Holiday activities - what's on
Looking for reliable and fun holiday activities? You and your children will love the biggest Holiday Club in town!
Previously known as 'Activator', Holiday Club runs Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm during the main school holidays - with early drop off from 8am and late pick up until 6pm - perfect for working parents.
Kids in P1 to P7 can look forward to games, the opportunity to try different sports, arts, crafts, drama, challenges and educational activities such as learning about healthy food.
Be part of the biggest holiday club in town this year! Pick your preferred venue below to see more information on their Holiday Club plus what other exciting activities they have running through the summer.
Ainslie Park Leisure Centre
Craiglockhart Leisure & Tennis Centre
Drumbrae Leisure Centre
Edinburgh International Climbing Arena: Ratho
Gracemount Leisure Centre
Royal Commonwealth Pool
Tumbles at Portobello
Holiday Club is fantastic value - book a week for £145 per child! If you book early you'll receive 10% discount and pay just £130.50.
Daily bookings are also available at £35 per day - discount does not apply.
To book please contact your centre directly.
How to book
To book Holiday Club or any of our sports camps pop into the centre or give us a call.
We have so much to keep children happy and active right through the summer. From extra Clip n Climb and Aquadash sessions to swim lessons or learning to be a Rookie Lifesaver - there is definitely something for everyone.
And if your child likes collecting things, pick up a Summer Swim Passport from any pool. If you collect 7 pool activities in your passport your child will get a certificate of achievement and you will have the possibility of winning a months' free swimming.
Holiday Club - FAQs
What time can I drop my kid(s) off and pick them up?
Holiday Club runs 9am to 5pm, but we offer early drop off from 8am and late pick up until 6pm at no additional cost. Early drop off and late pick up must be booked through reception at least one day in advance.
What does my child need to bring with them?
Important things first – a packed lunch, healthy snacks and plenty to drink, we recommend a water bottle that can be refilled throughout the day. Our aim is to keep the children active so plenty of food and drink is a must.
As the weather can be so unpredictable in Scotland we recommend that you include a sunhat, sun cream, waterproof and a warm sweatshirt. If swimming is included please remember their swimsuit, towel and goggles.
What if my child has additional support needs?
Holiday club runs with a ratio of 1 adult to 8 children. We can support children who have mild to moderate support needs due to learning or physical disabilities to attend if they are comfortable in a group setting, but we are unable to provide 1:1 support. If you wish to discuss your child’s specific needs please contact the centre directly.
What shouldn't my child bring with them?
No mobile phones, iPods, tablets or other valuable items should be brought to Holiday Club. We also recommend no toys of sentimental value - whilst we take every care to make sure nothing gets mislaid - a precious teddy bear is hard to replace!
Do you provide lunch or snacks?
No we don’t provide any lunch or snacks so please make sure you pack enough to keep your child going. We have access to plenty of fresh chilled water so a refillable water bottle will be very handy.
What should my child wear?
We recommend that you dress your child in anything that they’re comfortable in – t shirt, joggy bottoms and trainers are ideal, you know your child best, but please remember that the children will be active and will more than likely get involved in messy activities throughout the day.
What if my child has an accident?
Where active children are involved there will always be minor bumps and bruises, but don’t worry we have fully qualified First Aid staff on hand to deal with any wee accidents that might happen. The staff are qualified and trained to also deal with more significant accidents and we will contact you should such an accident happen to your child.
You will be required to complete a registration form before you leave your child with us, this will contain your contact details and any other information we might need should an emergency arise.
What if my child is sick?If your child is unwell prior to the start of the day we ask that you don’t bring them to Holiday Club. However if they become unwell during the day we will look after them and will contact you to decide if they should be picked up early.
What if my child takes medication?
This shouldn’t be a problem. You’ll be required to bring your child’s medication with them and you’ll need to complete a medical consent form during registration at drop off so we can safely administer your child’s medication during the day.
What experience and qualifications do the staff at Holiday Club have?
All of the staff who will be looking after your child will have been properly recruited, vetted by Disclosure Scotland and undergone a training programme. Additionally some of the staff will hold specific coaching qualifications and some will have or be working towards child care qualifications.
What if my child is picked on by other children?
This is always something we try to be aware of, we expect the children who attend the camps to be courteous and co-operative to staff and each other at all times. However if in the unusual event of seeing any behaviour such as bullying, hitting or aggression from any child we will deal with this behaviour with the child involved immediately and discuss this with their parent.
We take behavioural standards seriously and will deal with it quickly but if you have any concerns about any behaviour your your child speaks to you about that may have gone undetected please speak to the camp supervisor and we will deal with it.
Is there a timetable of activities for Holiday Club?
Each centre will be able to provide a detailed timetable closer to the date. Activities vary by centre, but include games, sports, arts, crafts, drama, challenges and educational activities.