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Actrvrtles and fun

I NAGGS CASTLE 100 St Andrews Drive. Pollokshields. 427 2725.

9 Dec How We Used To Dress(7— l 2 years).

16 Dec Extended programme of pro-Christmas fun. no booking. but some sessions limited places. On-going Parlour Games during the whole afternoon. 24.30pm Christmas decorations (all ages); 2.15pm Delicious mincepies (8—12 years) 15 places only; 2.30pm and 3.30pm Christmas stories in the Victorian Nursery (4—7 years) 30 places only.

Book now for Christmas activities. always very popular. so don't delay. Free. Age range given in brackets. Only one activity per child. Booking starts 9 Dec. 10am.

23 Dec 10.15am Design your own Christmas Paper (7—12): 2. 15pm Christmas Candles (5-8)/Make a Haggs‘ Christmas Card (4—7).

26 Dec 10.15am Christmas Crackers (6—9)/Festive Fans (7—10); 2. 15pm Christmas Storytime Drawing (4—7)/’Tasty Mincemeat Pies (6—9).

27 Dec 10.15am Marzipan Fruits (4—7)/Seasonal Samplers (8—12): 2. 15pm Tradition Tiles (8—12)/Festive Finger Puppets (5—8).

28 Dec 10.15am How We Used to Dress (8—12)/Buttermaking (4—7); 2. 15pm Warp and Weft weaving make simple (7—12)/Delicious Oatcakes (6—9).

29 Dec 10.15am Sugar Mice (4—7)/Make a Decorative Box (8—12); 2.15pm Victorian Entertainments (6—9)/Candlcmaking (8—12).

30 Dec 10.15am Hogmanay Shortbread (6—9)/New Year Bookmarks (7—12): 2.15pm Hogmanay Sweets (4—7)/Keep Time with a Haggs 1990 Calendar (5—8). “on 10.15am How We Used to Dress (7—12)/Edible Stained Glass Windows (6—9); 2.15pm Glove Puppets (6—9)/Candlemaking (8—12).

5Jan 10.15am Warp and Weft —weaving made simple (7—12)/Buttermaking (4—7): 2.15pm Kites (8—12)/Victorian Entertainments (6—9).

6 Jan 10.15am Back to School Bookmarks (7—12)/Sugar Mice (4—7);2.15pm Beautiful Beadwork (8—12)/Heraldry (7—12).

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

Clay modelling workshop 16 Dec. 2—4pm. Making pots. (8—12 years). Free. but places limited. Don‘t delay in picking up a ticket from the centre.

Family Cratt Session Drop-in session for pre-school children and their parents.

13 Dec Christmas cards and other festive crafts. l0—l 1.30am. Free.

I SUMMIT CENTRE Minerva Way. Finnieston. 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 12s £1 .50. over 12s £2; Sat and Sun disco sessions £2.50all ages. Skate hire 50p all sessions.

Exhibitions I HAGGS CASTLE 100 St Andrews Drive.

427 2725.

From the Cradle to the Grave From christening robes to burial kists. exhibition showing how societies past and present have celebrated life from the beginning to the end. Quiz sheets and related activities. Showing until February. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm: Sun 2—5pm.


I EAST KILBRIDE VILLAGE THEATRE Maxwell Drive. 03552 48669.

Glen Michael Show Book now to see Glen live. Cartoons. competitions. fun and games. 27 Dec. 10am and 2.30pm. £1 .50.


Activities and fun


A Christmas Cracker Event 16 Dec. 10am~4pm. Suitable for all the family. Make lots of goodies for Christmas stockings. sweet-making. junk jewllery. candles. kites and lots more. Springwell Community Choir provide a musical backing to the activities and there will be a ‘creative crechc' for younger children (must be booked in advance). For booking and further info. phone the Arts Outreach Team. 12 Nicolson Street. 225 2424. ext 6623.

I CRAIGLOCKHART SPORTS CENTRE 177 Colinton Road. 443 0101.

Under-8s Christmas Party Fun and games

and a visit from you know who. 14 Dec. 4—5.30pm. Free. tickets available from centre.

I EDINBURGH DANCE PROJECT The Dance Base. Assembly Rooms. George Street. Classes led by Sheridan Nicol. £l . per session. Further info phone 557 2480.

Tue 5pm. Children‘s Jazz Class (9

yearer ).

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

I EDINBURGH ZOO Corstorphine Road. 334 9171. Open every day of the year. 9am to dusk; 9. 30am on Sunday. Kids £1. 50: Adults £3. Make sure you visit Mintie . the polar bear cub. having reached the grand age ofone year. he'll be leaving Edinburgh soon to live on the Continent. I ELCHAT Brunton 11all.Musselburgh. 665 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 Gorgie Road. 337 4202. Open every day ofthe 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—13 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.

The Ideal Gnome Expedition. Seen at Theatre Royal, Glasgow. Run ended. David Wood has been a lavourite playwright tor the tots oi the green laction since well beiore it was chic to be green. While the central characters oi The Ideal Gnome Expedition, garden gnomes, are not quite so right-on, environmentally speaking, as some of the living creatures starring in his other plays, the device of using the characters to retlect on the generally puzzling nature of grown-ups or, in the

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language of a Wood play, ‘The Big Ones', goes down a treat. By tollowlng a pair of garden gnomes on a trip to the wider world, children are transported through an urban jungle of adventure playgrounds patrolled by Bad Dogs who turn out Good, cruel road drills stopped in theirtracks, and Wide-Boy Cats who long for (and get, in the end) a comfy home lite. Road Safety rules, picked up through song, lend a touch oi education to the entertainment. A real box oi delights. (Helen Roberts)

Mini-Mounties Playscheme Saturdays. 10am—noon. Games and bouncy castle. suitable for primary children. 30p per session.

I JACK KANE CENTRE Niddrie Mains Road. 6690404.

Under as Christmas Party Get your tickets now. it‘s party time. Fun and games anda special visitor wearing a red outfit. 11 Dec. 4—5.30pm. Free. tickets available from Centre.

I LITTLE MARCO'S Grove Street. 228 2141. Mon—Sun. 9.30am—8pm. Play sessions for children. One and a haifhours ofjumping. climbing. rolling. kartingand sliding about. £3.

I MEGA BOWL Craig Park. Newcraighall Road. 657 3731.

Come 10-pin bowling American style. Sun—Thurs10am—l2 midnight; Fri and Sat 9am—1am. £15 per lane (up to 6persons) per hour if booked in advance. Non-booking prices are per game; before 5pm. kids£1. 20; Adults£l . 50. After 5pm Mon—Thurs. everyone £1 . 90: Fri. Sat and Sun; everyone £2. Shoe hire. kids 30p; Adults 50p.

I MURRAYFIELD iCE RINK Riversdale Crescent. 337 6933.

Open weekdays from 2pm; weekends from 10am. Saturdays 10am—noon family skating; Sundays 10—1 1 . 30am group tuition. Check with venue for fullsession times. Admission 80p. skate hire 40p.

I MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD 42 High Street. 225 2424. ext 6645.

Christmas Activities 16 Dec. 10.30—1l.30am(5—8years);2—3.30pm (9-12 years). Make your own Christmas card based on an original from the museum‘s collection. Free. by ticket only. Tickets available from 11 Dec.

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

Saturday Club Every Saturday. 1030-] 1. 30am. Free. Open to any child (age range approx 2— l 3 years). Activities and competitions with prizes as well as storytelling for younger children.

I 359 Gallery 233 Cowgate. 225 3013.

Art Classes Book now for popular children's art classes. Winter term starts Sat 13 Jan. One and a half hour sessionsin drawing. printmaking. collage etc. for 6—10 year olds. 10.30am—noon. £25 for 10-week term. No telephone bookings. For further details contact Sandra Duncan at the gallery. Mon—Fri 10.30am—5.30pm.


I CITY ART CENTRE Market Street.

Fun and Games 16 Dec-3 Feb. Exhibition of games from the late 18th century tothe present day which are in the reserve collection of the Museum ofChildhood. Admission free. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Him

I EDINBURGH FILMHOUSE Lothian Road. 228 2688.

Children‘s Saturday matinees; all scats£l . bookable. Films start at 2pm.

9 Dec A Man Called Flintstone. (U) Fred tries his hand at the spy game.

6 Dec Dark Crystal (PG) Fantasy thriller as the last survivor ofa persecuted elfin race tries to overthrow the masters ofevil.

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