Visiting Aberdeen with 5-12 Year Old Kids

Once children reach about five years old they’re definitely not babies any more. And they’ll be the first to tell you ‘I’m not a baby’, they’re big boys and girls who want to get out and about in the world. If you’re visiting Aberdeen then there’s lots to keep this age group engaged, entertained, educated and, at the end of the day, exhausted. With our local knowledge here are the latest recommendations from Skene House.


Most parents know what it’s like to cram the whole family into a single hotel room then sit with dimmed lights, talking in hushed voices once the children finally get to sleep. That is not our idea of a comfortable stay or a fun holiday. Skene House works for families as it offers spacious apartments with the benefits of a hotel. Each one, two or three bedroom apartment has its own living room, so once you’ve bathed the kids and got them to bed in their own bedroom, parents can chill out in an adult space – just like at home. Most people also know how impossible it is to cook in a hotel room but at Skene House each apartment has its own fully furnished kitchen so it’s easy to prepare a family meal that’s healthy, cheap, and suits any dietary requirements. Storing goodies, milk, fruit juice and baby food, and perhaps the odd beer or bottle of fizz in the fridge, is another bonus. Strong wifi runs throughout our properties so kids can watch their favourite programmes online and stay connected, if you wish them to!

Skene House has many of the perks of a hotel: breakfast is available to book if you’d prefer a morning without worrying about food preparation and the dishes. Our reception is manned 24 hours a day so we’re always there to provide recommendations, point you in the direction of the closest supermarket or simply book a taxi.

Our ample, free parking means it’s easy to pack the car full of your children’s favourite toys and clothes. We also have free laundrettes onsite should any unexpected spillages, accidents or kids’ sticky fingers get clothes mucky. The city centre location of our two short stay sites, Holburn and Rosemount, are within walking distance of the bus and railway station, and only a short cab ride from the airport. We’re also close to a host of child-friendly restaurants and cafes, from branded favourites to independent eateries, so tell our reception staff what flavours you’re seeking out and we’ll point you in the right direction.

If you’re looking for long term family friendly accommodation in Aberdeen, of a month’s duration or more, check out our long stay offering at our Whitehall branch.


Now for a thorough list of what you can all get up to!

Jump Around – The latest addition to Aberdeen’s active lifestyle is Jump In located in the Tullos area of the city. A brand spanking new trampoline park with multiple trampolines so the little ones can bounce themselves silly. Quite tempting for adults too.

Aberdeen beach has a lot going on. As well as miles of sandy coastline, tempting cafes and a beachfront that’s ideal for bikes, scooters and rollerblading, there are plenty of activities for all weathers.

Make a SplashAberdeen’s Beach Leisure Centre isn’t just a pool, itt’s far superior to a pool! We’re talking four flumes, rapids and wave machines. It’s an absolute ball for any water babies.

Go to the Extreme – For skateboarders, BMXers and climbers it has to be Transition Extreme. Push yourself with its indoor high-octane activities at its multiple ramps and climbing wall. Classes are available too. Or head outdoors for the full on High Ropes course.

One is Not AmusedCodona’s Amuseument Park is a loud, vibrant mix of roller coasters, log flumes, carousels and other hugely popular fairground rides. Indoor Adventure Golf is on offer in the ‘Congo’, and outdoor adventure golf takes place at ‘Pirate Island’, or try your hand at the Ten Pin Bowling. Codona’s is located right next to a large cinema if you want to catch the latest flicks.

Blow Your Mind – Get to grips with child friendly technology, science and development at Aberdeen’s Science Centre. Remember, you may have the next Einstein on your hands.

Ice Ice Baby – If Aberdeen’s tropical weather is overwhelming you keep cool at the Lynx Ice Arena. Open skating sessions are available for all ages, even toddlers can push a wee penguin around to keep their balance: whole families can glide gracefully across the ice! A quirky alternative destination that works in all weathers.

Dolphin Spotting – Round the corner from the main stretch of the beach is the city’s Harbour. Here you can set sail on a choice of Aberdeen Harbour Tours in search of dolphins, seabirds, seals and other creatures of the deep. Hungry little sailors can opt for the Fish & Ships tour, or if you don’t have your sea-legs then, over the summer, it’s possible to join the RSPB at the Torry Battery for some land-based Dolphin Spotting.

Get Nautical – Close to the harbour is Aberdeen’s Maritime Museum. Four floors covering Aberdeen’s rich nautical history, from the dramatic clipper races, shipbuilding and whaling, to the pursuit of the silver darling (herring fishing) and today’s north sea oil industry.

Parklife – Aberdeen is also known for its parks. Duthie Park has three different play parks aimed at different age groups. Its renowned Winter Gardens provide a pleasant diversion for all ages. And for active kids the park is at the start of the fantastic Deeside Way – 41 miles of flat, converted railway line. Its end point is Ballater, but it’s possible to visit a few small towns en route and retrace your steps at any point.

Hazelhead Park is another grassy expanse on which to run off steam. Its newly refurbished Pets Corner would especially attract the younger children in the 5-12 age range. The new aquarium and reptile house is wonderfully colourful and contains weird and wonderful creatures great and small.

A slightly unusual option for animal enthusiasts is the Zoological Museum. Part of the University of Aberdeen it contains intriguing skeletons of massive beasts; from elephants, crocodiles and whales, to gorillas, tigers and even penguins. Truly fascinating.

We hope this list inspires your little ones. And, if you do get a chance for a night out without the kids then click here for our blog post about romantic destinations in Aberdeen – after all, it’s not all about them!

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6 thoughts on “Visiting Aberdeen with 5-12 Year Old Kids

  1. We haven’t tried the hotel option for the reason of dim lights and sleeping children so we always go for cottages/lodges. Would love to have a bit of a treat and separate but connected rooms plus meals!

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      We know exactly where you’re coming from!

  2. Tracey Tripp says:

    I had no idea there was so much to do. It sounds wonderful. Trampalining sounds pretty good! Lots of info on your post. Followed

  3. Kara Guppy says:

    I really wanted to do the ice arena when we visited but ran out of time. Great tips

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      Something a bit different, even in the summer!

  4. says:

    Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.

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