Hazlehead Park (21 miles)
park of over 180 hectares, which was originally part of the freedom lands granted to the city in 1319. The land fell into private ownership but was bought back by the council in 1920. This park is on the outskirts of Aberdeen and is heavily wooded. It is popular with sports enthusiasts, walkers, naturalists and picnickers. Around the park are football pitches, a golf course, pitch and putt course and woods for walking. The park itself has rose gardens, azalea & rhododendron borders, heather beds, a children's play area and a pets’ corner. The park has a significant collection of sculpture by a range of artists and heritage items which have been rescued from various places within the city.
Seaton Park (23 miles)
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
Aden Country Park (33 miles)
Aden Country Park
A great park to play in and picnic in with plenty of space. The Aberdeenshire Farming Museum, a restaurant, and a craft shop are situated in the centre of the park, at the Farm Square, and are open on a seasonal basis.
Revack Estate Adventure Playground (35 miles)
Grantown on Spey
Revack Estate Adventure Playground
Superb adventure playground plus nature walks, wildlife observation opportunities and visitor centre with refreshments. Within Cairgorm National Park.
Charleton Fruit Farm (36 miles)
Charleton Fruit Farm
Looking for a relaxing day out? Why not try the Charleton Fruit Farm. Coffee shop with an imaginative menu, including fresh fruit and vegetables from the farm, an indoor and outdoor setting, gift shop local produce and somewhere for the kids to play.
Seafront Splash (37 miles)
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.
Montrose Basin Nature Reserve (38 miles)
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, maybe even seals.
Logie Estate (42 miles)
Our Logie Steading Visitor Centre offers a warm welcome with Arts and Crafts, Shopping, Walled Gardens, River Walks, an Adventure Playground and home-made lunches and refreshments in our CafÃ©.
Camperdown Country Park (53 miles)
Camperdown Country Park
Combined with the wildlife centre, family fun fair, adventure playground and golf courses, Camperdown can offer a fantastic, fun-filled day out for all the family. Dundee Ice Arena and Cineworld nearby.
Culloden Wood (55 miles)
offers an ideal site for a family ramble, with way marked trails offering either a 3km trip including several local landmarks or a much shorter one in and out of the trees for those with smaller legs.
Ness Islands Walk (60 miles)
Ness Islands Walk
A great walk in a beautiful part of Inverness city - only about an hour long taking in the Ness Islands as you go
Whin Park (60 miles)
- a large play park for children of all ages. It has a boating pond, complete with ducks, a minature train ride, shop and toilets, along with lots of adventure play park features for children. There are also picnic benches
Craigtoun Country Park (63 miles)
Craigtoun Country Park
offers a wide range of attractions including acres of beautiful landscaped parkland, adventure playground, Boats and Pedaloes, trampolines, bouncy castle, putting, crazy Golf, pedal cars, cafe and one of Scotland's oldest miniature railways, situated 5 minutes from St Andrews.
Glengoulandie Country Park (64 miles)
Glengoulandie Country Park
Glengoulandie Country Park has something for everyone..A fabulous herd of red deer, including a white stag, Highland cattle, Soay sheep & Goats
Chickens and peafowl. There is also a Coffee shop, serving homemade food, a small camping site, popular with hillwalkers, who like the peace and tranquillity and a fishing lochan, stocked with Rainbow and Brown trout. Rod hire also available.
Muddy Boots (69 miles)
is a family run kids' adventure play centre situated next to a fabulously foody Farm Shop and Cafe. With both indoors and outdoors activities including zorbing, giant jumping pillows, grass sledging, a giant sandpit and giro cars, you have the recipe for endless hours of family fun.
Riverside Park (73 miles)
Has pleasant woodland walks, pond, several play areas and sculptures, and also cricket pitch, football facilities and skateboard facilities.
Storybook Glen (20 miles)
See more than 100 of your favourite nursery rhyme and fairytale characters. Enjoy exquisite flowers and plants, majestic trees, secret waterfalls, exotic animals and fairytale houses and eat at the self-service restaurant which offers healthy food.
Codonas Amusement Park (24 miles)
Codonas Amusement Park
Three entertainment centres: Codonas Amusement Park, Sunset Boulevard and Miami Beach with LOADS of things to do
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
Willows Animal Sanctuary is dedicated to the care of abandoned and ill-treated domestic and farm animals. It looks after over 200 animals including more than 60 horses, ponies and donkeys as well as 100 sheep, goats, cows and pigs and approximately 60 cats and many rabbits, poultry and reptiles.
Doonies Farm (25 miles)
A fully-functioning farm with an outstanding collection of rare breed animals, come and encounter the countryside!
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.
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!
Aberdeenshire Farming Museum (32 miles)
Aberdeenshire Farming Museum
Delightful country park location with children's play area and nature walks. Start by exploring the Aden Estate Story and the "Weel Vrocht Grun" exhibitions. Visit Hareshowe, a working farm set in the 1950s.
Arbuthnot Museum (39 miles)
See models showing the development of local fishing boats and find out about Arctic Animals, Whaling, and view their collection of significant Inuit Artefacts. Definitely an educational trip, but fascinating.
Beach Leisure Centre (24 miles)
Beach Leisure Centre
The freeform leisure pool has fantastic water features including rapids and a wave machine so you won't fail but have a whale of a time
Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool (26 miles)
Montrose Swimming Pool (37 miles)
Montrose Swimming Pool
Standard, teaching and diving pools with cool 1 and 3m Springboards, plus a 5m Platform for the brave ones.
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. Attached to a child oriented restaurant.
Hoodles Play Barn (15 miles)
Hoodles Play Barn
The centre piece of the Play Barn facility is our extensive soft play area - the only one of its type in the area.
Bogie Dragon (16 miles)
Within the activity centre is a large, purpose built adventure castle. It is a fun packed soft play themed area
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.
KC Kangaroos Play Centre (22 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
Kids play centre attached to brewsters food chain - i find they are always worth a visit if the weather is a bit grotty and the kids need a runaround - and you can get lunch too!
Rambos Kids Adventureland (24 miles)
Rambos Kids Adventureland
slides, rope climbs, ball ponds, soft ball shooters and a bouncy area that will entertain the kids for hours and hours
Kidzalowd Softplay Area (24 miles)
Kidzalowd Softplay Area
Attached to a family friendly restaurant, this adventure play facility for the under 10s is bright, colourful, safe and clean.
Dizzy Rascals Indoor Playcentre (29 miles)
Dizzy Rascals Indoor Playcentre
Soft play, with slides, ball pools and a massive soft ball 5-a-side football zone. New for 2006-ball cannons, trampoline and an extended play frame
Junior Jim (31 miles)
Physical activity for pre schoolers only, limited opening but great atmosphere and innovative programme, good equipment. Council run.
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.
Crathes Castle Garden and Estate (15 miles)
Crathes Castle Garden and Estate
One of the most beautiful and best preserved castles in Scotland occupied by the Burnetts of Leys for over 350 years and set against a magnificent garden with its world-renowned June border. Kids can also take part in quizzes, family trails, hands-on activities and play in the adventure playground.
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.
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 4s.
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.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Play Parks and Great Outdoors 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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