What’s on for Kids and Families in Aberdeen City & Shire | 14th – 20th July 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**


North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 2018

Organiser: North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, Elphinstone Institute, Scottish Culture and Traditions & University of Aberdeen

Where: Aberdeen

 Date:  Wednesday 11th to Sunday 15th July 2018

Description: The North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCo) is an international festival and academic conference celebrating the many styles of fiddle playing and associated dance traditions that exist around the North Atlantic – the largest event of its kind in the UK!

As a travelling event, NAFCo has been a meeting place for artists, academics and audiences to celebrate different cultures, as well as innovation in tradition.
Having previously taken place in Aberdeen, Derry/Donegal and Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, it sees audiences, musicians and dancers travelling from around the world!

From 11-15 July 2018, NAFCo will return to Aberdeen and the North East, with a packed programme of more than 150 events, including interactive workshops, concerts, interviews, talks, academic papers, film screenings, exhibits, busking, and live-music sessions, featuring over 60 artists representing a variety of fiddle traditions from Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, Scandinavia, Spain, Canada, USA and beyond.

NAFCo visitors can enjoy a concert at one of Aberdeen’s flagship venues, an intimate showcase by candlelight, or kick up their heels at a village ceilidh or the family-friendly Festival club – there is truly something for everyone.

Venues: various venues around Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire

Some of them: The Lemon Tree – Festival Hub & Festival Club; His Majesty’s Theatre, Woodend Barn, Haddo House, St Margaret’s Braemar, Dalrymple Hall, Garlogie Village Hall, Glenbuchat Hall.

Contact info:
North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 2018
Elphinstone Institute
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen
AB24 5UA
Tel: +44 (0) 1224 272996
Email: nafco@abdn.ac.uk

Website: www.northatlanticfiddle.com Join the mailing list for updates!
Blog: https://nafcoblog.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @officialNAFCo

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/189636764941690/


Chill Skills – Age 11-16 Bervie 

Organiser: Relax Kids With Jennifer – Aberdeenshire

Where: Burgh Hall,Farquhar Street, Inverbervie, Aberdeenshire

Date:  Friday 13th July 2018
Time:  12:00PM-01:00PM

Description:  The Workshops have been devised to help raise self-esteem and confidence, support the development of healthy behaviour and help raise the achievement for children.

Each session will incorporate relaxation techniques, positive affirmations, and visualisations, breathing exercises as well as games, massage, exercises and discussion. Topics such as positive thinking, stress management, anger management, healthy living, looking after the self and happiness will be covered.

After each session, children receive work sheets with a variety of activities to help them continue their personal work. These will include mood diaries, goal sheets, vision planning, affirmations and exercises to practice at home.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2149714938640289/


Little Stars – Stonehaven – Fridays

Organiser: Relax Kids With Jennifer – Aberdeenshire

Where: Stonehaven Community Education Centre, Bath Street, Stonehaven 

Date: Friday 13th July 2018
Time:  02:00PM-02:30PM

Description: Little Stars Classes for children under 5 years old and their parent/carer.

Fun activity classes which includes songs, games, stretching and story visualisations.

Sessions help improve physical, communication and social skills. They help develop confidence, creativity and help your child learn valuable tools to sell calm.

Classes run for 4 weeks; 13th, 20th, 27th July & 3rd August.

Book one or all sessions.

To book your place please send me a message with the name and age of your child/ children. Confirmation of place is by payment of £4 per child by PayPal – jennifertaylor@relaxkids.com

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2569334713292523/


Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge at Kincorth Library

 Organiser: Aberdeen City Libraries

Where: Aberdeen City Libraries, Kincorth Library 

Date: Friday 13th July 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

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/403289313480119/


Chill Skills – Age 11-16 Stonehaven

 Organiser: Relax Kids With Jennifer- Aberdeenshire

Where: Stonehaven Community Education Centre, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire 

Date:  Friday 13th July 2018
Time: 03:00PM-04:00PM

Description: The Workshops have been devised to help raise self-esteem and confidence, support the development of healthy behaviour and help raise the achievement for children.

Each session will incorporate relaxation techniques, positive affirmations, and visualisations, breathing exercises as well as games, massage, exercises and discussion. Topics such as positive thinking, stress management, anger management, healthy living, looking after the self and happiness will be covered.

After each session, children receive work sheets with a variety of activities to help them continue their personal work. These will include mood diaries, goal sheets, vision planning, affirmations and exercises to practice at home.

Fridays 3-4pm ; 13th, 20th July & 3rd August

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/213514749466857/


Summer Play Programme

 Organiser: Aberdeen Play Forum

When & Where: Various locations, see poster for details

Description: We would like to announce our Summer programme throughout JULY

Aberdeen Play Forum’s Play Rangers will pop up in parks with their Loose Parts kit recyclable resources such aspipes, fabric and boxes which encourage children to tap into their imagination and lead their own play. We will also supply some fun, messy ingredients such as mud, gloop, foam, bubbles plus lots and lots of water! Old clothes, a towel and spare clothing to change into afterwards is highlyrecommended!

All ages welcome, most appeal to families with toddlers through to primary school age children.

All sessions are free of charge and there is no need to book.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/930412560464648/


Little Explorer Day: Make it Move

Organiser: Aberdeen Science Centre

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

Date:  Saturday 14th July 2018
Time:  10:00AM-05:00PM

Description: This July, join Lightning McDeen on a bumpy ride to find out what makes it move! While you are on the Exhibition Floor, take part in our interactive story session and put things in motion with hands-on 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/304040220134527/


Thistle Street Food Market 

Organiser: The West End – Aberdeen

Where:  Thistle Street, Aberdeen AB10 1 

Date:  Saturday 14th July 2018
Time:  10:00AM-03:00PM

Description: Our next Thistle Street Food Market is on Saturday 14th July from 10am to 3pm.

With the weather hotting up we’ll have a range of delicacies to tempt you. Try something new on the barbecue! 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. And for our four legged friends we’ve got doggie ice cream, prosecco and beer!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/202304210401021/


Live music in the bandstand 

Organiser: Stonehaven Heated Open Air Pool

Where: Stonehaven Heated Open Air Pool, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire 

Date:  Saturday 14th July 2018
Time: 03:00PM-04:00PM

Description: Jack and Cate McPherson perform as part of the pool’s summer season of live music. Guitar and vocals. Popular music from the 60s to the 90s. No additional charge – just buy or use your normal pool tickets.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/446884825757513/


Chapelton FON Fun Run

Organiser: Chapelton

Where: Chapelton, Aberdeenshire

 Date:  Sunday 15th July 2018
Time:  11:00AM-02:00PM

Description: Together with the Chapelton 10k on Sunday 15th July, there will be a Fun Run for children organised by Newtonhill School Friends of Newtonhill in the field adjacent to Chapelton.

9am registration at the Cabin in Chapelton of Elsick (you can register on the day).
10am race start.

There will be 2 races:
1k for aged 5 and up, £2
100m toddler dash for under 5’s, £1

All proceeds go to Newtonhill School.

Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/173738033330534/


Name Our Dragon!

Organiser: Castle Fraser Garden & Estate

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

Date:  Sunday 15th July 2018
Time: 11:00AM-03:00PM

Description: Naming the Dragon Event!

Here at Castle Fraser we are obsessed with all things Dragon! Dragonflies, and damselflies and of course fairy tale dragons.

Join us for the last day in our competition to choose a name for the Castle Fraser dragon. Come dressed as a dragon, damsel or dragonfly and you could win a prize.

Fancy dress will be drawn at 2:30pm.

Follow our dragonfly trail round the Flight pond and watch real dragonflies while you are there and finally come and make your own dragon crafts to take home, in the Log Cabin.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2067741616815273/


Kids Mini Highland Games

Organiser: Wynford Farm Park

Where: Wynford Farm, Kingswells, Aberdeen AB15 8RQ

 Date:  Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th July 2018
Time:  9:00AM-5:00PM

Description: Join the traditional Scottish fun this weekend!

For just standard admission prices, join the Games and get Access-All-Areas Tickets all rolled into one – That’s a FULL DAY of fun for the whole family!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/WynfordFarmPark/posts/1764997083588235


Engineers to the Rescue 

Organiser: Aberdeen Science Centre

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

Date:  Monday 16th July 2018
Time:  10:30AM-12:30PM

Description: A week-long summer club focused on Engineering. Members will work together in small groups to put their problem-solving skills to the test as they try and come up with solutions to real-world natural disasters. For ages 7-12. To book email stemclub@asc.scot

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2018038468515344/


Summer Fun at Castle Fraser

Organiser: Castle Fraser Garden & Estate

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

Date:  Monday 16th July 2018
Time: 01:00PM-04:00PM

Description: Looking for something to entertain children over the summer holidays?

Monday 16th July – Animals of Castle Fraser Estate

Start off by painting your own stones then, whilst you are completing our Animals of Castle Fraser quiz hide one so that your stone can be enjoyed by our visitors. The finish off by making an animal mask.

Cost: Children: £3, Adults: Free

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/193105891321539/


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


Hour of Code at Bucksburn Library 

Organiser: Aberdeen City Libraries

Where: Bucksburn Library, Aberdeen 

Date:  Monday 16th July 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 710830 or email BuckburnLibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1716939798402602/


Creators Club at Kaimhill Library 

Organiser: Aberdeen City Libraries

Where: Kaimhill Library, Aberdeen

Date:  Monday 16th July 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/


Relax Kids Pirate & Mermaid Adventures

Organiser: Relax Kids with Jennifer – Aberdeenshire

Where: Stonehaven Community Education Centre, Bath St, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire AB39 2DH

Date:  Monday 16th July 2018
Time:  02:00PM-03:00PM

Description: ⚓️🧜🏽‍♂️⚓️🧜‍♀️For the month of July, send your child on a Pirate and Mermaid Adventure, where they will explore the depths of the ocean and find hidden treasure on mystical desert islands!
Children will also receive a Magical Adventure passport and themed stickers and activities to take home, keeping them relaxed and happy between sessions.

Classes run on Monday 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th July. £6/child, sibling discount available. Book all 4 for a fantastic magical adventure. Payment confirms your space. 💜⚓️🧜‍♀️💜🧜🏽‍♂️⚓️

Please ask for BACS details (preferred) or paypal.me/relaxkidsjennifer

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1983492575295529/


NewMachar Splat SLIME Workshops

 Organiser: The Axis Centre

Where: The Axis Centre, 9 School Road, Newmacher, Aberdeenshire AB21 0WB 

Date: Tuesday 17th July 2018
Time:  11:30AM-12:30PM

Description: Slime workshop held at Axis Centre NewMachar.

11:30AM & 1:30-2:30PM

£10 per child with limited spaces available.

Our NEW Splat Slime workshops are aimed at children aged 6+ years who are interested in learning the techniques of making their own slime! The slime workshop allows the children to be as creative as they want with making different types of slime using all sorts of colours, textures and materials so the end result is everything they imagined! They will be able to make 2 slimes of their choice and take them home in a airtight container at the end of the class.

(We can make exceptions to allow younger children to attend the workshops but on the understanding that the parent/Carer must stay with the child/children)

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2075313322741212/


Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge at Tillydrone Library

 Organiser: Aberdeen City Libraries

Where: Tillydrone Library, Aberdeen

Date:  Tuesday 17th July 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 276975 or email TillydroneLibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/181414812476405/


Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge at Cove Library

 Organiser: Aberdeen City Libraries

Where: Cove Library, Aberdeen
Date: Tuesday 17th July 2018
Time: 02:30PM-03:30PM

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

Age 4-12 Year

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 245350 or email CoveLibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/248396092381522/


Creators Club 

Organiser: Aberdeen City Libraries

Where: Cove Library, Aberdeen 

Date:  Wednesday 18th July 2018
Time:  02:30PM-03:30PM

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

To book, call 01224 245350 or email Covelibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/926352810867918/


Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge at Dyce Library

Organiser: Aberdeen City Libraries

Where: Dyce Library, Aberdeen

Date:  Wednesday 18th July 2018
Time:  03:00PM-04:00PM

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 723015 or email DyceLibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

 Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/219579725435545/


Music in the Museum 

Organiser: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Where: Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow, Aberdeen AB11 5BY

Date: Thursday 19th July 2018
Time:  10:00AM-10:45AM

Description: Thursday 19 July

10-10.45am (suitable for 3-5 yrs)

11.30am-12.30pm (suitable for 5-8 yrs)

Enjoy songs, rhythm games and the chance to create your own sounds in this fun session led by a professional musician – a great introduction to music making.

£3 + booking free

Children must be accompanied at all times during the event.

Tickets are required for each participating child.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/629738790714004/


Mischief Maker Summer Reading Challenge at Woodside Library 

Organiser: Aberdeen City Libraries

Where: Woodside Library, Aberdeen 

Date:  Thursday 19th July 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 484534 or email WoodsideLibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/899397656914443/


Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge at Children’s Library

 Organiser: Aberdeen City Libraries

Where: Aberdeen City Libraries 

Date: Thursday 19th July 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 484534 or email ChildrensLibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/208614899861719/


Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge Bridge of Don Library

Organiser: Aberdeen City Library

Where: Bridge of Don Library, Scotstown Road, Aberdeen, AB22 8HH 

Date: Thursday 19th July 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 702800 or email BridgeofDonLibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1731077386974531/


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.

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