Mud Pies Classes…
Sticks and Stones – classes from birth to 24 months
Mud Pies – classes for 2 to five year olds
Summer 2016 – fun during the holidays
The Glorious Twelfth Blaeberry Bash – family foraging fun: FULLY BOOKED (sorry!)
Sticks and Stones
Looking for a morning out in the fresh air with your tot, feeling great after having spent time in a lovely wood? Sticks and Stones is Aberdeen’s activity class for the under 2s and their adults to have fun in the outdoors.
Each class at Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen, starts with a 30 minute pushchair walk at adult pace through the woods, followed by an hour of play amongst the trees. The walk gives parents some fresh air whilst the play session encourages children to have fun through exploring and investigating.*
Tuesdays 16 August to 4 October (7 weeks)
Please note there is NO class on Tuesday 6 September.
Times – 10am to 11.30am
Costs – £35: £5 per class. Adults go free, payable in advance by session.
Early years education encourages children to experience outdoor spaces in their own way, so this is deliberately a very informal class. Those not yet walking can investigate baskets of natural items such as cones, stones and household objects. Mobile tots collect sticks and stones in little beach buckets, dig in the mud patch, draw with chalk and play with the toy cars and diggers. We also explore in the woods, feeling the bark of trees, touching soft leaves, rolling balls down hills and lots more!
Please bring a snack and drink for your child. The park’s cafe is open too for take away coffees. There are toilets nearby at the golf club house.
* this half hour walk is optional. Feel free to meet us at the woods around 10.30am for an hour of play if the walk is not your kind of thing!
Outdoor adventures for 24 months to 5 years! Classes run on Mondays and Thursdays. Due to the road between Kingswells and Cults being closed from August to December both Monday and Thursday classes will take place at Hazlehead Park in Aberdeen.
Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen
Come and explore a secret wood in Hazlehead Park. Squelch in mud, jump off rocks, climb mountains, make things and find out about wildlife! We meet at the small swing park on Groats Road, towards Hazlehead Academy and the swimming pool. Here’s a map. The park’s cafe is also open for lunch and coffee.
Sibling (10%) and twin (15%) discounts now available – enter “sibling discount” or “twin discount” in the “Coupon code” box on the cart page.
18 August to 5 October (7 weeks)
Please note there is NO class on Thursday 25 August.
Times – 10am to 11.30am or 1pm to 2.30pm
Costs – £49. £7 per class payable in advance by session. Adults go free!
Monsters of the Vat
Thursday 21 July – 10.30am to 12 noon or 2pm to 3.30pm
Age – under 8
Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve, Dinnet, Aboyne, AB34 5NB
Come for an adventure into the wonderful Burn O’Vat! Collect some natural treasure on the way and using clay make a little monster that would like to live in amongst the waterfall, puddles or cave. All adults to be accompanied by at least one child. Wellies, waterproofs and/or a change of clothes are recommended!
Meeting point – the Burn O’Vat Visitor Centre, AB34 5NB
Free – booking essential. Call Catriona Reid, Reserve Manager on T: 01339 881667.
Make a day of it – try the nearby Riverside Cottage Cafe for coffee and ice cream, Dee Valley Confectionary for sweets in Ballater and the new play park in Aboyne.
Garden Tots Summer Special
Friday 22 July – 10am to 11.30am or 1pm to 2.30pm
Age – 2 to 5 years
Woodend Barn, Banchory, AB31 5QA
Discover nature with your little one in this special early years workshop out in the wonderful wildlife garden at Woodend Barn. Come and play, explore and get messy!
£5 per child (adults free). Book online at www.woodendbarn.com/whats-on.
Fairies and fish!
Tuesday 26 July
Age – under 10
St Cyrus National Nature Reserve, St Cyrus, Montrose, DD10 0AQ
The fairies visit the seaside! 10.30am to 12 noon
Come for an explore around the wonderful sand dunes at St Cyrus and help the elves, gnomes and fairies make a seaside holiday home!
Fish printing – 1.30 to 2.30pm, repeated again 3pm to 4pm:
Find about some local fish species and have a go at gyotaku, the very simple Japanese technique of fish printing. It looks beautiful and you can take your work of art home!
Free – booking essential. Come to one or both sessions. Call Therese Alampo, Reserve Manager on T: 01674 830 736.
Make a day of it – try Balmakewan or Castleton farm shops for coffee and Charleton Fruit Farm or the Seafront Splash at Montrose for some outdoor play!
National Play Day
Wednesday 3 August – 11am to 3pm
Age – all!
Union Terrace Gardens, Union Terrace, Aberdeen
Come for a play and celebrate National Play with Aberdeen Play Forum and some of their friends. We will provide lots of things to play with – just bring your imagination!
Free – no booking required, although see the Aberdeen Play Forum website for more details.
Wild About Aden
Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 August – 10am to 3pm
Age – all!
Aden Country Park, Station Road, Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire, Scotland AB42 5FQ
Family fun in a great park with bug handling, camp fires (with Mud Pies), circus skills, treasure hunts, rare breeds and much, much more!
Free – no booking required, although see the Aden Country Park website for more details.
The Glorious Twelfth Blaeberry Bash
Friday 12 August – 10.30am to 12.30pm or 2pm to 4pm – both fully booked
Age – 2 to 12 years
Countesswells Woods, Aberdeen
Join Claire Jessiman, the Foodie Quine and me for a family foraging blaeberry bash and some hands-on foodie fun in Countesswells Woods, Aberdeen. We’ll forage for blaeberries, light a camp fire, make pancakes and berry jam and maybe toast a marshmallow or two!
Cost – £8 adult; £8 child – you will need a minimum of two tickets.
Please note – the Forestry Commission charges £1.50 to park for up to 3 hours at Countesswells.