What’s on for Kids and Families in Aberdeen City & Shire | 12th – 18th October 2019


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**

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Brick Built at GHC 

Organiser: Garioch Heritage Centre

Where: Garioch Heritage Centre

 Date:  On until Sunday 3rd November 2019

Description: See the world built in LEGO bricks.

See a variety of built large lego models and have fun with the Graffiti Wall, Soft Bricks, and other amazing activities.

Don’t miss this chance to see this special exhibition!

Tickets available online or at the door.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2398932360377571/

 Free Art Lab for Kids at Apple: Make Your Own Emoji 

Organiser: Union Square Aberdeen

Where: Apple Union Square 

Date:  Saturday 12th October 2019

Time:  9:30AM – 10:30AM

Description: As a part of The Big Draw Festival, Apple will be hosting art session throughout October. All sessions are free, and can be booked through the Apple website.

With the Art Lab for kids, they will learn creatives and fun techniques  to create their own emoji!. They’ll get hands-on using the Procreate app on iPad with Apple Pencil to draw an emoji to take home. Bring along your iPad and Apple pencil devices, but don’t worry if you don’t have one as devices will be provided

Book your space: https://www.apple.com/uk/today/collection/the-big-draw/unionsquare/

Free entry!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2405828919640115/?event_time_id=2405828939640113

 Aboyne Farmers Market 

Organiser: Aboyne Farmers Market

Where: Aboyne Green 

Date:  Saturday 12th October 2019

Time:  10:00AM – 1:00PM

Description: Market with a variety of stalls to choose from

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1421108771376030/

 Doric Storytelling 

Organiser: Aboyne Library

Where: Aboyne Library 

Date:  Saturday 12th October 2019

Time:  10:30AM – 11:00AM

Description: Come and join us for a session of Doric storytelling with Jackie Ross. Combined with the arrival of a pop-up museum and traditional fly cup.

Come awa’in!

Free event for all ages

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/365457061035089/ 

Shark Season 

Organiser: Macduff Marine Aquarium

Where: Macduff Marine Aquarium

Date:  Saturday 12th October 2019

Time:  11:00AM – 5:00PM

Description: Join us this October holiday for a celebration of British sharks! There will be lots of expert talks, the opportunity to chat to shark scientists, dissection workshops, crafts, a sharky trail and much more! Its going to be JAWSOME!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/958008787897365/

 Underwater Photo Shoot 

Organiser: Clear Photography

Date:  Saturday 12th October 2019

Time:  3:15PM

Description: We are coming to Aberdeenshire!!

Group photoshoot with over and underwater photos taken as well as video.

The shoot lasts around 30mins and we always start with some songs!

Shoot fee – £35 or £25 for siblings

Prints from £15

Special offer – all digital files ONLY £95!

Pm to book now ~ limited spaces on this rare opportunity to get an amazing photo of your wee one swimming underwater! OR why not go under as a family?

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/937626776572837/

 Halloween at Bon Accord 

Organiser: Bon Accord Aberdeen

Where: Bon Accord Aberdeen 

Date:  Saturday 12th – Thursday 31st October 2019

Description: Looking for things to do with the kids over the October holidays? From our Halloween Garden to our pumpkin hunt and amazing slide, there is something spooktacular for the whole family!

Our Halloween garden will be open during the October school holidays. With our annual pumpkin hunt, ball pits and pumpkin photo opportunities there is ghoulish fun for all the family!

Let the kids play while you relax in our Halloween garden, opening on Saturday the 12th of October. Take a photo for Instagram with our giant pumpkin and enjoy the mini ball pits. Find the garden in our lower atrium, just across from Costa – perfect for grabbing a coffee and a snack while the kids play!

Halloween Garden

12 – 31 October

All day

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1190551897796022

Alice in Wonderland 

Organiser: Aberdeen Panto

Where: Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen 

Date: Saturday 12th October 2019

Time: 02:30PM-04:45PM

Description: Follow us down the rabbit hole as Joseph Purdy Productions returns to The Tivoli Theatre this October with Alice in Wonderland.

Along with a Brand New script, Alice in Wonderland features glittering sets, sparkling costumes and spectacular special effects with enough laughter along the way, so don’t be late for this very important date!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/385483372150043/

Sunday 13th October – Cream Teas

Organiser: Milton of Crathes Station

Where: Milton of Crathes Station 

Date:  Sunday 13th October 2019

Time:  11:00AM – 3:00PM

Description: The last of the popular cream tea services will take place on Sunday 13th October.

Enjoy a delicious cream tea with plain scones, butter, cream, jam and fancies.  All tickets include the train ride, the cream tea, juice, bottled water and tea and coffee.

All train tickets are ‘Day Rovers’ and so visitors taking the cream tea may remain on board for ample time to enjoy the cream tea at leisure.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2123049838003539/

 Critter Tour 2019 – Newmachar

 Organiser: The Critter Keeper

Where: The Axis Centre

 Date:  Sunday 13th October 2019

Time:  11:30AM – 1:30PM


Following on from our very successful 2018 sell out tours around the Northeast, we have another location for you Newmachar.

Great chance to come & meet The Critter Keeper & his amazing Critter crew.

Get up close & learn about some weird & wonderful exotic animals from around the world in this fun filled educational 1 hour workshop for the whole family.

After the show there will be a selection of critter related pocket money toys available to purchase. With all proceeds going back into the up keep & care of the animals.

This is a ticket only event & numbers are limited.

Contact the critter keeper for further info or ticket purchase.

Tickets cost £5 per person, children under 3 free. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Tickets can be bought via PayPal link below.

Please state in the note section which event your purchasing tickets for, so we can reserve your space in the correct venue.

Tickets will be issued & collected on the day at the door.


Show 1. 11.30am

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/679019435947217/

 Super Sunday 

Organiser: Full Throttle

Where: Aden Country Park, Station Rd, AB42 5FQ Mintlaw 

Date:  Sunday 13th October 2019

Time:  10:00AM-01:00PM

Description: We are very pleased to announce our next Cars & Coffee monthly meet, which we are calling “Super Sunday”, will be held on the 13th October at Aden Country Park.

We have been given access to, not only the main carpark but the front courtyard area of the venue.  As usual, you will be able to purchase teas, coffees and bacon rolls at the main cafe of the venue.

We felt that this would be a nice wind down to the year, Aden Country Park will be advertising the event hoping to stir up a strong public attendance as well, so best get your polish out.

So, if you’re looking for something special to bring show season to a close, why not head out and join us on the day, grab a coffee, have a chat and enjoy a morning of amazing cars against a breathtaking backdrop.

All you need to do is turn up and one of our marshalls will direct you to the designated areas.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/564200814117006/

Inverurie Family Fun & Fair Day 

Organiser: Tiksy Art and Craft Fayres

Where: Inverurie Town Hall, Market Pl, AB51 3SN Inverurie, Aberdeenshire 

Date:   Sunday 13th October 2019

Time:  11:00AM-03:00PM

Description: **Bouncy Castle ** Facepainting ** Balloon Modelling ** Games & Fun activities for kids ** Craft Stalls ** Local Traders** and lots more.

**Free Admission**

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/377464573034144/

The Enchanted Princess Ball 

Organiser: Aberdeen Panto

Where: Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen 

Date:  Sunday 13th October 2019

Time:  12:00PM-01:00PM

Description: Once upon a time in a land far away, all your favourite princess’s came out to play!

Join us this October as we go on a magical adventure to land of fairy tales as we join all your favourite princess’s on this magical, live interactive stage show.

During this 1 hour stage show you’ll meet over 9 different princess’s combined with some of your favourite songs, some pop classics and even some interactive party dances with our host, this show promises to be full of magic, energy, singing, dancing and lots of audience participation.

With stunning sets, amazing visuals and a finale that will cover the audience is glitter confetti; your little princess’s and prince’s will have a ball!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2455998701114838/

Stories of the sea 

Organiser: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Where: Aberdeen Maritime Museum 

Date:  Monday 14th October 2019

Time:  2:00PM – 3:00PM

Description: The sea has gripped our imaginations for centuries. Join children’s author and storyteller Barbara Henderson for an immersive storytelling session woven from the waves.

Age 4+


Children must be accompanied by an adult (no charge for adults).

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/407802426761800/

Simply Squirrels Children’s Walk 

Organiser: North East Ranger Service

Where: Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate 

Date:  Tuesday 15th October 2019

Time:  10:30AM – 11:00AM

Description: Imagine life as a squirrel here in the woods at Crathes Castle. Could you find food, a good place to live and build your own drey?

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/504322720116529/

 The Gruffalo

 Organiser: His Majesty’s Theatre

Where: His Majesty’s Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct, AB25 1GL Aberdeen 

Date:  Tuesday 15th October 2019

Time:  01:30PM-02:30PM

Description: Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Enjoy songs, laughs and monstrous fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups! After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo- is there?

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/356818864955066/

Gruffalo Day!

Organiser: Waterstones

Where: Waterstones, Bon Accord Centre, AB25 1HZ Aberdeen 

Date:  Tuesday 15th October 2019

Time:  03:00PM-03:30PM

Description: To celebrate the musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler at His Majesty’s Theatre we are hosting a special Gruffalo Day! We will have storytime, colouring and a treasure hunt in store for children aged 3 and up.

This event is free and everyone is welcome!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2415850391962200/

Aboyne Library Autumn Craft 

Organiser: Aboyne Library

Where: Aboyne Library 

Date:  Tuesday 15th October 2019

Time:  1:00PM – 2:30PM

Description: Come and join us for some Autumn and Halloween Crafts! We will be making autumn crafts with owls and hedgehogs (15th October), and prepare for Halloween with some ghosts and spiders (22nd October).

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/450810775518726/

3D Print Workshop for Children (aged 8-12) 

Organiser: Aberdeen City Libraries

Where: Aberdeen City Libraries 

Date:  Tuesday 15th October 2019

Time:  2:00PM – 3:00PM

Description: Learn how to design and print your own spooky 3D Halloween decoration at this free workshop.

Due to the nature of the workshop and the equipment involved, places are limited so booking is essential.

To book a place, call 01224 652500 or email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1676108399192063/

 Kilt Craft and Storytime 

Organiser: Westhill Library

Where: Westhill Library 

Date:  Tuesday 15th October 2019

Time:  2:00PM – 3:00PM

Description: As part of the Across The Grain Festival come along to our craft and Doric story telling session.  Listen to stories and then design your own tartan kilt to take home.

Suitable for children aged 4 – 11 years.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.


To book please visit https://aberdeenshire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/EVSESENQ?SETLVL=&RNI=6797449

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2140893652881670/

 Autumn Story & Crafts at Dyce Library 

Organiser: Aberdeen City Libraries

Where: Aberdeen City Libraries 

Date:  Tuesday 15th October 2019

Time:  2:30PM – 3:30PM

Description: Join us for an Autumn themed story and craft session at Dyce Library. Suitable for ages 4-12. Booking essential.

To book, call 01224 723015 or email DyceLibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/383471512341675/

 Family Fun Day with the Big Draw 

Organiser: University of Aberdeen Museums

Where: University Zoology Museum 

Date:  Wednesday 16th October 2019

Time:  10:00AM – 4:00PM

Description: A Day of Family Fun at the Zoology Museum!

Doodling Ducks’ : learn to draw birds with children’s book illustrator Shirin Karbor.

Aberdeen based illustrator, Shirin Karbor will host drop-in bird drawing and illustrating sessions, throughout the day. These are suitable for all ages.

Using their newly acquired skill, each participant will be challenged to find, name and draw three birds from the Museum.

Alongside Shirin’s sessions we will also have a number of other drop in activities and a bird song tour of the garden.

This is a drop in event throughout the day, no booking required!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1120192638369051/

Crathes Acorn Day Family Event

Organiser: North East Ranger Service

Where: Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate 

Date:  Wednesday 16th October 2019

Time:  10:30AM – 12:00PM

Description: Become part of Crathes Castle’s big acorn project, collecting and planting acorns to help grow more magnificant oak trees. Join us for an autumn walk to see our veteran oak trees, and collect their seeds, the acorns. After planting, we’ll also make some autumn crafts to take home.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1341805192644261/

October Holidays Family Meet Up

 Organiser: Baby and Me

Where: Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate 

Date:  Thursday 17th October 2019

Time:  10:30AM – 1:30PM

Description: Come along for a walk to explore the grounds, visit the pond and have a mini picnic along the way. Due to the terrain this walk would be better suited to babywearning, however if people do come with prams we will choose an alternative, suitable walk.

This meet is open to all families with children of any age. You don’t need to have attended a Baby and Me, Our Mum Village event before. Everyone is very friendly and up for a chat. Please don’t stay at home  isolated and lonely, take a leap of faith and come along.

Please note that you will need to fund this event yourself, Baby and Me will not provide any financial services or goods. Make sure you have pennys for parking and bring some food for you and your family that you can eat on the go.

If you are planning on coming along please hit ‘Going’ in the Facebook event so that we know who to look out for. We will meet just off the car park at 10.30am and set off at 10.50am at the latest.

Looking forward to seeing you all then!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/705576506584255/

 Bushcraft Skills

 Organiser: Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

Where: Drum Castle, Banchory, AB31 5, United Kingdom 

Date:   Thursday 17th October 2019

Time:  10:30AM-12:00PM

Description: Bring your families to Drum Castle estate to learn some bush craft skills, around the camp fire. We will learn different fire lighting techniques, and other skills that will be useful in the natural world. We will also make a hot drink so don’t forget to bring your snacks.

10.30am – 12.00pm

Children’s walks are aimed at 5-11 year olds

Booking essential www.nts.org.uk

Queries / further information 01330 844810

All our events begin and end in the property car park, where there is a car parking charge for non-members.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/338995620290032/

Halloween Kids in the Kitchen – Morning Session 

Organiser: Kintore Playgroup

Where: Kintore Public Hall 

Date:  Thursday 17th October 2019

Time:  11:00AM – 12:30PM

Description: Thank you for supporting Kintore Playgroups Halloween themed Kids in the Kitchen fundraiser!

This is for the MORNING session which will run from 11:00-12:30.  The cost is £12 per child & they will make mummified pizzas & a spooky side dish.  Under 5’s must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

To register your interest please comment in the Facebook event in the link below and they will be in touch with additional information & bank details for payment which must be completed to book your place.

Please note places are limited.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/512098072917632/

 Tattie Craft Time 

Organiser: World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm

Where: World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm 

Date:  Thursday 17th October 2019

Time:  2:00PM – 4:00PM

Description: Celebrate the tattie holidays with us by taking part in our tattie themed craft afternoons.

All materials are provided.

Please come along in clothes you do not mind getting messy or take an apron with you.

£4 per child.

For further information please call 013398 85398 or email lisagardiner@worldhorsewelfare.org

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/3055328364484180/

 Halloween Biscuit Decorating Workshop 

Organiser: Cake You Happy

Where: Tick Tock Play 

Date:  Friday 18th October 2019

Time:  10:30AM – 11:30AM

Description: Halloween biscuit decorating workshop

Join Melanie of Cake You Happy for some spooky biscuit decorating this October!

Each child will make 4 designs of Halloween biscuits which they can then take home.

What’s included:

4 pre-baked vanilla bean biscuits

All tools and equipment required

Children aged 6 and above

Younger children will need an adult to stay with them to supervise

Workshop duration : 1 hour

Price : £7 per child

Payment must be made at time of booking contact Cake You Happy via Facebook to reserve your spaces!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/778630129240043/

 Play on Pedals 

Organiser: Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre

Where: Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre 

Date:  Friday 18th October 2019

Time:  10:30AM – 3:00PM

Description: Taster sessions for 3-6 year olds learning to cycle. Build your child’s confidence on balance bikes and get them ready for cycling.

All equipment provided.

30 min sessions   £6.00

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/540743553419048/

 Messy Play Fraserburgh-SPOOKTACULAR!

Organiser: Mess Around North Aberdeenshire

Where: Old Parish Church Centre Cafe, AB43 9 Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire 

Date: Friday 18th October 2019

Time:  10:00AM-11:00AM

Description: Calling all witches, devils, cats and bats! Mess Around’s creepy, crawly, gruesome spooktacular party has landed. Little ones can mix, dig and explore, from ghostly mud to gory goo. Hear their cackles of delight as they get ghoulishly messy in our fantastic frightful stations . So don’t be haunted by messy play, simply come along, have some scary fun and mess around and leave the cleaning up to us! What could be better.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1052211178308705/

A Day at the Circus 

Organiser: The Barn

Where: The Barn, Burn o Bennie, AB31 5QA Banchory, United Kingdom 

Date: Friday 18th October 2019

Time:  11:00AM-03:30PM

Description: Come along to our interactive family fun day. Beginning with a circus skills school and ending with a screening of Dumbo (PG). Bring a packed lunch to enjoy in our picnic zone and stay all day!

Circus Skills School

Step right up and join Modo the Circus with purpose, as they show you ball juggling, plate spinning, tight wire walking and hula hooping to learn all the skills needed to run away with the circus. Modo is a social enterprise that uses high quality engagement in circus, street theatre and arts as a catalyst for individual and community change.

This workshop will then be followed by Dumbo starring Colin Farrell and Danny De Vito.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/563304860870500/

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