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Family Days Out 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 [map] 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 [map] on George Street, an American-style bowling alley with café, arcade games and pool tables – a great way to end a fun day out.

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