12 Indoor Family Fun Activities Around Falkirk


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


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

Callendar House is a stunning 14th century, French chateau styled house, rated 4-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 stunning Tearoom and explore the magnificent park and woodlands, have fun in the Roman themed play park (weather permitting). Check the Falkirk Leisure and Culture Website for upcoming family events.


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2. Enjoy a Wizarding World experience at the School of Witchcraft & Potions

Located in The Lonely Broomstick shop, the School of Witchcraft & Potions is an immersive Wizarding World experience in the heart of Scotland. Enter into a world like you've never seen before and be immersed into the creation of potions, wand movements, spells and so much more!


Lonely Broomstick



3. 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 and marvel at the architecture. If it is a sunny day enjoy a walk around the many walks and let the kids have a play in the play park. Then treat yourself to a warming hot drink and cake or a tasty lunch at the visitor centre’s café.


kelpies at night 


4. 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, then have a delicious coffee, snack or meal in the visitor centre cafe - which has fantastic views.


The Falkirk Wheel 2016



5. 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



6. Experience the thrill and adrenaline of indoor karting

Xtreme Karting is a fantastic 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.


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7. 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. 


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8. Take a trip on a steam train at Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway

Spend a wonderful day out with the whole family travelling on a steam train and enjoy stunning countryside views. Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway is running steam trains on certain dates. Check availability and special events here.


Bo'ness Railway



9. Reach the skies at Air Thrill

Air Thrill (formerly Sky High Trampolining) 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 Air Thrill, there is no limit to how much fun you can have. 


Sky High Trampolining



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

Located in the same building as Air ThrillWonder world Soft play is the biggest and most exciting children's indoor adventure centre in the Falkirk area.

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



11. 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 Boness Hippodrome Interior



12. 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.

For our full listing of accommodation click here


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 ice cream producers.

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Plan your visit

Plan your next adventure in Scotland and discover Falkirk and the surrounding area. You'll be truly amazed!

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