If you want to venture from the garden, there are plenty of things to do in the surrounding area with children of all ages and whatever the weather.
For dry days, the play park in Killearn is well worth a visit, with a large enclosed play area and a flying fox. Mugdock Country Park is a 10 minute drive away, with a large network of paths suitable for walking or cycling, a ruined castle to explore, play park and adventure trail, duck pond, walled garden (with entertainment most weekends), gift shop, visitor centre and two cafes.
Aberfoyle is around 20 minutes drive, where there is another great play park, woollen mill with visitor centre and the David Marshall Lodge, where there are parks, trails, a cafe and a Go Ape centre. This is situated within the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park which has a wealth of paths and tracks for walking and cycling.
The historic town of Stirling is half an hour by car, where the prominent Stirling Castle stands out on the approach to the town. Having played a key part in Scotland’s history, this is a fascinating place to visit.
Situated just outside the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, there are loads of things to do with kids around the Loch, from the beaches on the East side of the Loch to boat trips and the Lomond Shores centre with Sea Life Centre, shops, cafes and play park.