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Things To Do & Days Out in Grampian

The Den and The Glen Enjoy hidden nursery rhyme characters, exquisite flowers and plants, majestic trees, secret waterfalls, exotic animals and fairytale houses plus a full indoor adventure play centre too!
Codonas Amusement Park Indoor and outdoor amusements including loads of proper rides like roller coasters and log flumes plus plenty for the smaller kids and elaborate adventure golf. Outdoor features closed October to April and the rest open year round!
Macduff Marine Aquarium features marine life from the Moray Firth in a variety of exciting and innovative exhibits. Visitors come face to face with hundreds of native fish and invertebrates normally only seen by SCUBA divers who brave the chilly waters of the North Sea.
Willows Animal Sanctuary dedicated to the rescue and care of abandoned and ill treated domestic and farm animals, they looks after over 300 animals including ponies and donkeys, sheep, goats, cows, pigs, poultry, reptiles and at least 60 cats!
North East Falconry Centre Spectacular Falcons, Owls, Hawks and Eagles are permanently on display. The breathtaking flying demonstrations offer a unique photo and video opportunity. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Aberdeen with kids.
Doonies Farm A working farm with an outstanding collection of rare breed animals, come and encounter the countryside! Picnic area, children’s play area, plus a farm shop selling local produce. A fun and informative visit for the whole family!
Grampian Transport Museum is a living museum dipping in to the past, present and future! New for 2016: Next of Kin, see the updated Pop Icons display or climb aboard the Mack snow plough! Junior driving school for kids aged 4-10 also available.
Satrosphere Science Centre is full of exciting exhibits, science shows, workshops and special events like Little Scientists Day. Fun for all the family and everyone who loves to explore and experiment!
Aberdeen Maritime Museum Houses a unique collection covering shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing and port history. It is also the only place in the UK where you can see displays on the North Sea oil and gas industry. Granite Jack, the museum mascot, will keep the kids' attention throughout.
The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses Award winning museum covering the lives of the families who guarded Scotland’s coastline for over two hundred years. There are audio-visual displays and interactive exhibits plus tours and you can climb the lighthouse if your legs will take it!
Fordyce Joiners Workshop Visitor Centre Working craftsman, Victorian-style garden and early workshop machinery at this museum dedicated to joinery.
Zoology Museum and Botanic Garden 11 acre Botanic Garden next to the Zoology Museum where you can see a wide range of stuffed and skeletal animals.
Speyside Cooperage Visitor Centre Discover the lifecycle of a cask and try your hand at making one at this working Cooperage complete with gift shop and cafe.
The Gordon Highlanders Museum interactive maps, original film footage, scale reproductions, life-size models, touch screens, regimental colours, uniforms, medals and weapons at this regimental museum.
Stonehaven Tolbooth Museum Visit Stonehavens oldest building, hear the tales of this courtroom and jail from the jailer and catch a glimpse of the resident ghost too.
The Salmon Bothy Museum relating to the Salmon fishing industry and harbour history and housed in the old ice chambers.
Duff House An early Georgian mansion and grounds. Full of interesting information and artefacts, plus artwork on loan from the National Galleries of Scotland. Families are welcome and there is a play area on the grounds plus free quizzes to complete.
Beach Leisure Centre Epic family water fun on offer with 3 major flume sides plus a mini one for the smalls; a rapid river feature and a wave machine! Our advice is go early: you're going to have to drag them out!
Montrose Swimming Pool is a 25m swimming pool with diving boards and a variety of session types. Great for fun, great for fitness, great for families!
Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool Olympic-size, heated seawater Pool and Lido open daily late May to early September. Inflatable fun sessions, lane swimming, midnight swims, and a cool paddling pool for the little ones right besides the main pool: perfect!
KC Kangaroos Play Centre Exciting bright and colourful facilities include scramble nets and rope ladders, three different slides and a large deep ball pool. Dedicated toddler area with smaller versions!
Dizzy Rascals Indoor Playcentre With 3 age ranged zones packed full of challenges and energetic fun suited to each, every kid is catered for here and none of them will want to leave! Highlights include Tot Island, the aerial runways and the Mouse Maze!
Brewster Bear Fun Factory The indoor and outdoor play areas are free to access for those using the restaurant! Multiple levels indoor and out of fun physical play including climbing, sliding, ball pits and bridge walks. Loads for all ages!
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Hoodles Play Barn Indoor and outdoor play facility with loads of slides, balls and all the other stuff kids love. Exercise at it's most entertaining! There are trikes outside too!
Harleys Offers softplay with toddler areas, ten pin bowling from shoe size child's 8 and a child friendly restaurant with Little Friends menu.
Wynford Farm Playbarn It is a farm but it's a working one without visits: the real draw is the terrific purpose built play barn with the multi level adventure play frames in! Plus an educational section on where food comes from with farmers often on hand for questions.
Tick Tock Play Multi level adventure climbing structure featuring wavy slides, a helterskelter slide, football target area, high walkways, viewing bubbles and a special zone for the smaller folk.
Smugglers Cove Adventure Play A multilevel play frame area and a role play area make up Smugglers Cove Adventure Play which is part of the Codona Sunset Boulevard complex.
Craigievar Castle 17th century stately home with sumptuous, opulent furnishings and rich family history, plus extensive parklands, woodland walks with beautiful views. Children's quiz and family trail.
Balmoral Castle Set amongst the magnificent scenery of Royal Deeside, in the shadows of Lochnagar is the Balmoral Estate. Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, the Estate has been the Scottish Home of the British Royal Family ever since.
Cawdor Castle As well as the Shakesperian Macbeth castle there are also three gardens, the Cawdor Big Wood, and a 9-hole 3 par golf course
Crathes Castle Garden and Estate Kids can take part in quizzes, explore family trails, get hands on with some historic activities and enjoy the adventure playground. Plus nose through one of Scotland's most beautiful Tower Houses and it's vast gardens.
Tolquhon Castle Noted for its highly ornamented gatehouse, Tolquhon is one of the most picturesque of the castles in the Grampian countryside. The stuff of kids' dreams.
Castle Fraser Castle and 140 hectares of countryside with woodland trails, walled garden, adventure playground and castle to explore.
Dunnottar Castle A dramatic 14th century ruined cliff top fortress with lots of different buildings to explore. Bit of a hike but worth it for the breathtaking views of this magical place! Get your walking boots on!
Braemar Castle A castle with almost 400 years of history offering guided ghost and other tours, teddy bear trail, plus traditional hunting lodge. Lots of different fun events held during the year. Seven floors high with cool spiral staircase!
Aberdeen Snowsports Centre Lessons, courses and public sessions for novices to experts in skiing and snowboarding. They also do tubing, an exhilarating whoosh down a slope on an inflatable ring for over 5s.
Glenshee Ski Centre From invitingly easy to the surprisingly steep, Glenshee offers the most extensive skiing and snowboarding in Scotland with friendly lessons available.
Linx Ice Arena National sized ice pad measuring 56 x 26 metres and capacious spectator seating, offering open skate, friendly tuition, fun clubs and disco sessions! Plus a water park on the same site: awesome!!!
Transition Extreme Welcomes kids of 5 years and upwards to try skateboarding, BMX, inline skating, climbing wall and the high ropes course.
Deeside Activity Park Activity Centre with outdoor and indoor karting, archery, quad biking, rifle shooting and other activities plus a large indoor and outdoor play area complete with all-weather sledging slope and indoor rock wall.
Go Ape Crathes Castle The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
Codonas Bowling 26 ten-pin and cosmic bowling lanes with a modern and comfortable decor. The rest of the amusement park offers a great range of other family entertainments.
Strikers at Fraserburgh Leisure Centre Classic family friendly tenpin bowling in newly refurbished premises. Little ones can use bumpers and a ramp. Set within a leisure centre, so plenty of other sporting opportunities if you've got extra energy.
Kartstart Aberdeen Indoor 380m track featuring fast corners and long, even faster straights with cub karts and kiddie quads for 4-8 year olds and a cafe.
Williamsons Go Karting Track Part of a large Garden and Machinery Centre, this go kart track has a range of go karts and a purpose built track.
Aberdeen Spy Mission Treasure Trail Be a spy for the day in Aberdeen as you solve the clues on this self guided spy themed Treasure Trail. Follow the directions and discover the deactivation code to complete your mission!
Alford Valley Railway Scotland's first 2ft Narrow Gauge passenger railway, running a half-hourly service from Alford to Haughton Park.
The Old Royal Station Wonderful Royal Station Museum, which is jam packed with information about Queen Victoria and her connections, with many original features to admire. You can also explore an exact replica of the Royal railway carriage!
Seafront Splash Modern, purpose built play area with a whole host of modern adventure play equipment suitable for the older kids as well as the juniors, plus a paddling pool with a difference and a 'construction' site.
Aden Country Park A great park to play and picnic in, plus loads to see and do. Old buildings to see, nature trails to follow and lots of wildlife to spot. A great place to take the family, and free to visit.
Seaton Park The park has a large, modern children's play area, large open spaces, a formal garden and a fountain.. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Aberdeen with kids.
Montrose Basin Nature Reserve Local nature reserve with zoned areas supporting local wildlife and plantlife, and a Visitor Centre with telescopic views of the thousands of migratory birds, and if you are lucky, even seals!
Bennachie Visitor Centre Visitors Centre providing a focus for visitors to Bennachie where there is walking, education on the surrounding area and things to play with.
Duthie Park and Winter Gardens 44 acres of park with long slides, a Winter Garden, Boating Lake, Rough Putting Area, Duck Pond, Younger Childrens Play Area and Wooden Adventure Playground.
Formartines Visitors Centre Located on the Haddo Estate, you will find woodland trails and an outdoor adventure playground as well as a restaurant and shop.
Muir of Dinnet One of nine nature reserves in Cairngorms National Park. Four marked paths of different lengths, a visitor centre and lots of birds, animals and flowers to see in a mixture of woodland, heath and open water.
Montrose Beach Golden sands stretch for three miles from Montrose to the North Esk River, with stunning views. Splash play area, playground, pitch and putt, amusements and more.
Balmedie Beach The inland beach is part of the country park, so it's remote and traditional, but good sand and swimming, children's play area in the park and good disabled access via dune boardwalks.
St Cyrus Fairly isolated sandy beach great for peaceful traditional family days with castling, paddling and long nature walks available.
Boardwalk House of Fun Loads to choose from including trampolining, Foam Factory ball blaster indoor play, Laser Tag, Climbing Wall, Bowlingo, arcade and Disco Stars Karaoke! Action Passes give you a taster of several activities.
The Cabin Equestrian Centre BHS approved facility offering lessons from 4, especially welcoming of nervous and disabled riders, plus scenic hacks and BHS qualification training.
Hayfield Equestrian Centre BHS approved facility offering lessons from 4 years. Escorted walk outs and paddock hacks for beginners, off road trot and canter hacks plus beach rides also available. Also homer to recognised Pony Club.
Halymyres Stables BHS approved facility offering lessons for over 4 years, scenic hacks and beach rides, plus dedicated Pony Club! Fun for all ages to stop the kids eq-whining!
Laser Tag Don your light suit and grab a laser phasor, ready for a game of high tech hide and seek: stalk the others through a futuristic maze arena full of special effects and cinematic smoke and blast the enemy when you see them! For parties only.
Battle Scotland Over 5s can come and get their blast on playing a range of cool combat games with laser guns! There's no contact, no impact, and nothing to worry about, except for all those folks shooting at you!
Codonas Adventure Golf offers 2 fantastic courses one indoors and one out, with features including a volcano, pirate ship and jungle themed areas with state of the art special effects! Loads more to do on the same site, make a day of it!
At Day Out With The Kids, we've tried to put together as many great things to do with kids in Grampian as possible, especially those that are affordable for everyone. Popular towns and places to go include Aberdeen, Fraserburgh and Alford, and we'd also recommend you check out the nearby counties of Highlands and Tayside. If you've been on a fun day out in the area you'd like to share, please contact us so other families visiting Grampian can enjoy it too!

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