All these ideas cost £5 or less for kids, and many of them are FREE – check them out!
1. Spot beavers at Knapdale Forest
Beavers became extinct in Britain in the 16th century. But now a few families of these amazing animals has been reintroduced into the wild so scientists can study how they affect their environment. You can take a guided walk around the beavers' new forest home, and learn all about them.
Where: Barnluasgan Visitor Centre, Knapdale Forest, Argyll and Bute
Time: 6 pm
Date: Every Tuesday until 28 August
Price: £1 per child up to the age of 16, £2 for adults
Call 01546 603 346 to reserve a place, or click here for more info and directions
2. Drop in to the National Museum of Scotland
There’s something different happening for kids every day of the week at the museum this summer – try science activities on Tuesdays, make fab crafts on Wednesdays, or handle some of the Museum’s objects on Sundays. There’s no need to book, and all the activities are free!
Where: National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh
Time: Start times will vary – check plasma screens on arrival at the Museum
Date: Every day until 12 August
Click here for more info
3. Pick up a book at the Edinburgh Book Fair
This year's Edinburgh International Book Fair has a bookshop especially for children, as well as storytelling sessions, and lots of workshops to take part in – get the latest news about your favourite authors, and find out what other kids are reading. Or you can just relax on the grass with an ice-cool drink and a good book!
Where: Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh
Time: Start times vary – check this list of events for more info and to book tickets
Date: 11-27 August
Price: entry to the festival grounds is FREE; most events cost £4.50 per ticket (book in advance)
4. Have loads of outdoor fun at Scotland’s Countryside Festival
Set in the beautiful grounds of Glamis Castle, the two-day family festival features spectacular horse riding, dog-and-duck display teams, falconry, beekeeping, loads of yummy food to buy, traditional arts and crafts, and even a dog show just for kids (and their dogs)!
Where: Glamis Castle, Glamis, by Forfar
Date: 28-29 July
Price: A one-day child's ticket (5-16) costs £4 in advance (£5 on the day); a one-day adult ticket costs £10 in advance (£12 on the day)
For more information, and to book tickets, click here
5. Build a recycled kite at the Annan Museum
These kites will be rubbish – literally! Craft your own fantastic flier with a wildlife theme, using materials that would otherwise be thrown away, at this free workshop. If the wind’s strong enough, you might also get a chance to fly it! Afterwards, take a look round the museum, which has displays on local life from prehistoric times to the First World War.
Where: Annan Museum, Bank Street, Annan, Dumfries And Galloway
Time: 11am-12 noon
Date: 16 August
Call 01387 253 374 to reserve a place, or for information about this and other workshops, click here
Or just head to your local park with a picnic!
If you're planning a picnic this summer, don't forget to check out our tips to make sure it's perfect!