What’s on for Kids and Families in Aberdeen City & Shire (2nd – 8th September 2017)

What's on for kids and families in Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire 2 - 8 September 2017 Events Family Friendly Scotland

What’s on in Aberdeen City & Shire

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

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

Deeside music festival What's on for kids and families in Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire 2 - 8 September 2017 Events Family Friendly ScotlandNXNE.Scotland, Deeside Music Festival

 Organiser: Deeside Activity Park

Where: Deeside Activity Park, A93, Dess, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire AB34 5BD

 Date:  Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September 2017
Time:  Friday 12:00PM – Saturday 11:30PM

Description: Here at Deeside Activity Park, on Royal Deeside we are all about providing you with first class Scottish local activities, produce and now live music with NXNE Scotland 2017!

NXNE Scotland 2017 will be held at Deeside Activity Park, with the stunning back drop of Dess Valley on Royal Deeside, just a perfect and beautiful setting for a celebration of all things NXNE!

We will have Farmer Ken showcasing his award winning Cairnton Aberdeen Angus Beef on his #Farmer Ken’s Grill outside along with Louise’s Kitchen and her rare breed hog roasts. We have also invited The Wandering Oven to come along and provide us with freshly made Pizza just the way you like it.

But not forgetting folks, we’ve also got some of the best bands from the North X North East coming to play for you all!

Friday 1st September
Wish You Were Floyd // Gerry Jablonski Band // The Lorelei // The Rowies //Miss Lucid // The Capollos // UNIFORM // Alkanes // Stasis and The NXNE Big Thing Inverness Winners – COBALT

Sat 2nd September
The Little Kicks // Bloodlines // FaR // The Cliftons // Dude Trips // Sonic Bucker // GypsyRoots // Broadsea // Gordon James and the Power // Paul Anderson // Lee Taylor // The Deportees // Scott Wallace // Danny Mortimer// Connor Clark // Flaxman // Sara Bills & The Hasbeens // Leanne Smith //NEIL MORRISON // Marley Ann // Madam Tsunami // Deadloss Superstarand The NXNE Big Thing Aberdeen Winners – DISWÆD

NXNE Scotland 2017 will be held at Deeside Activity Park, with the stunning back drop of Dess Valley on Royal Deeside, a beautiful setting for a celebration of all things NXNE!

Original 106 FM // Stagecoach Bus // NXNE Scotland // Deeside Activity Park // Captain Toms // Fat Hippy Records // Matt Jolly Photography //Whitebox Studio

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

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/335395156825530

7th Aberdeen Art Fair

 Organiser: Aberdeen Art Fair

Where: Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen AB24 5NR

 Date:  Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd September 2017
Time:  Friday Preview Evening 6.00pm – 9.00pm – Click For Details
Saturday 10.00am – 6.00pm | Sunday 10.00am – 5.00pm

Description: The Friday will be a Preview Evening for adults only, with tickets priced at £9 plus booking fee, offering guests live music, courtesy of the Gypsy Jazz Trio, and complimentary champagne.

Saturday and Sunday Adults £3.00
Children under 15 Free.
Free Childrens Arts Club on Sat/Sun.

For further information, including a full list of exhibitors, visit http://www.aberdeenartfair.co.uk

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1986839264932514

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Bat Evening

 Organiser: Haddo House & Country Park

Where: Haddo House, Methlick, Ellon, Aberdeenshire AB41 7EQ

 Date:  Friday 1st September 2017
Time:  7:15PM – 8:45PM

Description: Learn more about bats and their world, then watch the bats fly out of their roost for a night’s feeding.

Children £5.00

Booking essential. Aimed at families and children aged 7-11 years

For more information and to book visit http://www.nts.org.uk 

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1920020128322818

Braemar Gathering 2017

 Organiser: Braemar Gathering

Where: Princess Royal & Duke of Fife Memorial Park, Broombank Terrace, Braemar, Ballater, Aberdeenshire AB35 5YX

 Date:  Saturday 2nd September 2017
Time:  9:00AM – 5:00PM

Description: The Gathering starts at 9am and finishes around 5pm. All competitions are held under the societies regulations. General information about the gathering can be found HERE

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/braemargathering/

Cruden Bay Gala

 Organiser: Cruden Bay Community Association

Where: Cruden Bay, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire AB42 0LZ

 Date:  Saturday 2nd September 2017
Time:  12:00PM – 4:00PM

Description: Mill Park, Cruden Bay 12 noon until 4pm. Fun and entertainment for all the family! Free entry!

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/680147028858068

Huntly Hairst Food Festival

 Organiser: Huntly Hairst

Where: Huntly Hairst, Huntly Square, Huntly, Aberdeenshire AB54 8BR

 Date:  Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September 2017
Time:  9:00AM – 4:00PM

Description: Huntly Hairst Food Festival featuring a farmers market with 50+ local food & drink stalls, streetfood, crafts and cookery demonstrations.

Other events over the weekend include a coffee morning, children’s Harry Potter Tea Party, 2017 – Room to Run races, bouncy castle, gardening events, book launches, discussions, Tesco charity dog show, open day at Greenmyres farm and various other related events in the town centre.

Free entry to most events. see website http://www.huntlyhairst.co.uk for more details.

Keep an eye on the ever-growing stalls list on the Facebook event page.

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1341932715885403

Coastal Play Newtonhill What's on for kids and families in Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire 2 - 8 September 2017 Events Family Friendly ScotlandCoastal Play

 Organiser: Bettridge Centre

Where: Bettridge Centre, Coastal Park, Newtonhill, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire AB39 3UL

 Date:  Saturday 2nd September 2017
Time:  9:45AM – 11:00AM

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

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

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

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

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

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1282143361882993

Bucksburn Gala What's on for kids and families in Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire 2 - 8 September 2017 Events Family Friendly ScotlandBucksburn & Newhills Community Gala

 Organiser: Beacon & Bucksburn Community Association

Where: Beacon & Bucksburn Community Association, Kepplehills Road, Aberdeen AB21 9PL

Date:  Saturday 2nd September 2017
Time:  10:00AM – 4:00PM

Description: Fun family Community Gala.

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/266156583873473

positive birth movement meeting What's on for kids and families in Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire 2 - 8 September 2017 Events Family Friendly ScotlandFree Positive Birth Meeting

Organiser: Susanne Grant – International Life & Healing Coach

Where: Books and Beans, 22 Belmont Street, Aberdeen AB101JH

Date:  Saturday 2nd September 2017
Time:  11:00AM – 12:30PM

Description: The Positive Birth Movement believes that communication is the key to shaking up birth. By coming together, in real life and online, and sharing experiences, feelings, knowledge and wisdom, women can take back childbirth. That’s why Aberdeen mums come together once per month to share their positive experiences about childbirth/parenting.

Our group is free to attend and we welcome all expectant couples, birth professionals/workers and babies/children. Space is limited so if you would like to join us please confirm your spot asap!

We are meeting at: Books and Beans | Barbers Area

More information:
Positive Birth Movement Aberdeen

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1487034498051541

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Aberdeen Ministry of Crafts September Market

 Organiser: Aberdeen Ministry of Crafts

Where: Methodist Church, 8 Crown Terrace, Aberdeen AB11 6HE

 Date:  Saturday 2nd September 2017
Time:  11:00AM – 4:00PM

Description: This Saturday AMoC is back with over 20 stalls showcasing talented local independent makers. Help us spread the word. Invite your friends and share the event with those who you think would enjoy our Monthly Boutique Craft & Design Event.

It’s FREE entry, OPEN 11am – 4pm.

You can find us in the Methodist Church Crown Terrace, Just 5mins from Union Street.

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

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1885098888476952

Chicken Run at Belmont Filmhouse

 Organiser: Belmont Filmhouse

Where: Belmont Filmhouse, 49 Belmont St, Aberdeen AB10 1JS

 Date:  Saturday 2nd September 2017
Time:  11:00AM – 12:30PM

Description: A stop-motion classic from Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman Animations, Chicken Run is Toy Story meets The Great Escape, as a group of caged farm chickens try to flee the coop before the scheming Mrs Tweedy and her oafish husband turn them into chicken pies. With the flash ‘flying rooster’ Rocky arriving suddenly in their midst, they soon hatch an elaborate plan to soar to freedom…

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/117231405559335

nuart aberdeen What's on for kids and families in Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire 2 - 8 September 2017 Events Family Friendly ScotlandNuart Street Art Tour – Every Saturday September 11.30AM Free

 Organiser: Nuart Aberdeen

Where: The Green, Aberdeen AB11 6AD

 Date:  Saturday 2nd September 2017
Time:  11:30AM – 2:30PM

Description: Nuart Street Art Walking Tour – Every Saturday in September and its Free

Departure Point: Outisde Cafe Contour on The Green (Merchant Quarter).

Get the full Nuart Aberdeen experience with our dedicated tour guide on one of our walking tours!

The tour will ensure you see the smaller, hidden artworks as well as the larger murals created for this year’s festival.

Find out more about the artists that took part and their inspiration for the work they created!

Website: http://www.nuartaberdeen.co.uk/

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1810595855919226

Granite City Brass Band Concert

 Organiser: The Gordon Highlanders Museum

Where: The Gordon Highlanders Museum, St. Luke’s, Viewfield Road, Aberdeen AB15 7XH

 Date:  Saturday 2nd September 2017
Time:  2:00PM – 4:00PM

Description: The wonderful Granite City Brass have agreed to play a concert in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum’s memorial gardens with all profits going to the Museum’s Fundraising campaign.

Playing traditional tunes as well as a few well known war movie themes, the concert will certainly be an enjoyable afternoon whatever the weather!!

Come and support the Museum and have a great afternoon out with the whole family.

Please bring along a picnic blanket or chair to enjoy the concert on our lawn.

Adult Tickets £5 p/p
Kids go FREE!

Buy your tickets here or, subject to availability, on the door

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1204133213048321

whiterashers community hall family fun day What's on for kids and families in Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire 2 - 8 September 2017 Events Family Friendly ScotlandWhiterashes Family Fun Day!

 Organiser: Whiterashes Community Hall

Where: Whiterashes Community Hall, Whiterashes, Aberdeen AB21 0QP

 Date:  Saturday 2nd September 2017
Time:  3:00:PM – 11:59PM

Description: Come along to the Whiterashes Community Hall Family Funday.  BBQ, Bouncy Castle, Bungee Run, Licensed Bar, Games, Popcorn and Candy, Facepainting. Pay as you go.  All Welcome!

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1522937664395911

kingswells community centre ceilidh charlies house What's on for kids and families in Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire 2 - 8 September 2017 Events Family Friendly ScotlandKingswells Church – Ceilidh in aid of Charlie House

 Organiser: Charlie House HQ

Where: Kingswells Community Centre

 Date:  Saturday 2nd September 2017
Time:  6:30:PM – 9:30PM

Description: An event for the whole community!. Come and have a dance and eat some food together with friends.  It’s going to be so much fun.  This year we are delighted to support our local Charity Charlie House, so come ready to take part in some fundraising fun, including Head & Tails!

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1941087376107073

What's on for kids and families in Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire 2 - 8 September 2017 Events Family Friendly Scotland Open dayOPEN DAY

 Organiser: World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm

Where: World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm, A93, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire AB34 5BJ

 Date:  Sunday 3rd September 2017
Time:  11:00AM – 4:00PM

Description: Our Belwade Farm Open day promises to be a fun day out for the whole family to enjoy, celebrating 90 years of World Horse Welfare.

On the day you can watch our many demonstrators who will be in our indoor area. Some of these will include Equestrian Vaulters from Kinross Vaulting Group, Icelandic Ponies, Western Riding, Riding Club, Scotland Mounted Unit, Pauline Kidd, Equestrian Performance Specialist, our Belwade residents will be showing you what they can do with our Physio Kim Gunstone.

Check out the Facebook event page below to find out about all the activities happening during the day.

Tickets are currently available to purchase from the visitor centre at Belwade Farm. You can also purchase tickets by calling 013398 85398 or emailing lisagardiner@worldhorsewelfare.org.

Ticket prices are £10 for a family (2 adults & maximum of 3 children), £3 per adult and £2 per child with under 1 year olds going free of charge.

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1162591350554322

big fish little fish family party people rave What's on for kids and families in Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire 2 - 8 September 2017 Events Family Friendly ScotlandBFLF Aberdeen Launch! With DJ TEZ “Mermaids and Pirates” theme

 Organiser: Big Fish Little Fish

Where: The Assembly Aberdeen, 3 Skene Terrace, Aberdeen AB10 1RN

 Date:  Sunday 3rd September 2017
Time:  2:00PM – 4:30PM

Description: What kind of fun are we going to have?

DJ TEZ- Aberdeen’s long standing DnB warrior of Jungle Nation | Come dressed for our ‘Mermaids and Pirates’ theme!

Licensed bar | Club lighting | Craft area with themed crafts

Play area with tents and tunnels | Giant colouring-in mural

Babies-only safe space with soft mats, sofas and ball-pool (*upstairs) | Parachute dance

Glowsticks and transfer tattoos | Bubble machine

And the practicalities:

*PLEASE NOTE NO BUGGIES ARE PERMITTED INSIDE THE EVENT – We have limited buggy parking which you will be directed to (please note our overflow buggy parking is upstairs) , and would encourage the use of slings where possible

Parents must remain responsible for their children at all time | Sound levels monitored to be safe for even the smallest ears

This is a standing/dancing event with limited seating. Please contact us if you have mobility issues.

* Please be prepared for the event to be busy – it is a rave!

* The event is conducted indoors with club lighting (no strobes), when entering please allow a few minutes for your eyes to adjust. Please no running!

Tickets – Adult £8.00, Child £6.00, Pre-Walking Infant Free (But still requires a ticket)

Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bflf-aberdeen-launch-mermaids-pirates-with-dj-tez-tickets-34714785859

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/288376541619149

Learn to Build & Program Robots using LEGO Mindstorms

Organiser: Wacky Bots

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

Date:  Sunday 3rd September 2017
Time:  2:00PM – 4:00PM

Description: Digital learning is essential for the future generation.

There are several ways to learn to code.  However, making robots that actually respond to your code is arguably the most inspiring.  Your child could be inspired to a future in robotics, game development or app creation.

During this fun and interactive four session workshop, kids aged 9-14 will create a simple programmable robot using the LEGO Mindstorms kit.  This robot will gradually become more complex as its functionality broadens with the addition of various sensors and motorised mechanisms.  Programming will use the LEGO Mindstorms software.

This is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen STEM skills in the most exciting way.  Participants gain a strong foundation in computational thinking.  LEGO Mindstorms is a versatile system used in many schools around the world and is popular for the First LEGO League.

Dates: Every Sunday from 3rd – 24th September | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

The cost is for all four sessions. That’s eight hours of robotics!

Wacky Bots is a Children’s University Learning Destination and this activity is endorsable on any Children’s University passport.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-to-build-program-robots-using-lego-mindstorms-aberdeen-tickets-32235781089

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/757044504472099

Fresh Art – creative indoor + outdoor classes for kids age 9-12

 Organiser: The Barn

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

 Date:  Monday 4th September 2017
Time:  4:45PM – 6:15PM

Description: FRESH ART

Mondays 4.45pm – 6.15pm | Ages 9-12

4 September, 11 September, 18 September, 25 September, 2 October

Our after school art programme Fresh Art is back this September! Get the kids outdoors and creative after their school day with artist Katie Ward. Participants will work both indoors and outdoors using the natural environment and our Wild Garden as inspiration to create artworks that will be displayed in a mini exhibition.

Students will explore different techniques and mediums each week such as printmakig, collage and watercolour. A superb block of classes, not to be missed!

£35 per block of five classes

Website: https://www.thebarnarts.co.uk/learning/workshops/?p=workshops/

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2029161607311962

parent baby toddler storytelling sessions What's on for kids and families in Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire 2 - 8 September 2017 Events Family Friendly ScotlandParent & Baby/Toddler Storytelling Sessions

 Organiser: Castle Fraser Garden & Estate

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

 Date:  Wednesday 6th September 2017
Time:  9:30AM – 10:10AM

Description: Our parent and baby/toddler storytelling sessions will be held the first Wednesday of every month.

£2 per adults | Babies/toddlers go free

There are limited spaces available for these sessions. Please call 01330 833463 to book your space

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1626081880765251

NCT sling library meet nappy What's on for kids and families in Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire 2 - 8 September 2017 Events Family Friendly ScotlandSeptember Sling + Nappy Library And Meet

 Organiser: NCT Aberdeen City & Shire

Where: Methodist Church, 8 Crown Terrace, Aberdeen AB11 6HE 

Date:  Wednesday 6th September 2017
Time:  10:00AM – 12:00PM

Description: Join us for a morning of sling support, hires, chat and cakes at our September Sling Library.

For full information on hiring a sling, or to ask questions, join http://www.facebook.com/groups/nctaberdeenslinglibrary

Our new cloth nappy library volunteers will also be joining us to help parents find a cloth nappy solution for them! Hires are available and you can join the Nappy group here NCT Aberdeen Nappy Library

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/337440213351742

messy play What's on for kids and families in Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire 2 - 8 September 2017 Events Family Friendly ScotlandMessy Play Macduff – Big Birthday Bash Party!

 Organiser: Mess Around North Aberdeenshire

Where: Macduff Town Hall, 19 Shore St, Macduff, Aberdeenshire AB44 1UB  

Date:  Wednesday 6th September 2017
Time:  10:30AM – 11:30:AM

Description: Hip hip hooray!! It’s Mess Arounds Special Day! We’re celebrating our FIFTH birthday with a Big Birthday Bash Party! As well as all the messy Party classics such as cake, jelly and ice cream, celebrate in messy style with our most popular activities from throughout the year. Dance around to all the funky favourites on our Party playlist whilst the little one get MESSY!!

Website: https://www.messarounduk.com/morayaberdeenshire/events/event/messy-play-macduff-big-birthday-bash-party/

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1173007506166517

After School STEM Club

 Organiser: Aberdeen Science Centre

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

Date:  Wednesday 6th September 2017
Time:  4:00PM – 5:30PM

Description: Our STEM club is back with exciting after school sessions this September! Join us as we explore the world of science, technology, engineering and maths in a fun, hands-on and inspiring way!

Members will get to explore many STEM areas and at the end of the 6 weeks take part in a special family challenge and quiz.

The club runs every Wednesday 4-5.30pm from 6th September. Places are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis. To book, email STEMclub@ASC.scot or phone 01224 640340. See below for more info on this exciting club!



STEM club offers children aged 7-11 a fun and inspiring way to engage with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Each session includes hands-on activities themed around a STEM topic. Sessions are delivered by Aberdeen Science Centre staff. Academic and industry professionals periodically participate to share their knowledge and passion.


Schedule: the first session will be held on Wednesday 6 September. There are 6 weekly sessions running each Wednesday until 11 October.

Hours: sessions will be held from 4:00 PM to 5:30 AM.

Members: Up to 15 members will participate in planned activities under the supervision of our STEM Club Leaders.

Guardians: It is recommended that parents/guardians drop members at the Centre and pick them up at the end of the session. Alternatively, parents/guardians can wait in The Tramsheds Coffee Shop or stay with children if preferred or required by the needs of the child.

Programme: We will cover a variety of STEM topics.


The membership fee is £39. Membership includes:

– Participation in 6 exclusive STEM activity sessions at ASC

– A snack and drink during each session

To book, call us on 01224 640340 or send us an email at STEMClub@ASC.scot

Website: http://aberdeensciencecentre.org/

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1369829446464900

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