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Get into Summer and take advantage of everything that’s on offer for families in Scotland, from ideas for things you can do at home and when you’re out and about, to free and discounted events. 

The last year has been tough for kids, as well as their parents. We could all do with a little boost. That’s why locally and across Scotland there are extra activities and ideas for children and teens to get involved with this summer.

There’s nothing better for children’s wellbeing (and yours too!) than getting out and about, meeting old friends and making new ones, and getting active. So why not make full use of the longer days and (slightly!) warmer weather and check out everything that’s happening where you are?

Summer activities where you are

Wherever you are, you’ll find ideas and activities to get your kids and teens out and about and boost everybody’s wellbeing.

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You might have noticed that the lighter evenings give your wee ones extra energy to burn. Fortunately, wherever you are in Scotland, there are plenty of fun, safe activities for them to enjoy. Getting out and about and doing things together is also an important way for you to connect as a family. This is just as true if you have older kids or teenagers at home. They might need a bit more encouragement to join in the fun, but there are activities for them to get excited about too.

Find out what’s happening all over Scotland and get ideas to boost your summer:

Historic Environment Scotland

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Historic Scotland Logo

As part of the Get Into Summer campaign, Historic Scotland are offering free entry to their sites across Scotland for all children under the age of 16 from 26 June to 17 August. They’re also launching a range of family friendly activities with their online and offline Playing with the Past programme.

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Play Scotland

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Play Scotland logo

Play Scotland has ideas for #summerofplay activities and will deliver:

  • Play Well Outdoors Pack with Save the Children and Beano
  • Street Play with Living Streets
  • Supporting Transitions in Secondary schools with Learning through Landscapes
  • Summer of Play Podcasts
  • Outdoor Stay, Play and Learn Roadshow with Early Years Scotland
  • Intergenerational Play Project with GWT
  • COP26 Moths to a Flame
  • Down at the Bottom of the Garden with Royal Botanic Gardens
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Get Into Summer at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Logo

Make a connection with the Edinburgh Science Festival at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh this summer.

From Saturday 26 June to Sunday 11 July the Garden will embark on an exploration of ways that science and technology weave us together, with events, exhibitions and activities taking place across the Garden and online in your home. There will be fun for all ages.

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Young Scot

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Young Scot Logo

Young people taking part in ‘Get into Summer’ can find out all the information they need about local and national activities, entitlements and opportunities at young.scot/GetIntoSummer. By taking part, they can also earn points and gain access to exciting Young Scot Rewards – alongside local and national discounts.

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YouthLink and Creative Scotland

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YouthLink and Creative Scotland logos

In a joint initiative with Creative Scotland, YouthLink Scotland will administer a grants programme to support youth groups from both the youth work and youth arts sectors. This programme will provide opportunities for all children and young people to participate in fun and engaging opportunities over the summer period. You can find out more information on YouthLink Scotland’s website in the coming weeks.

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