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I CRAWEURD THEATREJordanhill College. Sottthbrae Drive. 9503437. Crawfurd Kids 27 May. 2— 4pm. Workshop for 5 l2 year-olds. £1. Family ticket £4. I EAST KILBRIDE LIBRARIES

As part of the Fast Kilbride Arts Festival the libraries are hosting two visitsby children's writer and illustrator Aileen Paterson. ‘Maisie the kitten' will be appearing at the following venues: Greenhills Library Sat 3 June. 11am; St Leonards Library . 2.3llpm. Places are limited to 40 per session. Free tickets for the talks which are suitable for 5— lllyear olds are available from both libraries from 'I'hurs 1 Jun.

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I GROSVENOR CINEMA Ashton Lane. llillhcad. 33‘) 4298. Kids“ Stuff livery Saturday afternoon. 1.45pm. (iames. competitions and a film. suitable for 6 13 year olds. parents welcome too. Kids £1 .21); Adults£l .7ll. Renovation work may cause alterations to programmes; phone first before trekking along. I HAGGS CASTLE St Andrews Drive. Pollokshields. 427 2725. Free afternoon activities every Satttrday. 2. 15pm. No booking just turn tip. Archery (8— 12 years) 2() May. Making Sugar Mice (+7 years) 27 May. I LlNN PARK PLAY DAY Linn Park. Clarkston Road. Sat 27 May. 1 1am~4pm. Admission free. Something for everyone at Linn Park featuring Mr Boom. the Man from the Moon. llandywork puppets. Macbeth and Punch and Judy. music. new games. traditional street games and nature trails. I SCOTTISH BALLET 261 West Princes Street. 331 2931. Junior Contemporary Classes Tuesday evening classes. ()pen to anyone. aged 12 and over. of any standard. 6—7pm.


I HAGGS CASTLE St Andrews Drive. Pollokshields.-127 2725.

Behind the Scenes Until 20 Aug. As well as fighting an ongoing battle against dirt. damp and pollution. the museum staffare busy with cleaner occupations too.

lectures. enquiries and recording each object in their collection. This exhibition shows the work involved and visitors are invited to have a go. not to fight the damp. but to determine the history ofvarious objects. ‘(iuess the link' competition for would-be curators and quizzes too.

I MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT Kelvin 1 tall (entrance from Bunhouse Road). 357 392‘).

Mon—Sat Ill 5pm; Sun 2—5pm. Largest collection of vehicles in the UK.


I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street. Paisley. 887 llllll.

The Karate Kid ( P( i ) Sat 21) May. 1.3(lpm. Kids 511p; Adults £1 . Japanese handyman comes to the aid ofa bullied teenager. Asterix in Britain ([7 ) Sat 27 May. ll).3llam. Kids 511p; Adults £1 . Asterix. ()belix. (ietafix and friends at loose in the UK.


I CRAWFORD THEATRE Jordanhill College. 76 Southbrae Drie. 9503437. Crawfurd Kids 27 May. 2—4pm. £1 or £4 for a family ticket. Shona McKie is in charge of these increasingly popular monthly workshops for 5- 12 year-olds. Adults can either leave children at the theatre or sit in on the workshops themseles. Contact Shona McKie for further details.

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

The Secret Voice Fri 19 May. 7pm. Kidsil;

Adults £2; Family £5. A young girl invents a secret voice to help delay the dreadful event ofgoing to ‘the big school‘. Presented by TAG Theatre Company. Suitable for 9—12 year olds.

Captain Scurvy and the Sea Sprite Sat 20 May. 3pm. Kids 511p; Adults£1. Fly onthe Wall Theatre Company present an afternoon of music. dance and fttn as Captain Scurvy returns once more. Fantasy Factory Sat 21) May. 7pm. Kids£1; Adults £2; Family £5. Lots oflaughter in a puppet clown show brought to you by Clown Jewels. Perf lasts 1 hour.

The Tempest Sat 28 May. 1.30pm. Kids 50p; Adults £1 . An enchanted island. monsters and magic. a prince. a magician and Mr Shakespeare. Presented by Edinburgh Puppet Company.


Activities and fun

I CITY OF EDINBURGH LIONS CLUB CHARITY MAY FAIR Donaldson's School. Ilaymarket. Sat 27 May. 11am—4pm. Kids 15p; Adults 311p. A day out for the fatnin with stalls and refreshments. pony rides. miniature railway. live music. majorettes. bouncing castle and lots more. Proceeds in aid of Radio Lollipop at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and over 15 local charities.

I COASTERS 3 West 'l‘ollcross. 228 3252. Disco Every Saturday 6.3(1— lllpm. £1 .50. Under 18s. alcohol-free.

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. Picnic area and children‘s adventure playground outdoors. ()pen seven days a week until 31 October. 1(1am—-5.3()pm. Kids£1.l5; Adults £1 .95. Family ticket. 2 adults plus up to 4 children £5.75.

I EDINBURGH DANCE ATTIC King‘s Theatre. Leven Street.

Edinburgh Dance Attic Classes Informal classes run by Sheridan Nicol aimed at all ages and levels ofability. Noadvance booking. just turn up 15 tninutes before


Don‘t adjust yoursets. ‘Blue Peter’s’ newest presenter, John Leslie, really is 6ft4in tall—and he‘sthe first Scot to join the award-winning programme in its 26-year history.

Twenty-fouryear-old John left James Gillespie‘s High School aged 16 to train as a musical instrument technician, but ended up touring Denmark with a mobile disco until in 1987 he started work with Tyne Tees before moving to satellite TV.

He applied forthe ‘Blue Peter' post without even realising it: an anonymous advert in ‘Stage’ simply invited replies from young people willing to climb skyscrapers; preference was given to candidates with a background in journalism. His lack of experience in this field was overlooked on the strength of a video he'd submitted showing his interviews of pop stars. The subsequent audition entailed compiling a 45-second news story, explaining the workings of a radio-controlled car, trampolining and inevitably— making a Christmas card. Five months later, he heard was to succeed Mark Curry who is leaving after three years with the programme.

John's first screened report showed

him ‘bridge swinging’ from a viaduct in Wales (courage, he maintains, is a prerequisite for ‘Blue Peter' presenters); future plans include a visit to the gorillas of Rwanda and a feature on speedway racing. Encouraged to contribute ideas, the programme's 17th presenter is keen to raise its Scottish profile and has already recorded an item on basketball with Murray International Metals: ‘Caron Keating (fellow presenter) advised me to relax and enjoy myself,’ says John, ‘and that's what I intend to do’. (Aileen Little)

the start of classes decked out in comfortable loose clothing. Kids £1 ; Adults £2.

Monday 5 . 3(1—7pm: Contemporary; 5—7pm.

Tuesday 5.30—7pm; Jazz.

Wednesday 5 . 3U—7pm; Jazz.

Thursday 5.30—7pm; Jazz for complete beginners.

I GORGIE CITY FARM 51 (‘rorgie Road. 337 4202. Open every day ofthe year. 9am—4pm. including evening sessions. Free.

Young City Farmers Group Every Saturday. (7—13 years). Illam—lpm. Regular clubfor children to learn more about animalsand farming. Membership 75p. plus 15p per

I LITTLE MARCO'S Marco‘s Leisure Centre. 51-59 Grove Street. 228 2141. Play Sessions 9.3(1am—8pm daily. Drive round in the roller derby. fight your way through the ball swamp or slide down the bumpy slides. all part ofthe fun exhausting and noisy! 1 hour play session for non-members' children. £3.

I MURRAYEIELD ICE RINK Riversdale Crescent. 337 6933. Open week days from 2pm; weekends from lllam. Saturdays lllam—noon family skating; Sundays Ill—11.30am group tuition. Check with venue for full session times and prices. Admission 80p. skate hire 40p.

I THINS BOOKSHOP 53—59 South Bridge. 556 6743.

Saturday Club Every Saturday

10.30—1 1 .3()am. Free. Open to any child (age range approx 2—13 years). Activities and competitions with prizes as well as story-telling for younger children.

I WILKIE HOUSE Guthrie Street. 225 207‘). Playgroup Edinburgh University Settlement have started a Playgroup for children aged 2—5 years. Hours are 9am—5pm. Mon—Fri and during school holidays. 5(lp per hour for single parent.'UB 4t) holders and students; 8()p per hour for students with a working spouse/partner and £1 .2() to waged parents.


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Muppets, Monsters and Magic City Art Centre. Market Street. Until 24 May. Kids 5(lp; Adults £1 . Final week ofthe exhibition which shows some ofthe techniques involved in making the Muppets and Sesame Street. ongoing videos and models of all the favouriteson show.

I MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD 4211igh Street. Mon—Sat. lllam—5pm. Admission free. Five galleries with all kinds oftoys including marionettcs. slot machines. a nickelodeon. large display of dolls and dolls' houses which put today's tacky modern efforts to shame. Video presentations and activity area.

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I CENTRAL LIBRARY STAIRCASE George VI Bridge. 25 May—5 Jun. Mon—Fri. Dam—«8.30pm: Sat 9am—1pm. Free. Display of book and comic cartoon characters. past and present.


I FILM HOUSE Lothian Road. 228 2688. Children's Saturday Matinees. 2pm. All seats £1 bookable in advance.

Labyrinth (U) 20 May. Also showing Fri 1‘). 4pm. Teenage girl overcomes underground odds to rescue her baby brother snaffled by the King ofthe

(ioblins (David Bowie). A Jim ‘Muppets‘

llenson film.

The Little Prince (U) 27 May. Musical version of Saint-lixupery's classic parable about a strange meeting in the Sahara between an air pilot and a little prince.


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36 The List 19 May— 1 June 1989