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Activities and fun
I GLASGOW ZOO Calderpark. Uddingston.771 1185.
When everyone‘s tired of toys. television and selection boxes. have a day out at the zoo and see if Santa has visited the animals. Open every day of the year. 10am—5pm. Kids£1 .50; Adults £2.60.
I HAOGS CASTLE 1(X) St Andrews Drive. Pollokshields. 427 2725.
Book now for Christmas activities. always very popular. so don‘t delay. Free. Age range given in brackets. Only one activity percth.
23 Dec Candles (5—8)/ Make a Haggs Christmas Card (4—7).
28 Dec 10. 15am Christmas Crackers (fr—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 made simple (7—12)«’ Delicious Oateakes (6—9).
29 Dec 10.15am Sugar Mice (4—7)/ Make a Decorative Box (8—12);2.15pm Victorian Entertainments (6—9)/ Candlemaking (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). 4Jan 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).
eJan 10.15am Back to School Bookmarks (7—12)/ Sugar Mice (4—7);2.15pm Beautiful Beadwork (8—12)’ Heraldry (7-12).
I SUMMIT CENTRE Minerva Way. Finnicston. 204 2215.
ice skating Sat. 9.30am—noon; 2—4.30pm and 7-10pm. Sun 1.30—4pm; 7—10pm. Sat morning all ages £1.50; Sat and Sun afternoons under 12s£1.50. over 125£2; Sat and Sun disco sessions £2.50 all ages. Skate hire 50p all sessions.
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. ()uiz sheets and related activities. Showing until February. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm.
I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street. Paisley. 887 1010.
A feast for Star Trek fans — four days of ‘Beam us up Scottie‘. Each performances starts at 2pm. kids 50p; Adults£1.
27 Dec Star Trek — The Motion Picture (U). Kirk. Spock and co come face to face with an unknown alien.
28 Dec Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan (A). Captain Kirk meets up with an old enemy.
29 Dec Star Trek Ill — The Search for Spock (PG). Where is the man with the cars?
30 Dec Star Trek IV — The Voyage Home (PG). The crew of the Starship Enterprise find themselves back on earth. in the 20th century.
I EAST KILBRIDE VILLAGE THEATRE
Maxwell Drive. 03552 48669.
Glen Michael Show Cartoons. competitions. fun and games. 27 Dec. 10am and 2.30pm. £1.50.
Activities and tun
I CHAMBERS STREET MUSEUM 225 7534. Art Competition 27—30 Dec. The Museum are running a competition for under 16s, anyone can enter. Register first at the desk in the main hall. paper will be provided then entrants can draw anything they fancy from exhibits on display inthe museum. Museum open 10am-5pm.
I DANCE BASE Assembly Rooms. George Street. 220 4348.
Christmas Danceiest l Three day intensive jazz course. Guest teachers include Stewart Arnold (of Hot Shoe Show and Dash) and Sheridan Nicol. Edinburgh District Council‘s Dancer-in-Residence. Classes divided into three age groups. 10—12years; 13—15 years and 16 and over. Fees; 1 day £7; 2 days£12 and 3 days£15. 28—30 Dec. Booking and further details from Sheridan Nicol at above. Book early. Christmas Dancelest ii A weekend of classical ballet workshops led by Deirdre O‘Donohoe. Minimum standard ofentry is ‘Elementary Ballet‘. individual classes
I £3: 1 day £6; 2days£10. Fri SJan and Sat6
Jan. Book early. Further details. see above.
I EDINBURGH DISTRICT COUNCIL Christmas Creche There's no need to drag the kids in and out of the shops in Princes Street. The Council‘s Women‘s Unit have organised a creche for 2—10 year olds. Situated in St George's WestChurch. Shandwlck Place it runs until 30 Dec. 10am—5pm Mon—Sat and until 7pm on Thursdays. 50p per child for a maximum stayon hours. lfyou are shopping ‘en famille‘. pop over to the Olde Curlosweeiie Shoppe Mound Pedestrian Precinct. there's a free sweetie for anyone under the age of 8 who pops in to say hello or leave a note for St Nicholas. There‘sa horse-drawn carriage to take children for a short journey back in time. Open until Christmas Eve.
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‘s leaving Edinburgh soon to live on the Continent.
I ELCHAT Brunton Hall. Musselburgh. 665 3711.
Dance Xpiosion 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 ofthe 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 DRACEMOUNT 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. Let them work off excess energy. Too much chocolate money makes you sluggish! One and a halfhours ofjumping. climbing. rolling. kartingand sliding about. £3.
I MEGA BOWL Craig Park. Newcraighall Road. 657 3731.
Come 10-pin bowling American style. Sun—Thurs 10am—12 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 £1 .50. After 5pm Mon—Thurs. everyone £1 .90; Fri. Sat and Sun; everyone £2. Shoe hire. kids 30p: Adults 50p.
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 hoursessions. led by Olive Dean. in drawing. printmaking. collage etc. for 6—10year olds. 10.30am—noon. £25 for 10-week term. No telephone bookings. For further details contact Sandra Duncan at the gallery, Mon—Fri l0.30am—5.30pm.
I CITY ART CENTRE Market Street
Fun and Games Until 3 Feb. Exhibition of games from the late 18th century tothe present day from the Museum of Childhood‘s reserve collection. Admission free. Mon—Sat 10am-5pm. Film
I EDINBURGH FILMHOUSE Lothian Road.228 2688.
(‘hildren's Saturday matinees; all seats£l. bookable. Films start at 2pm. Thunderbirds Are Go (U) International rescue operation to save the world's most advanced spaceships from the evil llood. Look out for puppet versions of Cliffand the Shads! 23 Dec.
Princess Bride (PG) Comic fairy tale for all the family starring the unlikely duo, Peter Falk and Mel Smith. 30 Dec.
THE PROMISED LAND
The Land at Narnia Brian Sibley (Collins Lions, 28.96)
For the ‘Narnla' tan who has read ragged the books. listened to the cassette tapes while pinning a map at Narnia on the bedroom wall. watched and videoed the lirst television serial and ls currently demanding television viewing rights each Sunday tea time, here's another Item lor the collection. The Land at Narnia (suitable ior older children) by Brian Sibley is a guide to Narnia, explaining how the stories came to be written and their hidden meanings. A short illustrated biography oi CS. Lewis (known to triends and iamiiy as Jack) gives us details oi his childhood and tile up until he decided to write books lor children. Artist Pauline Baynes was the original illustrator oi the seven books which make up the Chronicles, and she has now re-created some scenes in colour. Back in the Fiitles she made the several hundred black and white drawings which decorate each page. Illustrations from other children’s classics read by Jack the lad also ieature though he may not have been inspired by them. Asked why he wrote books ior children he said, ‘People won‘t write the books I want, so I have
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The List 22 December 1989— i 1 January 199057