Kids aims to provide intormation about events in and around Edinburgh and Glasgow lor children and young . people. Please send details not later than 10 days betore publication.


Activities and Fun

I CRAWFURD THEATREJordanhill College. 76 Southbrae Drive. 950 3437. Crawlurd Kids Sat 28 ()et. 2—4pm. Glen Michael Cavalcade. You’ve seen him on television. now see him live! Join Glen and his dog Rusty in an afternoon of funand games and cartoons. £1 .50children and adults.

I GLASGOW ZOO Calderpark. Uddingston.771 1185.

Open every day of the year. 10am—5pm. Kids£l .50: Adults £2.60.

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

Saturday activities. free. no booking. just turn up.

28 Oct llallowe'en Festival Day. Special fun day. suitable for all ages. lots ofwet and sticky games. dooking for apples. the marshmallow game and lots more. Fancy dress optional. 2—4. 30pm.

4 Nov Sugar Mice (4—7years). 2.15pm.

I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street. Paisley. 887 1010.

Workshops Suitable for 8—12year-olds. Free. but places limited so book early.

4 Nov Clay Modelling - making animals. 2—4 m.

Atter Schools Arts Club Every Mon from 6 Nov- 18 Dec. 4.30-6pm. Suitable for8—12 year olds. Workshops in model making with paper and card leading to design and construction of landscapes and figures. Free. enrolment will take place on Mon 6 Nov at 4.30pm.


Free events tor young people in Princes Square.

5 Nov Make your own play! Scottish Youth Theatre lead a workshop for children aged 12 and over. 2—4pm. Placeslimited. bookings taken from 31 ()ct. phone 221 0324 between 7—9pm.


Most childrens's events take place during school hours but there’s a chance to meet your favourite authors at the weekend sessions.

Sat 4 Nov Mairi Iledderwick reads stories about Katie Morag. Suitable for five years and over. Volumes. 63-65 Queen Street

Sat 4 Nov 1 lopefully finding time to get a quick bite for lunch. Mairi moves on totell more Katie Morag stories suitable for the over fives at John Smith & Son. FirstFloor. 252 Byres Road at 2pm.

I SUMMIT CENTRE Minerva Way. Finnicston. 204 2215.

Ice skating Saturday. 9.30am—noon: 2—4.30pm and 7—10pm. Sunday 1. 30—4pm; 7—10pm. Sat morning all ages £1.50; Sat and Sun afternoons under 125 £1.50. over 125 £2; Sat and Sun disco sessions £2.50 all ages. Skate hire Slip all


I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street. Paisley. 887 1010.

keep up with the P.A.c.E. Arts Outreach

team provide an afternoon of fun and games. 28 ()ct. 1.30pm. Kids 50p; Adults £1 . P.A.C.E.. will also present this show earlier in the day at 1 lam in the Tweedie Halls. Linwood. Same prices.

Magic Bob meets Mr Boom Double MB means a double helping of magic. songs and fun. 4 Nov. 1.30pm. Kids 50p; Adults £1. Busy day for the two M Bs. they doan earlier performance at 11am at Bishopton Community Centre. Same prices.


Activities and Fun

I COASTERS 3 West 'I'ollcross. 228’ 3252. Disco Every Saturday 6.30—10pm. £1 .50. Under 18s. alcohol-free.

I EDINBURGH DANCE PROJECT The Dance Base. Assembly Rooms. George Street. Classes led by Sheridan Nicol. £1 per session. Further info phone 557 2480. Tue 5pm. Children‘s Jazz Class (0

years+ ).

Wed 5pm. Children's Tap (9 years+ ).

I EDINBURGH DISTRICT COUNCIL Fireworks Display Meadowbank Sports Centre. London Road. 661 5351.

Forget the idea of a few sparklers in the back garden. see a spectacular display in the safety of the stadium. The Rob Roy Twirlettes and the South ()ueensferry Pipe Band add to the entertainment. Advance booking recommended. Stand £1.50; (iround 75p. adults and children. Sun 5 Nov. doors open 6pm.

I EDINBURGH ZOO Corstorphinc Road. 334 I) l 71. Open every day of the year. 0am to 5pm (or dusk if earlier); 0.30am on Sundays. Kids £1.50; Adults £3.

I ELCHATBrunton11all.Musselburgh. (165 3711.

Dance Xplosion Dance workshops for children. Autumn programme: Wednesdays Children's Creative Dance (4—8 years). 4—5pm; Young People's Dance ( 12— 18 years) 5.45—7pm. 50p per session.

I GORGIE CITY FARM 51 (iorgie Road. 337 4202. Open every day of the year. 9am—4pm. Free. Come down on the farm in the heart of the city.

Young City Farmers Group Every Saturday. 10am—1pm. For 7— 1 3 year olds. 75p membership. plus 15p per session. Lively group in which children can learn about farm life and how to look after animals. I GRACEMOUNT LEISURE CENTRE Gracemount Drive 658 1940. Mini-Mounties Playscheme Saturdays. 10am—noon. Games and bouncy castle. suitable for primary children. 30p per session.

I LITTLE MARCO'S Grove Street. 228 2141. Mon—Sun. 9. 30am-8pm. Play sessions for children with karting. slides. bouncy castle. ball pit and things to climb in. out and over. (Noisy and thirsty fun l£3 forone and a half hours. Adults can escape to the lounge downstairs or sit it out in situ.

I MURRAYFIELD ICE RINK Riversdale Crescent. 337 6933.

()pen weekdays from 2pm '. weekends from 10am. Saturdays 10am—noon family skating: Sundays 10—1 1 . 30am group tuition. Check with venue for full session times. Admission 80p. skate hire 40p.

I NETHERBOW ARTS CENTRE 43—45 1 ligh Street. 556 957‘) 2647.

Festival of Traditional Storytelling runs front until 28 ()ct with two events particularly t'orchildren:

28 Oct 10.30am StorytellingTheatre. Entertainment for children aged six and

28 Oct 2pm. Storytelling Workshop. Story sharing for younger children and parents. Booking. phone above. children £ 1 .50: Adults £3 (£2 concessions).

Guisers Parade 28 ()ct. Meet at the Nethcrbow at 10.45am for the start

(11am ) of the parade. Wear guising gear. Mr Boom will lead the parade and the concert which follows. 'I‘hcre's a chance to do your party piece and compete in the ‘Most scary inask' competition. For6— 11 year olds. Free but advance booking essential. Adults welcome in the parade but concert is for children only.

I QUEENS HALL Clerk Street. 668 201‘). Piccolo Pack Saturday morning music for the under 12s presented by The Scottish Chamber Orchestra. llam—noon. Kids£l (7.5p it you still have your l’iccolobadgel): Adults £2.

28 Oct Over the Rainbow. Colourful music provided by bassoon. clarinet and flute. (‘ome dressed in your most colourful clothes and bring a cushion.

4 Nov Last of this Piccolo l’ack series. meet ()olie McDoolie. the guardian angel ofthe orchestra as he introduces his ‘family'. Some surprises in store for orchestra and audience as the S(‘() play. amongothers. Rossini and Bartok.


Most of the children's events are during school hours. aimed at primary and nursery classes. listed below are events open to the general public at the weekends. All events are free and no booking required.

Sat 28 Oct Party time! Aileen Paterson will draw and tell Maisic stories. Refreshments. Suitable for 6 years+ . The Museum Shop. Royal Museum otScotland. Chambers Street. 10.30am-—noon.

Sat 28 Oct Kclpie Party for 9— 1'2 yearolds. Readings. competitions and refreshments. Sherratt a Hughes.13-14 Princes Street. 3pm. Brush up on your Kelpies. see panel. Sat 4 Nov Aileen Paterson hosts the Saturday Club. Stories. drawing and games. James’l‘hin. 53—59 South Bridge. 10. 30~11.30am.

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

Saturday Club livery Saturday. 10. 30—1 1. 30am. Free. ()pen to any child (age range approx 2 < 1 3 years). Activities and competitions with prizes as well as storytelling for younger children.

I VENUE ('alton Road. 557 3073.

The Ram Jam Club livery Saturday. 8—1 1. 30pm. £2. L'nder- 18s alcohol-free disco. playing hip-hop and soul.


Quest for a Queen: The Falcon. Frances Mary Hendry (Canongate £7.95) This is the third Frances Hendry novel with ‘Quest’ in the title. But there is no ‘quest‘ to speak 01— except perhaps in the abstract sense of the word in this smartly written resuscitation ol the Mary Queen of Scots myth. Mary is pregnant with tuture King James and she plucks Janet Hepburn and her daughter Leezie from the mire to come and be nursemaid. It is a lucky escape torthem because Leezie's step-lather is the violent type who bashes her motherwhen he has had a law. In Edinburgh the pair mingle in polite society, call on John Knox and witness the gory events of history. ‘ldio’! Besteerze leet or t steeryou, like ze soup. Ze craytish she mus’ be serve boiling 'ot!’ cries a precursoroi Pierre Victoire from the Queen‘s kitchen on the night nizzio gets it through the ribs. The chei should have got it as well tor talking like a crushed clove of garlic. The dialogue throughout is iity and the characters commmunicate as it they were reading the News at 10. But

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Hendry is a well-drilled story-teller and rattles ott heryarn giving a good history lesson in the process. One lorthe leminists this with ‘issues' to the lore and the end lett hanging because a sequel is in the wings (Jeni Allen)

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