Kids aims to provide iniormation about events in and

around Edinburgh and Glasgow lor children and young people. Please send details not later than 10 days belore publication.


Activities and fun

I GLASGOW ZOO Calderpark, Udddingston, 771 1185.

Open every day, 10am—6pm. Animal handling sessions available for groups. Kids£1 .50; Adults £2.60 (family ticket £7).

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

Saturday activities. 2.15pm. Free. no booking.

19 May Buttermaking (4—7 year olds).

26 May Streetgames (6—9 year olds).

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

Young Printmakers Saturday morning workshops for 7— 1 7 year olds covering various aspects of printmaking. Free, but booking essential. Last workshop in the series, ZJune, 10am—12.30pm. Contact Anne Tynan at the gallery.


Linn Park Play Day 26 May. Annual fun day especially for children. Puppets. face painting, entertainments, music Smokebusters and lots more. Take part in the ‘Glasgow Gird and Cleek Championship, 1990‘. 26 May. 11am—4pm. Free.

I LITTLE MARCO'S Templeton Street, 554 7184.

Karting, climbing, hiding and sliding. Indoor play area guaranteed to exhaust the most active child. Under 4ft 7in only and under-3 year olds must be supervised. One and a half hour sessions, £3. Mon—Sat, lOam—8pm.

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. Open every day. 10.30am—5pm. Kids£l.20;Adults£1.80 (or£5 per car).


See Edinburgh Out and About.


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 Insect 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 Stul‘l Saturday afternoon shows for children. Puppets, magic songs and fun. Suitable for 4—11 year olds. 1.15pm. Shows last about 1 hour. Kids £1 ; Adults £1.50



The Scottish International Children‘s Festival in lnverleith Park is the lirst of what will become an annual event to present prolessional periormers specialising in shows which are both educational and entertaining. The majority oi the events take place during school hours and the organisers report a healthy booking response from schools. Most events however also run during the week-end, so everyone will have a chance to sample the programme which boasts a large overseas contingent as well as several Scottish companies. The youngest age range is catered lor by Small Change Theatre irom Canada. At the Beach (suitable lor 4-10 years) is presented in the form oi a large ‘pop-up' book. The Edinburgh Puppet Company and the Edinburgh Quartet combine their talents under the name of Imagination Unlimited with The Music Crystal, a show designed to introduce children (7—12 yrs) to music and instruments. For older children (12 and up), Home Court deals with the important issue oi

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drug abuse. American company Creative Arts Team (see Theatre preview page) re-tell a real-life story of a young talented basketball player who dies as a result at experimenting with drugs. Open Your Eyes and Dance promises to be a lively performance with Svinurai, young musicians lrom Zimbabwe, introducing the audience (5 years and over) to their music, instruments and basic dance steps.

Ongoing dailythroughout the Festival are a variety ol tree workshops, storytelling sessions, banner-making, lace-painting, nature trails and open-air shows (see listings) at the Festival site and in the neighbouring Royal Botanic Gardens. Parents with very young children can take advantage oi the creche lacillties and mothers' room open lrom 9.30am—4.45pm daily. Putting a royal seal or approval onto what promises to be an action-packed six days, will be HRH The Princess Margaret at a Gala pertormance on the opening night. (Rene Taylor)

19 May Edinburgh Puppet Company.

26 May Alakazam Puppets.

I MOTHERWELL CIVIC CENTRE 0698 67515 Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp The International Purves Puppets present their version of the well-known tale— expect hilarious additions to the storyline. The puppets will be pleased to meet you after the show. 28 May—1 Jun. 10am and 1.45pm. Kids £1 .70; Adults £2.70.

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

Paisley Festival Sat 19 May. 11am onwards. The Festival gets off to a spectacular start with something for

everyone in and around the Centre. Children are well provided for throughout the day with free outdoor entertainment by Mr Boom, Mr Kazoo, Clown Jewels and Ostrich. Ostrich, Ostrich. Moonchild Hullabaloo Theatre Company present a magical show for all the family. 21 May. 7pm. Kids £1; Adults £2 (Family ticket. 2 kids. 2 adults.£5). Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp Presented by International Purves Puppets. 26 May. 11.30am and 1.30pm. Kids 50p; Adults£l Arts Play Umbrella Some of the festivities take place in Barshaw Park where you can take part in circus skills workshops and performances. 25 May. Ill—11.30am;

1.30-3pm; 5—7pm. 26 May. 10am-12.30pm; 1—5pm. 27 May. 10.30am-12.30pm;1—5pm.


I CHILDREN'S STUDIOS Water ofLeith Heritage Centre, Old Village School, Slateford, opp. The Dell Inn.

Workshops on Art a the Environment Suitable for 6—11 year olds. Craft sessions with a recycling theme. Saturday mornings, 10.15—11.45am. until l4Jul. £22.50 for nine sessions. Phone 07213 669 for bookings.

Activities and fun


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 oftoys 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 handing sessions at weekends, on the hour from 11am—4pm. 50p per person. I COLLECTIVE GALLERY 16611igh Street. 220 1260.

Paper Sculpture, Pigment and OurPlanets Book in advance.

2 Jun: 10am—noon. Help paint a mural using natural pigments from berries etc. 9 Jun: 10am-noon. Create your own floating sculptures in paper and found materials.

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. 'I‘rampolines. bouncy castle. tree-house. pirate ship and soft-play equipment. 930—] 1.30am. £1 .50 I LAURISTON CASTLE Cramond Road South.

Edwardian Extravaganza III 20 May. Ham—4.30pm. Admission free but entry to the Castle is 50p for Kids; £1 Adults. Fun and games Edwardian-fete style. Jugglers, magicians. pony rides. stalls. kite-making. face-painting. stalls. croquet.

I LITTLE MARCO'S Grove Street. 228 2141. Mon-Sun. 9.30am-8pm. Play sessions for children with bouncy castle. slides. ball pit. climbing frames and karting. £3 for one and a half hoursession. Adults can escape to the downstairs lounge or stay within earshot.

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

Saturday Club Every Saturday.

1030—] 1 .30am. Free. open to any child (age range approx 3—1 1 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; Adultsfl (Visit

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