We know that finding things to keep the kids entertained over the summer can be difficult and often expensive. To help you out with this, we’ve put together our ‘summer sidekick’ full of places and ways you can keep the wee ones playing.

The guide has a selection of activities provided by Carers of West Lothian, as well as other places that are holding free or low-cost activities for kids. There’s something for all ages & types of weather!

Activities with CoWL

Community Passes

Claim a free family pass for a local attraction with our community passes! Including Almond Valley and Five Sisters Zoo, these passes provide free entry for at least two adults and two-plus children.

 We have a limited number of passes to give away each day, so please get in touch as soon as you can to claim these. More information can be found on our community passes page.

Young Carers Summer Programme

Available to our registered young carers, the summer programme hosts weekly outings throughout the holidays including animation workshops and a trip to the alpaca farm! If you’re interested in joining in any of these, click here to fill in our registration form.

Barge Trip

We’ll be heading out to Ratho on Tuesday the 30th of July from 10:45 until 14:30 for a lovely barge trip along the canal. Lunch will be provided and there is space for wheelchairs. This trip is open to all of our service users, however, places are limited.

If you’d like to register your interest, please click here to fill out the form.

Other Activities in West Lothian

West Lothian Council’s Get into Summer Programme

Get into Summer offers a wide range of free activities for children, young people and families including day trips, sports, arts and crafts, music, drama, team games, digital media, STEM, cookery and outdoor learning.

The programme is in collaboration with children, young people, families, partner providers and West Lothian Council. To find out what they have, visit their website.

Xcite Summer Programme

Xcite are offering a wide selection of activities for kids from one-off sessions to full-on sports camps. They’re offering things like swimming, golf, inflatables and much more.

Visit their website to find out more.

At the Root

At the Root Theatre host a range of activities over the summer holidays, these include week-long day camps in various locations. Limited places are available on their website.

Nu Moves

Nu Moves Dance Studios are hosting a 3-day summer camp in July. There’s the opportunity to watch movies, arts & crafts and learn dance skills. You can book on for just one day, or the whole camp. Find out more by clicking here.

West Lothian Ranger Services

The ranger services run regular volunteer sessions that are free to join. Tasks for each session may include cutting back vegetation from path edges, path work, pond work, litter picking and tree care. There is no obligation to join the Friends group or attend every session each month, so please feel free to book on to individual sessions and come along to join in. No experience is necessary to attend, and a tool & safety talk will be provided by the Ranger Service. Families are welcome, but under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

You can book these sessions on their Eventbrite page.

Team United

Team United are running a football summer camp in Livingston at the beginning of August. These camps are open to support neurodivergent kids break down social barriers through football. To register, contact ruaraidh@teamunited.org.uk or visit their website: https://team-united.org.uk/

Vue Cinema

Vue in Livingston run their ‘Mighty Morning’ movies over the summer holidays. These are films suitable for all ages, where tickets cost £2.49 when booked online. See what they’re showing and book on their website here: https://www.myvue.com/

If you know of any more we can add, get in touch and we’d love to update the list!