St Cyrus (< 1 mile)
Fairly isolated sandy beach great for peaceful traditional family days with castling, paddling and long nature walks available.
Lunan Bay (< 1 mile)
Fabulous for bird watching, walking, surfing and horse riding, this sandy beach is overlooked by dramatic castle ruins. Swim only with caution: strong currents.
Dizzy Rascals Indoor Playcentre (4 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
Charleton Fruit Farm (4 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.
Montrose Swimming Pool (5 miles)
Montrose Swimming Pool
Standard, teaching and diving pools with cool 1 and 3m Springboards, plus a 5m Platform for the brave ones.
Seafront Splash (5 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 Beach (5 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.
Cheeky Monkeys Montrose (5 miles)
Cheeky Monkeys Montrose
An indoor kids play centre, large play frame and slides to entertain the children, enclosed baby area for the younger ones, large seating area for the adults, fantastic menu at the snack bar for everyone, wheelchair and pram friendly, fun for all.
Montrose Basin Nature Reserve (7 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.
Pictavia Visitor Centre (11 miles)
Pictavia Visitor Centre
Tells the story of Scotland's Pictish tribes, a mysterious warrior people who roamed the area nearly two thousand years ago. Discover their stories, battles, music and art: discover their lives.
Halymyres Stables (14 miles)
BHS approved facility offering lessons for over 4 years, scenic hacks and beach rides, plus dedicated Pony Club.
Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool (15 miles)
Arbroath Signal Tower (17 miles)
Arbroath Signal Tower
Museum and tower building. You can find out about the fascinating history of the Bell Rock Lighthouse and visit the outhouse to see the massive lens of the last manually operated lamp.
Kerr's Miniature Railway (17 miles)
Kerr's Miniature Railway
is located on the seafront of Arbroath. It is a miniature railway where children can enjoy a 5 minute long journey. There is also a miniature bus and fire engine which operate along the promenade. Children can also enjoy picnics on the grass whilst watching the trains go by.
Forfar Ice Rink (19 miles)
Forfar Ice Rink
With experienced skaters stewarding the sessions anyone who visits the rink can enjoy their skating in a relaxed yet safe environment. Special toddler and learners sessions. Also has great bowling and curling facilities.
Frostys Funhouse (19 miles)
Multi level winter themed adventure main frame featuring four lane ice slide, football and basket ball area, rapid fire cannons, ball juggler and ball pit, toddlers' race track, separate toddlers' area and loads more!
Crathes Castle Garden and Estate (20 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.
Go Ape! Crathes Castle (20 miles)
Go Ape! Crathes Castle
Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.
Kidzalowd Softplay Area (21 miles)
Kidzalowd Softplay Area
Attached to a family friendly restaurant, this adventure play facility for the under 10s is bright, colourful, safe and clean.
Brewster Bear Fun Factory (22 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!
Storybook Glen (22 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.
Barry Water Mil (23 miles)
Barry Water Mil
Enjoy the splash of the waterwheel and the smell of grinding corn in this picturesque 19th-century working mill.
J M Barrie's Birthplace (23 miles)
J M Barrie's Birthplace
Enchanting cottage where Sir J. M. Barrie was born and raised with his nine siblings - Peter Pan garden with a living-willow crocodile and Pirates Workshop to be explored - Fly like Peter Pan as part of the 'Peter Pan Experience
Angus Folk Museum (25 miles)
Angus Folk Museum
The museum houses charming quirky exhibitions housed in six 18th-century cottages, offering vivid insights into rural life in Angus throughout the ages.
Aberdeen Snowsports Centre (26 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.
Hazlehead Park (26 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.
Hayfield Equestrian Centre (27 miles)
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.
The Ceramic Experience (27 miles)
The Ceramic Experience
At the studio, customers are supplied with everything from stamps and stencils to aprons, brushes, tiles and paint, all of which are non-toxic and food safe.
Doonies Farm (27 miles)
A fully-functioning farm with an outstanding collection of rare breed animals, come and encounter the countryside!
Wynford Farm Playbarn (27 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 (28 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.
The Factory Skatepark (28 miles)
The Factory Skatepark
The UK's first custom built indoor extreme sports arena for Boarding, Blading and BMXing. With special beginners' sessions available.
The Fun Factory (28 miles)
The Fun Factory
is a custom built indoor Soft Play Family Entertainment Centre. The Fun Factory provides an activity centre for children with sections for those age 1 to 4 and another for those aged 5 to 11 years. There is also a sensory area specifically for children with additional or special needs.
Aberdeen Maritime Museum (28 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.
KC Kangaroos Play Centre (29 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!
Codonas Bowling (29 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.
Rambos Kids Adventureland (29 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
Codonas Amusement Park (29 miles)
Codonas Amusement Park
Three entertainment centres: Codonas Amusement Park, Sunset Boulevard and Miami Beach with LOADS of things to do
Satrosphere Science Centre (29 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!
Seaton Park (29 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
Transition Extreme (29 miles)
In their coaching sessions they take children from the age of 5 years and upwards. It’s a brilliant combination of exercise, psychological challenge and lasting friendships, and it’s open to absolutely everybody!
Beach Leisure Centre (29 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
Kidz World (29 miles)
- has a massive play frame full of excitement and adventure for children up to the age of 10.
Craigievar Castle (30 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.
HM Frigate Unicorn (30 miles)
HM Frigate Unicorn
Step on board this historic Warship and travel back in time to the days when Britannia ruled the waves. Now one of the six oldest ships left in the world.
The Old Royal Station (30 miles)
The Old Royal Station
At the centre of Ballater is a beautiful wooden building that was formerly the royal railway station. Recently restored, it now houses an exhibition, the Tourist Information Centre, a restaurant and shops.
Old Aberdeen Treasure Trail (30 miles)
Old Aberdeen Treasure Trail
The self-guided Old Aberdeen Trail is a fantastic, inexpensive and quirky way to explore the area. Follow the Directions, Solve the Clues and See the Sights!
One Sports (30 miles)
18 lanes of 10-Pin-Bowling featuring the latest cosmic lighting and automated bumper systems. Modern, fully-equipped, air-conditioned Fitness Suite Four 5-a-side, all-weather, astroturf football pitches. Cafe serving fast-food, sandwiches, soups etc., Arcade Zone including all the latest video games, pool tables, and air hockey.
Pirates Island (30 miles)
Whatever the weather, this piratey paradise is a perfect entertainment place for kids between 1-12 to climb, hide, run and just have lots of fun and for school or club outings.
Olympia Leisure Centre (30 miles)
Olympia Leisure Centre
The leisure pool includes a rapid river, wave pool and seated bubble beds, plus toddler’s pool with smaller slides and features. Several of the many flumes have various features including 3D holograms, clear sections and LED light effects!
Thanks for all the great things to do in St Cyrus 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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