GLASGOW Activities and tun

I DOME OF DISCOVERY South Rotunda. (iovan Road. 427 1792.

lixplore the world of science with over60 visitor-friendly exhibits. Open all year. Tue—Sun. 10am—5.30pm. Kids£l ; Adults £2 (family ticket. 2 adults and up to 3 kids. £5). I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street. Paisley. 887 1010. Craft Sessions For 8— l 2 year-olds. Limited places. 50p. 27 Oct 2—4pm. (‘lay Wind Chimes.


Admission is tree for children. £1 for adults gains entry to all events.

1Nov Artist and writer l’at Ilutchins reads and draws from her picture books. For 5--7 yrs. 1 lam—noon: S—lli yrs. 2—3pm.

1 NOV Scottish writer Margaret Ryan talks about her writing. illustrates and reads Irom her stories. For 6—7 yrs.

1 Nov Find out how 1 Iazel Townson gets her ideas for her adventure stories. For (#11 yrs. 2--3pm.

2 NOV Readings from L'rs‘ula the Bear and other funny tales from Sheila Lavelle. For 6—7 yrs. lit—10.45am; 8—9 yrs. 2—3pm.

2 NOV Scoular Anderson hosts a session of jokes. puzzles and drawing for 7—9 year-olds. 10.30-11.30am.

2 NOV Broadcaster and author Chris l’owling talks about his books. ForS—ll yrs. llam—noon.

3 NOV Frank Rodgers leads astorytelling and drawing session. For 4—8 yrs.

1 lam—noon.

3 NOV Novelist Jan Mark chats about her writing. For “Ll-i yrs. 12.30—l.30pm.

3 NOV Chance to meet Joe Dever. authorof Lone Wolf/1(Iverilures and Freeway Warrior. For 10— 16 yrs. 2~3pm.

4 NOV Michael Angelo. Edinburgh jugglcr and stiltwalker will entertain in the main exhibition hall. Suitable for age 4 upwards. Noon—4pm.

4 NOV Aileen l’atrson reads extracts from a new ‘Maisie‘ story. For 4—9 yrs. 3.30—4.30pm.

I SUMMIT CENTRE Minerva Way. Finnieston. 204 2215.

Now open for winter weekend skating. Sat. 9.30am—noon. £2 (under 5‘s£l ); Sat and Sun. 2—4pm £2 (under 5‘s £1). 7.45—l0.30pm (disco. with DJ ) £2.80. Skate hire for all sessions 50p.

I TRAMWAY 25 Albert Drive. 227 5511. Children's Saturday Club Every Saturday. 10—] 1am (5—8 year-olds); l l. 15am—1pm (9—14 year-olds). Workshops in singing. dancing and clowning led by Donna Bainbridge. For further infophone Donna. 334 0436.

EDINBURGH Activities and tun


Splash/Fit 25-minute sessions of fun 'n‘ games and exercises for under 16s. Wednesdays and Fridays. 6pm and 6.30pm. Contact centre for further info.

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


‘Kelpie’ collectors must be running out of shell space: there are now over two dozen titles in the series, aimed at children aged eight and over and another lour have just been published. For eleven year-olds and beyond, Murdo’s War by Alan Temperley is a gripping adventure set during the Second World War, l943. A young whisky smuggler on the north coast ol Scotland discovers that smuggling is dangerous and a threat to national security. Plunged into a tight lor survival against man and nature, his efforts are directed to thwart ‘Operation Flood-Tide.’

‘When I was nine years old I hid under a table and heard my sister kill a king.’ 80 starts Frances Mary Hendry's Guest tor a Maid (age 11 and over), based on the tale oi the Maid ol Norway, said to have died in Orkney on her way to marry the English Prince Edward. In this version, the little princess, with Meg, the narrator and lriends Davie and Peem, iinds hersell in great danger

from evil lorces who will try anything witchcraft, treachery and murder— in their attempts to secure the Scottish throne.

Orkney is the setting tor George Mackay Brown’s Pictures in the Cave (age 10 and over), tales oi smugglers and seals, captains and kings. A young boy playing truant meets a sealboy who reveals the history at the cave. The years pass, the boy grows up and we meet him again in the title story, now a crusty retired sea captain, rocking in his chair talking to the talk who are the history 01 the cave, ready now to entrust treasures to a younger storyteller...

Mums doing stints at peace camps, vegans and BMWs tug us up to date in Donkey Rescue by Pamela Cockerill (age 9 and over). When Fiona convinces Terry that it’ll be plain sailing to kidnap an endangered donkey, hide him on an island, then bring him back to a new sale home, he puts his tears behind him and agrees. But he hasn’t reckoned on Fiona’s relations— her mother jailed after a demo, heryoung brother running away, and the death of his gran. Fiona and Terry are determined to save the donkey despite everything. . .

(Rene Taylor)

Murdo's War, Alan Temperley £2.95. Quest for a Maid, Frances Mary Hendry £2.75.

Pictures in the Cave, George Mackay Brown £2.50.

Donkey Rescue, Pamela Cockerill.

All published by Canongate.

I EDINBURR CENTRAL LIBRARY (ieorge 1\' Bridge. 225 5584.

Free creche for users of the Central Library. run by the Edinburgh Creche Co-op. For kids of all ages. large selection of toys. Tuesdays and Thursdays. lllam—noon.

I EDINBURGH ZOO Corstorphine Road. 3349171.

()pen every day ofthe year. Animal-handling session (must be booked) on the hour. 50p. Don’t missthe Penguin Parade at 2.30pm. 9am—6pm. Kids £1 .80; Adults £3.20.

I GRACEMOUNT LEISURE CENTRE (iracemount Drive. 658 1940.

Hallowe'en Party After School Club Fancy Dress party for 5-12 year-olds. 31 ()ct. 3—5pm. 50p.

I JACK KANE CENTRE 208 Niddrie Mains Road. 669 0404.

Winter coaching programme Contact the centre for further info on classes listed below.


4—5pm After school club (5— 1 2 yrs). 5—6.30pm Judo Coaching (5 yrs + ). 6—7pm Football Coaching ( 12 yrs + ).


5.30—8pm Gymnastics Girls (5 yrs + ). Wed

6.30—7.30pm Mixed Football (5—12 yrs).


4—5pm After school club (5— l 2 yrs). 7—8pm Badminton Coaching (7— I 2 yrs). Fri

4—5pm Basketball Mixed (9—1-1 yrs). 4.45—8.45pm (iymnastics (iirls (5 yrs + ).

I KENNEDY'S FUN CENTRE Windsor l’lace. I’ortobello. 669 1075.

Saturday morning open sessions for children tip to age ten. accompanied by an adult. Trampolines. soft play equipment. tree house. bouncy castle. pirate ship.


I KOKOS Franchise Village. Craig l’ark. Newcraighall Road. 6690082. Children'sleisure centre. l-‘ullvsupervised‘ children over 3 yrs can be left. lleight limit 55 inches. ()ne and a half hour sessions. Mon- Fri. 10am-2pm. £2; 2 -6pm. £3. Sat. Sun and public holidays. 10am --6pm. £3. I LITTLE MARCO'S ( irove Street. 228 2141.

Play sessions for kids. Bouncy castle. karting. ball pits. slides. ()ne and a hall hour session. £3. Fully supervised kids over 3 years can be left. Mon- Sun. 9.30am--t<pm.


Spectacular Fireworks DiSplay Better than clutching sparklers in the back garden. Very popular last year. booking advised. 5 Nov. 7pm. Kids 75p: Adults £1 .50. Tickets available from .‘vieadowbank and some sports centres.

I MURRAYFIELD ICE RINK Riversdale Crescent. 337 6933.

Various sessions from 10am at the weekend. 2pm weekdays. including Beginners Skating Mon and Thurs 5 ~7pm. Admission £1 . 10. Skate hire 50p.


()n the last day of the event authoressloan Lingard discusses her writing andsigns copies of her new book for children (i/ad Rags. a sequel to Rags and Ric/it's, Glowworm 7 Main Street. Balerno. 4-19 4644. 3 Nov. 11am.


I EDINBURGH FILMI’IDUSE I.othian Road. 228 2688.

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

27 OCI Dougal and the Blue Cat ( 1' )Trip down memory lane for parents with a tale front the .Ilagit‘ Roundabout.

3 NOV1{.T.(l,')Spielberg'stear-jerker about a cute little alien stranded on earth.

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