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GLASGOW 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—125. Youngsters will be shown round the exhibition of furniture 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 of design. £3.50 for one session; £6 for two; £10for four. IOam—noon or l.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£1; adults £2 (family ticket. 2 adults and up to 3 kids £5).

I SUMMIT CENTRE Minerva Way, Finnieston, 204 2215.

Winter weekend skating. Sat 9.30am—noon. £2 (under 55 £1); Sat and Sun 2-4pm £2 (under 55£l ), 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 1am (5—8 yrs); 11.15am—1pm (9—14 yrs). Workshops in singing, dancing and clowning led by Donna Bainbridgc. For further info phone Donna. 334 0436.


I MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT Bunhouse Road. 357 3929.

If it ran on wheels, they‘ve got it. from prams to trams. Wander down a pro-war Glasgow street complete with cinema and subway. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 2—5pm Admission free.

Book Trust is holding a book week for Special Needs children. 23 Feb-l Mar in the Museum of Transport. Extra Special Book Event will be opened on 23 Feb at 2.30pm by Blue Peter presenterJohn Leslie (this part of the proceedings is by invitation only) and will be open to the general public from around 3.30pm onwards. Seminars and discussions must be booked (phone Book Trust on 041332 0391 for details). Storytelling sessions and puppet shows. at 11am and 2pm on weekdays. are heavily booked by school classes but the Book Trust says that any youngsters accompanying parents to the exhibition will be welcome to join the audience. Sat 3.30—10pm; Sun noon—6pm; Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. Admission to exhibition is free.

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

Little Shop of Horrors (PG) Life takes an exciting turn for a bored, loveless young

The Inflatable Man waits for the ScoHish lntemational Children's Festival.

If you were among the 20,000 who last year attended the first Scottish International Children’s Festival at lnverleith Park, Edinburgh, you’ll be glad to know that there’s another one this year-dates for your diary are 28 May-2 June. Already there are bookings from over 115 schools, but as before there’s heaps of entertainment after school hours and at the weekend

so there's no excuse for missing out on

i the fun.

There’s a strong international Input with music, dance, theatre, puppetry and mime from Argentina, Denmark and the USA complementing companies from Scotland and England. Free on-site entertainment has been extended ongoing stage and music shows, more face-painting facilities, three bouncy castles, an environmental quiz and leader-led organised games.

Add to the list return visits from the ever-popular Mr Boom, the zany Clown Jewels (hoping that rain won't stop play this year), the Passport Office and the City Libraries’ Tent, and you will see there’s something for everyone to enjoy between shows. More good news is that the organisers haven’t heard of inflation (unlike vaudeville American artiste Fred Garbo, pictured above). At 22 a head, ticket prices remain the same as in 1990. (Rene Taylor) Festival brochures are available from The Scottish lntemational Children's Festival, 22 Laurie Street, Edinburgh. Box Office 031 553 7700.

botanist when he discovers that his prize perennial enjoys guzzling human flesh. 23 Feb 1.30pm. Kids 50p; adults£l.


I CUMBERNAULD THEATRE 0236 732887. Kids' Stuff Saturday fun. magic and song for4—11 yrs. 1.15pm. Kids£l.25;adults £1.75.

23 Feb Delusions.

2 Mar Alakazam Puppets.

Martin's Magic Mirror Suitable for over 5 yrs. Young boy discovers one of his father's inventions a Super Duper Life Enhancer— in the attic and finds himself caught up in a magical adventure. A zany combination of people and puppets from Pocket Theatre (Tumbria. 1 Mar 7pm. Kids £2.25; adults £4.50.

I EAST KILBRIDE VILLAGE THEATRE Maxwell Drive, ()3552 48669.

Martin's Magic Mirror See Cumbernauld Theatre. 3 Mar 1.30pm. Kids'adults£2. I MOTHERWELL CIVIC THEATRE 67515. Martin's Magic Mirror See ('umbernauld Theatre. 28 Feb 7pm. Kids £1 ; adults £2. I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street. Paisley, 887 1010.

Martin's Magic Mirror See Cumbernauld Theatre. 2 Mar 7pm. Kids £1 ; adults £2; Family ticket 2 adults, 2 kids £5).

Nurseries. Lasswade. 663 4932. Tropical world ofbutterflies. Visit the Insect World, home to tarantulas and other creepy crawlies. Open every day, 10am—5.30pm. Kids £1 .25; adults £2.25 (family ticket £6.50).


Free creche for use rs of the Central Library. run by the Edinburgh Creche Co-op, for kids of all ages, large selection of toys. Runs until end of February. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-noon. I EDINBURGH DANCE PROJECT

New members always welcome at these ongoing classes. No previous experience needed. Contact Dancer-in-Residcnce. Tamsin Grainger, Assembly Rooms. 54 George Street. 220 4348 for further information.

AINSLIE PARK LEISURE CENTRE Wednesdays Dance for 3 and 4 yrs,


Fridays 7—9 yrs, 4—5pm; 9 yrs upwards, . 5—6pm.


Street. Thursdays Leith Dance Group, 4—5pm.

LEITH COMMUNITY CENTRE Thursdays Leith Dance Group, 4—5.30pm.

ROSEBERY HALL. South Queensferry.

Saturdays South Queensferry Youth



Activities and fun

Dance Groups. 10—10.45am, 3—6 yrs; 11am—noon.7——13 yrs.

4 Fridays Tollcross Youth Dance Groups.


Splash/Flt 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

5—6. 15pm. 7-9 yrs; 6. 15—7.30pm. 10—14

TRIANGLE ARTS CENTRE Thursdays Pilton Senior Dance Group. 6.30—8pm.

I NATIONAL MUSEUMS OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street. 225 7534, ext 219.

Saturday workshops for 7— l 4 yrs. Numbers limited, booking essential. Helpful parents free. Wear old clothes. Booking office. Mon—Fri 10am—5pm. Explore the magic of paint Bob Rcekie from the Museum‘s Geology Department explains the history of paint and the mixing of colours. 9 Mar 10am—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 lnverleith Row, 5527171 , ext454.

Living in a Rainforest Book now for fantin workshops.

23 Feb llam—lpm. 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, 4Apr lOam—noon. Life abovethe jungle floor Two consecutive mornings spent at the Botanics and the Zoo. Kids £4.50; adults £9 (Family ticket £20). At all events children must be accompanied by an adult and vice versa! Children must be 7 years and over to take part in workshops. For advance booking call at the Plant House Foyer or phone Marisa Main, 552 7171 , ext454.

I WATERSTONES 13/14 Princes Street. 556 3034.

Sat 23 Noon—1pm. Steve and Megumi Biddle, authors ofAmazing Flying Objects (Red Fox £2.99) and Amazing Origami For Children (Red Fox £3 .99), demonstrate their fantastic techniques and creations.


228 2688.

Saturday afteroon children's matinces; all seats£l . bookable. Films start 2pm.

23 Feb The Princess Bride ( PG) Swashbuckling adventure involving an princess. a humble farm-boy and a nasty prince. Will true love triumph?

2 Mar Dumbo (U) Disney'stear-jerker featuring the world‘s first acronautic elephant.

Out Now


Feb/Mar edition of the ‘only non-specialist

magazine about children in Scotland' is

now available. Features this issue include

a look at special education needs. details {

ofthe forthcoming ‘Tears and Protest' l l

event which will look at how we teach Children to protest and ‘New Voices. New Writing‘ - the magazine is keen to receive

contributions from young people. .

Bi-monthly. from John .‘slenzies priced £1 .50 (on display for limited time only i. 1 Subscription by direct debit £8; ' cheque’cash £ 10. (‘ontact Scottish (‘hild at 40Shandwiek Place Iidinburgh. 3300502

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