Rotary fun day for kids at Craibstone

A group from Ellon Primary School attended the Craibstone event.
A group from Ellon Primary School attended the Craibstone event.

Eighteen pupils and six teachers from Ellon Primary School enjoyed a day attending Kids Out at Craibstone.

The pupils were accompanied by Ellon Rotarians Charlie Burgess and Bill Thomson. Kids Out (Aberdeen) is organised by a committee representing 15 Rotary Clubs from Aberdeen and Shire.

It is a national event arranged in different ways throughout Britain and Northern Ireland. The Ellon pupils joined another 500 primary school children from 33 special schools.

Around 500 helpers were made up of Rotarians, Inner Wheel members from the supporting clubs, Westhill Academy senior pupils and students from Aberdeen College.

Police Scotland personnel gave the youngsters a chance to operate a police car siren.

Events organised for the day out included bouncy castles, climbing frames, pony and trap rides, steam and diesel train rides, horse riding overseen by people from Riding for the Disabled, face painting, magicians, puppets, clowns.

A popular attraction was the opportunity to visit small animals supervised by students from Aberdeen College. An afternoon disco completed the entertainment.

When asked what they enjoyed, most pupils said that they were thrilled at getting their faces painted, watching the puppets and riding on a pony. They were also amazed when some boys and girls were “trapped” inside a soap bubble in the Satrosphere tent.

The underlying objective of Kids Out is to provide moments of fun and laughter and enjoyment while having an opportunity to interact with other children and with caring adults.