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8 Things to do with the Kids Over Summer

Posted 28th Jun 2019


Build a Sandcastle

Enjoy some time in the sand, come rain or shine. Head down to Aberdeen beach for a picnic or come along to Bon Accord’s indoor beach and enjoy a coffee while the little ones play.

Arts and Crafts

Another one for rainy days. Grab some art supplies and get to work drawing, colouring and creating! If you want to take the kids out and about, Waterstones offer lots of free kids activities like their rainbow catcher workshop on 8 July.

Enjoy kid's crafts at home or at free local events

Go to the Park

If it is sunglasses weather, head out to the park with the kids. Duthie and Hazlehead parks both offer some lovely scenery and plenty of space for the little ones to run around. If you are looking for something closer to the city centre, the Bon Accord Roof Garden has a kid’s play park and a sandpit.

Oor Wullie Bucket Trail

Inspired by Scotland’s favourite son, Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail is the first nationwide public arts trail and will cover 700 miles across Scotland this summer. A total of 200 life-sized Oor Wullie sculptures can be spotted across Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The goal of the trail is to raise vital funds for all of Scotland’s children’s hospital charities to provide the very best possible care and support for the combined half a million babies, children and young people who are seen each year.

This free art event will run for 11 weeks from June 17 to August 30. Each statue is individually designed by 100 artists, each reflecting a unique aspect of Scotland’s diverse culture.

Aberdeen will be home to 36 uniquely designed Oor Wullies and if you download the Bucket Trail app you can collect and save each sculpture! How many can you collect?

Balach Cluaran by Donna Newman

Head to the Theatre

There are lots of family friendly shows and activities happening at the theatre this summer. From drama and music summer schools to family-friendly performances including Zog and Wee Hansel and Gretel, there’s something to suit all ages.

Walking Tours & City Sightseeing

If you fancy a day of sightseeing, embark on a Nuart walking tour. The tours are free and run weekly on Thursday (6pm), Saturday (1pm) and selected Sundays (1pm) until the end of September. You can also plan your own tour using Nuart’s downloadable map.

You can also check out other sights that the city centre offers. Find our Aberdeen sightseeing guide here.

While you are out and about, make sure to snap a picture with our rainbow steps and post with the hashtag #stepintosummer for your chance to win a £100 Bon Accord gift voucher!

Find this piece by Hama Woods on Crooked Lane

Big Bounce

Big Bounce is back and bigger than ever. This year our bouncy castle event will be spilling onto the streets! Enjoy bouncy castles, giant inflatables, music and much more at Aberdeen’s favourite charity event. This is a great summer day out with the kids.

Big Bounce is our charity event for One Great Day. This means that all of the money raised will go to Great Ormond Street Hospital and The Archie Foundation. So, come along and bounce for a cause!

Learn about STEM

Delve into the world of STEM! Aberdeen Science Centre is located on George Street and offers a range of exhibits to educate kids about science, technology, engineering and maths. Aberdeen Science Centre also offers clubs on STEM (7-12yrs), engineering (9-12yrs) and coding (8-12yrs).