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Byline: AngelaConstance

SCHOOL holidays are a challenging time for parents shelling out for additional childcare and the cost of occupying restless and bored weans.

The last time I visited a soft play area, it was pounds 5.95 per wee person, and don't get me started on the cost of the cinema and other attractions.

It all adds up but for some families it is simply unaffordable. All the more difficult given the wet weather. Now, Scots are well used to coping with the cold and skin is waterproof, after all, but even the hardiest of weans are reluctant to feed the ducks in torrential rain.

In desperation, I took my son to the National Museum of Scotland. It is fantastic, and free.

Gone are the days of dull, dusty, dark museums with "don't touch" signs. There is lots of room for weans who like to run, informative films and interactive touch screens, robots and gadgets to play with, Sir Jackie Stewart's racing car, space rockets, big scary sharks, dinosaur skeletons and so much more.

After an hour and a half we had still not left the first floor.

There is even a massive set of scales where you can compare your weight to a member of the animal kingdom. My four-year-old son weighs the same as a koala bear, I, however, weigh the same as a chimpanzee.

Not every family will have easy access to the National Museum, but there are lots of other free museums in Scotland, such as the Transport Museum in Glasgow.

We are only halfway through the school holidays, so let me know about the great but affordable things to do in your area. We need to share the knowledge to spare the pain.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Jul 24, 2012
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