Best for Bookworms
Children will delight in the spoken word at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival from October 18-27 in and around Edinburgh, where the theme is the role of wandering storytellers, minstrels, explorers and pilgrims. On October 22 two family-friendly European folklore storytelling events take place in Glasgow at the Old Sheriff Court Building (tickets £5 each or £15/family); and on October 21 the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh will become The Enchanted Wood, peopled by fairy tales and magical trees in a storytelling day (1pm, free, suitable for all ages). Call 0131 556 9579 or visit scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk
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BEST FOR HALLOWE'EN
The Howden Park centre in Livingston is hosting a children's Hallowe'en disco on October 27 from 12.30pm-3pm. Tickets are £6 and can be booked at howdenparkcentre.co.uk or by calling 01506 777 666 (booking essential). In Linlithgow, get dressed up for an archery session with a Hallowe'en theme at the Low Port Centre on October 26 and 27 (two sessions per day: 9.30am-12.30pm or 1pm-4pm; £20 for adults/£10 for under 16s; www.lowportcentre.co.uk).
Best for History Buffs
Hear the gory details of the Battle of Killiecrankie at a talk in the woods above Soldier's Leap - the spot at which a soldier escaped by making a jump across the River Garry - followed by craft activities and a display of weapons. It is all on October 30, 2-3.30pm, Killicrankie; £4 adults/£2 children; call 0844 493 2194; no booking required. Also at Killicrankie there is a children's autumnal activity walk on October 16 (10.30am-12pm; no booking required).
BEST FOR ALL THE FAMILY
Referred to as the Hogwarts Express, this West Coast Railways Jacobite train boards at Fort William and takes passengers over the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct to Mallaig, where you can have a fish supper before returning to Fort William. For bookings (£33 return for adults; £19 for children), call 0844 850 4685 or check westcoastrailways.co.uk
Best for Nature Lovers
The ranger service at Almondell & Calderwood Country Park in Broxburn, West Lothian is hosting activity days on October 21 and October 22 (9am-4.30pm). Suitable for those aged 5-11, it costs £31.05 (for two days) and must be booked by calling 01506 882 254. Meanwhile, at Brodick Castle Garden and Country Park on Arran, those aged 8-12 can learn woodland skills on October 15 from 2-4.30pm. Price £5, booking essential. Call 0844 493 2154.
Best for Daredevils
The Low Port Centre in Linlithgow is offering a one-day whitewater rafting taster course on October 13 from 9am-5pm (ages 12+ only; £40 each) on the River Tay. Check lowportcentre.co.uk. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland is organising a series of indoor climbing events for children. Details on the Scottish Youth Climbing Blog (www.scottishyouthclimbing.blogspot.co.uk). Avertical World in Tayside (7-11 Blinshall Street, Dundee), for example, has kids' sessions on Saturdays and Sundays at 10am and 11.45am for children aged seven and above. Call 01382 201901.
Best for Artists
Glasgow's Pollok House will host a leaf-painting and printing session on October 14. Best for those aged 7-12, it runs from 11am-1pm and costs £4 (booking essential). Call 0844 493 2202. The New Lanark World Heritage Site will play host to a different craft workshop each day from 2-4pm between October 13 and October 19. Sessions cost £3 a person, including materials and a refreshment. Check www.newlanark.org
Best for animal lovers
Children can see up to 14 species of deer at the Scottish Deer Centre in Bow of Fife, Cupar. There's also a chance to see the region's only wolf pack, otters, red foxes and rare species including lynx and the Scottish wildcat. In their Treetop Walk through Witches Wood, children can view the red squirrels and the adventure playground comes complete with a sand pit, zip slide and static slide. Admission is £7.45/adult and £4.95/child (children under three free). Check www.tsdc.co.uk or call 01337 810391. Also in Fife, the St Andrews Aquarium is home to all things amphibian. Tickets are £10/adult and £7/child (aged 3-15). Call 01334 474786 or check www.standrewsaquarium.co.uk