of Family Friendly events throughout the year. Check their website for details.

Falkirk Wheel at night

Swim, play and exercise at The Mariner Centre

A wet day itinerary could include a trip to the Mariner Centre. With a large lagoon shaped pool, family friendly pool, sports facilities and play area for kids in the café, the Mariner has something for all the family.

The Mariner Leisure Centre Pool

Experience the thrill and adrenaline of indoor karting

Xtreme Karting is a 5-star centre VisitScotland rated, karting centre. Whether you aim to be the next F1 champion, or you are a complete novice just wanting to experience the thrill of racing, Xtreme Karting has race tuned karts, an exhilarating track and a range of exciting race sessions guaranteed to get the adrenalin pumping and put a smile on your face.

Xtreme Karting, Larbert, Falkirk

Take on a challenge with family and friends at Divergent Escape Rooms

If you love mystery, suspense and excitement, then Divergent Escape Rooms is the perfect place to enjoy the time with your family and friends. This highly rated escape rooms will transport you to a different time and place. Find the clues, solve the puzzles and beat the clock.

 Mick Macy Black And White Image

Explore the ship that never sailed - Blackness Castle

Shaped like a ship and situated on a promontory which juts out into the Firth of Forth, Blackness Castle is known as 'the ship that never sailed'. The kids will love exploring this 15th century castle and be fascinated by the ‘Pit Jail’.

Watch out for their family friendly events which run throughout the year.

After your visit to the castle, enjoy home-cooked food and a warm atmosphere at The Lobster Pot, a quirky local pub a stone throw from the historic landmark or make your way to Mannerstons farm shop and cafe and sample their award winning ice-cream.

The Blackness Castle

Reach the skies at Sky High Trampoline Centre

Sky High is one of the first state of the art trampoline parks in Central Scotland with over 70 interconnected trampolines. Improvise with your own freestyle moves in the Open Bounce area or join in with their team sports such as basketball and dodgeball all on super-strung trampolines. At Sky High, there is no limit to how much fun you can have, enjoy your hour of uninterrupted air time.

Sky High Trampolining

Enjoy an out of the world experience at Wonder World Soft Play

Located in the same building of Sky High Trampoline, Wonder world Soft play is the biggest and most exciting children's indoor adventure centre in Falkirk district.

Themed on the wonders of the world, this custom built centre provides an out of this world experience for children of all ages, designed to stimulate the imagination and encourage physical development in a safe and fun environment.

Wonder World Soft Play Falkirk

Experience Scotland’s oldest cinema – The Hippodrome

Beautifully restored, The Hippodrome is Scotland's oldest purpose-built cinema. Admire the stunning pre-art deco picture palace dating back to 1912 and enjoy the best major releases, independent films and classics with your friends and family.

The Hippodrome Cinema

Bowling fun for all the family at Tenpin 

Tenpin Falkirk has  20 impressive bowling lanes to ensure all the family will get a go. You will also find on site, Pool Tables, Arcade Machines, Cosmic Bowling, Restaurant, Table Tennis and Air Hockey. So pay a visit and find out who will be the family bowling champion.

Tenpin bowling 

Places to stay

With plenty of things to see and do, you may want to stay in the Falkirk area a bit longer. You will find we have a great range of accommodation. From B&Bs to hotels, safari tents, camping pods, camp sites and self-catering properties, there is plenty accommodation to choose from.

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Places to eat

A stop of at one of our many award winning restaurants and cafes is a must. Plus if your kids fancy an icecream you are spoilt for choice with a number of local icecream producers including:

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