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GLASGOW Activities and fun

I BBC Radio Goes to Town Exhibition George Square.

Andy Crane 8 May. 1—1.45pm and 5—5.45pm. Free. Presenter of Car's Whiskers hosts quizzes, music and jokes for the under-12$. See Media panel.

I GLASGOW ZOO Calderpark, Udddingston, 771 1185.

Open every day, 10am-6pm. Animal-handling sessions available for groups. Kids£l .50; Adults £2. 60(family ticket £7).

I HAGGS CASTLE 100 St Andrews Drive, Pollokshields, 427 2725.

Saturday activities, 2. 15pm. Free, no booking.

5 May Storytime Drawing (4—7 years).

12 May Candlemaking (8—12 years).

I HUNTERIAN ART GALLERY University of Glasgow. 330 4221 ext 5517/5431 .

Young Printmakers Saturday morning workshops for 7—17 year olds covering various aspects of printmaking. Free, but booking essential. Last workshop in the series, ZJune, 10am—l2.30pm. Contact Anne Tynan at Gallery.

I PAISLEY ART CENTRE New Street. Paisley, 887 1010.

Family Crait Sessions Workshops aimed at parents and under-55.

Details and tickets available from centre. 16 May Happy and sad masks.

10—1 1.30am.

Modelling Crait Sessions Workshops for 8—12 year olds. Free. Book early as places limited.

12 May Create a feast fit for a king. 2-4pm.


' I HAGGS CASTLE MUSEUM 100 St Andrews Drive, Pollokshields, 427 2725. The World in Miniature Ends 13 May. Display of toys and games reflecting the influences various factors, from world wars to developments in education, have on the design of toys through the ages. Quiz sheets and ‘hands-on‘ activities for kids and adults. Mon-Sat lOam—Spm; Sun 2-5pm. Free.


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

My Little Pony (U) Mild adventure for our four-legged friends when they meet the nasty witch Hydia and her horrible daughters. 12 May, 1.30pm. Kids 50p; Adults £1.

Out and About

I BLACKSHAW FARM PARK West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, 0563 34257.

Working farm with daily demonstrations of dipping and shearing sheep, milking the cows and feeding the calves. Lots of animals to see, peacocks, ponies, red deer, rabbits, ducks and donkeys. Tractor rides available and older children can have a go on 3 and 4-wheeler motor bikes. Outdoor play area and under cover play space when wet. Wellies recommended! Open every day. 10.30am-5pm. Kids

£1 .20; Adults £1 .80 (or £5 per car).


It you go down to the woods in Kelbum Country Centre on Sunday 13 May, you’d better take your teddy bear because s/he will want to enter the Bear Competition, highlight oi the Scottish Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Held in aid oi Action Research for the Crippled Child this annual event attracts large numbers oi teddy bears willingly accompanied by their owners.

The bears can show oil in any of the live categories in the competition - bravest, bonniest, biggest, best-dressed and oddest. Non-furry iolk are well-provided with entertainments—televlsion’s Glen Michael will present his popular Cavalcade show and the Power oi Scotland Pipe Band will provide some

oi the music throughout the atternoon. Colouring contests, side shows, games, a bouncy dragon and, on the relaxing side, there are storytelling sessions all day tor the younger ones, provided by Action Research. Every child entering a bear in the competition will receive a tree picnic and the live winning bears will have the chance to go on to enterthe ilnal heat to become Kelburn Supreme Champion!

Kelburn Country Centre has its own regular attractions, so it your Kissytur or Superted are becoming over-excited, a relaxing stroll around

the Kelbum Glen, wateriall pool and

ilower gardens will calm them down. It they persist in gaddlng about, there's an adventure trail and stockade, pony trekking (must be booked) and an enclosed playground. Pets’ Comer contains a variety oi animals (no live bears!) including chipmunks and polecats. By the end oi your day you should take home a tired little teddy bear and bedraggled weans.

(Rene Taylor)

Scottish Teddy Bears Picnic Kelbum Country Centre, on the A78 between Largs and Fairlie. 13 May, noon—5pm. Kids £1; Adults £2.

I EASTWOOD BUTTERFLY KINGDOM Rouken Glen. 620 2084. Tropical atmosphere created indoors to

make hundreds of butterflies feel at home.

Tarantulas, praying mantis, scorpions and other creepy crawlies are housed next door in the lnsect Kingdom. Open every day, 10am—5.30pm. Kids £1 ; Adults£l .50 (family ticket for 4/5, £4).




I CUMBERNAULD THEATRE 0236 732887. Kid's Stuit Saturday afternoon shows for children. Puppets, magic songs and fun. Suitable for4—l 1 year olds. 1. 15pm. Shows last about 1 hour. Kids £1 ; Adults £1.50.

5 May Edinburgh Puppet Company.

12 May Magic Bob.

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

Jimmy Fleming's Punch and Judy and Magic Show An hour of fun and tricks. 5 May, 11.30am and 1.30pm. Kids 50p; Adults£l.


Activities and fun

I EDINBURGH CENTRAL LIBRARY George [V Bridge, 225 5584.

Creche Facilities in Central Library Browse in peace while the kids are in the safe care of the Edinburgh Creche Co-op. Free to all library users. Please note amended hours, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 10am-noon. Large selection of toys suitable for all ages.

I EDINBURGH ZOO Corstorphine Road,

334 9171.

Open every day. 9am to dusk. 9.30am on Sundays. Kids£1.50; Adults£3. Animal-handling sessions at weekends, on the hour from 11am—4pm, 50p per person.

I GORGIE CITY FARM 51 Gorgie Road, 337 4202.

Turn your back on the petrol fumes and breathe in the smells of the farmyard. Open every day of the year. Tearoom and children’s play area. Free.

Young City Farmers Group Every Saturday. 10am—1pm For 7—13 year olds. 75p membership plus 15p per session. Learn about farm life and caring for animals.

I JACK KANE CENTRE Niddrie Mains Road, 661 3447.

Dancing Competitions for children in Latin-American, ballroom and disco dancing. Contact Mr Banks at centre for an entry form. 6 May, noon—6pm.

I KENNEDY'S FUN CENTRE 3 Windsor Place, Portobello, 669 1075.

Popular birthday-party venue but also open on Saturday morning with open sessions for children up to age ten. accompanied by an adult. Trampolines, bouncy castle, tree-house, pirate ship and soft-play equipment. 9.30—11.30am, £1.50.


Open Day Come ‘n‘ try sport sessions for all the family, children‘s fun run with prizes to be won and other activities including Telephon '90. 13 May, 1—4.30pm. Free.

I THINS BOOKSHOP 53-59 South Bridge, 556 6743.

Saturday Club Every Saturday, 10.30-11.30am. Free, open to any child (age range approx 3-11 years). Activities

and competitions with prizes, as well as storytelling sessions for younger children.


I CITY ART CENTRE Market Street. Dinosaurs Alive! Until 3 Jun. Mon—Sat, 10am-5pm. Kids 65p; Adults £1 . (Visit two exhibitions at a reduced rate special price, kids £1 ; adults £1 . 65, gains admission into this exhibition and also Dinosaurs Past and Present, see Royal Museum of Scotland). Very, very popular so be prepared to stand in a long queue. Seven adult and three baby dinosaurs, some life-size, some half life-size, operated by computers, cylinders, and istons. I ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street, 225 7534 ext 219. Dinosaurs Past and Present until 27 May. Mon—Sat, 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. Kids 65p; Adults £1. (Special ticket, see City Art Centre). Around 150 dinosaur portraits— paintings, sculptures and models from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. I MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD High Street. 225 2424, ext 6645. Our Friends the Dinosaurs Until 3 June. Mon-Sat, 10am—5pm. Free. Exhibition of dinosaur toys, models, comics, posters. View the earliest most successful screen cartoon, ‘Gertie the Dinosaur‘, made in 1909.


I EDINBURGH FILM HOUSE Lothian Road, 228 2688.

Children's Saturday matinees; all seats£l , bookable. Films start 2pm.

5 May The Thief of Baghdad (U) Alexander Korda‘s spectacular tale of a young boy thief who helps a dethroned king against a nasty usurper.

12 May The Never Ending Story (PG) A boy is drawn into the pages of a book and finds himself in a fantasy world.

Out and About

I EDINBURGH BUTTERFLY FARM Melville Nurseries, Lasswade, 663 4932.

Walk amongst hundreds of butterflies in their natural habitat. Outdoor children‘s adventure playground. Open every day, 10am—5.30pm. Kids£l .25; Adults£2.25 (family ticket, £6.50 for 2 adults and 4 kids .


Lady Victoria Colliery Newtongrange, 10 miles south of Edinburgh on the A7. This colliery boasts the largest steam engine in Scotland, the Grant-Ritchie winding engine, and after donning a hard-hat you can view this mighty machine and visit the pit-head. Visitor centre exhibitions and tearoom. Free. Tue-Fri 10am—4.30pm; Sat and Sun, noon-5pm.

Preston Grange On B 1348 between Musselburgh and Prestonpans.

Visitor centre housed in the former colliery canteen, exhibition area. star attraction is a Cornish beam engine, used to pump water from the mine and unique in Scotland. ‘Steam Days', on the first Sunday in each summer month give visitors a chance to see the colliery locomotives in action. Free. Tue-Fri 10am-4.30pm; Sat and Sun. noon-5pm.

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