What’s on for Kids and Families in Aberdeen City & Shire | 18th – 24th 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**

Dolphinwatch Carnival 

Organiser: RSPB Aberdeen And North East Scotland

Where: Torry Battery, Greyhope Road, Aberdeen.

 Date: Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th 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/

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/

Slime Making, Back 2 School, Relax Kids Workshop – Westhill

 Organiser: Relax Kids With Jennifer- Aberdeenshire

Where: Ashdale Hall, Westhill, Aberdeenshire

 Date:  Friday 17th August 2018
Time:  10:00AM-12:00PM

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/2205623032986017/

Friends of Anchor Charity Weekend

 Organiser: It’s A Knockout!

Where: Hazlehead Park, Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen AB15 8BE

 Date:  Friday 17th – Sunday 19th August 2018
Description: The Friend’s of ANCHOR charity weekend at Hazlehead Park in Aberdeen, invites It’s A Knockout Wipeout teams and spectators to join us for a great weekend of fundraising. Lots of attractions, refreshments and It’s A Knockout games

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/190309711774693/

Duck Duck Goose

Organiser: Kirkton Of Skene Playgroup

Where: Milne Hall, Kirkton of Skene, Westhill, Aberdeenshire 

Date:  Friday 17th August 2018
Time: 02:00PM-04:00PM

Description: Come along with the kids and enjoy our movie afternoon showing of Duck Duck Goose on Friday 17th August!

Tickets only £2 per person (Under 1’s Free)

Doors open: 2.00pm

Film starts:   2.15pm

Snacks and drinks available to purchase.

All proceeds to support Kirkton of Skene Playgroup

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2220292001536833/

Newton Dee Folk Festival 2018 

Organiser: Newton Dee Store

Where: Newton Dee, Aberdeen AB15 9DX

 Date:  Friday 17th August 2018
Time:  07:30PM-10:30PM

Description: Newton Dee Folk Festival 2018

A Family Friendly Music Festival

Friday 17th – 7.30pm to 10.30pm

Saturday 18th -10.45am to 10.30pm

Concerts | Piper | Session Tent on the Village Green | Singers Room | Chorus Cup | Workshops (drumming, whistle, morris dancing, juggling, colour-in workhop)

Face painting Food stalls

Evening tickets (from 7.30pm onwards) £6 (Telephone 01224-868701)

Family Event / Alcohol Free / Limited Parking – please use public transportation if possible

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/267155000740034/

Open Day 

Organiser: Buchan Community Farm

Where:  Maud, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire AB42 5RF

Date:  Saturday 18th August 2018
Time:  10:00AM-04:00PM

Description: Our Open Day is a chance to say hello to everyone who has asked to come for a visit.

We are normally by appointment only as we work with vulnerable Service Users.

It’s a chance to learn what we do and meet our animals.

We will have fun fete things to do also crafts and woodwork items for sale, refreshments will be available.

Look forward to seeing you then, fingers crossed the weather will be kind to us.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/167838054087027/

Family Fun Day 

Organiser: Axis Community Events

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

Date: Saturday 18th August 2018
Time:  11:00AM-03:00PM

Description: Support your local Community Centre, The Axis Centre – ‘around which the community revolves’

Community Fun Day

Looking forward to welcoming you all along to our fun day. Should be a great day out for all with a variety of activities including…

BBQ | Beer Tent | Beat the Goalie | AFC Mascot | Football Lucky Dip | Netball | Nerf Targets | Whizz Car Races | Inflatables | Horseshoe Toss | Balloons in the Car | Stalls | Stocks | Splat the Rat | Raffle | Tombola | Facepaints | Glitter Tattoos | Ice-Cream | Tuck Shop

And so much more!

Please do come along and support us. Funds raised will be used to fund an outdoor play area and a new and improved sound/lighting system.

If you can’t make it along, please do help support us by purchasing a raffle ticket. Currently available from the Axis Centre, Beekies Neuk, Bake N Butty Cafe, Newmachar Pharmacy and from any member of Team ACE


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/189095361691093/

Lourin Fair 2018 

Organiser: Lourin Fair

Where: Old Rayne, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

Date: Saturday 18th August 2018
Time:  11:00AM-05:00PM

Description: LOURIN FAIR 2018 – SATURDAY 18TH AUGUST 11am – 5pm

Come along & join us for a great Family Day Out with entertainment & activities for all ages

Equestrian Events – Clydesdales, Light Horse & Pony

15th Century Re-enactment

Children Fun Obstacle Course **FREE**

Face Painting | Vintage Vehicles | Inflatables | Zorbs | Tractor Climb-on

LIVE BANDS | Licensed Bar (until 4.30pm) | Bowling Trailer – Why not dust up on your skills??? | Local Craft Stalls & Trade Stalls

BBQ, Tea & Coffee’s, Soup, Homebakes & Made to order Bannocks!

Games Stalls from Hook the Duck to Lolly Tree & more!

Duck Race

-Giant Sand Pit **FREE**

Local Home Craft & Produce Industrial Competition


Entry costs (pay at the gate):  Adults – £5.00, Children over 12 & Concessions- £3.00

Children under 12- FREE OF CHARGE



Old Rayne is on the A96 – 9 miles north of Inverurie. From A96 at Pitmachie, turn into the village of Old Rayne, go past the Lodge Hotel, round the corner you will see the village hall where you will be guided to the car park

We have a specific designated parking for those with mobility issues.

In terms of walking areas, the showground in in park that usually houses sheep etc. Therefore, it can be a bit tufty in places, but overall it would be passable with crutches with care.

The designated disabled parking is adjacent to the horses rings, and we have straw bails for seating at the ringside. There would be a short walk.

We have a disabled access toilet in the st. Lawrence Hall situated at the entrance to the showfield.

Information Trailer is right next to the disabled parking area on the showfield for information on the day.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1722325594519809/

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Organiser: Leith Hall Gardens & Estate

Where: Leith Hall Gardens & Estate, Kennethmont, Huntly, Aberdeenshire AB54 4NQ 

Date:  Saturday 18th August 2018
Time: 11:00AM-03:00PM

Description: Come along to Leith Hall and bring your favourite bear!  If you go down the woods, you will be in for a big surprise, for all the bears that ever there were are waiting along the pond walk to help you solve the puzzle.

Teddy bear themed activities on both days.

Tickets are £3 each for kids, adults go free.

Parking is £3 or free for members of the National Trust for Scotland.

Take a picnic or see what treats are in store at Henrietta’s Pantry. Cafe open from 11am till 3pm.

*Duck race on Sunday the 19th*

Each duck £1. Race starts at 3pm.

Prizes to be won!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/887019541489678/

WrestleZone – Live At Union Square 

Organiser: WrestleZone

Where: Union Square, Guild Square, Aberdeen 

Date:  Saturday 18th August 2018
Time: 11:00Am-03:00PM

Description: As the build to WrestleZone- Aberdeen Anarchy X continues we return to Union Square Aberdeen for another day of FREE wrestling action!

Various matches will be presented throughout the day as well as opportunities to meet the stars of WrestleZone.

We will also have merchandise available as well as Aberdeen Anarchy X tickets!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1976663269031515/

Portlethen Gala

 Where: Portlethen Academy, Portlethen, AB12 4QL

 Date:  Saturday 18th August 2018
Time: 12:00PM-5:00PM

Description: Portlethen Gala 2018!

Join us for a day of family fun. Stalls, games, food, music, bar, demonstrations, entertainment, inflatables, activities….and more!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/268127577316610/

Puppets and Picnics!

 Organiser: The Sand Bothy

Where: The Sand Bothy, Balmedie Country Park, Balmedie, Aberdeenshire AB23 8XG

 Date: Saturday 18th August 2018
Time:  12:00PM-03:00PM

Description: Bring your own picnic to eat, buy ice creams and drinks at the kiosk, and enjoy children’s puppet shows in The Sand Bothy.

Picnics start at 12, the 3 different shows at 1.00, 1.50 and 2.30. Favourite characters include 3 Little Pigs, Billy Goats Gruff and Red Riding Hood plus some other stories. Shows performed by Kid Glove Puppets.

Charge is £1 per child per show. No need to book, but if you comment here, will give us some ideas of numbers.

Raffle to win a glove puppet, £1 per ticket

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/167529043962028/

Amellia’s Family Fun Day! 

Organiser: Caprice Clarke

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

Date:  Saturday 18th August 2018
Time: 01:00PM-05:00PM

Description: Amellia is raising money for SAMH the Scottish Association for Mental Health for her up coming pageant!

We hope to see everyone there

Stalls | Burger vans | Sweets | Bouncy castle | Facepaint | Glitter Tattoos | Slushes | Candyfloss

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/220029918651526/

Infant and Child First Aid awareness

 Organiser: Little Lives First Aid

Where: Ruthrieston Community Centre, 532-536 Holburn Street Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB10 7LL

 Date: Saturday 18th August 2018
Time:  01:30PM-04:30PM

Description: An Infant and child first aid awareness course covering birth to puberty.

Ideal for Parents to be, Parents and Grandparents. A relaxed session with no test papers, but covers key subjects that we all worry about with children.

Young babies are welcome to attend too. For more info or to book, please email francesca@littlelivesfirstaid.co.uk

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/183737122339063/

Ellon Pedal Car Race 2018

 Organiser: Ellon Pedal Car Race 2018

Where: Market Street, Ellon, Aberdeenshire AB41 9

 Date:  Sunday 19th August 2018
Time:  10:00AM-04:00PM

Description: Fun for all the family at Ellon Pedal Car Race with Cycle Races, Running Races, Kids Cartie Races and many stalls & attractions.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/213930559413060/

Love Rara Big Summer Blowout 2018

 Organiser: Love Rara

Where: Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

 Date:  Sunday 19th August 2018
Time:  11:00AM-05:00PM

Description: Love Rara’s Award Winning Big Summer Blowout is back! An amazing, high energy, live interactive show featuring all your favourite Love Rara Characters!

We have two shows at –



Tickets can be purchased from – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/love-rara-the-big-summer-blowout-tickets-43606715861

We have a limited number of Early Bird tickets on sale, once they are sold General Admission will be available to purchase!

Important Information

– Everyone attending the Big Summer Blowout (including infants, children and adults attending) must purchase a ticket due to health and safety capacity numbers. You will not be addmitted into the show without a ticket.

– We recommend the Big Summer Blowout for children over the age of 2, as there are flashing lights, loud music and the show is all about getting up and getting involved with the characters, songs, dances and activities.

– Please make sure you have your tickets either printed or on your phone on the day otherwise you will not be admitted to the venue

– This event is wheelchair accessable

– Food or drinks purchased outside the venue will not be allowed inside. There will be a snack bar provided by the Beach Ballroom with a range of food and drinks available.

*Tickets can only be refunded If the event you have booked is cancelled, rescheduled or has changed location, you are entitled to a refund of at least the face value of the ticket. If the face value has been reduced by the organiser, the refund will be for the discounted face value price paid. If an event is rescheduled to another date, your tickets should be valid. If you can’t make the rescheduled date, then you’re entitled to a full refund.

The ticket seller is responsible for giving you your refund for tickets to a cancelled event*

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/394280204381641/

Fyvie FC Family Fun Day

 Organiser: Fyvie FC

Where: Fyvie Football Pitch 

Date:  Sunday 19th August 2018
Time:  11:00AM-04:00PM

Description: As part of our ongoing plans to resurrect Fyvie FC, we will be holding a fun day on Sunday 19th August to raise funds for the club going into a new season.

We have already booked in bouncy castles, face paints, live music, candyfloss, a host of classic vehicles, beat the goalkeeper and a mouthwatering BBQ.

It is the first event that has been held in Fyvie for a number of years so we hope for a good attendance to raise plenty of funds for the team and to support Fyvie as a community.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/263433000902957/

Mr Bloon

 Organiser: Stonehaven Heated Open Air Pool

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

 Date:  Sunday 19th August 2018
Time: 02:00PM-04:00PM

Description: Amazing balloon sculpture created by Mr Bloon. One of the series of kids’ entertainment offered this season at the pool. Held under cover in the Green Room beside the paddling pool. No additional charge – just buy or use your usual pool tickets.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/868229326698612/

Iron Broo – Family & Friends, Afternoon Beach Summer Ceilidh

 Organiser: Iron Broo

Where: Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen
Date: Sunday 19th August 2018
Time:  02:00PM-05:00PM

Description: How will you spend the last Sunday of the school summer holidays? Did you manage to fit in enough time with your loved ones? If you did then great, but there’s always room for a little something extra right? We are trying something new here.

Give yourself a special memory and take the family and friends to a spectacular afternoon ceilidh with Iron Broo on Sunday the 19th of August 2018 at the Northern Lights Suite at the Aberdeen Beach Ballroom.

Afternoon food will be provided free of charge (details to be confirmed) and refreshments will be available from the public bar. We were going to have Stovies but given the recent heat wave we thought it may be nice to have something different for a hot and sweaty Sunday afternoon.

Special discounts with a family ticket.

Children welcome to join in the dancing under parental supervision.

Dances will be called, and food will be served during the break.

Doors open 1.30.

Dancing from 2pm till 5pm

 Please book your tickets online in advance to save time on the day.


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/198214407531842/

Duck Race

 Organiser: Leith Hall Gardens & Estate

Where: Leith Hall Gardens & Estate, Kennethmont, Huntly, Aberdeenshire AB54 4NQ

 Date:  Sunday 19th August 2018
Time: 03:00PM-03:30PM

Description: Leith Hall will be hosting a duck race as part of the Teddy Bears’ picnic weekend.

£1 a duck with prizes to be won.

Get your tickets at the front desk from Thursday 2nd of August onwards.

Leith Hall is open Thursday – Sunday 11am-3pm for the whole of August.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/206483070019571/

Hour of Code 

Organiser: Aberdeen City Libraries

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

 Date:  Monday 20th 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 702800 or email BridgeofDonLibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2562325307325270/

Fit After Baby – Postnatal Workshop

 Organiser: FAB Physio

Where: Rubislaw Church Centre, Beaconsfield Place, Aberdeen.

 Date:  Monday 20th August 2018
Time:  07:30PM-10:30PM

Description: 3 part series of invaluable information on getting fit after having a baby. Open to mums of any age!

30″ of education, recovery advice, pelvic floor function, bladder and bowel health. 1 in 5 women will suffer with incontinence or prolapse after childbirth, learn how to help yourself! then 30″ of tummy safe pilates based exercise to strengthen your core, abdominals and pelvic floor.

Message via FAB Physio on Facebook to book your space.

£30 for 3 classes

20th Aug, 27th Aug, 3rd Sept. 19:30.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/440392643143163/

Peekaboo 2s Open Day

 Organiser:  Peekaboo 2s by Whitehills Playgroup

Where: Peekaboo 2s by Whitehills Playgroup, Community Room, Whitehills Primary School, Forbes Road, AB45

 Date:  Tuesday 21st August 2018
Time: 09:10AM-12:00PM

Description: We are holding an open morning so everyone can come & meet our new staff as well as our committee, see the room & find out a little bit more about what our Peekaboo 2s will be up to when they join the group.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/167130763967008/

Creators Club at Woodside Library

 Organiser: Aberdeen City Libraries

Where: Woodside Library, Aberdeen

Date:  Wednesday 22nd August 2018
Time:  3:30PM-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 484534 or email WoodsideLibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/823761844495005/

Baby Carrier / Wrap Drop In Session – Bridge of Don

 Organiser: Close And Calm

Where: St Columba’s Church, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen 

Date:  Friday 24th August 2018
Time: 09:30AM-10:45AM

Description: We’re delighted to be able to hold a Baby Carrier Drop In Session every month in Bridge of Don

Feel free to bring your stretchy wrap from the Scottish Baby Box as we’d love to give you a hand.

There will be trained baby carrying advice from Jess Hippey, owner of Close and Calm, and a large selection of carriers and wraps available for trying and for hiring. Should you wish to go on to buy a carrier after this, please inform Jess as discount codes are available for customers.

We will charge a £2 entry fee to cover room hire, insurance and professional fees. Children are always welcome.

We’re very lucky to also have a breastfeeding peer supporter present at most meetings.

We’re a friendly, welcoming bunch and look forward to meeting you. Our hope is to try and build an informative and supportive community so the more the merrier.

You’re also always welcome to bring your own carriers for help too.

For more information about what a drop in session looks like see here: https://www.closeandcalm.co.uk/conversations/what-to-expect-drop-in

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1901244613271945/

Messy Play Ellon-SUPERMESS! 

Organiser: Mess Around Aberdeenshire

Where: Ellon Guide Hut, Station Brae, Ellon, Aberdeenshire AB41 9DY 

Date:  Friday 24th August 2018
Time: 10:30AM-11:30AM

Description: Ka-pow! Put on your hero capes and fly along to our BRAND NEW Supermess Party! Come along and save the world with your little superheroes. With Hulk Smash Gelli Baff, Batman Rice, Joker Jelly and lots more! Little ones can squelch, pour, mix and get messy till their hearts content. All you have to do is come along and MESS AROUND and leave the cleaning up to us!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/235884520359648/

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.