What’s on for Kids and Families in Aberdeen City & Shire (8th – 14th April 2017)

What’s on in Aberdeen City & Shire

Looking for something to do over the next week with the kids in Aberdeen City & Shire, then why not check out one of these family friendly events?

** Mummy Mimi provides this page for information only and cannot guarantee accuracy. Events are subject to change and/or cancellation. If any doubt, please contact the event organisers for confirmation**


Gordon’s Mills Loose Parts Play

Organiser: Aberdeen Play Forum

Where: Gordon Mills Road Play Park

 Date:  Friday 7th April 2017
Time:  1:30PM – 3:30PM

Description: Aberdeen Play Forum is hosting a play session at Gordon Mills Road Play park!

No need to book or pay, just come along and play!

Bus Route: Gordon Mills Road – Bus no. Platinum 19
Meadow Place – Bus no. 8,9, Platinum 19

At Aberdeen Play Forum we run play sessions in parks and green spaces around the city during school holidays. We provide our loose parts kit for children and families to play with.

Loose Parts are materials which children can move, adapt, control, change and manipulate in their play. Loose parts play offers children high levels of creativity and choice. The materials can be whatever the child wants them to be – the possibilities are endless. There are no set instructions with loose parts – children have to use their imagination, take control and lead their own play. With a little imagination they can be transformed into almost anything… Tarpaulins turn into dens, crates and tyres could be a car or a bus, pipes for water play and lots more!

Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer at sessions, and Aberdeen Play Forum are not responsible for participants. Sessions are run as ‘drop-ins’ and operate as per ‘Street Play’ programmes: they are free of charge and not compulsory; participants who feel the session is unsuitable for them are free to leave at any time or will not attend; participants use their own discretion; participants are responsible for their own health, safety and general well-being; Staff, Aberdeen Play Forum and Aberlour Childcare Trust are not responsible for participants.

All of our Play Rangers are trained in first aid. Each Play Ranger Carries with them a rucksack which contains: First Aid Kit, Poo Bags, Wipes, Bin bags and a copy of our Policies&Procedures/Risk Benefit Assessments.

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/434907806856718


Coastal Play

Organiser: Bettridge Centre

Where: Coastal Park, Newtonhill, Aberdeenshire AB39 3UL

 Date:  Saturday 8th April 2017
Time:  9:45AM – 11:00AM

Description: Coastal Play is a children’s soft play area for children aged toddler to 10 (height restrictions will apply and take precedence over age).

We provide a huge play area that includes 2  Bouncy Castles, one with slide, Soft Play Pods & Shapes, plus Bouncers, Inflatable Pitch and toddler area. It’s a great space for running around and letting off some steam – especially when the weather outside’s not so nice!

Coastal Cafe provides a seating area  where parents can see children at all times while enjoying a coffee and snack.

Numbers are limited, so please call us on 01569 731320 to reserve your space.

Website:  http://www.bettridgecentre.org.uk/

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1829449473961928


Megga Family Fun Day

Organiser: Aberdeenshire UK Mega 2019

Where: Dess, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire AB34 5BD 

Date:  Saturday 8th April 2017
Time:  11:00AM – 4:00PM

Description: Join the Aberdeenshire Mega 2019 team for a day of fun with a climbing wall, bouncy castle and body zorbs.

Farmer Ken will be on the BBQ, there’ll be a tuck shop and candy floss too!

We have an amazing facepainter coming along as well as lots of games throughout the day.

Easter family fun for kids of all ages

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/258425804602191


Puppet Animation Festival: Jack and the Beans Talk

Organiser: APA Events

Where: 5 West North Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AT 

Date:  Saturday 8th April 2017
Time:  2:00 PM – 4:00PM

Description: Puppet Animation Festival: Jack and the Beans Talk

Garlic Theatre

Was it a dream or did I hear a talking bean?

Jack lives on a small farm with his mum and very little to eat. He likes to talk to the birds, his cow and anyone who will listen. Imagine his surprise when he swops his cow for some magic beans and starts to hear a whispering in the breeze and a giant rumble in the sky …

Charming and inventive with plenty of interaction, an enormous beanstalk, bags of gold and a smelly old giant, Jack and the Beans Talk is a cautionary tale about what might happen if you throw things out of the window!

A fresh and funny retelling of the traditional story and an ideal gentle introduction to theatre, from the company that brought you Shoe Kangaroo and the Big Bad Boot, Billy Goats Gruff and There’s A Monster in My Piano.

“We had a fabulous afternoon with the wonderful Garlic Theatre Company who retold a traditional tale using their beautiful, ingenious puppets. Jack and the Beans Talk had all the classic characters and kept us enthralled!” Audience Member

Duration: 45 mins

Ages: 3-7 years

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/288664544886620


Cinema at the Barn

Organiser: The Barn

Where: Woodend Barn, Banchory, Aberdeenshire AB31 5QA

Description: CINEMA LISTINGS AT THE BARN / APRIL – JUNE

SUNDAY 9 APRIL @ 1.30PM – MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO (PG)

This acclaimed animated tale by director Hayao Miyazaki follows schoolgirl Satsuke (Dakota Fanning) and her younger sister, Mei (Elle Fanning), while they encounter and befriend playful spirits in their new house and the nearby forest, most notably the massive cuddly creature known as Totoro. part of MiniFest.

BOOK TICKETS: https://goo.gl/GmVRbs

WED 12 APRIL @ 2.00PM – The BFG (PG)

Based on Roald Dahl’s classic novel, and directed by Steven Spielberg, we’re delighted to screen the latest film adaptation of The BFG this school holidays.

BOOK TICKETS: https://goo.gl/pzKZar

WED 12 APRIL @ 7.30PM – The Danish Girl (15)

A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

BOOK TICKETS: https://goo.gl/6xmXry

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1478400878839501


whats on in aberdeen kids families aberdeenshireDesign Your Own Ceramics – Workshops for Children

Organiser: The Gordon Highlanders Museum

Where: St. Luke’s  Viewfield Road, Aberdeen,  AB15 7XH

 Date:  Monday 10th April 2017
Time:  11:00AM – 12:00PM OR 14:00PM – 15:00PM

Description: 2 x Easter Holiday Craft Workshops for Children.

Children will be invited to choose from a range of plain ceramic/porcelain items including mugs, magnets, hanging decorations and decorative pots.

They will use special porcelain pens to create designs of their choosing.

Suitable for children 4-12 years old.

Booking Required £3.00 per child (no charge for accompanying adults).

To book, please email alice.walton@gordonhighlanders.com or telephone 01224 498926

Website:  http://www.gordonhighlanders.com/

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1911885985764742


Balnagask Cirlce Loose Parts Play

Organiser: Aberdeen Play Forum

Where: Balnagask Circle Play Park AB11 8TT

 Date:  Monday 10th April 2017
Time:  1:30PM – 4:30PM

Description: Aberdeen Play Forum is hosting a play session at Balnagask Circle Play Park!

No need to book or pay, just come along and play!

Bus Route: Balnagask Cirlce – Bus no. 5,

At Aberdeen Play Forum we run play sessions in parks and green spaces around the city during school holidays. We provide our loose parts kit for children and families to play with.

Loose Parts are materials which children can move, adapt, control, change and manipulate in their play. Loose parts play offers children high levels of creativity and choice. The materials can be whatever the child wants them to be – the possibilities are endless. There are no set instructions with loose parts – children have to use their imagination, take control and lead their own play. With a little imagination they can be transformed into almost anything… Tarpaulins turn into dens, crates and tyres could be a car or a bus, pipes for water play and lots more!

Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer at sessions, and Aberdeen Play Forum are not responsible for participants. Sessions are run as ‘drop-ins’ and operate as per ‘Street Play’ programmes: they are free of charge and not compulsory; participants who feel the session is unsuitable for them are free to leave at any time or will not attend; participants use their own discretion; participants are responsible for their own health, safety and general well-being; Staff, Aberdeen Play Forum and Aberlour Childcare Trust are not responsible for participants.

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1809172012681722


whats on in aberdeen kids families aberdeenshireMelting Medals Craft Workshops for Children

Organiser: The Gordon Highlanders Museum

Where: St. Luke’s  Viewfield Road, Aberdeen, , AB15 7XH

 Date: Tuesday 11th April 2017
Time:  11:00AM – 12:30PM OR 14:00PM – 15:30PM

Description: Easter Holiday Craft Sessions for Children at The Gordon Highlanders Museum

Children will be invited to see and learn about some of the Museum’s most impressive medals. Then using foam, plastic cups, pens and the magic of science they will be able to design and create their own medals to take away with them.

Suitable for children 4 – 12 years old.

Booking Required. £3.00 per child (no charge for accompanying adults).

To book, please email alice.walton@gordonhighlanders.com or telephone 01224 498926

Website:  http://www.gordonhighlanders.com/

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/717086931803687


Bumps, Buggy and Babywearing Walk – Haddo House

Organiser: NCT Aberdeen City & Shire

Where: Haddo House, Ellon, Aberdeenshire AB41 7

 Date:  Tuesday 11th April 2017
Time:  2:00PM – 4:00PM

Description: Come join us for a walk and play at Haddo House. Meet at the information board in the car park.

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/nctaberdeencityandshire/

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/798341993648943


Puppet Animation Festival: Willie the Wicked Wolf

Organiser: Bettridge Centre

Where: Coastal Park, Newtonhill, Aberdeenshire AB39 3UL

 Date:  Tuesday 11th April 2017
Time:  2:00PM – 3:00PM

Description: Willie is an outrageous but loveable rogue, whose interests include food, motorbikes and rock’n’roll. He plans to eat Granny and Red Riding Hood but fails miserably because of his unreliable motorbike. Luckily Granny is a good mechanic. Unluckily she is not a good driver…how will it end? Happily of course, if the audience helps!

The puppets are all hand operated within a rickety seaside style puppet booth, which heaves around alarmingly throughout the performance issuing bubbles, smoke, occasional jets of water and a variety of props.

Suitable for children aged 5+
Tickets: Full £7, OAP £7, Concession £6, Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £24

Website:  http://www.bettridgecentre.org.uk/

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1871116693109913


whats on in aberdeen kids families aberdeenshireEaster Egg Hunt!

Organiser: Gaelic Playgroup Aberdeen (Croileagan Obar Dheathain)

Where: Hazelhead Woods, Aberdeen AB15 9

 Date:  Wednesday 12th April 2017
Time:  10:00AM – 11:55AM

Description: Easter Egg Hunt!

A fundraising event to take part in our traditional egg hunt, decorate and roll eggs, have a picnic and explore some spring activities. Contributions to the picnic are welcome.

£5 per family and all proceeds will be used to buy new books, DVD’s and hopefully make a reading corner.

These will be available to borrow home, as well as used in the sessions.

Everyone welcome – siblings, friends, gme, sgoil araich etc x

Website:  https://sites.google.com/site/croileagan/home

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1440885315936325


Don’t forget we have an events calendar with the latest events for kids and families in Aberdeen City & Shire!

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Beech Road Loose Parts Play

Organiser: Aberdeen Play Forum

Where: Beech Road Play Park AB16 7UR 

Date:  Wednesday 12th April 2017
Time:  10:00AM – 12:00PM

Description: Aberdeen Play Forum is hosting a play session at Beech Road Play Park!

No need to book or pay, just come along and play!

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/195970194227591


Queens Link Loose Parts Play

Organiser: Aberdeen Play Forum

Where: Queens Links Play park AB24 5NR

 Date:  Wednesday 12th April 2017
Time:  1:30PM – 3:30PM

Description: Aberdeen Play Forum is hosting a play session at Queens Links Play park!

No need to book or pay, just come along and play!

Bus Route: Beach Esplanade – Bus no.15

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/997472027051099


whats on in aberdeen kids families aberdeenshirePuppet Animation Festival: Dinosaur Detectives

Organiser: APA Events

Where: 5 West North Street, Aberdeen AB24 5AT

Date:  Wednesday 12th April 2017
Time:  2:00PM – 4:00PM

Description: Puppet Animation Festival: Dinosaur Detectives

Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre

The Dinosaur Detectives weave their way through the audience looking for clues about the past, they discover a secret doorway, inside there are a number of cases, cases that contain the stories of the people who discovered dinosaur bones in Victorian times.

The Dinosaur Detectives follow a fascinating journey surrounding the first fossil finds of Mary Anning, William Buckland and Gideon Mantell. Their finds changed the face of history. A performance with rod puppets, shadow play and large-scale projections shows the fascination, fun and the conflict that surrounds the search for dinosaurs.

All the projections and puppetry are part of an open stage production. Clydebuilt also bring along a ‘Fossil Table’ for the end of the show where the audience can handle fossils including real bones and dinosaur poo!

Duration: 60 mins

Ages: 5 years +

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/723274147852649


Rock Pooling at Cove

Organiser: Aberdeen City Council Countryside Rangers

Where: Colsea Road, Cove Bay, Aberdeen AB12 3

 Date:  Thursday 13th April 2017
Time:  10:00AM – 11:30AM

Description: Residents of the rock pools need to be tough as life is constantly changing and every tide may bring in new arrivals. Join a Countryside Ranger at Cove for an opportunity to explore the rock pools, meet some of the rock pool residents and create some wild beach art. Remember to bring wellies!

Meet at the Colsea Road car park. First Bus number 3 will take you to Cove Road.

Suitable for children aged 8 and up. Under 16’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Please call the Countryside Rangers on 01224 326429 or email countrysideranger@aberdeencity.gov.uk to book your place.

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1256804821107232


whats on in aberdeen kids families aberdeenshireCadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Organiser: Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

Where: Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate , Banchory, Aberdeenshire AB31 5

Date:  Friday 14th – Monday 17th April 2017
Time:  10:00AM – 4:00PM

Description: The Easter Bunny has been up to his old tricks again! He’s left clues at Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate. Let your kids follow the clues, solve the puzzle and claim a chocolatey reward!

£3 per hunt (Usual entry prices apply if you’d like to visit the castle)

Once you have completed the egg hunt you can hop to your hearts content with a selection of inflatables provided by Team Challenge Company – Inflatable ticket: £3

Website:  http://www.nts.org.uk/CrathesCastle

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1064866043622944


Cadbury’s Egg Hunt at Leith Hall

Organiser: Leith Hall Gardens & Estate

Where: Kennethmont, Huntly, Aberdeenshire AB54 4

Date:  Friday 14th – Monday 17th April 2017
Time:  10:00AM – 4:00PM

Description: Easter has returned to Leith Hall!

Children entry is £2.50

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/638612246325026


whats on in aberdeen kids families aberdeenshireFun with Fossils

Organiser: Aberdeen Science Centre

Where: 179 Constitution Street, Aberdeen AB24 5TU

 Date:  Friday 14th April 2017
Time:  10:00AM – 5:00PM

Description: Join us for an exciting day of discover as we delve into the prehistoric and look at fossils, dinosaurs, and palaeontology!

This is a drop-in event from 10am-5pm.

The day will include:

Storytelling sessions

Dino dig pits for the younger visitors

Fossil finding activities

Hands-on activities on the exhibition floor with experiments you can try at home

Our dinosaur mural wall

Giants of the Past show

Make your own fossil workshop, come make your own fossils with us and take home a piece of the past!

Science demonstrations all about fossils

The fossil roadshow – meet expert palaeontologists and show them your fossils, they can identify fossils you bring from home

TED talk screening and live Q&A with Ken Lacovara – the ‘dino man’ shows you how hunting for dinosaurs showed him his place in the universe

Normal entry prices apply – £5.75 Adult, £4.50 Child, £18.00 Family

Website:  http://aberdeensciencecentre.org/

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1846112232323953


whats on in aberdeen kids families aberdeenshireFyvie Castle Cadbury’s Easter Egg Trail

Organiser: Fyvie Castle

Where: Fyvie Castle, Fyvie, Aberdeenshire AB53 8JS

Date:  Friday 14th, Sunday 16th & Monday 17th April 2017
Time:  10:00AM – 4:00PM

Description: Come do the Easter Egg trail in the beautiful grounds of Fyvie Castle

No booking necessary.

Trail sheets only £2 per child.

Castle, Tearoom, and Shop open as normal.

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/131429714057677


whats on in aberdeen kids families aberdeenshireNTS/Cadbury Egg Hunt

Organiser: Haddo House & Country Park

Where: Haddo House & Country Park, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 7EQ

Date:  Friday 14th – Monday 17th April 2017
Time:  10:00AM – 4:00PM

Description: £3 per child per hunt

Collect your hunt map, follow the clues, solve the puzzle and claim your chocolatey reward! Each hunt is completely different – the perfect excuse to hop along to more than one! To have the most fun, we recommend you visit our Cadbury Egg Hunt on Friday, Saturday or Monday – there’ are 2 Easter events taking place on the Sunday, so it’ll be eggstra busy!

£3 per hunt (Usual entry prices apply if you’d like to visit the house).

For further information please call 01651 851440

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After the successful trial last year, all vehicle entry to Haddo on Easter Sunday (Sunday only, does not apply to Friday, Saturday or Monday) will be by pre-booked parking pass only.

Passes will be available at visithaddo.com from 11am on Saturday 11th March, a second batch will be available from 11am on Saturday 18th March.

You can also purchase passes from the Visitor Centre between midday and 4pm on Saturday 11th and Saturday 18th March.

Passes will cost £5 per car. This charge only applies to vehicles entering the main gates, pedestrians/cyclists can enter for free and do not need a pass.

Website:  http://visithaddo.com/

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1841181239464069


Seaton Park Loose Parts Play

Organiser: Aberdeen Play Forum

Where: Seaton Play park

 Date:  Friday 14th April 2017
Time:  1:30PM – 3:30PM

Description: Aberdeen Play Forum is hosting a play session at Seaton Play park!

No need to book or pay, just come along and play!

Bus Route: Beach Esplanade – Bus no.15

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/805604179594282


We hope this has given you some inspiration for the week ahead. Let us know in the comments below or over on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter what you get up too!


If you have an event you would like listed in a future ‘What’s on’ post and event calendar drop us an email at mimi@mummymimi.co.uk or contact us over on Facebook

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