Balmedie Beach (25 miles)
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 (33 miles)
Fairly isolated sandy beach great for peaceful traditional family days with castling, paddling and long nature walks available.
Montrose Beach (37 miles)
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.
Lunan Bay (40 miles)
Fabulous for bird watching, walking, surfing and horse riding, this sandy beach is overlooked by dramatic castle ruins. Swim only with caution: strong currents.
Nairn Beach (50 miles)
A soft sandy beach backed by dunes, with a school of dolphins inhabiting the local coastline often visible from shore.
The Den and The Glen (20 miles)
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 (24 miles)
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!
North East Falconry Centre (17 miles)
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
Macduff Marine Aquarium (32 miles)
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 (32 miles)
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!
Doonies Farm (25 miles)
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 (< 1 mile)
Grampian Transport Museum
Dramatic displays, push button exhibits and video presentations trace the history of road travel. Climb Aboard vehicle exhibits include: buses, trams, traction engine, fire engine and Mack Snow Plough.
The Gordon Highlanders Museum (22 miles)
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.
Zoology Museum and Botanic Garden (23 miles)
Stonehaven Tolbooth Museum (23 miles)
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.
Aberdeen Maritime Museum (23 miles)
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.
Satrosphere Science Centre (24 miles)
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!
Speyside Cooperage Visitor Centre (25 miles)
Fordyce Joiners Workshop Visitor Centre (30 miles)
Duff House (31 miles)
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.
The Salmon Bothy (31 miles)
The Salmon Bothy
Museum relating to the Salmon fishing industry and harbour history and housed in the old ice chambers.
Beach Leisure Centre (24 miles)
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!
Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool (26 miles)
Tick Tock Play (< 1 mile)
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.
Kool Kidz (9 miles)
Indoor adventure soft play and activity centre for under 14s, climbing frames and wall, to zip slides, tunnels and plenty more to exhaust and entertain the kids. Designated 0-2 years area.
Attached to a child oriented restaurant.
Hoodles Play Barn (16 miles)
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!
Wynford Farm Playbarn (17 miles)
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.
Fuzzy Eds (21 miles)
Attached to a family friendly restaurant, this is a woodland themed adventure soft play facility with several levels of fun features and a separate area for toddlers. Height restriction for main section is 4ft9.
Techno-Play (22 miles)
Play centre with 2 level play frame for over 4s, soft play for under 4s and a Nerf and Lasertag arena.
KC Kangaroos Play Centre (23 miles)
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!
Ton's o' Fun (23 miles)
Ton's o' Fun
an exciting children's adventure play centre for kids over 12 months and up to 145cm in height. Age split main frames, plus sports area and all the classic features.
Brewster Bear Fun Factory (24 miles)
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!
Smugglers Cove Adventure Play (24 miles)
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.
Dizzy Rascals Indoor Playcentre (29 miles)
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!
Harleys (31 miles)
Offers softplay with toddler areas, ten pin bowling from shoe size child's 8 and a child friendly restaurant with Little Friends menu.
Craigievar Castle (4 miles)
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.
Castle Fraser (9 miles)
Castle and 140 hectares of countryside with woodland trails, walled garden, adventure playground and castle to explore.
Crathes Castle Garden and Estate (15 miles)
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 (20 miles)
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.
Balmoral Castle (24 miles)
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.
Dunnottar Castle (27 miles)
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 (30 miles)
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 (23 miles)
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 (36 miles)
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 (24 miles)
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!!!
Deeside Activity Park (9 miles)
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.
Transition Extreme (24 miles)
Welcomes kids of 5 years and upwards to try skateboarding, BMX, inline skating, climbing wall and the high ropes course.
Go Ape Crathes Castle (15 miles)
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.
Bedlam Paintball Edzell (29 miles)
Bedlam Paintball Edzell
Renowned for its imaginative, realistic paintball Game Zones built to evoke highly developed game scenarios, Bedlam offers junior day packages for over 11s plus Splatmasters for ages 9-11 available as a party package.
Codonas Bowling (24 miles)
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.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Best Beaches near Alford with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Grampian can enjoy the great day out as well.
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