What’s on for Kids and Families in Aberdeen City & Shire | 11th – 17th August 2018


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**

Big Bounce at Bon Accord 

Organiser: Bon Accord Aberdeen, One Great Day

Where: Bon Accord Aberdeen, George St, Aberdeen AB25 1HZ 

Date: Friday 10th – Sunday 12th August 2018
Time:  10:00AM-06:00PM

Description: Big Bounce is back for 2018!

And is bigger than ever!

Looking for things to do to keep the kids entertained over summer?

Join us for Aberdeen’s popular Big Bounce @ Bon Accord on the Roof Garden between Friday 10 – Sunday 12 August.  Enjoy giant inflatables, bouncy castles, music and more. Big Bounce will run between 10am and 6pm each day and all money raised goes @Onegreatday which supports TheArchieFoundation and Great Ormond Street Hospital

We have lots of family-friendly activities happening over summer, to keep up to date with what we have going on, check out our website: http://ow.ly/sq9z30kty5g.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/875056582701897/

Banchory Beer Festival Summer 2018 – Year 5!

Organiser: MFGF Events & Banchory Beer Festival

Where: Deeside Rugby Club, Banchory, Aberdeenshire AB31 5

Date: Friday 10th – Sunday 12th August 2018

Description: 10th – 12th August at Deeside Rugby Club Pitches! We are booking in the biggest tents yet and getting set for our 5th Anniversary birthday bash!

TICKETS – We are just finishing our music line up and getting set for an EPIC launch. We’ll keep you all posted though! We also have a lovely surprise this year with tickets because we think you are all fabulous!! Sign up to our new letter to be sure you don’t miss a thing! https://www.banchorybeerfestival.com/newsletter

We will have BEER from across Scotland and England that we have searched high and low to find you these delicious hoppy, malty, bitter, sweet and quite delicious beer!

GIN, of course, we will have GIN!!! This year we will be supporting a 100% distilled and bottled range of Scottish Gins with the famous Walter Greger Tonic Water and Summer House Drinks Mixers!

CIDER from our trusty friends at Thistly Cross Cider and some new ciders never been seen in the area before!

Dark Matter Distillers will be providing the goods with their out of this world spiced Rum brewed and distilled no more than half a mile from the festival site! We will also be bring on a couple more rums for this years bash! YUMMY!!

And finally, we’ll have Prosecco! Because who doesn’t love it?!?!?

This year our food offering comes in the form of Pizza Geeks serving the best pizza we have ever had! With freshly made dough and an array of awesome toppings cooked in their wood fired oven yours bound to get back for more than one! We will also have food from the Screaming Peacock this is some awesome game style BBQ and burgers which are to die for! There will be a third, but this is currently top secret! We’ll tell you soon we promise!


Nightmare when you can’t get a babysitter. well, We’ve thought of this, bring the kids! there will be a large range of FREE kids activities for them to have a blast on!! Bouncy castles!! Face painting (extra) and lots more!

How do you get here…? Well, we don’t encourage driving!!! Take the bus and loss the fuss obviously! best bit if once you’re off the bus its only 200 meters bus to beer! Extra buses running in partnership with Stagecoach!

Music Line- Up-

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1662093073885959/

Coastal Play

Organiser: Bettridge Centre

Where: Bettridge Centre, Greystone Pl, Newtonhill, Aberdeenshire AB39 3UL

Date: Saturday 11th August 2018
Time:  09:45AM-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.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1662093073885959/

Dig the past at Castle Fraser

Organiser: NTS Archeology & Castle Fraser Garden & Estate

Where: Castle Fraser Garden & Estate, Sauchen, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire AB51 7LD

Date:  Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th August 2018
Time:  10:00AM-04:00PM

Description: Fancy being an archaeologist for the day? Castle Fraser is the place to be!

After last years success, we will be digging in front of the castle to see if we can find old remains of medieval activity.

Join our NTS Archaeologist for a weekend of excavation and start digging up the past!

No experience necessary, open to all ages and abilities and all tools will be provided.

Please don’t forget to wear warm, waterproof clothing and suitable footwear for digging.

Cost: £5 per family | £3 per person

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/969433529897413/

Thistle Street Food Market – August 

Organiser: The West End – Aberdeen

Where: Thistle Street, Aberdeen AB10 1 

Date:  Saturday 11th August 2018
Time:  10:00AM-03:00PM

Description: Our next Thistle Street Food Market is on Saturday 11th August from 10am to 3pm!

Heading towards the end of the summer holidays, the August Thistle Street Food Market will be a great day out in Aberdeen’s West End. There’ll be locally reared organic meats, a Mediterranean delicatessen, smoked fish, jams and preserves, vegan baking, fresh coffee, sour dough breads, cupcakes, tray bakes, and so much more. #thistlestreetfoodmarket

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/220249411935890/

Chapelton Community Fun Day 

Organiser: Chapelton

Where: Chapelton, Aberdeenshire 

Date:  Saturday 11th August 2018
Time: 12:00PM-04:30PM

Description: Join us for a summer extravaganza which is set to make the town buzz as the community comes together to throw an afternoon of fun-filled activities for the whole community.

Throughout the course of the afternoon there will be a number of activities which you can drop into including:

-Face painting in the Chapelton Community Interest Cabin

-Cove Honey Bees – come along and visit their stall with a range of locally sourced products including their own honey. They will also have a display hive on show so that people can learn more about life inside the hive, whilst they all remain safely enclosed.

-Treasure Hunt – clue sheets will be handed out to attendees on the day

-One Pet Vet Stop Shop

Donations made on the day will go to Mrs Murray’s Cat and Dog Home

Timetabled events in Liddell Park

1200-1400 “ Teddy Bear’s picnic“ please provide your own food, drinks and picnic blanket

1300 -1330  Storytelling with Diana Peers from Once Upon a Tune

1400 – 1430 Storytelling with Diana Peers from Once Upon a Tune

Tickets for the storytelling sessions are priced as follows:

Adult + 1 child £3 / Family ticket £5. Email: ccic@admin@chapeltonlife.co.uk  to book in advance. It will also be possible to purchase tickets on the day.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/667753320243533/

  Family Fun Day 

Organiser: Farmhouse Inns

Where: Farmhouse Inns, Dyce Farm, Aberdeen

Date:  Saturday 11th August 2018
Time:  12:00PM-05:00PM

Description: Dyce farm will be holding a family fun day on 11.8.18 from 12-5 in aid of raising funds for our sponsored charity – Maggie’s.  There will be mega slides, bouncy castles, face painters, outdoor entertainment, a bmx stunt course, police car for the kids, fire engine, various stall operators and much much more. Onsite parking will be via the MOXY Hotel car park and our supporting hotels.  Follow this page for more information.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/981454372025877/

Funbox Dinosaur Safari 

Organiser: His Majesty’s Theatre

Where: His Majesty’s Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen

Date:  Saturday 11th August 2018
Time:  12:00PM-02:00PM

Description: FUNBOX present DINOSAUR SAFARI as they return to HMT in Aberdeen

Get ready for some Stone Age Singalong silliness as Anya, Kevin and Bonzo (formerly of The Singing Kettle) go on their most roarsome adventure yet – DINOSAUR SAFARI.

The FUNBOX gang are in a prehistoric pickle as they go on a quest to find their keys and discover different Dino-pals. Along the way they meet friends old and new including those fuzzy funsters; Fluffy and Flossie and their cheeky chum Bonzo who is finding his inner cave dog and hunting the ultimate bone.

Packed with singalong favourites like ” The Bear Came Over The Mountain”, Knick Knack Paddy Whack” and “Eye , Nose, Cheeky, Cheeky, Chin”‘ as well as brand new songs. DINOSAUR SAFARI is the gigantic treat for all the family. You might even get to help on stage.

Come dressed for the safari – come as a dinosaur, an explorer or a cave person – and get ready to roar and stomp with FUNBOX.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/417611325315072/

Did you see our post all about the Subway Helping Hearts Family 5k and the NFL Flag Programme?

Why not check out our latest post and find out about the NFL Flag Programme Subway is helping bring into schools across the UK.

Annual PET SHOW 2018

Organiser: Cats Protection – Fraserburgh

Where: Fraserburgh Leisure Centre, Seaforth Street, North Links, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire AB43 9BB

Date:  Sunday 12th August 2018
Time:  09:30AM-04:00PM

Description: Fraserburgh Annual Pet Show lots of fun for all the family. Small animals and cat shows in the morning, dog show in the afternoon, stalls available all day, raffle, if not showing please come along and enjoy the fun

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/207757743155497/

Supercar Sunday 2018 

Organiser: The Unit Gym & Fitness

Where: The Unit Gym & Fitness, Inchmarlo Road, Banchory, Aberdeenshire AB31 5RR 

Date:  Sunday 12th August 2018
Time:  10:00AM-04:00PM

Description: This years 2018 Supercar Sunday is set to be even bigger and better than ever! More cars, more food, more competitions and more to explore and experience. Our open day includes: Lululemon pop up shop, BBQ, strength competition, free gym access and free classes. Everyone welcome!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/427190907745940/

Family Fun Day 

Organiser: Haddo House

Where: Haddo House, Ellon, Aberdeenshire 

Date:  Sunday 12th August 2018
Time:  12:00PM-04:00PM

Description: Family Fun Day

£5 Per Child (unlimited use of all available)

Stalls, Crafts, Wrestling displays, Inflatables, Bouncy castles live Bird show and lots more!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2123814444571001/

Second chance Aqua Ceilidh! 

Organiser: Stonehaven Heated Open Air Pool

Where: Stonehaven Heated Open Air Pool, Queen Elizabeth Park, Stonehaven. 

Date:  Sunday 12th August 2018
Time:  03:00PM-04:00PM

Description: Another chance to dance in the pool! Drip the willow, the Splashing White Sergeant, the Spray Gordons, Eightsome Creel and more. Hilarious fun!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1626249837502684/

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme Evening Guided Walk 

Organiser: Pitmedden Garden

Where: Pitmedden Garden, Pitmedden, Aberdeenshire AB41 7PD 

Date:  Sunday 12th August 2018
Time:  06:30PM-08:30PM

Description: Join us for an exclusive out of hours visit to the Walled Garden and a chance to experience the calm atmosphere of a summer evening stroll!

Come along for an in depth look behind the scenes and an opportunity to discuss the history of Pitmedden Garden. Discover what it takes to maintain such a special place and take home some ideas and tips for your own garden. Our Head Gardener will guide you through a fascinating evening in the historic walled garden.

After your tour refreshments will be served.

Advanced booking is advised.

Price: £10 incl. refreshments

More information on www.nts.org.uk/pitmeddengarden

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1389539594484737/

August Nappy Library Meet 

Organiser: NCT Aberdeen City & Shire

Where: St. Francis Of Assisi Church, Deeside Gardens, Aberdeen

Date: Monday 13th August 2018
Time: 10:00AM-11:30AM

Description: It’s time for our August Nappy Library & Meet! Join us on Monday 13th August, between 10am and 11:30am at the St Francis of Assisi Church.

All hires are to be arranged in advance via the “August Hire Thread” in the NCT Aberdeen Nappy Library facebook group (https://m.facebook.com/groups/249076735497385 ).

We will demo our newborn and birth to potty kits as well as answering any questions you may have about using cloth nappies! There will be plenty of toys for the little ones to play with, as well as tea, coffee and cake!

Please join our facebook group to find out more information and to let us know how we can help you.  This group is a great source of information if you have any questions about cloth nappies.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/635192926862097/

Creators Club at Kaimhill Library 

Organiser: Aberdeen City Libraries

Where: Kaimhill Library, Aberdeen

Date:  Monday 13th August 2018
Time: 03:30PM-04:15PM

Description: Let’s build together with themed creative sessions this Summer. Age 8-11 years.

Free to attend but booking essential.

To book, call 01224 498160 or email KaimhillLibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk .

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/266502393897063/

Little Explorer Day: It’s Electric 

Organiser: Aberdeen Science Centre

Where: Aberdeen Science Centre, 179 Constitution Street, Aberdeen,  AB24 5TU 

Date:  Tuesday 14th August 2018
Time:  10:00AM-03:00PM

Description: How do we use electricity in our everyday lives? Come along to take part in an electrifying workshop, and learn how to stay safe when using electricity. While you’re on the exhibition floor, try out our electricity challenge activities.

These days are open to public and groups.

 Each Little Explorer Day workshop lasts approximately 30 minutes and is supported by related activity tables on the Exhibition Floor.

These days are open to both the public and groups however if you are wishing to attend with a group then we would recommend you book in advance. Please contact a member of the STEM Learning Team on 01224 640 340 for more details

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/408537696222088/

Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge at Mastrick Library 

Organiser: Aberdeen City Libraries

Where: Mastrick Library, Greenfern Road, Aberdeen, AB16 6TR

Date:  Tuesday 14th August 2018
Time:  02:30PM-03:30PM

Description: Join us for a Summer Reading Challenge themed story and craft session

Age 4-12 Years

Booking essential.

Take part in the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland during the holidays. This year we’ll celebrate 80 years of The Beano with children following clues to explore Beanotown, meeting old favourites including Dennis and Gnasher and helping them find mysterious buried treasure!

Read books from any Aberdeen City Library and receive rewards along the way throughout the holidays. Join in the fun at one of these special events for children taking part in the Challenge.

The Challenge is suitable for children aged 4-12. Children under 4 can take part in a mini Challenge and collect a special Bookbug medal and certificate.

To book, call 01224 788558

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2144780455751477/

Family Fun Activity Afternoon 

Organiser: Grampian Transport Museum

Where: Grampian Transport Museum, Montgarrie Road, Alford, Aberdeenshire AB33 8AE 

Date:  Wednesday 15th August 2018
Time:  01:00PM-04:00PM

Description: A special fun afternoon for our younger visitors.

Activities will include:

Puppet Show

Balloon Modeller

Vehicle Rides

Face Painting

Various Arts & Crafts

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/207853333271583/

Hour of Code at Ferryhill Library 

Organiser: Aberdeen City Libraries

Where: Ferryhill Library, Aberdeen 

Date: Wednesday 15th August 2018
Time:  02:45PM-03:45PM

Description: Learn to code your own computer game in Scratch at one of our Hour of Code sessions.

No coding experience required. Suitable for ages 8-12.

Free event but spaces limited so booking essential.

To book, call 01224 581576 or email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1765496596872191/

The Hound of the Baskervilles – Outdoor Theatre 

Organiser: Kincardine Castle

Where: Kincardine Castle, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire 

Date:  Wednesday 15th August 2018
Time:  07:00PM-09:30PM

Description: The original and greatest literary detective of them all, Sherlock Holmes, and his assistant Doctor Watson, tackle the most baffling case of their careers in this faithful, cheeky but chilling adaptation.  Illyria’s fast and furious madcap style is sure to prove popular for the whole family, from theatre devotees to live performance newcomers.

The play tells the story of the mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville amidst rumours of a monstrous hound roaming Dartmoor.  Sherlock Holmes is called to investigate and try to prevent the same fate befalling the young Sir Henry Baskerville. Why is someone systematically stealing Sir Henry’s shoes? And how does a ghostly hound manage to leave vast paw-prints and other unwelcome evidence of its existence?

Tickets: Adult £15, Child (16 and under) £10

Book online: https://goo.gl/JdzChW

Gates open 5.30pm.  Performance begins 7.00pm

Hot food and drinks will be available to buy, with picnic baskets also welcome.

Please bring your own seating/rug and come prepared for Scottish Summer weather.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/583676355330791/

Looking for ideas on how to keep the kids entertained over the last couple of weeks of the summer holidays? Then why not check out our 60 Ideas for 6 Weeks Summer Holidays post.

Dolphinwatch Carnival 

Organiser: RSPB Aberdeen And North East Scotland

Where: Torry Battery, Greyhope Road, Aberdeen.

 Date: Thursday 16th August 2018
Time:  11:00AM-06:00PM

Description: What an amazing season we have had!

Sadly it’s that time of year again, where the Dolphnwatch team have to say goodbye until next season.

Come and join us for our final hurrah and join in with all the very best activities we’ve had throughout the season.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/638495243160393/

Slime Making – Back 2 School – Relax Kids Workshop – Bervie

Organiser: Relax Kids With Jennifer – Aberdeenshire

Where: Burgh Hall, Farquhar Street, Inverbervie, Aberdeenshire 

Date:  Thursday 16th August 2018
Time:  02:00PM-04:00PM

Description: Going back to school after the summer holidays can cause anxiety for a lot of children; new teachers, new classes, peer groups and even new schools. Prepare your child for the changes they will experience by attending a Relax Kids B2S workshop. This workshop will be 2 hours long, we will go through the Relax Kids unique 7 step fun programme, make some crafts inc slime or lavender dough and prepare a tool kit to help your child embrace change with confidence. £15 per child, most suitable for primary school children, includes lots of resources to take home. Please get in touch to book. Spaces limited

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/637552226610062/

The Critter Keeper at GHC 

Organiser: Garioch Heritage Centre & The Critter Keeper

Where: Garioch Heritage Centre, Loco Works Road, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire AB514FY

Date:  Thursday 16th August 2018
Time: 04:00PM-05:00PM

Description: The Critter Keeper is coming to Garioch Heritage Centre!

Looking for something to keep the kids occupied on Thursday 16th August?  Then why not come along to this session with The Critter Keeper.

Tickets cost £5 (including a GHC Goodie Bag) for children (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult – accompanying adults are free). Tickets are limited and can be bought from the reception desk at Garioch Heritage Centre.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/638862233154822/

Back to Nature at Haddo 

Organiser: Haddo House & Country Park

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

Date: Friday 17th August 2018
Time:  09:30AM-11:30AM

Description: Back to Nature at Haddo is a chance for children to experience life in the outdoors, led by a Forest Ranger.  The Ranger will talk to the children about the Outdoor Access Code, the Leave No Trace ethos and how to interact with nature in a safe way.  He will take the children through fire safety (very important in these very dry conditions), how to tie knots effectively, how to erect a tarpaulin, what wood to choose to build a fire and there may even be time to build a den.

These classes are a great opportunity for children to fully engage with the natural world and learn the simple pleasure of being outdoors.  Children should be age 7+ for these classes.  Younger children can attend as we know it can be hard to find childcare, but it should be expected that they will not fully participate.

Each class costs £5 per child.  Accompanying parents and younger children are free to attend.  Children must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

There are three sessions throughout the day: 09:30 – 11:30 | 12:00 – 14:00 | 14:15 – 16:00

Please contact Suzanna on haddo@visithaddo.com  to book a place, and please specify which session you would prefer.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2131360993798848/

Peep Project End of Summer Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Organiser: PEEP Aberdeen City

Where: Duthie Park, Aberdeen. 

Date:  Friday 17th August 2018
Time:  11:00AM-12:00PM

Description: We’re ending the summer with a teddy bears’ picnic at Duthie Park! We invite you to bring a teddy and a picnic to the green in front of the Ranger’s office. We’ll have Peep activities from 11-12 including songs, a story, and different types of play stations. Afterwards, we encourage you to enjoy your lunch and the park!


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2094670937453498/

Beach Clean 

Organiser: RSPB Aberdeen And North East Scotland

Where: Torry Battery, Greyhope Road, Aberdeen 

Date: Friday 17th August 2018
Time:  01:00PM-02:00PM

Description: Join the Dolphinwatch team at Torry Battery to help clean Torry beach.

Let’s keep our local area clean and tidy and help protect our seas!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1009287049239128/

Wacky Bots – Lego Wedo Workshop 

Organiser: Wacky Bots And Bettridge Centre

Where: Bettridge Centre, Greystone Pl, Newtonhill, Aberdeenshire AB39 3UL 

Date:  Friday 17th August 2018
Time: 02:00PM-03:30PM

Description: Design-A-Driving-Robot this Summer!

Step into coding in the most awesome way – bring your imagination to life by designing and coding Lego robots!

Explore motion transfer using gears and pulley systems

Use your knowledge to design a driving robot

Program your robot to move in different directions, flash coloured lights, and even make sounds!

For children aged 7-11 years.

Cost £7 per child. Limited spaces so must be booked & registered in advance.

It won’t be possible for very young siblings to attend.  However, where an older sibling is attending, a younger sibling can attend if aged at least six years (P2) and a parent is present.  The children will work together with their parent.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1681423425310409/

Inspired Nights Market on the Green 

Organiser: Aberdeen Inspired

Where: The  Aberdeen Green, The Green, Aberdeen 

Date: Friday 17th & Saturday 18th August 2018
Time: Friday 04:00PM-10:00PM | Saturday 12:00PM-10:00PM

Description: Summer monthly food & drinks market on The Green. Which some of the best local traders. On till late, free entry and dugs welcome!


Haydn’s Woodfired Pizza | Smoke and Soul | Eat Van Drink | The Liberty Kitchen | barnacles & bones | Cafe Fiftytwo Aberdeen


Contour Café | Cafe Fiftytwo Aberdeen



Painted Doors Aberdeen

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/243352696256813/

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

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Don’t forget you can also check out our events calendar for planning ahead with events in Aberdeen City & Shire.