Our top 10 indoor places to take the kids to over the holidays

Thursday 14th December, 2023

Discover our top ten indoor places for kids and families

It’s cold and wet outside and you’ve been cooped up in the house all day. The phrase “I’m bored” has been uttered more than a few times.

Time to get out and explore some of the indoor treats that Renfrewshire has to offer. Here’s our top 10 to get you through the festive school holidays!

Paisley Central Library

The stunning new home for library services in the heart of Paisley is now open and is a great place to stop by with the kids. Head for the children’s library – a bespoke storytelling and play space – packed with cosy book nooks and even a slide. See if you can spot some Daleks and the TARDIS too, courtesy of the Doctor Who exhibition currently on display.

Find out more about visiting Paisley Central Library.

Paisley Town Hall

The newly refurbished town hall is now open and running a great selection of events in the lead up to Christmas. Don’t miss festive film screenings of the Muppets Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life and more! Check out what’s on at Paisley Town Hall here.

IKEA Glasgow

Home to more than just furniture and tasty meatballs, IKEA Glasgow regularly hosts family film screenings, messy play sessions and fun, free activities for kids. Find out what events are coming up – including their New Year Extravaganza.

Soft Play

Nothing burns off post-Christmas energy quite like a trip to soft play, and happily, there’s a few to choose from in Renfrewshire.

For big fun and even bigger slides, head to the Big Adventure in Linwood, or say hello to the kids characters popping up at Pandamonium, Erskine. If you’re in Paisley, the recently opened Furry Murrays – equipped with ball pits, tunnels and more – is well worth a visit too.


Goggles at the ready! Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre and On-X Linwood will be open in between Christmas and New Year for swim sessions from 10am and 4pm.

XSITE Braehead

Ten pin bowling. Climbing. Amusements. A giant indoor slide. Cinema. XSITE is the perfect indoor venue jam-packed with things to for all ages. Check out what’s on and their latest offers here.

Angels & Elves Trail

Ok this one isn’t strictly all indoors, but it’s a great opportunity to visit Paisley, do some shopping and grab a bite to eat at one of the many great cafes and restaurants. 10 angels and elves have left the North Pole to spread Christmas magic – can you help Santa find them all? Download your Angels and Elves trail map here.

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