Kids & Families in Aberdeen
||Whether you’re going
for an hour, a day or a week, there are plenty of things to keep the
kids occupied during a family break in Aberdeen. From museums and
parks to cinema and swimming, this city has something for everyone
– even activities that parents will enjoy.
If your kids are interested in history, then they’ll be spoilt
for choice in the ancient city of Aberdeen as the place has plenty
of museums to visit.
For starters there’s the Aberdeen Maritime Museum [map],
which tells the story of the city's long relationship with the sea,
and 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 industry.
Another of the city’s most popular museums is the Tolbooth
on Castle Street, one of the oldest buildings in Aberdeen and one
of the best-preserved 17th century gaols in Scotland. Built
between 1616 and 1629, the Tolbooth was a gaol for those awaiting
either trial in the adjacent court or punishment. This magnificent
building is now a museum dedicated to the history of crime and
punishment in the city, with exhibits such as medieval instruments
of punishment on display.
For something a little different, take the kids to Aberdeen’s
The Satrosphere [map]
on Constitution Street, a fantastic interactive museum for the young
and young at heart. Here budding scientists can learn about forensic
science, bugs and reptile, the rainforest, and lots more.
If your children are energetic then why not take a trip to one of
the Granite City’s many parks where they can enjoy a game of
football, tennis, cricket or just run wild! One such public park is
Duthie’s Park [map],
which is home to the Winter Gardens – Aberdeen’s
most popular tourist attraction – where you’ll find Europe’s
largest indoor garden collection, with flowers, fish, birds and insects
from all over the world.
Water babies may prefer a trip to one of Aberdeen’s top swimming
pools, such as the Beach Leisure Centre [map],
which has a pool, water flumes, sports hall, and a sauna for mums
and dads. Alternatively, the Bon Accord Baths [map]
has a 40-yard leisure pool and diving boards.
After all that fun, you’ll just want to chill out in the evening
so why not take the little ones to the cinema to see the latest children’s
film. There are a number of cinemas to choose from in Aberdeen, including
the UGC Cinema [map]
and the Lighthouse Cinema [map],
which both have several screens showing the latest Hollywood blockbusters.
Alternatively why not enjoy a spot of ten-pin bowling at Megabowl
on George Street, an American-style bowling alley with café,
arcade games and pool tables – a great way to end a fun day
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