For many parents, the approach of the school holidays is like the lead up to a hide-behind-your-hands moment in a horror film.
The heart starts racing, hairs on the back of the neck stand up and you begin to imagine that you can hear the music from the shower scene in Psycho playing inside your head.
Hum along to a different tune this October week break by taking up to day’s Big Deal on family passes to two of the most popular attractions at Scotland’s Theme Park in Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell.
The deal includes four day passes to Amazonia. Scotland’s only indoor tropical rainforest comes complete with real live parrots, toucans, monkeys, snakes, bats, tarantulas, Caiman crocodiles and giant millipedes.
It’s fun; it’s colourful and, don’t tell the kids, it’s even educational. What’s more, the temperature inside Amazonia is a steady 27 Celsius; a reading which was last recorded in Scotland in about, oh let’s see, perhaps the mid-17th century?
As well as the family day pass to Amazonia, this Big Deal also gives a family day pass to the fiendishly tricky Devil’s Island Golf Course.
Eighteen holes of pirate-themed adventure golf so tricky that even Cap’n Jack Sparrow would think twice, the Devil’s Island will have would-be Tiger Woods playing over water, through sunken bridges, into caves and even through the Pirate’s Galleon.
You know it’s going to happen. The holidays have only just begun and it won’t be long before the terrifying cry of ‘I’m bored’ rings out.
Head off the horror by taking up today’s Big Deal on a family day out at two great attractions in Scotland’s Theme Park.