SNP MSP for Clydesdale, Aileen Campbell has welcomed the compilation of ‘30 Things To Do Before You’re 3’ in Lanarkshire.


Several Clydesdale locations feature in the list including activities at Strathaven Castle, Biggar Public Park and Falls of Clyde.


The list of thirty activities was put together as part of the Scottish Government’s PlayTalkRead campaign, which falls under Ms Campbell’s role as Minister for Children and Young People. Compiled by parents for parents, the Lanarkshire list showcases the best activities on offer to take children to in the area.


Free stories, songs and rhymes at local library Bookbug sessions topped the list as the most popular activity. The selection will be used as a resource by parents and carers looking for enjoyable, free ways to spend time with their children.


Commenting, Aileen said:



“The list does a great job of bringing together playing, talking and reading activity ideas in the area – as Minister for Children and Young People I have responsibility for our Play Talk Read campaigns and so am really pleased this list has a really local feel for me. Children can be given the best start in life through these activities, making the list an invaluable resource to parents especially during Year of the Dad.


“As a mum, I know how important it is to find activities which help our little ones learn and have fun.  And there are many activities on the list I have already enjoyed with my bairns – the falls of Clyde, the narrow gauge railway at Leadhills, the miniature train at Strathaven and the pond at Biggar Public Park.  It’s great to see so much of Clydesdale featured on our top list.  What is also really lovely is to see how much value parents and carers have for the swing park at Lanark Loch given the effort put in by so many mums, dads, grandparents and carers to create this beautiful and fun-filled space.


“With regular Bookbug sessions at local libraries and excellent outdoor spots, Clydesdale is clearly perfect for free family activities. Whether it’s playing on the swings at Lanark Loch or reading stories in Strathaven Park, there’s something suitable for all the family.”


  • Find the full list online:
  • The Scottish Government's PlayTalkRead campaign encourages parents and carers to incorporate playing, talking and reading within their daily routines.  By playing, talking and reading with their children more often, parents and carers can give them the best possible start in life and lay firm foundations for their children's long-term learning, behaviour and life chances.



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