National Rotary KidsOut Day: Aberdeen

586 children with additional-support needs from 35 Primary Schools located in Aberdeen and the local area enjoyed a great day out of school when they attended the Rotary KidsOut Aberdeen National Day Out Event at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) Craibstone.

Seventeen Rotary Clubs across City and Shire organised a range of activities to entertain the children and to put happy smiles on their faces.  The event gave the children the opportunity to ride on a horse (with appropriate support), walk on a rope bridge and jump on bouncy castles as well as get their faces painted and enjoy a pony-and-trap ride or train ride around a small circuit.  They also enjoyed climbing inside the cabin of a fire engine, police car and van.  The boys and girls watched a display of magic and a puppet show and were excited by the interactive activities devised by Satrosphere Science Centre. There was also an opportunity to stroke small animals and speak to owls.

After a sandwich lunch, followed by an ice cream, in the campus dining hall they were able to burn off more energy by dancing to disco music before boarding their buses and taxis for their trip back to school.

Lord Provost George Adam commented afterwards “it was a wonderful event with a lovely relaxed atmosphere”.

A teacher said “the fun packed activities challenge the children and it is an adventurous day out that they enjoy and remember for a long time”.

On behalf of KidsOut we would like to thank the Lord Provost for giving so generously of his time to attend the event, the Rotary Coordinator responsible for drawing everything together and all of the volunteers, staff at SRUC, stall holders and the emergency services who brought their vehicles for the children to experience.  We look forward to a repeat of the event next year.