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Activities and fun

I DOME OF DISCOVERY South Rotunda. Govan Road. 427 1792.

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a go on. Fun for parents too. Open all year. Tue—Sun. 10am—5.30pm. Kids£1: Adults £2 (family ticket. 2 adults and upto 3 kids £5).

I LITTLE MARCD'S Templeton Street. 554 7184.

Children‘s indoor play centre with climbing frames. slides. ball pits. soft play areas. Children under 4ft 7in only and under 3-year-olds must be supervised. One and a half hour sessions. £3. Mon—Sat. 10am—8pm.

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

Craft Sessions for 8—12 yrs. Tickets 50p. book in advance.

2 Feb Drawing and Painting still life. llam-lpm; 2-4pm.

I SUMMIT CENTRE Minerva Way. Finnieston. 204 2215.

Winter weekend skating. Sat. 9.30am—noon. £2 (under 5s £1); Sat and Sun, 2—4pm £2 (under 5's£1). 7.45—10.30pm (disco. with DJ) £2.80. Skate hire for all sessions 50p.

I TRAMWAY 25 Albert Drive. 422 2023. Children’s Saturday Club Every Saturday. 10—1 lam (5—8yrs); 11.15am—1pm(9—14 yrs). Workshops in singing. dancing and clowning led by Donna Bainbridge. For further info phone Donna. 3340436.


I GLASGOW MUSEUMS See Museums. Hear Museums Walkman Tour Guides are available for hire at several museums. Kids 50p; adults£l. These are aimed especially at kids: Mysteries of the Universe Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. Turns the entire collection into an instructive computer game.

Faces of History The Burrell Collection. The faces on various exhibits tell their own stories as Hayley Mills takes you through 5000 years of history. For 7— l 2 yrs. Drivers The Museum ofTransport. Meet the people who worked on or built the vehicles through the ages. For 7- 12 yrs. Him

I MOTHERWELL CIVIC CENTRE 66166. Turtle-time at Motherwell Moviehouse. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ( PG) 31 Jan and 1 Feb 7.30pm: 3 Feb 2pm and7.30pm. Kids£1 ; adults £2.

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

6 Jan The Empire Strikes Back (U ) Part three of the Star Wars trilogy ofgalactic warfare. 1.30pm. Kids 50p; adults£l.


Fed up sitting in front of your new computer? Tired of playing Hero Quest and Screwball Scramble? Then zip up your shell-suit and get moving. Try Baton Twirling at Castlemilk Sports Centre (634 8187) every Saturday. 2.30—4.30pm, or

Children from Leith Primary helpingto construct the roof of the Ionghouse.

If the thought of ‘Living in a Rainforesf’ conjures up a picture of a mass of trees and the endless wearing of wellies and sou'westers, then it’s time that The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh got hold of you. Living in a Rainforest isan imaginative project running throughout

l99l, bringing the experience of life in a

Bornean Ionghouse alive for visitors. The project has taken three years to plan, culminating at the end of last year with the erection of the steel framework of the house. Appropriately, local schoolchildren have helped to construct the roof under which hundreds of fellow schoolchildren will pass as they learn about the various aspects of the rainforest; crafts, food, work, plant and animal life. School bookings are heavy as far as July but there is also a family workshop programme on Saturday mornings so that parents can join in. Workshops cover such topics as learning about the foods, oils and spices in the forest, mask-making and shadow puppets. A performance by Dandelion Puppets in March will demonstrate the plight of the ralnforests, using shadow puppets. In April, as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, there will be a special two-day package for families to explore the plant life at the Botanics and animal life at the Zoo. All these activities will have limited places so early booking is advisable (see Listings) and forget the sou’wester- wear a sweatband.

(Rene Taylor)

Badminton at Bellahouston Sports Centre (427 5454) every Monday. 4.30—5.30pm or Boxing at All Saints Sports Centre (558 8627) on Tuesdays. 6—8pm. Pop into your local sports centre and find out what‘s in it for you.


I CLYDE THEATRE Boquhanran Road. Clydebank.951 1200. Martin's Magic Mirror 30 and 31 Jan. 7pm

Martin's Magic Mirror.

Kids £1.50; adults £3. Family show performed by Pocket Theatre Cumbria. Weird things happen when Martin's dad‘s invention brings to life an old mirrorand Martin finds himself in a race against evil. Can he lock the baddies back in the mirror'.’

I CUMBERNAULD THEATRE 0236 732887. Kids' Stuff Saturday songs. magic and fun for4—ll yrs. 1.15pm. Kids£lzadults £1.50.

2 Feb Magic Bob.


Activities and fun


Saturday Workshops at the Young Museum. Limited numbers. booking essential. Phone 225 7534 ext 2 l 9 or contact information Desk. (‘hambers Street. Helpful parents free. Wearold clothes.

25 Jan Teapots for (ireat Scots 10.30am—l2.30pm and 1.30am—3pm (make your own lunch arrangements). £2.50. View some lamous Scots in the Portrait (iallery and design and make a teapot for one ofthem. with helpfrorn teapot-maker Philomena Pretsell.


Splash/Fit 25-minute sessions of fun 'n' games and exercises for under 16s. Wednesdays and Fridays. 6pm and 6.30pm. Contact centre for furtherinfo. I EDINBURGH BUTTERFLY FARM Melville Nurseries. Lasswade. 663 4932.

Walk in a tropical world ofbutterflies. Visit the Insect World. home to tarantulas and other creepy crawlies. Open every day. lllam—5.30pm. Kids£l .25'.adults £2.25 (family ticket. £6.50).

I EDINBURGH CENTRAL LIBRARY George [V Bridge. 2255584.

Free creche for users of the (‘entral Library. run by the Edinburgh (‘reche ('o-op. For kids ofall ages. large selection of toys. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 10am—noon.

Young City Farmers Group Meet every Saturday. 10am—1pm. For 7—13 yrs. Learn about farm life and how to look after the animals.

I GRACEMOUNT LEISURE CENTRE Gracemount Drive. 658 1940.

Mini Mounties Every Saturday. 2—4pm. Bouncy castle and games sessions for 5— l 2 yrs. 30p per hour.

I OUEEN'S HALL Clerk Street. 668 2019. Family Choice Piccolo Pack Saturday morning music for the under 12s presented by The Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Ham—noon. Kids £1 (75p if you still have your badge from last year!); adults £2.

26 Jan The Quaver Club. Musical fun with SCO Brass.

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

Saturday Club Every Saturday. 10.30—11.30am. Activities and competitions for 3—11 yrs. plus storytelling for younger children. Free.

I ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN lnverleith Row. 552 7171 . ext454.

Living in a Rainforest Book now for family workshops. See panel.

26 Jan 1 lam—1pm. Fruits ofthe forest— foods. oils and spices.

23 Feb 11am—1pm. Give yourself a face-lift- with mask-maker Elizabeth Lipscumb.

10 Mar 1 1am—1pm. Shadows in the forest— puppet-making with Dandelion Puppets. Workshops: Kids £2; adults £4 (family tickets£10).

10 Mar 3—3.30pm. Manifesto De La Selva shadow puppet performance. Kids 50p; Adults £1 .

2,3,4 Apr 10am—noon. Life above the jungle floor Two consecutive mornings spent at the Botanics and the Zoo. Kids £4.50; adults £9(Family ticket £20). Atall events children must be accompanied by an adults and vice versa! (‘hildren must be 7 years and over to take part in workshops. For advance booking call at the Plant llouse Foyer or phone Marisa Main. 552 717l.ext454.

Exhibitions I MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD 42 High Street.

225 2424.

Five floors of wonderful toys. games and working models to delight kids ofall ages. Activity area and video presentations. Mon—Sat. 10am—5pm. Admission free. Film

I EDINBURGH FILMHOUSE Lothian Road. 228 2688.

('hildren's matinees; all seats£l. bookable. Films start 2pm.

25 Jan Bugsy Malone ( L ') Musical gangster-movie spoof with a cast of kids. 2 Feb Dick Tracy (PU ) Screen adventures ol'grandad's comic-strip hero.


I BRUNTDN HALL Ladywell Way. Musselburgh. 665 2240.

Mr Boom Direct from the moon accompanied by his lunar dog Boomdy. Mr Boom entertains with hisfun-filled singalong. 7. 8 and 9 Feb. 2.30pm. Kids £1 '. adults £2.

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