What’s on for Kids and Families in Aberdeen City & Shire (8th -14th October 2016) | Mummy Mimi

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

** Event details as at time of posting, please check through relevant links for more details **

Aberdeen Snowsports Centre Open Day

Where: Aberdeen Snowsports Centre, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7BA

Date: Saturday 8th October 2016
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Price: All activity’s are only £2 each

Description: Come on down for your first Skiing or Snowboarding lesson on Saturday 8th October! If that doesn’t take your fancy then we have tubing sessions running all day!

We do have limited availability so get on the phone and book in today on 01224 810 215

Please be aware that skiing and snowboarding lessons are suitable for 4 years and over and our tubing sessions are for 5+

Learn It. Love It. Live It.

Website: http://www.aberdeensnowsports.com/

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1287698684596250/

Drum Castle Meet The Makers Craft & Food Fair

Where: Drum Castle, Aberdeen AB11 5J

Date: Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th October 2016
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Price: £4 per adult, £2 for concessions and children (admission to both the castle and fair)

Description: Exclusively Highlands comes to Drum Castle for a wonderful Meet the Makers Craft and Food Fair.

Not only will members of the public be able to see around the National Trust for Scotland’s oldest intact property, but they will also have the chance to see expert crafters at work and have a chat about what inspires them to produce such wonderfully unique items.

A full range of bespoke produce of both crafts and foods will be available to purchase. The gardeners from Drum will also be on hand to meet with their expert knowledge and a range of plants and books will be on sale.

Website: http://exclusivelyhighlands.co.uk/

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1155368231148029/

Love Rara Superhero Academy

Where: Forysth Hall, Belhelvie, Aberdeen (behind the church)

Date: Saturday 8th October 2016
Time: 2.00pm – 6.00pm

Price: Tickets are £10 per child with entry for 1 adult with every child. (space is limited please only 1 adult per child) tickets can be purchased through loveraraltd@yahoo.com

Description: Join some of our amazing superhero’s for our an explosive action Superhero School in which your child will be trained on how to become a real life superhero.

We will train them through different obstacles and activities in which completion the will receive a Love Rara certificate.

Website: http://www.loverara.co.uk/

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1175267655863815/

Boddam Craft Fayre

Where: Boddam Public Hall, Church Place, Aberdeen AB42 3NB

Date: Saturday 8th October 2016
Time: 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Description: Come and see the beautiful crafts from our local crafters.

Amazing ideas for perfect presents and even some Christmas shopping!

There will also be teas and coffees for sale with thanks to the Hall Committee!Companies include:

** JFTP Business Fairy – Michelle Lack ** Way With Words ** Duthie Handicrafts ** Betty Bell Confectionery & Preserves ** Dandelion Cakes ** 15TwentyTwo ** Cats Accessories ** Mo’s style ** Gamries Candles ** All that glitters jewellery ** Styled By Donna May ** Reiki Balance ** Avon **

And more!

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1800806880175979/


Where: Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, AB33 8

Date: Sunday 9th October 2016
Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm

Price: Adult Tickets for the Day £6 and Children’s Tickets £1

Description: Steam@Alford is an event being run by the Bon Accord Steam Engine Club in association with the Grampian Transport Museum.

Steam@Alford is a gathering of road steam vehicles at the Museum, that will be in steam and operating around the track at the Museum. Parades of engines, explanations of how they work, and rides will all be available on the day.

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

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1161703063889905/

Stone Age Secrets at Haddo

Where: Haddo House & Country Park, Ellon, AB41 7EQ

Date: Sunday 9th October 2016
Time: 11.00am – 2.00pm

Price: Free drop in event, booking not required.

Description: Explore the secrets of the stone age at Haddo. Find out about Neolithic and Bronze Age life via reproduction artefacts and materials from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages including axe heads, arrowheads and a bow drill, as well as examples of materials such as flint, stone, copper, tin, antlers and beeswax.

 Event organised in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service.

Website: http://visithaddo.com/events/46/575-Stone-Age-Secrets-at-Haddo/

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/566996620091675/

Aberdeen Play Forum Play Session

Where: Skene Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1

Date: Sunday 9th October 2016
Time: 12.00pm – 2.00pm

Description: Aberdeen Play Forum will be running a play session at the Skene Street Project with a special mystery character from Love Rara!

We will also have on show the plans for the site & you will be able to chat to us about#TheSkeneStreetProject

Please support the project via our Crowd Funding Campaign

Website: http://www.aberdeenplayforum.com/services.html

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1782419135304197/

Love Rara Land Mermaid and Coral Creative workshop

Where: The Sand Bothy, Balmedie Country Park, Aberdeen

Date: Sunday 9th October 2016
Time: 12.30pm – 16.00pm (Sessions: 12:30-2:00pm or 2:30-4:00pm)

Price: £15 per child this is a drop off session for children 3 years and over. To book please contact loveraraltd@yahoo.com or pm the Facebook page below, please note this is a limited ticket event.

Description: After our great sucess of our Tink workshop and our Frozen Queen workshop.

We have a new venue!! The Sand Bothy Balmedie, Your little one will be able to make and decorate their very own ocean themed crafts with their favourite character the Land Mermaid and our singing mermaid Coral

 What’s included: ** Snack and Juice ** 2 craft projects that your little one will be able to create and take home. ** Dancing and Singing with our Land Mermaid** Photo opportunities **

Website: http://www.loverara.co.uk/

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1763127517237780/

Messy Play Sessions

Where: Westdyke Leisure Centre, Aberdeen AB32 6

Date: Wednesday 12th October & Wednesday 19th October 2016
Time: 10am

Price: 1st child £5, siblings £3

Description: We will be holding messy play sessions for children aged sitting – 5yrs. 12th ‘Sea’ theme 19th ‘Autumn/Halloween’ theme

Please contact Denman playgroup via Facebook to book your place. Places limited.

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

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1590809507889321/

Family Fun at the Library: Reading Dens

Where: Special Collections Centre, Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen, Bedford Road,  Old Aberdeen,  AB24 3AA

Date: Wednesday 12th October
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Price: Free Drop in Event

Description: Cosy reading dens are all the rage and today we’re designing reading dens for bears, as it’s Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work and School Day!

A fun-filled afternoon of craft for children and their adults. There’s also a Teddy Bears’ Book Club meeting at the Special Collections Centre—why not bring your own bear and the book he or she’s reading to join in with the others?

Children must be accompanied by an adult. All ages welcome.

Website: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/about/special/

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1057769220943379/

Union Terrace Gardens Play Session

Where:  Union Terrace Gardens

Date: Wednesday 12th October
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm

Price: Free, No need to book or pay, just come along and play!

Description: Aberdeen Play Forum is hosting a play session at Union Terrace Gardens!

Bus Route: Wallace Statue – Bus no. 12, 20, 37, 59, X18, X20
Union Terrace – Bus no. 3, 3G, 5

At Aberdeen Play Forum we run play sessions in parks and green spaces around the city during school holidays. We provide our loose parts kit for children and families to play with.

What are Loose Parts? I hear you ask…Loose Parts are materials like tarpaulins, milk and bread crates, planks of wood, pipes, guttering, logs, tree slices, fabrics, blankets, pillows, pots and pans, spoons, brushes, sponges, sticks, and stones – the list goes on….Loose Parts are materials which children can move, adapt, control, change and manipulate in their play.

Loose parts play offers children high levels of creativity and choice. The materials can be whatever the child wants them to be – the possibilities are endless.

There are no set instructions with loose parts – children have to use their imagination, take control and lead their own play. With a little imagination they can be transformed into almost anything… Tarpaulins turn into dens, crates and tyres could be a car or a bus, pipes for water play and lots more!

The possibilities are endless – so don’t forget your imagination!All of our Loose Parts Kit are risk assessed before children have access to play with them.

Disclaimer: Sessions are run as ‘drop-ins’ and operate as per ‘Street Play’ programmes: they are free of charge and not compulsory; participants who feel the session is unsuitable for them are free to leave at any time; participants are responsible for their own health, safety and general well-being; Staff, Aberdeen Play Forum and Aberlour Childcare Trust are not responsible for participants.

Website: http://www.aberdeenplayforum.com/

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1148507691887391/

Duthie Park Free Play Session

Where: Duthie Park, Aberdeen

Date: Wednesday 12th October
Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Price: Free, No need to book or pay, just come along and play!

Description: Aberdeen Play Forum is hosting a play session at Duthie Park Bowling Green!

See above event for more details on the activities at Aberdeen Play Forums Free Play Sessions

Website: http://www.aberdeenplayforum.com/

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/235948443474062/

 Ranger Family Event: The Big Draw with the Rangers

Where: Fyvie Castle,Turriff, Aberdeenshire, AB53 8JS

Date: Thursday 13th October 2016
Time: 10.30am – 12.00pm

Price: Adults £1, Child £5 (Booking essential 01330 844810)

Description: Take part in this national event and learn how to draw tiny minibeasts, pine cones, prickles and other natural objects to make very big pictures!

Join the Rangers to make your own huge picture.

All our events begin and end in the property’s car park where there is a car parking charge for non-members. Suitable for families and groups of older children. Please let us know if you have any special requirements.

For further information please call 01330 844810

Website: http://www.nts.org.uk/Events/Ticket/Buy/5534/

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1014694698612720/

3D Printer Demo

Where: Aberdeen Central Library

Date: Tuesday 11th October 2016
Time:  2.00pm – 3.45pm

Price: Free Event. Contact the Children’s Library on 01224 652507 or e-mail childrenslibrary@aberdeencity.gov.uk to reserve a place (booking required)

Description: Find out how 3D printing works and learn how to design your own keyring using computer software in the library.

Suitable for children aged 8+

Website: http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/xev_EventDetail.asp?id=9596 or http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/LibraryEvents/

Melting Medals Children’s Craft Workshop

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

Date: Tuesday 11th & Wednesday 12th October 2016
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm

Price: There is a small charge of £3 per child, payable on the day. Booking is essential as spaces are limited.

To book your space, please contact Alice Walton at alice.walton@gordonhighlanders.com or on 01224 498926)

Description: Children will begin by exploring the Museum’s collection of Campaign and Gallantry medals and will record information about them using handy worksheets.

Then using a touch of science, they can make their very own medal out of a plastic cup!
Finally to complete their medal, children are helped to create a colourful matching ribbon.

This event is suitable for children from 6-12 years old. Children will need to be accompanied by adults.
We ask that children wear suitable clothing for craft activities. Adults will be required to complete a brief booking/consent form.

Website: http://www.gordonhighlanders.com/Diary-of-Events?item=145#.V_aPZJMrL-Y

Search For A Squirrel!

Where: Haddo House, Ellon AB41 7EQ

Date: Thursday 13th October 2016
Time:  10.00am

Price: Free, Booking essential, for more information email haddo@visithaddo.com or call 01651 851041

Description: Join Steve Willis from the Scottish Wildlife Trust to find out all about Haddo’s amazing Red Squirrels. Learn how to spot the signs of Red Squirrels near you, then head out into the woods for a guided walk to find the wee beasties themselves, including a visit to our red squirrel feeding station and hide.

Easy, level walking mostly on surfaced paths, some walking in wooded areas and off paths. You may have to be quiet/silent for periods to avoid disturbing the squirrels

Suitable for all.

Website: http://visithaddo.com/events/46/590-Search-For-A-Squirrel/

Facebook Page/Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/251316391929956/


Where: Peterhead (10th), Laurencekirk (11th), Fraserburgh (12th), Inverurie (14th) & Breamar (15th)

Detailed locations in Facebook event links below

Date: Monday 10th – Saturday 15th October 2016

Time: From 11.00am

Price: Thanks to generous funding from Youth Arts Collective North East and OpenBoxDesign, these events are FREE. Please note that due to limited capacity we suggest you book a free ticket online before coming to the event at www.woodendbarn.com

Description: MiniFest is a festival for children and their friends and families, featuring a range of performances created especially for children, interactive workshops and a drop in arts and craft sessions.

MiniFest is visiting with a fun packed day including a music and dance workshop, crafting session and a performance of Grass by Secondhand Dance – a show full of worms, slugs, snails and spontaneous outbreaks of ant dancing!

Musical Bumps Workshop – 11.00am
Join dance artist Linzy McAvoy for this creative movement session with live accompaniment from a classical musician. Creative, interactive and fun this is the perfect introduction to dance and music for young children.
Suitable for ages 3-7 (Must be accompanied by an adult).

Drop in craft sessions – 12.00-2.00pm
Free drop in crafts suitable for all ages. A range of exciting materials will be at your disposal to make all sorts from paper costumes and props to madcap mini beasts!

Grass by Secondhand Dance – 2.00pm
Look down. What are you standing on?
Explore the ground and all of its wriggling inhabitants in this quirky dance show for young children. Featuring worms, slugs, snails, spontaneous outbreaks of ant dancing and plenty of obscure insect-related facts, Grass uses performance, puppetry and projection to inspire children to look closely at the world around them, to get mucky and play!
Suitable for ages 4 and above

Website: http://www.woodendbarn.com/

Facebook Page/Event: PeterheadLaurencekirkFraserburghInverurie & Braemar

We hope this has given you some inspiration for the week ahead. Let us know in the comments below or over on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter what you get up too!

If you have an event you would like listed in a future ‘What’s on’ post drop us an email at mimi@mummymimi.co.uk