Days out, Family friendly

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Aberdeen Ice Rink

Get your skates on and enjoy some festive sporting action at the ice rink. There are aids for the smaller skaters, in the shape of jolly orange seals.

Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen

Sun 21 Dec

£3 (Family £10) / 01224 522984

Mon 22 Dec

£3 (Family £10) / 01224 522984

Tue 23 Dec

£3 (Family £10) / 01224 522984

…and 12 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

Irn-Bru Carnival

From the traditional whirl of the waltzers and the crash of the dodgems to the brand new Voodoo Dancer and equally stomach-churning Matterhorn, Speed Buzz and Extreme. Plus of course there are gentler rides for wee ones such as the Teacups and the Carousel. Entry price is £13 with visitors receiving ten vouchers which can…

SECC, Glasgow

Sun 11 Jan 2015

£13 / 0141 248 3000

Festive Family Fun Day

Family fun day including storytelling, face painting, arts and crafts, festive food and Christmas carol performances. Visit the palace family room to play classic Victorian games and try on costumes.

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Dec

Included in admission / 0131 556 5100

Sun 28 Dec

Included in admission / 0131 556 5100

Glasgow on Ice

A chance to perfect your pirouettes (or at least let go of the side) as George Square's open air ice rink returns for another year accompanied by non-stop music. There are funfair rides (including the return of the Big Wheel), free activities for families in the Christmas Workshop and themed nights on the rink including…

George Square, Glasgow

Sun 21 Dec

£8–£12 (£6–£10; Children £6–£9; Family £29–£35)

Mon 22 Dec

£8–£12 (£6–£10; Children £6–£9; Family £29–£35)

Tue 23 Dec

£8–£12 (£6–£10; Children £6–£9; Family £29–£35)

…and 7 more dates until 31 Dec

The Twelve Elves of Christmas Elf Hunt

Follow this story of the twelve elves of Christmas and see if you can find them hiding in the nooks and crannies of the Royal Mile.

Serenity Cafe, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Dec

£5 per family / 0131 556 8765

Self-guided activity with story book

Mon 22 Dec

£5 per family / 0131 556 8765

Self-guided activity with story book

Tue 23 Dec

£5 per family / 0131 556 8765

Self-guided activity with story book

Wed 24 Dec

£5 per family / 0131 556 8765

Self-guided activity with story book

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Baby Loves Disco

Baby Loves Disco is a chance for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents to get their respective grooves on and enjoy some dayclubbing with real club DJs spinning retro and pop tunes. Chillout room, themed crafts, facepainting, healthy snacks and more – all included in the price, plus licensed bar for parents.

DNA, London SW11

Sat 31 Jan 2015

£9–£140 / 07986 527947

Sat 28 Feb 2015

£9–£140 / 07986 527947

Sat 28 Mar 2015

£9–£140 / 07986 527947

…and 3 more dates until 27 Jun 2015

The Famous Spiegeltent, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Dec

£9 / 07986 527947

Hummingbird, Glasgow

Sun 28 Dec

£8 / 07986 527947

Sun 18 Jan 2015

£8–£125 / 07986 527947

Sun 15 Feb 2015

£8–£125 / 07986 527947

…and 4 more dates until 14 Jun 2015

Glasgow Loves Hogmanay

A programme of family activities for the daytime and early evening of Hogmanay, including traditional music, children’s activities and Scottish food and drink.

George Square, Glasgow

Wed 31 Dec

Times & prices to be confirmed

Thu 31 Dec 2015

Times & prices to be confirmed

Bags of Art

Collect a bag of art activities from the art station, and you and your family can explore the gallery with its help and make your own art. Ages 4–12.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Dec

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 14:00 – 16:00 Bags of Art Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Sun 18 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 14:00 – 16:00 Bags of Art Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Sun 15 Feb 2015

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 14:00 – 16:00 Bags of Art Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Frozen Tea Party

A festive screening of Disney's Frozen with activities and mystery special guest.

The Grosvenor Café, Glasgow

Sun 21 Dec

£12.50 (Children £10.50) / 0845 166 6028

London NYE Fireworks

The Mayor of London presents the annual New Year's Eve fireworks display – and this year, it's ticketed. Booking is essential.

Trafalgar Square, London WC2

Wed 31 Dec

Times to be confirmed / Sold out / 020 7983 4100

Due to considerations of space, non-ticketholders are advised to avoid the area for the duration of the display.

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The Night Before Christmas: Mr And Mrs Theatre Company

A festive show suitable for all ages.

Seven Arts Centre, Leeds

Mon 22 Dec

£6 adv booking required (Children £4 adv booking required) / 0113 262 6777

Santa’s Family Holiday – There’s no place like Burns Cottage?

Santa, Mrs Claus and the family have once again decided to go on a pre-Christmas holiday – the problem is they can’t decide on where! Grab your passports and check in at Burns Cottage for your North Pole Airlines Santa's holiday journey. Once your flight is called you can join Santa and family at each of their favourite…

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Ayr

Sun 21 Dec

£6 (Children £6) / 0844 493 2601

Scotland Street Santa School

Learn some crucial Santa skills, just in case there's a Christmas emergency. Make your own Santa beard, learn how to shake your belly like a bowl of jelly, learn how to control a sleigh and make some yummy reindeer food for Rudolph and the gang. All participants get a certificate. Please note Santa is too busy in the…

Scotland Street School Museum, Glasgow

Sun 21 Dec

Free / 0141 287 0500

Whirly Birds Fun Day

A family fun day celebrating the amazing world of flight. Events include wildlife talks, a paper aeroplane competition, helicopter flights and aircraft modelling demonstrations.

Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare

Sun 29 Mar 2015

Included in admission / 01934 635227

An Audience With Father Christmas

Visit Father Christmas and receive a special present, includes story telling and a mince pie for every child.

National Trust: Lyme Park, Stockport

Sun 21 Dec

£6 per child / 01663 762023

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Brick Wonders

Architectural gems in Lego, created by Warren Elsmore.

Paisley Museum & Art Gallery

Sun 21 Dec

£4 (£3; Family £12) / 0300 300 1210

Mon 22 Dec

£4 (£3; Family £12) / 0300 300 1210

Tue 23 Dec

£4 (£3; Family £12) / 0300 300 1210

…and 45 more dates until 10 Feb 2015

Christmas Tree Maze

Find your way to the centre and then try and remember your way back out!

East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Dec

Times vary / £2

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Mon 22 Dec

Times vary / £2

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Tue 23 Dec

Times vary / £2

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

…and 12 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

The Creative Crafts Show

A place to discover new craft ideas and meet other like-minded crafty folk.

Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher

Thu 22 Jan 2015

£7–£8 (accompanied under 16s free) / 01822 617744

Fri 23 Jan 2015

£7–£8 (accompanied under 16s free) / 01822 617744

Sat 24 Jan 2015

£7–£8 (accompanied under 16s free) / 01822 617744

The Edinburgh Christmas Tree Festival

Explore a special festive forest of lit-up Christmas trees, with live music to boot.

St Andrew's and St George's Church, Edinburgh

Mon 22 Dec

Free / 0131 225 3847

Tue 23 Dec

Free / 0131 225 3847

Wed 24 Dec

Free / 0131 225 3847

Manchester Ice Rink

Skate under the stars this Christmas at Manchester's only outdoor ice rink. The rink is open to skaters of all abilities and offers skating aids, in the shape of penguins and seals, for younger children.

Spinningfields Ice Rink, Manchester

Sun 21 Dec

£9–£10 (Students £8; Children £7–£9; Family £23–£30) / 0161 820 9718

Mon 22 Dec

£9–£10 (Students £8; Children £7–£9; Family £23–£30) / 0161 820 9718

Tue 23 Dec

£9–£10 (Students £8; Children £7–£9; Family £23–£30) / 0161 820 9718

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Roaring Twenties: Live Jazz At Lyme

Toe-tapping sounds of the 1920s with the Ged Hone Jazz Group.

National Trust: Lyme Park, Stockport

Sat 27 Dec

£4 / 01663 762023

Sun 28 Dec

£4 / 01663 762023

Sat 3 Jan 2015

£4 / 01663 762023

…and 5 more dates until 1 Feb 2015

Santa Cruise

A cruise from Edinburgh Quay to celebrate the festive season with games, songs, craft and a wee visit from the man himself.

Re-Union Canal Boats, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Dec

£10 (under 12 months free) / 0131 261 8529

Mon 22 Dec

£10 (under 12 months free) / 0131 261 8529

50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾

Kid-oriented wildlife activities.

National Trust: Erddig, Wrexham

Sun 21 Dec

Free, plus admission £10.30, child £5.15, family £25.75 / 01978 355314/315151

Mon 22 Dec

Free, plus admission £10.30, child £5.15, family £25.75 / 01978 355314/315151

Tue 23 Dec

Free, plus admission £10.30, child £5.15, family £25.75 / 01978 355314/315151

…and 67 more dates until 28 Feb 2015

National Trust: Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

Sun 21 Dec

Free, plus admission £16.20, child £8.10 / 01296 653226/653211

Wed 24 Dec

Free, plus admission £16.20, child £8.10 / 01296 653226/653211

Thu 25 Dec

Free, plus admission £16.20, child £8.10 / 01296 653226/653211

…and 4 more dates until 31 Dec

50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾: Build a Den

Collect some of the fallen branches from the garden and build your very own secret hiding place.

National Trust: Sheffield Park Garden, Uckfield

Sun 21 Dec

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

Mon 22 Dec

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

Tue 23 Dec

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

…and 8 more dates until 31 Dec

50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾: Climb a Tree

Follow the Ringwood Toll natural playtrail and climb up onto some of the trees along the route.

National Trust: Sheffield Park Garden, Uckfield

Sun 21 Dec

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

Mon 22 Dec

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

Tue 23 Dec

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

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