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Activities and Fun

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Caley Kids Club resumes Sat afternoons 1.30—4.30pm with games, cartoons, serial and raffle. Parents welcome , or children can be left under supervision (4—14 years). 50p. 0 GLASGOW ZOO Calderpark, Uddingston, 771 1185. Daily 10am—6pm. £2 adults, £1 child. Running Wild Sat 1 Nov. A sponsored escape (!) from the 200 to collect money for the World Wildlife Fund. A ‘lion’ and a ‘tiger’ (in real life two of the Zoo‘s staff!) are freed from their ‘cage’ by their friend the ‘panda’ fortified with Irn Bru! Once free , they make their escape by Clyde Helicopter to Glasgow Airport and fly by British Midland to Amsterdam to see their pals in Rotterdam Zoo! Lots of fun and excitement, and free Irn Em!

C HAGGS CASTLE 100 St Andrews Drive, Pollokshields, 427 2725. Hallowe’en Fancy Dress Party Sat 1 Nov. 10am-5pm. No booking required. All ghosts and witches aged 4—12 years are invited to dress up and drop in at the Castle between 10am and 5pm for lots of fun. Saturday afternoon children’s activities with an historical theme continue as usual in Nov. 2.15pm. Free, no booking.

Sweetmaking Sat 8 Nov (4—7 years) Bookmarks Sat 15 Nov (7—9 years)


0 THEATRE ROYAL Hope Street,

331 1234.

- Giselle Tue 4—Sat 8 Nov. 7.15pm and ' Sat matinee 2.15pm. £2.50—£9 (children and OAP half price). Not specifically for, but likely to be much ; enjoyed by children is Scottish

; Ballet’s classic production of the

? romantic and fairytale Giselle. Suitable for approx 9+ years.

= Exhibitions

0 HAGGS CASTLE 100 St Andrews Drive, Pollokshields, 427 2725. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. From Cauldron to Cooker Until 18 Jan. An exhibition for children, to explore the past through a range of household objects and to match up the old with the new in a special .game , comparing old-fashioned items with their modern equivalents.


0 THEATRE ROYAL Hope Street, 331 1234.

lolanthe Fri31 Oct. 2.15pm. £1.50 (adults must be accompanied by children). An ideal way of introducing children to opera is this specially adapted version of the Gilbert and Sullivan favourite. (See


EDINBURGH Activities and Fun

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0 GLOWWORM BOOKSHOP 7 Main Street, Balerno. 449 4644. Hallowe’en Party Fri 31 Oct. 4pm. A Hallowe’en Party for children dressed up as witches and wizards! Moira Miller will be reading stories from her new book, Hamish and the Wee Witch. For 3—8 years.

Storytime Sat 1 Nov. 11am. David Campbell, who’s anthology of Bible and religious stories, Tales to Tell has just been published, will be reading stories; 3pm Rennie McOwan, author of A White Stag Adventure (see Review) and Light on Dumyat will be reading from his books. Consult-a-Computer Every Sat 9—5pm. The computer asks children their name, age and interests, and in reply prints out their own personalised reading list. Age range approx 2—14 years. Programmed by Puffin.

O STOCKBRIOGE BOOKSHOP 26—28 North West Circus Place, 225 5355. Nanny and Barnaby Sat 1 Nov. 3—3.30pm. Meet Nanny and Barnaby plus author Mary Lightbody and illustrator Mahri Christopherson. There will also be a colouring competition.


lolanthe, Theatre Royal, Glasgow The speed and wit of Gilbert and Sullivan has been chosen by Scottish Opera tortheir specially adapted opera for Schools and Young Audiences. Designed to introduce children to the drama and fun of opera in a highly accessible way, lolanthe has been compressed into a taster format of ‘pretty racy stutl’ according to Assistant Director Stephen Langridge, whose previous work includes work with

Borstal. lolanthe, which uses witty patter and ‘nutty’ characters in unlikely situations to send up the whole of the House of Lords seemed an obvious

Bridge, 556 6743. Sat 1 Nov. Hallowe’en is the theme for the club on Sat 1 Nov, based on the Meg And Mog books. Children are invited to go along dressed up as a character from one of the books and there will be a prize for the best mask, plus games and food.


0 KING'S THEATRE 2 Leven Street. 229 1201. Box office Mon-Sat 10am—8pm. Bar. Rest. [D] [E] Giselle Fri 31 Oct, 7.30pm: Sat 1 Nov 2.30pm and 7.30pm. £3—£l2 (concs half price all evening performances). Sat mat all seats £4. See Glasgow. Theatre Royal.


0 MUSEUM OF CHILOHOOO 42 High Street, 557 1265 ext 21 1. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm.

A fascinating museum of toys and childhood, thoughtfully laid out and well-labelled. A must for all ages. Film

0 FILMHOUSE Lothian Road 228 2688 Saturday matinées at 2pm: all seats £1 and bookable in advance. Swallows and Amazons (U) (UK, 1974) 92 mins. Sat 1 Nov. .‘.rthur Ramsome’s children’s classic in a very successful cinema adaptation. starring Virginia McKenna and Ronald Fraser.

The Secret of NIMH (U) (Don Bluth, US, 1982) 82 mins. Sat 8 Nov. The ailing Timothy-mouse is one of four offspring who have to move from their comfortable home in a farmer’s field. Another children’s classic, this time from America, in an animated feature-length version, with the voices of Derek Jacobi and John Carradine. Well worth catching.

O THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 Hamilton Place, 226 5425.

Young People’s Theatre Week:

Dirty Rascals-The Video plus Animated Films Mon 3 and Tue 4, 5pm. £1 (50p). As part ofthe Theatre Workshop’s Young People’s Theatre Week, the Junior Youth Theatre show their stuff with the short video of Dirty Rascals in which the rich young ‘King of the Castle’ gets his come-uppance! This is followed by films from the 10- 14 year-olds in the Film Workshop Trust Animated Workshops which include eight short pieces of animat- ion, from The Phone Callto E, T, 2,

choice. Performed by full cast, orchestra and chorus, two extra scenes have been added, written in the same style, so none at the narrative is lost. (Sally Kinnes)


0 NETHERBOW ARTS CENTRE 43 High Street, 556 9579.

Tam o’ Shanter Thurs 6—Sat 22 Nov. 1.30pm and 7.30pm (not Suns) £2.50 (£1.50), matine’es £2 (£1). Forty-five puppets, from two to five feet high. dance. flee. leap and enact the adventures ofTam O'Shanter in a great puppet extravaganza which follows the Indian love story of Rama and Sita told with shadow puppets and music. By the Edinburgh Puppet Company. For older children and adults.

0 THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 Hamilton Place, 225 5425.

Laughter From The Other Side Fri 31 Oct and Sat 1 Nov. 7.30pm. £2 (£1.50). A colourful play (by Noel

Greig) with music. which asks some mysterious questions about two boys from different cultures who were once best friends. Performed by Theatre Centre's Mixed Company. For 9+ years.

Youth Theatre Week Mon3—Sat 8 Nov. A week of special performances for young people ( 12—25 years) including a production by the Theatre Workshop‘s own Junior Youth Theatre. plus drama workshops by Faceback Theatre Company— all free! See Theatre page for full details.


- The Snowman Pep-Up Raymond Briggs (Hamish Hamilton £8.95) The market may seem to be already flooded with Snowmen from Raymond Briggs with the book. the film ofthe book. music from the film and even Snowmen on cups and saucers. but this book is, nevertheless, a must! There is again no text in this version it is an unspoken magical world of flying Snowmen which is wordlesst evoked in delightful 3D pop-ups. But the real charm of the book comes on the very last page - as a wonderful surprise! 0 The Walking Stones Mollie Hunter (Magnet £1 .50). Mollie Hunter is as good a story teller as the Bodach (old man) she describes. The Bodach taps a wisdom beyond common knowledge and young Donald Campbell finds himself unexpectedly drawn into his mysterious magic. Effortlessly told in an easy and convincing style. it races along. For seven years +. o The White Stag Adventure Rennie McOwan (Richard Drew £2.75). Sequel to Light on Dumyat, in which four rather earnest children are caught up in a Famous Five type adventure. full ofgood and useful detail about living outdoors and respecting wildlife. 0 Sleeping Warrior Elizabeth Gowans (Hamish Hamilton £6.95) The tone is more reflective than dramatic in Sleeping Warrior which describes the consequences for a shepherd‘s family when he suddenly falls ill. Interestingly. amongst the characters introduced are a woman in prison and her schoolgirl daughter. lightly touching on the difficulties oftheir experience. A gentle rather than gripping read.

The List 31 Oct- 13 Nov 19