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Activities and fun

I COLLINS GALLERY University of Strathclyde. 22 Richmond Street. 553 4145.

Children's Design Workshops Saturday workshops led by final year architecture students for 7—12 yrs. Youngsters will be shown round the exhibition offurniture and objects by Rietveld. the Dutch designer. There‘s also a short film to give further inspiration and the students will help with the practical side ofdesign. £3.50 for one session; £6 for two and £10 for four. l0am—noon or 1.30—3.30pm. Booking essential. Contact Laura Hamilton at the Gallery. 9am—5pm.

23 Feb Masks and Hats.

9 Mar Lampshades.

23 Mar Mobiles.

13 Apr Kites.

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

Science is fun with over 60 exhibits to have a go on. Fun for parents too. Open all year. Tue—Sun 10am-5.30pm. Kids£l; adults £2 (family ticket. 2 adults and upto 3 kids £5).

I LITTLE MARCO’S Templeton Street. 554 7184.

Children‘s indoor play centre with climbing frames. slides. ball pits, soft play areas. Children under 4ft 7in onlyand 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.

Family Craft Sessions for parents and the under 5's. Tickets 50p per child. book in advance.

13 Feb Ill—11.30am. Puppets.

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 5s£l ). 7.45—10.30pm (disco. with DJ) £2.80. Skate hire for all sessions 50p. ITRAMWAY 25 Albert Drive. 422 2023. Children‘s Saturday CIUII Every Saturday. 10—1 lam (5—8 yrs); 11.15am—1pm(9—14 yrs). Workshops in singing. dancing and clowning led by Donna Bainbridge. For further info phone Donna. 3340436.



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 at Kelvingrovc Art Gallery 6: Museum Turns the entire collection into an instructive computer game.

Faces of History at The Burrell Collection The faces on various exhibits tell their own stories as Hayley Mills takes you through 5000 years of history. For 7— 12 yrs. Drivers at The Museum of Transport Meet the people who worked on or built the vehicles through the ages. For 7-12 yrs. I MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT Bunhouse Road. 357 3929.


Pocket Theatre Cumbrla

Mirror, mirror on the wall, what’s the smallest touring company of them all? A sure contender must be the aptly named Pocket Theatre Cumbria, currently in Scotland with “Martin's Magic Mirror’ and coming your way soon- it you live near Glasgow.

Pocket has a thrifty cast of three, but it does have twelve puppets from the popular Overthe Top Puppets, ranging in size from a 9th glove to a 7ft

monster. ‘Martin’s Magic Mirror’ by Brian Elsly tells of a young boy whose

father is a failed inventor and hasn't got

time for his son who becomes lonely and bored and strays into the forbidden attic where he finds not a skeleton but a Super Duper Life Enhancer! Just what

you’d expect.

This unusual machine brings to life an old mfrrorwhfch effects drastic developments in the lives of its reflections. Martin finds himself in a crazy adventure involving weird characters- Sammy, a Kung-Fu fighting snail, the evil-doing Nanny Snatcher and Danny Dandruff (who young theatregoers will recognise from Pocket’s last production ‘Mandy Redmayne Steps into a Story'), played again by Mark Sinatra. Mark's fellow cast members, Mark Niven (Martin) and Rachel Ogilvy (Nanny) will also be familiar to audiences from their appearances in last year’s touring of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'.

Obviously a cast which likes an adventure exploring forbidden attics sounds just the sort of thing that Mandy Redmayne and Tom Sawyer would also enjoy. Lead me to the Ramsay Ladder.

l (Rene Taylor)

If it ran on wheels. they‘ve got it. from prams to trams. Reconstructed pre-war Glasgow street complete with subway. Mon—Sat lOam—Spm; Sun 2—5pm. Admission free.


I CUMBERNAULO THEATRE 0236 732887. Kids' SIUII Saturday fun. magic and song for4—ll yrs. 1.15pm. Kids£l.25; adults£l .75.

9 Feb Mr Bones.

15 Feb Mr Boom.


g Paisley.8871010.

Dpen Hand Theatre Company Alice, New A d ventures Through the Looking Glass Several new characters plus all the regulars. including the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat. pop up in a new hectic adventure story. 14 and 15 Feb. 7pm; 16 Feb 2pm and 7pm. Kids £1 .50: adults £2.50. (Family tickets. 2 adults. 2 kids.. £7).

EDINBURGH Activities and fun


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. 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 craw lies. ()pen every

day. 10am—5.30pm. Kids£l .25; adults £2.25 (fantin ticket £6.50).


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

I GORGIE CITY FARM 5] Gorgie Road. 337 4202.

Working farm in the centre oflown. Children‘s play area. Open every day. 9am—4pm. admission free.

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

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

Winter coaching programme (‘ontact the centre for further infoon classeslisted below.


4—5pm After School (‘1th (5— 1 2 yrs). 5—630pm Judo Coaching (over 5 yrs). 6—7pm Football Coaching (over 12 yrs). Tue

& 5.30—8pm Gymnastics Girls (over 5 yrs).


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

4—5pm After School (‘lub (5—12 yrs). 7—8pm Badminton Coaching (7—12 yrs). Fri

4—5pm Basketball Mixed (9— 14 yrs). 4.45—8.45pm Gymnastics Girls (oy er 5 yrs).

I KOKOS Franchise Village. (‘raig Park. Newcraighall Road. 6690082.

Children‘s leisure centre. Adventure maze, ball pool. soft play areas, bouncy castles. climbing nets. Fully supervised- children ovcr 3 yrs can be left. Height limit 55 inches. One and a halfhour sessions, Mon—Fri 10am—2pm. £2. 2—6pm £3; Sat. Sun and public holidays 10am—6pm . £3.

I LITTLE MARCO'S Grove Street, 228 2141.

Play sessions for kids. Bouncy castle, karting. ball pits. slides. One and a half hour session. £3. Fully supervised children over 3 years can be left. Mon—Sun 9.30am—8pm.

I MURRAYEIELD 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.

I NATIONAL MUSEUMS OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street. 225 7534, ext 219. Saturday workshops for 7-14 yrs. Numbers limited. booking essential. Helpful parents free. Wear old clothes. Booking office, Mon-Fri 10am—5pm. Make your own lucky charm Linda Worden, Ceramicist tells you all about charms worn by Ancient Egyptians and helps you make your own. 16 Feb. 10am—noon. £1 .50. Explore the magic of paint Bob Reekie from the Museum‘s Geology Department explains all about the history of paint and the mixing ofcolours. 9 Mar 1(lam—noon. £1.50.

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 Inverleith Row. 552 7171 . ext 454.

Living in a Rainlorest Book now forfamily workshops.

23 Feb 11am—1pm. Give yourselfa face-lilt- with mask-maker Elizabeth Lipscumb.

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.

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

Amazing Mr Blunden (L') Ghost adventure for two Edwardian children. involvinga journey back in time to right some wrongs. Jason and the Argonauts (L') Mythological fantasty as Jason goes in search ofthe Golden Fleece.


I BRUNTON HALL Ladywell Way. Musselburgh, 665 2240.

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

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