Classes

Mud Pies Classes…

Sticks and Stones
Mud Pies – classes for 2 to 5 year olds
Summer 2019 – nature fun for 2 to 10 year olds during the summer holidays

Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones, classes for children from birth to 24 monthes, is unfortunately not running this school year due to me working in several Aberdeen schools. Sorry about this! You are welcome to come along to Mud Pies classes instead during the session within which your tot’s second birthday falls.

Mud Pies

Outdoor adventures for 24 months to 5 years!
From August 2019 onwards classes will run on Monday mornings and afternoons at Hazlehead Park in Aberdeen and on Friday mornings at Countesswells Woods, on the westerly outskirts of Aberdeen.

Sibling (10%) and twin (15%) discounts available – just enter “sibling discount” or “twin discount” in the “Coupon code” box on the cart page when you book!

Mondays
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 available – just enter “sibling discount” or “twin discount” in the “Coupon code” box on the cart page when you book!

Autumn 2019
Dates to be announced soon!

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Fridays
Countesswells Woods*
, Aberdeen
Splash in puddles, balance along logs, look for woodpeckers and build dens – there’s loads to do in this great wood!

Sibling (10%) and twin (15%) discounts available – just enter “sibling discount” or “twin discount” in the “Coupon code” box on the cart page when you book!

* Please note – Forestry and Land Scotland (previously Forestry Commission Scotland) charge £1.50 to park for up to 3 hours at Countesswells. (You can also buy an annual season ticket for £35 that gives access to several woods in the area that makes things much cheaper. Call their local office on T: 0300 067 6200 to pay over the phone).

Autumn 2019
Dates to be announced soon!

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Summer 2019

Splish Splash!
Wednesday 24 July – 10.30am to 12 noon or 1.30pm to 3.00pm
Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve, Dinnet, Aboyne AB34 5NB
Ages: under 8s
Come for a watery adventure and climb into the Burn O’Vat, an amazing glacial pothole! Inside, we will make mini rafts and dams, puddle jump and have fun in the water!
Admission: free but booking essential. Call the reserve’s manager Catriona Reid on 013398 81667.
All adults must be accompanied by at least one child. This could be a very wet event so either come with swimwear or a change of clothes!

Bothy bowls
Wednesday 31 July – 10.30am to 12 noon and 1pm to 2.30pm
The Sand Bothy, Balmedie Country Park, Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, AB23 8XG
Ages – 2 to 8
Slide down the fantastic sand dunes at Balmedie Beach and collect shells and other lovely beachy things. Then back at the Sand Bothy find out how to turn a small ball of clay into a bowl, then use your finds to decorate it!
Cost – £7 per child (includes a drink and biscuit). Adults go free.

Stick Man
Thursday 1 August – 10am to 11.30am or 1pm to 2.30pm
Dunnottar Woods, Stonehaven
Ages – 2 to 8
Come for an explore around Dunnottar Woods and find the perfect stick – with the help of some blu tac and googly eyes – to turn into stick man and perhaps his stick lady love and their children three!
Cost – £7 per child (includes a drink and biscuit). Adults go free.
Meeting point – from the A957 in Stonehaven (Dunnottar Avenue) turn onto Low Wood Road at the Invercarron Resource Centre, near to the BP petrol station. Turn left into the woods at the bridge, signed “Dunnottar Church”. Take the left fork (away from the church) and then left again into the car park. Here’s a map. This is the car park in the middle of the woods, NOT the car park up by the dual carriageway.

Garden Tots
Friday 2 August – 10am to 11am, 11.45am to 12.45pm or 1.30pm to 2.30pm
The Barn, Burn O Bennie, Banchory AB31 5QA
Ages – 2 to 5
Discover some of the secrets of the natural world by exploring around the Barn’s wild garden. Collect an array of wonderful colours and make something special to take home.
Costs – £5 per child. Adults go free. Book online at the Barn.

Very Hungry Caterpillars
Tuesday 6 August – 10am to 11.30am and 1pm to 2.30pm
Thursday 8 August – 10am to 11.30am and 1pm to 2.30pm
Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen
Meeting point – the small swing park on Groats Road in between the main park itself and Hazlehead Academy. Nearest postcode – AB15 8BE.
Ages – 2 to 8
Calling all hungry grubs! There might not be many strawberries or pickles in the woods at Hazlehead Park but there are lots of juicy leaves for peckish caterpillars! See how many you can find as we explore through the woods, listen to the famous story and make a little caterpillar to take home too!
Cost – £7 per child (includes a drink and biscuit). Adults go free.

Camp fire s’mores
Monday 12 August – 10.30am to 12.30pm: fully booked or 1.30pm to 3.30pm: fully booked
Friday 16 Auguest – 10.30am to 12.30pm or 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Hazlehead Park woods, Aberdeen
Meeting point – the small swing park on Groats Road in between the main park itself and Hazlehead Academy. Nearest postcode – AB15 8BE.
Ages: 2-10 year olds
Come for a delicious Mud Pies’ adventure! Collect sticks for a camp fire then when it is hot enough make (the Scottish version of) a s’more – the gooey, far too sweet combination of chocolate and a toasted marshmallow sandwiched between two biscuits!
Cost: Adults: £7, Child: £7. I.e. you need a minimum of 2 tickets! (It’s fine for just one adult to accompany all children.)

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