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Activities and fun

I COLLINS GALLERY University of Strathclyde. 22 Richmond Street.

Clay Moulding (7— 12 years) 21) May. 1—3pm. Workshop with Lorna (iraves. £1.51). Book on 552 4401) ext 2558.

I HAGGS CASTLE St Andrews Drive. Pollokshields. 427 2725.

Free afternoon activities every Saturday. 2.15pm. No booking just turn up.

Sat 22 Apr Kite Making (8—12 years).

Sat 29 Apr Victorian Entertainments (6—9 years).

I SCOTTISH BALLET 261 West Princes Street. 331 2931.

Junior Contemporary Classes Tuesday evening classes. Open to anyone. aged 12 and over. ofany standard. (F7pm.


I HAGGS CASTLE St Andrews Drive. Pollokshields. 427 2725.

Behind the Scenes Until 21) Aug. Collecting. conservation and interpretation - find out what goes on in these three main areas of the museum's work. Visitors can have a go at determining the history of variousobjeets. Also quizzes and a ‘guess the link’ competition for budding curators.

I MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT Kelvin 1 lall (entrance from Bunhouse Road). 357 3929. Mon—Sat 11)—5pm: Sun 2--5pm. Largest collection of vehicles in the 17K. Film

I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street. Paisley. 887 1011).

Batty Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island ( 1.‘ ) Sat 22 Apr. 10.30am. Kids 511p; Adultsil. Daffy is the star in this film but lotsof cartoon ‘celebrities’ make an appearance t1)1).

Flash Gordon (A) Sat 29 Apr. 11).31)am. Kids 511p; Adults £ 1. Can Flash and Dale save life on Earth from evil forces‘.’


I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street. Paisley. 887 11111).

Mr Bones Show Sat 29 Apr. 1.31)pm. Kids 50p; Adults £1. Join Mr Bones fora puppet show with fun and games. Lasts 1 hour.

I PRINCES SOUARE Buchanan Street. The Barnstormers 23 Apr. 1pm. Black Box Puppet Theatre should have performed this show back in February but were snowed in. in Argyll. Hope the weather holdsthis time.


Activities and Fun

I CAMEHA OBSCUHA Top of the Royal Mile. next to the Castle. 226 3709. ()pen every day. Mon—Fri 9.31)am~5pm; Sat and Sun 1(1am—-5pm. Kids9tlp;:\dults£1.91). The Camera Obscura captures a live moving picture of Edinburgh on a viewing

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table in a darkened room. Exhibitionsof llolographs from Europe and The United States and Pinhole Photography (cameras made from biscuit tins and Coke cans) by Derek Drage. I COASTERS 3 West Tollcross. 228 3252. Disco Every Saturday 6.31)—11)pm. £1 .51). Under 18s. alcoholsfree. I EDINBURGH BUTTERFLY AND INSECT WORLD Melville Nurseries. Lasswade. 663 4932. Walk amongst butterflies fluttering in an indoor rainforest complete with pools and waterfalls. Stick insects. praying mantis. scorpions and tarantulas can be safely observed at close quarters. ()utdoors there‘s a picnic area and children's adventure playground. ()pen seven days a week until 31 October. 1(lam—5.3()pm. Kids£1.l5; Adults£1.95. Family ticket. 2 adults plus up to 4children £5.75. I MCDONALD ROAD LIBRARY McDonald Road. 556 56311. Multicultural Fair 2449 Apr. Organised by the Multicultural Education Centre and Edinburgh City Libraries. Two events specifically for kids; Mon 24 Apr 3.45—4.45pm. Blind sitarist Brindra Rongon encourages children to explore the world of eastern music. (5— l 2 years). Free. Tickets available from


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The School at the Chalet; Jo at the Chalet School; Princess 01 the Chalet School; The Head Girl at the Chalet School. Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (Chambers, £10.95 each).

First time round, I borrowed the Chalet School books trom the public library. Yellowed, dog-eared and mostly jacketless, they were in great demand so it was impossible to read them chronologically. One week Jo Maynard, heroine of the series, was the proud mamma ot triplets, two sets of twins and some ‘singletons‘, next she was a mischievous ‘Middle’. It didn't matter. The Chalet School pupils got up to all the usual boarding school story pranks— midnight feasts, vaseline on the blackboard, unpopular girls sent to Coventry- but by the end of

McDonald Road Library. Leith Library. Ferry Road and the Multicultural Education Centre at Leith Walk Primary School. Brunswick Road.

Tue 25 Apr3.45—4.45pm. After-school workshop to develop a multicultural theme through stories and mask-making. (6—11) years). Edinburgh City Libraries Youth Services. Free. Tickets as above. I MURRAYFIELD ICE RINK Riversdale Crescent. 337 6933. Open week days from 2pm; weekends from ltlam. Saturdays lllam—noon family skating; Sundays

111—1 1.311am group tuition. Check with venue for full session times and prices. Admission 81)p. skate hire 411p. I STOCKBRIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY Hamilton Place. 332 2173. ‘Just a (iiggle' is the theme of the National Tell aStory Week which runs from 29 Apr—6 May. In conjunction with Edinburgh City Libraries. the Edinburgh Children‘s Book (iroup is holding two sessions with American story-teller Barbara McDermitt on Saturday 6 May: Story-telling for 7—8 year olds 11)—l 1am. Stories-through theatre and games19— 12 years) 11.31)am—12.31)pm. Both sessions are free but places are limited at both sessions. Tickets are available in advance from Stockbridge Library. from 29 Apr. I THINS BOOKSHOP 53-59 South Bridge. 556 6743. Saturday Club Every Saturday 11).31)—11.3()am. Free. ()pentoanychild (age range approx 2— 13 years). Activities and competitions with prizes as well as story-telling for younger children.

I WATERSTONE'S BOOKSHOP (ieorge Street. 225 3436.

Fantastic Faber Fayre Sunday 23 Apr. 3pm. Help launch Faber's Fiction for Children as popular authors (iene Kemp and Sarah Corrin read and spin yarns. while artists Graham Percy and Carolyn Dinan illustrate and judge an ‘on-the-spot' art competition. Quizzes and games. and entry forms will be available for a ‘Write a Story" competition.

each story the whole school was unanimous that they’d had the ‘best term ever’. Familiarcharacters re-appearlhroughout the series, pupils grow up, and return to the school as teachers. Once a Chalet School girl, always a Chalet School girl. That applied to readers too.

Beissued in paperback the books lost a lot at their appeal. The schoolgirls on the covers had a distinctly modern look, not at all like Chalet School girls. Chambers, the Edinburgh-based publishers, however, have recently re-published the first tour titles in the series, with reproductions of the original covers and they teel just right. Having read all four with nostalgic enjoyment, I hope Chambers will re-issue the entire series at titty-eight volumes.

To find out what today’s kids think at these ‘old-tashioned' stories, ten year-old Hannah Coulson was asked to review The School at the Chalet; ‘Have you ever wondered what it's like to go to a foreign boarding school? Madge Bettany decides to start up a girls’ school in Austria during the 1930s. The girls have many varied adventures- one girl attempts to climb a treacherous mountain alone. Fortunately she is rescued. At the end of the story Madge saves a lady from a burning train. This book would appeal to girls who have already read other school stories and who are 10 and over.‘ (Susan Barnes)

I WILKIE HOUSE Guthrie Street. 225 2079. Playgroup Edinburgh University Settlement have started a Playgroup for children aged 2—5 years. Hours are 9am—5pm. Mon—Fri and during school holidays. 50p per hour for single parent/U13 41) holders and students;81)p per hour for students with a working spouse/partner and £1 .21) to waged parents.


I PLAYHOUSE (ireenside Place. 557 2591). Peter Pan 3—13 May (No Sun) 7.3llpm: Saturday Matinees. 6 and 13 May. 2.311pm. First ballet version ofJ.M. Barrrie's book. Presented by Scottish Ballet. music by Edward McGuire. choreography by (iraham Lustigof Sadler's Wells. Kids £3.75. £5. £6.25. £7.51); Adults £7.51). £11). £12.51).£15. Except Fri and Sat evenings. full adult pricesonly.


I CITY ART CENTRE Market Street. 225 2424.

Muppets. Monsters and Magic City Art Centre. Market Street. Until 24 May. Kids 50p; Adults 1; 1. Miss Piggy. Fozzy Bear and Kermit are on hand in anexhibition which traces the career oftheircreator. Jim Henson. from his early daysin television to current success in films. Videos showing the tricks of the trade in puppet filming and excerpts from Muppet Shows. Popular is the ‘Touch Wall'. little doors to open. wheels to turn. handsto shake and a chance to feel furry bitsand pieces from the puppets' props basket. Cadbury's National Exhibition at Children‘s Art 7 Apr—12 May. Mon—Sat 111am—5pm. Free. Largest exhibition of its kind. comprising 1001) works of art. craft and poetry by children nationwide with a large number of Scottish exhibits.

I ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street. 225 7534.

Babes 01 the Realm Until 25 June. Mon—Sat. 11)am—5pm: Sun. 2—5pm. 3()() years of ceremonial dress. ranging from the surcoat worn by by (ieorge [V at his coronation in 1821 to Prince Charles‘ robes for his investiture at Caernarvon Castle in 1969. Also on show. heraldic costume and illustrated manuscripts and a display of non-royal ceremonial robes. worn for special occasions by bigwigs in the legal. academic and civic world. Kids 511p; Adults£1.


I FILMHOUSE I.othian Road. 228 2688. Children’s Saturday Matinees. 2pm. All seats £1 bookable in advance.

The Water Babies (1:) 22 Apr. Combination live action and animated film loosely based on the book by Charles Kingsley.

Snoopy Come Home (1?) 29 Apr Peanuts cartoon featuring the world‘s most independentpooch.



Jungle Book Mon 24 and Tue 25 Apr. 7.30pm. Presented by Brunton Theatre Company. Suitable for children aged 7 years and over. See Mayfest listing. Kids £2; Adults £3. Tickets available from L'sher 1 tall Box ()ffice. Lothian Road. 228 1155.

I KING'S THEATRE Leven Street. 229121)]. The Pied Piper Tue 25—Sat 29 Apr. Tue. 2pm. 7pm; Wed and Thurs. 11). 15am. 2pm; Fri 11). 15am. 7pm; Sat 2pm. 7pm. Musical version of Browning's poem presented by Pola Jones in association with the National Theatre Company. See Mayfest listings. Evenings and Satuday Matinee. kids £2.51). £3.51). £4.51),£6.5(); Adults £4 51). £5.51).£6.511.

£8.51). Daytime shows. all seats £4 and for school parties £3.51). 1 teacher free with every 21)pupilsl